Faculty & Staff

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DIRECTORS

Jessica English, LMT
Campus Director/Regional Director of Admissions

Jessica had a feeling the first time she walked into FLSM that it was a very special place. She is thrilled that as the Regional Admissions Director she gets to help others discover the magic of the school and the amazing knowledge that can be gained there. She graduated from FLSM in 2008 and has been working there since 2010 in many capacities: Clinic Coordinator, massage instructor and CEU program organizer. She believes in the holistic approach the school offers and in the commitment of its teachers and staff. Helping to guide the school is an honor and she loves working with the other Directors to make FLSM the exceptional educational institution that it is.

Jeannie O'Neill
Education Director

Jeannie is an Ithaca native that has recently returned to the area as a seasoned educator, with experience in the public school system as well as charter and alternative schools. Currently working toward her doctorate in Mindful Education, Jeannie has provided countless hours of professional development workshops to educators and community partners. Having owned a Yoga studio in Bennington, VT and now teaching yoga locally and at SUNY Cortland; Jeannie has taught Yoga to students ages 3-83 and has extensive Yoga anatomy, physiology and philosophy knowledge. She is so thrilled to be back in her home town and was drawn to the culture and community at Finger Lakes School of Massage. Jeannie feels that massage school is an opportunity for people to illuminate their inner path. As someone who likes to serve, she knows that helping people on their journey is a way to give back to the community that has given her so much.

Sarah Moshier, MSW, LMT, MA
Regional Director of Financial Planning

Sarah returned to FLSM to work as an Admissions guide in 2015. She was inspired to attend massage school after receiving regular massage while completing a dual Masters degree program in Social Work and Social Science at the University at Albany/Binghamton University. Body work seemed like the perfect compliment to social work and would allow her to provide a truly holistic approach to wellness. Listening to the body and engaging with clients allows for the opportunity to provide sessions that meet specific wellness goals. As a graduate of the 2007 program she bring years of experience to the team from her time working out in the field. Working in the human services field shaped her deep care for humans and influenced both her massage practice and the work she does now at FLSM. Sarah approaches every potential student with a belief that this work can change lives for the better. She continues to see clients in a private practice and enjoys the balance this career field has brought to her life.

Director of Student Services - Pending Hire

FACULTY

Bradford Allen, LMT, BA

After graduating from FLSM, Brad knew that this community of students, teachers and staff was a special place. Returning to the Ithaca campus to teach seemed like the perfect way to integrate a passion for education and wellness. After graduating from Niagara University, Bradford has been teaching professionally for over a decade in public school, independent, and community health settings. He firmly believes that education is not only vital for personal growth but also remains the greatest weapon against any form of oppression. Brad brings a diverse and lively skill set to his approach on teaching and life; he is also an instructor at the Tompkins Council working with individuals dealing with substance abuse, a massage therapist at the Dharma Center in Cortland, and a performing musician.

Yumi Asakura, BA, LMT

Yumi has been studying, giving, and receiving Shiatsu since her childhood in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to her NYS Massage License, she holds a certification through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and an Aromatherapy Certification through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She maintains a massage and aromatherapy practice in downtown Ithaca. For many years, Yumi has also pursued theatrical arts, studying acting, dancing, singing, and mime. She has performed in Tokyo, London, and New York City.

Jennifer Cook, BS, LMT

Jennifer is a 1996 FLSM graduate and began supervising the student clinic in 2002. In 2008, she retired from her full-time administrative “day job” at Cornell and completed the FLSM teaching apprenticeship program. She has been teaching at the school ever since. Jennifer is also a certified Rosen Method practitioner and is endlessly fascinated by the stories that our bodies reveal when we are touched. She is honored to be a witness to the process of growth and discovery that occurs at FLSM, and is ever in awe and appreciation of the body's innate wisdom in its unending movement towards health and balance.

Sarah Craft, BA, LMT

Sarah is a 2003 graduate of FLSM and thrilled to come back as Continuing Education Coordinator and as a teacher of Swedish, Energy Palpation, Essential Oils, and Connective Tissue Therapy. A former professional dancer for eleven years, Sarah brings her keen understanding of body mechanics and proper alignment to her teaching of massage. She is also a certified Bowen Practitioner and VortexHealing practitioner and enjoys working intuitively to cater to her client's unique needs. Sarah also writes children's books, practices yoga of all kinds, and enjoys swinging in hammocks with her daughter.

Dawn Eller, ND

Dawn received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology. As a part of the Science team, she brings warmth and joy to the classroom and a sincere desire to support learning. Dawn sees her role as a teacher, not only to impart knowledge, but promote self-love and confidence. She has a keen appreciation for the unique healing potential of massage and bodywork and is honored to be a part of the education of future massage therapists. Outside of FLSM, Dawn maintains a naturopathic medical practice in Ithaca and is Mom to two boys.

Heidi Eckerson, BA, MAT, LMT

After living in the past (and her head) for over a decade teaching history, Heidi decided a change was in order. Attending FLSM reminded her about the importance of being present and allowed her get reacquainted with the rest of her body. After graduating in 2012, she opened a private practice where she is honored to help others experience change in their bodies and lives. Heidi also enjoys filling in at Binghamton University's Wellness Center providing mindful massage to students, faculty and staff—and wishes they had this on campus when she was a student there. She is excited to be a part of the Science and Business teams here in Ithaca.

Bernadette Fiocca, LMT

Bernadette is a 1983 graduate of the Florida School of Massage and a 1995 graduate of the I.M. School of Healing Arts. Her advanced studies include The Trager Approach®, Continuum Movement®, craniosacral therapy, Integrated Energy Therapy, Reflexology, and Level 3 Reiki. She is continually exploring ways to integrate these many techniques and approaches, and enjoys uncovering the threads that unite them all. Bernadette teaches KAM, Energy Palpation, Shiatsu, Of Sound Body, and The Danse of Massage. Her areas of specialty are integrative massage and energy-based healing. She has a special interest in sound healing with advanced study in Biosonics Repatterning (tuning forks) and the Yoga of Voice. A student and performer of dance for many years, Bernadette loves all forms of movement.

Cindy Getchonis, BA, LMT

Cindy studied Holistic Health Theory and Philosophy in college, attended the Boulder School of Massage, and then pursued continued study in movement-based bodywork. Swedish Massage and Body Mechanics are her main courses at FLSM. Client education, empowerment, and personal responsibility are issues that continue to intrigue her as both a therapist and an instructor. She is a Trager Approach Practitioner® and Certified Aston Patterner®. Cindy thinks humor is essential in the classroom. She combines bodywork and movement education in her private practice.

Kate Goldswer, BA, LMT

Kate is excited to return to FLSM to help students in Swedish Massage and in their clinics as they develop their own style and gain skills and confidence in their work. She graduated from FLSM in 2012 and since then has worked in local spas and maintained a private practice. Kate is passionate about Thai Yoga Massage and Thai Poultice Massage, and integrating these modalities into her table work. She values self-awareness, compassionate presence, and open communication, and feels inspired to teach these core FLSM principles. She volunteers at Ithaca Community Acupuncture and enjoys hiking the gorges around Ithaca.

Sondra Hartmann, BFA, LMT

Sondra is a graduate of the Florida School of Massage and has been on the faculty at FLSM since it opened in 1994. She teaches Reflexology, Energy Palpation, and Sound & Healing in the full-time program, and Elder Massage in the part-time program. What she absolutely loves about teaching is the deep level of connection that is possible from one human to another, particularly in the special learning environment at FLSM. In private practice for 17 years, Sondra currently offers the Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage, and she is the massage therapist for Bridges, an assisted-living residence for elders. Her quote to live by: “The past is my teacher; the present, my creation; the future, my inspiration.”

Gabriel Hoff, BA, LMT

Gabriel is a 2012 graduate of FLSM that currently teaches Connective Tissue Therapy, Shiatsu, plus several other modalities, and integrates energy work in his private practice. He studied ritual-based Performance Art at Purchase College. After that he spent some time as a baker, actor, Butoh dancer, Georgian folk singer, and executive assistant, until finally following his dream to become a massage therapist. Being a student at FLSM was deeply transformational and he is honored to now be on the other side of the equation for FLSM students. He believes that the essential quality of this career is listening from the heart.

Meghan Kerr, BA, LMT

Meghan, a 2011 graduate of FLSM, returned in 2017 to join the staff as the clinic coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in addition to New York and Pennsylvania massage therapy licenses. She worked in the environmental non-profit industry prior to entering the rewarding and fulfilling profession of massage therapy. Meghan currently maintains a part-time massage practice in the area. She enjoys being outdoors, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family.

Kylie Miller, LMT, NRT(TM)

Kylie began her journey as a massage therapist when she was just out of high school before she had ever received a massage! At the time she was strongly interested in finding a career in the medical field, but wasn't sure if working within the western medical model was right for her. She graduated from North Country Community College in 2005 with an Associates Degree in Massage Therapy and Applied Sciences. She continued on to SUNY Potsdam where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Community Health in 2008. Since then she has worked in nearly every setting where massage therapy is offered (spas, hair salons, applied medical massage under a Physical Therapist, and has run her own private practice). Her professional development includes pregnancy massage, massage doula training and loku lomi. She is also a DONA trained Birth Doula and has completed the professional level of Nutrition Response Testing (TM) training at Ulan Nutritional Systems in Clearwater Florida. In her free time she is interested in astrology, tarot cards, nutrition and practicing yoga. She also loves attending live music and spending time outdoors particularly in the Adirondacks. Now, over a decade after her first leap of faith into this field she feels that massage therapy is not only her profession but also an enormous part of her identity and lifestyle. Becoming a massage instructor is truly a dream come true for Kylie and she is thrilled to join the FLSM team to help students begin their own transformative path of healing.

Charles Napolitano, LMT

A graduate of Finger Lakes School of Massage, Charles also has advanced training in Shiatsu, studying with Grand Master Wataru Ohashi at the Ohashi Institute in NYC, has completed the Advance Certification training of Thai Yoga Massage from the Lotus Palm School, and is a Master instructor of Integrative Energy Therapy. His love of practicing Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung has led him to the deeper study of energy/body work and holistic health. He feels that each step in massage therapy brings profound understanding and appreciation of human individual and community and is grateful to be given the opportunity to practice meditation and metta (loving kindness) in his professional work.

Elizabeth Olson, DC candidate, Yoga Teacher

Elizabeth is a doctoral student at New York Chiropractic college where she works with a diverse patient population under multiple clinicians. She was the primary investigator in NYCC's Yoga and Mindfulness Study, received the Distinguished Service in Basic Sciences Award, and is a member of the Phi Chi Omega Chiropractic Honor Society. She teaches yoga privately in the Trumansburg/Ithaca area, and she teaches yoga and anatomy at the Amrit Yoga Institute's Teacher Training. She is a personal mentee of Mary Jarvis and Yogi Amrit Desai and has advanced training in asana, yoga for injuries and chronic pain, meditation, and the art of teaching. She is certified in Bikram and Amrit yoga.

Matthew O'Neill M.S. Ed

Matthew holds a masters of arts in education from LaSalle University and is a Certified NYS Teacher. As an experienced educator who promotes universal design for learning across curricula, he specializes in creating interactive games for classroom instruction. He has worked for over a decade as a classroom teacher, coach, peer educator, team leader and interdisciplinary teaching mentor. His focus on mindful classroom environments and growth mindset have allowed him to inspire students to move toward their fullest potential

Cassie Osborne, LMT

Cassie graduated from FLSM in 2011. Since then, she has been practicing Massage and Integrated Energy Therapy at Heaven to Earth Wellness Spa in Elmira Heights. Cassie is thrilled to work as a Clinic Supervisor at FLSM in the hope of helping students to find their niche in massage and to help them grow in ways they didn't know possible.

John A. Perestam, LMT, PKP

A 2007 graduate of FLSM, in 2010 John joined the school's science team and also teaches in the massage classroom. Certified in Touch for Health Kinesiology, his passion is combining the modalities of Applied Kinesiology with the amazing power of massage. One of his great joys is “seeing the light come on” when students realize their potential and make the connection between the sciences and the hands-on modalities of massage. John founded the Body Lab Wellness Center in Endicott, NY in 2010, and works there when not teaching.

Dakota River, LMT, BFA

When Dakota discovered FLSM in 2013, she knew it was the perfect environment for her to continue her life-long work assisting people with finding balance and healing through body/self awareness. She graduated FLSM in 2015 and has since started her own practice in Ithaca. Dakota has a pretty eclectic background—starting with earning a BFA degree from Syracuse University in Sculpture; she then learned skills in wilderness survival, after discovering her love of functional art made from nature; she studied Buddhist psychology to learn a different approach for healing mental/emotional issues; and she has also trained in several forms of martial arts, including Tai Chi, Kendo and Shotokan karate. Dakota has incorporated all of her experiences by combining them with her natural counseling abilities. She utilizes energy palpation in her massage therapy sessions to help guide a session that integrates deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, Swedish Massage, neuromuscular therapy, Shiatsu and Reiki. She employs her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology to inform her therapeutic techniques. She believes that her clients can let go of a past history of trauma by allowing them to experience body awareness through therapeutic touch. Dakota is very excited to be a part of the FLSM team and play a role in students' experience with this unique school.

Hallie Sawyers, BA, LMT, APP, NCTMB

Hallie is a 1996 graduate of FLSM. She now teaches Energy Palpation, Hydrotherapy, and Essential Oils for Massage Therapists at the school. She is licensed in both NY and CT, nationally certified in therapeutic massage, and nationally certified in holistic aromatherapy, with several years of advanced clinical training. Hallie is certified in Polarity Therapy and Reflexology, a master instructor of Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy, an approved continuing education provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and the educational outreach chair and outreach VP for the Labyrinth Society. She is the owner of Soul Song, a bodywork and energy work practice offering classes, lectures, and client care in upstate New York and beyond.

Dana Shoemaker, LMSW, LMT

Dana studied massage at the Center for Natural Wellness in Albany, NY. She has been working as a massage therapist in a wellness center setting since 2009. Prior to that, she was a LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work). She worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities and with the elderly. In addition to Integrated Swedish Massage, Dana specializes in Craniosacral Therapy. She has completed a 700-hour training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Turtleback Craniosacral Education and supplemental training in Craniosacral Therapy with Infants. The study of this work has been life changing and truly resonates with her goals as a bodywork therapist: engaging with health rather than dysfunction and helping others to experience the power of light touch. She is also an experienced ballroom dancer, yoga enthusiast, and dachshund owner. Dana loves sharing what she has learned and helping students reach their full potential as massage therapists.

Nancy Spero BS, RN, LMT

Nancy graduated from FLSM in 2000. She is also a Registered Nurse and she holds a Bachelors Degree from Cornell's College of Human Ecology with a concentration in Adult and Community Education. She has worked in many community healthcare and human service settings around the Ithaca area. She is a Certified Trager Practitioner and has a private massage practice. She loves working with people, helping them connect with their heart and their own inner healing and deep wisdom. You may also see her around Ithaca spreading joy and fostering community as a traditional Contra and Square Dance caller. She feels honored to join the FLSM teaching team, assisting students to explore their dance-of-life as massage therapists.

Julia Thompson, LMT

Julia is a 2000 graduate of FLSM and joined the staff shortly afterward. She teaches many massage modalities, including: Pregnancy, Elder, Sports, Chair, and Oncology. Julia continues to love what her private practice brings her way, from working with women through their childbearing months, to working with athletes and elders.

Kim Vaughan, BS, LMT

After graduating from FLSM in 2009, Kim moved to Arizona where she practiced massage at a chiropractor's office, massage studio, and resort spa. She returned to Ithaca in 2011 and has been teaching at FLSM since 2013. Kim loves working with students as a Kinesiology instructor, massage instructor, and clinic supervisor. She continues to practice as an on-call massage therapist at two spas, and in her free time she is one of the hosts of a WVBR radio show called Rockin' Remnants.

Dex White, LMT

Dex is a 1999 FLSM graduate, and has worked at the school since 2003, in both administrative roles and in the massage classroom. He currently teaches Swedish Massage, Communication Skills, Kinesthetic Awareness through Movement, Self-Care, Sports Massage, Energy Palpation, Connective Tissue Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Medical Massage. Dex has worked in several spas including his current position at Rasa Spa here in Ithaca. He loves his family and pets, music, gardening, and laughter, and loves to see the unfolding growth of students in their time here.

Melanie A. Wood-Scureman, MA, PRYT-P

Melanie graduated from FLSM with the Fall 2016 class. After graduating and exploring the spa world for a little while, she returned “home” to accept the teacher, space-holder and room weaver archetype she has been handed in this life. Once a teacher, always a teacher. Melanie comes from a body/mind rich background that includes a Masters Degree in Transpersonal and Somatic Psychology, Massage Therapy Certification from FLSM, Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher Certifications, Master Reiki Certification and countless other certifications in Wellness Arts, Holistic Healing and Spiritual Practices. She has taught at a couple of colleges, developed programs for her community and continues to serve clients with all of the modalities in her tool belt. Melanie has a natural affinity to being a geek and loves to research answers to questions. Her classes have often been filled with exploration and project based learning. Ultimately, her passion and her intention is to help folks gain an informed, healthier perception of their body, mind and mood - so they can pay it forward too.

STAFF

Krista Balgaroo, LMT
Admissions Guide

Bio Coming Soon

Viviani Drogalis LMT
Registrar

I worked in retail for seven years before deciding to try a different career. I have always been passionate about retail and providing service to people. I looked at other career options but none seemed like something I would be passionate about. I was asked if I had ever considered Massage therapy and my thought was, "Me?! A Massage Therapist?! No way I would be good at that." Also, I had never received a professional massage before. I finally decided to take a tour at FLSM in Ithaca and I loved the energy and the environment so much that I decided to give it a shot. I started the program with an open mind and received all the new knowledge with excitement. I fell in love with the different modalities of practicing bodywork and being able to connect with clients on an energetic level. It is beautiful. Graduating from FLSM in July 2016 felt like one of my biggest achievements in life. I am excited for what this new career path will take me. Now I am happy to be back on campus this time as part of the staff sharing my experiences as a student and Massage Therapist with current and future students.

Dan Lashkoff
Store Manager/Building Operations

Dan joined FLSM as its retail manager (a job he loves) in 2012. He studied U.S. History at Stanislaus State University in hopes of teaching at the high school level and coaching baseball, however, his love for music took him on a different path and for 20 years he split his time between being a professional drummer and a shoe and apparel buyer for a family-owned chain of department stores. He and his family relocated to the Finger Lakes region in 2007 from the San Francisco Bay area. He is known to be kind to strangers.

Melissa Miller

Melissa's passion for movement has led her down a path of continual exploration, resulting in a diverse background in the healing arts. She earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont. In addition, she has obtained a certificate in Asian Healing Arts and Whole Foods Nutrition, which included training in Shiatsu and Swedish massage from the Heartwood Institute. She is also a certified instructor of both Iyengar yoga and MovNat. Melissa's approach to teaching is engaging and empowering; she feels her role as a teacher is to create a framework for students to be playful and explore all subjects through a lens of childlike curiosity. While not teaching, Melissa has a private chiropractic practice where she specializes in Applied Kinesiology and natural movement.

Anna Ottoson, LMT
Clinic Coordinator

Anna is a 2012 graduate of FLSM. She wanted to go to FLSM for almost a decade before taking the plunge, and is very grateful she did. She owns a small private practice, often "assisted" by her small dog. Helping people manage their chronic pain and feel their best is one of the most rewarding things she has ever done. Anna loves traveling and has been to 8 countries on three different continents. Her favorites so far are Scotland and Turkey, and her 'must visit' bucket list is too long to list. When not globetrotting, she spends her time at home in Ithaca, snuggling her cats, dog, and fiance, and researching her next grand adventure.

Elise Philips, LMT
Admissions Guide

Elise is a registered yoga instructor and licensed massage therapist. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2011 at the Studio at Panterra in Westfield, New York and recently graduated from FLSM in 2017. Since discovering yoga in 2005 she has found a love for anatomy, physiology, health, and wellness that only continues to grow as the years go by and is excited to share it with incoming students at FLSM.

Dusti-Lee Provencher, LMT
Part-time Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon

Emily Richards, BME
Admissions Guide

Emily Richards is a local Ithacan as well as an Ithaca College graduate with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in voice. She currently serves as one of the conductors for the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus along with teaching baby and toddler music at CSMA and Jillian's Drawers. She has experience performing various styles of music and has performed with a variety of different choral groups throughout her life and has been a frequent soloist in many of those groups. She also has over 15 years of marketing and management experience. Emily is mom to two beautiful little girls who teach her everyday about the joy in life. She's thrilled to be a part of Admissions Team at the Finger Lakes School of Massage and bring her passion for education and pleasure in helping others to her role at the school.

Beth Tomlinson
Financial Planning Coordinator

Beth left her hometown of Cortland to complete an East Coast tour in pursuit of her Master’s degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion. She is an extroverted introvert with a knack for puzzle solving and creating beautiful organizational systems. She believes that life is all about balance. Some days she viciously hits the gym and other days she slowly enjoys a pint of ice cream with her rescue dog. She is honored to be added to the FLSM team and equally excited about using her unique skill set to help students achieve their dreams.

Trisha Vendryes, LMT
Retail Assistant

Trisha is a 2014 graduate of FLSM and has recently joined staff as a retail assistant in the school store. She is very excited and honored to be a part of this special community that prepared her so well for the massage therapy profession and profoundly transformed her life in so many wonderful ways. Trisha is passionate about her work as a massage therapist and is currently on staff at Massage Envy in Fayetteville, NY and Barrington Holistic Healing Spa in Dundee, NY.

DIRECTORS

Jeany Donpierre-Lundy, AS, BS, LMT
Director of Student and Career Services

Jeany is a 2013 graduate of the MT. Kisco campus of FLSM. She credits her father for instilling the passion for massage in her since she was as young as 6-years-old. After completing high school, she graduated from the Helma Institute of Massage Therapy in Saddlebrook, NJ. She later obtained her AS in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; as well as her BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, from Lehman College. Some of Jeany's other interest include painting-by-numbers and writing poetry.

Kira Morris-Schaffer, AA
Director of Admissions

After receiving an Associates in Performing Arts, Kira decided to pursue a career as a dancer by auditioning at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. However, after receiving her acceptance letter, Kira sustained injuries which prevented her from continuing her career as a performer. Before and after her injuries, massage therapy has helped Kira throughout her years as a performer and competitive dancer. With these past experiences, Kira was deeply drawn to FLSM. As the Director of Admissions, Kira is dedicated to help students follow their own passion and stable career massage therapy. In addition, Kira continues to stay fit and active through swimming, hiking and strength training. As a native to Westchester, Kira can be an asset to those looking for the best Westchester has to offer.

Patrick Comstock, MA
Campus Director

Patrick comes to Finger Lakes School of Massage with over 17 years experience in educational administration. His journey as a campus president or campus director has taken him to Chicago, Florida, California, Connecticut, and now Mount Kisco, New York. He has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of California, Irvine; a master degree from Governors State University, and is completing a PhD program in education, with a specialization in higher education leadership from Northcentral University.

Faculty

Amy Balter, BA, LMT, CHHC, CPT

Amy graduated from the New Center for Wholistic Health Education and Research in 1988, and is also a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and a Certified Personal Trainer. She's worked with the NYC Marathon, served as a massage therapist for folk singers at The Bottom Line, and managed 25 employees at Westchester's premiere gym, Club Fit. In 2011, Amy opened Hudson Holistic's, which has enabled her to utilize her knowledge and certifications to pursue her passion for helping people achieve their potential for healthy living. Her modalities include sports massage, medical massage, pre and postnatal massage, and more. Amy is thrilled to be working at the FLSM as an instructor to assist the next generation of massage therapists.

Lori D'Amato, LMT

Lori has been a practicing LMT for over 20 years. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist in both New York and Connecticut, and holds National Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage. Lori is also a phlebotomist and New York State EMT. She has advanced certifications in cadaver labs, medical massage, oncology massage, pathology, and human anatomy and physiology. Lori's passion and focus has nearly always been connected with medical pathologies in conjunction with massage. She enjoys being a part of assisting someone in their journey to become well through massage and conveys information with humor and enthusiasm as an instructor in the Finger Lakes School of Massage classroom.

Karin Floh-Elias, LMT

Karin Floh-Elias came to massage through dance and creative movement. She received her training at the Swedish Institute, the Ohashi Institute, and the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy. In her practice she combines massage and bodywork with the therapeutic properties of essential oils. Karin teaches Swedish massage at FLSM with a special focus on the joy of movement and the peaceful aspects of bodywork.

Steve Goodstein, DC, CCN

Dr. Steven Goodstein is a licensed chiropractor with over 27 years in practice. He is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Personal Trainer who has been certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Dr. Goodstein specializes in applied kinesiology, a branch of chiropractic that utilizes muscle testing to evaluate body function. Dr. Goodstein has hosted his own local cable TV show on alternative healing and is featured on Channel News 12 Westchester as an expert on health-related topics. Through the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, Dr. Goodstein has provided educational wellness programs to local institutions, businesses and Fortune 500 companies. He currently runs two private practices, one in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and the other in Pleasantville, NY.

Danielle Guillet, BA, LMT

Danielle is a 2002 graduate of FLSM's Ithaca campus and has an educational background in biology, nutrition, music, and maritime navigation. she has advanced certifications in pregnancy massage and medical massage and her private practice focuses on pre and post natal work.  Danielle aims to mix both knowledge and perspective with joy and fun in the classroom to create a dynamic experience. She teaches communications, self-care, elder massage, pregnancy massage, chair massage, connective tissue therapy, hydrotherapy, pathology, and medical massage.    

Jessica Katzowitz, BS, MS, LMT

As a former competitive cyclist and college swimmer, Jessica always wanted to work with athletes, so she left her career in the biotechnology field in hopes of fulfilling this dream by becoming a massage therapist. In 1997 she completed her training at the Swedish Institute in New York City and has been practicing massage therapy ever since. Her career as a massage therapist has not only afforded her the opportunity to work with athletes, but has enabled her to treat many medical conditions. Through the various twists and turns of her career, most of her work has become medically oriented. With a master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from Columbia University as well as a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Lehman College, it only makes sense for her to share some of her scientific knowledge by teaching. She joined the FLSM team in hopes of imparting some of her love and passion for massage therapy to others.

Joyce Kent, LMT

Joyce is a 2009 graduate of FLSM's MT. Kisco campus, with additional certifications in myofascial release massage, Reiki I and II, and Lymphatic Drainage I. She is licensed to practice massage therapy in New York, New Jersey, and is also Nationally Certified. Joyce came to massage after a healing experience at the hands of a fellow FLSM graduate after a traumatic vehicle accident and is now an instructor and clinic supervisor at FLSM. She knows firsthand the healing touch of massage which fuels her ambitions to continue learning, exploring, and helping people. In her private practice in Chestnut Ridge, NY, Joyce encourages her clients to continue to heal and grow through their own therapeutic body awareness. Compassionate and intuitive, she believes that all students have the ability to tap into their healing spirits to help others.

Bob Lesnow, DC, CDN

Bob Lesnow is a master clinician and teacher with over three decades of private practice on his resume. He is a chiropractor, dietician-nutritionist, Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner, and yoga teacher. Bob has taught anatomy, physiology and pathology to massage therapy students since 1998 and served as a director of basic sciences for the North Jersey Massage Training Center from 1998 to 2003. Bob has applied a holistic, integrative approach to disease and healing for many years. He incorporates healthy diet and lifestyle choices, guided imagery and spiritual practices, therapeutic exercise, and nutritional/botanical pharmacology into his practice.

Kelly Lizewski, DC, BS, CMT, CPT

Dr. Kelly Lizewski has been in the health, fitness and physical rehab field since 1987. Originally from MA, she moved out to CA in 1985 with the goal of becoming an architect. While working fro the Marin Conversation Corp in construction, she sustained a head injury on the job. The key to her recovery were hands on therapy treatments. This opened the door to a new career path, and passion for the health field. She became a personal trainer and physical therapy aide. She attended the National Holistic Institute for massage therapy and holistic health education, graduating in 1990. She continued to work in physical therapy as a PT aide and massage therapist, while building her private practice. Missing friends, and the East coast seasons, she moved back in 1991 making NY her home. She continued her education receiving her BS in Life Science at NYIT, and Doctorate in Chiropractic at NYCC. She has a private practice, combining massage therapy, craniosacrel therapy, chiropractic, fitness/physical rehab, and nutrition. She's also an adjunct assistant professor at Suffolk County Community College. She believes our health is our wealth, in mind, body & spirit.

Jean McGee, BS, LMT

Before graduating from FLSM, Jean obtained her bachelor's degree in biology and followed those studies with a concentration in physiology of exercise for her graduate work. She has taught at Springfield College in Massachusetts and at Iona College in New York. As the former education director at FLSM, Jean is thankful for having had the opportunity to help guide students on their journey to becoming massage therapists. Jean continues to give to the FLSM community as an instructor and clinic supervisor. Away from campus, Jean runs a food co-op and sits on the board of directors for a non-profit organization.

Alice Pan, BA, LMT

A 2009 FLSM Ithaca Alumni, Alice has continued to devote herself to practicing therapeutic massage and energy work in accordance with her innate sense of ‘Ethics = Truth + Love.' In 2013, she followed her soul's calling to travel abroad, and explore the art of life and healing in Scandinavia, Germany, and other parts of Northern Europe. This journey culminated in several months of research in Northern India. She feels grateful and honored to be part of the magic at FLSM as an instructor, and delights in witnessing and supporting each student's process of “coming home to oneself.” Alice is wholeheartedly dedicated to sharing authentic presence, intuition, balance, and skillfulness to support the holistic journey of every being she is graced to meet. She finds that as we deepen in self-trust, we can allow essential learning and transformation to spontaneously transpire.

Diana Brenes Seiler, BS, LMT

Diana brings an educational background of art, yoga, and Thai massage—along with a love for dance and play—to the classroom as an FLSM instructor. She is a graduate of FLSM and has studied Thai massage at both the Lotus Palm School and the Thai Massage Circus in Laos. She has a BS in fine and visual arts from SUNY New Paltz. A student of permaculture, Diana passionately advocates for Earth care and connecting others with their innate source, nature. Her specialties are integrative massage and Thai massage. Diana recognizes the incredible power of self knowledge and is committed to supporting others as they unfold into their highest potential.

Caroline Scherer, BA, LMT

Caroline is a 2016 graduate of FLSM's Mount Kisco campus as well as a Reiki Master. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Skidmore College and is currently pursuing a Master's in Integrative Health & Healing from The Graduate Institute. She wears many hats FLSM, functioning as Kinesiology instructor as well as serving as the Registrar. Outside of school, Caroline spends her time working with a local theater company and feeding a passionate crossword puzzle addiction.

 

Staff

Brian Delgiudice, BS, LMT

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Economics at Buffalo State, Brian decided to pursue a career that involved helping students. Vividly remembering what it was like to be one himself, Brian understands that choosing a career can be difficult with so many options being available. He is passionate about guiding potential and incoming students towards a fulfilling career as an admissions representative at FLSM. Brian was born in Dutchess County, is the middle child of three boys, a huge fan of fiction, climbing, bike riding, and spending time with friends and family. 

Dominique DiCarmine, LMT
Clinic Supervisor

In August 2008, Dominique began her journey as a massage therapist after graduating from the Swedish Institute in NYC. After applying her acquired skills in various settings over the course of 8 years, she immersed herself in a 200 Hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in October 2016 in Sedona, AZ. Almost a year later, in the summer of 2017, Dominique embarked on a new journey as an instructor at Finger Lakes School of Massage (Mount Kisco) where she enjoys sharing her experience in the field and observing the students forge their own path.

Jessica Sheridan, BA, LMT
Registrar

Jessica is a 2009 graduate of the very first FLSM Mt. Kisco class. Through an interest in anatomy and a love of energy healing, Jessica found massage therapy. In 2006, Jessica received her Bachelor's Degree in New Media from SUNY Purchase. She became a certified Aromatherapist in 2016 through The New York Institute of Aromatherapy. Jessica enjoys creating essential oil blends for beauty and wellness. She is happy to once again be part of the FLSM community and is embracing life coming full circle.

 

 

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