Summer Newsletter
July 2018
President's Message

Hot... and getting hotter! No, that's not the weather forecast, (well, maybe it is!) but what is actually
happening for the Vermont AMTA Chapter right now.
As summer sleepily rolls on, your Chapter Officers are hard at work, getting things lined up for our November Relaxation and Educational Weekend event at Lake Morey. There's more involved in preparing for this event than meets the eye... and that's why I want to THANK our Board of Directors and volunteers, who work tirelessly to do the behind-the-scenes work to make this such a successful endeavor. However, we need other folks to do the *tiniest* of tasks, that would make being a volunteer so much sweeter~

Have you ever considered being a part of the Board of Directors?
In other news, the June 2018 AMTA Leadership Planning and Training Session and Board of Directors Meeting in Chicago a few weeks ago was delightful. I found myself walking the streets of Evanston, Illinois towards the National Headquarters of the American Massage Therapy Association with President-Elect Christopher Deery from PA, an amazing man who will be taking the helm of the organization this year.
Suzan and Chris Deery, President-Elect
was excited to see the wall of awards that have been presented to various AMTA Chapters and individuals throughout the decades, knowing that Vermont's name will soon be engraved on the Innovation Award Plaque, for being the first-ever recipient. Y ay, Vermont!
It is truly an honor to be a member of this organization, in such exciting and fast-moving times within our profession. Massage therapy is growing in popularity and the essence of what it can be, in terms of a healing medical profession. It is finally being acknowledged by western medicine counterparts. (Check out the story of our members at the Integrative Pain Management Conference).
I never thought, as a younger therapist in the early 90's, that I'd see the day when massage therapists were respected right along with the likes of doctors, but it appears the time is at hand; our type of  *medicine* is what is often needed, in a fast-paced world. Perhaps, we ARE the ones that we have been waiting for!
Namaste' and enjoy the day!
Suzan Seymour
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
AMTA National Convention 2018

August 9-11, join Vermont Chapter volunteers in Washington, DC at National Convention! Let us know if you are attending!
Join the Sports Team at the VT-50!

Join our Sports Massage Chair and Volunteers on September 30, 2018 in Ascutney, VT.

Annual Education Event and Retreat Weekend

Join your chapter on November 9-11, 2018 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. 
Award Wall at the National Headquarters
Our Prez feeling proud~

Volunteer Opportunity: Membership Chair/Committee

After serving in this role since 2014, Hannah Rohloff will be stepping down in November. 

Job duties are simple and fairly light and involve sending welcome packets to new and transfer members once a month, updating the chapter roster, identifying and helping organize 2-4 Meet & Greets each year, and promoting the chapter membership through events and activities. The Membership Chair works closely with the Board of Directors and attends BOD meetings and retreats.

 if interested. Ideally you'd start in September to have several months of training and support before taking over! 

Lake Morey Resort welcomes us!

Educational weekend is shaping up and looking awesome! Surround yourself with friends & colleagues for an inspiring time :)

We're delighted to welcome Shari Auth, DACM, LMT, L.Ac. & Angelique Priscilla, PT.

Dr. Auth is a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, and is certified in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration and Chinese herbology. Dr. Auth is the creator of the Auth Method and has a full time practice in New York City.
Learn to Save Your Hands!

Angelique Priscilla is a licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Advanced Practitioner and Instructor for Soul Lightening Acupressure. She is also an Advanced CranioSacral Practitioner practicing in White River Junction, VT.

Learn SEVA Stress Relief for Self and Others!

Contact the Lake Morey Resort directly at 800-423-1211  and mention you are with AMTA-VT to take advantage of their special rate of only $102/night! 
Our Assembly of Delegates Needs Your Input! 

The Assembly of Delegates is a group of elected chapter members whose purpose is to provide input on items of interest for the Association as it relates/impacts their state. We currently have two AOD elected volunteers serving our chapter, Jennifer Smith Findley and Denise Gebroe. The current AOD will be meeting in Washington, DC on August 8th.

These are the two proposed position statements that will be discussed, and we'd love any thoughts/feedback you have. 

Please take the time to read through the proposals and submit any thoughts, questions, or concerns to Jennifer and Denise! Simply email They will then represent you as the voice of the Vermont chapter in the National Assembly of Delegates. 

Volunteer at the VT 50 September 30th!
Join the AMTA-VT Sports Massage Team, it's FUN!

The Vermont 50 is a 50 mile Mountain Bike, Ultra-Run, Team Relay race and more! This incredible race was started by Laura Farrell in 1992. The Vermont 50 helps bring multiple states and communities together all in one place, where they can meet people they have raced with in the past and present. The AMTA has been helping with the Vermont 50 for years now. We'd love your help this year! The massage tent could not happen without all of the fabulous volunteers!  
This event is held at the Mt.Ascutney Inn in Brownsville, VT, September 30th, 2018. If you are helping for the day we would need you at Mt.Ascutney from 11 am to 4 pm or later. Where do the proceeds of the VT 50 go? The proceeds go to Vermont Adaptive, a non-profit, "empowering all athletes with disabilities year-round throughout the State of Vermont".  
The massage tent at the VT 50 helps the runners/bikers out at the finish line as the competition takes huge strains on their bodies. You may be the reason they can move the next day! As a volunteer, you also help the day run smoothly while enjoying some pretty cool things, including meeting new people, listening to awesome music and eating free amazing food. You will also learn new skills in sports massage while helping the athletes who are tired, sore, and so appreciative!
You are helping out not only us, but the bigger region of the Vermont 50 and the Vermont Adaptive communities. We want to say thank you in advance for being one of the volunteers at this year's Vermont 50.  
Contact Denise Gebroe for more details and to be a part of the Team :)

Your Chapter: Integrative Health Professionals

On April 7, UVM Integrative Health hosted the Integrative Pain Management Conference: National Experts, Local Focus. AMTA-VT was asked to staff a demo area with chair and table massage. We had some great volunteers and would like to thank Beau Clark, Karen Waters, Suzanne Tremblay, Hannah Rohloff, and Denise Gebroe for providing sessions to the attendees!

In addition, several of our members attended the conference and it was great to see friendly, familiar faces. Massage Therapy was mentioned many times in favorable terms and it was heartening to share the table with other integrative health practitioners.

We are especially proud of our past president and chapter volunteer, Maureen Slayton, who presented Rehabilitation Massage - Assisting Patients Through the Health Process with Orthopedic Massage Therapy. She also represented massage therapy on the closing panel, How to Create and Sustain Good Integrative Referral Relationships.

Welcome New and Transfer Members! 
Stephanie Barrios ~ East Arlington
Caitlin Doolittle ~ Brattleboro
Olga Kuchukov ~ Bellows Falls
Rosalind Richard ~ Colchester
Michael Leberknight ~ Richmond
Tessa Montano ~ Ascutney
Lola Parenteau ~ Fairfax
Shirley Barnes ~ Stowe
Favor Ellis ~ Craftsbury

Update your contact information at to receive up-to-date AMTA National and VT Chapter information and offerings. We look forward to your involvement in our local chapter - welcome!

Hannah Rohloff
Membership Chair