Executive Director, Founder, & Instructor
Hillary is the founder, executive director, and instructor of the Denver Integrative Massage School, which she created in 2010. She also created sister programs, School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics (2012), and Herbalism Roots (2014). Hillary’s earlier background and studies were in English Literature and French.
In 2004, she was inspired to move to Thailand and learn the ancient healing practice of Thai Yoga Massage, and she started her massage practice in Denver that year. Prior trainings to massage included nutrition, yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation.
Hillary’s successful private massage practice evolved to include medical insurance billing and mentorship with a physical therapist. Her massage style became a blend of Eastern, Thai healing arts, and Western, physical therapy and rehab work. She loves the combination of Thai stretches, acupressure/energy line work, heat therapy, aromatherapy, myofascial, and trigger points.
In 2007 she started teaching Thai massage continuing education classes, and she began teaching those in her living room (moving the furniture) with her dog, Buddy, as her assistant. She realized she wanted to have a school that taught more than Thai massage, and she created DIMS (and, yes, had to move out of her living room for classes)!
Passing on this healing wisdom is Hillary’s favorite role at the school, and she looks forward to having fun, sharing joy, and creating peace with you in classes soon!
Hillary is such a special person, educator and leader. She has put her heart and soul to make this school much more than just a place to pass a test. She puts the students’ experiences first and wants to make sure they have a warm, welcome and safe place to learn. You can tell how much she cares and the patience she has as she is always open to listening to students. That’s what makes her and the programs she has started on a different level than any other program. She has always believed in me and has been supportive in making sure we as instructors have room to grow.