AMTA member Amy Zampella skillfully used her background as a massage therapist to open her own wellness center. Read about the many pros and a few cons.
How did you get started in massage?
I have always been interested in health and medicine. I almost went to college for pharmacy, but I wound up studying environmental science so I could be closer to home. I later became interested in natural health and integrative medicine. Massage therapy sounded like a good fit—I always wanted to have my own business and work in a natural healing field.
How long have you been practicing?
Talk about your education.
Attending Crystal Mountain School of Massage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1997 was a life changing experience. Never had I shared so much with fellow classmates (about 12 of us) – physically, emotionally and spiritually. The instructors were wonderful—well-educated and sensitive to the needs of the students in every way.
What is your current setting?
I own Heartline Wellness Center, a small, quiet healing space. I share the space with another massage therapist, a myofascial trigger point therapist and an acupuncturist. We operate independent practices but enjoy referring to each other often.
What do you enjoy most ?
I love owning my own wellness center and getting to work with the other practitioners.
The only real challenge is finding a new office practitioner when someone moves on – often because they are moving away or changing careers. It's not fun paying for an empty office.
A typical day ...
I usually spend an hour in the morning doing yoga or walking , and I cook my breakfast and lunch. I usually see four clients per day, completing paperwork in–between, whether it be personal injury forms, taxes or just SOAP notes. I double as the office cleaning person—I have to fit in vacuuming, cleaning and stocking the bathrooms when the office is quiet. I try to take at least 20 minutes per day for catching up on Massage Therapy Journal or other industry publications.
How has AMTA impacted your career?
I could have never imagined the positive impact that AMTA has had on my professional life. Having made friends all over the state and the country, I get more referrals to my practice from my fellow members. Volunteering returns only good things to my practice—my name and business get more recognition, I meet new potential clients, and I learn amazing new things from my fellow therapists!
And your advice?
Follow the three P's: Be punctual, professional and positive.This will go a long way in creating a successful career.
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