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 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
Matt first obtained his Psychology degree from the University of Maine while also following a pre-med track. He worked a couple years as a social worker in ME prior to entering graduate school, also at UMaine, to study Neuroscience. It was in graduate school he would meet his future wife and later find his way to NC. Following a year of research at UNC-CH, Matt worked at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University for 10 years specializing in psychophysiological recording methods.
During those final years at Duke, Matt began to miss his initial passion of working directly with people in a more clinical capacity and began to consider a new career path. While training for a marathon, he struck up a conversation with his massage therapist and the seed was planted. He graduated from Body Therapy Institute in 2014 and soon after started his massage practice with a desire to focus on rehabilitation and sports massage.
Matt has always appreciated the mission and goals of the AMTA and has been a member since 2013. He looks forward to representing not only the organization and the profession, but wants to specifically ensure NC chapter members have a voice at the national level and that NC’s unique needs are addressed.
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
Dr. Steve Koehler
Dr. Steve as friends and colleagues call him, is Steven Koehler, ND, LMBT. Started his working career as a carpenter and electrician in his early years went back to school and graduated with a degree in Furniture Manufacturing and Management from North Carolina State University in 1984. Spent 20 years as an engineer in the furniture industry and when NAFTA attacked he returned to school to become a massage therapist. During his time at massage school he also earned his Doctor of Naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Healing.
Granted a massage license from the North Carolina board of Massage and Bodywork in January of 2006 he opened his massage business, Serenity Massage, in Morehead City, NC. During this time, he supplemented his massage office income by providing on site massage to the nurses and staff at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City and to residents at Carolina House Assisted Living. During this time, he was approached by Carteret Community College to tutor students with their anatomy course. This expanded to teaching anatomy in the classroom while working in his office and part time as a massage therapist at the Ocean Club Resort and Spa at Indian Beach, NC.
In the spring of 2011 Dr. Steve was hired by Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC to head up their Therapeutic Massage program and after 8 successful years, the college placed the program on hiatus due to diminishing enrollment.
At the spring 2017 North Carolina AMTA annual chapter meeting, Dr. Steve was elected a Delegate for the Chapter and has performed the duties of this office with interest and zest.
Currently Dr. Steve is an adjunct Anatomy instructor at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, NC., and busies himself working his private massage practice in New Bern, NC and learning about day trading on the stock market.
He is married for 38 years to his best friend, Gigi, and has 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
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.