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Our Faculty

Bonnie Snyder, BA, LMT – Swedish Foundations and Career Success I Instructor

Bonnie graduated from Seattle’s Brenneke School of Massage in 1995 and began a private massage therapy practice in Bellingham, WA. After moving to Bend in 1997, she started her private practice and taught at the former Central Oregon School of Massage. In 2000 she began teaching in the Massage Therapy Program at Central Oregon Community College, where taught kinesiology, massage, and introduction to massage therapy as a career, a course she designed and developed.  Bonnie has been teaching at Sage School of Massage & Esthetics since the school opened and is passionate about sharing her skills and real world experiences with each new class.

Bonnie has taught infant massage at the Athletic Club of Bend and in private classes. She loves her profession and is committed to the field of massage, and massage education. Bonnie believes massage can be of benefit to every body, and has a passion for offering excellent skills to her clients. Her continuing education courses have covered a wide range of techniques, including myofascial release, treatment of whiplash injuries, cadaver anatomy, and cranial sacral therapy. She has studied deep tissue massage with Bill Musser, LMT, and has assisted in workshops on whiplash treatment, and SOAP charting with Diana Thompson, LMT.

As avid dog lover, she taught dog training at Dancin’ Woofs Compassionate Dog Training Dog Training and worked at doggie daycare.  Bonnie has raised three potential service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence and always lives with at least one doggie companion.

Deby Grant, LMT, AAS Massage – Career Success II Instructor

Deby has 35 years of teaching experience and 25 years as a licensed massage therapist. She has developed successful private practices in Portland and Bend Oregon. Her primary focus is treating chronic pain conditions, auto injuries, and stress management.

She loves to teach because she loves to learn. Deby often says, “Teaching makes me a better therapist and my private practice makes me a better instructor”. She enjoys inspiring and motivating students to believe in themselves and their abilities to be the best massage therapist they can.

Her desire is to give the knowledge and skills she has learned in a fun, creative, learning environment. Students say she communicates the main objectives of a lesson clearly, so that they can understand the importance, for their own massage careers.

Diane Flowers, BS, LMT – Assessment & Treatment, Advanced Massage Program, and Nutrition Instructor

Diane attended massage school at the Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins, CO while finishing her Bachelor of Science at Colorado State University. She graduated in 1996 and opened a private massage practice. After practicing for about a year, she decided to further explore her interest in the healing arts by spending fi ve years studying at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. After fi nishing school in 2002, she moved to Bozeman, MT to open a practice. Before long, Diane met and fell in love with her husband and moved to Sisters, OR to marry him.

Diane now has a private massage practice in Sisters where she focuses primarily on injury treatment and rehabilitation. She continues to practice massage because of the benefi ts that her clients experience, the fulfi llment that she feels.  Diane also loves to run, mountain bike, rock climb, and occasionally compete in adventure racing.

Diane has taught in a number of settings in the past, and is very excited about teaching massage. Her main goal for teaching is communicating information that will be relevant to practice in the “real world” while having fun and cultivating a passion for massage.

Erin Klein, Esthetician, LMT- Facial I & II

Erin has been a Licensed Esthetician since 2006 and has worked in retail, gaining experience with multiple skin care lines, a private practice, and now is the lead esthetician at a destination spa.  In 2018, she earned her massage therapy license at Sage School of Massage and Esthetics to add to her professional range and knowledge of body work.  Erin enjoys incorporating both massage and esthetics in her work and believes in wellness through touch and revels in sharing her passion for esthetics with Sage students.

When not working at the spa, building her private massage practice, or instructing esthetics at Sage, she is instructing CrossFit as a level 1 trainer here in Bend.  Along with instructing and practicing, Erin is a grateful wife and mother and spends her free time walking her dogs with friends and weightlifting.

John Vinacci, BS, LMT, PTA – Anatomy & Physiology, Communication & Ethics, & Career Success Instructor

With a keen interest in the human body, John began work in the Health and Wellness field over twenty four years ago as a personal trainer after leaving military service. Practicing massage since 1999 after graduating Tucson, Arizona’s acclaimed Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, John particularly enjoys the clinical aspects of massage, helping clients recover from injuries using a variety of techniques. Through his combination of knowledge, skill, and experience, John has sought to help people meet their physical wellness goals by combining the healing power of massage with physical therapy and effective self-care recommendations. Now, having been in the field for two decades, John has a strong desire to help train the next generation of massage therapists.

An avid fitness enthusiast, John is also an obstacle course racer, adventure hiker, musician and freelance writer who loves animals. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from Portland State University.

Keri Hartig, BA, LMT

 As an avid traveler, Keri began her journey as an Licensed Massage Therapist in Thailand, where she became certificated in Thai Massage and Foot Reflexology Massage. She spent the next year using these techniques on surfers and yogis while working as a surf guide in the Maldives and Nicaragua. Ever curious and yearning for a more complete foundation, she found Sage School of Massage, where she honed her Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Hydrotherapy skills.

After graduating in 2017, she was fortunate to dive straight into the massage field in Bend as a medical massage and spa therapist. While enjoying her profession, she never ceases to learn and has become certified in Cupping, Gua Sha and Yoga along with stepping into a teaching role at Sage.

To Keri, being skillful and knowledgeable means never becoming complacent, because there is always something to be learned or improved upon! She is excited to share her passion and imbues her classroom with this enthusiasm and curiosity.

Marijane Boyd, LMT – Hydrotherapy & Spa Techniques, Clinic Supervisor

Marijane started her career as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2010 after graduating from Sage School of Massage. As soon as she received her license she started working for a chiropractor, a spa, and an athletic club. Working in diverse environments helped her discover her passion in CranioSacral Therapy which is the primary modality she practices.

Having a strong desire for learning and the learning process, Marijane joined the faculty of Sage after several years of working as a teaching assistant in several classes. She enjoys being in the classroom and identifies with the students because she has been a student herself, and understands the journey well.

Raising four children as well as building a practice gives Marijane a wealth of experience to inspire and mentor her students.

Matthew Williams, KMI, LMT – Introduction to Myofascia Instructor

Matthew has specialized in therapeutic structural bodywork and soft-tissue injury treatment since graduating in 2000 from the 1000-hour professional licensing program at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle WA. He went on to work at several world class spas in Sedona, Arizona including Mii Amo at Enchantment Resort.

In 2005 he completed the Anatomy Trains Structural Integration training with Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains. After this 500-hour advanced training he passed the rigorous BCSI exam to become the first Board Certified Structural Integrator (BCSI) in Central Oregon.

Matthew says, “I am a fascia guy. Fascia is the stuff that houses and surrounds everything in the body: Abiquitous, mucopolysaccharide, stretchy, fibrous, web-like connective tissue matrix. If you want to create lasting change to the human form, then you better address the fascia.”

In teaching students, his goals are not only to introduce knowledge and techniques, but also to
train the students to see into bodies in a new way. Matthew uses Thomas Myers “Anatomy Trains” as a map to show where common compensations and dysfunctions develop. When you can SEE an imbalance within a structure it becomes much easier to work with it.

Lindsey Robinson, Esthetician – Hair Removal Instructor

Lindsey started her career in the health and wellness industry as a massage therapist.  She graduated from the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego in 2004, with an Associate’s Degree in Holistic Health and Bodywork.  As much as she loved practicing massage, it led her to her ultimate passion, which is skin care.  Lindsey graduated from Poway Beauty Academy in June 2006, and has over 11 years of experience as an esthetician, working in many different capacities as a lead esthetician at a spa, as well as a spa director.

In 2017, she and her identical twin sister decided to branch out to create their own business, Twincare Skincare.  She loves making people feel good and helping people age gracefully, naturally.  Her motto is healthy, beautiful skin at every age and likes to facilitate deep relaxation during her treatments.  Lindsey has a lot of experience as a lead trainer for massage and esthetics, which led her to her position at Sage.  She enjoys creating a solid foundation for student estheticians, and giving them the confidence and inspiration they need to go out there and follow their passions in this industry.

In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring the beauty of Central Oregon, reading a good book, and taking her two small dogs to the park.

Rickie Harmon, Master Aesthetician – Career Success & Oregon Law

 Rickie was born in Seaside, Oregon and has lived in Seattle, New York City, London, Paris, Santa Barbara, Salzburg, Austria, Bainbridge Island and Santa Fe. She has had several careers which have all added a richness to her life. Starting in her early 20ʼs in Seattle as a fashion model to being hired in New York City as an international modeling scout and division director of a large agency. Years later after lots of international travel, Rickie moved back to Seattle and managed several marketing and management consulting firms.

In 2004, Rickie decided to shift gears and become a spa director.  She enrolled in the EURO Institute of Skin Care and after graduation was hired to lead the esthetics team for the brand new Alderbrook Resort Spa on Hood Canal.  She quickly found my new passion!

Sixteen years later she has had the privilege to lead esthetics teams for spas around the country and eventually opened her own on Bainbridge Island, where several Seattle dermatologists referred their patients to. Returning to Oregon after her son graduated culinary school, she now practices at Essentials Skin Care in Sisters, an exclusive Eminence Organics spa.

Rickie’s other passion is singing with Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus, an award-winning local women’s chorus. She says, “The greatest joy of my life is my best friend & son who is now a chef living in Copenhagen, Denmark.”

Tim Monaco, LMT, CMTA, CHEK HLC III, CHEK I – Anatomy & Physiology, Interactive Body Balancing, & Self-Care Instructor

Tim has been a practicing licensed massage therapist since 1999. Much of his training and practice was in the San Francisco Bay area until moving to Bend in 2005. Since moving to Bend he has been in private practice and joined the faculty at Sage in 2006. Along with his focus on corrective and therapeutic massage therapy, Tim is also a corrective exercise specialist and holistic nutrition & lifestyle coach/consultant. Having expertise in multiple facets of health and wellness gives Tim a unique perspective from which to teach and practice.

Before settling in to his career helping others, Tim competed as a professional triathlete and ultra runner. Through these years exploring his personal limits of performance, he acquired an enormous amount of knowledge and real world experience. He still enjoys participating in numerous sports, and occasionally still competes, with the intent to continue exploring his personal limits.

Along with all the teaching, practicing, learning, and training, Tim is a devoted and grateful father and husband, and proud member of the Bend community.

Bios of several instructors in progress and will be added at a later date.

GRATEFUL STUDENTS

Testimonials

Tamas Bessenyei

“Sage’s unique educational program with a focused curriculum and attention to detail enabled me to learn in a comfortable setting and gain the knowledge I needed to be ready for a successful career as a massage therapist.  Upon graduation, I was equipped to pass the Oregon Boards and launch my own practice.”

Kristy Hammett (Werchek)

“I continue to love massage as a career and am so grateful to have had an education from Sage.  Especially now as a Mom, making my own schedule and getting paid well per hour are extra bonuses to doing work I enjoy and love.”

Destinee Clough

“I absolutely love being an esthetician!  Helping people every day is an amazing feeling!  Whether that’s helping someone with their skin condition or providing a great hair removal service.  I’m so thankful for the amazing education I received from Sage!”

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