Instructors

Healing Spirits hosts a dynamic group of instructors.  Our instructors are all experienced healing arts practitioners.  Many are masters in their area of specialty and are skilled in relaying their wisdom to others.  Below is a list of some of this year’s instructors, along with comments from students who have learned from them.

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Helen Grigg, CMT

Helen has been the owner and director of Healing Spirits since 1999. She graduated from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy in 1982. Since then she has continued to study various aspects of the healing arts. She has maintained a successful full-time practice in the Denver-Boulder area since 1982. The focus of Helen’s practice has been on stress reduction and injury rehabilitation, as well as prenatal and post-partum massage. She has also developed a modified form of a physical therapy technique called Strain/Counter-strain. Helen has a strong affinity for teaching and mentoring; she has been part of the faculty at Healing Spirits since its inception.

“Helen is the foundation of Healing Spirits.  Her dedication to the school and to the trade is so evident and heartfelt.  She honors each person as an individual and creates a sacred space for healing.”

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NateCuddihyNate Cuddihy-Garner, MS. LMT, CPT 

Nate has been practicing massage therapy since 1997, which has included working in Integrated Medical Offices, Physical Therapy Clinics, and Sports Performance Centers.  In addition to private practice, Nate currently works in an occupational medical setting, treating patients alongside physical therapists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists. He has been teaching anatomy, orthopedic and sports massage therapy for over 15 years in Seattle & Boulder, and continues to teach courses nationally.  Nate also holds a Master’s degree in Human Movement Science through the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

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Courtney Stratton, CMT  

Courtney graduated from Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2007.  She moved to Colorado because of her love for the mountains and graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a BA in Liberal Arts. She is excited to be blending her two passions: massage and teaching. She loves mentoring and spending one-on-one time with students as they develop their own personal style. She enthusiastically makes lab time an even more in depth learning opportunity and provides invaluable feedback for the students.  Courtney is the instructor for Physiology & Pathology.

 

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David_Lowell_2010David Lowell, CMT, CNMT

Whether he is woodcarving, caring for his bonsai tree or practicing bodywork, David loves to merge hands-on skills with visual observation and artistic expression. He is a 1987 graduate of the Boulder School of Massage Therapy. He has studied and assisted in teaching Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (N.M.T.) workshops with Paul St. John. David will be teaching Specific Injury Technique and Anatomy in a simple, humorous and thorough style while honoring the body’s feedback.

“The Anatomy program just would not be the same without David.  He brings to the classroom the fun and joy of learning, sharing his wealth of knowledge in a light and humorous way.”

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David_Goetz_2010David Goetz, BA, CMT

David is a graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and co-director of HeartMind Bodywork and the Bodywork Bistro. He has trained and worked extensively in the Ohashiatsu system since 1990 and is currently working on a shiatsu chart and book project with his mentor. His training background includes 25 years in the natural foods and health and wellness industry, as well as extensive training in Qigong and personal cultivation methods. David will be teaching Table Shiatsu and Chair Massage.

“David brings his extensive range of experiences to the classroom and creates an atmosphere that is unique, fun and interactive.”

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Suzanne Marie, MA 

Suzanne has been involved in Massage, Bodywork and Body Psychotherapy since 1987. She is currently co-director of the Integrative Body Psychotherapy program, an adjunct faculty member at the Naropa Institute, and in private practice working with families, couples and individuals. Suzanne teaches Breathwork and Body Reading in a clear and explorative fashion.

“Suzanne is truly a professional who is so sound in her knowledge and skill. Her classes are interesting and well integrated with hands-on exercises. A top notch  instructor with a beautiful personality.”

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Amy Colo, CMT   

Amy has been a registered midwife, specializing in home births for 13 years. It is no wonder she brings such a wealth of knowledge to the massage table about the special needs of pregnant women. She graduated from Healing Spirits in 2000 with honors in Shiatsu and has been involved with the school for the past 5 years as apprentice and teaching assistant for Shiatsu, as well as instructor for the pre-natal massage course. She has a successful private practice specializing in Shiatsu, pre-natal massage and Mayan Uterine Massage.

“Amy is very strong in her field & taught the pre-natal class in a very positive & professional way.”

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SheriSheri Sandberg, LMT  

Sheri graduated from Healing Spirits in the Spring of 2013. After a successful career in corporate America and a stint at running her own small business, Sheri decided to go back to school to fulfill a dream held since college. She currently practices at Niwot Massage and also works part time at a local winery. She has been a long time volunteer with Girl Scouts and served as president of Fairview high school band boosters program. Sheri brings extensive business experience to the program and is proud to be back in the classroom teaching Business Skills at Healing Spirits.

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jess-87Jessica Van Antwerp, LMT, CSP

Jessica graduated from Healing Spirits  in the summer of 2009, having found her natural gift with healing touch, and particularly loving Shiatsu and Cranial Sacral therapy.  She became a Certified Shiatsu Practitioner through the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia in 2014, after amassing more than 600 hours of study in that modality.  In addition to having a small private practice, she teaches Shiatsu for HeartMind Bodywork, a program she helped to build, as a member of the Board of Directors, and Healing Spirits and is also stepping in to teach Foundations Massage for Healing Spirits.
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Testimonials
I have enjoyed my time at Healing Spirits so much.  The supportive and nurturing environment allowed me to make a smooth transition from a 16-year career in finance to one in the healing arts.  The flexibility of the schedule allowed me to continue contract work and do bodywork and homework when my schedule allowed.  I would highly recommend this program for any self-motivated individual seeking to make a mid-life career change.

-Michele Slivkin

I have found much more than an education in my experience. Healing Spirits offers an incredible journey of finding oneself all the while gaining an amazing education.  The instructors are giving more than just an education, they give so much of themselves and share their knowledge in a beautiful way - the willingness to share with the students such precious gifts has given me more than I could have asked for or ever expected.  I am forever grateful to all the instructors and TA's that have helped to shape my future as a knowledgeable Massage Therapist with many tools in my bag!  The program also offers great flexibility in all aspects - it truly is the best choice I've ever made.

-Jasmine DeLeon

 "Healing Spirits outstands itself by being a small school. What it does not have in size, it has in heart space, professionalism, and variety of learning opportunities. You will be able to laugh, cry, learn, and explore here. You might have to give a piece of your self but you will get a much bigger piece in return that will stick with you forever."

-Pernille Scherer

 "Healing Spirits is a very warm, educational environment that was felt immediately by me. This has allowed me to open up and trust this tight knit group of wonderful beings in order to ask questions in a comfortable setting which has also enabled me to further my own spiritual healing."

-Alex Kendall

 

"This program has been a sacred experience. It has transformed me from the inside out. 

It has multiplied my understanding of what true compassionate, healing, loving light is,

through the touch of hands on skin, and the intentions in the heart."

-Norell Leung