Instructors

Claire Marie Miller

Claire Marie Miller

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.

Tracey J. Moon

Tracey J. Moon

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®

Eileen T. Newsome

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's website: sagemassageworkshops.com


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

Teba Orueta

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 (in English and Spanish)

Ashley Hirzel

Ashley Hirzel

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®

Shanda Gadsden

Shanda Gadsden

Shanda Gadsden 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

Debra J. Stuff Gist

Debra J. Stuff Gist

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®.


Debbie teaches: Integrative Reflexology®

Chastity Wilson

Chastity Wilson

Chasity Wilson is a NC Licensed Massage Bodywork Therapist and Reiki Master Teacher. She graduated from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in 2008. She specializes in postural correction and pain relief through a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point massage techniques. Chasity also has an interest in women's health and is certified in Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum, Fertility Massage and Integrative Reflexology®.

Over the years, Chasity has developed a unique and much sought-after style of massage. Her focus on the importance of a healthy and functioning nervous system has allowed her to achieve the greatest results in changing the way her clients see their body. It is this approach and assistance from Claire, that gives her the cutting edge for assisting the woman’s body in preparing it for pregnancy and birth.

Chasity has joined the team of instructors for Claire Marie Miller Seminars in 2021. Chastity's website: www.abalancedlifeexperience.com


Chastity teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage

Fernanda Santiago, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, LMBT

Fernanda Santiago, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, LMBT

Born in the Island of Puerto Rico, Fernanda Santiago has always had a passion for wellness and helping people get healthy. Her great-grandmother was a midwife and herbalist and was considered by many to be an expert in the use of natural healing compounds. This knowledge of herbal medicine and natural healing has been passed down for generations. Fernanda was introduced to Aromatic Botanical Medicine early in her career and has specialized in aromatherapy for 16 years. She has also trained in Chiang Mai, Thailand and been mentored by acupuncture physicians and botanists, gaining hands-on experience. She has studied with both Floracopeia and The School of Aromatic Studies.


Fernanda has a private practice, Healing Feels Good®,  in Apex, NC where she provides consultations, aromatherapy treatments and formulations as well as bodywork sessions such as Integrative Reflexology®, Thai Massage, and Thai Herbal Poultice treatments. She is the co-founder of Apex Retreat Seminars, a nationally approved continuing education school for massage therapists, and is a Level 2 NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist. She loves to share her knowledge and passion for helping others using traditional methods of healing. Fernanda's website: fernandasantiago.com


Fernanda teaches: Claire's DIY Magical Aromas and Sweet Feet Cream and Integrative Reflexology®

Whitney A. Reitz, MA, LMT, CD (DONA)

Whitney A. Reitz, MA, LMT, CD (DONA)

Whitney is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Virginia, certified and trained as an instructor by Claire Marie Miller in Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage. She is also an experienced birth doula, certified by DONA International. She owns LH Massage Therapy, LLC and is a managing partner in Nurturing Birth and Beyond, LLC. Whitney’s doula and massage therapy practices focus on prenatal and postpartum well-being for expecting mothers. As a birth doula, she regularly supports birthing mothers through labor and delivery, using massage as in integral part of helping them have an empowered and non-traumatic birth experience. Whitney believes that therapeutic touch is a critical kind of nourishment that has a healing capability even beyond the physical help it provides. Whitney’s passion for the birthing world shines through in her teaching, which integrates course material, hands-on practice, and experience-sharing to create a warm and supportive learning environment that prepares each student to put newly acquired skills to work right away.


To learn more about Whitney Reitz as a Massage Therapist and Birth Doula, please visit: www.nurturingbirthdoulas.com or LHMassageTherapyVA.com


Whitney teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage in the Washington DC Metro area and will soon begin teaching in Anchorage, Alaska.

Chelsea Adams-Cook

Chelsea Adams-Cook

Chelsea is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Maryland (M04849) since 2012. She graduated from Anne Arundel Community College where she received her Associates Degree in Massage Therapy. She is currently continuing her education to become an Acupuncturist.


Since graduating Chelsea has become certified in Prenatal/Postpartum, Fertility, Reflexology and Hot Stone Massage. The first continuing education class Chelsea took was Claire’s Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage and she fell in love with the work. Chelsea has worked on building her business to help mothers through their pregnancy and beyond. Since then, she has studied fertility massage with Claire and is so grateful to be helping women throughout their journey from conception to birth. Chelsea is excited to be able to teach Claire Marie Miller’s seminars and share all the knowledge that she has gained with others. Chelsea’s Website: www.kneadedmassage.co


Chelsea teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage, Integrative Reflexology®

Tara Hertzell

Tara Hertzell

Tara is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of North Carolina since 2009. She graduated from the Body Therapy Institute and she is also a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received a BFA in Design.


While in massage school, Tara attended the birth of her friend's first baby and instantly feel in love with the birthing process and helping mothers during pregnancy. She helped her friend again at her second birth less than 2 years later. After the birth of her own daughter, Tara began to understand and experience the tremendous benefits of massage during postpartum recovery and early motherhood. In 2014, six months after the birth of her second child, Tara began training with Claire Marie Miller, starting with Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage. Since then, she has also attended Nurturing the Mother Fertility Massage.


Tara has been working with women during and after pregnancy in Charlotte, NC for over six years. In 2020, she opened blume•well, a prenatal, postpartum, and women's wellness massage and yoga studio. Tara is super passionate about this work and is so grateful and honored to teach Claire Marie Miller's seminars to other therapists. Tara's Website: www.blumewellnc.com


Tara teaches: Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Nurturing the Mother® Fertility Massage