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Faculty

Teacher/Student Ratio

The CNWSMT is fortunate to have excellent student/faculty ratio. The foundational massage technique courses have one instructor assigned to five tables, with no more than two students per table. This provides an optimum hands-on learning experience. Science lecture classes typically consist of one instructor to 35 students. The faculty understands that a students learning curve and skills development is different for everyone. Our instructors work with each student to ensure his or her success through the program.

 
Administrative Staff

 

Lisa M. Satalino, BS, PT
Executive Director

Lisa M. Satalino, BS, PT is a 1986 graduate of Russell Sage College. She received her BS with a certificate in Physical Therapy in 1986 and has since specialized in the area of Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.
She has taken all of John F. Barnes’ courses, has passed Barnes’ Proficiency Assessment, and has worked as an assistant instructor and coordinator for John F. Barnes’ seminars nationally.

Lisa has created the MFR curriculum for the CNWSMT and has developed a 118 hour Certification program in MFR for the Red Pines Training Center.

Her clinical experience includes working in home care, early intervention, the school setting, rehabilitation, private practice, and with equine athletes. She is a NYS certified early intervention provider.

After 25 years practicing physical therapy as a manual therapist Lisa has retired from her private practice "the Center for Myofascial Wellness" to act as the Executive Director of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy.

Cindy Moorcroft, BA, LMT
Director of Education

Cindy graduated from Brown University in 1983, with a BA in History. She earned a secondary school teaching certificate and taught at the high school level for 8 years. She attended the Bancroft School of Massage in 1991 and has been a NYS licensed massage therapist since 1992. Cindy was employed by the Whitney Young Health Center as a massage therapist for the HIV/AIDS program. In 1998, Cindy helped to found the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. She focused primarily on curriculum development. As the Director of Education, Cindy oversees the curriculum while supporting and supervising instructors. She also teaches Myology, Kinesiology and Pathology I. In addition, Cindy works for Hospice providing massage to those facing the end of life. Cindy strongly believes in the power of touch and loving presence to facilitate healing as well as greater self-awareness.

Laura-Michelle Iacovone, BS, LMT
Dean of Students

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Studies from Cornell University. She was trained as an animal nurse when she lived in London, England and managed Fultonville Animal Hospital for two years when she came back to New York State. Laura then worked for several years as a farm products commodities inspector with both the NYS and US Dept of Agriculture. She is a graduate of the New York Institute of Massage in Buffalo, NY, class of 1997. Laura began working at CNW in January, 2000 and is both the Dean of Students and the Bookstore Manager. For the last several years, Laura has also been an assistant in the Wellness Course for full time students, and has assisted Joy Adler, Wellness Course instructor, in several Continuing Education classes including Mastery in Healing: Psychology of the Body Apprenticeship Training. She also has a private practice in the Capital District area.

 

Michael Vaughn
Registrar / Bursar

Michael brings an extensive background in the Accounting & Business field to CNWSMT.  He has been in the Accounting field for nearly 15 years and has held positions ranging from Bookkeeper at a Local Chamber of Commerce to being a Staff Accountant at a local Health Insurance Company.   He brings extensive computer and Accounting knowledge, as well as Process Improvement skills. Michael completed an Accounting/Business Program at the former Spencer Business Institute, as well as completing several courses towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. All of these areas of experience have allowed for him to take the position of Registrar/Bursar to a new level at CNWSMT.

Grayce Ray, MA
Director of Continuing Ed

Grayce holds a Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University of Albany. She comes to CNW with a background in cultural ecology, environmental advocacy and community based research. She is passionate about promoting health and community building through the development of urban green spaces, such as community gardens. Grayce brings to her position a unique warmth, and is highly skilled in the art of managing the needs of CNW students, faculty and staff.

Dawn Danis
Admissions Director

Dawn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lehigh University and also graduated from the Virginia School of Massage.  She practiced massage therapy full-time for eight years in Virginia and West Virginia before re-entering the academic arena to do admissions, project management and fundraising at a Virginia university.  Dawn is originally from New York, and after returning to her home state she was glad to re-enter the world of healing by joining the team at CNWSMT! 

Alicia Banker, BA
Admissions Representative

Alicia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University at Albany. She spent six years as a News Producer at WNYT, News Channel 13, before joining CNWSMT in 2011. Alicia also has experience in restaurant managing, retail and customer service. Alicia brings all of these areas of experience together in her role as Admissions Representative at CNWSMT.

Erin Brackett, LMT
Admissions Representative

Erin graduated from the CORE Institute of Massage Therapy and Structural Bodywork in Tallahassee, FL in 2007. Erin is originally from New York and upon moving back she came to CNWSMT to continue her studies. She has been an LMT in NY since 2010. She brings her experience in hospitality and customer service as well as her personal experience of being a student at CNWSMT to assist students through the admissions process.

Tara Murphy, BA, LMT
Communications Specialist

Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications from The College of Saint Rose and spent six years as a graphic designer for a non-profit association before going to school for Massage Therapy. As a graduate of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy, Tara appreciates bringing her two worlds together (communications + design) and is now the Communications/Media Specialist handling all of the marketing, social media, and graphic design for the school.

Dylan Palazzo, BA
Financial Aid Director

Dylan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from SUNY Potsdam. Since graduating in 2002, he has gained extensive experience in warehouse management, inventory control and customer service. His work experience has included restaurant and bar management as well. The combination of his attention to detail and strong customer service skills has made him a perfect fit for the Financial Aid position at CNWSMT.

Stacie Faraone MS, LMT
Placement Director

Stacie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University and a Master’s in Information Science from SUNY Albany. In addition, she is a graduate of the Still Point Center School of Massage. Stacie enjoyed combining a career in nursing with the practice of massage therapy. Currently she teaches Professional Development classes and assists students and graduates with all aspects of gaining employment in the field of bodywork. As the Alumni Representative, Stacie is available as a resource to help graduates in the years to come. Her particular interest is in the body/mind connection and integrating holistic modalities with traditional medical care.

Ann Malone
Administrative Assistant

Ann comes to CNWSMT with 20 plus years in the Medical/Administrative fields.  Ann has held positions in physician offices and hospitals.  Most notably St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona; where she worked as a Medical Assistant in the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Center for 10 years.    Ann graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Pima Community College, Arizona, attaining a degree in General Studies with Honor’s focus towards Anthropological studies.  Ann has a passion for Wellness and coupled with her extensive administrative background allows her to understand the flavor of a holistic institution while able to perform duties inherent to meeting the organizational and administrative needs of the staff and students at CNWSMT.

Connie Medina, BS, CPM, LMT
Student Clinic Administra

Connie graduated in 1979 from Cortland College with a BS degree in Health Science. She earned a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University in 2001. Prior to embarking on a career in massage therapy Connie worked in the telecommunications field for 28 years. Connie attended CNW’s full time program in  2009 and has been a practicing LMT since 2010. She joined the CNW faculty as a Foundations of Massage (FOM) teaching assistant in 2011 and became a member of the student clinic administrative staff later that same year. Additionally, Connie maintains a private massage therapy practice in the city of Albany.

Sonja Condon, LMT
Student Clinic Administra

Sonja graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness in 2004. She has also studied Craniosacral Therapy and Aromatherapy. She is passionate about the mind-body connection and the body's natural ability to heal. Sonja brings a warm, gentle energy to the Student Massage Clinic where she loves to encourage and support the students in their learning experience. She also works for The Community Hospice and has a private practice in the city of Albany.

 
Faculty

 

Joy Adler AS
Instructor

Joy is an instructor of Wellness and Emotional Growth, and a student and faculty advisor at CNWSMT. Joy earned an Associate of Science degree in Communication from the Sage Colleges and is also a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.  In addition, Joy has studied early childhood psychology, shamanism, sound healing and Swedish massage. She has been practicing as a holistic counselor since 1988 and has been teaching at CNWSMT since 2004. Joy enjoys seeing the beams of light within students’ lives as they move toward creating the life they most want to live. She uses her skills to help students grow and achieve greater balance in their lives.  Her goal is to help students gain a greater depth of self-knowledge and awareness. She believes that massage therapists can assist clients in achieving healing to the degree that they themselves have healed. 

Bruce Clarkson-Hendrix, BS, LMT
Instructor

Bruce is an instructor of Foundations of Massage at CNWSMT, and a Community Service site supervisor. He earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Sienna College and is a graduate of CNWSMT. In addition, Bruce has studied postural assessment and Reiki. He has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2006.  He was a classroom assistant for 3 years and has been a lead instructor at CNWSMT since 2010. Bruce has strong communication and group facilitation skills and a commitment to support each student in developing his or her individual style of Swedish massage.

Brian Kavanaugh, LMT
Instructor

Brian is an instructor of Foundations of Massage, and Director of Student Clinic at CNWSMT. Brian is a graduate of CNWSMT.   Brian specializes in sports massage, injury recovery and relaxation massage. Brian has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2005.  He has been a classroom assistant since 2006 and Director of Clinic and a lead instructor since 2013.  Brian brings humor and much practical experience to the classroom and student clinic.

Terry Fitzgerald, BS, LMT
Instructor

Terry is an instructor of Foundations of Massage and Myology at CNWSMT. Terry earned a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from St. Rose and is a graduate of CNWSMT. In addition, Terry has studied Myofascial release and Reiki. She has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2009.  She has 4 years of teaching experience prior to teaching at CNWSMT. She has been a classroom assistant and a lead instructor at CNWSMT since 2012. Terry brings a quiet warmth and compassion to the classroom.

Dagny Alexander, BA, LMT
Instructor

Dagny is an instructor of Shiatsu at CNWSMT. Dagny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and English from SUNY Albany, and is a graduate of The Dessert Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona. In addition, Dagny has studied Shiatsu with Warturu Ohashi at the Ohashi Institute in New York City and deepened her understanding of traditional Chinese Medicine and 5 Element Theory by studying with Lonny Jarrett, M.A.C. in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She has been practicing Shiatsu since 2000.  She has taught Shiatsu since 1998, and has been a lead Shiatsu instructor at CNWSMT since 2007. Dagny has an ability to appreciate each and every student and reflect the light within them.

Cindy Moorcroft, BA, LMT
Instructor

Cindy is an instructor of Myology & Kinesiology, and Director of Education at CNWSMT. Cindy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Brown University, and Rhode Island and New York teaching certificates.  In addition, Cindy is a graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, and has been practicing massage therapy since 1992.  She had 14 years of teaching experience prior to teaching at CNWSMT. Cindy has been a lead instructor at CNW since 1999. She is eager to help students develop clear, conscious communication skills. Cindy also enjoys working with students to find their own, empowered learning methods.

Lou Alpy, BA, LMT
Instructor

Lou is an instructor of Foundations, Chair Massage and NMT (Neuro-Muscular Therapy) at CNWSMT. Lou earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from SUNY Plattsburg, and is a graduate of CNWSMT. In addition, he has studied NMT and Medical Massage. Lou has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2001. Lou was a classroom assistant for 6 years, and has been a lead instructor at CNWSMT since 2007. Lou is passionate about massage therapy and dedicated to helping students use proper body mechanics. He greatly enjoys the detailed detective work required to evaluate and treat various musculoskeletal problems.

Kelly Hochheimer, MFA, LMT, NCBTMB
Instructor

Kelly is an instructor of Pathology I, II and Assessment Skills at CNWSMT. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in technical theatre from SUNY and a Masters of Fine Arts in scene design from the North Carolina School of the Arts.  She is also a graduate of CNWSMT. In addition, Kelly has studied medical massage, lymphatic facilitation, and Myofascial release. Kelly has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2007, a classroom assistant at CNWSMT since 2008, and a lead instructor at CNWSMT since 2009. Kelly’s organizational skills, communication skills and thoroughness are key strengths.  Kelly is inspired by the power and intelligence of the human mind-body connection and is honored to share in the sacred experience of bodywork with students, clients and fellow practitioners.  Kelly enjoys assisting others with the personal and professional transformation of massage therapy training.

Laura Jones, AA, PTA, LMT
Instructor

Laura is an instructor of Myofascial Release at CNWSMT. Laura earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in physical therapy from Maria College.  She graduated from the very first class of CNWSMT. In addition, she has studied Myofascial release and Craniosacral therapy, taking all of John Barnes’ classes. Laura has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2000.  She became a classroom assistant at CNWSMT in 2000 and became a lead instructor at CNWSMT in 2007. Laura brings a passion for Myofascial release and a quiet confidence to her students.  Laura appreciates that her career as a massage therapist has put her in touch with incredible people, both clients and fellow practitioners.

Kerstin Maile,MD
Instructor

Kerstin is an instructor of Pathology II at CNWSMT. Kerstin Maile earned a MD and PhD from the ULM University in Germany in 1986.  She graduated from the Boulder College of Massage. Kerstin has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1999.  She taught for 3 years prior to teaching at CNWSMT, and has been a lead instructor at CNWSMT since 2006. Kerstin uses her extensive knowledge of alternative therapies to shape her teaching of Pathology. She believes that our thoughts and beliefs have great ability to influence our state of health. 

Gregg St. Clair, BA, LAc
Instructor

Gregg is an instructor of Eastern Pathology at CNWSMT.  Gregg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Lockhaven University, and a Masters Degree in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He has been a NYS Licensed Acupuncturist since 2001, and uses many tools of Eastern Medicine including cupping, herbs, massage and Qi Gong. Gregg has been a lead teacher at CNWSMT since 2003. He shares his vast experience and his passion for improving life and health through Eastern Medicine.

Vickie Nichols, BA, MS
Instructor

Vickie is an instructor of Aromatherapy. Vickie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Castleton State College, and a Master of Science degree in counseling from SUNY.  In addition, she graduated from the London School of Aromatherapy and holds a LLSA . She has been a lead teacher at CNW since 1999. Vickie shares her energy and enthusiasm with students, as well as her extensive knowledge of the health benefits of essential oils.

Nicole Morris, BS, LMT
Instructor

Nicole is an instructor of Foundations of Massage. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Vermont in 1993. She is a graduate of CNWSMT and has been practicing massage therapy since 2005. Nicole specializes in Swedish massage, incorporating forearm and energy work into her practice.  She is trained in Temple Lomi Lomi and continues her education on Maui annually. Nicole had 7 years of teaching experience prior to teaching at CNW.   She was a classroom assistant for 2 years, and has been a lead teacher at CNW since 2008. Nicole believes that being present for a student’s realizations or “ah-ha” moments is an incredible honor.  Her belief that education is a key to transformation and success is prevalent in her classroom.

Everett Ramos, LMT
Instructor

Everett is an instructor of Shiatsu at CNWSMT. Everett is a graduate of CNWSMT.  In addition, Everett has studied OM Yoga and is a yoga instructor.  And he has studied Chinese Medicine and 5 Element Theory with Lonny Jarrett, M.A.C. in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Everett has been practicing massage therapy since 2008.  He has been a classroom assistant since 2009, and a lead teacher at CNWSMT since 2012. Everett brings a gentle, thoughtful presence to his work with students.

Betsy Soares, LMT
Instructor

Betsy is an instructor of Professional Development at CNWSMT. Betsy is a graduate of CNWSMT.  She has a background in public relations and marketing. Betsy has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2004, and has been teaching at CNWSMT since 2012. Betsy brings strong organizational skills and a calm, friendly demeanor to the classroom.

Lisa Kay, BS, LMT
Instructor

Lisa is an instructor of Craniosacral Therapy at CNWSMT. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Florida Southern College, and is a graduate of CNWSMT.  She has specialized in Craniosacral Therapy. Lisa has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2005.  She was a classroom assistant for 4 years, and has been a lead instructor at CNWSMT since 2008. Lisa understands and values the power of Craniosacral Therapy and alternative healing.

Mary Crinnin, BA, LMT
Instructor

Mary is an instructor of Shiatsu at CNWSMT. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wells College, and is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage Therapy.  Mary had 2 years of teacher training prior to teaching at CNWSMT. In addition, Mary has studied Thai Massage, Trager, Craniosacral therapy and Watsu. Mary has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1997, and has been a lead teacher at CNWSMT since 1999.  Mary brings a passion for Shiatsu and a warm, open-heartedness to the classroom.  She is committed to living life in line with the eastern principles of healing.

Jen Hathaway, BS, LMT
Instructor

Jen is an instructor of Sports Massage, and is a Sporting Event coordinator at CNWSMT. Jen received a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Russell Sage College, Troy, NY. She received her massage training from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA, and has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1996. Jen holds advanced certification in Clinical Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Active Isolated Stretching and flexibility training. Jen has been a lead instructor at CNWSMT since2001. Jen brings light hearted humor, and a wealth of experience in stretching and muscle energy techniques to the classroom.  She believes that regular massage therapy helps her clients achieve optimal health and wellness.

Harout Mergian, BS, DC
Instructor

Dr. Harout Mergian is an instructor of Neurology at CNWSMT. Harout received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Harout has been a hands-on oriented chiropractor since 1989. He has been a lead teacher at CNWSMT since 1999.  Harout provides students with a vision of the big picture as well as an appreciation of the intricate details of the nervous system.

Michael G. Perman, LMT, CH, BEE
Instructor

Michael is an instructor of Polarity at CNWSMT. Michael earned a degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York. He is a graduate of the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics and is a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and hypnosis.  He is also a Reiki master. Michael has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1981, and has been a lead teacher at CNWSMT since 1999. Michael enjoys the challenge of facilitating physical health, emotional growth and wellness for a wide range of clients. His students sense his belief in the endless potential within us all.

Lee Gabrilovitch, BA, RN, LMT
Instructor

Lee is an instructor of Anatomy and Physiology at CNWSMT. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from SUNY Binghamton, and received a diploma of Nursing from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. In addition, she is a graduate of CNWSMT. Lee has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2004. She had 13 years of teaching experience prior to teaching at CNWSMT. She has been a lead instructor at CNWSMT since 2005. Lee brings an abundance of humor and vibrant enthusiasm to the classroom. She believes that simply providing presence and touch can dramatically improve a client's physical, emotional and spiritual state.

Dale Perry, LMT, CLT, NSMT
Instructor

Dale is an instructor of Asessment Skills, Applied Techniques, and Neuro-muscular Therapy at CNWSMT. Dale graduated from the Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle, WA, in 1990 and is licensed in both Washington and New York. Dale has been practicing massage therapy and teaching massage since 1990, including Swedish, medical, lymphatic, sports, myofascial, Bindewebsmassage, injury rehabilitation, and micro fascia work.  Dale was adjunct faculty at Bastyr University for three years. Dale has been a lead instructor at CNWSMT since 2002. Dale's massage therapy work is focused in sports and injury recovery.  He has worked at the  Goodwill Games, Commonwealth games, NBA Championships, USA Track and Field Championships, Pac 10 Conference and NCAA National Swimming Championships 2000 and 2004 Olympic swimming trials, Sydney Olympics with the US Women's swim team, and 8 seasons with the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA. Dale currently works with the High Performance team of USA Swimming and the West Point swim team. His students benefit from his vast experience and skill, as well as his gentle demeanor.  He enjoys witnessing the sparks of understanding in his students as they progress.

Lisa Satalino, BS, PT
Instructor

Lisa is a 1986 graduate of Russell Sage College. She received her BS with a certificate in Physical Therapy in 1986 and has since specialized in the area of Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.

She has taken all of John Barnes’  (Founder of Myofascial Release) courses, has passed Barnes’ Proficiency Assessment, and has worked as an assistant instructor and coordinator for John F. Barnes’ seminars nationally.

Since joining CNW as the Executive Director she has stepped down from teaching the MFR curriculum she developed after 12 years of instruction. She continues to teach day one of the Myofascial Release class at CNWSMT which includes updates on Fascial Research, principles of MFR,  anatomy and physiology of the fascial system,and postural evaluation.  She brings an extremely broad knowledge base, vast experience and an infectious appreciation for MFR to her students. She peaks their curiosity and enjoys watching them discover tools to address their client's needs.

Her clinical experience includes working in home care, early intervention, the school setting, rehabilitation, private practice, and with equine athletes. She is a NYS certified early intervention provider, and was the owner of the Center for Myofascial Wellness in Albany, NY.

 
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