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Carol Peterson, BA, MSA, LMT

Carol Peterson, BA, MSA, LMT
Director

Carol is Director of the school, providing administrative direction and student advisement at the Hudson campus. She is a licensed massage therapist by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of New Hampshire. Carol instructs Emergency Procedures, Health Service Management, Integrated Techniques, and Neuromuscular Technique. In addition to being a graduate of NHITA, Carol also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in Administration from Boston University. Carol maintains a private practice in Andover, Massachusetts.

"When I decided to leave the technology industry and become a massage therapist, it was very important to me that I get the best training possible. NHITA provided that and more. In addition to learning healing massage techniques, NHITA provided me with a solid foundation on the business of massage. As an instructor, I am pleased and excited to share my experiences with students as they enter this rewarding profession. "

Karen Schilling, MS, LMT, RD

Karen Schilling, MS, RD

She came to massage therapy after 15 years as a CPA. After graduating from NHITA in 1995, she pursued further education in the field of nutrition and has since added RD to her credentials. In her position as Associate Director, Karen acts as an advisor to the school, involved in everything from curriculum development to management planning. Having taught every course within the curriculum she serves as a substitute instructor when called on.

"Teaching is the ultimate pursuit for me. I love to make complex subjects easy to learn through humor and play. For me watching people develop a passion for this great profession is its own reward."

Rhonda Cavers, LMT

Rhonda Cavers, LMT

Hudson Instructor: Kinesiology I & II, Ethics, Swedish massage, Reflexology, Clinical Assessment

RJ is a nationally certified graduate of NHITA who maintains a private practice and an associate practice with a local chiropractic office specializing in sports & trauma related injury, postural alignment, and sensory treatment for Autism. She is also a nationally certified educator of infant massage by CEIM and an internationally certified infant massage instructor by CIMI. Along with technique courses RJ also instructs in Ethics, Reflexology, Kinesiology, and Clinical Assessment.

"I couldn't possibly be more passionate about massage! The education I received attending NHITA, working and learning daily in my private practice, and working alongside a generously gifted chiropractor, have all been such rewarding experiences. It is a privilege to share my passion and experience with the students of NHITA. From the first days of Swedish, on to the exploration of muscles, ending with the last days of Clinical Assessment, it is such a joy to join in the journey and exploration of this giving profession and watch the development and evolution of each student's skills, knowledge and individual passions."

Ellen Chapman, MBA, LMT

Ellen Chapman, MBA, LMT

Bridgton Instructor: Massage for People with Cancer

Ellen, approaching twenty years as a massage therapist, finds that her practice is a natural extension of her previous education and work experience in business and the sciences. A 1997 NHITA graduate, she has completed advanced training in Orthopedic, Myofascial, Oncology Massage, and Orthopedic Assessment. She currently teaches Massage for people with Cancer. Ellen also has many years of experience teaching Anatomy and Physiology. She is a passionate gardener, baker, and newbie triathlete. Ellen has a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine.

"It is a gift to teach the Massage for People with Cancer class at NHITA as I never fail to get as much back from students as I give. It is wonderful to watch students connect the dots as to how they can harness both their technical skills and their compassion to work with people with a cancer diagnosis. I always appreciate the quality of the students that are attracted to our program; they are committed, mature and open to new ideas."

Liz Como, BA, EMT-B, LMT, RN

Liz Como BA, LMT, RN, CLLC

Bridgton Instructor: CPR, First Aid, Emergency Procedures, Ethics, Neuromuscular Technique, Research Analysis, Skin Pathology, Public Health and Hygiene, Pharmacology, Cancer and Autoimmune Disease

Liz began her teaching career in massage therapy after graduating from NHITA. She came to the school with over 20 years of experience teaching at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., where she obtained a BA in English literature and secondary education, and a graduate of CMMC School of Nursing. She works as an RN in a critical access hospital in Maine. Her primary responsibility is in obstetrics and she continues to increase both patient and providers' access and understanding of integrative medicine. Liz is a perpetual student and is pursuing her graduate degree in nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

"I think that most of my life I have been naturally drawn to teaching. As an instructor at NHITA I have the pleasure of helping new massage therapists create a picture of holistic health for future clients as well as themselves."

Donna Cormier, LMT

Donna Cormier, LMT

Bridgton Instructor: Swedish Massage

Donna is a Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist and AMTA Member who graduated from NHITA in 2008. Maintaining a very busy massage practice and certified in Zero Balancing, Donna also keeps very active in running, hiking and skiing, Having run twenty-seven marathons, including the Boston Marathon ten times, she is now part of the finish line massage team.

"Massage found me later in life and I'm so happy to be part of the wellness community. Sharing my passion for massage with students at NHITA is bringing my story full circle."

Emily Dunuwila, BA, LMT

Emily Dunuwila, BA, LMT

Bridgton Instructor: Anatomy & Physiology

Emily is a proud graduate of NHITA and has returned to teach Anatomy & Physiology. As the owner of a small massage therapy business in Southern Maine, Emily relies on her strong education and knowledge of anatomy & physiology to help her clients find relief and manage pain. Emily is a member of the AMTA Maine Sports Massage Team, a group of therapists providing massage to athletes at athletic events throughout Maine. She has also studied with renowned sports massage therapist, George Kousaleous to become a Certified Core Myofascial Therapist. Emily has an extensive background in dance and teaches dance and exercise classes. She holds a Bachelors degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Jeannine Foster, BA, MS, LMT

Jeannine Foster, BA, MS, LMT

Bridgton Instructor: Anatomy & Physiology

Jeannine has been practicing massage since graduating from NHITA in 2003. She holds a BA from Colby College and a MS in school psychology from University of Southern Maine. Jeannine served as the website coordinator and Sports Massage Team Chair for the Maine Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). In addition to NHITA's accredited program, Jeannine has continued taking classes every year and has completed advanced training with James Waslaksi, George Kousaleos, and Jeff Mahadeen. She holds certifications in Advanced Active Myofascial Mobilization and CORE massage. As a former All-American collegiate runner and cross country coach, Jeannine understands the demands an active lifestyle can put on one's body.

Lindsay Freeman, BS, LMT, NTS

Lindsay Freeman, BS, LMT, NTS

Hudson Instructor: Anatomy & Physiology, Autoimmune Diseases

Lindsay graduated from Johnson State College in 2006 with her BS in Wellness and Alternative Medicine. Her concentration was in the mind and body connection, focusing on the body's physiological response to stress. From there she moved to Albuquerque, NM where she received training in massage therapy and also earned her Natural Therapeutic Specialist credentials. She has also developed courses in HIV, AIDS, and chronic disease. She returned to NH to be with her family and is now teaching Anatomy and Physiology, and Autoimmune Diseases at NHITA's Hudson campus. She enjoys teaching and especially enjoys drawing the human body and its systems for her classes. She focuses on simplifying anatomical and physiological concepts, and helping students relate those concepts to their life and practice.

"I was drawn to teaching because it provided a way for me to pass my passion for anatomy and physiology on to my students. Understanding the body's physiological processes is the groundwork knowledge not only in the practice of massage, but in everyday life as well. Knowing each morning when I wake up and take my first breath, the mechanism by which my body converts oxygen and glucose to energy and how my thoughts, joys and stresses can impact this process and so many others, grounds me and makes me live every day more intelligently and mindfully within my own body."

Cheryl Garand, RN, LMT

Cheryl Garand, ADN, LMT

Hudson Instructor: Hydrotherapy and Cancer/Massage

Cheryl is a NHITA graduate with over 20 years experience as a RN. She works as a LMT at a private practice in Keene, NH where she also leads Massage Labs, where therapists learn and share new techniques. She enjoys using the skills she learned at NHITA to help people recover from injury, alleviate pain, and restore and maintain mobility. She feels that massage therapy is the perfect combination of Science and Art.

"I used to help save lives, now I help make them worth living."

Karen Hammerstone, BS, MS

Karen Hammerstone, BS, MS

Hudson Instructor: Anatomy & Physiology

Karen graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in biology. She located from New York to this area where she worked for 8 years as a protein chemist for a pharmaceutical company. She received a M.S. in biochemistry from Harvard University. Karen currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology laboratories at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

"I feel so lucky to be able to teach Anatomy and Physiology to students. Educating people about how their body works provides a lifetime basis for maintaining proper health and nutrition. NHITA provides an amazing program to educate the whole student."

Andrea Johnson, LMT

Andrea Johnson, LMT

Bridgton Instructor: Circulatory Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Andrea Johnson is a certified, licensed massage therapist having graduated from NHITA in 2011. She has been involved in gymnastics, first as a student from a very young age, and then as a coach for the last 20 years. In 2007 she became a certified mat instructor in rehabilitation Pilates. She is also a coach for soccer, basketball, and softball for the local recreation department. Andrea's fascination with the human body has made massage a smooth transition. She instructs Circulatory massage and Lymphatic Drainage massage at the Bridgton, Maine school.

"Teaching anything, whether it is in a classroom or in the gym, is so gratifying to watch as students begin to understand and make connections with what they have been learning, and then apply and feel their accomplishments."

Janna Kucharski-Howard, PT, DPT, MSM

Janna Kucharski-Howard, PT, DPT, MSM

Hudson Instructor: Anatomy & Physiology I, Kinesiology I and II, Neurology, Muscle Physiology

Janna is a practicing physical therapist in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She specializes in manual therapy in both the pediatric and orthopedic settings. In addition to being a NHITA graduate, she has a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology, her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She also holds a Master's degree in Management from Emmanuel College. Having designed and taught numerous courses such as Anatomy & Physiology I, II, Kinesiology I, II, Neurology, Muscle Physiology and Clinical Assessment at the Hudson campus for many years, Janna now serves as an educational consultant to the school.

"Anatomy is the foundation of Massage Therapy. I am honored to provide the springboard for students to excel in their career as a Massage Therapist. The NHITA program provides students with a solid background in science and a wide repertoire of Massage Therapy techniques, all in a positive and nurturing environment."

Gretchen Loeffler, BS, LMT

Gretchen Loeffler, BS, LMT

Bridgton Instructor: Neuromuscular Technique, Hydrotherapy

Gretchen has a degree in Elementary Education and pursued massage therapy as a second career. She has been with the school since 2001 after she graduated from the program. Gretchen is very creative in her teaching and utilizes experiential learning whenever possible.

"I am very excited about the education I received at NHITA. I liked the well-integrated focus on science and clinical experience as well as the very tangible aspect of the hands-on experience. I feel I am meant to be a teacher and appreciate being able to share the education I found so valuable at this school."

Annette Mahoney, BS, LMT, NCTM

Annette Mahoney, BS, LMT, NCTM

Bridgton Instructor: Kinesiology, Neuromuscular Technique, Hydrotherapy, Pathology Assessment & Trigger Point

Annette is a nationally certified NHITA graduate and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts. She instructs hydrotherapy, trigger point, neuromuscular technique, muscle physiology, pathology and assessment at the Bridgton campus. As a member of the NHITA community, she pursues a real-approach in her teaching by maintaining an active practice in North Conway, New Hampshire.

"Each day I am grateful that I have found my passion in massage therapy. I consider myself very fortunate to have been given the education that NHITA gave me and to now have the opportunity to share it as part of the faculty is a gift. I love to witness how students evolve through their education and be part of the transformation from start to finish."

Julie Morrissey LMT, ATC, NHLAT

Julie Morrissey BS, LMT

Hudson Instructor: Sports Massage, Trigger Point, Circulatory and Lymphatic Technique

Julie is a graduate of NHITA. She has been a professional member of the AMTA since 2012. She holds a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Colby-Sawyer College and has maintained a NH license for massage therapy. Julie maintains a practice in Nashua, NH that she started in 2012. She is very eager to pass along her knowledge and experience from her sports medicine background and prepare students to integrate this technique for athletic injuries and complex conditions.

"I love school and learning. We need each other to build and grow to reach our full potential to be the best therapists we can be and I am honored to be a part of that journey."