Experience & Education

massage experience

  • Paul Perrotta Massage Associates, Seattle, November 2007 to present
  • Private practice, Seattle, May 2002 to present
  • Monroe Therapeutic Massage at Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, November 2004 to September 2006
  • University of Washington Medical Center, Oncology Unit, Seattle, January 2003 to December 2003 (volunteer)

massage training

Brian Utting School of Massage


continuing education

Head, Neck & Thorax
  • A Neurofascial Approach to Jaw Pain, Michael Hamm, 8 CEUs (October 2017)*
  • A Neurofascial Approach to Headaches, Michael Hamm, 8 CEUs (September 2017)*
  • Neurofascial Work for the Neck and Head, Steve Evanko, 8 CEUs (December 2015)*
  • Jaw Pain: Finding & Treating Primary Drivers, Michael Hamm, 3 CEUs (November 2015)
  • Neurofascial Work for the Back, Steve Evanko, 8 CEUs (November 2014)*
  • Introduction to Neurofascial Work, Steve Evanko, 3 CEUs (November 2014)*
  • Assessing Neck Range of Motion, Michael Hamm, 1 CEU (January 2014)
  • Inside and Out: Deep Contact with the Breath, Chest, Diaphragm, and Ribcage, Brian Utting & Tanya Hughes, 8 CEUs (December 2013)*
  • Structural Head, Neck and Jaw/Intraoral Work, Pat O'Rourke, 16 CEUs (April 2012)*
  • Structural Injury Work: The Thorax, Pat O'Rourke, 8 CEUs (February 2011)*
  • Structural Interrelation of the Neck, Thorax and Shoulder Girdle, Pat O'Rourke, 4 CEUs (July 2010)*
  • Receptor Techniques for Painful Necks, Eric Dalton, 2 CEUs (May 2010)*
  • Deep Specific Techniques for the Anterior Neck, Brian Utting, 3.5 CEUs (May 2010)*
Mental Health, Mind-Body & Mindfulness
  • Mental Health and the Body Symposium, 7 CEUs (March 2017)
    • Using Massage Therapy for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia, Pamela Fitch
    • Massage, Anxiety and the Autonomic Nervous System, Christopher Moyer
    • The State of the Union: The Art and Science of Linking Talking and Touch Therapies in Treating Trauma, Robert Ley
    • Using Massage Therapy to Work with Individuals Who Are Disconnected from Their Bodies Due to Stress, Pain & Trauma, Cynthia Price
    • Working with First Nations, PTSD and Mental Health, Damian John
    • Somatization and the Mind-Body Connection, Theresa Newlove & Amrit Dhariwal
    • Biopsychosocial View of Mental and Physical Illness, Gabor Mate
  • Trauma, Massage and Ethics, Pat O'Rourke, 4 CEUs (November 2015)*
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Eight-Week Course, Kurt Hoelting (January-February 2014)
  • Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Williams, M. & Penman, D. (Rodale: 2011), self-study (2014) 
  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, Kabat-Zinn, J. (Hyperion: 2005), self-study (2013)
  • Mindfulness for Beginners, Kabat-Zinn, J. (Sounds True: 2012), self-study (2013)
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Kabat-Zinn, J. (Hyperion: 1994), self-study (2012)
Cancer & Massage
  • Cancer & Massage Therapy: Contraindications and Cancer Treatment, Tracy Walton, 3 CEUs (July 2007)*
  • Cancer & Massage Therapy: Essential Contraindications, Tracy Walton, 2.5 CEUs (November 2006)*
  • Caring for Clients with Cancer: Decision Making for Massage Therapists, Tracy Walton, 24 CEUs (March 2003)*
  • Massage & Cancer: The Real Issues, Gayle MacDonald & Tracy Walton, 3 CEUs (October 2002)*
  • The Benefits of Massage for People with Cancer, Gayle MacDonald & Tracy Walton, 3 CEUs (October 2002)*
Professionalism & Ethics
  • Trauma, Massage and Ethics, Pat O'Rourke, 4 CEUs (November 2015)*
  • Independent Contractor or Employee? Kris Alberti, 2 CEUs (March 2015)
  • Professional Ethics in the Real World, Ursula Frank, 4 CEUs (January 2013)
  • State Law, Ethics, Boundaries and Supervision for Bodyworkers, Brian Utting & De'Anna Dean, 4 CEUs (December 2012)*
  • Avoiding Burnout: Self-Care Is Important for Both You & Your Client, Amy Roberts, 2 CEUs (May 2010)*
  • Creating Healthy Boundaries, Ben Benjamin & Cherie Sohen-Moe, 3 CEUs (November 2009)*
  • A Holistic Model for Ethical Practice, Suzanne Nixon, 2 CEUs (August 2009)*
  • Creating Relationships That Work, Ben Benjamin, 7 CEUs (July 2006)*
  • The Educated Heart (professional ethics), Nina McIntosh, 6 CEUs (May 2006)*
Massage Research
  • Basics of Research Literacy, Whitney Lowe, 8 CEUs (July 2016)
  • Catching Up with the Latest in Massage Research, Michael Hamm, 4 CEUs (March 2013)*
Other Topics
  • Shoulder Assessment & Treatment, Michael Hamm, 3 CEUs (April 2017)
  • Pain & Biomechanics of the Lumbopelvic Region, Michael Hamm, 3 CEUs (February 2016)
  • Patients in Pain: Tissue Response, Brain Changes and Therapeutic Intent, Michael Hamm, 3 CEUs (September 2015)
  • Future of Bodywork Symposium: Integrative Education for Bodyworkers, Jack Blackburn & Brian Utting, 4 CEUs (March 2015)*
  • "Massage for Burn Rehabilitation: A Preliminary Survey," self-study (original paper available upon request to massage therapists and other healthcare professionals involved in burn rehabilitation and to burn survivors and their families), 2 CEUs (August 2013)
  • A Brief Tour of the Neurofascia, Michael Hamm, 2 CEUs (February 2012)*
  • Body Mechanics, Posture & Core Stabilization, Suzanne Michaud, 3 CEUs (July 2009)*
  • Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy, Pat O’Rourke & Matthew Sorlie, 23 CEUs (February 2008)*
  • Structural Evaluation & Posture; Legs & Feet; Pelvic Realignment & Ribs, Glyn Desmond, 3 CEUs each (January-February 2005)
  • Hands Heal: The Proof Is in the SOAP Charts, Advanced Class (Medical Documentation), Diana Thompson, 5 CEUs (August 2004)*
  • Getting a Clear Start: Visual and Palpatory Assessment in the Standing Position, Lauren Christman & Richard Polishuk, 10 CEUs (July 2004)*

massage teaching experience
  • Teaching assistant, massage licensing program, Brian Utting School of Massage, September 2006 to July 2008
  • Course developer/instructor, massage techniques for clients with cancer, Brian Utting School of Massage, July 2006 to December 2007
  • Instructor, introductory massage workshops, Brian Utting School of Massage, May 2002 to June 2007
  • Course developer/instructor, massage research literacy, Brian Utting School of Massage, April 2002 to January 2007

other professional experience & education
  • I have been a professional writer and editor, specializing in health topics, since 1993.
  • After graduating from Brian Utting School of Massage in 2002, I worked as an admissions advisor at the school, in addition to launching my massage practice.
  • In 1992 I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Smith College.
  • I completed the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism) in 1993 and editorial internships at Seal Press in 1992 and Beacon Press in 1991.
*NCBTMB approved   
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