Instructors

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Claire Marie Miller

Ellen Brady

Claire has been involved with the health profession since 1974, when she began work as a radiologic technician. The inside view of the body that she gained from this work was the foundation for Claire’s later developments in massage therapy.  In 1979, Claire graduated with honors from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy. Her 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. This work led to the creation of Nurturing the Mother®, in 1990. In 1993, Claire introduced Integrative Reflexology® as a certification course. 

Today, Claire has trained thousands of students; this includes more than 10 instructors who teach in over 20 states throughout the country. She was inducted into the Massage Hall of Fame in 2010, recognized for her leadership in the massage therapy industry. She has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1979 (NC LMBT #580) and nationally certified since 1994. She is Board Certified with NCBTMB and maintains her private practice at her home in Chapel Hill, NC

Claire’s style of teaching is inspiring and wholesome. She brings both well-tested techniques and passionate experience to her classroom. Her students often comment on her ability to transfer knowledge to others and that her classes are a whole-hearted experience, offering more than simply learning techniques.

Claire teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Wise Woman Menopause Massage, Integrative Reflexology®, Advanced Integrative Reflexology and Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification

Claire's upcoming classes

Ellen Brady is a graduate of Oneonta State University in New York. She received her certificate in massage therapy at Horry–Georgetown Technical College in 2003, where she taught from 2006-2007. She is nationally certified as a massage therapist (BCTMB) and also as a Nationally Certified Medical Massage Therapist (NCMMT). She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and certified in Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Integrative Reflexology® and Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification. Ellen is the owner of Mother Earth Day Spa in Myrtle Beach, SC and is a WATSU® provider. She is a licensed massage therapist in South Carolina (#3796) and North Carolina (#13226).

Besides teaching for Claire Marie Miller Seminars, Inc., Ellen taught massage therapy as an instructor at Miller-Motte Technical College located in Conway, SC from 2010-2012. 

Ellen teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Wise Woman Menopause Massage, Integrative Reflexology®, Advanced Integrative Reflexology and Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification

Ellen's upcoming classes

Marya Millard graduated from Guilford College in North Carolina and later relocated to the Washington, D.C. area. Marya studied to become a massage therapist in 2012 and graduated from the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage in Falls Church, VA, where she is also currently an instructor. Marya is licensed to practice massage in Virginia (#19011119) and Washington, D.C. (#MT2031) and is a member of Associated Bodyworks and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

 

Marya maintains a full-time practice focusing on therapeutic massage, Integrative Reflexology®, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum massage and infant massage instruction. She is also a trained birth doula. In the rest of her life, Marya enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with their two dogs and making art.

Marya teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Integrative Reflexology® and Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification

Marya's upcoming classes

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Valarie Dunlevy

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 Board Certified with NCBTMB, a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and a Continuing Education Provider through NCBTMB. Along with a full time massage therapy practice, she teaches a wide variety of classes for continuing education at several locations, here in the states and abroad.

 

In 2001 she attended Claire's extraordinary Integrative Reflexology® class and has become a devoted practitioner as well as an instructor of Integrative Reflexology®.

Valarie is a licensed massage therapist (WV #1998-0102) and maintains a full time practice specializing in Thai Yoga Massage, Reflexology, Very Deep Tissue Massage, Acupressure, Reiki, and Soothing Swedish near her home in the wild, wonderful hills of West Virginia.

Valarie teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, 

Integrative Reflexology® and Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification

Valarie's upcoming classes

Suzy Gregg is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the Kansas City area.  She received her massage training at WellSpring School of Allied Health in Kansas City, Missouri and her Bachelors of Science in Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Suzy is the owner of WellBody Massage in Gardner, Kansas. In addition to Claire’s Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, her modalities includes an integrative approach to swedish massage, deep tissue, chair massage, raindrop technique and she is a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT). In addition, she is the lead therapist at Belly Image in Overland Park, Kansas where she offers primarily, but not limited to, Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage. She is a member of Associated Bodyworks and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Suzy teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage

Suzy's upcoming classes

Suzy Gregg

Beth Kelsey

Beth Kelsey is a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) 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. She is passionate about bodywork and brings that enthusiasm to the classroom as an instructor.

Beth's website: www.bethkelsey.com

Beth teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage, Integrative Reflexology®, Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification and Hot Rockin' Reflexology and Sweet Feet Aromatherapy

Beth's upcoming classes

Tacie Kyle

Tacie Kyle lives in Alberta, Canada, and is a 2200hr Massage Therapist (MT).  She is a Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage Practitioner and teacher. She is also a practitioner of Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ (ATMAT). She has been a member of the Natural Health Pracitioners of Canada (NHPC #8628) since 2003 and remains in good standing.  From her own life experiences, as well as those close to her, Tacie is a strong believer that healing can be achieved by addressing the root of the concern, and that learning is never ending.  

Tacie is a mother of three who has faced and overcome many challenges along her journey to motherhood, which has deeply inspired her to help others along their journey. Her encounters with skeptical doctors, experiences with Western procedures, and use of natural therapies have woven a rich tapestry that Tacie brings into the classroom.  Her personal experience has blessed her with knowledge, passion and empathy for all who struggle with fertility. She is a valuable resource for clients who seek her services and for therapists eager to learn techniques and wisdom for supporting their own clients.

Tacie teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage

Tacie's upcoming classes

Tracey J. Moon, LMBT

Tracey has a warm down-to-earth presence and a deep intuition that helps her facilitate groups with clarity, spontaneity and loads of inspiration. She believes in the profound intelligence of the body and breath and empowers others to live and work with more awareness, happiness, resilience and hopefulness. It is her own relationship with being vulnerably human and her capacity to deeply listen that most deeply inform her wide capacity to be a healing presence with others.

Tracey has 20+ years experience as a massage therapist and bodyworker and completed her training at The Body Therapy Institute in North Carolina. She is a former faculty member of The Body Therapy Institute and is a graduate of the Spirit of Learning, a bodyworker teacher-training program. Tracey worked at Duke Integrative Medicine in its early entrepreneurial phase where she built the integrative massage program from inception. She is a breathwork facilitator and has completed further training in Biodynamic Breath. She is a Certified Integrative Reflexologist, has trained extensively with Claire Marie Miller and is now an international teacher in this reflexology modality. In 2009, she received her professional training in Mind Body Skills through the Center of Mind Body Medicine in Washington, DC. Much of her work is influenced by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program.

Tracey's website: www.cultivatinginnerstillness.com

Tracey teaches: Integrative Reflexology®

Tracey's upcoming classes

Teba Orueta

A native of Madrid, Spain, Teba Orueta, combines her passion for education with her corporate business, DeNatura Wellness, LLC.  Her passion for bodywork flourished at a young age and her predilection for prenatal, partum and postpartum massage began when she started massaging her pregnant sister in 2001. Ever since, she has held a sacred space in her heart and hands for the expectant mother and her child. Teba teaches prenatal massage certification classes, core licensing classes and continuing education seminars at Educating Hands School of Massage and throughout schools and spas in Florida. She is also a Florida licensed massage therapist (MA-67631). 

 

Her background in wellness and corporate America have led her down an exciting and varied career including Director of Admissions and Continuing Education at Educating Hands. She also spent a cumulative 3 years studying healing arts in SE Asia and India, where she obtained teacher training certifications in the subjects of Thai Massage, Reflexology and Hatha Yoga, among others. Teba’s teaching style seamlessly blends pragmatism and hands-on practice with the intangible energetic aspects of holistic healing.

Teba's website: www.denaturawellness.com

Teba teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage

Teba's upcoming classes

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Elizabeth App

Elizabeth is a 2009 graduate of The Dayton School of Medical Massage and a licensed massage therapist in Ohio. She is also a professional member of ABMP and a level two Reiki practitioner. After graduating, she worked for several chiropractors, where she learned the importance of spinal alignment, the body’s ability to heal itself and the benefits of massage and chiropractic care together. Elizabeth now has her own practice in Centerville, OH - Restorative Health, LLC.

 

After struggling for years with infertility due to stage four endometriosis Elizabeth successfully had a son with the help of a gestational carrier. This also lead to a collaboration with Spring Creek Fertility, a local fertility clinic. She helps with monthly support groups and their holistic Fertility Pathways program. Her passion is helping other couples along the journey to parenthood. In 2016, Elizabeth took Claire Marie Miller’s Fertility Massage Specialist certification and fell in love with the work, which has now become the main focus of her practice. 

“It’s a true honor to be sharing Claire’s story and work!”

Elizabeth's website: www.restorativehealthllc.com

Elizabeth teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage

Elizabeth's upcoming classes

Tina Sorensen-Dill has been a Licensed Massages Therapist (LMT) in Nebraska since 2001.  She is a graduate of the Omaha School of Massage Therapy, where she became a full time instructor and the Academic Dean. She is a nationally/board certified massage therapist through NCBTMB. She is also a professional member of AMTA.

Tina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science and a Masters of Science degree in Human Movement. One of her passions is educating other massage therapist to feel comfortable and competent in their knowledge of the human body as it relates to massage and bodywork.

Tina met Claire in 2000, while taking Integrative Reflexology® in NE. Shortly after, she became a teaching assistant and lead instructor for Claire Miller Seminars, Inc. Tina holds a strong passion for reflexology due to her grandmother “massaging” her feet as a small child. Tina’s practice consists of all of Claire’s modalities along with deep tissue/myofascial work, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and trigger point work.  She feels that being a well-rounded therapist has helped her maintain balance in her practice while being effective with clients. Tina currently resides in Mississippi, is a proud military wife and a mother of two beautiful little girls.  

Tina teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Integrative Reflexology® and Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification

Tina's upcoming classes

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Shanda Barker

Shanda Barker is the owner of Heavenly Hands Mobile Spa, LLC and has been a successful professional massage therapist for 15 years. She gravitated toward nurturing others for as long as she can remember, her earliest memories were of wanting to help people feel better.

 

Shanda graduated from Alabama A&M University in 1996, with a BA in Psychology and Early Child Development and earned her MA in Special Education from Cambridge College in 2009. Her education and work with children with special needs led to her interest in massage therapy. Shanda graduated in 2003 from ASHA School of Massage in Norcross, GA. In 2006 she relocated to New Jersey for a change of scenery and began working part-time as a massage therapist while working full-time as the Disabilities Service Manager for Head Start. She continued her massage therapy education with Claire Marie Miller’s Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage and Tracy Walton’s Advance Oncology. 

 

Shanda is excited to continue her journey nurturing others through teaching Nurturing the Mother® courses to other passionate massage therapists.

Shanda's website: www.heavenlyhands.rocks

Shanda teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage

Shanda's upcoming classes

Ashley Hirzel

Ashley graduated top of her class at the Healing Arts Institute in Perrysburg, OH. Her own personal journey with conception and pregnancy led her to study pregnancy massage and fertility massage with Claire Marie Miller while she was still attending massage school. She immediately fell in love with the work and began her practice as an Ohio Licensed Massage Therapist (#33-019709) by founding the Open Arms Wellness Center in Oregon, OH.

 

Ashley has additional training as a Barefoot Master in Ashiatsu massage, hot and cold stone therapy, Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy and Bamboo massage, among others. She is passionate about the benefits of massage for fertility enhancement and throughout the journey of pregnancy. Ashley is excited to be an instructor for Claire Marie Miller Seminars. She received fertility support and prenatal massage during both of her pregnancies and feels that it is a part of her calling to share this work with clients and with other therapists. 

Ashley’s website: www.openarmsmassagestudio.com

Ashley teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage and Integrative Reflexology®

Ashley's upcoming classes

Anita Thomas is a Florida native who attended University of South Florida in Tampa, with a dual focus on early childhood education and business management. After 14 years owning and operating her own childcare center, she returned to school at Sanford Brown Institute, enrolling in their Advanced Massage Therapy program, where she graduated first in her class in 2008. Anita is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida (MA55335) and she is a professional member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the Florida State Massage Therapy Association. She is certified in Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage and Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage. In addition to Claire’s programs, her certifications include Vodder’s Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Massage Cupping. Anita is the owner of Serene Bodyworks in Riverview, Florida.  

Anita teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage and Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage

Anita's upcoming classes

Anita Thomas

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Sonya Bramwell

Sonya Bramwell is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Moscow, Idaho, graduating from The Twin Falls Institute of Holistic Studies in 2012.

 

Sonya became fascinated with pregnancy, birth and the first stages of infancy after giving birth to her first son in 2012. She became a doula later that same year, continuing her exploration of the power and mystery of fertility and women's bodies, and the importance of supporting women as they go through such pivotal times in their lives. 

 

Sonya completed and thoroughly enjoyed Claire Marie Miller's Fertility Massage class in 2014 and Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage class in 2015, finding synchronicity between massage work and supporting women in the very first stages of motherhood. She is passionate about sharing this healing, supportive work throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sonya has a natural curiosity and an ear for listening, learning from her clients and students alike.

 

Sonya is a mother of two beautiful young boys and enjoys writing fiction in her spare time.

Sonya teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage and Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage 

Sonya's upcoming classes

Eileen T. Newsome

Eileen graduated from The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in 2001 and continues to use and expand her know-how to best serve families and special populations as a professional and a volunteer. She continues to be interested in the evolving body, mind and brain science and is excited about how neuroplasticity therapies are offering hope to people with chronic conditions that once were believed beyond hope. She is a certified Nurturing the Mother®  and Baby’s First Massage® practitioner. As a member of Zero to Three, she pursues her interests in early adaptive and non-adaptive development. Eileen is a Reiki Master and teacher. She received her BS degree from Florida State University and has completed the Swedish Institute’s first Advanced Personal Training Program. She is a member of AMTA.

 

With a deepening awareness and greater knowledge of how families thrive, it was only natural for Eileen to embrace the Nurturing the Mother® body, mind, spirit approach to pregnancy and postpartum massage. Eileen teaches Nurturing the Mother® 2 and 3-day continuing education classes in NY, NJ, MN and FL. She is a licensed massage therapist in NY (#014510) and FL (MA43447).

 

Eileen teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage and Integrative Reflexology®

Eileen's upcoming classes

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Debbie lives near Clear Spring, MD and has an 18-year private practice in Greencastle, PA as a foot and hand reflexologist. She has studied many reflexology styles. In 2014, she studied Claire Marie Miller's Integrative Reflexology® with Tracey Moon. She is a registered yoga teacher-500 and a licensed massage therapist in PA (MSG000723). Deb studies Asian acupressure and is an Ayurveda health counselor. 

Working on her mother’s feet every Sunday night, Debbie first taught herself foot reflexology from a book in the 1990’s. The power of this standing appointment naturally grew into more formal studies in foot reflexology and stronger family relationships. Massage therapy school in 2000 strengthened skills to offer therapeutic touch to people in her rural community, outside of family. Raised on a family farm, Debbie has strong interests in plants and herbs, gardening and nature. She is excited to be teaching Integrative Reflexology®.

 

Debra teaches: Integrative Reflexology®

Debra's upcoming classes

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Kim Lande

Kim Lande is an RN, BSN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She obtained her bachelors in Nursing from the University of Iowa in 1992. During her nursing training she was introduced to Healing Touch, a form of energy work. She began to include healing touch in her own personal self-care and noticed how much this form of energy work therapy could help patients in the hospital. Currently, Kim works as a nurse at an independent living facility for the elderly and has her own holistic practice - Empowering the Sole.

In 2014, Kim became certified in Healing Touch and, from there, studied Integrative Reflexology® under Claire Miller in 2016. At that time, she realized how Integrative Reflexology® could assist nurses in the workplace, becoming another tool for their medical tool belt. 

Kim feels the foot is the soul to the body and you can tell so much from a person's feet. She is currently a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master, and certified in Integrative Reflexology®, Reflexology, Singing Bowls, Rain Drop Therapy and Beginning Herbology. Kim's goals are to continue to increase her knowledge base on energy modalities and to teach CEUs to nurses, massage therapists and other care-givers.

Kim teaches: Integrative Reflexology®

Kim's upcoming classes

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Shawnda Brooks

Shawnda Brooks is dual-licensed in massage therapy and esthetics in the state of Florida. She is a veteran of the United States Army and holds a bachelor’s degree in mass-communications. After working in news media for over 13 years, Shawnda began searching for what she would like to do, not what she had to do! 

 

Upon graduating from a COMTA certified massage school in Georgia, Shawnda decided to take her talents to Miami Beach. Working with top hotels she gained valuable experience and training in luxury spas. One of the trainings Shawnda was most excited to receive, was pregnancy massage. The Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage training gave her more confidence and knowledge that she was eager to share not only with her clients, but also with her colleagues. It was then that Shawnda discovered her ability and passion to teach others. 

 

Shawnda is an active member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association). She is trained in the healing art of sound therapy and continues to cater to her elite clientele in Miami with her mobile practice, Shachi Spa.

Shawnda's website: www.shachispa.com

“I believe it is important to know more than just what not to do during a pregnancy massage. Nurturing the Mother® is training that teaches what you should do!”

 

Shawnda teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage

Shawnda's upcoming classes

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Danamarie DiRiggi

Danamarie DeRiggi is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Atlanta, GA where she works and teaches from the heart. She is a gentle spirit, integrating bodywork and energy work to support and facilitate mind-body healing for her clients. She has resonated with and been using Claire Marie Miller's modalities in the focus of her practice since 2013 and is a certified Nurturing the Mother® practitioner of Fertility Massage and Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage, as well as Claire's Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification.

 

She is the owner of InnerGlow Healing|Bodywork, a full-time practice in midtown Atlanta, geared towards women, with a focus on balanced, compassionate, therapeutic massage. Through a 9-year fertility struggle and two high-risk pregnancies of her own, she knows the importance of being nurtured through life's experiences and is grateful to share a special connection with her clients.  


Danamarie has a BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY at F.I.T. After a successful 26-year career in advertising, her soul led her to massage therapy where she is in her element and honored to be a part of the healing profession. She is a graduate from the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts in Atlanta, GA and additionally a Reiki practitioner and Advanced Master Level Teacher of Usui Reiki since 2011. 

Danamarie's website: www.innerglowhealing.com

 

Danamarie teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage

Danamarie's upcoming classes

Phone: 877-319-5772

Email: clairemariemiller1979@gmail.com

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