Faculty and Staff

Teacher/Student Ratio

The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy is fortunate to have an excellent student/faculty ratio.


The foundational massage technique courses have one instructor assigned to a maximum of eight tables. This provides an optimal hands-on learning experience.


Science lecture classes typically consist of one instructor to a maximum of 25 students.


Zen Stones

Our faculty understands and is completely aware that student’s learn and retain information in different ways. 


The curriculum is specifically designed to address various learning styles.  Instructors will work with each student to ensure his or her success throughout the program.

Administrative Staff

Desirae Carosi, BSN, LMT
Director of Education


Desirae graduated from CNW in 2009 and continued her education in medical massage with Dale Perry. Desirae has been practicing massage therapy for over a decade with focus on Craniosacral Therapy. Prior to massage school Desirae earned an associate degree in Histology from Western School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. After some time working in histology Desirae decided to complete a bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh. After almost a decade in the medical field, Desirae decided to focus on holistic approaches to healing which lead her to massage school. 


Desirae is the President of NYCMTE (New York Council of Massage Therapy Educators) and holds yearly meetings with NY massage schools and The Offices of the Professions. During the pandemic, Desirae held weekly meetings with schools to advocate for LMT’s during the phase openings in NY and to advocate for our NAICS code. She is passionate about the massage professions and advocates for the needs to the profession. 

Sara Young, BA, LMT

Bursar/Registrar & Placement Representative


Sara is a 2009 graduate from The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Plattsburgh where she majored in Communications and minored in English. In addition to being a CNW Alumni and Licensed Massage Therapist, Sara has had an extensive career working for well-known national and global brands in business, reporting, recruiting, marketing and customer service.


When Sara isn’t at CNW helping prepare students for their future careers as LMTs, she enjoys cookie decorating, reading, going for walks and spending time with her husband and their three boys.

Lenny Zeigler, B.A., LMT

Massage Clinic Director and Instructor

Lenny is a 2006 graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy and holds a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Albany. Lenny has a private massage practice in the Albany area specializing in pain relief, deep tissue techniques and therapeutic massage, Shiatsu and Abyhanga. Lenny has 14 years of experience in the massage field and her pursuit of personal and professional growth recently led to obtaining a 200-hour yoga training and teaching certificate. Other holistic interests include Ayurveda, CranioSacral Therapy and deepening understanding of Shiatsu through the intensives taught by Dagny and Mary at CNW.  


Lenny was hired as a Clinic Administrator in 2018 at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy where she has the privilege of supporting and supervising student massage therapists in a professional clinic setting where they have the opportunity to strengthen their clinical and therapeutic skill set on a great community of clients. Lenny recently started assisting and offering massage instruction to CNWSMT students.  


Lenny enjoys deepening her yoga practice, hiking, kayaking, being outdoors, spending time with good friends and family and being a lifelong student which is one of the reasons massage and wellness are a passion of hers. 


Lani Young, BA

Director of Admissions

Lani is a 2001 Graduate from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and minored in Criminal Justice. For many years Lani worked in a sales driven profession for a national marketing company that promoted well known products. With strong organizational skills, she managed multiple markets throughout NYS and worked closely with her client and their distributors. She has a strong background in management and recruiting.


Lani’s favorite pass time is being with her family which includes her husband, two daughters and their four dogs. She has a passion for interior design, likes to read, watch T.V. and be outside as much as possible, whether its hiking, skiing or watching her girls play softball.

Isabelle "Izzy" Carosi

Administrative Support

Izzy is a college student currently enrolled at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. Her goal is to eventually become an environmental scientist, and to further study atmospheric sciences.


Izzy’s childhood was strongly influenced by massage therapy, as she grew up in and around the facilities of CNWSMT. Eventually, she started her first job as an administrative assistant in 2018. Since then, Izzy has been dedicated to making CNWSMT a warm and friendly environment for everyone who walks through the door!


Besides receiving massages from the massage clinic, Izzy also enjoys weight lifting and volleyball.


Julia Koopman

Continuing Education Director

Bio coming soon