AMTA logoJoin the American Massage Therapy Association for an unprecedented Q&A session with an expert panel consisting of five accomplished Sports Massage Therapists.

Mark Dixon graduated with a major in Sports Massage in 1988 and has continued to take advanced sports massage training every year since. In 1992, he passed the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the first time the exam was offered. His credential was upgraded to Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2013.

Their wealth of knowledge comes from nearly 100 combined years experience working with countless athletes of all sports and venues — from Marathons to Triathlons, the Olympics, MotoGP, the NFL and NHL, just to name a few. Immediately following the Q&A will be a meet and greet.

Mark served as a volunteer at several local 10k’s and the United States Triathlon Series early in his career. He later oversaw the AMTA’s NSMT Council (1992-1996) as part of his duties while chairing the AMTA National Communications Committee. This opened the door for directing SMTs for several international competitions, including the 1995 FINA Water Polo World Cup in Atlanta and the 1997 International Water Polo Tournament. He also served on the SMT for the 1997 NCAA T&F National Championships in Indiana. He helped to organize the SMT for the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games (1996) and served on the SMTs for the Salt Lake City Winter Games (2002) and the Athens Summer Games (2004), which he also served as Interim Director.

In 2010, Mark was appointed to the Board of Directors of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), the statewide certification board. In 2013, Mark was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. Also in 2013, he founded the National Championship Sports Massage Team (NCSMT) with the inaugural event serving the players of the 2014 BCS National Champions, the undefeated Florida State University Seminoles.

Oleg Bouimer has been on the cutting edge of sports massage therapy and rehabilitation for over 30 years. Originally from the Ukraine, where he was an Honors graduate of the State Institute of Physical Education, Oleg had worked extensively with elite athletes in the former USSR. Being a three-time State champion in army triathlon himself, Oleg had conducted experimental studies on the effectiveness of massage therapy for sports-related injuries at The Center for Scientific Research Studies at The State Medical Institute, Ukraine.

Since relocating to the United States in 1993, Oleg has gained both experience and recognition working with the NBA, NHL and NFL athletes. Most recently, Oleg has been appointed as the Head Massage Therapist and Rehabilitation Consultant for the Russian Olympic triathlon team.

Richard Lomeli graduated from massage therapy school in 2010 and promptly followed up his basic education with training in advanced soft tissue corrective modalities. He immediately began working with a wide range of elite athletes, from high school CIF and State Football Champions, to Super Bowl contending professionals.

Richard works with a team of professional tri-athletes with members hailing from Quebec, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, including the three-time U.S. Military Triathlon Champion, and the holder of the Ironman swim world record, both American Triathletes. He also works with top ranking regional competitive Crossfit athletes. Richard became the first American to collaborate with, then join, the Italy based medical staff responsible for the pilots and support crew of the MotoGP and World Superbike Championships.

Richard was the recipient of the AMTA 2013 National Sports Massage Achiever Award; making it the first time a Californian has received the honor. He was also just recently announced as the 2014 Myk Hungerford Memorial Sports Massage Award recipient.

Tom Benson served for over 20 years on the WA-AMTA Sports Massage Team as a founding member and an advisor. That experience allowed him to work at many high profile events, including the Goodwill Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and Pan-Am Games. Tom was among a group of LMP’s that were hired by the Seattle Super Sonics and worked with the team for 4 seasons in the early-mid 90s. He has also worked with NCAA Division I and II teams with Men and Women Swim and Dive Programs (Stanford, University of Washington, UCSB, USC, Air Force Academy, and Louisville) at Conference and NCAA Championships.

Debbie Benson has been involved with Sports Massage for over 20 years. In 1992, she took a workshop from Zhenya Karashova Wine and the head trainer for the Russian Olympic team. Debbie has worked with professional bodybuilders, the LA Marathon, Carpentaria Triathlon, MS Costal Ride, Wounded Warrior Ride and was also a member of the Washington Sports Massage team for 10 years.

Through the Washington Sports Massage team, she had the privilege of working the Seattle Marathon, STP Ride, Danskin Triathlon, Emerald City Classic and many more. In 2000, she worked at the Amputee Soccer World Championships in Seattle, Washington, and with the Olympic Dive trials in Federal Way, Washington. Just this past January, Debbie also had the privilege of being a part of the NCSMT where the therapy team worked with the FSU Seminols prior to the BCS Championships.

The Elite Expert Panel is a free event and will take place from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 at the Southern California Health Institute in North Hollywood, California. Parking permits can be purchased at SOCHI for $2.50 on the day of the event. RSVP to Suzanne Bose, VP Education, at by Wednesday, May 14.