National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Welcomes New  Board Members, MASSAGE MagazineOakbrook Terrace, IL. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has announced important transitions for the NCBTMB board of directors with the appointments of Michael McGillicuddy and Bruce Baltz, effective immediately. Elected members Teresa M. Matthews and Stuart Watts, D.O.M., will also join the NCBTMB board of directors beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

McGillicuddy was appointed to the board based on his notable achievements and unmatched influence within the profession. Effective immediately, McGillicuddy will serve on the board for a three-year term.

The board of directors also elected Baltz as chair-elect. A former NCBTMB-approved provider committee member and current member of NCBTMB’s board of directors, Baltz brings more than 28 years of industry experience to the table. His term as chair-elect is also effective immediately.

In addition, elected members Matthews and Watts will join the board of directors beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Both Matthews and Watts will serve four-year terms.

Leena Guptha, D.O., board chair, expresses her enthusiasm regarding the new additions to the board. “On behalf of everyone at NCBTMB, we are humbled and honored to welcome Michael, Bruce, Teresa and Stuart to our board of directors. Together, the board and I look forward to taking up the challenges and the torch for NCBTMB as a united front that only grows stronger with the addition of these dedicated industry professionals.”

Steve Kirin, CEO, also welcomes the new members to the board, with enthusiasm for the depth and breadth of “a collection of industry-recognized teachers, authors and speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our board of directors. We look forward to working together to continue to advance our organization and our profession as a whole.”

Michael McGillicuddy, MASSAGE MagazineMichael McGillicuddy, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., C.K.T.I.

McGillicuddy currently resides in Winter Park, Florida. As the owner and instructor of USA Pro-Sports Massage Therapy Clinic, a continuing education (CE) company, he conducts workshops throughout the world. With more than 20 years of experience, he is a trusted CE provider, as well as a worldwide industry influencer and educator. When he is not teaching, McGillicuddy enjoys running and biking.

Bruce Baltz, MASSAGE MagazineBruce Baltz, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B.

Baltz is a notable NCBTMB-approved provider. Currently residing in Miami, Florida, he is the vice president of education and business development for Bon Vital Inc. and is busy coordinating an in-house CE program and awareness outreach for the massage school community. This project allows him to travel throughout the country and network with several organizations, approved providers, therapists and students. Outside of his role, Baltz is working on a new initiative with NCBTMB to create a national school tour.

Teresa Matthews, MASSAGE MagazineTeresa M. Matthews, L.M.T., C.P.T., N.C.T.M.B.

For the past 18 years, Matthews has owned and operated a successful Massage School in Jacksonville, Florida. She continues to teach advanced massage training and her Personal Training Certification Program. Her passion and ambition to educate health and wellness has enabled her to present seminars statewide and nationally. Matthews currently resides in Florida and, in her free time, enjoys creating fitness DVDs to help others stay fit.


Stuart Watts, MASSAGE MagazineStuart Watts, D.O.M.

A concerned practitioner of the healing arts, Watts worked for both the practitioners’ rights and the rights of the public throughout his 40-year career. As a teacher, he has taught workshops throughout the world and been a speaker at several national conventions in traditional Chinese medicine. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to establish a certification program that would uphold a national standard of excellence in the field. Today, there are nearly 80,000 nationally certified massage therapists and bodyworkers safely and responsibly serving millions of Americans each year.