Meet The Board
Dee Dee Anders (Delegate #2), Bianchi (Feline Council), Cat Tally (Delegate #1), Donald F Schiff (2nd Vice President), Amy Zampella (President), Joanna Dunn (1st Vice President), BreAnne Garcia McClellan (3rd Vice President) and Trish Katz (Treasurer). Not in picture: Carolyn Riggs (Secretary)
Amy Zampella – President
I was always interested in natural health, probably stemming from my mother’s influence. I attended Rutgers University for environmental science and discovered the power of massage while I had my first stressful job. Having my own business in a healing field was a dream, after working for large New Jersey engineering firms as an environmental consultant. I moved to New Mexico in 1997 for a big change and attended Crystal Mountain School of Massage. I started my massage therapy practice right after graduation and opened Heartline Wellness Center in 2004. My practice, Heartline Massage Therapy focuses on injury rehab, repetitive use injuries, and management of chronic pain. I became involved with AMTA to further grow my knowledge of the practice AND business of massage. It quickly became evident that gaining new friends and comrades was the most beneficial aspect of my membership. I have enjoyed serving as Newsletter Editor, Communications Chair, and then 2nd VP – learning how much the AMTA has to offer our profession. As President, I would like to see the association further it’s mentoring, education, and promotion of our members so that they can be successful. I see massage therapy playing a continued important role in healthcare in the coming years, with more respect and referrals from other disciplines. For play, I love cycling and cooking with my husband of 20 years.
Joanna Dunn – 1st Vice President
Growing up in New Mexico, Curanderismo and massage go hand in hand, however I was introduced to Lymph Drainage Massage Therapy while undergoing chemotherapy for AML Leukemia in an attempt to counteract the edema that was threatening both my legs and inhibiting my ability to walk. I have always done marketing, advertising and sales, but I decided after going into remission, that dedicating myself to helping others undergoing cancer treatment or recovering form, was where I needed to be. My Practice, Sky Blue Massage, LLC focuses on individuals undergoing/recovering from cancer, auto accident/personal injury and many of the Curanderismo y Remedios that are a part of a long history of healing from the land that I adore. I have enjoyed serving as Communications Chair and being a part of such a great community. My life is dedicated to my children, grandson, parents and friends. I enjoy playing the piano, sewing, beading, writing, swimming, gardening and serving my community.
Donald Schiff – 2nd Vice President
I’ve been practicing Massage Therapy since 1983, Stonecircle Massage . I currently specialize in clinical pain relief and rehabilitation for a variety of acute and chronic problems. As the Government Relations Chair of my professional association, AMTA-NM, I assure you that we are working tirelessly on getting massage covered by health insurance as an “essential benefit” under the Affordable Care Act. Until we succeed your payment options are limited. I am certified in advanced myofascial techniques [CAMT] by Advanced Trainings. I also use a wide variety of other techniques I’ve learned in 30+ years of professional practice.
BreAnne Garcia McClellan-3rd Vice President
I have been interested in natural healing since I was a little girl growing up here in NM. Being surrounded by my Grandmother’s traditional remedies I learned the value of “Hands On” care. After meeting my husband and doing research on treatments for my Mother-In-Laws Multiple Sclerosis I learned the benefits of massage therapy for those with chronic illness. When I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I was able to experience these benefits firsthand. I knew then that I wanted to provide that for others in chronic pain, living with illness and anyone wanting to feel better. I then attended and completed a 750 hour Medical Massage Program at Pima Medical Institute.
I am a passionate believer that massage is for everyBody and should be an integral part of our wellness and healthcare programs. Massage is not just a luxury, but can make your feel luxurious.
I joined AMTA as a graduate member upon completing massage school. I love the support and comradery of a local chapter. I have enjoyed being Membership Committee Chair, I like that I get the opportunity to speak to all of our new, transfer and reinstated members every month. As 3rd VP and continuing as Membership Chair I look forward to working to grow our membership, creating great member events throughout the state and having a memorable member experience at our State Conference.
In my spare time I am a busy Football and Basketball mom to a wonderful 10 year old. I share that responsibility with my amazing and supportive husband of 9 years. When we aren’t at a sporting event we are usually in a darkened movie theater or a checking out a museum.
She owns and operates In Touch Massage & Bodywork on Albuquerque’s Westside. In Touch Massage specializes in relaxation massage, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Ms. Katz is currently on Board of Directors for American Massage Therapy Association – NM Chapter where she serves as Treasurer. Trish Katz is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Natural Therapeutics Specialist, and Certified Myofascial and Trigger Point Therapist. She received her training at New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in 2010, and the American Institute of Myofascial Studies in 2012. Ms. Katz’ training includes, but is not limited to: therapeutic massage, polarity, pre-natal massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, body mobilization techniques and craniosacral therapy.
Carolyn Riggs – Secretary
I have been practicing massage for 20 years and have been a member of AMTA for much of that time. After struggling to commit to a graduate program and finding massage key to my own injury recovery and overall health, I attended Dr. Jay Scherer’s Academy of Natural Healing in Santa Fe in 1995. After graduation I immediately pursued National Certification and obtaining a license in New Mexico. I have kept both current and active and am now pursuing Board Certification. I have worked in New Mexico and Arizona with the last 12 years here in Albuquerque. I have had a private practice for most of my career which is currently where I do most of my work. I have worked in many settings including chiropractic offices, corporate businesses, medical facilities, health centers and spas. My current practice focuses on pain reduction and stress management for everyone including people with chronic health challenges, disabilities, and geriatric issues. I feel honored to work with a very diverse group of clients. I enjoy my work and keep busy with my husband and two kids. I love to read, listen to TED Talks, and spend time with friends and travel.
Christine Tally (Delegate #1)
I became a therapist because I wanted to make the world a better place. Years ago, I started my professional life in the grassroots social justice field creating large-scale political change. Now, I see change happen one person and one hour at a time, decreasing pain and improving state of mind. People leave my office, MTN River Muscular Therapy, feeling better, physically, emotionally and/or spiritually when they leave my office. Bodywork has such a profound total-being effect. It’s nice driving home at the end of my day knowing that I brought a little joy or comfort to another persons’ life.
I joined the AMTA in 2007 as a student and started volunteering with AMTA-NM in 2013 because I wanted to give back to my community as well as get ideas and support to help build my private practice. Also, as a private practitioner, it’s isolating. I had been searching for “community” and when AMTA-NM started the ABQ LMT Coffee Meet-ups, I was hoping this was a place for me. I wanted to meet people with whom I had something in common with and have the opportunity to network, share ideas and potentially buil
d friendships. Since getting involved, I’ve not only gotten professional support from other members I’m happy to say I’ve met some really wonderful people that I’m happy to call friends.
Over the past year volunteering with AMTA-NM I have been an Alternate Delegate to the 2013 AMTA Annual Convention. As Education Chair I organized the 2014 AMTA-NM Annual Conference which brought over 80 therapist to Albuquerque to learn painless oil-based deep tissue techniques. As Vice President III and Education Chair I am looking forward to organizing the 2015 Annual Conference as well as bringing interesting low cost educational opportunities to our members across the state. I will also represent our members as a Delegate at this years’ AMTA Annual Convention in Denver as lead Delegate.
I completed 900 hours of training at the Muscular Therapy Institute (MTI) in Watertown, MA founded by Ben Benjamin. I passed the NCBTMB shortly after graduation in 2007 and have been practicing massage at massage centers, chiropractic offices, spas and resorts since. I opened my private practice in Albuquerque in 2010 and my primary modality is Muscular Therapy and over the past two years have expanded my training to include CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute CST 1 & 2, SER 1) and am working towards certification.
In my spare time I enjoy working in my yard, hiking and rejuvenating my spirit by spending time in nature with my wife. I keep fit by training for sprint triathlons.