Regional Education

Myofascial Bodywork Techniques (16 CE hours) @ Cary Area EMS; Medcon Court Facility
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm


Myofascial Bodywork Techniques

(16 CE Hours)

Presenter: Dee Edra Vickers


Areas that will be addressed:


  • Myofascial Thoracic Release Massage:  A hands-on class that releases the thorax to treat tension produced from conditions such as tension from chronic chest pain, thoracic outlet tension, occupational tension from chronic mask wearing, asthma and pathology that produces chronic coughing.
  • Frozen Shoulder Techniques:  A hands-on class that explores the difference between frozen shoulder and shoulder impingement. Hands-on techniques for shoulder release are demonstrated and practiced for proficiency. Take the techniques with you and immediately put them to use.
  • Psoas Release Massage:  Psoas techniques to release the stubborn and hard to access psoas. Hands-on demonstration and practice make these techniques easy to learn and go to use them immediately in your massage.
  • Sciatica Techniques:  Release the pain in the rear that travels down the leg with hands-on sciatic release techniques. Hands-on demonstration and practice of the sciatic techniques make this an easy to learn and implement techniques class.

This class is approved by the NCBTMB for 16 CE hours for NC LMBTs.


Registration:  $175 AMTA Member |  $250 Non-Member


Location:  Cary Area EMS; Medcon Court Facility; 107 Medcon Court; Cary, NC, 27511


“Volunteers and attendees will be required to adhere to the most current CDC recommendations as well as state, local, and venue requirements in effect at the time of the event.”


Ethics and Professionalism in Massage (3 CE hours) @ To be Held Via Zoom Webinar
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This Class will be held via Zoom Webinar


Ethics and Professionalism in Massage (3 CE Hours)

Presenter:  William Dickinson

This class will provide an interesting look at how adhering to a set of ethical standards goes hand-in-hand with professionalism as a massage therapist. We will consider and discuss some legal and ethical principles and then dive into some real-life scenarios that will challenge us to come up with the right answers, and behaviors, in response. This is a fun class filled with a lot of information and discussion among the attendees. We will call out unacceptable behaviors and practices in our profession. This is not your ordinary ethics class.


This class is approved by the NCBTMB for 3 CE hours for NC LMBTs.


Participants need to have available:
Pen and paper for taking notes


Registration:  Free for AMTA Members  |   $50 Non-Members


Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Registration:  1:50-2:00 pm
Class:  2:00 – 5:00 pm


This class will be held via Zoom webinar


Click Here to Register



Community Outreach Team Orientation & Training @ Cornelius American Legion Post 86
Oct 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

We are pleased to announce the start of the new Community Outreach Team (COT)


This new outreach program was formed from the concept of MERT (Massage Emergency Response Team), which was established in 1989 following the Loma Prieta, California Earthquake. The CSMT played a significant role in 9/11 at Ground Zero and again at the Sandy Hook School Shooting in 2012, among many other emergency situations.


The Community Outreach Team was formerly known as the Community Service Massage Team (CSMT) and was originally developed because of the need to maintain a readiness for such emergencies and have an active presence in the community. The growth of this program is continuing to evolve in NC. We would like to invite you to be part of our new Community Outreach Team! Community Outreach programs are scheduled throughout the year. Let’s be active and make a difference in the community; not only when disasters occur.


We are planning Training & Orientation for

October 22, 2022

in Cornelius, NC from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


If you want to be a part of the Community Outreach Team, please register for our orientation & training session.

5 credits for licensure renewal,

Lunch and Team Shirt are included

for $60.00


National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW) is October 23-29, 2022

NMTAW is a dedicated week for AMTA members across the U.S. to promote the benefits of massage therapy, within their community. This year the CSMT Emergency Response team is working with the NMTAW committee to organize and sponsor a week of individual community projects dedicated to support our fellow 1st responders.


We would love your help for these small projects, within your community.


Requirements for Community Outreach Team participation:

  • AMTA Professional Member with insurance coverage.
  • Completion of the orientation/ training session
  • Completed application and fees to the AMTA-NC chapter (can be done at class).
  • Submit Signed Code of Conduct (can be done at class)


If you are interested in more information, regarding the Southeast Regional Community Outreach Team and/or would like to become a volunteer, please contact:


Deborah Wade

Community Outreach Team Coordinator

at or 336-301-9426



Please bring to class: Paper and Pen for taking notes


Click Here to Register


“Volunteers and attendees will be required to adhere to the most current CDC recommendations as well as state, local, and venue requirements in effect at the time of the event.”

TMJD Courses 1 & 2 – Glove Up! (13 CE Hours) @ Windy Ridge HOA Clubhouse
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm

October 22-23, 2022


TMJD Courses 1 & 2 – Glove Up!

(13 CE Hours)


Presenter:  Ashley Urquhart



TMJD Course 1: This course will introduce participants to the basics of intra oral Temporomandibular Joint techniques. This treatment is a safe and effective way to release muscles that cause headaches, jaw tension, and upper back pain by using clean gloved fingers inside the mouth. Participants will gain knowledge of the anatomy of the major skull bones and muscles. They will comprehend the symptoms and causes associated with TMJ dysfunction. Participants will know the importance of sanitization and contraindications.


TMJD Course 2: Participants will learn and understand the TTBS assessment and will be given details on what and how you should properly use TTBS performing an activity. Participants will learn how to observe incorrect postures that affect the TMJ. Students will be able to match the SI joint and jaw joint to be similar in height using their assessment. They will know the major muscles to perform on to prevent conditions from happening. Participants will understand how to educate their repeat future clients by explaining self care exercises.


This class is approved by the NCBTMB for 13 CE hours for NC LMBTs


Each participant should wear comfortable clothing (possibly layers)


Participants need to bring:

  • Massage Table
  • 2 Sets of Sheets each day
  • Stool
  • Lotion or Oil
  • Facial Mask (required when working on each other)


Registration Fee:  $150 AMTA Member |  $200 Non-Member


October 22-23, 2022

Registration: 8:30 am each day


October 22, 2022

Class: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (1 hr Lunch)


October 23, 2022

Class: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (1 hr Lunch)


Location:  Windy Ridge HOA Clubhouse; 35 Scott Street; Greenville, NC 27858


Click Here to Register


“Volunteers and attendees will be required to adhere to the most current CDC recommendations as well as state, local, and venue requirements in effect at the time of the event.”


Regional Education INFORMATION:

Regional Education:  The state of North Carolina divided up into 6 small geographical areas (by counties) to provide low-cost, continuing education & networking opportunities at a local/close- to-home locale.  It is the goal of AMTA-NC  to subdivide these 6 regions again & have 12 regions throughout the state thereby doubling the opportunities for CE’s and saving time & money in travel.  To achieve this we need more coordinators. Please consider helping your AMTA-NC Chapter & membership by volunteering as a Regional Education Coordinator.

Regional Education generally have two local meetings a year; That is 12 local meetings through-out the state for our members continuing education needs. Unit meetings are usually 3 – 6 hours of Continuing Education Credits with an Ethics classes offered every other year.

For more information: contact your Regional Education Coordinator

Following is a county breakdown:


Western Regional Education Coordinator

Elizabeth Bryson

A native to western North Carolina, my passion is helping people feel and live better.  I now would like to start working with AMTA to mold the future of massage therapy.

As a massage therapist, I specialize in therapeutic massage, neuromuscular therapy and structural bodywork.  My experience spans a wide variety of practice, from spa to clinical work, as well as private practice.

Western Region

Piedmont Regional Education Coordinator

Lisa Castellano

Lisa has been a LMBT for the past 30 years both in NC and NJ where she volunteered for AMTA-NJ and continues her volunteer career in NC. Her practice focuses on individualized experiences for each client where she uses her tool box of knowledge to help every client work towards becoming pain free. Lisa has been married for over 25 years and has four beautiful children. In her personal time she has a love for photography and uses all the extra wall space in her office as her own personal gallery.

Piedmont Region

Triad Regional Education Coordinator

T.A.G. Woods

The first time I heard about AMTA was while studying at Body Therapy Institute. I became a student member and later a professional member.  I joined mainly for the liability insurance coverage. I enjoyed glancing through the Hands-On® newsletter and reading mtj® that all AMTA members receive.

It was years later that I began utilizing some of the other membership benefits, attending AMTA-NC conventions, reading and sharing research and position statements. At an AMTA-NC Convention in Raleigh, Ed Sansbury awarded me a 10 year member gift. I thought that was really nice and I was touched that an organization as large as AMTA would recognize and appreciate a member like me.

More years past and during the AMTA-NC Convention in 2011 I attended a volunteers’ luncheon. I was volunteered to volunteer as Triad Unit Coordinator. That “what just happened” moment was the beginning of my truly understanding the many, many benefits of AMTA that are available to all our members. I am grateful to that person who volunteered me.

As an AMTA-NC volunteer I receive email communications from our BOD, attend meetings and conference calls. As I get to know our BOD I witness their passion and commitment to the AMTA mission statement,“To serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy.” These remarkable women and men carry those words in their hearts and live their lives accordingly.

Two of my passions are learning and teaching. The primary responsibility of Unit Coordinators is to organize local continuing education for the unit’s members.  It is a joy to talk, meet and work with many extraordinary teachers, especially those who call NC home. I attended my first Unit CE class as part of the training for Unit Coordinator. I cannot believe that I had never taken advantage of this great benefit of affordable, local Unit CE’s! I hope you will join us and utilize this AMTA benefit.

I was graced to have been awarded a scholarship for the 2012 AMTA National Convention in Raleigh, NC as an extremely generous thank you for the work I have performed as Triad Unit Coordinator. It was an excellent opportunity to meet our AMTA National leaders and those from various Chapters throughout the US as well as the Massage Therapy Foundation leaders. They are heart-centered professionals working tirelessly “to serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy.”

Triad Region

Triangle Regional Education Coordinator

William Dickinson

William has been a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist since 2013 and has been a member of AMTA since he was first licensed, volunteering in various roles with the North Carolina Chapter.

Currently, he serves the Triangle Unit as a Unit Coordinator, arranging low-cost, local, CE classes for the greater Raleigh-Durham area.

In his own practice, William’s specializes in working with chronic pain conditions, such as Fibromyalgia and TMJD, and has a particular affinity for upper-body work. He also enjoys providing specialized prenatal massage for pregnant clients.

“I joined AMTA specifically for the fact that there was a local Chapter, which afforded opportunities for networking, education, and volunteering in the community. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a member of AMTA NC and the connections and friendships made as a result.”

Triangle Region

Northeast Regional Education Coordinator

Lucille Lamberto


Hi Everyone,

Thank you for welcoming me to AMTA NC Chapter as the Northeast Regional Educational Coordinator.  I have been involved in health care for my entire adult life primarily as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Practitioner. I returned to school to graduate with my LMBW certification in 2017 from Carolina Massage Institute in Hillsboro NC.

It’s exciting to me to organize workshops here at the Outer Banks that will improve massage skills and introduce new healing modalities that you may choose to incorporate into your practice.  Oh, and while you are here on the coast, learning and earning CEs, there’ll be time to swim, sun, surf and relax. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore and its beaches are ranked #1 on the Eastern Seaboard!

Please don’t hesitate to email me at  with your thoughts or questions about an in-person workshop. And be sure to pack your sunscreen! Looking forward to meeting you all in the spring of 2021.

Warmly, Lucille



Northeast Region

Southeast Regional Education Coordinator

Michele Mantzakanian

I’m a licensed massage therapist from Maryland.  My husband and I recently moved to NC a couple years ago.  We love our new community of New Bern and being close to the beach and on the golf course!

It is my intention to help provide quality massage care to anyone who might need assistance.  I’ve been a massage therapist for over 16 years, trained at PMTI in Washington DC.  Had a private practice in MD, also worked with chiropractors, physical therapists, hospice and hospitals.  Trained in most modalities, incorporate many techniques to assist with overall wellness!

Recently got my NC massage license in 2018 and began working with another local therapist at Balanced Hands & Bodywork in New Bern.

Love entertaining, cooking, swimming, volunteering, outdoor activities and of course family & friends!


Michelle Stout


Southeast Region

New Hanover