Chapter Officers

Have you wondered how conventions, training, and education happen in the American Massage Therapy Associations? It is the result of the efforts of volunteers. Volunteers just like you! These individuals use their time, talent and passion for massage to make changes in NC Massage industry. We do this:

  • by proposing changes in the massage practice act
  • by organizing and holding events (conventions, unit meetings, volunteer events) that promote positive and healthy aspects of massage therapy
  • by Mentoring each other by providing continuing education to members and non-members
  • and by promoting research in massage

It takes lots of hands and talent to run an organization for nearly 2,000 members. We welcome you to help join our efforts and you will benefit from our combined efforts. You will find many friends here with wisdom. This will give you a chance to network with a diverse collective of individuals. It will help you grow as a massage therapist with advanced training, research and ideas. Volunteering is the best way to make a difference in massage therapy.

Are you ready?

Here begins our story.


Kim Moore

Kim Moore received an A.S. degree at Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, NC and did her medical secretarial internship at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA.  She worked in the hospital environment for several years and felt that there had to be a better way to positively impact people’s lives. Kim switched to the business world and began her much-stressed career in human resources.

Still wanting to be more of a positive role model, she returned to school to receive a diploma from Forsyth Technical Community College in therapeutic massage.  During school, Kim decided that she wanted to return as a teaching assistant.  Four years later, she assumed the position of Program Coordinator for Forsyth Technical Community College’s Therapeutic Massage curriculum.  Kim has devoted her life to educating people, whether, in the classroom for therapeutic massage, as a Tai Kwon Do instructor and 2nddegree black belt, or with her clients in therapeutic massage sessions to better achieve their goals.

She completed her B.S. degree in Occupational Education Career and Technical Education.  Kim continues to be an active in volunteer capacities with the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), NC Chapter President, Government Relations committee member, AMTA) and previous President of the NQC (North Carolina Council of Community CollegePrograms on Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork); maintains a private practice;as well as, several committees for the College.


Board Members

Larry Ball

As an LMBT in North Carolina I have grown to be part of and appreciate the local massage and bodywork community. It is not just a passion to be a massage therapist that drives me, but a passion to help build and maintain an entire community of massage and bodywork therapists. Through this community we have the ability to network and prosper in ways that generations past could only dream of. As a member of the AMTA NC Chapter board I strive to make the changes necessary in order to make this chapter the most inclusive groups of LMBT’s while promoting education, career goals, and a prosperous future. As the head of the Social Media, Membership, and School Ambassador programs with the NC Chapter I have made it my personal duty to ensure that we operate safely and efficiently, reaching out to those around us, finding commonality with new and potential members, and ensuring that networking and education take precedence as the NC Chapter of AMTA moves forward!

Sandra York

Sandra joined AMTA as a student in 2005 and started out as an AMTA-NC volunteer in 2010 as the Membership Chair.  She then added the role of Unit Administrator a couple years later. Sandra now serves as an AMTA-NC Board Member and the AMTA-NC Newsletter Editor.

Sandra has been the owner of a small spa since 2007.  In her spare time away from her profession and volunteering, she enjoys the outdoors as often as she can and is an avid hiker. She enjoys taking her boxer-mix dog, Wyatt, with her on her adventures.

As an AMTA-NC volunteer, she strives to provide AMTA members in North Carolina with the best service that she can!

Financial Administrator

Melissa Smith

I am a Lincense Massage & Bodywork Therapist since 2009 located in Charlotte,NC. I have certifications in several modalities but my passion is working with clients that are dealing with serious illnesses. And I love to see the positive effect that is brought forth though a Healing Touch Massage. I Believe that a Therapeutic Massage is Great medicine for the mind, body and soul.

I encourage everyone to try massage therapy at least one time in their life. And by doing so they can decide if this is something that can help them become healthier and it could become a positive addition to their regular self care routine.

Deborah Wade

I joined AMTA as a student over 10 years ago; it was important to me to advocate for our profession and give back to the community. It was Ghandi that said, “Be that change, that you want to see in the world.” That is why, I invest my time to promote our profession.

Deborah has been a volunteer for the AMTA NC Chapter for over 6 years; over this time, she has helped with various committees: Ambassador Program, Schools, and was a NC Delegate for the House of Delegates.

Currently, in addition to her new role of Secretary: she also is the Emergency Coordinator for the, newly formed CSMT (Community Service Massage Team).

“I look forward to serving as Secretary, for the next 2 years. Please let our team know, how we can best serve you.” Together, we can make a difference.