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Our Faculty

A.J. Buehler, LMT – Kinesiology Instructor

After 22 years of teaching the Martial Arts, AJ Buehler fulfilled his dream of becoming a Massage Therapist. AJ brings 20 years of experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist and is continuing another dream: his love of teaching. AJ feels that by teaching others, it helps him to be a better massage therapist.

AJ owns Therapeutic Massage in Bend and specializes in Deep Tissue, Sports, and Swedish massage. He also works with clients in pain management and teaches them stretching techniques to help them with their ongoing rehabilitation. AJ likes to incorporate humor into his lessons as well as creative Power Point demonstrations to keep students engaged and learning.

AJ lives with his wife, two young daughters, and their Shlab (Siberian-Husky- Lab) in Bend, and enjoys hiking, camping, and Aikido. AJ enjoys the fact that he is a life long learner!

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 – Soft Tissue Techniques, Assessment & Treatment 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.

Kelly Ward, BS, LMT – Swedish Foundations, Hydrotherapy & Spa Techniques, and Integrating Techniques Instructor

Like so many people drawn to the practice of massage therapy, Kelly started out as just another massage junkie. It was after years of receiving body work that Kelly finally sent himself to massage school to learn the craft. Educated at Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City Utah, Kelly’s career path has taken him to spas in Utah, Idaho, California and currently Shibui Spa in Sisters Oregon. Kelly brings 14 years of spa management and massage experience to our staff.

Kelly has been teaching Swedish massage, hydrotherapy and deep tissue classes since 2007. Before becoming an educator, Kelly has spent the bulk of his career as a lead massage therapist, a job description that includes, hiring and training massage staff as well as the concept and design of body treatments.

Kelly’s passion for bodywork is evident in his teaching style. He brings real world experience to the class room, and gives students the strong fundamentals they need to succeed. “Teaching is a way for me to give back all that I have learned as a successful massage therapist to ensure the next generation of body-worker has a strong foundation on which to build their career.”

Lindsey Robinson, Esthetician, – Esthetics 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 worked as an esthetician in many different capacities, including lead esthetician at a spa, as well as a spa director.

In 2017, she and her identical twin sister decided to branch out on their own 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.

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.

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.

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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