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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. 


Nina Forgette-Corcoran

Director of Admissions

Stephanie Robinson

Administrative Support


Julia Koopman

Continuing Education Director

Bio coming soon

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