SUMMER 2019 AMTA IOWA chapter newsletter
JULY 2019 AMTA IOWA Chapter NEWSLETTER
Government Relations News:
We were unsuccessful this legislative session in making any changes to the state code regarding city ordinances, however, we were successful in getting a bill past that makes it a serious misdemeanor to practice massage therapy without a license!We are looking to retain our lobbyist for this next year again.
We will be holding our 3rd annual Lobby Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 11:30am to 2:00pm. (FACEBOOK)
We will be offering chair massages and talking with legislators about massage therapy and AMTA-IA and our 2020 Legislative Agenda. We are looking for 12 AMTA-IA members to join our board members at this event. If you would be willing, please email me as soon as possible. Thank you.
As we get our contract set with our lobbyist and as we start preparing our 2020 Legislative Agenda, I would like to be considering your input. Do you have any thoughts, concerns, questions, goals, dreams, etc regarding massage therapy on a legislative level? Please do email me your input. Thank you. Sincerely,
Rachel L. Brown, LMT, BCTMB
Government Relations Chair, AMTA-IA
Announcing – Back by Popular Demand!
Ralph R. Stephens will be presenting 12 hours of Medical Massage techniques at the September 14 – 15, 2019 AMTA-IA convention in Coralville, IA !!!
click the link: (FALL REGISTRATION)
Some of you may have attended the inspiring presentation he gave us in Des Moines in 2016. That was to be his last convention presentation and his last Medical Massage presentation. Holly has sweet talked him into one more program for AMTA-IA. Don’t miss this exclusive encore presentation with one of the profession’s few Master Instructors. Check out his bio and the program description – you’ll want to be a part of this educational event!
Medical Massage for Common Problems
Cervical Rotation Restrictions
The Rotator Cuff
12 CE Hours. 80% Hands-on
In this awesome, special course for AMTA-IA, you will learn how to assess the muscles of these three areas of common injury and pain complaints, quickly and easily so you can direct your techniques accurately and efficiently.
You will learn how to examine and treat posterior cervical muscles that restrict rotation of the cervical spine and a special, painless way to increase cervical range of motion (ROM) very quickly.
Then you will learn an orthopedic muscle testing routine for shoulder assessment, that targets the rotator cuff in particular and includes virtually all of the muscles that cross the shoulder joint. Then you will experience and perform Medical Massage techniques to examine and treat the rotator cuff muscles accurately and effectively.
Finally, you will learn assessment and treatment skills to address tennis and golfer’s elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis). These techniques can be utilized in both table and chair massage!
This will likely be Ralph Stephens’ last State Chapter presentation, and his last Medical Massage presentation. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study with one of the Master Instructors of our profession, who just happens to be Iowa’s only internationally recognized teacher.
Ralph R. Stephens, Bs Ed, LMT,
Iowa’s only internationally recognized Instructor, Therapist, and Author; 2008 Inductee – Massage Therapy Hall of Fame:
2017 CE Provider of the Year, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner and all around nice guy, Ralph is know for sharing his 32 years of experience in an entertaining, inspiring style that makes advanced massage & bodywork fun to learn and easy to remember and apply.
His goal is to help you help more people. Don’t miss this opportunity for you to study with a Master Instructor at this educational event, his last presentation to an AMTA Chapter anywhere.
The Iowa Chapter recently had our advancement training from nationals on how the day to day operations should be handled. We are looking forward to adopting some of these recommendations and seeing how they will work out for our chapter. This summer seems to be flying by so make sure to take that time and enjoy the day.
Inspirational Quote of the Summer:
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today” – Will Rogers
Robert Campbell LMT
AMTA-IA Chapter President
Hope you all have been enjoying your summer. I’m looking forward to learning new skills with Ralph Stephens at our fall convention! We have several exciting awards that we’ll be giving out as well! Veteran’s Day Appreciation will be held in Waverly, Iowa , at The Centre, from 8:30-1:00. I hope you will mark your calendars and come donate your time in giving back to our veterans by giving chair massages. If you have not done so in the past, I can tell you it is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever feel by giving back to our veterans! I look forward to sharing this experience with you!!
Enjoy the rest of your summer! See you at Fall Convention!!
Cindy Haack, LMT
AMTA Iowa Chapter
AMTA CSMT Newsletter July 2019
Bill McArtor, LMT
Just an early reminder to all massage therapists that on “Veteran’s Day” there is a chair massage event in Waverly on Monday November 11, 2019 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
We are looking for massage therapists that are willing to donate their time to help out. This is my 3rd year of attending the Veteran’s Day event and I can tell from experience, what a rewarding feeling it is to give back to the Vet’s for everything they have done for us as civilians.
So, please spread the work about the Veteran’s Day massage event in Waverly. Hope to see you there!
Please email me at email@example.com of futher information.
On behalf of the American Massage Therapy Association’s Chapter, We would like to welcome you as a NEW member this quarter. Congratulations on choosing the join a select group of professionals who have access to the massage industries most current and comprehensive resources, designed to keep you on the cutting edge.
You are part of AMTA’s unique network of thriving chapters. Your Iowa chapter offers various opportunities for you to connect on a local level with other massage therapist, and we contribute financially on your behalf to legislative efforts on the national level. We would love for you to join us on Lobby day at the capitol if you are able, ask Rachel Brown for more details or visit out web page.
As a chapter, we hope to be ale to bring in the kind of continuing education classes that you will be excited to add toy your practice. Please consider joining us at our spring and fall state wide conventions Please remember that you can check out our website for the AMTA Iowa Chapter at ia.wp.amtamassage.org for any information, and event updates as well as our contact information. You can also email any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Please find us on Facebook and like our page! AMTA Iowa Chapter
~ Instagram – amtaiowa
You can also contact the AMTA National Member Service Desk directly toll free at –
1-877-905-2700 with any questions about your membership and benefits. They are also available on the web. www.amtamassage.org and email@example.com
We all look forward to meeting you in person so please try to attend all of our events year round in different locations throughout the state. As a NEW member, the AMTA Iowa Chapter would like to give both a welcome gift and a $50.00 credit towards your registration for the Iowa Chapter convention spring or fall, to all of the new member names listed below. Please send me a direct email if you would like to receive either one or both of the AMTA Iowa Chapter gifts. You may receive either or both within a year of the date on this newsletter. We hope to see you soon!
Tiffany Dunagan Tabbatha Miller Cassandra Baier Lisa Koziczkowski Christine Voshell Heather Barkhhurst Mariah Pankonen Elizabeth Peters Alec Hennignes James Yates Aubrey Newman Jesse Roling Abraxas Gomez Bennett Aldridge Erica Miller Laura Kreimeyer Brian Gilbert William Warner Katherine West Ashley Brown Lori Berger Mandy Land Algeria Harding Haley Vance Kelsie Bartling Aslynn Degerland Chelsea Coffman Lesa Bixler Zachery Brandt Kelley Jackson Natalie Hammer Nicole Peters Lisa Lewis Lynn Bellows Holly Chisholm Sara Hanley Angela Bert Jessica Dawson Cassandra Hohl Robyn Harms Jennifer Nisly Kylie Zech Alison Sokolov Jori Gulker Dana Sanders Delaine Krager Kayla Waite Jordan Ortiz
We would like to take a moment to not only welcome our NEW members, but a moment to congratulate our long term, devoted members as well. We have some pretty special anniversaries this year! If you see these therapists please help them celebrate these amazing milestones!
Ruth Carlson 40 years!
Linda Combs 30 years!
Elaine Franck 30 years!
Judith Meyer 30 years!
Chris Rider 25 years!
Jodi Vermilea 25 years!
STUDENTS AND NEW GRADUATES….JUDY ROBUCK GIFT
THIS GIFT WILL BE AWARDED ANNUALY FOR PARTICIPATION AT THE SPRING CONVENTION (MARCH). THIS GIFT WILL COVER THE COST OF REGISTRATION. ALL OTHER COSTS WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARTICIPANT.
APPLICANTS MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE AMTA IOWA CHAPTER IN GOOD STANDING AND HAVE GRADUATED FROM AN AMTA SCHOOL MEMBER, LOCATED IN THE STATE OF IOWA, WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF SPRING CONVENTION OR BE A CURRENT STUDENT AT AN AMTA SCHOOL MEMBER PROGRAM.
APPLICANTS WILL BE QUALIFIED THROUGH MEMBERSHIP REPORTS RECEIVED FROM THE AMTA NATIONAL OFFICE. THIS QUALIFICATION WILL INCLUDE CURRENT, ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP WITH THE AMTA IOWA CHAPTER (AT THE TIME OF APPLYING FOR THE GIFT AND AT THE TIME OF CONVENTION) AS WELL AS VERIFICATION THAT THE APPLICANT ATTENDED OR IS CURRENTLY ATTENDING A SCHOOL WHICH IS AN AMTA SCHOOL MEMBER LOCATED WITHIN THE STATE OF IOWA. ADDITIONALLY, APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF GRADUATION, INCLUDING THEIR NAME AND DATE OF GRADUATION, IN THE FORM OF A COPY OF THEIR DIPLOMA. IF THE APPLICANT IS A CURRENT STUDENT, A LETTER FROM THE SCHOOL’S ADMINISTRATION MUST BE INCLUDED TO VERIFY THEIR CURRENT STATUS AS A STUDENT.
THE JUDY ROBUCK GIFT WILL BE AWARDED BASED UPON A WRITTEN REQUEST (NOT TO EXCEED 500 WORDS) OUTLINING WHY THE APPLICANT SHOULD BE CHOSEN. SPECIAL CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS OUTLING FINACIAL NEEDS. THE BOARD MEMBERS WHICH WILL DETERMINE THE AWARD CONSIST OF THE CHAPTER PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR AND EDUCATION CHAIR.
APPLICANTS WILL SEND THEIR ENTRY FOR THE JUDY ROCK GIFT TO THE AMTA IOWA CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP CHAIR. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR NO LATER THAN 45 DAYS PRIOR TO THE SPRING CONVENTION DATE. THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR WILL THEN SHARE THE ENTRIES WITH THE CHAPTER PRESIDENT AND EDUCATION CHAIR AND A DECISION WILL BE MADE NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE CONVENTION DATE. THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR WILL NOTIFY THE RECIPIANT AND THE OTHER APPLICANTS OF THEIR STATUS REGARDING THE GIFT. SHOULD THERE BE NO APPLICANTS FOR THIS AWARD IN A GIVEN YEAR THEN THERE WILL BE NO JUDY ROBUCK GIFT GIVEN THAT YEAR. THE GIFT WILL THEN RESUME THE FOLLOWING YEAR (SPRING CONVENTION) AS OUTLINED ABOVE.
AMTA Iowa Chapter Roster updated: June 2019
President- 2020: Robert Campbell Cell:515- 835-1418 firstname.lastname@example.org
Board member- 2021:
Holly Rasmusson Cell: 563-419-0209 email@example.com
Board member- 2020:
Karen Sindelar Cell: 319-899-1964 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanna Tellin Cell: 319-551-1955 email@example.com
Financial Administrator- 2021:
Pam Burnikel Cell: 563-547-3793 firstname.lastname@example.org
President advisory/Orientation Chair:
Ken Swenson Cell: 641-330-0786 email@example.com
Government Relations Chair: Rachel Brown Cell: 641-691-4010 firstname.lastname@example.org
Convention Coordinator Chair: Holly Rasmusson Cell: 563-419-0209 email@example.com
Education Chair: Karen Sindelar Cell: 319-899-1964 firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Chair: Soraya Wagner Cell: 319-310-5900 email@example.com
Awards Chair: Cindy Haack Cell: 319-231-1293 firstname.lastname@example.org
Convention Events Chair/Delegate -2020: Robin Markus Cell: 563-543 -5449 email@example.com
CSMT Chair: Bill McArtor Cell: 319-331-3877 firstname.lastname@example.org
Social & Digital media Chair/Delegate -2021:
Alexander L. Collins Cell: 319-210-7866 email@example.com