AMTA-Oregon Board of Directors

Mark Retzlaff HeadshotMark Retzlaff, President (2018-Present)

Mark graduated from Lane Community College in 2011 and joined AMTA in 2016 to become more involved with local massage issues. He served as AMTA-OR Education chair in 2017 and recently started his private practice. Mark is an advocate for healthcare integration to advance job opportunities for massage therapists, especially in the field of pain management. Outside of his work, he enjoys playing guitar, running, and getting lost in the Columbia River Gorge with his dog Timber. Mark can be reached at president@amtaor.org.

 

Christina Weber HeadshotChristina Weber, Board Member, Treasurer (2016-Present)

Christina has been a massage therapist for 12 years and has been a member with AMTA from the beginning. She graduated from OHSU’s accelerated BSN program in 2015 and tried hospital nursing for about five months, which made her appreciate massage. Throughout her nursing school and work adventures she just couldn’t stop doing bodywork. Taking a hiatus from nursing, Christina has rededicated herself to massage therapy and her private practice in NW Portland. Christina has worked for herself for the majority of her career and has managed her own accounting, including insurance billing for MVA patients. She is competent with computers including Excel spreadsheets and Quickbooks. She has always had a secret wish that I had become an accountant so serving as treasurer is a dream come true.

 

Britney von Trapp HeadshotBritney von Trapp, Board Member, Membership Committee Chair (2018-Present)

Britney became an AMTA member while attending the massage therapy program through University of Western States and has been a professional AMTA member since 2014. She currently practices therapeutic massage at Oregon Health & Science University contributing to their medical exercise program with a focus on pain management and injury recovery. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she will most likely be found with her husband and their sweet pup, LG, in the great outdoors or any place involving live music and good company. Aside from massage therapy, Britney’s other passion is her love for creating art, specifically charcoal life drawings and acrylic paintings.

 

Kelly Palecek HeadshotKelly Palecek, Board Member, Education Chair

Kelly studied massage therapy at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland. She joined AMTA while still studying massage, and has been a member ever since.  After moving to Bend in 2016, she saw the need for an AMTA touchstone in the burgeoning community, and signed up to be a massage mentor.   In addition to practicing massage at her own practice and at a multi-disciplinary healthcare facility, she gives informative talks to the public educating them on how massage is beneficial for them.  She also enjoys performing massage at events, yoga classes, and businesses locally, in addition to sitting on Employer Panels at local massage schools in an effort to aide and inform the newer generation of healers on what it’s like to be a massage therapist.  In her down time, she’s a steadfast yogi, eater of all things that grow, and novice first time home owner/fixer-upper.

Amie McCormick, Board Member, Secretary

Amie has been an AMTA member since attending the Rogue Community College Massage program. She started her own practice, Anatrypsis Massage Studio in Medford, a few months out of school. She is trained on Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, and Hot Stone Massage.  She one day hopes to travel to Thailand to study Traditional Thai massage. Amie has a degree in Media Arts and also completed school in Arizona as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She believes that everyone needs massage, whether it be for relaxation or to assist with rehabilitation. She has a passion to make massage affordable for all and is an advocate for massage being recognized as a preventative health care. She also believes in giving back to her community and does volunteer chair massage regularly. When Amie is not doing massage, she enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her two sons and husband.