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Closing Session | AMTA 2018 National Convention

Military Veterans and Massage Therapy 

Saturday, August 11, 2pm | 2 CE Credits

Dr. Niki Munk is a massage therapist and assistant professor of Health Sciences at Indiana University. She is one of 13 international Fellows in ARCCIM’s International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership Program and a co-investigator on the VA TOMCATT study. Prior to academia, Dr. Munk was Program Director and a lead instructor for the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Today, she uses research to help bridge the accessibility gap by building a stronger evidence for the field in hopes it will lead to increased routine 3rd party coverage for massage therapy. 

Nicole Miller is a professional educator, community educator and massage therapist. As an Integrative Medicine Coordinator at Crouse Health, she facilitates patient education programs, including the Perinatal Anxiety & Depression program. Supported by experiences in higher education administration and instruction, she created the Caring Hands & Hearts Massage for Veterans program.

Dr. 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.

Military veterans can face health concerns upon returning from service, from chronic pain related to physical injuries to emotional and psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research indicates massage therapy can benefit military veterans and the unique challenges they might face.

A panel of experts—Dr. Niki Munk, Nicole Miller and Dr. Chester 'Trip' Buckenmaier—will discuss the science and benefits of massage therapy for military veterans and how to work with military veterans in your massage practice. 

Joining the closing session will be Sergeant Noah Galloway who will share his inspiring story of real-life determination and the importance of considering all aspects of veterans health. Sgt. Galloway was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Just three months into his second tour of duty, he experienced a life-changing injury, losing his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Galloway realized there was more to him than the injuries and set a goal to get back in shape, be healthier and inspire others.  Now a fitness guru and motivational speaker, Galloway travels the country sharing his story, encouraging and motivating others to offer no excuses. Most recently, Galloway lead his team to victory on the FOX series American Grit and took third place in Season 20 of ABC's hit series, Dancing with the Stars.


Online registration is closed. Register on-site at the convention starting August 8.

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