Committee Chairs and Delegates
Keisha Brooks, LMT
Keisha Brooks is a licensed massage therapist with 15 yrs experience, specializing in therapeutic treatment. With a mission to share tools to help people fulfill their fullest potential through yoga,meditation and massage therapy. After experiencing depression, the discovery of meditation and yoga in 2004, leading to her discovering her gift through massage therapy in 2005 changed the trajectory of her life! As a social justice and youth advocate she has always believed in her community and the ability to affect change. With massage therapy she has been able to witness first hand not only immediate change in people’s physical wellness, but also the change in mental and emotional well being.
Government Relations Chair
Education Committee Member
Wendy Woerner LMT
Wendy is an 18-year (and counting) member of AMTA since she graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in 2003. Since that time, Wendy has been a partner in massage therapy businesses in Ann Arbor. Wendy also has a BS from Eastern Michigan University with a Biology major.
During the past years, Wendy has found her passion and loves to share that passion with students and other Massage Therapists. This is on display with the volunteering that Wendy has done and is doing with AMTA. From 2008-2010 Wendy was Education Coordinator. After a bit of time, Wendy dipped her toe back into volunteering with AMTA-MI Chapter by being the Online Election Coordinator for the 2021 election. Then she was appointed to fill a Board Member seat that was vacated, and the volunteering bug hit her again. She is now a Board Member, Government Relations Chair, and Education Committee member. In 2022 Wendy also volunteered to help out the AMTA-New Mexico chapter as their Online Election Coordinator when they needed one.
Wendy truly believe the saying, “When you choose a job you love you never have to work a day in you life.”
Stacey graduated from the Southeastern Institute of Neuromuscular Massage in 2009. She has since furthered her education in Oncology and Hospital Massage, Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point, Reiki and Bamboo-fusion. She owns Sacred Oasis Massage and Wellness in Lansing and Okemos. Stacey is also an instructor for the massage modality Bamboo-fusion and offers classes out of her Lansing location. She is honored to be in this position and looks forward to meeting everyone and representing fellow massage therapists as we all work together to advance massage therapy.
Communications and Event Coordinator
Kathy Paholsky, LMT, BCTMB
Kathy has been an AMTA Member for over 30 years! A licensed massage therapist, she specializes in pain management, craniosacral and manual therapy. As an NCB Approved Continuing Education provider, Kathy has taught at local meetings, state and national conventions as well as creating online courses for AMTA.
She's been a volunteer for AMTA at the state and national levels, working on school committees, and is currently on the National Convention Education Committee. Since becoming the Michigan Chapter President in 2017, she's had a chance to meet many of our members and renew connections with former students. The friendships she's made and sense of fun she's found as a volunteer keep her active. Massage is a solitary profession; AMTA provides a community of caring therapists.
Cindy Dort, LMT, BCTMB
Cindy graduated from Health Enrichment in 1997. She joined AMTA in 1998 because she liked the way they presented information in brochures. Cindy has been a volunteer for over 10 years as a delegate, an alternate delegate, and vice president. She is now a board member and the Education Chair.
Cindy still believes in AMTA, and even today she highly recommends AMTA to any massage therapist for their business.
Christa has been with AMTA for 2 years. During that time she volunteered as a communication committee member and helped with class rosters. As a licensed massage therapist, she specializes in using Trigger Point Therapy for pain management. She graduated from Davenport University in 2005 with an ABA in Business Administration and from Stautzenberger Institute in 2011 with a Massage Diploma. As Kathy said "Massage is a solitary profession" Christa enjoys the community engagement, networking, and knowledge that being a member of AMTA provides.