Faculty & Staff

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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Marianne Messina, B.S., D.C.

Marianne Messina comes to the Finger Lakes School of Massage as an instructor of Anatomy and Physiology along with maintaining an active chiropractic /wellness practice in Westchester County NY for 25 years. She has also been immersed in Health Education in Westchester County, as well as being involved in social advocacy relative to optimal health, PTSD specific to women vets and supporting women’s health and wellness overall.

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.

Claire Owens, BA, LMT, SEP

Claire is a 2012 graduate of FLSM in Mt. Kisco. She received a BA from SUNY Stony Brook and began her education in energy work, trauma recovery and bodywork after several years in IT. She is a Reiki Master, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and practices Craniosacral therapy. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the students at FLSM. Outside of school, she enjoys being in nature, hiking, and cycling and volunteers as an advocate for assault victims.

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.

Jill Terhune, BS, LMT

Jill Terhune has a BS from SUNY Cortland. Upon graduating, she attended Suncoast School of Massage in Tampa, Fl. Her 30-year career includes experience as an independent contractor working with Chiropractors, health clubs, and spas. In recent times, Jill was employed part-time for 5 years at Westchester Restorative Nursing Center, where she worked closely with the Physical and Occupational Therapists. She worked with various in-patient clientele, from knee replacements to cancer and hospice, enhancing her skill as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. After a restructuring, Jill landed at Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mt. Kisco, beginning as a Clinic Supervisor, then stepping up to teach Energy Palpation, KAM, and subbing in wherever needed.



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.

Nikki Gallo, LMT
Clinic Supervisor

Nikki Gallo graduated Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco in 2012. Since then she has become certified in Cupping, Prenatal, Hot Stone, and Thai massage. She has worked in a variety of settings ranging from community acupuncture and massage clinic offering therapeutic bodywork to the underprivileged, to a boutique TriBeCa spa, working on celebrities and high-end clientele. In 2015 she traveled to Thailand to become certified in teaching Bikram Yoga. She has recently joined the team at FLSM as Clinic Coordinator and also runs a small mobile massage business on the side.

Jessica Sheridan, BA, LMT

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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