Connecting Hands
July 30, 2019
Lobbyist Report
Jeffrey Montoya, President AMTA-WI Chapter and Steve Lyons, Lobbyist for AMTA-WI Chapter, have been working with state legislators from both political parties to pass legislation that allows for municipal governments to impose fines for those who are practicing massage therapy without a license. This legislation is targeted at those who pose as massage therapy professionals to do criminal activity. These few bad actors hurt the reputation of massage therapy and the reputation of the roughly 5,000 massage therapists in Wisconsin who are state-licensed health professionals.
The legislation, Assembly Bill 143, and the companion bill, Senate Bill 133, have continued to move through the legislative process. Montoya testified in both the State Assembly and State Senate. His testimony was invaluable to the success of the legislation moving forward. Assembly Bill 143 passed out of committee unanimously and then passed in the Wisconsin State Assembly with a vote of 99-0. Senate Bill 133 has passed out of committee with a unanimous vote and is awaiting action in the full Senate.
In related news, Montoya and Lyons are also working with local AMTA-WI members in the Kenosha area to help fight an oppressive city ordinance.  
We will continue to keep AMTA-WI Chapter members briefed as these issues (and others) arise that impact AMTA-WI Chapter members.
Stephen J. Lyons
AMTA WI Chapter Board Meeting Schedule
AMTA WI Chapter holds board meetings throughout the year. We encourage our members to join us. If you have any questions, please contact our President Jeffrey Montoya at

August 4, 2019 - 4pm to 6pm Go To Meeting
September 15, 2019 - 4pm to 6pm Go To Meeting
November 17, 2019 - 4pm to 6pm Go To Meeting

Please attend meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone using Go To Meeting:
You can also dial in using your Phone: Call 1-872-240-3412
Access code: 889-735-813
AMTA Wisconsin Members
Appointed to Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy
 Affiliated Credentialing Board
Our state's affiliated credentialing board has had its ups and downs over the last year.  Fortunately, two AMTA Wisconsin Chapter members have stepped up to serve our profession in this important way.  They were appointed by Gov. Evers to four-year terms on the board.  
We asked them to tell us about themselves:
Gregory Quandt, LMT
How long have you been a massage therapist? 
I’ve been growing, learning and evolving in our profession since 2001. I originally began my practice working at Capital Fitness which afforded so many amazing opportunities within the sphere of massage, but also becoming a group exercise instructor in multiple modalities. 

Where do you practice? 
In May of 2009 I opened my own studio Body Achaeology which has flourished into my favorite place. It’s a curated space that invites people to feel safe and allow for therapies across many styles. Whether is structural, chronic pain, stress, energetic blockages or a need to breathe deep and relax my space can accommodate. 

What made you apply to the board?/What do you hope to accomplish for our field?
I was approached by Governor Evers chief of staff Maggie Gau, whom I know professionally, to be on the board. My 2019 New Years resolution was to become more involved with my profession outside of my little studio and her call to arms was exactly what I’d been waiting for! 

Anything else you’d like to share.
I’ve spent the last several years a bit in my own silo, not being a part of the larger body worker community outside of workshops and trainings. I’m very much looking forward to learning new things and discovering what moves our tribe. I have been so impressed by the passionate, talented and extremely intelligent therapists that call this craft theirs. I’m very much looking forward to working for and with them!
Jaime Ehmer, LMT
How long have you been a massage therapist? 
I have been a massage therapist for 13 years.  I got my start in equine (horse) massage and then progressed into human massage.

Where do you practice?   
I am the program director and instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for the Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay Campuses.  I also have a very small practice based out of my home.

What made you apply to the board?/What do you hope to accomplish for our field? 
I am the technical college seat on the board. Since there are only 3 technical colleges in the state, I felt it extremely important to apply so that we would be represented. 
We'd also like to recognize Betsy Krizenesky, LMT who has been serving on the board since it was created by law. Although Betsy's term expired last year, she continues to serve until her replacement to the board is in place. Thank you for your many years of service to our profession, Betsy!

The Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board, created in Wis. Stat. § 15.406(6), is affiliated with the Medical Examining Board and has authority as outlined in Wis. Stat. ch. 460.. Contact: Yolanda Y. McGowan, Division Administrator.
2019 International Massage Therapy Research Conference
Submitted by: Alisha Mell, LMT
AMTA WI Board Member

Advocacy. Such a powerful and meaningful word that I feel encompasses one of my large take away pieces from the 2019 International Massage Therapy Research Conference. It was impactful to see such a large, diverse group of dedicated therapists come together to learn and advocate more for the profession as a whole, their clients, general public and for personal reasons. 

As therapists we are always working to have a voice for our skill. This conference provided some dynamic speakers and researchers who are truly working to give us a more impactful voice with evidence through studies and informative findings. The studies presented were on pain management, arthritis, low back pain, anxiety disorders, breast cancer and addressing the opioid epidemic. While I understood prior to attending research is important and time consuming, it was awe-inspiring to see the immense work that takes years to develop and the intricacies of the research process. In addition to the speakers, there was a room that was dedicated to studies.
Please take a moment to visit the Massage Therapy Foundation and the poster boards that were presented:   Click Here

Post first day, a networking opportunity and social was provided by two wonderful advocates and supporters of our profession: Performance Health and Massage Warehouse. This opportunity allowed many therapists to discuss and network, which was such a gift. I truly appreciate their continued sponsorship and support of our profession's events which affords our profession to thrive. 
The Massage Therapy Foundation has done an absolutely amazing and effective job developing the research conferences and advocating on our behalf as therapists.
Please take some time to visit their website: 

They provide a remarkable amount of information to support you as well as create additional opportunities that may interest you. There are connections for further reading with the International Journal Of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork , recently published Instructors' Guide for Teaching Research, free CE webinars, grant opportunities and more! 
I would love to see more of our Wisconsin therapists discussing through networking current research, effects of studies or maybe even studies that one of YOU would like to initiate! I would love to hear from you if you have a desire network more regarding research and massage!  

Thank you for the opportunity to attend this amazing conference this year on our state’s behalf.  My email address:
Free Research Webinar: Part II - What is Research?
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 2 p.m. CST
MTF & NCBTMB are excited to offer Part II of the 2019 Research Webinar Series.
Learn more about research and increase your practical working knowledge! Earn CE
Our three community service massage events are fast approaching!
Contact Mary Schweiger to join the fun!
(262) 623-4900 or

AMTA WI Education Committee Updates
Minnesota & Wisconsin
AMTA Conference
September 20-22, 2019
Woodlake Meeting Center
Rochester, MN
MN & WI are teaming up for an amazing weekend of education, collaboration, community and awareness in Rochester, MN.

Friday evening 6 p.m.:
Join us for Welcome Reception and Fundraiser for Massage Therapy Foundation!
Call for Silent Auction Items
A Massage Therapy Foundation Fundraiser will take place Friday night at the MN/WI Conference.

Online Auction will be live 8/1/19

If you have anything you would like to donate (big or small) to the silent auction, please email

Doug Nelson,
Precision Neuromuscular Therapy ( P NMT)

Leg and Foot | 8 CE
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
$150 Member|$175 Non-Member

The lower extremity is clearly the unsung hero of the body, doing amazing amounts of work that largely goes unnoticed. When pain does occur, many soft-tissue problems present with the same symptoms as more serious intra-joint ligamentous issues. Whether in the either the knee or the foot, it is largely assumed that these problems are more serious than can be helped with soft tissue therapy.

Path to Mastery | 8 CE
Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
$150 Member|$175 Non-Member

In this workshop, the participants will spend the day identifying, fine-tuning, developing and exploring the specific skills needed to master the science and the art of massage therapy. From palpation games to listening and observation exercises, therapists will explore and deepen their understanding of the skills it takes to pursue excellence in this field (and have a lot of fun at the same time!) Let the palpation games begin!

Jason Erickson,
Dermoneuromodulation (DNM) | 16CE
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
$350 Member|$375 Non-Member

This seminar introduces important concepts from pain science to help massage therapists understand the neurology of pain and how to use that knowledge in practice. This class includes discussion of the nervous system and how it interrelates with the rest of the body, providing a framework of understanding that may enhance all forms of massage
and bodywork.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
$350 Member|$375 Non-Member

This workshop reviews the history of vacuum therapies, applications and contraindications, and all of the foundation movements and techniques. A demonstration will illustrate the immediate treatment applications, as well as the invaluable information that the body reveals through the lens of the cup. This presentation will explain the effects of VacuTherapies™ on the body and how these effects can result in dramatic changes in client conditions. 
Techniques for Sports Massage Therapists
November 9, 2019
8.5 CE credits

Presented by Jarrod Fritz, LMT
N.E.W. School of Massage
Waldo, WI
Register early to save!

Jarrod ​Fritz has ​been ​a ​massage ​therapist ​for ​over ​15 ​years ​focusing ​on ​therapeutic ​modalities ​and ​sports ​massage ​techniques ​including ​experience ​with ​WWE, ​College ​of ​Charleston ​Athletics, ​US ​National ​Soccer ​where ​he ​was ​1 ​of ​2 ​therapists ​for ​the ​'08 ​Women's ​National ​Olympic ​Soccer ​Team. ​ 

In ​addition, ​Jarrod ​taught ​at ​Trident ​Technical ​College's ​Massage ​Therapy ​Program ​in ​Charleston, ​SC ​for ​over ​9 ​years. ​ ​Owner ​and ​Operator ​of ​DEFINED: ​Therapeutic ​Massage, ​Jarrod ​and ​his ​wife ​reside ​in ​Ladson, ​SC ​just ​outside ​of ​Charleston ​where ​he ​enjoys ​fitness ​and ​participating ​in ​local ​independent ​wrestling ​events. 
AMTA WI Education wants to know if you want us to schedule this in WI in 2020.
Alliance for Massage Therapy Education
Wisconsin Educators represented at AFTME Congress in Philadelphia with Doug Nelson July 25-27.

From Left to Right
  • Ramona Trudeau Owner of N.E.W. School of Massage Therapy
  • Doug Nelson Founder/President of Precision NMT
  • Jaime Ehmer Director for Green Bay Technical College
  • Jane Detert Owner of Health Touch School of Massage
AMTA Member Schools
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
PHD Academy is hosting a night each month to gather LMTs from around the area to refresh, network, and discuss trends and research in massage therapy.
We’d love to have you join us! Snacks provided.

PHD Academy, 3408 Mall Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Classes and Continuing Education

Offering PNMT, Cupping, Pregnancy, Thai, Craniosacral and Oncology massage in 2019.

Blue Sky School of Professional Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork in Green Bay and Grafton.
Call 262−376−1011 or
AMTA Wisconsin Chapter
Phone: (920) 757-2100

Submit newsletter articles by End of Day August 16th for the next Newsletter to:
Megan "Mikan" Gaurano, AMTA-WI Newsletter Chair,