Committees and Delegates

Delegate
Lorena Taku Conrad , LMT

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Lorena is a seasoned massage therapist with over 15 years of hands-on experience, is driven by a deep passion for the art and science of massage therapy. Her journey began over a decade ago, and since then, she has honed her skills and techniques, becoming a better therapist.

Her approach to massage therapy goes beyond just relaxation; it's about holistic healing and well-being. With a keen understanding of the body's anatomy and a compassionate touch, she has helped countless clients find relief from pain, stress, and tension.

Beyond her practice, Lorena is also committed to sharing her knowledge with others. She believes that education is key to empowering both clients and fellow therapists. Whether through workshops, seminars, or one-on-one mentoring, they are dedicated to helping others deepen their understanding of massage therapy and its benefits.

"Massage therapy is not just a profession; it's a calling. It's about making a positive impact on the lives of others and helping them achieve a greater sense of health and wellness."

Government Relations Chair
Wendy Woerner, LMT

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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.”

 

Delegate 
Sarah Suddarth, LMT

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Sarah has been a Licensed Massage Therapist in Michigan and member of AMTA since 2016. She owns her own practice in East Lansing, Michigan and enjoys mentoring new therapists as they develop as professionals. She has had experience practicing massage in chiropractic offices, a day spa, on yachts, and through her private practice.  She enjoys helping clients resolve chronic pain, especially neck/shoulder and sciatic issues; she is also a prenatal/postpartum massage specialist.
Sarah also enjoys cooking, baking, bicycling, and gardening.

Communications and Event Coordinator
Kathy Paholsky, LMT, BCTMB

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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.

Student Event Coordinator
Jodi Wiley, LMT

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Jodi started massage school on a whim in 2004 and began massaging professionally in 2006.  Her practice has had various focal points over the years including maternal massage and evidence-based orthopedic treatments.  In 2013, she started teaching part time, then full time in 2021 while still maintaining a small, home-based practice.  Jodi has enjoyed serving on several massage-related committees with AMTA, AFMTE and the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy.  She recharges her internal batteries by being in the woods and reading.  Jodi lives in Williamston with her husband and son on 2.5 wooded acres and does Wordle daily.  😉

Education Coordinator
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Membership Chair
Christa Hudson, LMT

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Christa has been an AMTA member since 2019. 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.