Speakers - 2016 Oncology Massage Healing Summit

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Keynote Speakers

Rhiannon Lewis, FIFPA

Rhiannon Lewis is an aromatherapist, author, educator and a fellow of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (UK). She is the director of Essential Oil Resource Consultants and teaches classes in aromatherapy throughout the world. Lewis is also the editor of the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy. She is a gifted speaker and authority on how to use aroma for healing.

Jack Blackburn, LMP, RC, MTS-SD

Jack Blackburn is a massage therapist, certified Trager practitioner, Reiki Master, spiritual counselor and continuing education workshop leader. All of his work is grounded in the notion of “presencing”. He divides his time between the Trillium Institute Japan and the Trillium Institute USA in Seattle, WA.

Featured Speakers

Listed in alphabetical order.

Laura Allen, BS, LMBT

Laura Allen is a graduate of Shaw University and The Whole You School of Massage & Bodywork. She is the author of five massage therapy textbooks and several other books. She is the massage division director of Soothing Touch, an international company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Allen is a regular contributor to trade journals, an internationally known educator, and one of the most well-known bloggers in the massage profession, with blogs appearing on the websites of Massage Magazine, Massage Today, massageprofessionals.com, and numerous other sites. Visit her other website at LauraAllenMT.com


Tina Allen is the founder of the leading children’s health and nurturing touch organization, Liddle Kidz™ Foundation. She is an international educator, author and expert in the field of infant and pediatric massage therapy, especially for children with special healthcare needs.

Raj Anderson, BS, LMT, LME, BCTMB

Raj Anderson has over 15 years of practical experience as licensed massage therapist and is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. She is also a licensed medical esthetician with advanced training in oncology skin care. Interested in the healing arts and integrative medicine she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Alternative Medicine at Everglades University in Boca Raton, Florida. She was awarded the CCA Graduate of the Year award and was the Graduate Speaker for the alumni class of 2006. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society she was nominated into the National Dean’s List.

Her knowledge and dedication for promoting complementary therapies into mainstream healthcare practices and the community has given her the opportunity to provide services at Boca Raton Regional Hospital since 2001. This includes the John W. Henry Center for Integrative Medicine, an affiliate of the Mind/Body Medical Institute, Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. She helped to pioneer the implementation of Florida Atlantic University’s Initiative Mind Body Health program and participated in the Lynn Cancer Institute’s Wellness and Survivorship program.

Raj has appeared on WXEL, a local television station on the “Benefits of Massage,” a guest speaker at the Dawson Theatre at Boca Raton Regional Hospital on the topic of “Women over 40 and the Effects of Aging,” interviewed by “The Observer” magazine on the “Integration of Massage in Hospital Settings,” and has spoken at the Lynn Cancer Institute on National Cancer Survivor’s Day on the “Benefits of Oncology Massage.”

Presently, she maintains a private practice at the Gloria Drummond Rehabilitation Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital providing both inpatient and outpatient massage therapy. Hand and foot massages are also provided in the infusion room at the Lynn Cancer Institute based on a grant received from Angie’s Spa, a non-profit organization.

Karen Armstrong, LMT, NCTMB

Karen Armstrong has been the manager of Clinical Massage for Integrative Medicine at Beaumont Health System in Michigan since 2007. Beaumont's Clinical Oncology and Hospital Massage Program includes a unique hands-on rotation on inpatient units, including but not limited to oncology, hospice, pediatrics, neuroscience, and intensive care.

Armstrong and her staff offer clinical massage therapy in six hospital-based outpatient clinics as well as inpatient treatments at three hospitals. Several research projects have been initiated under her guidance. She is also former chairperson of Michigan's Board of Massage Therapy and current vice president of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

Kate Butler, BA, COMT, DipRM, CLT, TAE

Kate Butler has been a massage practitioner since 1997 and has always had a passionate interest in the integration of massage therapy with the modern medical model. She has worked in medical clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Melbourne, Australia; is currently employed at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, and at the Springs Medical Centre in Daylesford. She is the Victorian state coordinator and board member for Oncology Massage Ltd Australia.

Amie Camie, spiritual harpist, recording artist

Amy Camie, spiritual harpist, award winning recording artist, composer, author, spiritual mentor, inspirational speaker and founder of the Scientific Arts Foundation, has been a professional harpist for 37years managing all aspects of entrepreneurial business. She is a 1987 graduate of Indiana University with extensive solo, orchestral, choral, and chamber ensemble playing experience. Camie is a songwriter and recording artist with 10 solo harp CDs and numerous musical CD collaborations. In 2006, she was a Just Plain Folks Music Awards Nominee for Best Solo Instrumental Song, “Expression 3” from A Space Within. 

She helped develop a medically approved clinical trial exploring the impact of her music on patients receiving chemotherapy. In 2001, she founded Scientific Arts Foundation in St. Louis, MO, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization that supports the value of creative expression through research, education and community outreach programs. Since 1992, she has been the vice president of Blue Star Productions, Inc. that develops products, events and services that support an individual’s personal growth toward wholeness and self-realization.

Since 2001, Camie has been a professional speaker, delivering more than 200 presentations to local, regional and national audiences of nurses, social workers, medical management professionals, cancer care providers, hospice/grief volunteers and case managers, community organizers and university students.

Dianna Dapkins, CMT

Dianna Dapkins, is the president of Pure Pro Massage Products. She started Pure Pro when she was a student at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1992. She knows the importance of the products you choose for your clients. Equally important is how these products enhance your own health and well-being!

As a therapist, she valued using oils, lotions, and creams that soothe and nourish the skin, all enriched with the finest quality ingredients. As a manufacturer, she vowed to never use chemically derived water dispersing agents, food grade ingredients such as canola oil, or artificial fragrances. She makes each massage oil, essential oil, massage lotion and cream as pure, natural and gentle as possible.

Gillian Desreaux, DipRM, OMT, CLD, ISBT, ATMS

Gillian Desreaux has been a practicing massage therapist since 1998. Since 2006, Gillian has specialized in the area of oncology massage - providing comfort and relief to people affected by cancer and their families. She was employed at Sydney Adventist Hospital, Australia as their first oncology massage therapist, but now concentrates on her personal clinic work and raising awareness about OM. Desreaux is passionate about sharing her knowledge with fellow therapists, leading to her role as the New South Wales state coordinator, board member and leadership team member for Oncology Massage Ltd in Australia.

Johnnette du Rand, CMT, BCTMB, S4OM

Johnnette du Rand was raised on the east coast of South Africa and moved to Orange County, California, in 1999. While working in the pharmaceutical industry, she began her career in massage and bodywork volunteering comfort-oriented touch for hospice. In 2003, she founded Greet The Day™, a non-profit organization providing bodywork for people affected by cancer.

She works with nine Orange County cancer centers, including University of California Irvine, and was a finalist for the Outstanding Founder, 2006 Orange County Spirit of Philanthropy Award. In 2008, du Rand received the Humanitarian Award from the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation.

Lucille Eddy, CMT, NCTMB, S4OM

Lucille Eddy is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute and a founding member of the Society for Oncology Massage. She retired as a senior chief in the U.S. Navy and has served as the clinical supervisor for Hospital/ Oncology Massage at The Teal Center at Virginia Hospital Center since the fall of 2009. Eddy, who is also Healwell’s deputy program director, brings many years of clinical and teaching experience to the Stewardship program.

Eddy is also a founding director and a preferred provider with the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM).  She holds a board certification in massage therapy from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) to ensure that she is on top of changes in the massage therapy field.

Jamie Elswick, BS, LMT

Jamie Elswick has been working as a massage therapist since 1992. She holds certification as an instructor and practitioner from the Institute of Integral Health in Berkeley, California - The Lauren Berry Method of Corrective Massage. Her training includes structural bodywork based on restoring health to the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system, scar tissue mobilization, lymphatic drainage and visceral manipulation.

She completed a 400-hour certification course in oncology massage with Gayle MacDonald, LMT, MS and Sandy Canzone, DOM; both of whom are pioneers in the field of oncology massage. She works as both as a private practitioner at Providence Alaska Cancer Center and instructor through Oncology Massage Education Associates.

Elswick works with clients in all stages of cancer treatment and post treatment. She holds a BS in natural sciences and teaches clinical and gross anatomy at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  She is currently a graduate student working on fascial research through UAA. 

She has been involved with massage therapy education since 1994. She is the  past president of AMTA Alaska Chapter, a member of The American Association of Clinical Anatomists, American Association of Anatomists, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, and the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM).

Anne-Marie Halligan

Anne-Marie Halligan came to Manual Therapy from a background in Nursing, having worked in a variety of clinical and community settings for almost 30 years. Her impetus for becoming a Massage Therapist was the lack of nurturing touch in hospitals in Australia and she continues to work towards the goal of Massage Therapy becoming standard care for Oncology patients. She has a clinic in Norwood, South Australia, and works in a voluntary capacity at the Unley Cancer Care Centre providing massage in the community setting. She is the State Coordinator for South Australia and Western Australia for Oncology Massage Ltd and enjoys spreading the word about the benefits of this wonderful modality.

Catherine Horst, PT, CertMDT, STAR/C

Bio forthcoming.

Ryan Hoyme, BCTMB

Ryan Hoyme, A.K.A. MassageNerd is the founder of MassageNerd.com, an educational massage website for massage students and massage therapists, and RyanHoyme.com – REAL Massage Photos. Although his skill set is vast, his greatest expertise revolves around teaching massage therapy, video editing, photography, and social media. He has a strong following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

David Doubblestein, PT, MS, LLCC, CLT, MDT

David Doubblestein is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and obtained his physical therapy licensure in the State of Michigan in 1997.  His career began at Gerber Memorial Hospital in the rural setting of Newaygo County, Michigan in outpatient orthopedics. 

In 2005, David ventured into entrepreneurship by starting his own outpatient physical therapy clinic, Living Hope Physical Therapy.  He continues to practice at this location. 

David has studied many orthopedic manual modalities since obtaining his professional degree and licensure including myofascial release, positional release therapy, muscle energy techniques, craniosacral therapy and various concepts and approaches to joint mobilizations of the spine, pelvis, and extremities.  While working at Gerber Memorial Hospital, the need for a lymphedema therapist became apparent to David and he initially pursued his training through the Upledger Institute studying the Chikly method of complete decongestive therapy. 

He developed a lymphedema treatment program for the hospital after accomplishing his LLCC certification.  David began teaching for the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators and the Chikly Institute in 2005 and taught various Lymph Drainage Therapy courses nationally, in Canada and Scotland. 

During this time he authored a case study of the effects of Lymph Drainage Therapy on Bell’s Palsy which was published in the Advance for Physical Therapists.  In 2013, David pursued further studies in complete decongestive therapy through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and successfully completed the CLT certification.  He is currently teaching for he academy.  David is also a credentialed MDT practitioner since 2014 after completion of his studies in McKenzie Diagnosis and Therapy.  David currently lives and practices in Newaygo, Michigan with his wife Marty and two children Joshua and Jessica.

Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT

Martha Brown Menard is the co-executive director of Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC). She is also the director of the Crocker Institute, where she uses program evaluation as a means for helping nonprofit organizations, businesses, and institutions assess their outcomes and impact. In addition to her consulting work, she develops and manages CaseRe3, an open access repository of case reports in integrative health care, and teaches courses on critical evaluation of health care research. Dr. Menard is the author of Making Sense of Research, a textbook on research literacy used in many graduate and professional training programs. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research (IN-CAM), and the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition, she is a member of the steering committee for the Pain Action Alliance to Implement A National Strategy (PAINS), and guest faculty for the Samueli Institute Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative.

Dr. Menard has been a licensed massage therapist for mor than 30 years in private practice and hospital settings, providing symptom management for clients in a variety of clinical areas including hospice, oncology, pain management, and trauma recovery, as well as massage therapy to promote wellness and personal growth. A specialty of her consulting practice is assisting health care organizations incorporate integrative therapies and practitioners. Her areas of research interest include palliative care, PTSD, and interprofessional education and practice. She is an editor for the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine, and frequently serves as a peer reviewer for nonprofit and federal funding organizations.

Dr. Menard has always had a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches to health care. She completed her doctorate in research methods at the University of Virginia, where her dissertation research focused on the comparative effectiveness of massage therapy for improving post-surgical outcomes. She has served as a board member for several local and national nonprofit health care organizations, including the Massage Therapy Foundation, and is a frequent keynote speaker and presenter at national conferences.

Lauren Muser Cates, CMT, S4OM

Lauren Muster-Cates is a Virginia-based graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute and the Metta Institute’s End of Life Care Practitioner Program. She has had unique opportunities to train with national leaders in the field of oncology massage and end of life care and has built an intensive clinical massage therapy program at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. She is a certified massage therapist, Reiki practitioner and volunteer massage therapist with Capital Caring hospice.

Cates co-founded a non-profit organization which provides clinical education for massage therapists, participates in massage therapy research and provides service to people (pediatric and adult) living with acute, chronic and terminal illness. In addition to continuing education courses for massage therapists and social workers, Cates is one of a teaching triad completed by two seasoned hospice nurses who offer workshops to educate and support caregivers of all kinds.

Nanci Newton, LMT

Nanci Newton is a 1998 graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA. She was selected as an honoree at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s, the one hundred for 2014. This annual event is for individuals and organizations that have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the fight against cancer. She is a professional member of both the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), and is licensed by the state of Massachusetts.

Newton has maintained a full-time massage therapy practice since 1998. She began in Marblehead and moved to the Valley in 2000 to become co-founder of The Healing ZONE. Nanci strives to create a “healing zone” - a place where all who enter feel safe and comfortable with anyone on her team of therapists. Receiving the care and treatment they need to feel better. 

Mary Peifer, RN, LMT

Mary Peifer has been providing specialized services to those seeking relief from stress, pain, injury and illness (and most especially, clients with cancer) as a licensed massage therapist in Peoria, Illinois. In November 2010, she became a nationally certified graduate from the 400-hour Peregrine Institute for Oncology Massage Training program. This innovative training blessed her with a multitude of new skills and knowledge to work safely and effectively with persons experiencing cancer as well as those with many other health concerns and conditions. 

Briane Pinkson, LPN, LMT

Briane Pinkson is the Healing Arts Practitioner at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she began providing massage in 1983. On her days off, Briane provides free in-home massage for people with advanced cancer through the nonprofit Hand to Heart project in mid-central Vermont and New Hampshire.

Med Robsahm, MEd, LMP, BCTMB

Meg Robsahm has been practicing massage therapy since 2001 with a focus in chronic pain, stress relief and comfort care. Her practice is located in Everett, WA within the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. As an instructor for the Oncology Massage Education Associates, Meg is honored to teach “Massage for those Living with Cancer," as a part of the Peregrine Institute for Oncology Massage Training.

Robsahm has developed and teaches "Bodywork in End of Life Care: Being Present without an Agenda and Opening to Sacred Moments." This class empowers massage therapists and caregivers to move beyond their concerns in working with the dying. She is a 2007 graduate from the Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training and the immediate past president of the Society for Oncology Massage.

Maggi Scott, B.Sc Psychology , SMTO and  Advanced Dip. Stress Management

Maggi Scott has been a massage therapist since 1997 and has worked in the Scottish voluntary sector since 1995, managing projects and coordinating complementary therapy teams in community healthcare settings in Edinburgh. She has been the operations manager for the Iris Cancer Partnership since 2013, Scotland's lead body for cancer care massage.

Scott's work with Iris aims to integrate cancer care massage into mainstream Scottish healthcare provision, bringing clinics for people with cancer to areas of Scotland that do not have a service and to provide a specialist curriculum of cancer care massage training. Shei is also a counselor working with people with chronic and life-limiting illness and she teaches stress management and mindfulness, particularly specializing in supporting people with cancer and their families.

Erika R. Slocum, LMT

Erika Slocum is a graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA (2005), and completed the Boston Medical Center oncology massage training. She has a busy private practice in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she specializes in oncology massage, prenatal massage, and orthopedic techniques. A dedicated massage therapist and former event planner, she organized, recruited, and supported both students and clients in our oncology massage workshops and clinics for nearly five years. She brings a bachelor’s degree in communications, a long history as a dancer, and a passion for massage and massage education to her work.

Sat-Siri Sumler, LMT, NCTMB, RYT

Sat Siri joined the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program in 2000. She is board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, a licensed massage therapy instructor, certified lymphedema therapist and an experienced teacher in the field of yoga. Prior to coming to MD Anderson, she facilitated the training of yoga and meditation students and teachers from around the world. She has specialized in oncology massage since 1991.

Sat Siri provides oncology massage consultations in the Integrative Medicine Center and inpatient setting as part of the Integrative Medicine Consult Service. In addition to her clinical work, she lectures at national conferences, presents at research/journal clubs, participates in clinical research, authored a Rehabilitation Medicine reference book chapter and has published articles in the field of oncology massage.

Sat Siri co-developed MD Anderson’s Annual Integrative Oncology Training Conference - a comprehensive continuing education course for Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, and Yoga/Mind-Body Teachers desiring to work safely and effectively with persons touched by cancer; she has co-facilitated this course since 2004. 

Kim Swineheart, DC

Dr. Kim Swineheart, a professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University, combines 15 years of practical experience as a doctor of chiropractic with 17 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 16 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. Read more about Dr. Kim Swineheart.

Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT

Carolyn Tague brings over 18 years of adult education and training development to her teaching and consulting work. For six years, Carolyn served as clinical faculty and supervisor in integrative medicine, specializing in massage therapy. She has trained professional CAM practitioners to work effectively and safely within a hospital setting and beyond. In addition to being clinical faculty, Carolyn served as an administrative supervisor overseeing the implementation of a six-track, hospital-based integrative medicine education program in San Francisco.

Her consulting services, including policies and procedures development, have been provided to local, national and international hospitals and clinics as well as to individual practitioners.

Carolyn works in the pain clinic at Laguna Honda Hospital, a long-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, and maintains a private practice of somatic integrative bodywork.

Tracy Walton, MS, NCTMB

Tracy Walton is a researcher, writer, award-winning educator and specialist in massage therapy and cancer care. A dynamic voice for the power of touch, she is the author of the pathology textbook, Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy: A Decision Tree Approach.

Walton appears in the DVD production Touch, Caring and Cancer, an inspiring massage home instruction program for care partners. Her research partners include the Osher Institute at Harvard Medical School, Collinge & Associates, and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Learn more about Tracy Walton.

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