In Oct 2004 I went to a chiropractor for chronic headaches and low back pain. I was prescribed massage therapy.  Never having massage before, I did not know what to expect.  In a chiropractic setting you get “deep tissue” massage.  It was painful at times, but a good pain and I knew immediately that this is what I wanted to do.  So, by Thanksgiving week I was enrolled at Oklahoma Health Academy (www.oha.edu).  After 7 ½ months of some of the most intensive and comprehensive training I graduated top of my class.

The state of Oklahoma requires 500 hours of training and licensing in the city/town a therapist works in.  I received 780 hours of training and also received “National Certification for Therapeutic Massage” (www.ncbtmb.org ) in Oct of 2005.  National Certification is not required in Oklahoma, but I want to continue my education and excel in my work.

Part of my education in massage therapy was doing an internship/externship which included 120 hours of hands on training as well as observation of the many facets of chiropractic care.  I decided early on in my training to work in the chiropractic field as well as build my own practice on the side.  I did my internship at the school’s clinic and my externship at Ochsner Chiropractic Centre (www.ochsnerchiropractic.com).  After graduation I was hired on part time and now work several mornings a week there.  In February of 2006 Dr. Ochsner put me in touch with Dr. Rick Huskey (www.drrickhuskey.com/huskey/).  I started a massage therapy department at his practice in March of 2006 where I work a couple of mornings a week.


 

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