Chicago, Illinois–On August 12, 2009, Mike Hovi, Program Director of The Soma Institute, was appointed President of the American Massage Therapy Association, Illinois Chapter.

Hovi formally served as the First Vice President, and he was appointed after the President’s resignation.

“In the end, I joined the AMTA because I want to make a difference in my profession,” said Hovi. “I got on the Board of Directors because I saw an opportunity to have a greater impact on improving the Profession of Massage Therapy. I became President because I want to be at the forefront of making a difference in this profession that is long-lasting and enduring.”

The Soma Institute, located in downtown Chicago, is a national leader in the clinical massage therapy field, establishing and maintaining a high standard of excellence through its continued focus on clinical evaluation. With a 96 percent job placement rate, Soma graduates enjoy the luxury of choosing virtually any career in the field of massage therapy. For more information call (800) 694-5314 or log on to