Brian Utting - Brian founded the Brian Utting School of Massage (BUSM) in Seattle, WA in 1982 and was BUSM's Director, Director of Education, and a lead instructor there for 26 years. In 2009 Brian was awarded the AMTA's Robert N. Calvert Award for Lifetime Achievement. Brian has continued to be a mentor and inspiration of mine as I've grown into my work, and I continue to periodically take continuing education classes with him.
Mike Hamm - Mike was the first massage community luminary to directly confirm my fledgeling suspicions of a neural network within fascia. His work has been a key component in the development of my neurological intention in my practice and one of my favorite educators. He teaches anatomy, research literacy, and neurofascial bodywork in Seattle and around the US, and is remarkably community minded, serving as a Trustee for the Massage Therapy Foundation and co-chair of the Foundation's Best Practices Committee among many other pursuits and projects.
Pat O-Rourke - Pat has been an LMT since 1984 and taught at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle for 20 years, where I first was exposed to her as a teacher. Pats craniosacral as well as trauma work has specifically influenced the development of my practice from a deep tissue Swedish and Sports Massage base into the subtler methods I employ now.
Lauren Christman - Lauren was a faculty member at the Brian Utting School of Massage, where I first got my taste of Structural Integration training (KMI) with her and later saw her for many personal bodywork sessions. Lauren's focus on visceral manipulation strongly informed my sense of depth and subtlety in my work, particularly when communicating with organs and the mailable structures in the gut - like nerves!
Karen Clay - Karen holds a BA in dance and was a movement artist and performer for 20 years, beginning an active practice in Bodywork, Structural Integration and Somatic Education in 1985. Karen has been an on-going student in the field of Somatics for the past 40 years, eventually developing her own movement awareness classes including the Somatic Unwinding® that I utilize in my practice.
Kirsten Lauzon - Working with Kirsten as both a client and assistant greatly influenced my understanding of trauma, and heavily influenced the development of the psychological aspect of my practice. Kirsten's skillful introductions to psychotherapy and native medicine helped shaped the grief recovery I facilitate today. Kirsten helped Mark Johnson create and establish the Seattle Constellations Network in 2007, serving 3 consecutive years on the SCN Council, and then helped form the Seattle Constellations Institute in 2009. That same year Kirsten earned a Degree with an Area of Concentration in Paleopsychology; a Psychological study of the Evolution of Human Consciousness, from Antioch University Seattle.
Sherry Anderson - Sherry taught my personal grief recovery workshop, and sponsored my eventual certification to teach the program. I would not be the person I am today without her influence.
Brené Brown - Brené has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her TED talks "The Power of Vulnerability" and "Listening to Shame" deeply influenced both my personal development as well as my self care accomplice practice. Unlike the others acknowledged here whom I have worked closely with in person, Brené and I have only met once, my exposure being largely limited to her online contributions to personal development.
Michón Neal - Michón is the founder of the Cuil Effect Project, a writer and public speaker having contributed to Crossing Genres, Polyamory on Purpose, and Postmodern Woman. Ze was a Transcriptionist and Social Media Associate for Everyday Feminism, as well as the Digital Content Outreach Coordinator for The Body is Not an Apology, and a board member of Hypatia Software. Michón has been the most influential of culture critics to have ever entered my online sphere, both validating and challenging my critiques and notions of society, and contributing to my work in a myriad of both profound and intangible ways.