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In addition to core staff listed below, AASM welcomes 
Guest Instructors who bring special topics , as well as mentoring and featuring Teaching Assistants who bring special insights to enrich our learning experiences. 
We also look forward to hosting several LYMHATIC MASSAGE continuing education certification  workshops in 2024.
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 beyon.

Paola Bardell , LMT graduated from AASM, and brought previous experience with her as an independent scholar  of Thai Bodywork, Lymphatic Massage, and certifications as  aesthetician.  She has a private practice in the Ann Arbor and metro area. 

Paola grew up in Peru , and brings a warm, detail oriented and nurturing energy to the school. 

Patti Stephen, LMT , graduated from AASM, and is transitioning from a 23 year  career as a  Dental Hygienist. She brings concern for the academic development of students, while acting as a mentor for developing effective and comfortable hands-on massage styles.  

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