Zhenya Kurashova Wine, an educator and proponent of Russian Medical Massage, died June 2 from complications related to cancer.

“She had breast cancer, which she fought valiantly for the past four to five years, but finally lost the battle this month,” close friend Kathy Hand told MASSAGE Magazine.

Born in the Soviet Union, Wine worked for the Soviet Olympic Team before moving to Columbus, Ohio, in 1980. She married Joseph McDowell on December 4th, 1982 in Columbus and had two children, Jacob and Nathan.

In 1986, Wine established the Kurashova Institute for Clinical Studies, the goal of which was to provide health professionals with scientific knowledge of Russian natural and manual therapy. Wine ceased working in 2006 due to her illness.

She is survived by her sons, Jacob and Nathan McDowell, both of Rock Island, Illinois; parents, Richard and Bella Adler, of Columbus, Ohio; stepbrother, Richard (Marci) Adler, of Arvada, Colorado; and stepsister Shari (David) Wheeler, of Columbus, Ohio; and three nieces and one nephew.

Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House.