About Our Instructors


We are excited to bring together the following industry experts for this event:

Kay Rynerson, LMP

After graduating from massage school in 1988, Kay began studying Thai Massage from Michael Eisenberg of the Institute of Thai Massage (ITM), eventually taking the teaching-certification course and receiving her credentials at ITM in Thailand in 1997. In addition to developing the Thai Massage Workbook and DVD, Kay is a passionate instructor who integrates Swedish, deep tissue and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi techniques into both her approaches and classes.  Learn more here and also here >

Dana Pellegrini, LMP, Reiki Master

Dana is passionate about multiple facets in healing: she is a practicing Massage Therapist, a Reiki Master and Vibrational Medicine Practitioner, and an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr in Physical Medicine. She was the former Director of Bellevue Massage School, participated in the co-creation of Find Touch, and created the summer massage intensive at Bastyr University.  Learn more >

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Kelly Lott, LMT, MTI, CIMI

In her 24-year practice as a Certified Licensed Massage Therapist and doula, Kelly has been incorporating a revolutionary method using cold marble stones and specific essential oils to help people who suffer from migraines. Her creation of Migraine Miracle® is the result of extensive research, time, effort and her mom’s divine guidance.  Learn more >

Karen Kowal, RN, LMT, NCTMB

After thirty years in nursing, massage caught Karen Kowal’s attention in 1994. Dealing with chronic pain inspired her to develop the first Mother Earth Pillows® as well as additional product designs and therapy techniques, including Pillossage. As a member of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses, she has been involved in a number of research and clinical trials on the use of Mother Earth Pillows® in the medical field for pain, post-op care, chronic geriatric pain, Alzheimers and hospice, and specialized care. In 2010, Karen received Nurse of the Year Recognition from the Trinity College of Nursing in Rock Island, Illinois; in 2014, she was inducted into the World Massage Hall of Fame. Learn more >

Ariel Hubbard, LMP, RMT, NCTMB

As an educator, author, school administrator and public speaker, Ariel has founded and run the California Academy for the Healing Arts 2001-2014. She also invented her own energywork modality, HighSelf Resonance Therapy, and has educated over 2,500 people in the holistic healing arts, Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy yoga, meditation, and T'ai Chi. Ariel has written or co-authored four books, numerous articles, course material for Massage Magazine, and over 65 courses at the California Academy for the Healing Arts and Hubbard Education Group. Learn more >

Stacy J. Paul, LMP

Stacy is a Licensed Massage Practitioner with certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Craino-sacral, Hot Stone, Prenatal, Treatment, Sports and Deep Tissue massage. After two years of working towards a Meteorology degree at Metro State College in Denver, she decided to enroll in the Massage School at Heritage College in Denver, after watching how effective massage was in her mother’s recovery from an accident. Initially Stacy assumed she would become a Massage Therapist and then figure out what to do with the rest her life. Sixteen years later, she “can’t imagine doing anything else” and loves the many opportunities that massage has given her.

Michael La Tour, LMP

As a massage practitioner and educator, Michael is as passionate about helping other people as he is about helping other massage therapists deal with the practical matters of employment, small business management, and communication. He has owned his own massage business, provided small-business coaching to independent therapists, taught continuing education, and spent 6 years as faculty at Cortiva Institute-Seattle. A former member of the AMTA-Washington Executive Board, Michael currently serves on the state chapter’s Governance Committee. He is currently the Clinic Manager of Mayo Therapy Associates. Learn more >

September 23, 2017 
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Highline College 
2400 S. 240th Street
Des Moines, WA

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James Waslaski

James Waslaski is an Author & International Lecturer who teaches approximately 40 seminars per year around the globe. He’s served as AMTA Sports Massage Chair and FSMTA Professional Relations Chair. He’s developed 8 Orthopedic Massage and Sports Injury DVDs, and authored manuals on Advanced Orthopedic Massage and Client Self Care. His new book: Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published by Pearson Education in 2011. James is a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM. James received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award, and was inducted into the 2008 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. Learn more >

Teri Mayo, LMP

Teri has practiced massage since 1995, with a focus on injury rehabilitation and recovery. As the owner of Mayo Therapy Associates in Seattle, she has witnessed incredible recoveries from profound injuries and touts the value of massage for acute ailments, while also believing in the value of regular massage for self care. One of the things she loves best about her clinic is the combination of LMTs with 20 years of experience working next to therapists who’ve been licensed for just a year or two—each providing a unique perspective and support to teach other. Teri currently serves on the AMTA-WA state chapter executive board as their first Vice PresidentLearn more >

Diana Thompson, LMP

A licensed massage therapist for over 30 years, Diana has a private practice in Seattle where she focuses on treating acute and chronic pain disorders. She authored Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists, now in its fourth edition, and has a new book called Integrative Pain Management: Massage, Movement, and Mindfulness Based Approaches. The proud recipient of four National awards in 2013, Diana has been recognized for her leadership, volunteerism, and clinical expertise. Her awards include: Massage Therapist of the Year, One Concept; and Humanitarian of the Year, Performance Health. Her newest endeavor, Hands Heal Electronic Health Record, is an intuitive cloud-based EHR that turns bland treatment notes into expressive graphs that chart meaningful results. Learn more >

Kyle Clemens, LMT, CKTP

Kyle Clemens’ journey into the health & wellness field began early: a high school sports medicine class inspired his direction for college and ultimately led to a career in Kinesiology and Massage therapy. He earned a Kinesiology degree from Washington State University, completing the Athletic Training Program. After college, Kyle attended Bellevue Massage School and gained massage licensure in 2001. Since then Kyle has combined his knowledge of Kinesiology and his skills in massage and athletic training in a variety of fitness centers, clinics and schools. In 2004 he began working with a local community college providing sports therapies for their athletic teams. Kyle also designed the curriculum for and taught Injury Care & Prevention when the college began a Personal Fitness Trainer Program. This became his transition into teaching: from supervising Student Clinic at a massage school, to teaching Kinesiology, Kyle’s focus is now on Continuing Education for Massage Therapists.

Jeffrey Yoshinaka

Recently retired as the Washington State Department of Health Supervisory Investigator, Jeffrey brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective in the legal structure and requirements of the massage industry profession. After serving as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he began working for Washington State as an Investigator, then Supervisory Investigator, and finally Chief Investigator for the Department of Labor and Industries. From there he transitioned to the Department of Health, where he served as unlicensed massage liaison with local law enforcement agencies. He is well-versed in the requirements and legalities of the massage industry, and eager to share his knowledge with local massage therapists.

Brian Kane

Brian is a 28 year veteran in the fire service, currently working for the Renton Regional Fire Authority, where he is assigned to C-shift at station 17 in Fairwood. He enjoys teaching classes on first aid/CPR, CERT, and firefighter burn injury prevention. He is active as an advisor for the Fire Explorer program, and volunteers with the Washington State Council of Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Joshua Morton, LMT, MAISS, MMLT

Joshua is a 1994 graduate of Seattle Massage School. In 2002 he began working with Aaron Mattes, the developer of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), accumulating over 2400 hours of intensive training under Aaron’s supervision. For the past ten years, Joshua has been an international educator, and has authored two books, including a guide to assisted stretching and a guide to self stretching. His years of teaching, hands-on experience and devotion to AIS place him among the nation’s top AIS therapists and teachers.

Anna Mroczkowski

Anna Mroczkowski is a nerd with many many creative passions. Painting, sewing, knitting, writing, singing, overusing parentheses, cooking (to name a few) but probably one of her biggest passions is being able to turn the creative ideas of others into things that actually happen. When Anna’s parents moved from West Seattle to Bonney Lake, she found sanctuary in the arts, and a gal who became her best friend and eventual co-founder of the organization Artists4Artists. Anna continues to be heavily involved in events and not-for-profit youth art programs in Seattle. As a person who genuinely cares about doing good things, Anna loves helping others, and raising her family with love. – Photo by Dawndra Budd

Nancy DeLong, LMT

After seven years of running a full time massage therapy practice focusing mostly on deep tissue massage, Nancy was exhausted, burnt out, and in physical pain from repetitive stress injuries. Learning Ashiatsu for DeepFeet Bar Therapy literally changed her life and her career. She was trained by DeepFeet Bar Therapy founder Ruthie Hardee, and after only a couple of months of Ashiatsu practice, felt her spine realign and the pain alleviated in her back, shoulders, and wrists. Learn more >

MUSICIAN:  David Michael

David Michael is a multi-instrumentalist and international performer who plays a wide range of stringed instruments, with a focus on Celtic harp. He is also co-owner of a massage school (Ananda Massage Training) and has been creating ambient music for massage and the healing arts for decades. A pioneer of World Fusion music and a student of both western classical music and many worldwide styles, David seeks the common ground between many genres. To date David has produced 24 CDs of original music, both as a solo artist, and in consort with other master ethnic musicians and members of major symphonies. His music has been been featured on syndicated radio shows, cable and network television, and in nature films. The natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest has long served as a wellspring for his music. Learn more >