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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.

Justin Bosten, LMT – Kinesiology I, II, III

 Justin grew up in stick and ball sports and moved into the outdoor activities of backpacking, rafting and kayaking. He completed a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2012.  Justin has always been curious, and this led him to the vastly exciting world of bodywork and massage.  He graduated from Sage School of Massage in 2013.

In 2016 he completed his Structural Integration training through Tom Myers’ program Anatomy Trains (formerly KMI). He is a LMT and a Board Certified Structural Integrator (BCSI).  Since then, Justin has pursued many different pathways of knowledge, always with the fascial network and human patterns in mind. A few of his educational highlights include: Fascial Dissection Lab with Tom Myers, Neurovascular Manipulation with Kirsten Schumacher, Visceral Manipulation through the Barral Institute and working with Sharon Wheeler who pioneered Bone & Scar work.

Justin currently teaches Kinesiology at Sage. He brings his unique anatomy knowledge, outlook on movement and real world experience into every class.

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 – Communication & Ethics, Pathology I & II & Body Treatments Instructor

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.

Nicole Merriman, BA, LMT, DC – Anatomy & Physiology

Nicole Merriman has been practicing chiropractic since 2006 and massage therapy since 1998.  Nicole studied International Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but felt inspired to change course in life after receiving life changing massage therapy.  It became clear that bodywork was her true calling.  Nicole attended massage school in Madison, WI and began a private massage practice while also working as a staff massage therapist in a large chiropractic clinic.  After seeing how massage and chiropractic work so well together, she decided to begin the long journey of becoming a chiropractor.

Nicole moved to California to attend Life West Chiropractic College in Hayward.  While in school, she met and fell in love with her now husband, William.  They shared a chiropractic practice in Lafayette, CA for 10 years while raising their son.

Nicole and her family moved to Bend in 2016.  Drawn to the beautiful mountains and ample recreation, they’re happy to call Bend home.  When Nicole is not working in private practice or teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Renee Iverson, BS, Aesthetician – Anatomy & Physiology of the Skin & Chemistry & Product Analysis

Renee Iverson has been a licensed Aesthetician since 2007 practicing esthetics in Kirkland, Washington and Bend Oregon. From 2007 to 2015 she was co-owner of Mountain Sun Massage and Skin Care in Kirkland Washington where she created and managed the esthetics portion of the spa. In 2015 she and her husband moved to Bend to enjoy everything Central Oregon has to offer! She currently works out of her home, giving facials with a focus on anti-aging treatments and modalities.

In addition to tradition esthetics school, Renee has many hours of continuing education from UCLA extension in skin care ingredient chemistry, skin physiology and advanced skin care ingredients for specific conditions. She is certified in Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage for the face and neck as well as Microcurrent Muscle re-education techniques and LED light therapy. She is excited to bring her in-depth knowledge of the science of skincare to the esthetics students at Sage School. Skincare science is the foundation of the entire practice of esthetics. Once all that primary knowledge is “in the bones”, students will be able to recognize what is happening within the skin and what ingredients and treatments are necessary to achieve balance and skin rejuvenation.

Like so many people in our part of the world, Renee has lots of irons in the fire! She has a B.S. Degree in Textile Design from UC Davis and she has done a ton of theatre including acting, singing, set painting, teaching and costume design. When not giving facials or teaching skincare science, you will find her walking the local trails with her husband and dog or in her art studio messing with her paints.

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.”

Stacey Colgan, Esthetician – Introduction to Advanced Esthetics

After working in the detailed world of dentistry for 25 years, I found transitioning into Skincare a nice change. After graduating from school and getting my license, I worked for a plastic surgeon where I received a lot of hands on experience with the more advanced treatments of esthetics.  Learning about surgical and non-surgical esthetic procedures gave me a great foundation for teaching. I always say that “It’s about the little things or details that make the biggest impact, whether it’s with technique or with how one treats a client.”

My goal is to encourage students to explore new ideas of furthering their education in various skincare techniques or an advanced license in the future.  When I am not working, I can usually be found enjoying the outdoors or studying and creating with my new, found craft of Felting.

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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