Akron, Ohio – August 7, 2009 – The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) recognized Lynda Solien-Wolfe of the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, as this year’s recipient of their Charles Canfield Award. Currently serving as the chair of the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, Ms. Solien-Wolfe has provided exemplary achievement in the service of the massage therapy profession in Florida. To receive this honor from the FSMTA, a current or previous board of massage therapy member must have demonstrated long-term, consistent outstanding service, achievement or participation in service of the massage therapy profession in Florida.

Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Director of Education for Performance Health / Hygenic Corporation, received her Massage Diploma from Space Coast Massage Institute. She is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and body work, (NCTMB). Ms. Solien-Wolfe has received numerous awards for her hard work and dedication in the massage profession. She is a member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, (FSMTA), the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) the International SPA Association (I-SPA) and the Florida Chiropractic Association, (FCA).

“We are very proud of Lynda and appreciate the FSMTA’s recognition of her outstanding achievements in the massage therapy industry,” stated Marshall Dahneke, President and CEO of Performance Health / Hygenic Corporation. “Recognition by her peers validates Lynda’s passion and dedication to her profession.”

This most recent award also drew praise for Ms. Solien-Wolfe from the Florida State Department of Health’s office. “I congratulate Ms. Solien-Wolfe on her receipt of this prestigious recognition,” said State Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H. “Being honored by the profession you help regulate is a testament to her dedication and professionalism.”

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) plans, develops and coordinates programs and services for the Florida Board of Massage Therapy. The mission of MQA is to protect the public through healthcare licensure, enforcement and information: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), the oldest professional massage therapy association in the country, is the only association that works exclusively for massage therapists in Florida. Since its beginning, the FSMTA has been involved in the legislative process concerning the massage therapy profession. The FSMTA’s mission is “To unify the massage therapy profession while creating, representing and promoting standards of excellence in health care.” As board chair, Ms. Solien-Wolfe provides insight and perspective from the practitioner’s point of view regarding the standards set by the board. www.fsmta.org.

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