Burr Ridge, Ill. (March 1, 2018)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is proud to announce that 95.8 percent of eligible members voting in the NCBTMB Certification Board Election approved the slate of new board members to take office on March 1, 2018.

The new board members are Kia H. Countess, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, Nathan Nordstrom, LMT, LMP, BCTMB, Grant J. Rich, Ph.D., LMT, BCTMB, and Portia B. Resnick, Ph.D., ATC, LMT, BCTMB. They join current Certification Board President, Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT, BCTMB.

“First, I would like to thank our members for showing great interest and taking the time to participate in this recent election,” commented Matthews. “The Slate Selection Commission worked diligently for many months leading up to this to ensure our new members met the high standards required of national board service. Our members’ overwhelming support these past two weeks validated such efforts. We welcome Kia, Nathan, Grant, and Portia to the Board, and look forward to the many great things we will accomplish together.”

About Kia Countess, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE (Public Member)
Kia an experienced nursing instructor with a demonstrated history of excellence in the higher education industry. She is skilled in Critical Care Nursing, Alzheimer’s Care, Nursing Education, and Leadership. Dr. Kia brings more than 20 years of experience to the nursing profession. Professional interests include student retention, curriculum development, and item writing. She is a dedicated healthcare services professional with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and has achieved the coveted National League for Nursing designation as a Certified Nurse Educator.

Kia resides in Sumter, SC. Her term ends February 29, 2020.

About Nathan Nordstrom, LMT, LMP, BCTMB (Practitioner Member)
Nathan became a licensed 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.  Nathan maintains licenses in Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington states. His experience includes working in a variety of
setting including clinics, sporting events, and a hospital. He has owned a day spa and managed a massage therapy program. Nathan started teaching massage in 2004 and in 2008, he became a continuing education provider with his company Educated Touch.  Nathan has continued to serve the profession over the last 15+ years. He has served with AMTA including President in 2016, Board of trustee for the Massage Therapy Foundation, and served on committees for AFMTE, FSMTB, NCBTMB.

Nathan resides in Oakesdale, WA. His term ends February 29, 2020.

About Grant J. Rich, Ph.D., LMT, BCTMB (Practitioner Member)
Grant received his psychology Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has served on the editorial boards/committees of journals including Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), and AMTA’s Massage Therapy Journal.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and four of its divisions, Dr. Rich has taught at institutions around the globe (e.g., Alaska, Cambodia, India), and is senior editor of three coedited books, including “Human Strengths and Resilience: Developmental, Cross-Cultural, and International Perspectives” (2017).  Authoring dozens of articles/chapters, he has presented on massage therapy effects at conferences from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe to Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

A 2017 Person of the Month for Journal of Massage Science, Dr. Rich is editor of the academic research book “Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice” (Elsevier), and serves on medical missions internationally.

Grant resides in Juneau, AK. His term ends February 28, 2019.

About Portia B. Resnick, Ph.D., ATC, LMT, BCTMB (Practitioner Member)
Portia is a Board Certified and 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 Ph.D. 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.

Currently, 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. Portia has presented her research at the American Massage Therapy Association convention, the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association convention, and the KinesioTape Research Symposium.  An avid runner for over a decade, Portia spends her spare time training for half marathons.

Portia resides in Tulsa, OK. Her term ends February 28, 2021.


The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, Specialty Certificates, an Approved Provider Program, and an Assigned School Code Program. For more information, please visit www.ncbtmb.org.