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Faculty and Support Staff

Spotlighting instructors and staff
  NOTES As of August, 2022-  After many years, we say goodbye to Carole Florence and wish her well as she moves on into areas of interest, teaching and living that take her around the world. 
  We are enjoying the interview process with various respondents this summer from job posting websites for professionals.  Some great, experience candidates will be hired to bring you their inspiration, experience and skills in the classroom! 
comment from former student: Raj and Carole are, as well, amazing teachers — so knowledgeable, generous and fun !  We had great few days!  One month in   Sent from my iPad
Rajeesh Ratti LMT-   Raj brings to our learning community  an extensive  academic background of scholarship and achievement, in his home country of India, including certifications in Ayurvedic Medicine and surgery.  Raj has studied and taught Anatomy, Physiology, Natural Therapeutics,  Natural Medicine, Ayurvedic sciences  and the medical sciences.    Students enjoy his humor, rigor, knowledge and teaching style in his current niche of ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY , medical terminology, definitions, and kinesiology by guiding through Trail Guide for muscle resonance and assessment  palpation.
Raj is also teacher assisting with Mary Light in the area of practicum supervision.
Cindy Akans LMT -  shares "  ...   I’ve been a practitioner of holistic
massagefor over 10 years. I love empowering patients to understand
their bodiesand discover the gentle power of the healing arts.
As a  Massage Therapy Professional, Certified Relaxation Therapist,
and Physical Therapy Technician, I enjoy being able to bridge the gap
between holistic and western therapies, while providing a safe and
nurturing atmosphere in which to heal. I am always looking to integrate
new treatments and therapies into my practice and believe that
continued learning is important for any good LMT.
Carmyn Subba  LMT -a massage therapist for 16 years, 
Carmyn is also a Reiki Master with 7 years of experience
teaching groups and privately.  She has worked in different
clinical settings to design Treatment Plans for Clients. 
She has had  her own private practice for 16 years, as well
as worked under chiropractors, doctors, physical therapists
and acupuncturists - her skills are unique and encompass
many modalties.  
Mary Light, ND MH LMT,  Director of the School


Mary is a Traditional Naturopath (ND), Licensed Massage Therapist  (LMT), and Clinical Medicinal Herbalist.  She founded this school and also founded Gaia Center for Herbal Studies, a community learning center.  She trained extensively from 1991 through 1999, and beyond,  in the following  fields:

Massachusetts: Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; Interface in Cambridge   1991-1992; 2005

Maryland:  Faculty at massage therapy program Garrett Community College 1995-1997; Department: Integration and Style

Colorado:  School of Natural Medicine , Boulder, Colorado- Naturopath /Herbal Medicine Program

This program went from 1997, 1998 and through  1999

Florida:  Florida School of Massage, Gainesville, 1993-  1,000 hour massage therapy program and Continuing Education Workshops in Polarity Therapy, Intra-Oral, Neuromuscular Therapy

Arkansas-  An intensive workshop of energy medicine training with Caroline Myss and Dr. Norman Sheely, September 1997

Puerto Rico:  ANN WIGMORE INSTITUTE - Living Foods Certification, 1999

ANN ARBOR MICHIGAN - FOUNDED Gaia Center for Herbal Studies and the Ann Arbor School of Massage, 2005 and 2009 respectively

GENERAL - Mary Light has designed and given countless continuing education workshops in the bodywork, massage, herbal and healing arts field since 1995.

Costa Rica:  Nosara Institute 2013 -  Yoga Teachers Training.  Directors Don and Amba Stapleton

Belize:  Ethobotanical Educational Touring of Rainforest Herbs with Mayan Medicine peop;le in their villages- North central Belize in San Ignacio and  the rainforest/ Mayan villages around the Punta Gorda area, southern Belize   2011

Italy:   Educational  and Ethnobotanical Trip with herbal medicine group guided by international Herbalist and Author Rosemary Gladstar  - Tuscany, Umbria    2015


Scotland:  Findhorn Community- Experience week plus private travels between Glasgow, the Highlands, and the North Sea community of Findhorn 2008 

WEST VIRGINIA -  Wilderness First Aid and herbal first aid training, Morgantown WV   2016


Mary earned  earn certifications and diplomas from the above mentioned educational pursuits.(ND, LMT) and various continuing education series in Polarity Therapy, hatha yoga, medicinal herbs.  

Prior to 1992 Mary worked with culinary business  pursuits in New York City and Marthas Vineyard, including having estalblished  her own catering business on the Vineyard; (Four Seasons Catering)  working as private chef two seasons for Senator Howard Metzenbaum family; and as private chef for the family and guests of  Peter Sharp,  ( at Edgartown summer home) the owner of the Carlyle Hotel , NYC).  Ms. Light worked and lived in these environments for ten years.


This is someone with special background , experience and teachings who is not part of the core staff for the massage therapy program- who will add enrichment to the program by sharing their holistic experience and how it advances massage therapy practice.

Additional Presenters in the past and in our future plans have included and may include: Yoga Teachers, counselors, Feldenkrais Practitioners leading an Awareness Through Movement, Naturopaths, Herbalists, and other professionals with adjunct teachings to offer as Guest Presentations, on an occasional basis for our students..

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