Massage Therapist Expert Witness

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Massage and Bodywork Experience

  • Dean of Teachers for California College XXX  in Southern CA since 2005

  • Massage Instructor for a Massage School since 2002.

  • Certified Holistic Health Practitioner since 2003

  • Nationally Board Approved since 2003 by National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork

  • Self-employed:  Certified Massage Practitioner working with private clients since 2001. Over 1500 hours of education in Massage & Bodywork, includes the following:

    • Ethics of Massage & Bodywork        o Sports Massage

    • Swedish Massage   o          Hydrotherapy

    • Therapeutic Massage, includes        o          Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian Massage) client assessments, Trigger Point o          Lymphatic Drainage Therapy and various Therapeutic             o          Shiatsu, Acupressure, Tuina

Treatments o          Reflexology (foot, hand and ear) o          Myofascial Release, Proprioceptive   o          Aromatherapy and Spa Services Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), o          Cranial Sacral Unwinding 

                        Passive/Active Stretching                             o    And more


Expert Witness for Massage Industry



Acted as qualified expert in case against Los Angeles Day Spa on behalf of the prosecution.  The case involved a male therapist accused of performing inappropriate sexual conduct to a female client, paralyzed from the waist down.

Responsibilities included:

    Reading testimonies and depositions of all parties involved o       Offering my opinion as to the liability of the spa based on two factors:

  • Was the therapist an employee?

  • Did they establish a policy regarding inappropriate sexual contact? o          Being deposed by opposing counsel o    On stand-by for court testimony

Case settled out of court



Acted as qualified expert in case against Los Angeles Shiatsu business on behalf of the defense.  Case involved a female therapist performing Ashiatsu (walking shiatsu) on a male client.  Client claimed therapist injured his back.

Responsibilities included:

  • Reading testimonies and depositions of all involved parties

  • Offering my opinion as to the appropriate behavior of the therapist in regards to asking proper questions and keeping appropriate records Case was dropped


Acted as qualified expert in case Basi v. Island Foot Spa, et al, April 2013.  Case involved a male therapist accused of performing inappropriate sexual conduct to a female client in a foot reflexology spa.

Responsibilities included:

o Reading deposition of Plaintiff o Watching surveillance footage

Charges dropped


Instruction and Curriculum Development

  • Certified Instructor by California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) o       Certificate Number:  COAFS – 05-379709

  • Instructed over 1,000 students with varying backgrounds and educational levels in several techniques and procedures for Massage Therapy, Acupressure and more


  • Assessed needs of Regional Reservations Sales Agents and created training material to ensure levels of performance are maintained

  • Conducted ergonomic training to employees to reduce number of Repetitive Motion Injuries; courses included massage, self-massage, exercise, body awareness and more.

  • Developed and Presented Train-the-trainer sessions to Training Supervisors and Managers in all Worldwide Reservation Sales Offices

  • Developed Skills Training Courses in “Effective Resume Writing” and “Interviewing Skills”


Key Success:  Developed Training for Marriott Worldwide Reservations using Criteria Referenced Instruction (CRI) process; currently used in Worldwide Reservation Centers throughout the world.

Human Resources

  • Responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, suspensions and terminations of employees  Conducted new-hire orientation

  • Completed weekly payroll for 300 associates

Key Success:  Created computer tracking system for hiring and turnover statistics for 310 room hotel

Associations and Memberships

  • Certified Instructor, BPPE              Member, ABMP (Associated Bodywork and

  • BCTMB Certification (NCE) Massage Professionals)

  • Certified Massage Therapist:  CAMTC                    Member, AMTA (American Massage

                                                                              Therapy Association)




Work History


College of XXXXX                                                                                2002 - Present

Orange County, CA

Owner, Dean of Teachers


Marriott Intl.       1984 - 2001 Washington, D.C.    

  • Area Director of Reservations    1998 – 2001

  • Senior Project Manager, Training & Development            1996 – 1998

  • Human Resources Manager & Training Manager            1994 - 1998



Certification:  Holistic Health                            California College XXXX                   2002

Practitioner                                            Orange County, California                          


B.A. Communication and English          University of Nebraska                                Graduated

Minor in Theater                                   Omaha, Nebraska                                      1987


Majors:  Journalism and English            University of Nebraska                                Attended

Minor:  Theater                                    Lincoln, Nebraska                                        1978 - 1983







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