Instructors

Meet the Instructors

Larry Amos, LMT

Larry AmosLawrence Amos is a Registered Massage Therapist in CO and Certified in the state of Virginia. He specializes in Neuromuscular Therapy, and Active Isolated Stretching. Starting out thirty years ago as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) he went on to study Reflexology, Massage Therapy, and Colon Therapy, finally specializing in Neuromuscular Therapy and Active Isolated Stretching. His massage instruction officially began in 1995 at Health Options Institute in North Hampton, Pa, then continued at the Florida College of Natural Health in Oveido, Fl. He has taught numerous classes at the Virginia School of Massage in Charlottesville, Virginia, and  now is teaching at the Denver Integrative Massage School. He has been fortunate in life to have befriended several Traditional Native American Healers who have helped him along his spiritual path as well as open his eyes to the many paths of healing. He loves to wild craft medicinal herbs and dabble in raw vegan cuisine.

MJ Calvert, LMT, RTT

MJMary Jane (MJ) Calvert brings a unique mixture of skills to Denver Integrative Massage School. Her foundation of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Neuromuscular Massage techniques blend with her Thai Massage techniques to offer a truly integrated style of massage. Discovering massage therapy as a therapeutic modality through a concussion and whiplash while playing hockey, she left the corporate world and started life as a massage therapist, using bodywork to help her teammates and clients maintain their health, performance and general well being. She is a Certified/Licensed Massage Therapist (CMT/LMT) and Registered Thai Therapist (RTT), and owner of a private practice, Elephant Moon Massage.
Annually, MJ returns to Chiang Mai, Thailand to learn more skills to integrate into her massage treatments. While in Thailand, she works with orphaned and abused elephants as a way to maintain her own well being. MJ’s passion for massage therapy is rivaled only by her desire to teach and help students learn the skills they need to be successful massage therapists.

 

Hillary Olsen Hilliard, LMT, RTT, RYT

HillaryHillary is one of the first practitioners in the Denver area to practice and promote the amazing healing arts of Thai Yoga Massage and Thai Herbal Compresses. Hillary has had extensive training in Thailand, and her practice and teaching draws mainly from the Northern (Chiang Mai) style. She founded Textured Motion seven years ago. She is a Registered Massage Therapist in Colorado, a Registered Thai Therapist and a Registered Yoga Therapist. Her studies have been unique because she has chosen to study with many, different schools in Thailand. She has created the “Textured Motion” style of Thai Massage, by gathering all of her training and knowledge into one style that really speaks to our generation and to the society with which we live. Hillary began to teach eight years ago because she wanted to share her knowledge and experience with others. Hillary has taken her knowledge of Thai massage and the Thai culture and made it more accessible and available for the American student, i.e. bringing in anatomy awareness, medical terminology, and answering the “Whys”.

Jenn Posterick, LMT

JennJenn is a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Her speciality is Thai Yoga Massage. She first explored Thai yoga massage as part of her yoga journey back in 2006.  Her practice is built on a passion for Thai yoga massage, flavoring her sessions with other modalities such as Reiki, healing touch, Ayurveda, and of course applying traditional Western massage techniques as the framework.  Her commitment to Thai has led her to become an instructor, offering both course work and workshops that weave together bodywork and yoga. Her deep training in Traditional Thai Medicine weaves together Thai yoga bodywork, Thai herbal compress, rasueri dat ton (a very gentle style of yoga), as well as use of traditional Thai therapeutic tools (tuk sen).  Jenn has studied with some of Traditional Thai Medicine’s leading instructors. Her first certification came from her mentor Tanya Sowards in Minneapolis, MN, where she also earned her yoga instructor certification. Since then she has studied with such teachers as Hillary Olsen Hilliard, Bob Haddad, and Noam Tyroler, and also completed Denver Integrative Massage School’s massage therapist training certification program. Her studies in Thailand provided her the opportunity to deepen her understanding of herbal medicine and tuk sen with Homprang Chaleekanha and explore the history and traditions of Thai yoga massage with Pichest Boonethame. Jenn also has an A.B. from Ripon College in English, anthropology, and music performance and theory. Jenn attributes her own bodywork philosophy to lessons learned in Thailand:  heal the self, trust the self, and we can offer our truest intentions to others for their healing and wellbeing.

Tanya L. Sheppard, DPT

Tanya is a Physical Therapist with 18 years of experience in the physical therapy realm. She began volunteering and working as an aide, and went on to graduate from Chatham College in 2000 with her MPT. She returned to Chatham and graduated with her DPT in 2001.

She has worked in many environments, and works to incorporate therapy into your life and make it work for you. Her continuing education includes advanced manual therapy and balance training.

 

 

Emory Crebo Wilder, M.D., LMT

Emory WilderEmory’s has an M.D. from the Washington University School of Medicine, and he currently holds a Lecturer position in Integrative Therapies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, along with teaching part time in the Holistic Health programs at Red Rocks Community College and Georgian Court University.

Emory’s eight years of teaching includes a wide variety of classes in integrative health, such as Stress Management, Yoga, Energy Medicine, Health and the Environment, CAM Therapies, and Mind/Body Health.  Along with a selection of Western classes in Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy, Pathology, Pathophysiology, and Medical Terminology, he has taught nearly the entire 500-hour Massage Therapy program at the Community College of Denver and has been a massage therapist since 2003.  Perhaps like many, he has found his best learning and teaching to be informal, spontaneous, unique, and unrepeatable as well as completely exhilarating!

Wakenda Willingham, LMT

Bio pic WakendaAfter graduating high school and receiving extensive massage for recovery from a debilitating car accident, she went on to study and receive a certification in Massage Therapy. She began a private practice combining various modalities of massage therapy from Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular, Trigger Point Therapy as well as incorporating guided meditation and visualization into her sessions.  At the same time she became trained as an Ayurvedic Massage Therapist and continues to work for the world renowned Ayervedic Doctor John Doulliard.  In 2012 she expanded her practice by studying and integrating Thai yoga massage. She now teaches Ayurvedic and western style massage and is also the owner of Wellness Market, a healing arts cooperative in Denver, CO.