Meet The Board
David Lang (Delegate #2), Carolyn Riggs (Secretary), Donald Schiff (Board Member), 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 (Alternate Delegate #2)
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.
Emery Cruz – Board Member
Donald Schiff – Board Member
I’ve been practicing Massage Therapy since 1983, Stonecircle Massage . I currently specialize in clinical pain relief and rehabilitation for a variety of acute and chronic problems. As the Government Relations Chair of my professional association, AMTA-NM, I assure you that we are working tirelessly on getting massage covered by health insurance as an “essential benefit” under the Affordable Care Act. Until we succeed your payment options are limited. I am certified in advanced myofascial techniques [CAMT] by Advanced Trainings. I also use a wide variety of other techniques I’ve learned in 30+ years of professional practice.
Shawna Tucker – Financial Administrator
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.
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.
David Lang – Delegate #2