Claire has been involved with the health profession since 1972, when she began training as a radiologic technician. In 1979, she 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; including more than 15 instructors who teach in over 20 states throughout the country. She was inducted into the Massage Hall of Fame in 2010 and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1979 (NC #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.
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: Muscle Reflexology with Meridians, Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification, Aquatic Reflex and Stretch
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, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage, Integrative Reflexology®, Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification
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®, Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification
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
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®, Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification
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's website: sagemassageworkshops.com
Eileen teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Integrative Reflexology®
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 (in English and Spanish)
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, Integrative Reflexology®
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, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage
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
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
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
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®.
Kim Chabal is an RN, BSN now living in Montana. 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 caregivers.