AMTA OR Summer 2018 Newsletter
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This year, our chapter has three new board members. Kelly Palecek (Education Committee Chair) and Britney von Trapp (Membership Committee Chair) were elected in March – look for their introductions in this newsletter. Our secretary, Amie McCormick, was appointed in January. We also have a new Events coordinator, Peter Borden. Thanks to our new and returning volunteers that make this whole thing go!
Our annual convention in April was a big success, with about 50% increase over last year’s attendance. I served as Education Chair last year, so I had a big hand in programming the education elements of convention. The topics we emphasized – pain management and trauma-informed care – are two big priorities for me going forward. Regarding pain management, I believe massage therapy deserves to be one of the primary healthcare options, and it should be well-compensated. To that end, I’ve been working with the Oregon Pain Management Commission to have massage included in their initiatives to provide alternatives to opioids and other invasive procedures for pain. Stay tuned!
I hope Summer 2018 is full of exciting plans for you! It’s been a great first year on the Board for me. I’ve enjoyed connecting with so many great bodyworkers from around the state. We’ve also enjoyed welcoming some new members to the Board (see the News Section)! We’re bringing you exciting new ways to connect and share, including member meet-ups and adding a youtube channel (be sure to subscribe) to share exciting and relevant video content.
Check out Whitney Lowe’s Pain Science Meets Massage Therapy presentation from the AMTA-OR’s annual convention @ NUNM this in April:
Do you have digital skills: Web, Graphics, Video, Audio, etc., and want to put them to use for the good of Massage? I’d love help on the communications committee and want to talk to you about it. Reach me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
In this Newsletter:
-Introducing the 2018 AMTA-OR Board
-Education Offerings in the Works (Dates TBD)
-Save the Date for the Summer Social
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I look forward to seeing you at our local events, and what ever you do this Summer, play hard and self-care harder!
Greetings and salutations Oregon members! I’m so excited to be part of planning amazing continuing education events for the year!
We have some dynamic courses and presenters on tap for CE events this year. Out of Bend, Mike Cieri will be leading a class on using the Emotional Intelligence framework in therapeutic relationships, and RanDee Anshutz will be delving in to the socially charged topic of serving diverse bodies in a massage practice. Out of Portland, Renee Stenbjorn will be guiding us through her Cannbliss: CBD application in massage therapy event, and we’re also planning on continuing to pilot the complex discussion around sexual assault awareness and prevention in massage therapy. Come spring, and the Oregon convention, we’ll have much more!
Keep your finger on the pulse of coming board meetings and CE opportunities with our click here: Events Calendar
Passing the Torch:
Outgoing president Julie Crispin was able to pass on her great body of work into capable hands this April at the AMTA-OR state convention. Here she swears in President Mark Retzlaff, Membership Chair Britney von Trapp, and Secretary Amie McCormick.
The AMTA-OR Board 2018-19:
Chapter President – Mark Retzlaff
Financial Administrator – Christina Weber
Secretary – Amie McCormick
Board Member and Membership Chair – Britney von Trapp
Board Member and Education Chair – Kelly Palecek
Communications/Newsletter Chair – Aaron Gustafson
Government Relations Chair – Julie Cripsin
Finance Committee Chair – Mike Blackmore
Elections Committee Chair – Leslie Giese
Events Committee Chair – Peter Borden
As membership chair I have an integral role in facilitating communication between our committees and work groups as well as being the bridge between members and AMTA-OR. Since it is essential to start our new AMTA members off on the right foot, my exceptional membership committee and I do our best to reach out to all new members to make sure they are aware of our welcoming community and the great benefits that come along with their AMTA membership.
Welcome new Oregon members!
Peggy S. Zeramby
Ashley Nicole Bly
Christopher Griffin Litwin
Kathryn A. Hannah
Nathan D. Friedkin
Sean Patrick Fitzgerald
Joseph Yarrow Free
Isaac A Boatwright
Tyler R. Rose
Jeffrey A. Cahill
Kelsey A. Bornstein
Billy R. Mauch
Pamela A. Sundin-Hart
Chelsea Ana French
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