Instructors

 

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, is the author of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, (3rd Ed.) (2014, Findhorn Press) and Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client (2005, Lippincott Williams and Wilkin). I first began working with and massaging oncology patients at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Since 1994 I have taught and supervised massage therapists on the oncology medical/surgical in-patient units, in the chemo infusion clinics, radiation oncology, apheresis and the bone marrow transplant unit. It has been my incredible good fortune to share and exchange knowledge with therapists around the United States, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, and Holland. I am a founding member of the Society for Oncology Massage and the Iris Cancer Partnership in Scotland, as well as being the creator of the Oncology Massage Healing Summit and Oncology Massage Education Associates. The creation of and involvement with communities is one of the things that makes my heart sing. The other deep desire is the support of therapists and teachers in finding their work in the world.

Contact Gayle at: medhands825@gmail.com

 

Jamie Elswick, BSc, LMT, NCBTMB

Jamie Elswick, BSc, LMT, NCBTMB, has been a massage therapist since 1992 and a massage educator since 1994. Her work has included scar tissue and lymphatic work for post-treatment cancer patients as well as comfort-based massage for those currently in treatment. She teaches courses in oncology massage, anatomy and physiology, and advanced structural bodywork at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Jamie has been the coordinator and trainer for the Providence Alaska Medical Center oncology massage volunteer program since 2003. She is a graduate of the Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training, a 400-hour certification course.

Contact Jamie at: Jamie.Elswick907@gmail.com.
Website: www.northernraventherapeutics.com

 

Meg Robsahm, MEd, LMP, NCBTMB

Meg Robsahm, MEd, LMP, NCBTMB, believes that bodywork can be an olive branch of peacefulness to the soul. She has been in practice since 2001 specializing in oncology and hospice massage. She teaches Massage for People Living with Cancer © and has developed the class Bodywork in End of Life Care: Journeys in Dying©, which she teaches around the country. Meg co-authored chapter 11 in the 3rd Edition of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer with Gayle MacDonald. She has also authored articles on end of life care. She has taught at the Rochester Mayo Clinic and is a regular presenter for many organizations on topics such as oncology massage, hospice, and caring touch. Meg is the First Past President of the Society for Oncology Massage, a 2007 Graduate of the Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training and advisor to the Oncology Massage Healing Summit. Meg holds a M.Ed in Counseling Psychology. Prior to her massage career she was an instructor and counselor in higher education leadership positions.

Contact Meg at: meg.robsahm@gmail.com.
Website: www.compassionatetherapiess.com.

 

Jean Van Etten, BA, MBA, LMT

Jean Van Etten, BA, MBA, LMT, was the staff massage therapist for the Pluta Cancer Center in Rochester, NY for ten years, retiring from that position in 2013 while maintaining a private practice devoted to oncology clients. She developed the program at the Center which included comfort-oriented massage, massage for caregivers, and hand, foot and shoulder massage for patients in the chemo infusion room. She is a regular guest speaker at cancer support groups, organizations and massage education programs. Jean is a graduate of the 400-hour Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked in marketing, corporate relations and charitable giving.

Contact Jean at: jvanett1@rochester.rr.com

 

Mary Peifer, RN, LMT

Mary Peifer, RN, LMT, has been offering therapeutic massage and bodywork in Peoria, Illinois since 2005. As a Registered Nurse since 1995, Mary’s background in community health, along with oncology nursing experience, allows her to embrace the best of both worlds by offering education, nurturance, support and healing to those she serves. Besides a busy home-based practice, she is also the lead oncology massage oncology massage therapist for the STAR (Survivorship, Training and Rehabilitation) team at the Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Peoria. Mary also serves as oncology massage program supervisor for the Hult Center for Healthy Living, a non-profit organization serving all persons affected by cancer and its treatments.  She graduated from the Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training in November 2010.

Contact Mary at: bodykneadsllc@gmail.com
Website: www.thebodykneadsmassage.com

 

Annette Lovett, RSCN (Ireland & U.K.), LMT, CMLDT

Annette Lovett, RSCN (Ireland & U.K), LMT, CMLDT, received her pediatric nursing degree in Ireland in 1987. She worked in Dublin briefly before moving to London where her work was focused in pediatric intensive care.  Annette gained her massage license in 2011 and maintains a small private practice in Portland with a focus on oncology massage and chronic illness. A graduate of the Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training, she works part-time at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, providing massage to in-patients on the bone marrow transplant unit and the med/surgical oncology floor. Annette teaches Massage for the Chemotherapy Infusion Patient and is co-teacher, with Gayle MacDonald, of Massage in the Oncology Setting. For the last five years, she has assisted Gayle in the U.S and Ireland with Massage for People Living with Cancer.

Contact Annette at: annettelovett.lmt@gmail.com

 

Cheryl Smith, LMT

Cheryl Smith, LMT, has been practicing therapeutic massage in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2007.   Her own experience with cancer led her to dedicate her career to working with individuals with cancer.  Her private practice offers comfort-oriented massage, Manual Lymph Drainage and Eastern Massage work.  Cheryl started the oncology massage program at The Christ Hospital Cancer Center in 2010. It includes hand and foot massage for patients during their chemotherapy infusions and for oncology inpatients.  She was co-investigator and LMT for three IRB research studies on massage therapy and oncology patients in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.  She has also co-authored a research manuscript that will be published in 2015.  She graduated from the Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training in November 2013 with a certification in oncology massage.  Prior to becoming a massage therapist Cheryl worked as a broadcast producer in advertising and direct marketing.

Contact Cheryl at: cherylsmith.massage@gmail.com

 

Angela Secretan, DSM, DIR, DIA

Angela Secretan, DSM, DIR, DIA, since 1998, Angela has been the Complementary Therapy Co-ordinator at the Western General Hospital and the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, Scotland. She played a central role in setting up the service, which is provided mainly for people living with cancer. Therapists work on the oncology, heamatology, neurology, ICU,  chemotherapy infusion,  clinical trials, teenager - young adult wards and working in all wards within the palliative care service. Since 2003, Angela was involved in setting up Lavender Touch, a Scottish Borders Charity that provides complementary therapy for people living with cancer throughout the rural Borders area. In 2015, Angela and a colleague launched a range of aromatherapy products specifically developed for cancer patient.

Contact Angela at: angela@comptherapy.co.u
Website: www.www.LavenderTouch.co.uk

 

Mary Aguilera-Titus, LMT

Mary Aguilera-Titus, LMT, Mary Aguilera-Titus, BA, LMT, BCTMB has been in practice since 2002. She comes from a close knit family of seven, and when two of her sisters passed away in the summer of 2006 from breast cancer, the experience left an indelible mark and formed much of her approach and desire to support those living with cancer. Since 2009, Mary has worked at Suburban Hospital, in Bethesda, MD, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine. She works on the Oncology Unit, and is a member of the Palliative Care team. In addition, she has a private practice where she works with a wide variety of people, in varying states of health. Prior to her career in massage therapy, Mary worked as a case manager in Washington State, providing support to young adults with developmental disabilities. She is a charter member of S4OM, and has served both on the Board as well as the current chair of the Education Committee.

Contact Maryl at: fullcircle.mat@gmail.com