Patty: School Owner
Patty became the owner of Hands on Healing in January of 2018. Patty had been an aromatherapy student at HHI years prior. She is now the owner of two massage schools in Southern California. She also runs a successful pet food company, is a certified life coach, and a meditation teacher. Patty’s goal is to send one thousand healers out into the world.
Cynthia: CAMTC 35955
Cynthia first came to HHI in 2011, having been touched by the healing power of massage therapy herself and seeking to share this touch with others. Already certified in Reiki and a long-time metaphysical practitioner, she sprinted through her 500 hours to MT certification within a year. She explored several modalities including Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy. Over her years of study, she has found that although every modality she has encountered is unique in its approach to healing, the core is always the same fostering of healing through safe, loving, connective touch, whether that touch is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Now in addition to her own bodywork practice and running metaphysical workshops, she teaches Anatomy & Deep Tissue at HHI. Cynthia’s goal is to help her student’s tailer the learning and techniques into a form that is optimal for them.
Eloise: CMT 11435
Eloise took her first massage class in 1987, but graduated from the Florida School of Massage in 1994 with 900 hours of training. She has done advance trainings in many modalities, but her bodywork is now the style that we teach at HHI – Therapeutic Deep Touch. She is also an acupuncturist, licensed in both New York and California, with a practice in Montrose, CA. The website is at AuthenticBody.net.
Andrea: CAMTC 4325
Andrea is a certified Aromatherapist born in Austria and practicing in the United States since 1994. Andrea concentrates on healing with essential oils by revealing and unblocking physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental imbalances to achieve homeostasis and restore the body’s health. She has been studying essential oils for over 20 years and her knowledge of essential oils and their uses is extensive. In addition to essential oils, Andrea teaches other classes such as Swedish, Heated Stone, Aroma Facial Massage and Energy. She has been teaching at HHI for many years and is an expert in her field.
Karen: CAMTC 50117
Is the Office Manager, she helps keep the day to day operations of the school running smoothly. Karen started at HHI as a student back in 2012, worked in the field for several years and now enjoys helping others begin their journey as Massage Therapist.
Frances : CAMTC 14157
Frances is one of our original instructors. Frances is also the owner of the Myofascial Release Center in Montrose and KELA – Kneaded Experience LA, a professional chair massage company. Her passion is myofascial release which is provides to any willing participant at her office Montrose. She has developed the Focus on Fascia classes at HHI and teacher them with as much passion and enthusiasm as any one person can. Frances also teacher the Myofascial Trigger Point class and has developed a 100-hour chair massage program as well.
Alison: CAMTC 44093
Alison was drawn to massage therapy for many years prior to pursuing a formal education in the healing arts in 2003. She first came to Hands on Healing to study chair massage and feel in love with it. She has been practicing chair massage for many years and likes the variety of working in many different locations. Alison has a thriving private practice with a focus on Deep Tissue, Sports and Pregnancy Massage. Alison greatly enjoys teaching chair massage for HHI.
Rosa: CAMTC 24693
Rosa earned a BS degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science in 1998 and began her career as a Personal Trainer who specialized in using exercise to help clients relieve chronic pain. She decided to add massage therapy to help clients get faster results and graduated from HHI in 2006 where she continued her studies in Deep Tissue massage. The combination of personal training and deep tissue massage kept Rosa very busy. In 2008 she traveled to Belize to study Maya abdominal Massage with Dr. Arvigo. This massage benefits digestion, menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, labor, postpartum and menopause. It has become her passion to empower women with this knowledge to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering.
Sierra: CAMTC 72722
Sierra Velasquez has over 15 years of massage therapy experience working in diverse settings such as elite spas and physical therapy clinics, and is currently the Inpatient Massage Therapist for UCLA Heath where she provides hospital-based massage for patients. Sierra's life changed after meeting her teacher, the legendary Thai massage Master Pichest Boonthumme of northern Thailand in 2011. She has lived in Chiang Mai and regularly visits Pichet's home based school to continue to learn from him, and his unique, highly effective methods of working with the body. Sierra is passionate about Eastern-based massage as a part of integrative health and her classes have a focus on creativity, proper body mechanics, and appreciation for the culture and traditions of Thai massage. CMT, OMT, CMLDT
Sharon: CAMTC 7505
Experienced Massage Therapist and Instructor with over 10 years’ experience working with students and clients to develop body awareness, feel more relaxed and live happier & healthier lives. She also has 21 years combined employment counseling children, as well as developmentally disabled, mentally ill, and dual diagnosed adults in a hospital setting. Her variety of experiences in working with students and clients has made her a valuable addition to Hands on Healing Institute.
Experienced a spontaneous and deeply moving whole-person healing experience while hiking near Mount Kurama in Kyoto, Japan. A year later at Toby’s first Reiki class they discovered Reiki started on Mount Kurama, and their calling became clear. Toby trained in Animal Reiki with world-renowned expert Kathleen Prasad in 2010, and then became an Ordained Minister and a Certified Reiki Master Teacher in 2012. Toby believes that Life flows always in the direction of wellbeing when accepted and allowed, and the body/mind/spirit has powerful self-healing capabilities. Toby’s basic philosophy is that all life is inherently and equally connected, valuable and sacred and healing happens when we hold safe, loving, non-judgmental space, which allows us to return to our natural state of well being.
Note: Faculty list is subject to change as needed