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October Issue: Message From AMTA President Kathleen Miller-Read

We just returned from another very successful AMTA National Convention, September 22-25, in Minneapolis. More than 1450 attendees ventured to Minneapolis to learn new skills, re-energize their passion for the profession and connect with fellow massage therapists. 

As part of my balanced convention experience, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to 150 enthusiastic massage therapy students during Friday’s Student Day.  It was so amazing to watch their faces as I described what will happen after graduation and how they will find their “niche” and ultimately discover how and where they want to continue practicing.

I also had the great pleasure of presenting $547,000 on behalf of AMTA to the Massage Therapy Foundation during our Opening Session. AMTA continues to support the Foundation to ensure that massage therapy education and practice are evidence-informed and to help support the Foundation’s efforts to conduct significant research on the use, safety and effects of therapeutic massage.

Minneapolis was a great location to serve as the backdrop of our National Convention. Congratulations to the AMTA Minnesota Chapter for helping to make the entire event a huge success. I continue to hear positive buzz from attendees. They are truly grateful that they attended this convention, and, like me, are already making plans to join AMTA again in 2011!

See you in Portland!

Kathleen Miller-Read
AMTA President


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