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Austin, TX 78746
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Faculty

Michelle Burns, MT, MTI


Michelle obtained her Bachelorís Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland and practiced as a Registered Nurse in California, Texas and Korea, primarily in the operating room and critical care. She became board certified as an Operating Room nurse and taught both nurses and surgical technicians. She also managed the sterile supply departments at several hospitals and she became certified as a sterilization specialist and was often called on to act as an expert witness on sanitation. In 1992, she attended massage therapy training while working as a critical care nursing director and, with the support of the medical director, implemented a massage program in the Intensive Care at the hospital. She continued to build her massage practice, and since 1998, has practiced massage therapy full time. With her medical background, her primary practice has focused on clients that are medically compromised, either due to illness or recovery from injury. She is certified in medical massage, as well as cupping massage. Michelle has taught anatomy, physiology, health and hygiene and technique in several massage programs. She also created and taught a 300 hour advanced medical massage training and taught massage and bodywork professionals all over the country for a national continuing education company. In 2005, Michelle completed her Bachelorís degree in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University in Boca Raton. She currently combines her knowledge of traditional and alternative medicine through health consulting and advocacy. Areas of instruction at A New Beginning School of Massage are Pathology and Business Practices and Professional Ethics. Michelle Burns is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.



Ed Buresh, MT, MTI


Ed has been a Massage Therapist specializing in clinical approaches to orthopedic and injury related pain and dysfunction since 1995 with an emphasis in neck and shoulder injuries. He has been a Massage Therapy Instructor since 2003 and has taught the entire (now old 300 hour) massage curriculum to hundreds of students and was twice awarded for teaching excellence. His advanced educational background includes: Therapeutic Touch, St. John Neuromuscular Therapy, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Somato-Emotional Release, Myofascial Release, Trager, Strain-counterstrain, and Ortho-bionomy. Realizing the strong mind-body and emotional connection to pain and disease, in 1998 he certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and later as an NLP Life Coach. Ed certified in Integrative Breathwork and Soul-Based Psychology through the Eupsychia Institute in 2006, and in early 2007 certified in Clinical Hypnosis through the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. He was also certified as a Red Cross instructor for First Aid and CPR. In addition to working in close protocol with a chiropractor, Ed presents workshops in advanced massage techniques and breathwork. He also does one-on-one mentoring and tutoring. Ed believes learning should be fun and active and to this end has studied Brain Gym, which uses simple movements to stimulate and restore the innate ability to learn and function with curiosity and joy. Areas of instruction at A New Beginning School of Massage are Swedish Massage Technique, Kinesiology, Human Health and Hygiene, and Internship.



Diane Henderson MT, MTI


Diane is a graduate from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA). Over the years she has owned several businesses. She has been practicing massage for over 20 years and currently has a private massage practice called Healthy Spirit Bodywork. She also works in a chiropractic office (20 years) specializing in deep tissue massage and customizing massage techniques based on each client's particular needs. She has successfully maintained a busy massage practice while raising two children. She is also a licensed Esthetician and is an on call therapist for a local body-mind day spa. As a former marathon runner and triathlete she became a massage therapist to enhance athletic performance and aid in athletic recovery for long distance runners and injury prevention. She has continued to grow in her practice with courses in Body Talk (energy work), Trigger Point work, Deep Tissue Techniques, Aromatherapy, Chair Massage, Myofascial Release, and skin care education. Diane practices massage with the belief that touch expresses that which is unavailable in the realm of word, image, or sound. Touch reaches us in ways uniquely profound. It evokes states of consciousness, opening the body-heart-mind-emotion-soul. Touch brings about insight, balance, growth and healing. Diane teaches Hydrotherapy .



Madeline Brock MT, MTI


Madeline brings her interests in both body and mind to her work as a massage therapist and instructor. In college, she studied the pre-physical therapy curriculum at the University of Texas at Arlington. Seeking a deeper understanding of the spiritual nature of life, Madeline was certified as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Technique in 1977. After a break of being a working mother and raising a family of three children, she made the choice to return to school to become a massage therapist. Madeline graduated from A New Beginning School of Massage in 1999 and has been in private practice since then. Her experience in the business world as an accountant and customer support representative has helped her manage and grow a successful massage practice. She has continued her massage training with courses in Reiki (she is a Usui Reiki Master and has attained Level III of Karuna Reiki), Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Chair Massage Techniques, Low Back & Hip Balancing, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief, and Aromatherapy. Areas of instruction at A New Beginning School of Massage include Swedish Massage Technique, Advanced Massage Technique, Human Health and Hygiene, Hydrotherapy, Business Practices and Professional Ethics.



Tria Shaffer MT, MTI


Tria taught Anatomy and Physiology for three years at Third Coast Center for the Healing Arts before coming to A New Beginnng in 1994. Tria has practiced as a Massage Therapist since 1989. Since 1994, she has taught the Upper Body and Lower Body Advanced Massage Techniques class at A New Beginning. Tria has completed many of the John Barnes classes in myofascial release, unwinding, and rebounding. She continues her study of myofascial release with John Barnes and is also taking the cranoio-sacral courses through the Upledger Institute. Tria combines anatomy and physiology with the art of massage in her classes. Areas of instruction at A New Beginning School of Massage include Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Advanced Massage Technique, and Internship.



Larry J. Overly MT, MTI


Larry holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His goal is to make A New Beginning School of Massage a special place where students train to become successful massage therapists while enjoying their studies in a supportive atmosphere. He has completed 450 hours of massage therapy training. Larry is a strong motivator and encourages students to become actively involved in the learning process. His teachings go beyond the standard lecture format by stressing student participation in each class. Larry enjoys showing students how to begin their massage therapy practice and make it grow to be successful. Areas of instruction are Business Practices and Professional Ethics, Swedish Massage Technique, and Internship.



Nadia Wills MT, MTI


Nadia enjoyed 24 years as a professional landscaper and owner of Peaceful Gardening. She has practiced massage therapy since 1993 and states that she has received a higher degree of inner peace, harmony, and balance through her bodywork. She hosts the Internship Program at A New Beginning. Students, as well as massage clients who come to the school for intership massages, enjoy her calm and courteous manner.



Gregory Asbell, CPR Instructor


Gregory has been a CPR/First Aid instructor for the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the military training network. He has over 8 years of experience in teaching both the BLS Healthcare Professionals and Heartsaver classes. For the past 11 years, he has been an experienced firefighter and EMT-B. Gregory works for the Ft. Hood Fire Department as a Federal Firefighter. Area of instruction at A New Beginning School of Massage is BLS First Aid and CPR.




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