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The Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) provides the support you need today and every day. AMTA is the best national professional association in the world, created by and for massage therapists!
AMTA FL is very pleased and proud to share the news of well deserved recognition by the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) naming our own chapter President Karen Roth as their Licensed Massage Therapist of the year. Karen will be formally recognized at the FCA National Convention in Orlando at the Hyatt in August.
Thank you, Florida Chiropractic Association. Congratulations Karen!
By Rebekah Blowers, 2nd Vice President and Legislative Chair
SB 1068 is a bill that would impact massage therapy licensing. SB 1068 is currently in the appropriations committee in the Florida Senate. The bill would require massage therapists applying for initial licensing to submit to certain fingerprinting requirements. In addition, the bill would require the Department of Health to issue an: “emergency order suspending the license of a massage therapist or massage establishment for the commission of certain offenses; it would require the Board of Massage Therapy to deny an application for a massage therapy license or renewal license for certain offenses; requiring a person with a specified interest in a massage establishment to submit to certain background screening requirements; exempting certain entities from massage establishment licensure requirements, etc.”
If passed, the bill would take effect July 1, 2014. Those who have received a massage therapy license, and/or massage establishment license prior to July 1, 2014 have until January 31, 2015 to submit to the background screening requirements. The applicant would be responsible for covering the fees of the fingerprint and background checks.
An applicant for initial licensure received on or after January 1, 2013 shall include fingerprints. The board will screen the results to determine if an applicant meets licensure requirements.
Licenses and establishment licenses can be immediately suspended or licenses/establishment renewals denied for specific offenses such as false imprisonment, kidnapping, human trafficking, human smuggling, sexual battery, procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution, selling or buying of minors into prostitution, relating to lewd or lascivious offenses, and other similar violations.
AMTA Florida Chapter Annual Meeting Success!
AMTA Florida Chapter hosted its Annual Meeting on Sunday January 12 in Tampa. The day started with two continuing education opportunities for AMTA Florida Chapter licensed massage therapists, and a Kick Start program for students and recent graduates. Nyssa Hanger taught Tropical Aromatherapy Treatments, and Gloria Coppola introduced Lomi Lomi massage. Kick Start was a full panel with mentors such as Kevin Wade, Laurel Freeman, Alex Spassoff, Michael McGillicuddy and Karen Roth – not to mention the giveaways! A big thank you to all of our sponsors who donated items for the students, including the Grand Prize Massage Table package donated by Massage Warehouse. Current AMTA Florida Chapter members enjoyed a Luau-themed lunch catered by the Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore, prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. We got a lot accomplished at the meeting with your President, 2nd Vice President and Secretary being elected to their respective terms! We are so happy to be serving you and look forward to another great year. We also received some new volunteer Team Members who will be serving you in areas such as Medical Conferences, Education organization committees, and Website/newsletter design. If you are interested in becoming a team member, check out the opportunities here .
Be on the lookout for education events starting later this year. With the renewal year right around the corner, we want to give you as many opportunities as possible to get great education at discount prices.
AMTA Florida Chapter Board of Directors
Members of your AMTA Florida Chapter Board and newly elected Delegates! From left: Lia Baker, 3rd Vice President, Rebekah Blowers, 2nd Vice President, Kathy Reid, Secretary, Karen Roth, President, Debbie Shultz, 1st Delegate, John Johnson, 2nd Delegate, Estrellita Izquierdo, 1st Alternate Delegate, Laurel Freeman, Commissioner on Candidacy.
Stay tuned for Information about AMTA Florida Chapter's annual meeting in January 2014
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