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Instructors

Instructors

At SFSM, we are fortunate to have educators who are among the best in their field. As 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.

Eric Rubin

DC, CMT

  • 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.

Leah Kennedy

CMT

  • 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.

Marty Morales

Certified Advanced Rolfer, Rolf Movement Practitioner, CMT

  • SFSM graduate, Fundamentals, Advanced, and Bodywork Therapist programs
  • Draws on a broad base of experiences from clinical work to spa massage
  • Experienced speaker and business coach
  • Marty is trained in a variety of styles including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports massage, Reiki, Trigger Point and Cranial Sacral work
  • Eight years of successful private practice in San Francisco.

Rachel Johnson

ABT, CMT

  • Certified Asian Bodywork Therapist (ABT) through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Additional training includes watsu, aqua chi, pre-natal, infant massage
  • Eastern Healing Arts Therapist with 18 years experience in private practice, with a focus on maintaining wellness
  • Rachel has been teaching at SFSM since 1998.

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.

Lucy Rush

CMT

  • 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.

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.

Randy Lind

CMT

  • Randy has been teaching massage therapy in the Bay Area since 2000
  • 20 years of healing work experience with over half specializing in orthopedic, sports and clinical massage therapy
  • Captained the AIDS Lifecycle massage team for a number of years
  • lives and works in Oakland, CA and is the owner and director of an orthopedic massage clinic specializing in soft tissue and joint rehabilitation
  • He is also a long time student of meditation and enjoys backpacking, nature photography and vegan cooking in his spare time
  • His fun and interactive teaching style is informed by his passion for healing, and curiosity about the human body along with his eclectic work experience and depth of clinical knowledge.

Karen Gramberg

CMT

  • 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.
bob gazso

Bob Gazso

MS, CMT

  • 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

Sarah Partos

CMT

  • 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.

Lilli Ann Papaloukas

CMT

  • 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.
  • Graduate of SFSM, Fundamentals program
  • Workshops: SFSM, Esalen Institute, Green Mountain Portugal Program, SourcePoint
  • Trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, METs, Ortho-Bionomy, Sports Massage among others
  • Over 500 hours as Teacher’s assistant primarily with Karen Gramberg, Art Riggs and Marty Morales
  • Frank focuses on helping athletes, including the defending America’s Cup Sailing Crew, recover more quickly from injury as well as assisting all clients with chronic injuries. He is also versed in chair massage: teaching classes for massage students and lay-folk alike; performing chair massage in a corporate setting for plushealth.com; and leading SFSM’s Volunteer Chair Massage team to numerous community events.

Sharon Oshita

ATC, CMT

  • 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.

Margarita Camarena

CMP

  • 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.

Doug Blanc

CMT

  • Graduate of Acupressure Institute and McKinnon Body Therapy Center
  • Training in Acupressure, Craniosacral, Swedish, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Thai, Tui Na, Chair Massage
  • Doug has been practicing bodywork in Oakland and Berkeley since 2003, using a blend of Eastern and Western techniques in a variety of settings
  • Teaching massage and anatomy since 2006 at massage schools, private workshops and as a guest lecturer at Skyline College, UC Berkeley, New College and Holy Names College
  • Provides massage as a volunteer for Suitcase Clinic and AIDS LifeCycle
  • Designed and wrote the Acupressure Manual – a textbook for beginning Acupressure students
  • Doug is a meditation teacher and leads a weekly Qi Gong class at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland.

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

San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork

Main Campus
475 Valencia Street -3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-474-4600

Massage Lab

Student Clinic
2973 16th St. Ste. 100
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-660-7727