Continuing Education - Thursday, September 14

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

Current Research: Massage & Pain (Research Track)


Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) is the program director and principal investigator for the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) under the department of Military Emergency Medicine.

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.

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

This session counts toward the research requirements for Board Certification renewal.

Applying Kinesiology & Biomechanics in Massage Therapy


Whitney Lowe directs the Academy of Clinical Massage, offering certification and advanced training to therapists worldwide. His career spans two decades and includes extensive clinical work, research, publication and teaching in advanced and orthopedic massage. He is the author of Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy.

Recognizing forces that produce tissue stress throughout the body can help identify soft tissue pain and injury conditions. Kinesiology and biomechanics provide methods to fully understand movement and its impairment. Learn human mechanics and explore engaging ways to use biomechanical principles to better understand movement and pain relief. 

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 an advocate for massage licensing and is an AMTA past president.

Clark Simpson is president/CEO of The Clark Group Associates, Inc., which consults allied health care businesses in strategic planning. He is an adjunct professor in Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. Clark received GLATA's President’s Excellence Award and NATA's Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. He is an IATA Hall of Fame inductee.

Third-party reimbursement is rapidly changing. 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.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Diabetes

Julie Goodwin is a longtime educator and an NCBTMB approved provider. She is the author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and creator of She was named the 2016 AFMTE Educator of the Year.

The incidence of all types of diabetes has increased, especially type 2 diabetes. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for diabetes empowers practitioners to create a safe and effective massage experience.

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.

Massage & Pregnancy


Susan Salvo is a board certified massage therapist with more than 30 years of experience. She is the principal instructor at the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy, has written several massage textbooks and is pursuing a doctorate in education.

Learn ways to modify massage during each trimester of pregnancy and the postpartum period. Review pathologies related to pregnancy, when massage should be postponed and when referrals should be made to appropriate health care providers. Stay current with new developments in the field and relevant research findings.

A Massage Therapist's Guide to Malpractice

Jennifer Flynn is manager for Aon/Affinity Insurance Services, Inc., Healthcare Division, specializing in risk management. With 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.

"It's nice to know that I am part of an organization that is backing me 100 percent."

Kristie W., AMTA member since 2011