Massage Therapy Instructors
Orange County | Santa Ana Massage School
- Candice DodgeRegional Manager - Southern California/InstructorCandice is a passionate Campus Manager with a wealth of education and experience. She is board certified in both New York and California, and by NCTMB. In practice since 2006, she has worked in a variety of settings from spas to Geriatric care. Candice specializes in therapeutic work and loves helping people manage their pain! “While in massage school I learned that through hard work and perseverance, anyone can achieve any thing they set their mind to. I have truly found work that I love! It is my goal to help students do the same by reminding them that the possibilities are limitless.”Cynthia RibeiroAdvanced Program Coordinator/InstructorCynthia came to the United States from Brazil, where she had attained a degree in Physical Education and studied Surgical Nursing. In the U.S., she graduated from two massage schools, and now specializes in Neuromuscular Therapy and Orthopedic Massage. A highly dynamic teacher, she has taught advanced anatomy and injury rehabilitation skills since 1988. Her Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy workshops are in high demand throughout U.S. and Canada, and Cynthia frequently presents at state and national massage therapy conventions. As founder and owner of Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (WIN) in Southern California, Cynthia developed highly effective therapeutic bodywork, and has brought that material to NHI for the 450 hour program in Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy. In March 2008 she was elected Vice President of the National Board of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and in 2011 became President-Elect for the AMTA. Cynthia took her seat as acting president in March 2012 and continues to influence the industry today. A continual inspiration to her students, she nevertheless says, “I am always a student myself, and I strongly believe in lifelong learning.”Gabriel HinojozaInstructorGabriel is a graduate from NHI's 900 hour Core Program and 450 hour Advanced Neuromuscular Training Program. Being a wrestling coach and a jiu jitsu competitor for several years, Gabriel has experienced his share of injuries. He's always had a strong interest in the human body and the kinesiology of it and believes the education that NHI provided made him more proactive about what he could do to help his students, clients and himself to be injury free and continue to do what we love to do. "Nothing is more rewarding to me as helping people live a healthier and pain free life."Joey MarinInstructorJoey is an Alumni of National Holistic Institute Santa Ana Campus, where he received his certification as a Massage Therapist and Health Educator in the Core 900 hour program. Joey was a long time athlete, and when he was injured in 2004, he attended Physical Therapy and immediately became entranced with the type of work and setting he witnessed. He immediately began his education in Kinesiology and sought out a career in Physical Therapy as an aide. He worked in the field for over 9 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Since graduating from NHI, Joey worked for a Massage Envy and also developed a steady private practice where he specializes in Deep Tissue Massage and Sports related injuries. Joey brings an exciting and charismatic passion for teaching into each class which he believes helps his students develop passion for the profession.Kacey O’RourkeInstructorComing from a strong athletic background including several years as a gymnastics Coach, Kacey has a passion for Sports massage and bodywork. She earned her Certificate as a Holistic Massage Therapist from Mesa Institute of Massage in 2005 and her training as a Reiki Master from the California Academy of the Holistic Arts in 2008. She has worked with Burke Williams, a Wellness Center and currently runs a successful private practice. Kacey has always enjoyed helping others recognize and achieve their goals. She approaches life with a can do attitude and believes anything is achievable with the desire to succeed and a little hard work. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me”.Kelly HinksonInstructorKelly is a graduate of NHI’s Core 900-hour program, and then went on to complete the 450-hour Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapy program. She also has over 50 hours of training in Oncology Massage and has worked in a number of massage settings including a Chiropractors office, wellness center, and high-end spa. This experience all helped contribute to a successful full time private practice. Kelly is passionate about massage and healing and looks forward to helping students build skills and confidence so they can have work they love.Kelly MartinInstructorKelly earned her massage therapy certificate at American Career College in 2009. She has worked at Burke Williams Day Spa as a Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate, and Wetroom Technician. She has also had the privilege of working in a chiropractic setting, in addition to running her own private practice specializing in Deep Tissue. She has always had a passion for teaching what she loves, and is grateful that NHI has given her this opportunity. “In my journey as a massage therapist, I have grown in my knowledge of the healing power of therapeutic touch. I am so thrilled I get to see students experience this first hand everyday.”Lisa HuffmanInstructorLisa graduated from Western Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy (WIN) in 2000, with over a thousand hours of massage education. She is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association, is currently certified by the California Massage Therapy Council, and is also certified in pre- and perinatal massage therapy, having studied under Carol Osborne-Sheets. After graduating from WIN, Lisa began her massage career working in a variety of environments, from wellness centers to spas and resorts, like Marriot’s Newport Coast Villas. She utilized these experiences to build a successful private practice, and has dedicated her life full-time to the healing arts, as an instructor at NHI and as a massage therapist. Lisa feels that NHI is the first step for many students who would like to 'empty their cups' and grow personally and professionally, and ultimately, to have work they love!Marianna AndersonInstructorMarianna has been practicing massage since 2000. She has experience working in a Chiropractic Office, smaller spas, and as a massage therapist at Burke Williams. There she used her experience in management, sales and public speaking to successfully implement a Recruitment position for the company. Her philosophy as a Recruiter was to mentor, develop talent and increase moral within the company. She has taken that philosophy into her position as Instructor at NHI. “I consider Massage Therapy an art form. It’s a window into the soul. The way it has transformed my life over the last decade amazes me. It’s a practice that offers endless opportunity for professional and personal growth.”Melissa KarlInstructorMelissa earned her 1000 hour certificate as a Professional Therapeutic & Sports Massage Therapist from the Western Institute of Neuromuscular (WIN) Therapy in 1996. A Professional member of the AMTA, and a CA State-certified Massage Therapist, her practice has encompassed working in chiropractic offices, resorts (Ritz-Carlton), day spas, and individual clients. Melissa’s passion for education comes through assisting students to realize their own joy of the learning process. “To see ‘new’ students walk into the classroom, and to observe knowledgeable, confident, and skilled therapists walk out, is what makes teaching for me so rewarding.”Natalie CambraAssociate Campus ManagerFrom a young age, Natalie always had a drive to help others. She enrolled at Mesa Institute in 2001, and graduated with a 1000 Hour Sports Massage Diploma. Earning her NCTMB in 2002, she worked for a Wellness and Chiropractic center for nearly 9 years. In 2010 Natalie started her private practice, and also became a licensed Esthetician. “NHI’s mission statement is “Helping people have work they love” isn’t just for the students, but it also is for the staff. NHI has given me work I love.”Travis FieldsInstructorTravis Fields is a graduate of both the core and the advanced neuromuscular therapy program at the Santa Ana campus. After working with a wide variety of health care professionals including acupuncturists, chiropractors, orthodontists, and personal trainers, Travis realized that massage could improve the efficacy of almost any healthcare modality by freeing up soft tissue structures to allow for better movement and a better quality of life. Travis’ philosophy is that the only people that need massage are people that use their muscles. His passion for the profession lead him to come back and be a teacher’s assistant for the advanced program and he eventually began teaching as a part of the NHI family. In his free time Travis enjoys spending time outdoors, surfing, exploring the area and of course receiving massage.
NHI’s Orange County Santa Ana massage instructors serve the Orange County area including San Diego, Irvine, Anaheim, Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.