Meet Our Wonderful Instructors
About the Founder
Claire Marie Miller’s pioneering work with pregnancy, postpartum, labor, fertility, and infant massage was born out of personal experience and her passion for the creative process of birth and healing. In the 1980’s Claire gave birth to three children naturally; two in the comfort of her home, one of which was born using the underwater birth model. Claire’s midwife, Kate, was so inspired by the effects of massage during labor that she began to refer all of her patients to Claire for pregnancy and labor massage. In 1990, Claire created her foundational course, Nurturing the Mother to bring her deep wisdom and experience to massage therapists throughout the country.
Claire Marie Miller has been involved with the health profession since 1974 when she began work as a radiologic technician. This inside view of the body was the foundation for Claire’s later developments in massage therapy. In 1979, Claire graduated with honors from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, a school that was voted the Massage School of the Year by the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame this year.
Claire’s style of teaching is inspiring, wholesome and brings both well-tested techniques and the latest in innovation. Her students often comment on her ability to transfer knowledge to others, said one student “Claire has much wisdom to offer any who is willing to learn. Her compassion and knowledge is outstanding.” The magic has happened where during the course of a weekend workshop a student or client has gone into labor and delivered naturally. In addition, Claire has created The Fertility Massage Specialist training that has come of a demonstration model where students and their clients have conceived within hours and days of receiving the deep, cleansing, and therapeutic session.
With a desire to expand her workshop offerings, Claire introduced the innovative method and workshop Bring the Feet to Life with Integrative Reflexology in 1993 as both a seminar and a certification. This method developed into what is now called Integrative Reflexology. Integrative Reflexology is a four-point process that created out of the evolving theories for stimulating the reflexology points on the feet, hands, and ears. Four parts that are focused on are the structural alignment, meridians (path through which the life-energy flows in traditional Chinese medicine), proprioceptors (sense of self) and zones.
Today Claire has trained and mentors a great number of students; this includes more than 10 instructors who teach in 20 states throughout the country. She was inducted into the 2010 Massage Hall of Fame, recognized for her leadership in the massage therapy industry. She is still in private practice today and has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 1979 and nationally certified since 1994.
NC LMBT #580
Tracey Moon is a NC licensed massage therapist and has been in practice since 1998. She is the former Director of Massage Therapy at Duke Integrative Medicine where she built the integrative massage program from inception.
Tracey has a B.S. from the University of Delaware and received her massage training at the Body Therapy Institute in North Carolina. She is a former faculty member of the Body Therapy Institute where she taught Business and Marketing and is a graduate of the Spirit of Learning, a teacher training program. She received her professional training in Mind Body Skills through the Center of Mind Body Medicine in Washington, DC in 2009. She teaches Integrative Reflexology as well as her own course Meditation & Mindfulness for Massage Therapists.
Currently, Tracey lives in Guatemala with her partner and is committed to living an intentional, vibrant life, valuing community, creativity and shared ideas. Tracey consults regularly with other massage educators as well as with an NGO in Guatemala that serves the local indigenous community.
Susan Mayer is a licensed massage therapist in Morton Grove, Illinois. She is also a professional member of the AMTA, and a graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy (1992) Susan holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago. In 1996, she self published “The Anatomy Book for Musicians,” and has served on the performance healthcare committee of the National Flute Association.
Susan has been an A.C.E. personal trainer, and was certified as a yoga instructor from the American Viniyoga Institute in 2006. Susan’s interest in massage and bodywork has been life long, starting with foot massages for family members as far back as she can remember. Personally, her life was transformed by a 15-minute massage which cut 10 seconds off a previous best time in her 200 individual medley event.
She is certified in Nurturing the Mother and Integrative Reflexology. As owner of Muscle Dynamics, her practice consists of neuromuscular therapy (NMT) for relief of chronic pain, stress reduction, reflexology, and private yoga sessions.
Amy Stenger-Sullivan, L.M.T. graduated from Self Health, Inc., school of Medical Massage in 1995. In 1997, she took the Nurturing the Mother training course, and has been working with NTM ever since. Her birthing experiences were greatly influenced by Nurturing the Mother and she had two empowering births, the second at home. She brings her knowledge, humor and love of pregnancy, babies, and families to the class.
In addition to teaching Nurturing the Mother, Amy teaches Infant Massage, Newborn Massage, and Nurturing the Pregnant Couple. She holds a license in Massage Therapy from the State of Ohio Medical Board and is Nationally Certified with NCBTMB. In addition to specializing in pregnancy massage, Amy offers Cranial Sacral Therapy, Aromatherapy, Integrated Bodywork, Somatic re-education, Reflexology and Reiki and is a Certified Infant Massage Therapy Instructor.
Beth Kelsey is a Certified Massage Therapist who lives and practices in the New River Valley of Southwestern Virginia. She is a lifelong resident of Blacksburg, Virginia. She received her B.A. from Virginia Tech in 1989. After working at the Virginia Tech University Library for a few years, she started her family, and began working at a variety of part time jobs including running a small market produce business and teaching preschool. Beth is a natural nurturer, so it was an easy transition from raising and teaching young children to going to massage school and learning bodywork.
Beth graduated Summa cum laude from the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in Blacksburg, VA. She began her private massage practice as a student in 2003, and continued as a NCBTMB and Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Therapist since 2005. Her massage practice has grown into a full time job. She maintains a lively practice of clients ranging in age from 13-93. Beth has studied with Claire Miller and is Certified in Integrative Reflexology and in Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage. She is passionate about bodywork and brings that enthusiasm to the classroom as an instructor.
Valarie Dunlevy started her massage education in the early 70's, raised her family, renewed her love for bodywork in 1993 and has been in full time practice ever since. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, is Nationally Certified with NCBTMB, a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, and a continuing Education Provider through the NCBTMB. Along with a full time Massage Therapy practice, she teaches a wide variety of classes for continuing education at several locations.
In 2001 she attended Claire's extraordinary Reflexology class and has become a devoted practitioner as well as an instructor of Integrative Reflexology.
She maintains a full time practice specializing in Swedish, Reflexology, Acupressure, Reiki, Hot Stone Massage, and Deep Tissue Massage near her home in the Wild, Wonderful Hills of West Virginia.
Ellen is a graduate of Oneonta State University in New York and received her Certificate in Massage Therapy at Horry–Georgetown Technical College in 2003 where she taught 2006-2007. She is Nationally Certified as a Massage Therapist (NCTMB) and also as a Nationally Certified Medical Massage Therapist (NCMMT). She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and certified by Nurturing the Mother® in pregnancy massage, and Integrative Reflexology™. Ellen is the owner of Mother Earth Day Spa in Myrtle Beach, SC and recently has become a WATSU® provider.
Besides teaching Nurturing the Mother™ pregnancy massage, Integrative Reflexology™ and Fertility Massage Specialist training for Claire Marie Miller Seminars, Inc., Ellen is a massage therapy instructor at Miller-Motte Technical College located in Conway, SC. Teaching Claire’s wonderful work is both a privilege and a joy!
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Rose O'Connor is a Nationally Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist, and a graduate of Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy in King of Prussia, PA. She is also Certified in Basic and Advanced Integrative Reflexology, and holds a Bachelors degree in Health Science with a concentration in Alternative Medicine from West Chester University.
Her teaching career began in the equine world, where she spent 20 years teaching students of all ages and abilities to ride horses. She brings her passion for teaching, along with a talent for conveying hands on skills, to this work.
Rose feels honored to be able to share these powerful techniques, developed by Claire Miller, with other massage therapists and health professionals.
Nikki Remic- Bannon graduated in 2000 from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, and has been following her passion to educate, assist and empower individuals to take charge of their well-being ever since. In 2009 Nikki became a Certified Fertility Massage Specialist, and is inspired daily by the clients she works with, and their ability to create and heal!
Along with teaching Fertility Massage, Nikki is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and is the owner of The Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing.
Nikki also specializes in: Reiki, Cellular Expansion & Healing, and the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage.
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Gena Wilhite received her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Relations and Journalism from the University of North Alabama in 1991. After surviving two bouts of cancer in the 90’s, she began a journey of educating herself on the mind/body/spirit connection and ways to treat the whole body through alternative healing techniques. This journey took her to the Madison School of Massage Therapy in Madison, Alabama, where she received her diploma in June of 2009.
Gena is certified in Certified Integrative Reflexology™ and as well as practicing she is now teaching Reflexology, Energy Modalities and Hot Stone massage.
Alicia W. grew up in a small town in southwestern Virginia. She studied as an undergraduate at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. It was there that she first began her studies in Human Anatomy. She received training through DONA International for Birth Doula services and later completed Postpartum Doula training in the fall of 2008. Alicia then attended Fortis College where she completed her massage therapy education in the winter of 2011. Alicia became a nationally certified massage therapist In April of that same year. She then began her training with Claire Marie Miller specializing in fertility massage and nurturing the mother .She is married and has a very active 4 year old. Her hobbies include knitting, sewing, reading, soap making, and entertaining friends during dinner parties.
- Nationally Certified Massage Therapist
- Child Birth Doula
- Postpartum Child Birth Doula