AMTA-NM 2021-2022 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.
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.
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.
I am a native New Mexican born in Albuquerque, moving from the South Valley to Peralta in 1980.
After graduating from Los Lunas High School in 1987, I went into the military in 1989 and served during the Gulf War. I served for 12 years before I was medically discharged following a severe accident.
I graduated from UTMI and began my massage career. Now after 20 years of practice, I want to help New Mexico massage therapists be seen as a complete profession, preserving the sacred art of healing as well as be recognized as an essential occupation. I serve as the chair of the New Mexico chapter’s Government Relations committee, where I will work to help end the stigma of “massage parlors.” I would also like to work with AMTA and the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board to end human trafficking associated with illegal massage practices.
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, re-elected in 2021, and will continue those duties into 2023. Blessings
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.