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Thank you to all who took time to join us at the AMTA Florida Chapter Annual Meeting at the Sheraton in Jacksonville on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
We had a great day with classes and meeting. Mobile Fingerprinting processed the fingerprinting & background check offered complimentary for AMTA Members by the Florida Chapter.
We have a full board of fabulous volunteers:
Karen Roth President
Lia Baker 1st Vice President
Jennifer Washington 2nd Vice President
Karen Ford 3rd Vice President
Kathy Reid Secretary
George Schwind Immediate Past President
Cheryl Back Steinke served as Commissioner on Candidacy, she was previously 1st VP. We will miss her vast knowledge of the board operations and attention to detail.
The Florida Board is pleased to recognize our dearly missed Raul Izquierdo with a donation for $2500.00 to the Massage Therapy Foundation in his honor. His wife Estrellita received from the AMTA Florida Chapter a certificate of appreciation for his years of outstanding service and dedication to the Massage Therapy Profession. We are pleased to have had Estrellita join us and continue their involvement.
Student Kickstart was the best yet with a powerful panel. Students received one on one mentoring from some brilliant massage therapy resources: World renowned Lynda Solien Wolfe of Performance Health; Best in the field Janet Mabry, lobbyist for the profession; Exceptional and articulate Bridget Wammack of the Board of Massage; Pioneer of our field Michael McGillicuddy of Central Florida School of Massage Therapy.
Deep gratitude to all of our generous sponsors who donated a bounty of gifts. Everyone went home with a prize. Thank you:
Body & Sol Day Spa
Books of Discovery
Institute for Structural Integration
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Massage Pro International
Performance Health, Inc
Heartfelt thanks to our two educators: Stacie Nevelus of ACE Cupping taught Vacuum Therapy and Mukti Michael Buck of the Vedic Conservatory taught Vedic Thai on the Table. Both classes were well received.
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!
Your Vote Counts – 2014 AMTA National Elections
Be among the professional members that shape our association. Vote for our national leaders. AMTA is the premier professional organization and needs top leadership to be a strong voice and guide us to the future. Your vote is needed to ensure that AMTA remains on top and continues to be well represented.
Get to know the candidates. Read each of their biographical sketches. You can find candidate’s bio and social media links by visiting the AMTA official election website. Don’t be shy, ask them questions or read what someone else has asked. Find out what their vision and goals are for the future of AMTA and the massage profession.
This year candidates have been given the opportunity to create a candidate video clip that has allowed them to introduce themselves to the membership in a more personal way. It too may be accessed from the election website.
Your voice counts in this organization. Make a decision to support one of our core values, ‘to be a membership driven organization’ and vote. That is what ‘member driven’ means. Join in. Become a more informed voter and cast your vote by December 1st.
2014 Election Timeline
November 3-5: A link to the online ballot will be sent via electronic mail to all eligible voting members.
December 1: Completed ballots are due.
January 1: Results will be announced no later than January 1 on the AMTA website.
March 1: New officers assume office.
Please contact Colleen Leeders if you have any questions:847-905-1650 or
During the 2014 Legislative session, a law was passed (CS/HB 1065) that will affect massage therapist and massage establishment licensure in Florida.
Pursuant to s.456.0135, F.S., effective July 1, 2014, the following individuals must undergo a criminal background screening prior to January 31, 2015:
Applicants for Licensure
Any applicant for licensure as a massage therapist or massage establishment on or after July 1, 2014 must undergo, prior to licensure, a criminal background screening as outlined above.
Criminal Offenses Resulting in Suspension or Denial
In addition, the Florida Department of Health (Department) shall issue an emergency order suspending the license of any massage therapist or massage establishment that is found to be convicted of, or to have entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony offense under any of the following provisions of state law or similar provision in another jurisdiction.Read Full Article Here
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!
Stay tuned for Information about AMTA Florida Chapter's annual meeting in January 2014
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