AMTA-OR Board of Directors
Julie Crispin, President (2016-2018)
Julie became an AMTA member as a student while at East West College. She is nationally certified and practices in her SW Portland office off the Sylvan exit. Her training includes Swedish, MFR, CST, Polarity, and hot stone. Her practice includes outcall (often for elder care clients) and in office therapeutic and relaxation massage. Julie previously practiced with Massage Envy and Sylvie Day Spa prior to launching her own practice. She had the privilege of teaching a few terms at East West College of the Healing Arts and now works ¾ time doing massage. She volunteers for AMTA and East West College doing massage outreach. She is the mother of two high school children and a wife. She was a chef and caterer in her previous career and now enjoys cooking vegan food. Julie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renee Stenbjorn, 1st Vice President (2016-2017)
Renee graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR, in 2000. Since graduating, she has practiced massage in Portland, OR, Washington, DC, and Albuquerque, NM, with a focus on pain relief using myofascial, muscle energy, and neuromuscular techniques. She has also been trained by Aveda in the application of body treatments such as mud wraps and exfoliation treatments. Teaching has been a great passion for Renee, and she has gone on the teach both the art and science of massage in Oregon, Washington, DC, and New Mexico, even cofounding a medical massage school in New Mexico. Her excellent presentation skills have been noticed on the national level as she has been a speaker at the American Massage Therapy Association’s National Convention in 2014 and the School Summit in 2013. She has also presented the results of two massage research projects focusing on the role of fascia in massage treatments at national and international gatherings.
In 2007, Renee was awarded a scholarship for graduate studies in anatomy and neurobiology at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. She took a two-year sabbatical from massage while studying the gross anatomy and cellular and molecular biology of the human body. Renee can be reached at email@example.com.
Willow Hall, 2nd Vice President (2016-2018)
Willow has been a professional AMTA member since 1994. She is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts, and currently practices at McMenamins Ruby’s Spa in Troutdale, Oregon. In her 24 years as a massage therapist, she has practiced in Oregon and in her hometown area of the Marianas Islands. Besides her volunteer service with AMTA, she enjoys walking the beaches of the Pacific Northwest and giving volunteer massage at local sporting events. Willow is the proud mother of two grown daughters and lives with her partner in Wood Village. Willow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regina Freres, 3rd Vice President (2016-2017)
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Regina Freres studied massage therapy at the East West College of Healing Arts in Portland, OR. She graduated, became licensed, and started her practice in 2004. Regina knew from a young age she wanted to be a catalyst for healing. After starting her family, she knew massage was the best route for her. Regina has always had a passion for spreading and sharing the value of massage in the community and has a special passion in working with veterans and teen parents. She currently bases her practice, FRERES513, in Wilsonville, OR, where she also works part time in a pet-friendly and trusted chiropractic office. Regina’s training includes: energy work as well as deep tissue, sports, pre- and postnatal massage, and infant massage. Her goal is always a customized whole approach to each specific client.
With a desire to impact the massage profession and practitioners in her community, Regina rejoined the AMTA in 2016 and immediately began volunteering with chapter and serving on the board of directors. When not working, you can find her volunteering with veteran organizations, at the dog park, or being the loudest, proudest cheer squad for her two teenage boys. Regina can be reached at email@example.com.
Christina Weber, Treasurer (2016-2017)
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. Christina can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica McGrory, Secretary (2016-2018)
Originally from the east coast, Jessica received her massage training in Virginia and has been a practicing massage therapist since 2003. She first joined AMTA as a student and attended her first national convention in Richmond in 2004. She began volunteering with the Oregon Chapter in 2015 as a Delegate. Jessica currently practices in her own office in Beaverton where she specializes in treating soft tissue injuries. Additionally, she contracts part time with a mental health clinic to incorporate massage therapy into treatment plans for clients recovering from anxiety, depression, and complex trauma. Her passions include the integration of massage therapy and mental health and helping other therapists transition into private practice. In addition to massage therapy, Jessica is a Reiki Master, Kundalini yoga teacher, and trained psychotherapist. When not working, she can be found on a yoga mat or in the dance studio. Jessica can be reached at email@example.com.