BURR RIDGE, IL — Eight massage therapists earned their Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB®) this September from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), joining a community of more than 14,000 massage therapists worldwide.

“Congratulations to the new class of Certificants! Your commitment to increasing your knowledge of massage therapy practices combined with your ongoing commitment to the community, will help you, your clients and our profession,” said Portia B Resnick, BCTMB, PhD, ATC, NCBTMB President and Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach.

The new Board Certificants are:

Angelena K. Ahlers

Priest River, ID

Karla Gatto

Mt. Pleasant, UT

Carrie Hayes, BCTMB

Carmel, CA

Shawn Linn, BCTMB

Richmond, MN

Lauren Palaszczuk, BCTMB

West Babylon, NY

Kelly Roark-Belcher, BCTMB

Tulsa, OK

Megan Robinson, BCTMB

Cherry Valley, IL

Alison Smith, BCTMB       

Carol Stream, IL

Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB®) is the highest credential within the massage and bodywork profession. Choosing to become Board Certified demonstrates advanced assessment and critical thinking abilities, as well as provides instant credibility to current and prospective clients and employers.  The program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

MEDIA CONTACT: Shelly Johnson, sjohnson@ncbtmb.org


NCBTMB is a non-profit organization with the mission to define and advance the highest standards within the massage therapy and bodywork profession. In addition to the BCTMB®, NCBTMB offers the Approved Provider Program, the country’s most-respected source for continuing education approval by state boards, government and regulatory agencies, and massage therapists.  NCBTMB also offers the Massage Therapy Assessment for Certification (MTAC), Specialty Certificates, and Assigned Schools.