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Our Faculty

Katie Cunnagin, BA, LMT – Swedish Foundations Instructor

 Katie’s fascination with the human body grew from decades of experience coaching gymnastics. She was dedicated to learning as much as she could about strength and flexibility training to help her athletes perform their best and avoid injury.  While coaching full time in Seattle, she developed her own overuse injury which led her to discover the amazing healing capabilities of massage.

In 2015, she moved with her husband to Bend and enrolled at Sage School of Massage.  What started as a science-minded career move evolved into a life-changing revolution in her entire way of thinking about health and wellness.  She has worked in various settings, including an injury/treatment-focused clinic, and a high-end spa. In her own practice, she focuses on helping her clients connect with their bodies and strives to empower them to actively participate in their healing process and wellness routine.

At Sage, Katie brings her passion for massage to the classroom and helps her students build strong foundations, develop good body mechanics, and encourages humility and kindness toward their clients… skills that will benefit their future practices for years.

Besides massage, she loves traveling, being outside, practicing yoga, growing food and flowers, and spending time with people who love her and inspire her to be her best, most authentic self.

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, & Kinesiology I, II, III 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, Esthetician, 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.

Kelly Kielmeyer, BA, Esthetician – Chemistry, Hair Removal Techniques & Intro to Advanced Esthetics Instructor

 Kelly started her career as a massage therapist in 2005.  She then went to the Aveda Institute of Portland in 2010, graduating from the Cosmetology Program.  Kelly’s first job was at the New Beginning Salon and Spa in Beaverton, Oregon, mainly working as an Esthetician, but doing hair for clients that followed her from school.

Kelly has a diverse background of experience working in Fresno, California at the Facelogic Spa where she learned microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Moving to Dallas, Texas with her husband and their two dogs, Kiki and Addison, Kelly worked at the Avalon Salon and Spa bringing her back to her love of holistic esthetics.

She then got her Bachelors Degree in Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas and became a teacher at the Aveda Arts and Science Institute of Dallas.  She worked there for 3 years falling in love with teaching and wanting to help new estheticians find their passion.  She has also taught lash extensions for Bella Lash and is a certified holistic health coach.

Wanting to be closer to family again, Kelly and her family moved back to Bend in August of 2020.  She is working at Shibui Spa at the Five Pine Lodge in Sisters and is so excited to also be teaching at Sage.  On her days off she enjoys hiking, biking, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with her family, her husband, their son Harrison, and their dogs.

Rickie Harmon, Master Aesthetician – Career Success & Oregon Law

Rickie has been a licensed esthetician since 2004, when she graduated from the EURO Institute of Skin Care. She has been a key player on the opening team for four new spas. She began her esthetics career at the Alderbook Resort on Hood Canal, Washington, as the Esthetics Lead. She then moved to Santa Fe to work in a high desert medical spa, learning much about high desert skin care, medical peels, all levels of acne, and she worked with doctors doing injectables. After returning to Seattle, Rickie opened her own skin care salon and was referred to, by several Seattle dermatologists.

In 2017 she moved to Bend and established her new skin care business and began teaching with us in early 2019. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her students, from both the practical aspects, as well as her hands on business experience. She is passionate about teaching and mentoring her students to help them realize their dreams.

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.



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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