Dorothea V. Atkins, Th.D., MA., BSN, LMT, NCBTMB Provider
(Work Life Wellness Educator)
Dr. Dorothea Atkins is a Self-Care and Pain Management educator as well as a researcher in the field of massage therapy who has over 25 years of experience as a nurse, teacher, licensed massage therapist, and researcher. She has been certified as a manual lymphatic drainage therapist and has studied over 20 advanced massage, muscle, and energy techniques. Dr. Atkins’ exceptional teaching skills have led her to teach various courses at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies (LIWS) since its beginning in 1992. Also, as a board officer in the N.J. chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), she has been recognized for her outstanding work as chairperson of the organization’s committee for education. Additionally, her doctoral dissertation on the “The Effects of Self-massage on Osteoarthritis of the Knee” proved that self-massage significantly decreases knee pain and increases knee mobility. This revolutionary research on self-care pain relieving techniques’ makes her a self-care innovator with ground-breaking published research in three national and international magazines on “Knee Self-Massage Technique”, which helps empower anyone to manage joint pain. Dr. Atkins has also successfully taught her technique to massage therapists and healthcare professionals while improving the quality of life for hundreds of hospital employees with chronic knee pain. Her online self-care technique courses are available to provide natural new options for chronic joint pain to thousands. In her private practice in Haddon Heights, N.J., Holos Touch LLC, the focus is teaching self-care education and advanced muscle therapy for those with chronic pain. Finally, she enjoys bringing her easy, self-care, tension-relieving techniques to the successful Work Life Wellness Program provided by LIWS to any of the hospitals’ various departments. Visit her website at www.holostouch.com.
Kathy Baier, LMT
(Community Outreach Supervisor, In-patient Massage Supervisor, In-patient Massage Coordinator, Integration & Application, Integrative Workshop, Massage Clinical Supervisor, Scalp/Face - Hand/Foot Massage, Therapeutic Massage)
Kathy is a 2017 graduate of Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies and is a New Jersey-licensed massage therapist. She practices at Still Water Stress Center in Ocean City as well as maintaining a private practice in South Jersey. Kathy is actively involved with her students and is thrilled to be and instructor and supervisor.
Michelle Carlino, BA, E-RYT500, YACEP
(Techniques & Teaching Methodology, YTT 300 Courses)
Michelle has been studying various styles of yoga since 1980 and has been teaching since 1987. She is certified in Classical Hatha, Kripalu, Anusara, Christian, Kundalini, Prana Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Yoga for Cardiac/Cancer patients. She worked for many years as a special education teacher for students from birth to 3 years old. She has done extensive studies in yoga for special needs populations and has developed yoga programs for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Cardiac Outpatient Unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Other populations she works with include: fibromyalgia-chronic pain, seniors, brain injury, visually impaired, PTSD, and other challenges. Michelle is certified as a Foot Reflexologist, Tai Chi Chih instructor, chair massage therapist, and a Reiki Master level. She has spent much time living and staffing programs at the Kripalu Center, various yoga and meditation communities, and wholistic health centers. She continues to teach in programs at Kripalu. She has been an instructor of the Lourdes 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program since 2002, and is coleader of the 300-hour program.
Staci Conrad, LMT, CPT
(Community Outreach Supervisor, Massage Clinical Coordinator)
Staci is a New Jersey-licensed massage therapist and ACE certified personal trainer. Since graduating from Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, she has started her own private practice offering massage therapy and fitness training, with a strong emphasis on helping clients achieve their wellness goals through lifestyle balance and behavior change. She is grateful for the opportunity to stay involved at LIWS as a clinic and outreach supervisor.
Monica DeVaughn-Nobling, NCBTMB, LMT
Corinne A. Corcoran, Ed.D., M.Ed., AAEd, NCBTMB, AMTA, LMT
(Case Study - Feet, Continuing Education Courses, Professional Ethics for the Bodyworker, Reflexology I, II, III, Reflexology Clinic, The Science of Ayurveda, Specialized Massage Techniques: Reflexology)
Corinne is certified in massage, Ayurveda, Reiki, Vibrational Healing, and Applied Kinesiology. She is certified by The American Reflexology Certification Board in both foot and hand reflexology. Corinne has studied many styles of Reflexology including The Manzanares Method, Vertical Reflexology Therapy, The Ingham Method, and Ayurvedic Foot Reading. She is a certified Long White Cloud QiGong instructor and is certified in Small Animal Acupressure from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. She is a member of AMTA and The Reflexology Association of America. Corinne is the author of My Forever Home: A Child’s First Book of Yoga. With a doctorate from Temple University, she has enjoyed teaching at Lourdes Institute for over 25 years.
(Business Management, Business/Marketing/Law, N.J. Massage Therapy Certification Workshop)
Monica is a graduate of Immaculata University and holds a BA in Financial Management. She is also a graduate of Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies and holds a national certification and N.J. State license in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Currently managing a private practice, Monica also enjoys teaching the Business Management course at Lourdes Institute.
Susan DiGregorio, NCBTMB
(Continuing Education Courses; Reflexology I, II, III; Scalp/Face - Hand/Foot Massage; Structures & Functions I, II)
Sue is a graduate of Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, specializing in Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Pregnancy, and Infant Massage, as well as in Foot Reflexology. She has maintained a private practice for 15 years. She is an instructor for the Massage and Reflexology programs at Lourdes Institute.
Donna Favilla, LMT, NCBTMB Provider, ARCB Reflexologist/Educator, AMTA, CLD (BWI, CAPPA), CCE(PCE), HBCE, CPYI
(Integrated Myofascial Structural Techniques (Myo II), Specialized Massage Techniques: Myofascial I)
Donna is a 2000 graduate of both the Philadelphia School of Massage Therapy and American Reflexology Certification Board. Donna has been an educator of specialized massage therapy (prenatal, labor, postpartum, deep tissue, trigger point) and reflexology techniques for over 20 years. Currently, Donna teaches childbirth education at Virtua Hospital. Also, Donna is owner of a private practice where she specializes in perinatal education and labor doula services.
Xavier Harvey, LMT, CAMT, OBT
(Continuing Education Courses, Eastern Therapeutic Concepts, Infectious Disease, Intro to Tai Chi, Intro to Tui Na, Pathology for Massage Therapists, Specialized Massage Techniques: Deep Tissue)
Xavier is a N.J.-licensed massage, bodywork, and somatic therapist. His passion and commitment to the health and wellness industry is unparalleled with consulting, lecturing, teaching, and two practices. He is certified in over 20 modalities and has been awarded Full Instructor status from the Universal Healing Tao System under Grandmaster Mantak Chia. His unique brand of bodywork is a perfect blending of all the modalities that he is trained in and a hybrid of Eastern and Western Medical Bodywork Theory and Application. He does not put anyone’s signs and symptoms into a box, applying a cookie cutter approach to massage/bodywork. He assesses, finds the root cause, and applies the appropriate techniques to alleviate the presenting dysfunction whether physical or energetic.
Liz Jordan, LMT, CES, CH
(Continuing Education Courses, Reflexology Business/Marketing/Law, Therapeutic Herbal Applications, Therapeutic Sensory App I & II)
Liz is a N.J.-Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Hypnotist and a 2002 graduate of The Philadelphia School of Massage Therapy, where she was also a part time instructor. Over her 18-year massage career, she has cross trained and certified in a variety of holistic health modalities such as Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Flower Essences, Herbalism, Pranic Healing, Corrective Exercise, and Hypnosis. After years of experience in spas and chiropractic offices, she opened Essential Bodywork, LLC, a wellness center in Glassboro, N.J. There she practiced and taught holistic health classes for 10 years. She now enjoys a private home practice along with a speaking and teaching career.
(Community Outreach Supervisor, Massage Clinical Coordinator, Palpation & Kinesiology)
Board Certified Massage and Body Work Therapist and graduate of Lourdes Wholistic Institute, Kathleen has been an active member of the Lourdes Wholistic Institute staff as a supervisor for student inpatient clinics, student massage clinics and special community outreach events.
Sandy Rhoads, PTA, ERYT 200, ERYT 500, YACEP
(Techniques & Teaching Methodology, YTT 300 Courses)
Sandy is a N.J.-licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and graduate of the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. She has entered the 300 Hour YTT earning certifications in Core Conditioning, Chair Yoga, and Sanskrit Studies. In addition to Lourdes Institute, she has also continued to practice and study under various instructors at Kripalu and Omega Institute. Sandy’s knowledge of anatomy and body movement enriches her students' understanding and improves the functional outcomes of her rehabilitation clients.
Rebecca Szymansky, LMT
Rebecca graduated Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies in 2021 and began working as a Teacher's Assistant the following semester. Rebecca is a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and frequently complements her massages with energy-healing. Other related interests include yoga, crystal-therapy, Flower Essence healing, and herbal medicine, all of which she looks to combine in her personal practice. She has also worked as a hospice volunteer and looks forward to bringing her massage skills to patients in need. Outside of massage, Rebecca enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, obsessing about her cats, attending as many concerts as possible with her husband, and reading anything nerdy about medieval queens. Rebecca is excited and grateful to be a Lourdes Institute instructor as the next step on her path.