TONYA SHARP-CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Tonya Sharp has over 13 years of being a licensed massage therapist. She has an associate's degree in Applied Science of Massage Therapy from Ohio College of Massotherapy, a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, and a M. Ed. in Educational leadership and administration.
Tonya is currently licensed in two states: Ohio since 2005 and Oklahoma since Feb., 2017. She has over 6 years in higher education and education administration sharing her skills and knowledge in massage therapy.
Tonya is certified and has working knowledge in many therapeutic massage techniques. Some of the techniques she utilizes with her clients include: Deep Tissue, PNMT, Myofascial Release, Russian Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, as well as Swedish, Prenatal and Hot Stone Therapy. Tonya is also a Reiki Master/Teacher and loves gardening and utilizing aromatherapy.
Tonya's goal for all her clients is: "To Build Better Health Naturally"
As well as being AMTA-OK Chapter President, Tonya is also an active member of the Moore, Norman, OKC, and Mustang Chamber of Commerce.
ROCKY CHEN-BOARD MEMBER/FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATIOR
-Massage Therapist for the Olympic Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
-Massage Therapist for the 2004 Summer Paralympics (Athens)
-Certified/Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
-Teaching assistant for Jame's Waslaski's "Center for Pain Management"
-Massage Director for the OKC Memorial Marathon and the Redman Triathlon (OKC's Iron Distance Tri)
-US Olympic Training Center Sports Massage Internship (July 2006, July 2017
-Sports Massage (and Medical Team) Volunteer at over 50 Ironman Triathlons (Florida, Arizona, Lake Placid, Louisville, etc.)
-Worked with USA Volleyball, USA Triathlon, Athletic Departments at OU, OCU and University of Wyoming; Oklahoma City Ballet
-Specialties include orthopedic & athlete massage, myoskeletal alignment, injury prevention & rehab, Kinesiotaping, and cupping
THOMAS SNOW-BOARD MEMBER/EDUCATION CHAIR
Thomas is the Head Instructor of Atlas IMHT. He is a professional massage therapist, international speaker, teacher, business owner, husband, and father.
He had been involved and worked professionally in the massage therapy industry for over 18 years. He holds an Associates Degree in Therapeutic Massage with special focus on oriental modalities, he is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, and has 40 years of experience in Martial Art training, health and fitness.
Thomas had worked with and for several private colleges/massage therapy institutes as an instructor and Massage Therapy program director. Thomas loves training others in the areas of massage, leadership, business, and personal development. He had years of experience in developing strategic planning for businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations.
He has been involved with business for most of his life and has owned several businesses over the years including massage therapy clinics In 2014 Thomas and his family decided to live life a little differently and moved to Costa Rica for two years as missionaries. While in Costa Rica, Thomas focused on church and community development.
RACHEL ADAMS-BOARD MEMBER/COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR
In 2005 Rachel Adams Graduated from the Massage Master Body Worker Program at The Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy (now Cortiva Institute-Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy). Simultaneously graduating from Harcum Junior College with an Associate of Science Degree. Graduating honors; cum laude (3.7 GPA)
She has been a member of AMTA since September 2004 and Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB since December 2005, currently in good standing.
In Pennsylvania, Rachel had practiced therapeutic massage in employee wellness programs and fitness centers including Allstate Corp. Northeast regional office, and the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. Primarily she worked along side of a well respected Chiropractic Physician, Dr. Karen Kurtas of Kurtas Chiropractic. After moving to Oklahoma in 2014, Rachel had found that massage was not common in Chiropractic offices and for this reason she decided to open her own practice Nature’s Healing Art, in Norman, OK.
As a new member of the board, Rachel is involved in creating and administrating the chapter website, newsletter and social media. She wants to make sure the AMTA-Oklahoma Chapter members have everything they need to succeed as a massage therapist
Delegates and Committee Members
MARY ELIZABETH LE BLANC-DELEGATE AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CHAIR
-Graduated from Oklahoma Health Academy's Massage Therapy Program May 2007. Joined AMTA after graduating
-Passed the NCMTMB exam and maintained Board Certification to present time since September 2007
-AMTA Education Committee member August 2010
-AMTA Chapter Treasurer April 2011 to June 2012
-AMTA Chapter President July 2012 to May 2014
-AMTA Chapter Government Relations Chair June 2014 to present
I graduated from Community Care College's massage program and have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since May of 2011. I have served on the Board of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and am currently serving as the Delegate to the House of Delegates for the state. I am a Technique Certified Lymphatic Drainage Therapists through the Chikly Health Institute (LDT) and am a teaching assistant for all 4 levels of courses. I finished my certification in October of 2013. I'm also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. I completed this training in October of 2015 through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. I am a certified Aromatouch Technician. I am also continuing my education in a variety of other specialties, including Upledger's Craniosacral Therapy, Barral's Visceral Manipulation, and Nelson's Emotion Code.
While I have training and experience in many other areas, these are the specialties that I am passionate about. I love helping people feel better and begin to enjoy more of their lives. While what I do can benefit everyone, it is especially important for people who have survived cancer or deal with chronic pain or auto-immune diseases. As their bodies begin to repair themselves, I love being a part of the transformation improved health makes in people's lives.
I am also a homeschooling mom of 7 children: 4 biological, 1 adopted, and 2 through foster care. I love teaching math and science and have tutored math since 1988. I serve on the Board of the Leadership for America Academy and am certified to teach several LEMI courses. I am an Eternal Warriors Mentor and love helping those I work with accomplish their goals and dreams through self-mastery. My Associate's Degree is in Mathematics from Ricks College. I am 2 credits shy of a Bachelor's in Psychology from Northeastern State University.
KELLI LENE YEARWOOD-EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Kelli Lene is an advanced practitioner in the field of Massage Therapy with over 28 years of experience and Owner of Time Well Spent Wellness Exchange. Over the years she has engaged in many facets of the profession namely as a therapist, educator, advocate and consultant. As an advocate Kelli has served in volunteer positions for AMTA, community events, and various advisory boards. Her dedication to furthering the level of professionalism and education of massage therapists has culminated in her 2018 Induction into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.
Early in her career Kelli began a lifelong quest to integrate clinical approaches like NMT and MFR with her study of indigenous healing practices from around the world. In addition to medical based skills, she has certified in a number of specialties including Esthetics; Therapeutic Spa; Aromatherapy; Sports massage and Medicine Path- a Native American Healing Arts Program. This pursuit has led to more than 2500 hours of training including an associate degree in Health Sciences and becoming Nationally Certified. Her expertise in this holistic approach has facilitated opportunities to work in many settings including medical; athletics; corporate wellness programs; spas and private practice.
Kelli has been involved in promoting professional development since the 80's, first in the hospitality industry and then in the massage/spa field. She has worked with massage schools, publisher's, manufacturers, spas, health care facilities, and wellness centers across the country. An opportunity with Community Care College brought her to Oklahoma where she served as Head of the Massage Therapy Department. She then returned to collaborating with manufacturers such as Biotone by presenting at conferences, providing professional development for therapists and educators, submitting editorial contributions and helping with product development.
Currently, Kelli Lene's time is devoted to her clients; studying Osteopathic Massage with the Ankrum Institute; pursuing her acumen of Native American Healing Traditions with Jenny Ray, Dakota Elder; and teaching Stone Medicine classes for Cedar Stone Healing Arts. She remains committed to serving her professional community and her community at large.