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.

 

 

Susan Myers – Secretary

My name is Susan Myers and I am the 2018 – 2019 Secretary for the New Mexico chapter of the AMTA

I received my Massage License in 1997 and have had an excellent career specializing in Neuromuscular Therapy and Fascial work. I joined AMTA early in my profession and had the privilege to be mentored by Dan Barrow and Virginia Anthony Barrow.  Working with AMTA gave me the tools to navigate the business aspect of running a Massage Therapy office.  This was before cell phones and internet! The contacts and collegial friendships have sustained me through good times and challenging times. 

I look forward to continuing to help the New Mexico chapter move into the digital age by keeping minutes and motions logbook current online.  I am also interested in archiving and transferring historic records of  NM – AMTA as we get ready to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2019.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

amtanm.secretary@gmail.com 

Best regards,

Susan                                                                                                                                                                              

 Emery Cruz – Board Member/ Communications Chair

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. 

Any questions feel free to contact me at: amtanm.board1@gmail.com 

 

Cole Dawson – Board Member

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.

 

Eric Williams – Delegate 

As a massage therapist, I seek to provide my clients with a refuge for the body and mind through stress relief and pain management. As an educator, I aim to mentor new massage therapists as they embark on their massage therapy career by sharing my knowledge of modalities, ethics, and business practices in the massage therapy field. As an entrepreneur, I cultivate relationships with clients, colleagues, and businesses with the goal of building a community in the health and wellness field.

I received my education from the Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute and was licensed in April 2012. After establishing a successful private practice, I returned to UTMI in 2014 to obtain my certificate in Medical Massage. Upon completion, I accepted a position with the school as a Massage Modalities Instructor. During this time, I also went to work for the University of New Mexico’s Student Health and Counseling Center while also continuing my private practice. In December 2016, I resigned as a Massage Instructor to focus more on my private practice and UNM, where I am today. In March 2018, I was elected as delegate to AMTA’s New Mexico chapter, where I’ve been having a blast working with these crazy kids ever since!

I am also a member of Unleashed Strength and Conditioning’s “Strongman” competition team, and compete in various Strongman competitions around New Mexico and the rest of the country. I like to spend my spare time with my wife and family (of dogs) as well as reading and deepening my love affair with chocolate chip cookies.