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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Presidents Address
Deb Kilty, RI Chapter President 

Well, as the saying goes, April Showers Bring May Flowers! Then Rhode Island should be experiencing a banner year for May flowers! I'd like to thank all the members that attended the February 25, 2018 Annual member meeting for election day! And thank you all for your support in electing me the new Rhode Island chapter president for the next two years. I have been preparing for this position for the last two years with the help of Michaele Colizza, our immediate past president, and might I add, one of our newest National Directors! Congratulations Michaele! I owe a great deal to Michaele for everything that I've witnessed and been able to take part in in preparation for my new position.
I'd like to welcome Victoria Moutahir, new board member and Kim Medeiros, new secretary to the Rhode Island Chapter board. Along with Regina Cobb, board member and Kenji Omori, financial administrator, I'm sure we will make a great team.
I also want to welcome our new Government Relations 
Committee chair, Cassie Rawcliffe. Cassie could not have asked for a more exciting time to head up this committee with new legislation introduced to the RI General Assembly, H7499 and its companion S2537, being heard before the House Health, Education and Welfare committee and the Senate Health and Human Services committee. These bills, if passed, would be a state mandate that insurance policies cover alternative non-pharmacological treatments for pain which would include physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Both the House and the Senate committees have recommended the bills for further study, so we have to keep up the fight! The RI chapter has been present at both hearings and the Lobby day to be sure all those involved in the decision-making process have the information necessary. The following link will take you to some amazing information on the amta website regarding the use of massage therapy as an alternative to opioids. https://www.amtamassage.org/infocenter/healthcare_articles-and-associations/Massage-Therapy-as-an-Alternative-to-Opioids.html
Only 5 short days after my election I was able to take part in a conference call to listen in on the open session of the first National Board meeting of 2018. Joan Nichols was sworn in as the new National AMTA President and Christopher Deery was named President-Elect.
2016-2017 was the first fiscal year audit at the national level that there were no recommendations from the independent audit company for changes of any kind. Which means that operations at the national and chapter level are functioning as they should. AMTA's initiative of a "top-down culture of doing what's right" has made the difference. 

AMTA is celebrating its 75th anniversary!!  AMTA has kicked off their celebration with a Nationwide radio campaign. There will be interviews and profile stories throughout the year. The radio spots are on a variety of radio networks, such as I-Heart Radio Countdown with Mario Lopez. There will be big celebrations at this years' National Convention in Washington, DC, August 9-11, 2018! Since this years' convention is on the East Coast I hope many Rhode Island members will plan on attending, it's going to be an amazing event! Use this link for more information and to register for the convention! 
April 15, 2018 marked the date of the annual RI chapter Advance. This meeting traditionally is when the gavel is passed from one president to the next and the board and chairpersons set intensions for their positions and committees for the coming year and to deliver goals that they would like to have the president work toward. 

 We are excited to be the first chapter in the AMTA to benefit from the brand new "Chapter Advancement Initiative". The goal of the Chapter Advancement Initiative is to deliver consistent trainings that promote a thriving chapter culture throughout AMTA. Our chapter is excited to have welcomed Chris Volteral and Andrew Smith to lead us in this training. 

As always please check out the chapter website: http://ri.wp.amtamassage.org/. This website is for all members. Our webmaster Kim Cook has been doing an amazing job retooling the look of our website and it's many pages. There are great events coming up so check out the "calendar of events". Board members now have new email addresses to be contacted by: Deb Kilty, President: AMTA.RIpresident@gmail.com, Victoria Moutahir, Board Member: AMTA.RIBoard1@gmail.com, Regina Cobb, Board Member: AMTA.riboard2@gmail.com, Kimberly Medeiros, Secretary: AMTA.RIsecretary@gmail.com, Kenji Omori, Financial Administrator: AMTA.RIfinancialad@gmail.com .
A dedicated email address for any and all government relations questions/comments or concerns as also been established: GovRel.AMTARI@gmail.com 
All of the new email addresses as well as so much more information can be found on our website, it's here for you, our members. Please utilize it! 

New volunteers are always welcome! If you have a particular interest in government relations, education, our newsletter or membership, please contact the chair of that committee, help is always needed and appreciated! http://ri.wp.amtamassage.org/committees/
And remember, Board meeting dates will be published in each newsletter and listed on the website calendar. All board meetings are open to the public. Please come and join us if you're curious to see what we're all about!
The chapter newsletter is published three times each year, make it yours! Ellie Field, our newsletter editor, always welcomes article submissions from our members. Contact Ellie at ellenfield8034@msn.com. Submission deadlines appear at the end of the newsletter. 

The first 2 months of my presidency have been busy and full of excitement! I look forward to the next 2 years! Thank you!

Claudia Botthof
Greetings from the AMTA-RI library!

Rent your free video/ DVD from the AMTA library. We have a variety of educational DVDs, videos and books that will help you to brush up on your skills and knowledge. You can also join us once a month to review a dvd with other massage therapists and practice while watching.  This is a free event and is held every second Thursday at 7 pm at Unique Fitness & Massage Therapy. Please, call 24 hours ahead to reserve your spot. For the rental or/and dvd viewing event contact:
Claudia Botthof
Unique Fitness & Massage Therapy
263 Quaker Lane
West Warwick, 02893

The library offers DVDs, Videos and books to rent for free for all AMTA-RI members. The library is conveniently located in West Warwick, RI across from the Christmas Tree shop at Unique Fitness & Massage Therapy. Call for an appointment before stopping by. 
The selections of DVDs, videos and books have a wide range of subjects from energy healing, to all kinds of different massage therapy modalities. There are also DVDs/books about Anatomy, Kinesiology and stretching. 
Please, feel free to contact me with any comments, questions or requests for video nights. 

Claudia Botthof
AMTA-RI librarian

Unique Fitness & Massage Therapy
 263 Quaker Lane
West Warwick, RI 02893
B: (401) 615-2355
Text: (401) 749-0176

Government Relations

The Government Relations team is keeping it's eyes and ears open for anything that may impact our profession. Our National Government Relations office keeps us abreast of legislation that is happening at both the local level and across the country. If you are interested in keeping abreast of legislation regarding massage therapy locally and nationally you may do so on the American Massage Therapy Association web site. Follow this web address https://www.amtamassage.org/regulation/index.html to learn more. You are also welcome to contact the American Massage Therapy Association Rhode Island Chapter Government Relations team through Cassie Rawcliffe rihealingmassage@gmail.com 

The Government Relations team is always looking for people interested in 
joining the team. 

Update on Bill H 7499 and S 2537 
Many of you have been receiving emails and information regarding the new bill put forth by our state's Attorney General. Bill H 7499 & S 2537 are seeking health insurance coverage for non-pharmacological alternatives, such as massage therapy, to treat patients with substance-use disorders for pain management. Our profession, along with many others, has been singled out as one of the many effective therapies to treat chronic pain and should be an important element of governmental guidelines for helping to mitigate the overuse of opioids.  James Specker, our National Director, Government & Industry Relations, has offered to speak with the Rhode Island Attorney General's office and provide further information on the efficacy and value of massage therapy for various ailments, especially pain management.
For further clarification, this bill is about the following: 
WHAT: Health insurance coverage for alternative non-opioid treatments, such as massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, physical therapy and occupational therapy. 
WHO: Patients with substance-use disorders 
WHEN: If bill passes, effective start date of January 1, 2019 

Do I as a massage therapist have to start accepting health insurance? The short answer is no, you are not being mandated to accept insurance. It is a personal choice. 
Will therapists need specific or additional training to be viewed as billable providers? This depends on a therapist's prior education, training, and experience. Programs are being developed and/or amended to meet developing criteria for working with this population. 
*In an effort to support this proposed bill, GR has activated the national ENGAGE system to inform its members of the importance of bill H 7499 and S 2537 as it is the first steps toward a positive progression of our profession within the health care field. If you are in favor of this legislation, please show your support by signing the electronic petition put in place by National AMTA and our GR team. Please use the link below: http://www.cqrcengage.com
UPDATE: As many of you know, things are swiftly moving throughout our state's House and Senate regarding bill H 7499 and S 2537. On Tuesday, March 27th, the House held its hearing, allowing the public to come forth with testimony in either support or opposition of this bill. The results of the hearing revealed that the house committee recommended that the measure be held for further study. The Senate held their hearing on Tuesday, April 10th in the same format; again, allowing the public to come forward with testimony, evidence/research. They too came to the same conclusion: recommend measure to be held for further study. Lobby day, held on Thursday April 12th was a success as well. There were many professions, schools, and various programs represented at the state house, all speaking with our representatives, senators and lobbyists regarding support for this bill. There were opportunities for networking with our governing community and many instances of positive feedback from them. 
I would like to extend the following links to our members so that you can become more familiar and informed about what is happening legislatively on a state level: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/pages/legislation.aspx http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/billtracker
Please do not hesitate to contact Government Relations with any questions or concerns; our door is always open. 
Cassie Rawcliffe, LMT 
AMTA RI Government Relations Chairperson

Cassie Rawcliffe
Government Relations Chair

Congratulations to Rhode Island's own Michaele Colizza on being elected to the National Board of Directors for 2018!
Congratulations to everyone elected this year!

Celebrating 75 Years of Health & Wellness!

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is celebrating 75 years of health and wellness! What started as a small group of like-minded, dedicated massage therapy professionals in 1943 has grown to an association with more than 80,000 members-all of whom are just as devoted and dedicated to the profession.
Learn more!


Coffee and tea 
Event for new members

May 8th at 7pm
Brewed Awakenings 
1316 Bald Hill Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Come join us for a fun night of networking!  This is a special event for our new 2018 members. Being a new member, we are sure you have a lot of questions. We can help you answer those and tell you about the great benefits for being a member. We look forward to seeing you there!

In This Issue
Board of Directors:
Debbie Kilty

Regina Cobb
Board Member

Victoria Moutahir
Board Member

Kimberly Medeiros (Gregorzek)

Roy Kenji Omori
Financial Administrator
Welcome New Members!
New members: 

Roxanne Barry
Jacklyn Martino
Alexandria Tullie
Skylar Hughes
Kristen Kandzerski
Kayla Miller
Wenjie Yu
Congji Lin
Gregory Behie
Michelle Barber
Alyssa Skipworth
Emily Yorston
Jessica Teotonio
Jessica Rosene de Brito
Kayla Johnston
Michele Lapierre
Nick Browning
Alexa Rae Glover
Robin Barlow
Jodie Broccolo
Stephanie Laverne 
Natalie Blomdahl
Yomana Sukkar
Tonja Jean Freitas
Sarabeth Bonin
Christina Capalbo
Mary DeLory
Carina Batista Mendez
Edimeire Kayata
Julie Nardolillo
Jessica Accetturo   
Elizabeth Choquette
Gianna Giarusso
Amanda Fortes
Jessica Herbert
Monique Boisvert
Tawiah Ebanks

Total RI Members: 517

Cassie Rawcliffe
Roy Kenji Omori
Financial Administrator

Jennifer Wilkicki
Membership Chairperson
Volunteer Coordinator

Claudia Botthof

Kim Cook
Interim Education Chairperson
Website Chair

Lou Ann Botsford
Sports Massage Chairperson

Angela Perry-Place
Twitter Administrator/Social Media Chair

Kim Gregorzek-Medeiros
Membership Committee: Senior members contact

Ellen Field
Newsletter Editor

Michelle Souza

Pat Bacchus

Upcoming Meeting Dates

All AMTA-RI Chapter Board Meetings are
open to the public.

The following is a list of dates and times of upcoming board meetings:

June 19, 2018
July 27, 2018
August 27, 2018 

Times and dates are subject to change.
Please contact our Secretary
Kimberly Medeiros  
at (860) 617-1546 or via email
at AMTA.RIsecretary@gmail.com
prior to any meeting for
confirmation on date, time and location.

Check in the next newsletter or on our website for future meeting dates.

We are looking for volunteers for the annual Special Olympics, which will be held on Saturday, June 2nd this year. This event is held  down at URI in Kingston and is scheduled from 10am-2pm. Please join us for a very rewarding, special day! Contact Cassie Rawcliffe at cassierawcliffe@yahoo.com

Opioid Crisis
Recently, in an effort to thwart the growing tide of opioid addiction in the country, the Attorneys General of 37 States plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have added their names to a letter sent to Marilyn Tavenner, the president/CEO of America's Health Insurance Plan (AHIP). The initiative is to encourage insurance companies to better cover alternative modalities as the first line of defense against pain. This project was initiated by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The American Massage Therapy Association worked closely with Attorney General Morrisey. You may read about it by connecting to http://www.ago.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Rhode Island is one of the 37 States that attached it's name to the letter. The Government Relations team is mobilizing to address how this will affect our state and our profession. We currently have sent a letter to Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin thanking him for supporting the initiative. We will keep you apprised as we learn more.

Membership Benefits

AMTA Offers the Strongest Benefits in the Profession!

From education to award-winning publications to broad liability insurance, AMTA membership gives you the tools you need to grow and thrive in the massage therapy profession.

In fact, 100 percent of your membership dues are invested back into you in the form of benefits and advocacy for the profession.

Questions? Call 1-877-905-0577 during business hours or email us.

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AMTA is proud to team up with industry leading practice management software, ClinicSense. ClinicSense offers massage therapists everything they need to manage their practice, including SOAP notes, online scheduling, online intake forms, invoices, gift certificates and more. Best of all, AMTA members save 25% on monthly fees for life!

As the largest non-profit association for massage therapists, students and schools, AMTA is celebrating our rich history while looking to the future for exciting advancements.

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Significant Anniversaries

30 Years
Lynn Garvey
Kathrin Katchpole
Linda Leonard

25 Years
Peggy Olson
Annmarie Simoli
John Sousa

20 Years
Marcia Durocher
Michelle Neuner
Frank Rapone
Paula Kochanek

15 Years
Eileen Benson
Gioea DeSimone
Jennifer Jackson
Nina Keeley
Monique LaCroix
Debbie Peacock
Yolande Riondeau
Dawn Sherman
Martin Toupin

10 Years
William Fitzhugh
Kevin Johnson
Christine Kralicky
Kristen Leporacci
Amy Martin
Shana McDonough
Danielle Vanasse

5 Years
Jaclyn Ayotte
Catherine Baker
Andean Brousseau
Brittany Burke
Kaela-Rose Gentile
Nadine Goyette
Andrea Hakanson
Kathi Healey
Leah Hegedus-Jones
Colleen Holyoke
Tammy Martin
Jinn Nagaoke
Amy O'Donnell
Beverly Peirson
Susann Serra
Terri Simao
Michelle Souza
Victoria Tavares
George Wood

Continuing Education Requirements for AMTA-RI Chapter Licensed Massage Therapists

Below is a review of information for continuing education requirements. All information has been obtained directly from the body to which is pertains. 

Continuing education (CE) requirements for the State of Rhode Island: 

For renewal of the RI License to practice massage therapy there must be a total of 6 hours per year or 12 hours biennially. Any course offering content that is considered to be within our legal scope of practice is accepted. The limitations and/or any restrictions are based on the RI statute defined legal scope of practice. For more detailed information regarding RI State Licensing requirements visit:   http://sos.ri.gov/documents/archives/regdocs/released/pdf/DOH/7016.pdf 

Continuing education (CE) requirements for AMTA Professional membership: 

Beginning with the first full year of Professional Active membership, members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) are required to complete 48 clock hours of continuing education (CE) every four years. 
Education programs used to fulfill this requirement must meet the following general description: "an organized education experience directly related to massage therapy, which is offered under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction." This can be experiential learning, theoretical or research. Responsible sponsorship includes: 
AMTA sponsored education, such as online courses, National Convention, Schools Summit, Fascial Therapy Continuing Education program and chapter events 
Continuing education courses offered by massage schools, colleges or universities 
Regional workshops by NCBTMB or state-approved providers 
Home study courses that include an assessment, such as online courses, workbooks, DVDs, etc. 
For more in-depth information or for answers to any specific questions please contact AMTA Member Services at 1-877-905-0577 (8am-5:30pm CT M-F) or visit the website at: https://www.amtamassage.org/index.html 

Continuing education (CE) requirements for NCBTMB:
For board certification renewals: Required every 2 years are 24-hours of Continuing Education from NCBTMB Approved Providers (including 3 hours in Ethics, 3 hours in Research and no more than 4 hours in self-care). Also accepted are medical and business courses from any accredited college and/or university. 
For more in-depth information or for answers to any specific questions please contact the NCBTMB customer care center (M-F, 8am-5pm CT) at 1-800-296-0664 directly or visit their website at: http://www.ncbtmb.org/

Deb Kilty, President

Crisis Massage Team - RI

It's Official..... The Crisis Massage Team has a new website!
The Crisis Massage Team of Rhode Island (CMT-RI) program was developed through the cooperation of 2 licensed massage therapists and the coordinator of the Rhode Island Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Inc.  The CMT - RI operates under the supervision of this nonprofit organization.

The CMT-RI team provides guidelines and safety measures that prepare massage therapists professionals for deployment during emergency situations within the State of Rhode Island.  There are 2 levels of membership:
    1. Licensed massage therapists
    2. Support staff.

Interested Massage Therapists are required to participate in responder training and must complete the CMT-RI application process. Click on link to learn more..


On March 18, 2018, we had our first initial training of the year at the Special Olympics building in Smithfield.  There were 16 attendees and several were returning members.  The topics were relevant to the situations that we are facing in todays world.  We would like to thank everyone for attending.  Please visit our NEW website and download your application to join today. 

On June 3, and June 10, we are hosting a Scar Tissues Release Training, the cost is $250.00 (16 CE's) don't miss out, space is limited.  Current information is found on our new website.    We look forward to seeing you at our events!

Frank Rapone, BCMT
Regina Cobb, BCMT

NPI Number? Why?

You may have heard about this "NPI" number and wondered, "What is it and why should I get one." NPI stands for National Provider Identifier. The NPI number identifies you as a health care provider. There are two types of NPI numbers, 1. for individuals such as doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. 2. Corporations, hospitals or individuals that are incorporated or have an LLC. The list goes on, essentially anyone who provides a health care service and bills to a third party, insurance, medicare or medicaid is required to have an NPI. Perhaps you are thinking "This doesn't include me, I don't bill through insurance. I don't do this, and why should I obtain an NPI or even care?" 

As the health care system changes, massage therapy is being recognized and used to help people in many more capacities. Massage therapists are now being found in cancer clinics, elder care, hospice and general health clinics across the country. As you realize, ours is a unique profession. We touch people in a different and positive way. No longer are we a profession considered synonymous with luxury and relaxation. Although relaxation massage is a much needed part of what we can provide to our fellow travelers in this crazy unpredictable life. However, we've seen profound benefits in what we do. As the health care system struggles to understand what and how the touch service we provide actually helps people, new research is being provided daily to back up the benefits of our trained professional touch. And yet we still encounter those that don't understand. 

We still hear stories and receive comments that make us want to tear our hair out. Not just from individuals, but from government personnel both local and state. Fortunately we continue to moved forward. Many good therapist now work and volunteer in important health and governmental positions. Our profession continues to grow and gain the legitimization and recognition it deserves. 

So, you're still not convinced how all this effects you. Well maybe at this time in your life it doesn't, but having an NPI helps the health care system realize just how many massage therapists there are out there. This is one more step in helping them realize how vital and needed our services are. 

Right now we are lucky we still have the luxury of deciding whether we want to be in private practice, accepting private pay only or join the brave few who have plunged into the waters of insurance reimbursement. This open ended option, insurance/no insurance is a plus and one could only hope it remains. 

Still not convinced you should apply for an NPI. Let me give you something else to think about, perhaps it will help sway you toward obtaining an NPI. I propose to you, a scenario: One beautiful blustery fall day one of your regular long time clients walks in the door and says "I slipped on some wet leaves walking into work a few days ago and jammed my shoulder. I know you can help me. My doctor wanted to prescribe PT. I told the Dr. my massage therapist can also help with my recovery and he gave me a script for massage too. Can you bill my workers comp?" Flattered, you now have to decide: 1. Do I have the skills to help her/him? 2. Do I send my client/paycheck off to someone else? Perhaps you are ok with that. Maybe you even know another massage therapist that has an NPI and bills workers compensation. 3. Do you even know where to start if you do decide to honor your clients request and bill workers compensation? 

The first step to being ready for this possible scenario is having an NPI number already in place. It doesn't cost you anything but the time to register for it. If you don't ever use it, that's okay. It was free. The second steps to navigating the insurance system can be learned on the AMTA website. https://www.amtamassage.org/career_guidance/type/2 . 

There are also links on the AMTA website to connect you to NPI and NPPES where you can sign up to receive a number, OR you could come to the Rhode Island Massage Therapy Convention, Friday evening October 27th, where Karlo Berger has generously offered to assist MT's in registering on Friday evening. Deb Luhrs and Sue Vandal with be there to help you on Saturday afternoon.
So I say to you "Stand up and be counted!" Having an NPI is a way to show our presence. WE are a positive influence to our community, health care system, State and the world.
Joanne Lozy, LMT


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For Sale
 I have an electric "Stacy Built" table I would like to sell
for $754. It is all one piece, does not fold. I do not have photos to post, I am in West Kington (near URI) anyone is welcome to
come look at it, ride it up and down. It is so much better for you as a therapist and your body mechanics as well as changing
Please call:  Helen at 401-789-8910
For Rent

 A large room within a suite (Massage/bodywork only space-quiet) available for a massage therapist in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, just 2 minutes off of Rt. 4. Room may be decorated and furnished as desired. Suite is decorated; has bathroom, kitchenette, waiting area. Candidates are: mature, self- motivated, clean, ethical and respectful to join this well established practice. Rent negotiable for proper candidate, all utilities will be included. Leave a message and I will get back to you to answer any questions, 401-294-3838.

Clinic Space to Share in Coventry 

A holistic acupuncture & wellness clinic has space in a busy medical building to share with a massage therapist. 
Contact Chris - 401-219-6446 

Beautiful treatment room available for rent within our established Personal Training/Massage Therapy Studio.

  Well visible location on Route 2 (near Christmas Tree shop), minutes from Warwick, East Greenwich and Coventry.
You must be a licensed massage therapist in RI and carry your own insurance.
We are open to discuss various rental opportunities ranging from specific weekly time blocks (morning/afternoon blocks) to full day or multiple day rentals.
Call Claudia or Tom for more information at (401) 615-2355.

LMT Needed

Skin Care Studio seeking a female LMT to share in Providence RI, Located on the East Side. Studio is available to share 2-3 days a week. Perfect for someone who has a clientele and looking to build their business. Location has ample parking and has easy access from the highway. Further details available when you text or call 401-954-5367.   

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