AMTA-NM 2020-2021 Chapter Board

AMTA-NM President

Susan Myers, LMT – I am so pleased to have been elected as the 2020-2021 President of the New Mexico Chapter of the AMTA.  In this year of Covid, AMTA-NM has some unique challenges before us.  Just a reminder – the AMTA Vision Statement declares, “As the most trusted professionals in massage therapy, American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) members are integral to health care and wellness.”  AMTA’s Mission Statement affirms, “To serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy.”

With these guidelines invoked, we are guided by AMTA Core Values put forward as * We are a diverse and nurturing community working with integrity, respect and dignity. * We are a nonprofit member-driven organization of ethical professionals. * We embrace consistency in education. * We endorse professional standards. * We affirm and promote the benefits of massage therapy as validated by research.

This culture of self empowerment and professionalism has been put into action by years dedicated massage therapists.  How about engaging all members to participate in the AMTA Massage Community?  In my opinion, active Member outreach is the crux of engaging new therapists entering the field. Our AMTA National Organization supports outreach to new and seasoned members.   A coordinated plan, on-the-ground support and encouragement to continue to reach out and support our chapter members, in person and online, is my goal. We’ve got a good team on the New Mexico Chapter Board and I will continue to work with chapter members to re-energize AMTA-NM throughout these challenging times.

Vision becomes reality with teamwork and community support.

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AMTA-NM Board Member

Lisa Matteson, LMT-CDT –  I have been member of AMTA New Mexico chapter for six years and it looks like I just got voted in for the AMTA team as Delegate and Board member. What a great opportunity to volunteer for my state for the two years. Looking forward to meeting all members of New Mexico Chapter.

I deliver an effective and detailed massage focusing on specific issues or conditions a client may have. Along with my extensive knowledge in anatomy, pathology and training in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretches. I incorporate the stretches into the massage session to increase range of motion and decrease pain in the dysfunction muscles. For 7 years I have been working on Prenatal and Post-partum Mommy Massage.

Education:

NM Licensed Massage Therapist since 2009 and then in 2014 got my certified in Medical Massage at Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute in Albuquerque. I am also certified in Manual Lymphedema Drainage (MLD) (Vodder Technique)/Complete Decongestive Therapy trained from school Norton School of Lymphedema Therapy.

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AMTA-NM Board Member 

Sarah Heredia, LMT – is a Licensed Massage Therapist who currently resides in Las Cruces, NM along with her husband and two children. She graduated from MTTI in 2017 in Las Cruces and owns and operates Grounding Monarch. Since a young age, Sarah has practiced different forms of healing arts that started very early in her family’s lineage. Growing up in the medical field, Sarah has always been interested in how the body works and how to help people. On her down time, she likes to spend time outdoors with her family, volunteer with local organizations, craft, and sew. Sarah continues to feed her passion for holistic healthcare and for the healing arts through continuing education, research articles, giving and receiving bodywork, peer discussion and building her business.

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AMTA-NM Financial Administrator

Carl Hime III, LMT –  I have been an LMT in NM for the last 20 years and I am still excited to go to work! I am blessed to be a graduate of Crystal Mountain, Apprenticeship in the Healing Arts 1997. I was able to return that blessing as an instructor for the school the past 15yrs, until the school closed, 2018. As many LMTs, I was drawn to a massage therapy career as an opportunity to work with individual people and their soft tissue issues. Over the many years of practice and teaching, I have discovered that it is not always that simple of a fix. The body, the mind, the heart, and the spirit all must be attended  to for proper “fixing”, healing.  As an AMTA member since 2010, I believe in the organization, its mission, its CEUs, and the desire to support its members. That is why I felt it was time for me to support where I could. I was accepted as Financial Admin in 2019 and will continue those duties into 2021.  Blessings

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AMTA-NM Secretary

Sara K Torres, LMT – I have always had a strong desire to live creatively and help people and Massage Therapy gives me a way to mesh these desires. The natural healing that massage provides and the flexibility that it gives me to creatively patent a care plan that best fits each individual’s needs really drew me to this profession and inspires me to continue to increase my knowledge and my clientele each day. After completing a master’s degree in creative writing at New Mexico State University I pursued my massage education and since have worked hard to build up my own practice. As the AMTA New Mexico Chapter Secretary I am excited to combine my devotion to massage and my experience in writing to serve the beautiful community of New Mexico and the profession I feel so passionately about. 

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AMTA-NM Delegate
Jerron Roberts, LMT, RMTI – Jerron’s spiritual beliefs and passion for helping others heal themselves has lead her to follow her calling from her own state in New Mexico to many different parts of the world.  Her vigilance for research and education, including quantum physics, hands on bodywork and direct teachings of ancient health practices, has given her many tools for teaching alternative ways of healing one’s self.  The attitudes and work we embrace today can change our lives forever. Physiological symptoms can be seen as one of the soul’d ways of finding its path to enlightenment.  Jerron obtained her massage diploma in 1999 from Mesilla Valley School for Therapeutic Arts.  She is certified by the National Certification Board (NCBTMB). Jerron also has a private practice, Ancient Ways Bodywork.  Jerron has represented New Mexico as the Chapter National Delegate for AMTA.  She was a hands on instructor at Massage Therapy Training Institute in Las Cruces, NM for Fifteen years. She has worked for the last ten years during the fall in Europe where she teaches and does private sessions and workshops.  She has worked with Rheva LaRue, the Aurora Center in Holland, Dr. Erika Mullers private clinic in Germany , along with the Rudolf Steiner School.  She has researched in Central America studying with the Mayans and has lived and worked with the Hopi Indians in Arizona.  In 2011 she went to Egypt and studied with Hayseen, a Bedouin Holy man, and Mahmoud Abd Allah, a master Egyptologist, in ancient alternative medicine.  Jerron’s goal is to continue teaching, researching, and keeping Ancient Ways Therapeutic Massage on the cutting edge of helping with mind, body and spirit.
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