WA License Number MA00012222
Lola Michelin founded the Northwest School of Animal Massage (NWSAM) in 2001. She has practiced animal massage for over 30 years, and massage for people for 17 of those years. A graduate of the Animal Science program at Michigan State University, she has work experience in both the veterinary and zoological fields.
Currently, Lola is the Director of Education for NWSAM, and maintains a private practice for horses, dogs and people in Seattle, in addition to teaching and curriculum development. She speaks and writes regularly on the topic of animal massage, and remains active in promoting standards of practice and legislation for the industry. Her work as an advocate for animal therapies has been featured in numerous magazines, television and radio interviews.
- Director and Founder of the Northwest School of Animal Massage
- Chairman of the Washington Animal Massage Association, 2000-2004
- Founding Board Member, National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage 2011-present
Published and featured in:
- Massage Magazine
- Journal of Massage
- Washington Massage Journal
- Whole Horse Journal
- Modern Dog
- Women and Horses: Volume Two
- Animals Aloud, San Francisco
- Martha Norwalk’s Animal World, Seattle
- Pet Shop Talk, Internet Radio
- National Public Radio
WA Lic# MA00013368
LAc Lic# AC00002244
Zefire Skoczen (pronounced Zephyr) is a dual licensed Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist, with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. With over 26 years experience in the massage practice, she has dedicated her life to the study and practice of massage and holistic medicine.
Zefire has been the program director and full time faculty for Renton Technical College for 15 years. She studies teaching extensively, having completed an e-Learning Design Certificate program and college courses in Instructional Design, Universal Design in Learning, Reading Apprenticeship, Equity and Accessibility. Zefire also serves as an Inclusive Design Pedagogy Consultant.
WA Practitioner License #MA00008567
Joshua is a 1994 graduate of Seattle Massage School. In 2003 he began working with Aaron Mattes, the developer of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), accumulating over 2400 hours of intensive training under Aaron’s supervision.
As a co-owner and Master Instructor with AIS Northwest, LLC, Joshua is considered one of the leading AIS practitioners and instructors, both regionally and internationally.
He has authored two books, including a guide to assisted stretching and a guide to self stretching. His years of teaching, hands-on experience, and devotion to AIS place him among the nation’s top AIS therapists and teachers.
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WA Practitioners License#: MA60191428
Sana Mazhar was born and raised in Michigan, where she also received her massage certification at Irene’s Myomassology Institute in 2009. Working on pregnant clients has long been her speciality, but after two pregnancies of her own, prenatal massage has become her passion.
Debbie Foley has been in the training industry for over 30 years and a BBP/CPR/AED/First Aid instructor for more than 10. She has developed trainings that are easy to understand and streamlined, so that more knowledge is retained. Debbie’s hands-on classes are fun and informative.
Essential Oil Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Reflexologist
WA Lic# MA00013133, RF60394405
NCBTMB Provider #1444
Tianne is a graduate of Seattle Massage School 1999, The International School of Reflexology and Meridian Therapy 2004, Seattle Life Coach Training 2015 and The Essential Oil Institute 2018. She is currently the President of Washington’s PAC, WAMAH.ORG, and has been an active AMTA-WA volunteer for over 15 years, including 5 years as Chapter President.
When she’s not teaching, coaching, playing with essential oils, or creating new classes, Tianne enjoys travel, photography and glamping with her husband Randy and their cat Apollo.
Tianne offers a 200 hour reflexology apprenticeship program, as well as additional continuing education classes in essential oil therapy from her clinic in Tenino, Washington.
Brian Kane was born and raised in Renton, Washington, and began his journey in fire and life safety in 1982 with Seattle’s Fire Explorer program. In 1986 he began volunteering with King County Fire District No. 40 in Renton, in 1989 he worked for the Boeing Fire Department, finally in 1992 he was hired by District No. 40 in Renton, where he is currently assigned to Station 17 in Fairwood.
As a 30 year veteran in the fire service, Brian enjoys teaching classes on first aid/CPR, CERT, and firefighter burn injury prevention. He is an active advisor for the Fire Explorer program, and has volunteered with the Washington State Council of Firefighters Burn Foundation since its inception.
NAHA Certified Level 1 Aromatherapist
Lindsey Schroeer was born and raised in Illinois, where she received her Master of Education from Loyola University. After moving west, she became fascinated with the healing power of plants. She is a certified aromatherapist, and a member of NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy). She’s passionate about natural health and loves sharing her knowledge of aromatherapy with others. In her free time, Lindsey runs The Orange Clove, where she sells small-batch aromatherapy goods and blogs about aromatherapy, health, and wellness.
JoAnn Kovaly changed careers in 1999, opening her business Body Shoppe Therapies to follow her passion: helping people achieve their fitness and health goals utilizing the classical Pilates method.
JoAnn is one of the original certified trainers with the Pilates Method Alliance. While working with Pilates clients, she realized that it is necessary to integrate bodywork with Pilates for good compensation free and pain free movement patterns.
Learn why just “releasing” the fascia and musculature is never enough
Learning and using many manual therapy techniques and research into the fascial tensegrity of the body has helped JoAnn develop The L.I.F.T. Method: Ligament Influenced Fascial Technique.
LIFT, a ligament stimulation technique, combines neuromuscular function testing, fascial length testing, ligament stimulation treatment and neuromuscular movement reeducation. The testing protocols allow the practitioner to locate the source of the pathology and treat quickly, effectively and painlessly with exact recordable results.
JoAnn loves teaching and sharing the L.I.F.T. approach to muscular and fascial function with clients and other practitioners. Watching therapists realize how effective this system is is like taking a child to the beach for the first time. Exhilarating!
WA License Number MA60169648
Client centered, intentional touch is the foundation upon which Angela has based her massage practice, her client perspective, and her approach in the classroom. Her belief in the power of skilled, intentional touch to provide opportunities for healing and profound change is the result of her personal experience as a massage client and practitioner. Her classes support that belief by providing the structure needed to deepen your skill set and help you to bring your best to the table every session.
Angela graduated from Cortiva Institute-Seattle in 2010.