Massage Therapy Instructors
San Francisco Massage School
Allyn Hall-TurnerInstructorAfter 20+ years as an actor, including a BA in Medieval Studies with an emphasis on Medieval English Theater, Allyn branched out to different fields. She managed an Antiquarian Bookstore, taught K – 12th grade, and traveled extensively. After graduating from National Holistic Institute in 2004, she worked at a massage center, a spa, a chiropractor’s office, and ran her own chair massage business. “In addition to teaching, I have a private practice where I incorporate my love for the sciences with Western style bodywork. I truly love what I do, and I thank NHI from the bottom of my heart for helping me have work I love!”Augusto Remon-AriasInstructorAugusto has been a Massage Therapist and Health Educator since 2012. He trained in the Core Program and the Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Program at NHI, and in the Myoskeletal Alignment and Pain Posture Program at the Freedom of Pain Institute. He loves teaching and learning, and considers NHI the right place to help others have work they love. “Bodywork offers nurturing touch and deeper levels of relaxation, so the healing power of sacred touch is invaluable to our body and mind.”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.”Kirshon AsbornoInstructorKirshon Asborno graduated from NHI San Francisco, and has been a certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator since 2012. His experience in the industry began in a spa, where he quickly became Lead Therapist. Kirshon went on to build a successful private practice, focusing on transformative healing, which he still enjoys in addition to focusing on his development as an instructor and group mentor at NHI. Kirshon spends his free time studying the art of photography. With his DSLR Camera and the book, Digital SLR Cameras and Photography for Dummies, Kirshon exercises his creativity, experimenting with portraits and landscapes. He also likes to spend quality time with his friends and family, taking long walks, trying new restaurants, and attending the abundant and various festivals throughout the Bay Area. His cool, calm, and collected personality, and passion for the field of massage therapy, radiates in his teaching as well as in his massage practice.Lisa Mendiola-FloresCampus Manager/InstructorLisa has been in the field since 1996, and has experience in many facets of the massage therapy field: spa, physical therapy, chiropractic, private practice and more. A National Holistic Institute faculty member since 2000, she directs her passion and enthusiasm for massage toward revealing each student’s unique strengths. “When I enrolled as a student at NHI, massage was solely a detour. Upon graduation, I realized it was my destination. Today…I’m still having the time of my life!”Rich LogieInstructorPrior to choosing massage as a career, Rich worked in Silicon Valley in medical & technical educational publishing. After graduating from NHI San Francisco he has worked at two Massage Envy clinics, a chiropractic office, and in his own private practice. He has continued studies in energy work focusing on personal growth, readings, and healing. His massage work focuses on the relief of specific pain and injury. “Learning, like healing, is transformative. That I can help others…both clients and students…discover new realms of wellness and growth is a dream come true. NHI made this possible for me.”Rondi KirbyInstructorRondi received her initial training in massage therapy in 1993, finished a degree in esthetics in 2001, and became a certified life coach in 2004. She has had a private practice, and also started and managed a spa for 7 years in Breckenridge, CO. Rondi is currently practicing massage and bodywork at the Nob Hill Spa. “Massage therapy is truly a gift I give to others; I want to share that gift with my students so they can go on to have work that they love and grow with for many years!”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.