Martha Menard to Receive AMTA’s Dianne Polseno Award


The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) congratulates Martha Menard as the second recipient of its Dianne Polseno Lifetime Achievement Award.

Martha has actively worked with the Massage Therapy Foundation, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, and the Society for Oncology Massage over the last 30 years.

“We are delighted to recognize Martha for her outstanding contributions to the massage therapy profession, especially in fostering research literacy in massage therapy education,” says AMTA President Jeff Smoot.

In October 2012, AMTA announced the creation of this new award in the name of the late Dianne Polseno because she was such an inspiration to educators, students and practitioners over her lifetime. The award is to honor excellence for a person’s body of work in the advancement of the massage education profession. The first recipient of the award was Susan Salvo in 2014.

Martha Menard is well-known for her book, Making Sense of Research, and for her contributions to establishing quality massage therapy education, with a focus on the value of research literacy in massage therapy practice. She also is a longtime columnist on massage therapy research in Massage Therapy Journal (MTJ).

Martha will receive her award at the AMTA National Convention on August 19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will be further recognized at the Teachers’ Luncheon during the convention.

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