Kneaded Notes
May 2020
Welcome to Our New and Returning Chapter Volunteers and Board Members!

Elizabeth Cain
Our New Chapter President- Elizabeth Cain

Elizabeth has been a Massage Therapist for over seven years.  Her education is as follows:  Master's Degree in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University and Massage Therapy diploma from Indiana Wellness College (formerly Indiana Massage College).  Her continuing education ranges from Graston Technique Specialist (Graston Technique), Advanced Cupping Therapy (International Cupping Therapy Association), Contemporary Cupping Therapy (International Cupping Therapy Association), and Bamboo-Fusion.  Her professional experience started at ProWellness Chiropractic and teaching at Indiana Wellness College.  She later became the Campus Director until having a baby.  After being a stay-at-home mom for a few months, she opened her own practice and volunteered as AMTA IN Government Relations, Delegate, and Board Member.  Today, Indy's Elite Massage has two locations and currently working on another business plan.
Elizabeth, who is a Hoosier, is very passionate about her home state and helping those within the community.  Her passion shines towards the Massage Therapy profession and is eager to help it succeed.  She has met and worked with members of National AMTA as well as other State Chapter Members, and admires their hard work and dedication towards all AMTA members.  AMTA is over 75 years strong and is still working hard for all State Chapters.  As AMTA IN President, Elizabeth is determined to assist, mentor, and guide Massage Therapists within this Hoosier State to the best of her ability.  "As we (Indiana) work towards licensure, I am committed to help Massage Therapists and everyone involved in the profession become the best he/she can be.  We need to stick together and hold our standards high in order to pursue excellence within our passionate career."   - Elizabeth A. Cain, GTS, CCT, MT, MS

Our Continued Chapter Secretary- Jen Angel

I graduated from Harrison College in 2009. My main reason for becoming a massage therapist was to help others who suffer from migraines, anxiety and depression like myself. Massage seemed to be the only non pharmaceutical thing that helped me relax. I love what just a simple touch can do for the mind and body. 

I have worked in several different locations doing a variety of modalities. I wanted to get as much experience as I could to help as many clients as possible. I work for a wonderful Chiropractor in Nora and also have my own treatment space in Pendleton. I also do at-home visits for clients who are unable to make it to either of my locations. 

I have been a proud member of AMTA since 2009. I joined during my last year in college and AMTA has been with me every step of the way. During these difficult times, myself and the rest of the Indiana Chapter can be a resource to help you. Together we are AMTA.

Our Chapter Government Relations- Michelle R. Bailey

My calling into the massage therapy profession came in 2000 after having a conversation with the mother of a young man who had recently lost his battle with AIDS. She shared with me that before her son died, his deepest comfort came from the palliative care massage therapy he received while in hospice care. I knew at that moment my life was about to change direction. I felt then, as I still do today, that massage therapy's healing touch is a gift meant to be shared.
My massage therapy career has offered many different settings in which to learn and practice. I began my work in a family-owned day spa, followed by several years of practice in a medi-spa plastic surgeon's office. I spent a year and a half as adjunct faculty teaching in the massage therapy department at Indiana Business College (Harrison College). I was able to connect with St. Francis Hospice as a volunteer, which opened the door to be a massage therapy contract provider for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. My current focus is providing oncology focused massage for patients at IU Health/Simon Cancer and at Community Health Network South Campus. I also maintain my private practice where I provide therapeutic massage for both oncology and non-oncology clients.
It's amazing to still love what I do every day after nearly 18 years in the profession. Being able to add new skills through continuing education to my massage therapy toolbox is one of the things I love most about massage therapy. It keeps things fresh. Massage therapy is an evolving profession. Thankfully, we have the AMTA to provide leadership, guidance and support along the way. Knowing that my local AMTA Indiana chapter is only a phone call away allows me to relax and find balance between my professional and my personal life. I always encourage the new massage therapists I meet to take the time to seek out where their gifts lie and to follow their passion. -Michelle R. Bailey BCTMB, CMT

Our New Board Member- Nicole Fowler

Nichole Fowler is AMTA's newest board member. She started as a volunteer in 2019. In her volunteer time, she created the chapter ambassador position with Kim Pucka, previous Chapter President. Nichole is a salon/spa business owner, and sole practitioner. She has run her business since 2013. She is currently located in Greenwood, IN. Nichole has been a Licensed Esthetician since 2012, and a Massage Therapist since 2017. She specialises in sinus relief, fibromyalgia pain management, migraine relief,  cupping, and therapeutic massage. Nichole is passionate about continuing education and helping others in any capacity that she is able. This includes her family, friends, clients, and her peers in both professions. Nichole volunteers to speak at schools, and give back to her profession. She is a self professed nerd. The human body fascinates her. She is a wife, mother and family caretaker. When Nichole isn't working, volunteering, or taking care of family, she loves to be in nature, indulge in art , write and spend time with family and friends. Nichole is the ghost writer of a book she co-wrote with her Grandfather. Nichole's values are centered around being kind, helpful and a life-long learner.

Our Continued Board Member- Erika Hoff

My favorite continuing education has been CranioSacral through Upledger. Opening up my therapeutic massage clients to CST, has only improved my business. I opened my business a little over 2 years ago and love the relationships I've made. My clients truly bring me joy.
Massage therapy has been my most rewarding career. Getting to see my client's progress through our sessions encourages me to maintain my skills. I strive to learn more which is why continuing education is so important to me. AMTA has given me so many opportunities and resources to grown within this industry. -Erika Hoff BCTMB, CCT, GTP

Our Continued Financial Administrator- Terri Brandt

I have been a massage therapist and AMTA member for 22 years. I joined AMTA while still in school. My school, Lakeside School of Natural Therapeutics in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was in the process of AMTA accreditation while I was there and I believe that is the reason I received such an excellent education. AMTA sets high standards for schools and members.
As an AMTA Indiana Chapter volunteer for many years, I have served as a chapter store volunteer, the exhibitor chair, Second Vice President and President. I am currently the Financial Administrator. I have enjoyed my time as a volunteer immensely.
I have a varied practice from relaxation massage to site specific work. I love to take continuing education and learn new things that might benefit my clients. I just moved my business to my home office and I am really enjoying the extra time that I have without the commute in to an office in town.

Education Update
National Convention

As most of you already know, 2020 AMTA National Convention is cancelled.  However, we are excited to announce the 2021 National Convention in Tampa, FL!  Save the dates to the Sunshine State:  August 26-28, 2021.  We will keep you informed as AMTA National continues to prepare for the event.  In the meantime, click here.

State Education

Our spring and Fall educations for Indiana had to be cancelled this year. Our chapter is hoping to provide amazing live and hands-on educational experiences next year.

AMTA Online Education
Currently, AMTA is providing its members with many free online CE courses, as well as discounts on many others. Check out your options on your account by going to the Continuing Education tab on our website.
Indiana COVID-19 Update
Possibly Useful Links and Updates

PPE Supplies for Small Businesses. If you need assistance with extra supplies, apply here for protective equipment such as face masks, sanitizers, face shields, and more. 

AMTA's COVID-19 Resources for Massage Therapists.
Ready to reopen?  Click here to learn the 10 important considerations for reopening.  Here, you will also find important links to CDC Guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting, social distancing, and more.  

Click here to keep updated on Indiana Governor Holcomb's Press Conferences.  Here, you will also find optimal information about Indiana's industry guidelines for Personal Services, description of different phases for opening, and so much more.   

Your Liability Coverage
Many of you have also had questions about your liability insurance coverage when you begin to see clients again. As long as you are practicing legally and in accordance with federal, state and facility guidelines, your AMTA liability insurance will cover you as it always does.
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