AMTA 2023 Schools Summit Education Sessions

The AMTA 2023 Schools Summit will take place February 9-10 in Kansas City, MO. This event will feature high-quality educational programming designed to strengthen and support your massage therapy school, your career and your students.

Stay tuned for additional programming information. 

Using Exams to Properly Assess Your Students’ Knowledge

In this session, learn how to best design oral and practical exams to accurately assess if students have grasped the necessary knowledge in a course. Find out how to use exams to better understand your students’ skills and abilities. Glean additional tips on how to identify and correct areas that need improvement in your existing courses.

Kathy Paholsky, BCTMB, LMT is a licensed massage therapist who has spent much of her work and volunteer time in curriculum design and development. She believes it’s important for every massage therapist to identify and build upon their strengths in a supportive environment.

Educators Panel: Elevating Your Students’ Soft Skills and Professionalism

Hear our panel of top educators discuss the importance of teaching soft skills to students. From communication, adaptability, and critical thinking to time management, explore how these invaluable skills can elevate your students’ professionalism and increase their marketability to employers as they enter the workplace.

Kathy Paholsky, BCTMB, LMT is a licensed massage therapist who has spent much of her work and volunteer time in curriculum design and development. She believes it’s important for every massage therapist to identify and build upon their strengths in a supportive environment.

Susan Salvo, EdD, BCTMB, LMT has over 40 years of experience in the massage profession and holds a doctorate in education. She teaches at the LA Institute of Massage Therapy and the New Mexico School of Massage. Susan is an internationally known author and speaker, and has written several massage textbooks and online courses.

Demara Stamler became a certified massage therapist in 1989 and had a thriving practice until 2008 when she shifted gears and became a Director of Accreditation for a national accreditor. She was also previously the Executive Director at the Potomac Massage Training Institute where she taught business classes. Demara continues her passion for the massage therapy field through her work as a certified Transformational Results Coach, speaker and teacher.

AMTA Research Profession Report

Get an overview of this insightful AMTA resource designed to give you the information you need to improve your school, address the needs of your students and respond to changes within the profession. Take advantage of this opportunity to engage in discussions with fellow attendees about how to use this report as soon as you return home! All summit attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the resource.

Winona Bontrager, LPN, BCTMB, LMT has been a massage therapist since 1986. She founded the Lancaster School of Massage in Pennsylvania in 1991 and is an AMTA Past President, serving on the board for over 15 years. Winona is currently a Partner for Health on the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) and continues to be active on national committees that involve massage and healthcare.

Cynthia Ribeiro, LMT is the advanced program developer and an instructor at the National Holistic Institute (NHI). She founded the Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, and was an honorary professor at the University of California-Irvine Medical School. Cynthia is an AMTA Past President.

Enrollment and Retention Tools for Your Massage School

Once you get potential students in the door for a tour, how do you keep them engaged and excited? In this session, learn about the best practices for designing your school tour, the orientation and the pre-enrollment process. Discover how to effectively inspire students to take the bold step to becoming a massage practitioner while also clearly explaining the necessary requirements they need to know. Find out how taking a heart-centered, service-oriented approach can help convert leads and enroll more students in your school.

Demara Stamler became a certified massage therapist in 1989 and had a thriving practice until 2008 when she shifted gears and became a Director of Accreditation for a national accreditor. She was also previously the Executive Director at the Potomac Massage Training Institute where she taught business classes. Demara continues her passion for the massage therapy field through her work as a certified Transformational Results Coach, speaker and teacher.

A Self-Care Plan for Massage Administrators and Educators

Self-care is vital to all of us in the massage profession. As we serve members in our communities, it can take its toll on us both mentally and physically. In this session, we will explore the science of self-care together and discuss the best ways to support our well-being. We’ll take a close look at the latest body mechanics principles and tools for preventing professional burnout. Come get reenergized and leave with a self-care plan that fits your needs and aspirations.

Susan Salvo, EdD, BCTMB, LMT has over 40 years of experience in the massage profession and holds a doctorate in education. She teaches at the LA Institute of Massage Therapy and the New Mexico School of Massage. Susan is an internationally known author and speaker, and has written several massage textbooks and online courses.

Closing Panel: Issues Facing Massage Schools and Educators

Close out Schools Summit with our panel of thought leaders who will discuss current issues that impact students, educators and schools. Listen as our panelists discuss how to solve important issues your school may be experiencing too. Bring back ideas and plans that you can easily implement in your school environment.

Check back soon to see the speakers for this session.