Massage Therapy Instructors
San Francisco Massage School
- David MartinezInstructorDavid is a graduate of NHI’s Core Program, where he discovered a newfound love and passion in the healing arts of Massage Therapy. Following graduation and after working in the field for some time, he returned to NHI as a TA and Tutor, where he assisted Students/Staff, both in and out of the classroom. David’s professional experience in the field includes work at a Chiropractic Wellness Clinic, assisting the Chiropractor in a variety of rehabilitative/sports medicine techniques, and at Massage Envy Spa in San Francisco, where he was given the opportunity to further enrich his skill set as a staff trainer in a variety of techniques, including hot stone and assisted stretching. Today, David has realized yet another calling to return to his NHI Family, a calling to contribute as an Instructor and Mentor. Each day, he brings his smile and charisma to the Campus. With a background in Political Science, he regularly seeks opportunities to positively impact the NHI community, its Students and Staff, and in his free you will find him immersed in his second passion in life – Dance and Choreography. “A smile is a kind and sincere way to show appreciation.”Freddie CadienteInstructorFreddie Cadiente became a certified massage therapist in 2013 after graduating from NHI San Francisco. Freddie specializes in Lomilomi, traditional Hawaiian massage, and received his training from Noelani Bennet under the lineage of Auntie Margaret Machado in Oahu, Hawaii in 2013. Freddie has worked for health and wellness centers, day spas, and has maintained his own private practice. He currently works as a massage therapist at a health and fitness center in San Francisco in addition to teaching. Freddie is committed to the field of massage therapy and LOVES anything that involves food, health and fitness. His hobbies include cooking and baking, reading, morning hikes, going to the gym, playing tennis, and going to the beach to surf, swim, and tan. Freddie loves exploring new places to eat, shop, hang out, and karaoke, so if you have recommendations, shoot him an email! “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the greatest relationship.” – BuddhaGrace De JongInstructorHailing from Minneapolis, Grace De Jong lived and worked in Chicago and Seoul before relocating to San Francisco in 2010 to enroll in the Core Program at NHI. Since graduating in 2011, she has enjoyed building successful practices at two busy health and wellness centers. Grace received her BA in Art History from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, trained at Watpo Thai Traditional Massage School in Salaya, Thailand, and is a Board Certified Massage Therapist. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all the Bay Area has to offer, spending time with friends and family, reading, dancing, and running. Being a teacher at NHI allows Grace to combine her passion for teaching with her love for the fulfilling and rewarding work of massage. “Students come to NHI from a variety of backgrounds but with one expressed purpose: to become skilled and professional massage therapists. It’s a privilege to help them see that goal to fruition.”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!”Tracey ThompsonInstructorTracey Thompson graduated from NHI Emeryville in June 1999 and has worked in both private practice and at spas in the Napa Valley. She was at the Spa at Silverado in Napa for almost 12 years before making the move to teaching. Tracey is also a certified CPR/First Aid instructor with the American Red Cross, and has a degree in Health Science which allows her to incorporate her knowledge of health education, safety, and first aid into her love of massage. She enjoys bringing all of this into the classroom to share with her students. Tracey still maintains a small private practice that allows her to focus on Swedish, Deep Tissue, and maternity massages, in addition to LaStone, Lomilomi, and sports massage. In her free time Tracey enjoys reading, traveling, cooking Italian food, and making gelato for friends and family.