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Faculty

Our instructors are experienced, dedicated, highly-qualified, and passionate. They have over 100 years of combined experience in a variety of modalities. They are dedicated lifelong learners and enjoy sharing new information and techniques with our students. Our instructors pride themselves on being available to students any time, even after graduation. 

Candi Williamson

President

In addition to running the administrative aspects of the school, Candi really enjoys her time teaching our students. She is our expert in self-care and body mechanics. She also loves teaching massage technique classes. Her experience as a successful business owner makes her business and marketing classes especially valuable. 

Meet our faculty members

We are proud of our team of caring, patient, expert instructors.

Candi Williamson

Candi Williamson

President

Candi has 19+ years of experience as a Massage Therapist. She has won the title of best massage therapist for her exemplary service and skill set.  “Best of Del Norte” in 2006 and “Best of Chico” in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  Candi specializes in Pre- and Post-Surgery, Specific Injury, Scar Tissue, and Sports Massage. She believes in assisting with the healing process to produce a life without pain and educating her clients on how and why the pain exists, with hands-on training to manage the pain at home.  As a business owner, teacher, and Chico Massage School President, Candi is devoted to sharing her talent, knowledge, and desire to help and educate others. She provides a positive, ethically sound classroom and clinical environment.  Her skills and experience allow for mechanical precision and clearly communicated lessons and encouragement of self-care for all of her staff and students.

   

Aaron Fetty

Aaron Fetty

Lead Instructor

Aaron has more than 13 years of experience as a massage instructor and 20 years as a massage therapist. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Nevada, he attended the Ralston School of Massage in Nevada. After completing the 710-hour program, including a 175-hour sports massage externship, he taught there from 2001-2011. He has also taught anatomy & physiology for the Truckee Meadows Community College massage program. He is passionate about being a teacher in all settings. Since moving to California in 2013, he has been tutoring college students in anatomy & physiology and practicing massage therapy in a variety of settings. His specialties include sports, spa, deep tissue, and geriatric massage. He loves helping people, playing with his two children, dancing to live music, and exploring the world. Aaron is our Lead Instructor and will be teaching the majority of the Level 1 Program.

 

Rosemary Compton

Rosemary Compton

Enrollment Officer, Instructor

Rosemary Compton: CMT, Instructor, graduated from Chico Therapy Wellness Center 2001 and has since gained certifications in multiple massage modalities. With a holistic view of health and wellness, she has also attained her level 1, 2, and Master Reiki Certifications as well as completed a 500-Hour course in Aromatherapy. She has always had a love for plants and dabbles in herbalism, homeopathy and loves growing plants for their scents, beauty and medicinal values. She also has a mind for numbers, as a former business owner and a bookkeeping background, she has good insights and perspectives to offer around the business side of massage therapy. 

 

Jean Louise Green

Jean Louise Green

Instructor

Jean Louise Green: CMT, and Certified Rolf Practitioner, Instructor since 1991, trained with Dr. Ida P. Rolf’s first generation teachers. From 2004-2018, Green taught Basic and Advanced level Deep Tissue classes at Chico Therapy Wellness Center, as a California state certified teacher of therapeutic massage. Her knowledge and skill with body mechanics, and the structure of the body and its energetics, made her classes highly valued among the students. Jean Louise Green has loved the years of teaching and is featured on radio and podcasts as the author of the newly published STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION & ENERGY MEDICINE: A Handbook of Advanced Bodywork. She maintains a full-time practice in Chico, California.

     

Jenni Miller

Jenni Miller

Instructor

Jenni has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and will receive her Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in clinical psychotherapy in Spring 2023. Internationally educated in India, Mexico, California, and Hawaii, Jenni has thousands of hours of experience and training and has practiced massage and bodywork for over eleven years in her hometown of Chico, CA. Jenni’s specialties include mindfulness-based psychotherapy incorporating somatic engagement, barefoot massage, and integrative therapeutic massage. Her massage and yoga philosophy encompasses traditional and science-based techniques to maximize client results. Her goal is to lengthen and enhance the careers of thousands of massage therapists, both new and experienced, by sharing the deeply beneficial art of barefoot massage

     

Caitlin Linschied

Caitlin Linschied

Instructor

Caitlin Linscheid: CMT, E-RYT, Instructor is a Chico native with 3,000+ hours of experience in 4 years as a Massage Therapist and 5 years as a Registered Yoga Teacher. Caitlin is cross-trained in Vinyasa and Restorative yoga as well as several types of massage including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and Ashiatsu. She specializes in integrating her training in anatomy, functional movement, stretching, and strengthening to help her clients foster their own mind/body connection, which she believes is vital to living as pain-free as possible. Caitlin is dedicated to providing an accessible and encouraging education to her students and clients alike.

     

Katara Shaw

Katara Shaw

Instructor

Katarra Shaw: CMT *Teacher Assistant/Instructor Development Student, is a California Licensed Midwife, Massage Therapist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who has been working with midwifery and botanical medicine for fifteen years. Her midwifery education includes a comprehensive academic and clinical training at Maternidad La Luz, a busy birth center in El Paso, Texas and attendance at many home birth in California. She started attending births in 2009 and opened her own practice in Chico in 2013. Katarra’s massage training includes Maya Abdominal Therapy, Rolfing Structural Integration and CranioSacral Therapy. She has studied with Chico Therapy & Wellness Center, Jean Louise Green, Michael Turk, Debbie Pierce IBCLC, Cathy McLendon IBCLC, Theresa Watson IBCLC, Heartwood Institute, Dr. Rosita Arvigo, Dr. Aviva Romm, herbalists Susun Weed, Matthew Wood, Lise Wolff, Upledger Institute, Milne Institute, Carol Grey and Rolf Guild for Structural Integration. Katarra also serves on the board of directors for the Rolf Guild of Structural Integration.

Her IBCLC Lactation education was completed through UC San Diego with a year-long internship at Enloe Hospital Mother Baby Center working with local families. She has undergraduate degrees from Chico State in Music Performance, Audio Engineering, and Spanish. Katarra continues to work closely and be mentored by teachers whom she calls Everyday Masters; local practitioners who are experts in their field and open to sharing their lifetime of knowledge and skills. When not attending births, she is a busy musician in Chico or working as a hospice volunteer. She was raised in a bilingual home on a farm in Glenn County between the Sacramento River and Stoney Creek.

     

Anne Weaver

Anne Weaver

Instructor

Anne G Stuerke Weaver received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN  with a Major in English, and Minors in Business and Government.
In 2000 Ms. Weaver graduated from Spectrum School of Massage Therapy in Lake Stevens, WA, was Licensed in WA State and earned her National Certification from the NCBTMB. She has more than 700 classroom hours and more than 12,000 massage hours of experience.
She is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher since 2000, has attuned many students to Reiki.
In 2013 she became certified in Oncology Massage from Gayle MacDonald author/teacher of Medicine Hands: Massage for People Living with Cancer at Oregon School of Massage, and was a member of S4OM (Society 4 Oncology Massage).
She was owner/operator of Paradise Professional Massage from 2000-2013. In 2013 she opened ‘Ohana Health, a 3800 sq foot holistic health center in downtown Paradise, CA.  ‘Ohana Health was the healing center that served the Ridge communities offering massage, community acupuncture, yoga, adjunct therapies and retail for 5 years until the Camp Fire of November 2018.
Anne specializes in integrated warm stone therapy, Swedish and Deep Tissue and massage for medically complicated people.  She continues to offer Reiki and massage via her private practice in Chico and Paradise.

 

Deborah Demming

Deborah Demming

Instructor

Deborah Deming, CMT, Instructor has 21 plus years of experience as a therapist and is known for medical massage.  After attending Chico Therapy Wellness Center in 2001, she certified in an 800-hour chiropractic massage internship under Dr. Ron Horlick, DC.  Deborah also attended the Upledger Institute where she learned Visceral Manipulation and Cranial Sacral Therapy.  She was mentored by Dr. Russ Kalen, DC, Cranial Sacral Specialist, in listening to tissue and quick release techniques.  After her tutelage, he referred his Paradise clients to be seen by Deborah for many years, prior to his retirement. 
Deborah is a passionate teacher who values  understanding the pain and having the heart to care.  Throughout the years, she has learned to integrate her wide array of training into a unique style consisting of Soft Tissue Release, Myofascial, Osteopathic Approach to Evaluation Procedures, Cellulite Massage, Reflexology, Hot Stone, Shiatsu Tuina, Chios (energy work), Visceral Manipulation, Cranial Sacral, Alexander Technique and Lomi Lomi. 
Deborah has had the pleasure to teach classes to the public in “Jacuzzi Fascia Unwinding” and “Understanding Your Pain”.  She enjoys teaching the knowledge and techniques to her students and how to integrate them into their own style to benefit themselves and others for years to come.

 

Maria Corrales

Maria Corrales

Instructor

Maria Corrales: CMT, Instructor has been practicing massage since 2007. Maria’s unique healing offering is enriched by the colorful life of adventure and purpose she has led. 

Maria first began her healer path when she traveled alone at the age of 19 to the South African bush to help care for orphaned and injured baboons (the largest monkeys in the world) at C.A.R.E..  She dedicated herself to the care of innumerable emotionally, physically and psychologically traumatized baboons, rehabilitating them for successful release back into the wild. For half of her twenties she lived in the wilderness with primates and honed her skills of observing and listening to the vast wealth of non-verbal information available, both from other beings as well as from our natural environments themselves, finding nature to be a conduit for spiritual insight and clarity.

When not living in the wilderness with monkeys, Maria completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology, formal training in massage therapy, and operated her therapeutic massage practice in the United States. 

In 2011, Maria traveled to Dharamsala, India where she studied yoga with Yogacharya Lalit at Himalaya Yoga Valley, becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher. She later returned to India from 2017-2019 where she volunteered and studied at Tibetan Buddhist meditation centres, living in close proximity to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other highly-realised beings, having the great fortune to receive many teachings and blessings from them. 

Maria has now returned to her home state of California and is pleased to offer her supportive heart and healing hands that she may benefit all beings to the best of her ability.