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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.

Myrleen Harrison
Maureen Gilbert
Estrellita Izquierdo
Deborah Shultz
John Johnson

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:

Aluna Wellness
Body & Sol Day Spa
Books of Discovery
Healthy you
Institute for Structural Integration
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Massage Pro International
Magister Corporation
Performance Health, Inc
Richards Foodporium
Sacro Wedgy

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.

Florida Chapter Phone Number: 813-334-1270

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The Florida Department of Health will now verify your continuing education records when you renew your professional license. You are invited to join a live webinar hosted by the Department of Health and the AMTA-FL for Florida Licensed Massage Therapists in order to better understand this change.

You will learn how the process works and see what happens if you are not fully compliant when you renew your license expiring August 31, 2015. You will also see a demonstration of the continuing education tracking system, including how to create a Free Basic Account, view your course history and report continuing education.

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The webinar will be held April 22, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. EST. If you are interested in participating, please click on the date below to be directed to the registration form:

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AMTA is happy to announce that Dr. Annie Morien of the Florida School of Massage is this year’s recipient of AMTA’s Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award. Each year, AMTA presents this award to an instructor in an AMTA member school who demonstrates exceptional teaching abilities and commitment to high standards of education in massage therapy. This award honors the memory of Jerome Perlinski, an extraordinary educator and much loved leader. “Dr. Annie,” as her students affectionately address her, has taught at the Florida School of Massage for the past 16 years. She teaches anatomy, physiology, pathology, research, and Professional Medical Notes. She also taught for several years at Carlson College of Massage Therapy in Iowa, and at several universities in Texas, Iowa and Florida. AMTA’s Jerome Perlinski Award is one way AMTA recognizes the importance of a quality massage therapy education to continually advance the next generation of massage therapists. “Annie is a role model to her students,” says AMTA President Jeff Smoot. “Her students and fellow teachers say she conveys excitement for the material she covers in class, and demonstrates professionalism and passion for massage therapy.” Annie will receive her award during the AMTA 2015 National Convention, to be held August 19-22 in Pittsburgh, PA. She will also be recognized during a celebration luncheon on Teachers Day Friday, August 21.

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During the 2014 Legislative session, a law was passed (CS/HB 1065) that will affect massage therapist and massage establishment licensure in Florida.

Current Licensees

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:

  • All massage therapists licensed in this state prior to July 1, 2014;
  • Any person with an ownership interest in a massage establishment licensed in this state prior to July 1, 2014, or
  • If the massage establishment is owned by a corporation that has more than $250,000 of business assets in this state, the owner, officer or individual directly involved in the management of the establishment will be required to submit to background screening.

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.

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Massage Therapy sends a wonderful Thank You to all the Florida Members

AMTA Florida Chapter President Recognized

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!

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