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.