Speakers - Massage Therapy Winter Symposium 2014

Featured speaker

Eric Stephenson, LMT, NCTMB

Eric Stephenson creates continuing education opportunities focused on career longevity for massage schools, spas and professional organizations nationwide. He is a former lead instructor of the Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope, NC and The Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, KY, helping in the design of the hands-on massage curriculum. He has completed The Spirit of Learning®, a 90-hour massage educator-training program.

His presentations have included the American Massage Therapy National Convention, The International Spa Association Conference, The World Massage Conference, Esthetique Spa International Shows and AMTA state conventions.  Eric is a regular contributor to Massage Magazine.

Stephenson also serves as the massage therapy development expert for Elements Therapeutic Massage, one of the largest massage therapy providers in the country, headquartered in Highlands Ranch, CO.


Symposium speakers

Listed in alphabetical order.

Kashif Ahmad, MBBS, MSc, MS, PhD

Dr. Kashif Ahmad, an associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University, is trained as a medical doctor and has more than 10 years of teaching experience in physiology, medicine, dermatology and pathology. He holds bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery from the University of Karachi, Pakistan; a master in clinical dermatology from the University of London, a PhD from the National University of Singapore and a master of science in medical educational leadership from the University of New England. In addition, he has five years of postdoctoral research experience at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Ahmad has presented at many conferences in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has published several papers in peer reviewed journals primarily in the area of cell death. He has also co-authored a dermatology textbook for doctors of chiropractic with Dr. Michael Wiles and Dr. Jonathan Williams.


Kim Swineheart, DC

Dr. Kim Swineheart, a professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University, combines 14 years of practical experience as a doctor of chiropractic with 16 years of teaching anatomy to bring the musculoskeletal system to life. She believes that hands-on and eyes-on exploration and observation of the movement and connections beneath the skin lead to a deeper understanding of both healthy and challenged bodies.

Dr. Swineheart has taught massage therapists for more than 15 years and brings a broad range of intuitive and practical knowledge, offering specific problem-solving insights for particular patients as well as general anatomical principles in treatment.


Mary Tuchscherer, PhD, DC

Dr. Mary Tuchscherer is an associate professor at Northwestern health Sciences University. She has been teaching in the area of neuroscience for more than twenty years. She has a master's degree in anatomy and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She joined the Department of Basic Science at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1985 teaching in the areas of neuroscience, histology and anatomy. She also taught neuroscience and pathology at the Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy for 10 years.

Dr. Tuchscherer has been invited to speak at several national and international events including three national American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) conventions and the International Symposium of Reflexologists in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is certified in neuromuscular technique and taught with Jeanne Alane for many years. In addition to her busy teaching schedule, she maintains a private chiropractic practice in St. Paul, MN.

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