Massage Therapy Instructors
Studio City | Los Angeles Massage School
- April VillarealInstructorAfter graduating from NHI in 2008, April started practicing massage. In 2011 she began volunteering as a teacher’s assistant at NHI. She always wanted to be a part of the NHI team, and being a TA enhanced her desire to pass on the knowledge she has gained. Her experience includes working in a chiropractor’s office and running a private practice. April is delighted to bring her energy and passion for massage to the student’s learning experience. “Look to the skies so you can see how high you can fly, look to the stars to see how bright you can shine, and most importantly look in yourself to see how great you can be.”Casey MurphyInstructorCasey Murphy was born and raised in Rochester, NY where he left and returned many times before finding his true calling to become a massage therapist. He completed his massage licensure in New York and studied in Thailand before joining us here in Los Angeles. He prefers to integrate Thai stretches into Swedish massage while being mindful of the meridians and points of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has been a teacher and mentor in the past and he’s very excited to bring his experience and voice to NHI. “Massage is very intuitive, everything you need is already inside you. We’re just here to bring it back to the surface.”Eric BrowningInstructorEric's massage career began in 2002 after graduating from NHI Emeryville. After 13 years of private practice he received a certificate of advanced neuromuscular therapy at NHI Studio City. He is now honored to be a member of the staff enabling him to pass on the valuable knowledge he has gained to further the careers of future massage therapists. "I love the fact that massage therapy has the ability to change the world for good one body at a time."Genevieve SpilotroStudent Life & Career Coordinator/InstructorGenevieve is a certified Massage Therapist and a graduate of NHI! She has been in practice since 2008 working in spas, and with private practice clientele. Massage is a profession that she was quickly drawn into and loves. Genevieve believes massage is not only about pampering, but also offers therapeutic healing. “The art of massage is a rewarding career. It offers a way to relax the mind, body and soul, which helps create balance from within.”Jan PetersInstructorAfter an extensive music business career, Jan wanted a new career direction that would enable her to help others, and have more independence for herself. Upon graduating from National Holistic Institute in 2004, Jan worked in multiple settings, from spas to physical therapy clinics, and built a successful private practice with a variety of clients, from NFL athletes to the elderly. Jan had such a fun and life-changing experience attending NHI that she wanted to return as an instructor. Jan lives by the motto, “If you’re not enjoying it or having fun, why do it?”Jen TobinCampus Manager/ InstructorJen Tobin originally hails from the greater Boston area where she completed a bachelor’s degree in dance and started her career in massage therapy. Massaging since 2002, she moved to the Los Angeles area 12 years ago and has worked in various massage environments including spas, offices, beaches and on television and commercial sets. Her preferred modalities are prenatal and deep tissue, but she has a great appreciation for the variety massage brings in its range of modalities. Her love of the sciences and passion for learning brought her to the classrooms of NHI in 2011 and she continues to enjoy the process of imparting knowledge, while also maintaining a small private practice of outcall clients. “My hope, still, is to leave the world a little bit better than when I got here.” –Jim HensonJohn GormanInstructorHaving graduated both from Massage School and Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Clown College, John is a perfect fit for National Holistic Institute. His knowledge and entertaining teaching style combine for a unique learning experience. Before moving to California, John practiced massage in his native state of Florida working with the Florida Marlins, chiropractors, spas, clinics, and in a private practice since 1996. His favorite quote about massage, and how he tries to operate as a body worker is: “I'm not a healer and I'm not a doctor, I'm just a mechanic.” (by Lauren Berry)Kate Fox ColieInstructorKate Fox Colie, CMT, CLMA graduated from Touch Therapy Institute in 2001 as a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), and has trained extensively in therapeutic and rehabilitative bodywork. She earned her BFA in Dance from CalArts in 2005; received her graduate credential in Somatic Movement Therapy in 2008 as a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA); and completed her certification in the Symmetry for Health program in 2015. Kate specializes in the treatment of performing artists in her private practice, NewPath Wellness in Glendale, and also does on-site therapy work at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. She taught anatomy at California Institute of the Arts (2005-2009) and California State Summer School for the Arts (2006-2008), and continues to teach workshops with presentations, most recently at The Colburn Conservatory of Music and the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, among others. Kate is endlessly passionate about movement and the body, and is elated to be an instructor and mentor here at NHI.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/Mentor 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.”Paul VinczeInstructorPaul graduated from The Touch Therapy Institute in Encino, CA in 1999 and received his Reiki Master Certification in 2001. Paul’s passion for teaching began in when taught rafting, kayaking, and backpacking to youth at risk; it continues today as he instructs students in massage therapy. Throughout the years Paul has worked in spas and private practice. “I love that I am able to educate people about loving, compassionate touch, and know that they will be able to help others with this knowledge and skill.”Rebecca LatimerInstructorA graduate of Glendale Career College, Rebecca has worked in the massage field since 2003. She is passionate about her chosen field, and is continually inspired by seeing the positive change massage can bring to people. In addition to being a certified Massage Therapist, Rebecca is a certified Infant Massage Instructor and also practices The Alexander Technique. “Improving people’s lives in a tangible way is my calling. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to express that through my work with NHI”
NHI’s Los Angeles massage instructors serve the entire LA area including Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Pasadena.