Connecting Hands
June 18, 2020
From our Chapter President

I hope this message finds you well, as we navigate these challenging times.

Practicing massage safely has never been as challenging as we are currently experiencing. Many of us are overcoming obstacles of getting back to work. Figuring out small business loans and unemployment have been difficult for many in our profession.

Our society is grappling with how to combat racism and police brutality in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have risen up to demand accountability and justice. Our AMTA core values include diversity, respect and dignity. I believe it is important for us to examine our profession and work to combat prejudice and racism and foster inclusion and equality together as massage therapists. I will be asking our chapter board to discover ways in which our chapter can respond to the realities of these times to make a difference. If you have experiences to share or would like to be involved, please let me know. 

This year marks not only 65 years of our Chapter, but 10 years of Massage Therapist License in Wisconsin! As we celebrate this milestone, it also a good time to revisit our statutes. A few years ago, our chapter worked to introduce legislation to add stretching, kinesiotaping, and the application of body treatments into our scope of practice as well as add a requirement for a massage establishment license for massage business owners who are not massage therapists to be granted by our board. This legislation did not gain momentum and died in committee. Are these or other changes to our statutes needed? Our Chapter Board and government relations committee will work to answer this question. If you are interested in being part of this process, please let me know.

We have important work ahead of us. The future of our profession depends on us – we are the current pioneers – like the many generations of dedicated massage therapists who have gone before us, let's preserve and make a difference!

Yours in service,

Jeffrey Montoya
Wisconsin Chapter President
WI Chapter Election Results
Our Chapter Elections were held online. The Board President, Secretary and two board positions were up for election. The Board terms began on June 15, 2020 in alignment with our chapter annual meeting. 

The following positions were filled by election:

President - Jeffrey Montoya
Secretary - Heather Thom
Board member 2 year term - Martha Karban
Board member 1 year term - Laura Novak
Delegate 2 year term - Nancy Rezmer
Delegate 1 year term - Martha Karban
Thank you to all our elected Chapter volunteers who give generously of their time and skills to advance our profession and serve our members. 

Thank you, also to those who ran for the open positions. 
A shout out to Mary Schweiger for serving as our online elections coordinator.

Mary has also been kindly assisting other chapters with their online elections.

Thank you Mary, for generously volunteering for AMTA!
Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy
Affiliated Credentialing Board

Our Chapter asked the Credentialing Board to consider easing burdens on Massage therapists for the upcoming renewal in February 2021. Unfortunately, the board doesn't have the authority to reduce or waive renewal fees. 

It does have the authority to waive continuing education requirements on an individual basis. 

If you are unable to complete your continuing education requirements because of special circumstances or hardship, you may request a waiver from the Credentialing Board. 

The Credentialing Board will be discussing options regarding CPR/AED renewal, should in-person CPR classes continue to be cancelled with more discussion at their December meeting. 
AMTA WI Chapter Board Meetings

All are welcome to join the discussion at the AMTA WI Chapter Board Meetings.
  • July 12, 2020 4pm-6pm
  • September 13, 2020 4pm-6pm
  • November 8, 2020 4pm-6pm

To attend by Go To Meeting:
Or by phone call 1-872-240-3412 access code 889-735-813
Reopening Resources
Here are some resources which may be helpful as you consider best practices to reopen after the COVID-19 closures.

Our Chapter leadership and lobbyist continue to stay up-to-date on any updates from the Governor’s office and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

This is a working document on what reopening may look like.
This document was written by Laura Novak, Heather Thom and Jeffrey Montoya.

Updates will be communicated as official guidance changes or if specific information is given by WEDC or DHS.
Business Resources
AMTA WI Education Committee Update
Save the date
Jan 22-24, 2021

To be held at:
Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
4601 Calumet Avenue
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Anatomy Trains November 6-8 in Appleton Canceled

It is rescheduled for the AMTA WI State Convention in Manitowoc,WI.
January 22-24, 2021.
The AMTA 2020 National Convention Canceled

We look forward to bringing everyone together again. The next  AMTA 2021 National Convention will be in Tampa, Florida August 26-28, 2021.
AMTA Wisconsin Chapter
Phone: (920) 757-2100

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