Thursday, October 27 Education

1:30-3:30pm, repeated 4-6pm | 2 Credit Hours

Talking to Your Clients About Skin Cancer

Amanda Friedrichs, M.D., specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the many forms of skin cancer, acne, eczema and psoriasis. She volunteers with the American Academy of Dermatology and educates the public about the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection.

The American Academy of Dermatology will discuss what massage therapists should know about skin cancer. Get tips on different types of cancer and how you can comfortably approach a client about a lesion.

The Impact of Massage Therapy on the Performance of Professional Para-athletes

Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and has been a massage therapist and AMTA member since 1999. She is interested in massage therapy research and working with paraatheletes to improve their performance and quality of life. 

Ruth McDonough is a 1997 graduate of the Florida School of Massage, and is passionate about her career path. She believes the key to success as wellness facilitators is educating ourselves and those we serve.

Examine current research on the effect of massage on the performance of Roger C. Peace Paracycling Team members. Massage therapists involved in the project will present data and discuss the science of sports massage for para-athletes.

Navigating the Massage Therapy Reimbursement Maze

Nancy Porambo has been in private practice for 25 years, specializing in neuromuscular therapy and chronic pain. She completed graduate studies in 2002 and teaches in massage schools, as well as college-level psychology courses. Nancy is active in the AMTA-PA Chapter, is an advocate for massage licensure and is a past AMTA President.

Clark Simpson is President/CEO of The Clark Group Associates, Inc., which consults and coaches allied health care businesses and organizations in strategic planning and project management. He is an adjunct professor in Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. Clark has been inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame, received the GLATA President’s Excellence Award and NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

Third-party reimbursement is rapidly changing, which makes navigating the maze complicated. Massage therapists who bill or are interested in billing insurance for reimbursement will review the changes (CPT, ICD 9 to 10, Qualified Healthcare Provider Status, the impact of state regulation) and participate in discussions to make more informed decisions.

Totally Allowable Expenses

Margo Bowman has been a practicing accountant for over 50 years, specializing in small business taxation and record keeping. In addition, Margo is also a Licensed Massage Therapist in Oregon, giving her unique insight into the needs of massage therapists.

Learn to make the paperwork side of your business less taxing by knowing which records to keep and what they need to say. Get all the allowable deductions to be able to pay the least legal tax that you may owe.

A Massage Therapist's Guide to Malpractice

Jennifer Flynn is manager for Aon/Affinity Insurance Services, Inc., Healthcare Division, specializing in risk management. After 10 years in health care insurance, she is dedicated to education professional liability risks and offering strategies to mitigate those risks.

Lynn Pierce is a risk control consultant for CNA Healthcare. She is experienced in health care risk management, quality, HIPAA privacy, environmental and patient safety, case management, corporate compliance, Workers’ Compensation and infection control.

Even the best massage therapists can make mistakes or be perceived as having caused injury. Learn risks (and how to avoid them), strategies to protect yourself and steps to take in event of a lawsuit.

Hospital-Based Massage Therapy


MK Brennan has been a massage therapist since 1991. She manages a hospital case management department and provides massage in hospital and hospice settings. She is her hospital’s Integrative Healthcare Committee chair, ACCAHC HBMT task force member, Society for Oncology Massage president and a past AMTA president.

As massage therapy gains acceptance in health care, practitioners need to understand the hospital setting. Learn about Hospital Based Massage Therapy models, reimbursement, regulations and training in the hospital setting.

Current Research: Massage Therapy & Pain (Research Track)

Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, Ph.D., is a research professor at the National University of Health Sciences and adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served as a principal investigator on massage therapy and chiropractic care research studies for more than 20 years. Jerrilyn is president of Massage Therapy Foundation.

Courtney Boyd, MA, is a program manager at Samueli Institute and contributes to the development, enhancement and teaching of evidence-based research methodologies. She reviews research evidence and translates complementary and integrative therapies into practice. She has coauthored several presentations and peer-reviewed publications on integrative medicine, cognitive aging, military performance, stress and pain.

Pain is a major public health concern, significantly affecting the physical and emotional quality of life of approximately 100 million Americans. The Samueli Institute, through funding by the Massage Therapy Foundation with support from AMTA, conducted a systematic review and metanalysis of published science on massage therapy and pain. Review important findings on the impact of massage therapy for individuals with chronic pain, cancer-related pain and surgical pain.

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