Meet The Board

 

David Lang (Board Member), Carolyn Riggs (Secretary), BreAnne Garcia McClellan (President), Shawna Tucker (Financial Admin), Emery Cruz (Board Member), Clara Geertz (Alternate Delegate #1). Not in Picture: Dee Dee Anders (Delegate #1) Cole Dawson (Delegate #2)

 

 

   BreAnne Garcia McClellan – President

I have been interested in natural healing since I was a little girl growing up here in NM. Being surrounded by my Grandmother’s traditional remedies I learned the value of “Hands On” care. After meeting my husband and doing research on treatments for my Mother-In-Laws Multiple Sclerosis I learned the benefits of massage therapy for those with chronic illness. When I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I was able to experience these benefits firsthand. I knew then that I wanted to provide that for others in chronic pain, living with illness and anyone wanting to feel better. I then attended and completed a 750 hour Medical Massage Program at Pima Medical Institute. I have also completed the UNM Continuing Education summer Curanderismo Program and apprenticed with Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin under Maestra Cuahtli Cihautl, being honored with the Aztec name of Xochitzli.

I am a passionate believer that massage is for everyBody and should be an integral part of our wellness and healthcare programs. Massage is not just a luxury, but can make your feel luxurious.

I joined AMTA as a graduate member upon completing massage school. I love the support and comradery of a local chapter. I have enjoyed being Membership Committee Chair & 3rd VP, I like that I get the opportunity to speak to all of our new, transfer and reinstated members every month. I look forward to working with our amazing board and fantastic members in my new role as President. I hope to continue to grow our membership and reach our members in every corner of our beautiful state.

In my spare time I am a busy Baseball, Football and Basketball mom to a wonderful 12 year old, including serving as the program coordinator for his baseball program NM School of Baseball. I share that responsibility with my amazing and supportive husband of 11 years. When we aren’t at a sporting event we are usually in a darkened movie theater or a checking out a museum.

 

 

David Lang -Board Member

David M. Lang, LMT, COMT, MTPT, RMTI has been working as a Massage Therapist since 1992. After twenty years of Dance and Movement as a teacher and performer in New York City he realized massage and movement therapy was a natural progression in his life!

David started his therapist career in a Chiropractic office where he honed the skills of a Myotherapist. He started his own company Myofascial Associates in 1999. Here he ran an outpatient clinic of thirteen practitioners and staff.

He sat on the Workers Compensation Association Board of New Mexico, has been the President of the AMTA of New Mexico and was appointed by then Governor Gary Johnson to sit as a Member of the New Mexico Massage Therapy Licensing Board. He has represented the Integrative community on a National Task Force for Advance Massage Therapists.

He is trained and practices Myotherapy, Visceral/Neuro manipulation,   Lymphatic Drainage, Certified Oncology Massage Therapist, Active Isolated Stretching and is well versed in many Energy Healing techniques.

David has done research and has been published with Sandy Whistler, MD and Margaret Armstrong, MD on the “Effects of Myotherapy on Children with Special Needs” He starts a project with the Mother –Baby unit at UNMH this February and has another project in the middle of the IRB process.

David works with doctors and practitioners in all of the department of Pediatrics at UNMH.

David is on the staff at The University of New Mexico Hospital’s Preventative and Integrative Medicine Clinic “The Center for Life” as the staff Massage Therapist and Director of Advance Manual Therapies.

He is the founder of Kids Supporting Kids New Mexico (KSK NM) which is an initiative of the UNM Center for Life to raise funds for integrative pediatric care for children fighting and thriving through cancer and all medically fragile needs. KSK NM engage’s  the support of community youth organizations through their performing arts including music, dance, poetry and other creative artwork.

David is a member of good standing with the AMTA and S4OM.

 

                                       

 Emery Cruz – Board Member

I have always been interested in massage therapy before I even knew what it entailed.  When I was younger I would always make my mother give me a massage and I in turn I would give her one. I never had a summer to just do anything I wanted due to always being apart of an Engineering program during my summers from 7th grade up until my sophomore year.  After I completed an Engineering program I quickly tested and got into an Information and Technology Academy earning dual credits while in High School.  As you can see I was always doing education as it was important to me.  After graduation, I wasn’t entirely sure what I would like to pursue in a college atmosphere.  Doing so much education in the past I was tired of going to school I wasn’t sure if I was ready to spend a lot of money on something I wasn’t sure was for me- so I decided to join the United States Marine Corps.  I served 8 honorable years and got out in 2015.  Upon separation from the Marine Corps I attempted to take a technology certification exam thinking nothing changed in the 8 years I was away from the materials- and failed.  Failing that certification led me to the upcoming Massage Therapy Program at my local community college in North Carolina. Once I was in school I realized I finally found the career for me. I whole-heartedly believe massage is a necessity for everyone.  I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2016. I am an Independent Contractor at Southwest Therapy and Rehab in Rio Rancho, NM.  My specialties are Swedish, Deep tissue, Hot Stones, Headache/migraine relief, Thoracic outlet syndrome relief and plantar fasciitis relief. I absolutely love the fact that there is always something to learn in our industry.  There are so many avenues I still want to explore.

In my off time, I am a wife to a fellow Marine and amazing man, a mother to the two most crazy and lovable kids (my oldest is a girl and my youngest is a boy). Our family is big on family and fitness so we always doing something fitness-related or family-related on the weekends. I am originally from San Antonio, Texas so I enjoy hiking up the mountains New Mexico has to offer.  I am excited to be apart of a family environment here at the AMTA-NM Chapter and excited to see where our chapter goes in my time serving as your Board Member. I hope to get a chance to meet everyone within our chapter.

                                                                                                              

  Shawna Tucker – Financial Administrator

Shawna L. Tucker, owner of SaLT of the Earth Massage Therapy, celebrates her 7th year as a licensed massage therapist. In addition to therapeutic massage, she has certifications in pregnancy, pediatric and infant massage therapy.  Shawna has advanced education in oncology massage and is a preferred member of the Society for Oncology Massage which supports a deep passion for helping others through touch.  After a successful administrative career for more than 25 years in higher education, community associations and raising my family; massage therapy enables me to empathize and care for clients of all ages and walks of life.

 

 

 

Carolyn Riggs – Secretary

I have been practicing massage for 20 years and have been a member of AMTA for much of that time.  After struggling to commit to a graduate program and finding massage key to my own injury recovery and overall health, I attended Dr. Jay Scherer’s Academy of Natural Healing in Santa Fe in 1995. After graduation I immediately pursued National Certification and obtaining a license in New Mexico. I have kept both current and active and am now pursuing Board Certification. I have worked in New Mexico and Arizona with the last 12 years here in Albuquerque.  I have had a private practice for most of my career which is currently where I do most of my work.  I have worked in many settings including chiropractic offices, corporate businesses, medical facilities, health centers and spas. My current practice focuses on pain reduction and stress management for everyone including people with chronic health challenges, disabilities, and geriatric issues. I feel honored to work with a very diverse group of clients. I enjoy my work and keep busy with my husband and two kids.  I love to read, listen to TED Talks, and spend time with friends and travel.

 

 

 

7685b06acd5d0833b4a83176caa9c5a1_y1w9 Dee Dee Anders-Delegate #1

I became a therapist because I wanted to make the world a better place.  Years ago, I started my professional life in the grassroots social justice field creating large-scale political change.  Now, I see change happen one person and one hour at a time, decreasing pain and improving state of mind.  People leave my office, MTN River Muscular Therapy, feeling better, physically, emotionally and/or spiritually when they leave my office.  Bodywork has such a profound total-being effect.  It’s nice driving home at the end of my day knowing that I brought a little joy or comfort to another persons’ life.

I joined the AMTA in 2007 as a student and started volunteering with AMTA-NM in 2013 because I wanted to give back to my community as well as get ideas and support to help build my private practice.  Also, as a private practitioner, it’s isolating.  I had been searching for “community” and when AMTA-NM started the ABQ LMT Coffee Meet-ups, I was hoping this was a place for me.   I wanted to meet people with whom I had something in common with and have the opportunity to network, share ideas and potentially buil

d friendships.  Since getting involved, I’ve not only gotten professional support from other members I’m happy to say I’ve met some really wonderful people that I’m happy to call friends.

Over the past year volunteering with AMTA-NM I have been an Alternate Delegate to the 2013 AMTA Annual Convention.  As Education Chair I organized the 2014 AMTA-NM Annual Conference which brought over 80 therapist to Albuquerque to learn painless oil-based deep tissue techniques.  As Vice President III and Education Chair I am looking forward to organizing the 2015 Annual Conference as well as bringing interesting low cost educational opportunities to our members across the state.  I will also represent our members as a Delegate at this years’ AMTA Annual Convention in Denver as lead Delegate.

I completed 900 hours of training at the Muscular Therapy Institute (MTI) in Watertown, MA founded by Ben Benjamin.  I passed the NCBTMB shortly after graduation in 2007 and have been practicing massage at massage centers, chiropractic offices, spas and resorts since.  I opened my private practice in Albuquerque in 2010 and my primary modality is Muscular Therapy and over the past two years have expanded my training to include CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute CST 1 & 2, SER 1) and am working towards certification.

In my spare time I enjoy working in my yard, hiking and rejuvenating my spirit by spending time in nature with my wife.  I keep fit by training for sprint triathlons.

 

 

Cole Dawson – Delegate #2

Practicing for 4 years, Cole Dawson LMT graduated from NMSNT and operates a private office, Cole’s Helping Hands, out of NMSNT.

Focus on swedish, cranial-sacral and healing touch energy work.

It’s the TEAM WORK that makes the dream WORK. Integrated healthcare is whole care!

Techniques I practice are Myofascial release, Pregnancy Massage, Healing Touch, Swedish Massage and Cranial-sacral. I practice in a Private office in Nob Hill as well as in clients homes. I work on male, female, children clients.  I do sell gift certificates for those who are interested. I do not accept insurances however, I am able to accept medical Flex Spending/FSA. I am available in the morning and evenings on Monday-Friday and afternoons only on Saturdays.

Clara Geertz – Alternate Delegate # 1

Clara Geertz is an LMT and a Certified Professional Doula in Santa Fe, working at Ten Thousand Waves. While her specialty is prenatal massage, she believes in the power of all modalities and touch therapies and passionately pursues all forms of massage therapy and education because she finds the variety keeps her body healthy and her mind active! Her modalities include Shiatsu, LaStone, Reflexology, Oncology, Sports, Thai, Lomi Lomi, and Mayan Abdominal Massage. Clara is also a writer completing her first novel, a Wilderness Guide who has completed over 2000 miles of long-distance trails, a triathlete, and an avid cross-country skier.