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Meet Your 2015-2016 AMTA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected by AMTA members and is responsible for effectively managing AMTA’s resources to ensure the delivery of high-quality member benefits. The board also evaluates current trends and develops plans to advance AMTA and the massage therapy profession. 

Jeff Smoot
Elk City, Oklahoma

I am honored and excited to begin my term as your AMTA president in 2015. I first joined the AMTA as a student in 1991. I chose an AMTA/COMTA approved 1150 hour school located in Colorado Springs, which focused on the research and techniques developed by Dr. Janet Travell. After graduation, I completed courses offered by Judith Delany and became a Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist (CNMT). I was impressed with the passion and devotion that AMTA volunteers had for their profession. They wanted rules, regulations, standards of education and licensing in every state. They were focused on serving their members, funding research and advancing the profession. AMTA was recognized as the premier group—the best—and, 24 years later, we still are. I currently own and operate the Myofascial Pain Clinic located in my home town of Elk City, Oklahoma, population 12,000. My practice is truly a “family practice”; it includes my mother, my sister, my daughter, my aunt and three nieces. We have established a steady client base and have definitely made a difference in the lives of those living in our community.




Nathan J. Nordstrom
Savannah, GA

I have seen a difference in how our profession is perceived in the north (Oregon) and in the south (Georgia). This nation is working hard to figure out what we are and why we do it. I have worked hard to create a place in “integrated medicine” for massage therapy as a partner of the health and wellness team. In April 2001, I started my practice with the mission “Educating to create health.” I now use this mission with each client, in teaching at massage schools, through continuing education and in my volunteer work. I support my profession, colleagues, mentors, co-workers, my foundation and my association.



Nancy M. Porambo
Jim Thorpe, PA

I had the great fortune to introduce my community to the benefits of neuromuscular therapy over 25 years ago when I established a practice caring for people with chronic pain. What started as a part-time venture quickly evolved into a full-time practice as my client base increased through recommendations and referrals from medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors and allied health care professionals. Education has always been at the center of my promotional strategy. I have had the pleasure to teach courses in structural bodywork, business plan development, fibromyalgia and psychology. I started volunteer work with the Pennsylvania Chapter in 1992. While serving as chapter President, I witnessed the passage of the licensure bill and was honored to receive the first license in Pennsylvania. The arc of my massage therapy career is represented by a variety of roles from private practitioner to my current position as national leader. I am grateful for the life experiences AMTA has given me and I will continue to support AMTA as it moves forward on a path marked by professionalism, advocacy and public service!




Kathie Lea
Baton Rouge, LA

I’ve practiced massage since 1986 as a contractor, sole practitioner, instructor, school owner and day spa owner. I’ve had the honor of volunteering with AMTA since 1988, first at the chapter level in many positions including president, then as a national communications committee member and chair. I am excited to enter my second year as vice president. With our strong leadership, I know we will step confidently forward into AMTA's vision for the future.





Dolly Wallace
Muskegon, MI

Membership in AMTA has enriched my life in more ways than I could have imagined! I became a member in 1988 and have been in private practice full time for 27 years. I served as AMTA-Michigan Chapter unit treasurer early in my career. In addition, I have served on several national committees and workgroups. I chaired the Government Relations Committee 2004-2007 and served on the National Board of Directors from 1996-1999 and 2010 to present. I am passionate about being the voice of our members and remembering them when making board decisions. It is a privilege and an honor to be of service to our members and our profession.




John Combe
La Grande, Oregon

I would like to first off, thank every member for being an AMTA Member!  Shortly after joining AMTA I was asked by our Chapter President to take on the role as chapter membership chair, and the rest is history.  Having served at both chapter and national levels over the last 15 years, I have always been an advocate for the members’ voice.  Having been an owner of a Wellness Center during the last 15 years, I could not imagine navigating all of the items without AMTA as my professional family.  I look forward to serving and talking with each of you over the next few years.



Glyn Desmond
Monroe, WA

I have been a therapist and a professional member of AMTA since 1998. I have always loved the treatment side of massage, and in March 2000 I founded Monroe Therapeutic Massage PS. We employ about 70 massage therapists in seven clinics and four hospital locations. The practice is mostly based on billing medical insurance companies for massage services. I look forward to working with the board to broaden the public's exposure to massage and the expertise of AMTA members.




Maureen P. Hoock
Shrewsbury, MO

I became a massage therapist in 1992, the year before finishing my MSPT at St. Louis University, to enhance my massage skills and to better treat the skin hunger I saw in the geriatric home care patients I worked with. I immediately joined AMTA to be part of what I knew to be the professional organization for massage therapists. I served on the Missouri Chapter Board of Directors from spring 1995 until February 2013, and served as education chair and 3rd VP, 1st VP, president, and IPP. I have also had the opportunity to serve as a national volunteer on the COC and the HODOC. I have a private massage practice out of my home office where I see clients for pain relief and athletic injury recovery and prevention. I look forward to continuing to serve a second term as member-at-large beginning in March 2015.



Joan Nichols
Stockbridge, GA

I joined AMTA as a student member in 1998. After graduating from massage therapy school, I felt prepared to go into private practice. In 2000, I became a chapter leader in the Georgia chapter; here, I served in several positions including chapter president from 2006- 2010. I have also served at the national level on the Chapter President Council as alternate moderator in 2009, and chairperson of the National Volunteer Workforce Structure Workgroup in 2011 and committee member in 2010 and 2012. Because of my passion at school visits and for the student members, I became a massage therapy instructor at Georgia Career Institute in 2008; here I have the joy of helping to shape the future of students in the massage therapy field. My teaching and practice philosophy is grounded in honest communications and respect for my clients and students with a compassionate attitude. I am honored to be returning to the AMTA National Board of Directors as a member-at-large.


Ed Sansbury
Raleigh, NC

My involvement in AMTA began as a student in 1996 and transitioned to professional member upon graduation. I started working in a private practice and was fortunate to also spend over 14 years in a multidisciplinary practice, learning how massage is an integral part of health care. I served many roles on the chapter board for over 10 years, including chapter president for four years. It was a privilege for me to have served on the National Board from 2011-2013 as member-at-large and am honored to be back in that role. I look forward to serving with my colleagues as we seek to serve our more members and advance the profession.


Hailey Strampel
Denver, CO

I chose to attend the Boulder College of Massage Therapy back in 2001 due to its impeccable reputation and its non-profit status. I joined the AMTA as a student member in 2003 for similar reasons. Since that time, I have volunteered for the Colorado Chapter Education Committee and Community Service Massage Team, as well as serving as Chapter Treasurer, Chapter Delegate, and most recently, the Chapter Office Administrator. I have strengthened my professional skills while serving the AMTA, but of the most value to me are the friendships I have formed. I am now in my 11th year of operating my private practice, Vacation Within ~ Massage, focusing on what I refer to as therapeutic relaxation. My driving philosophy is that everybody needs healthy touch in their lives. I find working with the elderly, physically disabled and developmentally disabled the most rewarding. I believe that when my clients and I work as a team toward a common goal, better results are achieved faster. I believe that when massage therapists work together toward a common goal, the profession is elevated, and both massage therapists and consumers of massage benefit.

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