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Fall  2018 Newsletter
Presidents Address

Deb Kilty, RI Chapter President 

Hello Rhode Island Members! The RI chapter has had a busy fall season.
In October our membership committee held a Social Night at Gregg's restaurant in North Kingstown where free professional head shots were available thanks to sponsorship from the local RI Massage Envy franchises. There was the debut of the new, updated version of the chapter "hot seat" interviews, these are video interviews that are now posted on the chapter Facebook page check them out.
Also, in October, CCRI held the second in a series of panel discussions entitled "Non-Opioid Pain Treatment Symposium". There were two panels that discussed various treatment options to help combat the opioid overdose problems in RI. James Specker, Director of Government and Industry Relations for AMTA National came into RI for the weekend and attended the symposium.
If you are interested you can watch the entire symposium on the CCRI YouTube channel with this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDsQ_lDBfqM
Two workshops were held, one in November and one in December and both were a great success! CPR class in September was the largest one yet with 65 attending! (see article from the chapter Education chair).
I was lucky enough to be able to attend all of these events as your chapter president.
The chapter has had two board meetings this fall, at the most recent, I was honored to award Raymond Moriyasu as the 2018 inductee into the Rhode Island Massage Therapy Hall of Fame (see article below).  Also at this meeting a vote was taken by those board members present to select 2-chapter representatives to attend the 2019 International Massage Therapy Research Conference, hosted by the Massage Therapy Foundation. The 2-chapter representatives that will be attending are Pat Bachus, chapter delegate to the Assembly of Delegates and Kim Medeiros, chapter secretary. I'm sure that Pat and Kim will be able to bring back a wealth of knowledge to share with the chapter.
Starting in early October meetings of the coalition that was formed by Cassie Rawcliffe, chapter government relations chair, started. This coalition is working together to draft amendments to the RI Massage Therapists Licensing Act. These amendments, if passed, will help to move our profession in the right direction for insurance reimbursement for those that would like to pursue medical massage modalities and to help in the fight against opioid addition and alternatives to pain management. I'm proud to say that I am a part of this coalition along with Cassie and several RI chapter members, as well as members of the ABMP.
Early in November I attended the final meeting of the State Massage Therapy Board for the 2018 year. As always, there is interesting information brought forth in these meetings, chair of the board, John Balletto, had just attended this years' conference of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
Mark you calenders! The General Member meeting for the RI chapter will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in South Kingstown! This is the annual election meeting, one board member position, the financial administrator and one delegate will be voted on at this meeting. If you have interest in running for any of these positions please check out the position descriptions on our website: http://ri.wp.amtamassage.org/elected-positions/
"Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in".
~Author Unknown
I wish you all a most Joyous Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Rhode Island Massage Therapy Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee
Congratulations to Raymond Moriyasu the 2018 Rhode Island Massage Therapy Hall of Fame inductee! After 38 years of dedication and service to the massage therapy profession, the AMTA and the Rhode Island chapter Ray is retiring!

Raymond T. Moriyasu, NCTMB, is a 1980 graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage in Worcester, MA and has an AB in Biological Sciences from Brown University and an MA in Agency Counseling from Rhode Island College. He has further training in Polarity Therapy from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and Sotai.

He has taught at Salve Regina University (Holistic Learning Program) and through the Brown University Learning Community. He currently teaches at the Downeast School of Massage Therapy in Waldoboro, ME.

Ray's AMTA Service includes:
2004-Member, Special Committee on Bylaws, Policy and Procedures
2001-Member, Scholarship Grant Proposal Review Committee
1996-Member, Interim Planning Committee
1995-98-Member, AMTA Special Governance Committee
1995-Ncbtmb, Executive Committee
1992-National Board Executive Committee
1991-1994-1st; 2nd; 3rd Vice President

In addition, Ray was awarded the AMTA national meritorious award in 1987 and the distinguished service award in 1994.

For his long-time service at the national level, Ray was granted emeritus status in the American Massage Therapy Association in 1995.

Emeritus Status is a special honor bestowed upon members of AMTA who have contributed exemplary service and/or knowledge that has benefited massage or the Association.

Join us in wishing Ray a well-deserved relaxing retirement!!

Thank you to Pat Bachus, John Balletto, Michaele Colizza and Christopher Adamo, all past RI chapter presidents, for being on hand to congratulate Ray upon his induction into the RI Massage Therapy Hall of Fame! 

Greetings from the AMTA-RI Chapter Library!

Claudia Botthof 

Thanks to Douglas Nelson's donation, the AMTA_RI Chapter Library now has his book 
"Table Lesson".

In this book he narrates through clinical decision making processes of s
oft tissue therapy.

"The reader will learn strategies and reasoning processes that can be applied to soft tissue therapy across any discipline where critical thinking and practice is 
vital" ( Douglas Nelson).

Rent free educational DVDs, books, videos from the AMTA RI Chapter library! 
You will find a list of titles on the RI Chapter website ri.amtamassage.org or simply call for information:
Claudia Botthof, LMT
Unique Fitness & Massage Therapy
Phone: 615-2355
Text : 749-0176

Notice :  
The RI Chapter of the AMTA is seeking a volunteer to take over the Newsletter Editor position. This volunteer should be detailed oriented, organized and have good computer skills. The chapter newsletter is published three times per year, the editor needs to communicate clearly with board members, volunteers, members and advertisers. The chapter newsletter is done completely online, there is no printing or mailing necessary. If you have interest in volunteering some of your time for your chapter please contact:
Deb Kilty, chapter president at

"Volunteers are love in motion!" - Author Unknown

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back." - Maya Angelou

"Whatever community organization, whether it's a women's organization, or fighting for racial justice ... you will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Massage Therapy Foundation believes that massage therapy should be accessible to everyone. Our Community Service Grants deliver massage to underserved populations all over the world.
To date we have granted $411,463.49 to 81 Community Service Grants all over the globe, and served diverse populations ranging from prisoners transitioning back to society, to children orphaned by the Japanese tsunami, to farm laborers in Central Mexico. The Community Service Grants also provide valuable data on special populations and health resource disparities. This information can serve our profession in other capacities.

2019 Community Service Grant process Now Open
Application deadline is April 1st, 2019

How to
  Obtain A New Massage Therapy RI License Through Examiniation or Endorsement

Obtaining a license for massage therapy in the state of RI doesn't have to be a difficult process. There are many components to the application, but the Department of Health has made the clear checklist for new applicants. Whether you have recently graduated from an accredited school and passed the National MBLEx exam, or completed a comparable exam in a prior year but are looking to move your practice to Rhode Island, here are the simple steps to navigate yourself through the process:
  • Go to http://www.health.ri.gov/
  • Click on LICENSING
  • Under "What We License", click on Massage Therapists
  • Click on APPLICATION
  • Print and fill out a hard copy of the application and follow checklist on first page of the application
  • If you have just completed and passed the MBLEx, check "Massage Therapist by EXAMINATION"
  • If you have passed the MBLEx exam or comparable exam, and are looking to practicing massage in the state of RI and are coming from another state, check "Massage Therapist by ENDORSEMENT"


In This Issue
Board of Directors:
Debbie Kilty

Regina Cobb
Board Member

Victoria Moutahir
Board Member

Kimberly Medeiros (Gregorzek)

Roy Kenji Omori
Financial Administrator
Join us in Welcoming our New members: 

Jennifer LaBean                                Amber Morris
Carol Montanye                                  Shannon Case
Melissa Blumer                                  Lauren Gallagher
Jenna Fontaine                                  Mindy Sylvia
Lionel E Pires                                      Ducy Samos
Erin Callahan                                      Pornthip K. Cerro
Amber Ramey                                    Elizabeth Soydemir 
Natalie Bautista Rodriguez                He ather Robinson
Xiomara Monge                                  Tim DeChristopher
Juana A Villar                                    Ernesto Borrero
Erin Blanchette                                  Syrita Braswell
Taylor Addessi                                   L aura Patterson
Julie Bergenstock                              Alice Zossou
Julia Pizzuti                                        Elizabeth Maynard
Nicole Archambault

Total RI Members: 543!!

Cassie Rawcliffe
Roy Kenji Omori
Financial Administrator

Jennifer Wilkicki
Membership Chairperson
Volunteer Coordinator

Claudia Botthof

Kim Cook
Interim Education Chairperson
Website Chair

Larry Gallagher
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:

January 9, 2019
February 13, 2019
March 10, 2019 Annual General Members Meeting

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.

Membership Benefits

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

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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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Government Relations

Happy Holidays from the Government Relations Committee! More than half of our committee members participated in the coalition team for amending our massage therapy statute, along side members from ABMP and other local LMT's. It was a true collaboration and positive participation of all members involved and I could not be more pleased with the outcome. Currently, our statute has exited our rough draft portion of the proposed amendments and will be heading up to our AMTA national GR team for review. Our lobbyist, Bill Fischer, will also be reviewing the legislature and contacting potential sponsors for the bill. I look forward to updating our membership further as the 2019 legislature session begins and as our efforts continue to develop. Do not forget to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Cassie Rawcliffe


The Chapter hosted 2 educational workshops for the year 2018.  In November, we held "Introduction to Cupping" with Scott Raymond which sold out.  At the last minute we decided to host a second cupping class to accommodate more members on the same weekend and we were able to fill 20 slots.  The class was a blast and very well received by members.  On 12/1 and 12/2 we hosted Precision Neuromuscular Technique with Doug Nelson, also a sold out class.  The feedback we received was phenomenal.  We hope to have more fantastic educational opportunities in 2019 for Licensed Massage Therapists in our area. Check the website for all upcoming events!  ri.amtamassage.org

Kimberley Cook 



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