MT BOK part 2

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Task Force Member BiographiesBryan Fong, LMT, MBA, NCTMB
Megan E. Lavery, LMT, CZB, NCTMB
Kevin Pierce, LMT, MBA
Susan G. Salvo, BEd, LMT, NTS, CI, NCTMB
Steven Schenkman, BS, LMT
Dawn M. Schmidt, BS, LMT
JoEllen Sefton
Michael Shea, PhD, LMT
Chip Hines, MS, PMP, LMT, NCTMB

Bryan Fong, LMT, MBA, NCTMB
Bryan Fong has been a Massage Therapist for over 12 years and is Licensed in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. He specializes in chronic pain and injury related rehabilitation and has also worked as a Massage Therapist in the spa industry. Bryan has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Accounting. He brings a wealth of business related experience to the MTBOK project, including time as a business franchise owner and as an Administrator in a large Rehabilitation Center managing 7 departments and over 120 full time staff members. His mix of knowledge and skills in the Massage Therapy profession and in business management and operation will be a great asset to the MTBOK project.�  Bryan Fong

Megan E. Lavery, LMT, CZB, NCTMB
Megan Lavery is a Certified Zero Balancer and Massage Therapist with 16 years experience. She has worked extensively with the Kentucky legislative process in areas relating to massage therapy laws and relationships with other healthcare fields, as well as being an advocate for LMTs in the state. Ms. Lavery teaches in both an entry-level massage school, and as a CEU provider. She is on the faculty, and the National Board of Directors, of the Zero Balancing Health Association. She has a private practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky specializing in Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, and Zero Balancing.
Megan Lavery

Kevin Pierce, LMT, MBA
Kevin Pierce has over 15 years experience as a nationally certified Massage Therapy practitioner, educator and administrator. As a therapist, Kevin’s career focuses primarily on rehabilitative work with post accident clients and semi-pro & professional athletes. His education and administrative experience includes classroom & lab instruction, program management, faculty training and setting standards of practice and professionalism on a national level in both the hands-on and education fields of Massage Therapy. He holds a Bachelors degree in Communications and a Masters in Business Administration. He is currently the National Program Director of Massage Therapy for Anthem Education Group. He serves as a member of the Community Service Grant Committee with the Massage Therapy Foundation and brings expertise to the MTBOK in the areas of curriculum development, content analysis and education program development.
Kevin Pierce

Susan G. Salvo, BEd, LMT, NTS, CI, NCTMB
Susan G. Salvo is a massage therapist with over 25 years of experience. She is an instructor at the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy and author of Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice and Mosby�s Pathology for Massage Therapists as well as contributing author to several other massage therapy textbooks. Ms Salvo holds an associate degree in History and a baccalaureate degree in Education from McNeese State University, where she is currently working on her Masters of Science in Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology. Ms. Salvo has been married to her childhood friend, Michael Breaux, since 1990 and has 5 children and 5 stepchildren. In her free time, she likes to cook, travel, read aloud to children, and watch old movies.Susan Salvo

Steven Schenkman, BS, LMT
Steven Schenkman, education consultant to career colleges, allied health, business & massage therapy schools, served as President of The New York College for Wholistic Health, Education, & Research (now known as the NY College of Health Professions) from 1989 through 2001. A NYS licensed Massage Therapist since 1984 Steven was a founding Board member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), Chairman of the NY State Massage Therapy Board and President of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). Steven is the author of a new book “Massage Therapy: What It Is and How It Works” for Cengage Learning scheduled for publication 7/09.To learn more about Steven Schenkman:
Steve Schenkman

Dawn M. Schmidt, BS, LMT
Dawn Schmidt has an eclectic massage practice in Washington. She�s experienced in education, currently adjunct faculty at Bastyr University, formerly Director of Education and Instructor at Brenneke School of Massage. She holds a Teaching Credential in Physical Education/Kinesiology. She served as commissioner on the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), founding member of Academic Consortium on Complimentary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) and contributing member of Massage Therapy Research Consortium (MTRC). She consults on research as well as ethical and legalissues for the massage profession.
Dawn Schmidt

JoEllen Sefton
Dr. Sefton, ATC, CMT has been a State and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist for almost 15 years, and a Certified Athletic Trainer for 8 years. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Auburn University where she develops and teaches courses related to neuromechanics, massage and sports medicine. She is the Director of the Auburn Neuromechanics Research Laboratory, where she studies how massage therapy influences the neuromuscular and physiological systems; and how to utilize this knowledge to improve clinical outcomes. She brings experience as a massage practitioner, massage business owner, researcher/author, grant writer, developer/instructor in higher education, and a credentialed allied health care practitioner.
Joellen Sefton

Michael Shea, PhD, LMT
Michael J. Shea, Ph.D. has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 1976. He has been an advanced Rolfer, was one of the first certified Full Instructors of CranioSacral Therapy in 1986.Michael has a doctorate in Somatic Psychology from the Union Institute and a Masters degree in Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University. He is adjunct faculty, doctoral committee member and teaches human embryology in the pre & perinatal psychology doctoral programs at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He mentors doctoral dissertations in manual therapy at the International University of Professional Studies. His clinical focus is on treating infants and children with neurological problems and trauma for the past 25 years. He is the author of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Volumes One and Two.Michael Shea

MTBOK Project ManagerChip Hines, MS, PMP, LMT, NCTMB
Chip Hines is a former senior federal government project manager and is a PMI-certified project management professional (PMP). He brings with him a wealth of experience in managing large-scale projects that require consensus building within a diverse community. Chip is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (Maryland) who is NCBTMB certified and has taught advanced bodywork at the Baltimore School of Massage.
Chip Hines 



ABMP State Regulation Guide
Business Case Summary

Checklist of MTBOK Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Coverage
DOL Occupational Outlook 2008-2009
Iowa Reflexology Study 2004
MBLEx Content Outline
NCBTMB Candidate Handbook
NCBTMB Needs Assessment Survey Report

Developmental Versions of the MTBOKSecond Draft (most recent)Second Draft Press ReleaseFirst DraftFirst Draft Press Release

Download Event Flyer for the MTBOK Stakeholder Input Session which was held September 24, 2009 in Orlando,FL

MTBOK Stewards Direction for the MTBOK Development Process

Develop a Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge with integrity and transparency in accordance with the values presented in the business case and that the profession can adopt confidently.

Shared Values of Stewardship

Inclusion – The MTBOK must be established for the profession by the profession. All major stakeholders in the profession should participate in some way.

Transparency – Continuous two-way communication should be maintained in some form with all major stakeholders in the profession, including access to the work in progress and the results of the work.

Validity – The MTBOK must be well vetted through a community of subject matter experts as well as through the larger community of stakeholders in the profession – practitioners, educators, researchers, organizations that support these professionals, consumers, allied professions, healthcare and spa employers/providers, etc. The MTBOK needs to continue to remain valid even as the profession and its environment evolve. It needs to have a commitment to an ongoing review through its evolution.

Breadth � The MTBOK should be universally applicable across the full breadth of the massage therapy profession. The breadth of a BOK is typically expressed as the �scope of practice� of the profession � in this case, the boundaries within which massage therapists practice.

Independence – The initiative should be conducted by a taskforce independent from the control or undue influence of any stakeholder group or other professional entity. As part of its independence, the taskforce should share its results with the profession broadly, and should not seek �approval� or �ratification� from any stakeholder group.

Adaptability/Flexibility – Things are constantly changing during a complex initiative involving multiple stakeholders like this. So the people involved need to be able to quickly adapt to changes in their environment.

Collective Agreement – The working relationship of the stewards will involve a collective agreement; each of the organizations and its principals agrees on a framework and �ground rules� for proceeding with this initiative.