Emeryville Massage School
- Betty WilliamsWork Study Clinic SupervisorBetty has 17 years of experience working in the Federal Student Loan field – seven of those years have been with National Holistic Institute. Betty is currently the Coordinator/Supervisor for National Holistic Institute’s Work Study Clinic, where students work on the public to assist in their tuition obligations. “I planned on retiring five years ago, but I can not imagine my life without the students – I may never retire!”Esko HomsiInstructorEsko’s 10 years of experience in the massage therapy field have been fed by very eclectic knowledge, ranging from fitness training and working with professional athletes to being a Reiki master teacher. One of his best strengths is his unique approach and ability to explain a lesson many different ways. He encompasses massage as an art form and can draw from over ten different modalities during any given session. “I am always learning. NHI has given me a job that I love, in the field of massage therapy, and continues to give me an education ten years later.”Frankie MenzelInstructorA graduate of both the Core and Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Programs at NHI in Emeryville, Frankie Menzel has been working as a massage therapist since 2010. Growing up with a mother who worked as a physical therapist, Frankie not only inherited her fascination with the human body, but also learned from her what it was to have a compassionate heart. It was this demonstration, of connecting with and helping people who were in need of physical care, which compelled his interest in massage. Frankie’s concentration is on the more clinical aspect of massage, focusing on rehabilitation and realignment bodywork, in order to address issues that recur in people’s lives, while incorporating some esoteric principles of working with the body as well. In addition to his role at NHI Emeryville as an instructor and group mentor, Frankie continues to see regular clients in his thriving practice, appreciative of his ability to bring real-life examples from the industry with him into the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Frankie enjoys exploring local hiking trails, cooking and experimenting with new recipes, and spending quality time with his family. “Massage is where science and art can come together.”Jeanette ChingCampus Manager/InstructorJeanette has been in the field of massage since in 2001, working for 2 years in a chiropractic and acupuncturist office and several corporate companies (including People Soft and Hewlett Packard). Joining the National Holistic Institute teaching team in 2003 Jeanette thrives on helping students build their Massage Therapist ‘toolbox’ with techniques and knowledge which can make them more confident and professional in their career. Recently Jeanette also began managing the Emeryville campus. “I love teaching massage because it allows me to be creative in the classroom. I enjoy the challenge of adapting to the specific needs of the student creating the best educational strategy for them…just like I would do with a massage client.” “My favorite thing about NHI is the community. I’m surrounded by people who also enjoy Massage Therapy and passing the education on to others.”Julie McGuinnessInstructorA graduate of massage school in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1986, Julie also trained extensively in Aromatherapy. For several years she worked alongside doctors who practiced Ayurvedic as well as orthodox medicine in Harley Street, the heart of London’s private medical community. Julie taught at the College of Holistic Medicine in Glasgow and London, and in community colleges in the UK, before coming to California in 1996. In the US Julie worked in both spa and chiropractic environments, before coming to National Holistic Institute in 2007. “I love massage and teaching because of the great connection with others these provide. At NHI, I feel we have a wonderful, focused community of people who continually hold positive intention.”Julie TrueInstructorJulie True, a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, has over 1200 hours of training in massage and holistic health. Since graduating from World School of Massage in 2003, Julie’s focus has been Energy Work and Transformational Bodywork. Julie has enjoyed work in Chiropractic offices, day spas, and corporate companies, such as Google and Apple Inc. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and has been teaching massage since 2005. She has combined her love for travel, study and teaching by leading and attending massage workshops internationally. “My true passion lies in supporting students on their journey of discovering the potential of the human mind, body and spirit.”Kati AtheyInstructorKati Athey attended the Core Program at NHI Petaluma, and continued her education in the Neuromuscular Therapy Program at NHI Emeryville. She graduated in 2011 and has worked in various settings, including a sports chiropractic office in San Francisco, a casual day spa, and as a corporate massage therapist. Before enrolling at NHI as a student, Kati was a gymnastics coach for many years. She taught all levels, from babies just learning to walk to high-level, competitive athletes. That experience cultivated her passion for learning more about the body and all that it is capable of doing. While a student at Sonoma State University, Kati worked in the anatomy and genetics labs doing research, and in the summer of 2009, she traveled to Panama to collect DNA from fish found all over the country for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. She enjoys traveling, and has also been to El Salvador, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. Kati is the mother of two wonderful, spunky girls who love to explore, dance, and even practice massage. “I am overjoyed to be a teacher at NHI and help students have work they love because massage changed my life, and I want to help guide and support students through their journeys at NHI and into the field of massage therapy.”Kelly SealInstructorIn another life Kelly Seal was a famous dancer. OK not so famous but enjoyed it so much that she got her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance in 1989. Always interested in movement, the body, and its inner workings, Kelly decided to become a massage therapist. Before joining the NHI team, she ran a successful private massage practice while also working for the prestigious, five star Reméde Spa in San Francisco. “Knowledge is a gift. If I can share the gift of massage with others, whether it’s the practical application or theoretical, then it’s serving not only the individual but the greater community.”Kirsten StaleyInstructor/Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Assistant Program ManagerKirsten’s BA’s in both Social Work and Child Psychology nurtured her fascination with the human mind, body, and spirit. A member of the American Massage Therapy Association, she has also pursued her interest in energetic healing by becoming a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. She has dedicated her life full time to the healing arts, both as an instructor at NHI and as a massage therapist in a variety of settings, including private practice, chiropractic, spa, and corporate/event on-site. “Every person has the energy and capacity to heal themselves and others. It is this conviction which inspires me to teach as well as practice massage.”Melissa WheelerFaculty Trainer/InstructorMelissa is the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2010 Teacher of the Year, is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (NCTMB), a member of the Education Committee of the Massage Therapy Foundation, and maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California. A massage therapy instructor since 1991, she is an avid and curious student herself and continually takes advanced massage and anatomy classes. In addition to working with students, she now serves as NHI’s Teacher Training Coordinator. Having worked as a Massage Therapist in a physical therapy clinic and at UC Berkeley, Sports Center, her background includes rehabilitative style massage & Sports Massage. “Graduating from and working for NHI has opened so many doors for me. But of all of my accomplishments as an educator, I am most proud of guiding students who thought that they could not do it, into finding their hidden talents and learning styles. I have found work that I love.”Patrick KeehanInstructor
Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. He is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (NCTMB), and has held positions as a Physical Education Teacher, and as Assistant Manager of the Effleurage Day Spa, San Leandro.
Before he became a P.E. teacher, Patrick knew that he wanted to help people learn how to use their bodies effectively, and eventually became a student and graduate of National Holistic Institute in Emeryville. He has also specialized in and has great passion for Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage.
“When I came to NHI, I found a culture very nurturing and supportive. I couldn’t imagine having a better job than combining teaching and massage!”Renee AranedaInstructorA lifelong love of dance and a fascination with the human body are what led Renee to pursue a career in massage therapy. After she graduated from NHI Emeryville in 2007, Renee worked in a variety of settings, including integrative wellness centers, acupuncture clinics, and spas. This valuable experience helped her build a successful private practice, which she continues to maintain today, in addition to being a teacher and mentor at NHI. Renee has also practiced Tai Chi for more than a decade and utilizes its principles and philosophies in life and in the classroom. She enjoys inspiring people to feel empowered in themselves, to experience freedom in their bodies, and to feel open to life's possibilities. "What we share here at NHI is so much more than the practice of massage therapy. It’s really about discovering the potential you have within you, and learning to share that in the unique way that only you can do. I feel blessed to love what I do and truly believe that we are changing the world one massage, and one massage therapist, at a time."Samantha DomingoInstructorSamantha Domingo knew from a very young age that she was going to be a massage therapist. When her grandfather would visit from the Philippines she cared for him, and saw the benefits that massage had on him. After high school, she enrolled in one semester of junior college before realizing the path to her goal of becoming a massage therapist was elsewhere. That is what led her to enroll at NHI Emeryville, and in 2010 she graduated and began her massage career working in various spas and gyms in the Bay Area. In 2012, Samantha was promoted to Lead Massage Therapist at The Studio in Danville, and later became Spa Manager. When she isn’t focused on being an instructor and group mentor at NHI, or maintaining her private practice in the East Bay, Samantha likes to go hiking and rock climbing in Bishop, Yosemite, and the Sierras, where she has mostly done bouldering. She also coaches girls’ high school basketball at her alma mater in Martinez, CA.