IN  TOUCH
August 2019
Are you a great massage therapist?
If not, why not?

Do you consider yourself to be great at what you do?  If not, what is holding you back?  Is it your location, your education ... your self-confidence?  What can you do in the last half of this year that would help you see yourself as a little bit greater than you are right now?

There are two opportunities to explore in October, if you need a little nudge.  On October 5, we are going to have a party from 4-6 pm in Boonville!  Come join us for appetizers and beverages!  Oh, and there will also be an Aromatherapy class right beforehand as well, if you want to come early!

And the National AMTA Convention is pretty close this year!  Indianapolis is only 5.5 hrs from STL!  It may not be right next door, but it sure is closer than Pasadena, Pittsburgh or Portand!  If you need to soak in the energy of other great therapists, you've just got to go to Indy!  It will be a great week!

Oh, and be sure to save the date for our 61st Annual AMTA-MO convention.  April 24 and 25, 2020!

Believe in yourself.  You are great at what you do!

Janene
AMTA-MO President
Upcoming Events
Aromatherapy - from the Ground Up

October 5, 2019
Starr Pines Farm
21298 Pleasant Hill Ln
Boonville, MO  65233

National AMTA Convention
October 24-26, 2019
Indiana Convention Center
100 S. Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN  46225
AMTA-MO 61st Convention
April 24-25, 2019
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Charles
380 Mulholland Dr.
St. Charles, MO  63303


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Amta-MO
List of Board of Directors, Committee Chairs 
and Delegates


President
Janene Sun
6211 S. Ridgewood Rd.
Columbia, MO 65203


Board Member
Membership Committee
Amy Lane

amylanemt1@me.com


Board Member
Membership Chair
Susan Toth Eggener
1504 Windsor
Columbia, MO 65201


Secretary
Rachel Skrabal
(573) 289-2711

Financial Administrator
Robin Paul
18450 Hwy 87
Boonville, MO  65233
chouteausprings@hotmail.com


Education Chair
Sheri Rohrbach
405 North Oak Street
California, MO 65018
(573) 375-3639

 
Government Relations Chair
Esteban Ruvalcaba
2718 Forum Blvd Ste 4B
Columbia, MO  65203
573-442-6628
pollicus@tranquility.net


Election Coordinator
Angeline Carmichael
(573) 819-3311
angeline.carmichael@gmail.com



National Massage Therapy
Awareness Week
How will you celebrate?

Come and celebrate being a  massage therapist! NMTAWeek is October 20-26 and we hope that many of you will be with us in Indianapolis at the National Convention that week.  For those who can't be at the Convention, we'd like to offer an Aromatherapy class and a party ... both out at Starr Pines Farm in Boonville!  Check your calendars now for October 5, 2019.  The class will be from 1-4pm and the party will be 4-6pm.  The class will be $15/person for supplies.  The party is free! Click on the link below to register!
Worth 3 CEs (but not NCB approved)






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Will you join us in Indy?
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Save the Date!

Our 2020 AMTA-MO Spring Convention will be April 24 & 25 in St Charles at the Drury Plaza Hotel. Reservations can be made at www.druryhotels.com or 1-(800)-325-0720 with the group code 2383011.

The early bird rate is $149.00 for double occupancy and is good until March 26, 2020. Check in time is 3:00, check out time is 11:00. If you are staying the Drury Plaza Hotel there is a Free Hot Breakfast, Free Evening Drinks and Snacks plus Free Wi-Fi.

This is going to be a convention you will not want to miss. St Charles is a beautiful town with many fun things to do in the evenings ( www.discoverstcharles.com). You will want to come a day early or stay an extra night. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss out!


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Government Relations

There are no legislative issues to report since the legislature has been out of session for several months. Yet there is big news. Loree Kessler, has retired. She has been a good friend to the profession.
Loree was the second person to serve as executive director of the Massage Therapy Board. She served in that capacity almost from the onset of the Board. Loree oversaw the promulgation of the rules that govern our practice in Missouri. When Loree was first appointed executive director, the Board had no money, since no one had yet been licensed. As is true for all new boards, the Massage Board borrowed money from state government in order to pay its expenses: staff, supplies, rent, mailings, etc. Loree proved to be an excellent money manager. Under her watch, the Board was able to repay the loan from the state sooner than expected.
Her management skills allowed the Board to maintain relatively low fees since the beginning of licensure. Some therapists may remember that during one renewal cycle, our renewal fees were waived. A few years ago, those same fees were reduced during another renewal cycle.
 
The Executive Director's job is to protect the consumers of massage therapy and to protect consumers of massage therapy education (massage students). She has been very successful in fulfilling these job goals. During Loree's tenure, the massage profession, in Missouri, has grown from about just over 1,500 licensed therapists, to just under 5,000.
 
A consumer of massage therapy, Loree understands the benefits of the profession. She has attended most of the AMTA state conventions since she became Director, and has made a point of staying as long as necessary to answer the questions of our members. She will be missed.
 
The new Executive Director of the state Board is Gloria Lindsey. I expect to work collegially with her, as I have with Loree.