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School of Massage Therapy - Graduate Spotlight

Donna M. Panzl Donna M. Panzl
CNWSMT Graduate 2002
Company: Sacandaga Therapeutic Massage, Full-Time
Website: www.sacandagamassage.com
Specialization: Swedish, Hot Stone, Neuromuscular Therapy, Pranic Healing

1. Please describe your practice as a Massage Therapist.

I graduated from CNWSMT in November 2002.  I have a private practice in Broadalbin, NY on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  I see 15-20 clients per week.  The first three years I did massage on tourists visiting the area, but now I have enough regular clients that I really am unable to take on more clients.

2. What is a typical week like for you?

I work M-F days, with evening appointments only on Tuesdays, I see 3-5 clients per day.  I don’t advertise much; most of my business is from word of mouth.  I just added a website and am still working on it.

3. How has your career as a Massage Therapist impacted your life?

My health has improved dramatically since I have become aware of how stress and diet affect me mentally and physically.  I have control over my schedule, who I work with, and a lot of other factors in my life now.

4. What job or career did you have prior to becoming a Massage Therapist?

I was a behavior specialist for 15 years.

5. What inspired you to become a Massage Therapist?

I knew for many years (before CNWSMT even existed) that I wanted to be a L.M.T.  It was always within me.  I am very grateful for each of my clients, I love all of them!

6. What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in Massage Therapy?

Be prepared to work really hard for a job you will really love. The first two years are not very financially rewarding though.

7. Estimated annual income as a Massage Therapist (not including any other sources.)

$25,000 - $40,000

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