Meet Our Instructors
Yvonne L. Lovejoy, Massage Therapy Instructor: Yvonne graduated from The Baltimore School of Massage in 1997. For over ten years she had a private massage practice in a doctor's office in the city of Alexandria, VA specializing in prenatal massage. Prior to that, she was employed at Alexandria Hospital. Yvonne is trained in Pre-natal Massage, Infant Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Hot Stone, M.A.T.T., Chakra Balancing, Reflexology, Cupping, Sound Healing, Lomi Lomi and Aromatherapy. She is also a Reiki Level III Master Teacher and is certified to teach Level One Qi Gong. Yvonne has been teaching massage since 2003 and has been at NVSTM since the school began in 2007.
Monique Robertson, Massage Therapy Instructor: Monique received her Massage Training and Certification from the Detroit School of Swedish Massage in 1977, and has been practicing massage therapy for 30 years. She currently holds a National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and a License to practice massage in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Monique has created a thriving private practice for massage therapy, while specializing in Swedish massage, Hot Stone Therapy and Reflexology. Monique began teaching massage in 2001 and then became promoted to the position of Lead Instructor in 2005. Monique draws inspiration from her concern for the health of others and the opportunity to pass on the art and science of massage therapy.
Lori Lake Harris, Massage Therapy Instructor: Lori is the Assistant Director of Education at Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage. Since 2003, she has been an instructor of massage therapy. She was an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College for massage therapy and medical terminology from 2008-2011. Lori has been practicing for since 1993 with her focus being in clinical massage, assisting patients in the rehabilitation of acute and chronic conditions.
Susan Masters, Massage Therapy Instructor: Susan received her massage training at Potomac Massage Training Institute. She has 30 years of experience working as a massage therapist. She has been a massage business owner for 17 years and has worked at various spas and wellness centers in the community. Susan has been a massage educator for 17 years teaching all aspects of massage therapy. She pursued Reiki training and received her Reiki Master Certification in the Usui Method in 1998. She developed a curriculum for Reiki Levels One, Two and Three, which she teaches at NVSTM.
Sandra Seaton, Massage Therapy Instructor: Sandra (Sandy) was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. She attended and graduated from Baltimore School of Massage in Baltimore, MD in May 1996, where the curriculum included Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release. She has worked in various massage establishments, in both clinical and spa settings. She owned her own business (Agape Massage Therapy) for a number of years, specializing in Pregnancy Massage and operating out of the offices of a physician and midwife collaborative practice. She has been teaching at Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage in Falls Church, Virginia since 2008. She is certified in Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Swedish and Deep Tissue, and is a Reiki Master Teacher.
Tara Labbafi, Massage Therapy Instructor: Tara is a Certified Massage Therapist and a Massage therapy Instructor and has been for 16 years. She is also an NLP practitioner (neurolinguistic programming), and a former Physical Therapist. She enjoys a holistic approach to wellness, incorporating various techniques including Muscle Energy Technique (MET, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular FacilitationPNF), neuromuscular therapy NMT, Trigger-point Therapy, and Myofascial Release, Myoskeletal alignment, Lymphatic Drainage Massage along with Physical Therapy Neurolinguistics Programming. As a seasoned professional, she enjoys the classroom setting at NVSTM, saying: “teaching is my passion. I enjoy a relaxed and professional atmosphere that allows everyone to participate, learn and expand.”
Deanna Owens, Massage Therapy Instructor: she is a Board Certified Massage Therapist, VA licensed massage therapist and cosmetologist. She holds an Associates in Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy in addition to a Bachelor’s of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Deanna's primary experience in massage therapy is in spa environments and often connects with high-stress and prenatal populations, she also has experience using massage for sensory introduction with children on the autism spectrum. As an instructor, Deanna often uses technology and her appreciation for massage research to create a learning environment that fosters innovation and creativity in the classroom. Her down-to-earth approach to teaching inspires students of all ages and backgrounds. Deanna is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling and looks forward to her own graduation in 2018.
Jed Page, Massage Therapy Instructor: Jed is a second-generation massage therapist, with a full-time practice since 1999. He is proud to carry on his mother’s dedication to professionalism and quality as a bodyworker. Jed has an extensive education in anatomy, physiology, and traditional massage techniques. He studied these subjects in college and at the Rolf Institute (Boulder, CO) circa 1992 and at the Brian Utting School (Seattle, WA) circa 1998. Further education has allowed Jed to work with 'hidden' parts of the human body, such as the viscera (the organs, and how they affect posture and function), the lymphatic system, which helps to clean up stagnant areas, and the cranio-facial area, which is often the key to deep, lasting relief from patterns of misalignment. Jed loves sharing his knowledge about how bodies work and how to take care of them.
Elizabeth Ernst, Massage Therapy Instructor: Elizabeth has been practicing massage for 25 years. She is a graduate of Mueller College of Holistic Studies in San Diego, California. She received her certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) in 1992. Elizabeth specializes in energy work and spa therapies. She strives to teach students to "create a healing space" in their massage therapy practices.
Marya Millard, Massage Therapy Instructor: CMT/LMT, ABMP - Marya (pronounced like Mariah), graduated from Guilford College in North Carolina in 2006 with a BA in Spanish and International Studies. Marya relocated to Northern Virginia in 2010 and subsequently studied Massage Therapy at Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage and is currently licensed in Virginia, Washington D.C. and North Carolina. Marya has deepened her massage therapy education in Pre-natal Massage, Postpartum Massage, Fertility Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, Lava Shell Massage, Reiki and Infant Massage Instruction. Marya is also a trained Doula; a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth. Marya has a passion for holistic healing, nature, animals, travel, and openness to each individual’s uniqueness in healing oneself.
Dan Flaherty, Substitute Massage Therapy Instructor: In 1993, received an AA Degree in Liberal Arts from Lord Fairfax Community College. In 2003 he received a Certificate in Massage Therapy from Virginia School of Massage. Dan has recently earned a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from James Madison University and has become a Nurse Practitioner and works in the nursing field. Dan has professionally practiced massage therapy for 14 years and has been a massage instructor for 10 years. He teaches all aspects of the Massage Therapy Program and advanced continuing education at NVSTM.