Meet Your 2016-2017 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. 


Nathan J. Nordstrom
Oakesdale, WA 

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.




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.



Jeff Smoot
Elk City, OK

I am honored and excited to begin my term as your AMTA Immediate Past President in 2016. 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, 25 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.




Angela Barker
Winfield, WV

I graduated from Mountain State School of Massage in 2005 and started what has become one of my life’s greatest adventures. Over the last 11 years I have built a thriving orthopedic and sports-based practice in my home state of West Virginia. It was in my very first year of practice that I started volunteering at both the state and national levels for AMTA. Through the years, it has been my pleasure to serve not only our association, but others to help move our profession forward. In high school, I had a principal who had what he called an “open door policy.” That meant that if his door was open, then you were welcome and could discuss anything. He taught all of his students that our opinions mattered. With that in mind, let me say my door, my phone and my email are always open. Your thoughts, concerns and ideas matter. As a member of the AMTA national board of directors I promise to remember you, the member or potential member, in everything I do while representing you.



Christopher Deery 
Phoenixville, PA

I have been a massage therapist since 1996 and an AMTA Professional member since 2003. I have worked in many different settings, including a spa/salon environment, a private clinic, physical therapy clinics and athletic training rooms. I have taught both a massage therapy program and continuing education courses. I have had the honor to serve the Oklahoma chapter for nine years as chair of several committees and offices and as President of the chapter. I have also served on national workgroups, committees, and with the Commission on Candidacy. I now live and practice in my hometown of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. I fully enjoy and embrace being a member of AMTA, and am honored to serve on the AMTA National Board of Directors.



Cindy E. Farrar, LMT, BCTMB
Tucker, GA

I am committed to community, education and growth.  During the vast majority of my 19 years as a massage therapist, I have been an AMTA volunteer: 13 years on the national level and four years at the chapter Level. As a National Board Director, I bring the unique perspective of having just completed my term as chapter president, being involved with massage education in several capacities since 2000, in addition to owning a wellness center for 17 years that employs massage therapists and works closely with allied health and wellness professionals. 



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 a director, through February 2017. 




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 in 2008; I have had the joy of helping to shape the future of students in the massage therapy field.  My teaching, mentoring 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.




Patty Phillips
Renton, WA

I am a graduate of Tri-City School of Massage in Washington. Prior to becoming a massage student in 1991 I worked as a physical therapy aide in Yakima for eight years. Currently I own Get In Touch Therapy in Renton established in 1995. My clinic is health care integrated currently with acupuncture, physical therapy and hypnotherapy along with several LMT’s. I have been an AMTA-WA volunteer or over 20 years in many rolls including past chapter president, convention chair, and volunteer support. I also have served for over 20 years on the Renton Technical College Massage Advisory Board. At the national level I served on the Chapter Relations Committee for about 10 years. My husband David (also a massage therapist) and I are active on the Washington Sports Massage Team and participate in several charity events throughout the year, like Special Olympics and The Fireman’s Stairclimb fundraiser for Leukemia


Scott Raymond
Newington, CT

I am honored and excited to serve with such a dynamic group for my first term as an AMTA National Director. I graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) in 1998, and I became an AMTA member immediately after graduation. I have been active on many committees, teams and work groups on both the chapter and national levels. I was a member of the Connecticut Chapter Board of Directos for 12 years, including four years as president. I have always enjoyed giving back to the community that has given so much to me. I worked as an instructor at all three CCMT campuses, taught continuing education classes, and mentored local therapists as an externship site for CCMT.  In 2008, I co-founded The World Skin Project with Annie Powell. The World Skin Project is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization, and its mission is to reduce the occurrence of skin cancer through the promotion of early detection, prevention and awareness. Recently, I am a member of a team that began assisting The Polaris Project in their efforts to eliminate human trafficking in illicit massage businesses.  I am looking forward to this incredible journey. 



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 as a Director. 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 AMTA as a student member in 2003 for similar reasons. Since that time, I have volunteered for the Colorado Chapter in several volunteer, appointed, and elected positions. 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 12th 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 believe that when my clients and I work as a team toward a common goal, results are achieved faster. I believe that when massage therapists work together towards a common goal, the profession is elevated, and both massage therapists and consumers of massage benefit. I look forward to continuing to serve my fellow members and massage therapist colleagues as I start the 2nd year of my term. 


"AMTA and my chapter have already given me back so much
that I cannot believe I ever considered another group."

Chris B., AMTA member since 2012