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AMTA-WA member Pamela Rapinan is presented the "Service to the Profession" Award by President Marybeth Berney and MERT Program Director Linda Bucher at the Awards Luncheon.

Attendees shopping & learning in the exhibit hall.

Mixing & Mingling at the AMTA-WA info table.

Having fun and networking in the exhibit hall.

Diana Thompson, 2nd Vice President, Athena Boyer, partner with Peick/Boyer Law Group and Marybeth Berney, Chapter President at the Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Massage Therapy Foundation. Donations to the Foundation totaled $2200.

Attendees get hands-on practice in Joshua Morton's Active Isolated Stretching class.

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Welcome to the latest edition of hotsheet - the bi-monthly newsletter from AMTA Washington. In each issue we keep you up to date on the latest industry news and AMTA Chapter events.  We hope that you enjoy our newsletter and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.


AMTA Washington Chapter
President's Message
I hope this issue of the Hot Sheet finds you all enjoying spring in the northwest. AMTA-WA has been very busy since the last issue of the Hot Sheet hit your inbox. We had our Annual Chapter Meeting with record breaking attendance of 200. That day saw two new Board members elected (meet them below) as well as continuing education in Ethics and HIPPA Compliance. The first week in May (May 1-3) we hosted 415 attendees at the AMTA-WA Annual Chapter Convention in Tacoma. There were amazing continuing education classes to choose from as well as fun and networking with old and new friends in the Exhibit Hall. A report from our Convention Program Director is included in this issue in case you were not able to join us this year. A very special "Service to the Profession" award was presented to Pamela Rapinan for all her hard work and dedication to the first responders at the Oso mudslide.

As the year progresses forward, this organization will be working hard to reach out to ALL massage practitioners in WA as well as any other folks that have a stake in the massage profession being successful and sustainable. As volunteer leaders in the profession we will be asking you for help and guidance in this endeavor. So keep an eye on your inbox for surveys or questions from us. And thank you in advance for being the great resource and leaders that you are.

Marybeth Berney
AMTA-WA President

Welcome to New Board Members


Diana Thompson, 2nd Vice President


Diana, a licensed massage practitioner for 30 years, has a private practice in Seattle, WA, specializing in post-operative care. She authored "Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists", fourth edition, and wrote a regular column in Massage and Bodywork Magazine, titled "Somatic Research". Diana lectures at massage, acupuncture, midwifery, chiropractic, physician and physical therapy conferences internationally and is a consultant for massage therapy research with The Research Institute at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. She is a past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation and the proud recipient of four National awards in 2013, including Massage Therapist of the Year, One Concept, and Humanitarian of the Year, Performance Health.



Michael Mandell, Secretary


I am a licensed massage practitioner in Washington State where I've lived since 1996. I studied at Brian Utting School of Massage, class of 2004. My background includes elective work in knee and ankle injury and advance treatment massage, certified in SRT, Onsen Therapy, muscle energy technique, thoracic outlet and carpal tunnel syndrome advance treatment and Thai massage. I am currently enrolled in the Barral and Upledger Intituite.


My prior employment includes extensive experience in Customer Service Management in multiple industries, receiving many service awards dealing with the public and private sectors. I left the high tech industry where I was working with fortune 100 companies as a project manager before starting massage school.


Since moving to Seattle, I've worked with 3 failed "startups" during the Tech Boom and met many great people. It was a great ride while it lasted. I have worked with the AMTA board since 2004 through MERT and left to concentrate on my Massage Clinic employing 19 therapists. I'm glad to be back on the Board. Our industry is changing so fast and I want to be a part of the change and protect our industry.


2014 Chapter Convention 
"Road to Success"
This year's convention was attended by over 400 area LMP's and students. Thursday's Kick Start Program for students and first-year LMPs was sold out with over 150 attendees. This year an Employer Panel was added to the Kick Start lineup and was a great opportunity for students to get a sense of what massage employers are looking for in a recent grad applicant.

The convention classes were well-received with excellent class evaluations overall. The Intraoral class was filled to capacity, with a small waiting list. It was the first time a two-day class was offered at convention and class attendees are now eligible to receive their intraoral endorsement from the state.

This years "green" handout change saved the chapter hundreds of dollars and was well received by most. The handout link will remain live to allow attendees continued access to the class information.

This year's convention wouldn't have been the success it was without the hard working committee that worked throughout the year. I want to thank Tyghe Armstrong, Bob Anderson, Ryan Edwards, Rina Clark, Teri Mayo, Patty Phillips, Linda Bucher, Susan Cook, Cathy Olson, Marybeth Berney and the numerous others who helped with tote stuffing and room monitoring.

Next year's convention theme is titled "Shaping the Future" and is once again at the Tacoma Convention Center, April 23-25, 2015. We are facing a pivotal time in the massage industry and will be focusing on ways to shape the future.

As we are planning 2015 we need your input and ideas of what will make the perfect convention for you. Please complete your surveys or leave an email at

Veronica Hildebrand, LMP
Convention Chair
Life and Times Annual Album

Our latest issue of Life & Times magazine is now posted on the website. This annual publication highlights the many accomplishments of AMTA Washington in 2013. These include National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, Massage Awareness Days in Olympia, our Annual Meeting, Chapter Convention and more. Learn about your fellow members, chapter leaders, staff and volunteers.

Life & Times is available to both members and non-members alike.

Click here to read Life and Times


FSMTB Invites Public Comment on 

Proposed Model Practice Act

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is seeking comments on a proposed Model Practice Act. The Washington State Department of Health Board of Massage is a member of FSMTB. The resulting document would be a draft. Adoption of the resulting draft would require legislation. So, nothing in Washington would be changing right away or perhaps ever.

Contact: Joshua Scott, J.D., M.A.
Government Relations Specialist, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards / 913-681-0380

FSMTB Invites Public Comment on Proposed Model Practice Act

(Overland Park, Kan. - May 1) - The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is seeking comments from interested parties on its proposed Model Practice Act (MPA) (PDF document) for the profession of massage therapy. The public comment period will be open for 45 days, beginning May 1, 2014 and concluding on June 15, 2014.
The FSMTB Model Practice Act was developed over a period of 3 years by an FSMTB Task Force comprised of representatives from regulatory boards and agencies. The intent of the MPA is to provide a comprehensive resource to FSMTB member boards and to assist regulators with statutory language based upon the collective wisdom of the massage regulatory community. The FSMTB is seeking constructive feedback in order to consider numerous perspectives before finalizing the document.

To facilitate public comment, the FSMTB is providing instructions and an online form for submission of comments on its website at

The Federation's mission is to support its member boards in their work to ensure the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and effective manner.

MAIN Group Updates
Snohomish Group
Dates: 9/8/2014, 10/13/2014, 11/10/2014, 12/8/2014

Well, we have been busy learning, sharing and connecting at our Snohomish County Massage Therapist Network group! In November we welcomed Jennifer Bull, LMP who helped keep us up to date on how health care reform is affecting us as massage therapists and insurance billing professionals. December, although a busy month, brought Diana Thompson LMP to lead a very informative discussion on chronic medical conditions including diabetes; medical reasoning, client self-care techniques and how massage therapy can be an important inclusion for clients living with these ever more present conditions. The New Year started with a great reminder that our patient intake forms hold a wealth of information and conversation starters to help us as practitioners provide the most beneficial therapy for our clients, along with establishing, right from the start, that it's the clients' needs that guide our work, thank you so much Taya Countryman, LMP. In February, to round out the quarter, we welcomed Teri Hallmark LMP, who presented on plantar fasciitis; assessment, contraindications, treatment and patient self-care.

Spring is right around the corner and exercise and fitness is a big part of our Northwest culture, so we need to be ready to help our clients reach their wellness goals. Our varied presenters have engaged our group in topics we can use virtually every day, expanding our knowledge and expertise, while at the same time connecting fellow massage professionals in our local area. Snohomish County Massage Therapists Network meets the 2nd Monday of each month and the Everett PUD building. Students attend free and licensed professionals pay only $10 for each meeting, earning 2 CEU's and helping us to grow as therapists in our expanding community of professionals. For more information and upcoming topics please visit our website: http// and under networking link, click Snohomish County. Hope to see you there!

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