The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) today announced results of its election to seat new board members. According to a press release from NCBTMB, 95.8 percent of eligible members voted in this election.

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) today announced results of its election to seat new board members.

According to a press release from NCBTMB, 95.8 percent of eligible members voted in this election.

NCBTMB offers the massage profession its Board Certification, Specialty Certificates, an Approved Provider Program, and an Assigned School Code Program.

The new board members are:

  • Public member: Kia Countess
  • Practitioner member: Nathan Nordstrom
  • Practitioner member: Portia B. Resnick; and
  • Practitioner member: Grant J. Rich

The new board members take office on March 1, 2018.

Kia Countess

Kia Countess, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, is a nursing instructor skilled in critical care nursing, Alzheimer’s care, nursing education and leadership. She brings more than 20 years of experience to the nursing profession. Professional interests include student retention, curriculum development and item writing.

Nathan Nordstrom

Nathan Nordstrom, LMT, LMP, BCTMB, became licensed as a massage therapist in 2001. He graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with his Bachelor of Science in General Sciences. He has recently taken a position as the director of massage therapy training with Hand & Stone, Massage and Facial Spa. His experience includes working in such settings as clinics, sporting events, and a hospital. He has owned a day spa and managed a massage therapy program. Nordstrom started teaching massage in 2004 and in 2008, he became a continuing education provider.

Portia B. Resnick

Portia B. Resnick, Ph.D., ATC, LMT, BCTMB, is a licensed massage therapist and athletic trainer with over 20 years of experience in the sports medicine field. She pursued her massage education at Somerset School of Massage Therapy in 2003 and taught at the school until 2010. In 2017, she completed her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where her research explored the use of heart rate variability as a clinical measure of recovery in NCAA Division I athletes. She is the Clinical Education Coordinator for the athletic training education program at the University of Tulsa. In addition to teaching, she maintains an active clinical practice in both athletic training and massage therapy.

Grant J. Rich

Grant J. Rich, Ph.D., LMT, BCTMB, received his psychology Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and four of its divisions, Dr. Rich has taught at institutions around the globe and is senior editor of three coedited books, including Human Strengths and Resilience: Developmental, Cross-Cultural, and International Perspectives (2017). He has presented on massage therapy effects at conferences from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe to Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Read the full press release here.

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