Featured Faculty & Staff: Dan Lashkoff

Meet Dan Lashkoff, FLSM‘s very own Retail and Operations Manager. Around the halls of FLSM, Dan is known for his positivity, can-do attitude and having a guitar in his office for those in need. An avid drummer, baseball fan and presidential history buff, Dan runs the school bookstore and makes sure everything is running smoothly throughout our building. Originally from California, he studied U.S. History 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 before relocating to the Finger Lakes area and joining the FLSM family.

How long have you been working at FLSM?

I have been working at FLSM since April 2012…  5+years. Before this I was working a wholesale grocery job where there was not much daily interaction with other people. I saw on Craigslist that the school was looking for a bookstore manager and I had a feeling that was it. I interviewed, they offered me the position and I accepted. In all the musical, sports and work groups I have been involved in, I have never experienced a more positive, unselfish work environment where everyone is pulling the rope in the same direction.

What would you tell someone who is considering massage therapy school?

This is a vocation that is not just a trend, but it is here now! It’s an excellent opportunity to learn an amazing skill that you can take anywhere.

Name one person who has had an impact on your life and explain why:

Randy Strauss. My first best friend who inspired me to do the things I wanted to do not just what others wanted me to do. Balance!

What is your favorite thing about working at Finger Lakes School of Massage and why?

Working with the most capable, transparent, hard working, caring staff.

Vacation…beach, woods, desert, or mountains?

Beach/woods/baseball stadium road trip

Favorite meal?

Ribeye…late rare (end of rare, right before medium), salad with celery seed dressing, potatoes, cabernet, port for dessert

Favorite quote?

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”

Describe your most significant interaction with a client or student:

One thing I have learned in my career whether it’s sales, music, etc. is that every interaction should be significant because you get what you give.

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