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At SFSM, we are fortunate to have educators who are among the best in their field. As successful practicing clinicians, these individuals bring extensive massage and bodywork knowledge along with practical experience to the classroom. In addition to their diverse accomplishments, our instructors are passionate, dynamic and strive to make learning fun.

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Karen Gramberg


  • Graduate of SFSM’s Fundamentals, Advanced, and Bodywork Therapist programs
  • In private practice since 2003
  • Several years assisting Art Riggs in teaching his Deep Tissue classes
  • Instructor in SFSM’s Fundamentals ongoing/intensive course and Director of the Advanced Massage Program
  • Karen’s bodywork focus is Structural Integrative body work, using a combination of Deep Tissue & Myofascial release, Trigger point and Cranio-sacral skills.
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Lilli Ann Papaloukas


  • SFSM graduate, Fundamentals, Zen Shiatsu, and Bodywork Therapist programs
  • Training at SFSM in Thai Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Lymphatic Massage, Sports, Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, Ortho-Bionomy, Cranial Sacral, and Dynamic Stretching
  • Additional certifications in Hot Stone Therapy and Applied Anatomy
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Lilli Ann maintains a successful integrated bodywork therapy practice in San Francisco specializing in personalized sessions combining Hot Stone Massage with a blend of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Thai Massage techniques.
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Eric Rubin


  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Practicing Reiki Master since 1996
  • Graduate of SFSM, certified in Swedish Massage and Shiatsu Massage
  • Certified Insight Bodyworker
  • Graduate of California Pacific Medical Center’s integrated hospital bodywork program
  • Additional training in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Myofascial Release
  • Eric owns and operates North Point Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center, a diverse private practice in San Francisco and has years of clinical massage experience working with Chiropractors and Acupuncturists in the Bay Area.
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Lucy Rush


  • Lucy is a massage therapist, educator, and business manager
  • She specializes in post-operative and soft tissue bodywork as well as chair massage. She is also an ergonomic consultant
  • Lucy has been an active instructor at SFSM for the past fifteen years.
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Jim Berns

Advanced Ortho-Bionomist

  • Practicing for over 20 years
  • Registered Advanced Ortho-Bionomy© Instructor
  • Learned Ortho-Bionomy© from it’s founder, British Osteopath, Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls
  • Co-Author of the book Ortho-Bionomy© A Practical Manual with Katy Kain
  • Jim has lectured to and trained thousands of health professionals throughout the United States
  • Jim has been teaching and assisting the development of SFSM’s Swedish Massage Intensives over 15 years.
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Bob Gazso


  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude in Rehabilitation Science Masters Level Program California University of Pennsylvania as well as extensive Exercise Physiology Masters level coursework
  • Over 4500 of training in massage and related coursework including Advanced level training in Active Release Techniques, NeuroKinetic Therapy and Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex Technique
  • 20 years of experience in massage and bodywork
  • Over 1000 hours of teaching experience including Sports Injury and Chronic Pain and Functional Anatomy courses
  • Specializes in working with injuries and in post surgical rehabilitation
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Adriene Crimson Coen

CMT, Licensed Esthetician

  • Certified Massage Therapist, SFSM’s Fundamentals of Massage Program
  • Advanced Massage Therapy training at SFSM in Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Postnatal Massage, Ortho-Bionomy©, Morales Method® and Lymphatic Massage
  • Additional Training in Esthetics, Reiki, Deep Tissue and Touch & Trauma
  • Adriene has built her experience through administrative work, client care and education in day spas and medical spas as well as in her successful private practice in both bodywork and skincare

Emily Haltom


  • Graduate of the 500 hour program at SF School of Massage and Bodywork
  • Additional training in Deep Tissue, Thai massage, dynamic stretching, and Reiki
  • Professional massage experience in both spa and clinical settings since 2015
  • Emily holds a Master of Arts in teaching from the University of San Francisco where she studied curricular development in the context of social justice and urban education.
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Sharon Oshita


  • Graduate of the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2000
  • Is a Certified Athletic Trainer and has advanced training in anatomy, kinesiology, injury prevention, management and rehabilitation
  • Holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science
  • Has worked as a Spa Manager for several years and has practiced massage therapy in both spa and chiropractic settings
  • Sharon enjoys teaching and sharing her past experiences and knowledge to those new to the world of bodywork.
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Leah Kennedy


  • Certified Massage Therapist, SFSM’s Fundamentals of Massage Program
  • Advanced Massage Therapy training at SFSM in Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Lymphatic Massage
  • Additional Training in Prenatal and Postnatal Massage
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Leah has built her experience through work at both spa and wellness centers and in her successful private practice.
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Art Riggs

Certified Advanced Rolfer

  • Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • Eighteen years of experience teaching Deep Tissue for physical therapists, health spas and massage schools
  • Published author of Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques and creator of Deep Tissue Massage & Myofascial Release video
  • Specializing in athletic injuries Art has work with many professional athletes including massage for California’s Golden State Warriors
  • Art manages a successful private practice in Oakland.

Nicole Cavanaugh


  • Certified Massage Therapist ~ 1995 Graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork
  • Certified Shiatsu Practitioner ~ The Shiatsu Institute
  • BS, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Additional study in Deep Tissue Techniques, Reiki, Reflexology, Pregnancy massage & other advanced massage techniques
  • Over 20 years experience in the massage industry includes maintaining a private practice in SF, as well as finding her niche in the spa environment, in both practitioner and management capacities
  • In the classroom, Nicole’s emphasis is on the ultimate safety and endurance of the practitioner through proper body mechanics, self-maintenance, and mindfulness.

Maury Argento


  • Practicing Certified Sports Massage Therapist
  • Graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork
  • Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology from Washington University
  • Certified in CAST (clinical surgical robotics procedures) from Intuitive Surgical
  • Over a decade working in the medical device industry
  • College and US Army Athlete
  • Facilitator for US Army Injury Training
  • Additional training in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Peri-Natal Massage
  • Maury owns and operates Maury’s Massage and Body Health Practice, working to help athletes achieve their full potential

Deena Smith


Deena began studies in the healing arts over 20 years ago while working in several East Coast spas, and worked in several corporate and entrepreneurial endeavors after relocating to San Francisco in 2006.  Inspired to return to healing practices as a career,  Deena was graduated from the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork, and became a California Certified Massage Therapist in 2018. She continues to further her education in modalities that help people tune into their own bodies’ capabilities to heal.  She enjoys helping students discover new ways to further their unique massage therapy and bodywork abilities, and is excited to be included in the 2019 faculty at the school.

Bryon Hatcher

CMT, Structural Integration Practitioner

Bryon has been a pioneer in the healing arts as a therapist for over 20 years. His approach to healing effortlessly integrates a multidisciplinary and multidimensional therapy for body-mind-spirit-soul.  As a structural bodyworker,  Bryon has studied with experts in the healing arts all across the US and at least 20 other countries. He has worked with professional athletes and teams (PGA, NFL, NBA, MLB), Grammy award winning musicians, international yoga festivals, and health and wellness retreats worldwide (Raw Food, Yoga, Nutrition, Traditional Amazonian Medicine). Bryon maintains a successful private practice and leads healing retreats and ceremony in the US and abroad.  In 1997 Bryon began teaching massage and has held positions at several massage schools as an instructor of  Structural Integration, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue, Sports and Medical Massage.  By the age of 22, Bryon began his bodywork career and developed his practice working as a therapist in an Orthopedic Surgical Group and Physical Therapy Clinic in San Diego, CA.  Working with a surgical/rehab team allowed Bryon to set a new standard in therapy by successfully treating the most difficult cases that earned him the respect of his patients and medical community. Treating an average of 25,000 patients per year provided a foundation of wisdom and experience that sets him apart in the profession of Massage & Bodywork. As a hands on manual touch therapist his gift and skill as a therapist are grounded in practical, practiced and tested techniques that are effective and lasting.

Bryon is a trained Structural Integration (Rolfer) Myofascial Therapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Neuromuscular Therapist, Sports Massage Therapist, Deep Tissue Therapist, Pain Management Specialist, Orthopedic Injury and Rehab Therapist, Pre and Post Surgery Therapist, TRE Therapist and Yoga Therapist.

Tracy Rescigno


  • 1999 Graduate of Sarasota School of Massage Therapy
  • 1999 Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy
  • 1994 Certified Reiki Master
  • 20+ years of providing Neuromuscular and massage services her own east coast company and for local Chiropractic offices, Health Spas, and 5-star retreat centers, hotels and Inns
  • Spa knowledge and training in hot stone, mud and herbal therapy wraps and scrubs
  • Traveled extensively and training in ayurvedic massage and other indigenous massage and healing techniques from cultures around the globe
  • Studied the science of healing therapies
  • Health and Wellness and Life Coach.
  • Functional Medicine Health Coach, September 2019
  • Meditation and Mindfulness teacher in local Buddhist centers, corporations and business locally and the continental US
  • Licensed Outdoor Adventure Guide since 1995
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Margarita Camarena


  • San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork graduate
  • Reiki Master-Teacher
  • Leads Reiki Retreats in Mayan Riviera and Teaches Reiki Classes in the Bay Area
  • Member of the Healing Clinic Collective providing free services to low income women
  • Trained in Myofascial Release and Mayan Therapeutic Massage
  • Works at North Point Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center and maintains a growing bodywork private practice in the Marina
  • Margarita is a recognized transcendental healing artist.

Jeff Ford


  • Graduate of SFSM’s Fundamentals and Advanced Massage Therapist programs
  • Advanced studies in Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point, Stretching & Mobilizations, Lymphatic Massage, Chair Massage, Thai Massage and Deep Tissue & Myofascial Release
  • Jeff has served as the SF School of Massage & Bodywork Student Clinic Manager since 2014
  • Has maintained a thriving private practice in San Francisco since 2014
  • Instructor of SFSM’s extremely popular Massage for Couples workshop
  • Jeff hopes to bring partners closer together by teaching couples how to safely massage each other for fun, relaxation and intimacy
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Sarah Partos


  • Bay Area native having received her training from the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork
  • Practicing Massage Therapist since 2011
  • Sarah utilizes a blend of modalities to provide relief from stress, discomfort and dysfunction
  • Her personal goal in teaching her Couple’s Massage workshop is to provide a fun, bonding experience and to increase the ability for couples to share and connect through non-verbal communication.

Morgan Rudluff


  • Graduate of SFSM’s 600-hr Massage Therapy program
  • In private practice since 2018
  • Three year SFSM Teaching Assistant for Karen Gramberg
  • Additional training in Modern Therapeutic Cupping, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and functional anatomy study
  • Prior to massage therapy Morgan had a career in the arts working primarily as a large-scale sand sculptor.  She considers all her years as a sand sculptor to have been instrumental in how she approaches bodywork: “Both of my careers have been equal parts art, design, science, composition, education, adaptability, attention to detail, creativity, intuition, and an absolute love for what I am doing.”

San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork

School Campus
475 Valencia Street – 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Student Clinic
– Located at the 16th Street Campus
2973 16th St., Ste 100 – Ground Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103