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
SHERRI CUDE-BOARD MEMBER/SECRETARY
Sherri is the owner of MODERN BALANCE Professional Massage Therapy in Muldrow, Oklahoma, which she opened immediately following graduation from ASM -Arkansas School of Massage in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In her practice, she uses research based clinical and therapeutic massage techniques applied through both table and chair massage. She holds licenses to practice in both Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Sherri’s continuing studies include Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Neuroanatomy and the multiple and ongoing NCBTMB approved courses both required and necessary to progress in the clinical massage industry. She serves as the AMTA -OK Chapter Secretary and looks forward to actively participating in the AMTA Mission of advancing the art, science, and practice of massage therapy.
Along with these, Sherri is the owner of MODERN CLEAN, a professional residential and office cleaning business which serves in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. She is an active member of the Muldrow Chamber of Commerce. She is a 20 year homeschool parent of twelve children with whom she enjoys participating in multiple health and fitness related activities.
RACHEL ADAMS-BOARD MEMBER/COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR/GOVERNMENT RELATIONS 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.
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. As Government Relations Chair Rachel will be a liaison between AMTA National and our Lobbyist for the betterment of our massage therapist through State legislation.
Michelle Smock-Board Member
In 2005, Michelle graduated from Heritage College in OKC with a degree in massage therapy. Since that time, she has continued her education in the wellness field by studying in-depth massage techniques including oncology massage, manual lymphatic drainage, ashiatsu, and reiki. Michelle has also completed a 200 hour yoga teacher certification, and has spent years learning about nutrition, natural remedies, and other holistic approaches to health. She is the founder and co-owner of Drift Therapeutic Spa, and enjoys spending time with her family and cultivating relationships within the commuity. Specialized modalities include: Therapeutic massage, Ashiatsu, Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
Delegates and Committee Members
Mary Elizabeth Le Blanc-DELEGATE
REBECCA MAYFIELD-EDUCATION CHAIR
Rebecca Mayfield became a massage therapist following a 15 year career in education and social service. She graduated with her massage therapy certificate from Northern Virginia Community College in 2013 and after a short tenure in a wellness spa, she found her niche in therapeutic massage helping patients with pain management and opened her own practice. She uses a combination of massage techniques including trigger point release, neuromuscular therapy, and deep tissue massage to reduce pain and increase range of motion and mobility. She also uses a fusion of therapeutic and relaxation modalities to endow the client with a comprehensive and enjoyable treatment.
Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in Counselor Education from Montana State University Northern. As a military spouse who moves frequently, she looks at each new location as an opportunity to learn and grow as a massage therapist. She is excited to work more closely with the Oklahoma chapter of the AMTA as the Education Committee Chair.
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.