Susan Beck MTD, NCTMB
Coordinator / Instructor
Office: RFC Complex
Susan Beck MTD,NCTMB (National Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork) brings over thirty years of experience in the massage industry into the massage therapy program. A pioneer in massage therapy in South-Central Idaho, her experience ranges from co-owner of a massage school in the 80’s, co-owner of The Massage Clinic, editing and contributing to writing the first edition of Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage by Mark Beck, active in promoting massage legislation in the State of Idaho, and also being an instructor-trainer for International Loving Touch Foundation for infant massage instructor courses nationally. Recently serving as director and community liaison specialist and training for the Region 5 Childcare Resource and Referral Office, a project of the University of Idaho gives her the diversity of working in higher education. Professional Member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Philosophy of Education
As a sophomore in college at 22, my mother died after a very short illness. While grieving, I received my first massage. This ultimately led me into a field of helping others through the power of touch. As Sharon Heller, PhD. states in Vital Touch, "Our fingertips contain an incredible pharmacy."
My personal goal as program coordinator is to provide students with a solid foundation for a successful career in the field of massage. Students will have the opportunity to learn foundational skills which will place them in the rank of 20% of massage graduates who have over 600 hours of training. "You have to have the foundation in before putting the roof on". Our Program exceeds training hours in most schools found in our state and gives students necessary skills to be a successful massage therapist. Students have more options with our program, by being able to obtain a technical certificate or an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The AAS will allow students to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Health Science Major, or a Bachelors of Applied Technology.
We provide opportunities to work on the public in our Massage Therapy Clinic for a total of 110 hours. Students obtaining an AAS will complete a 4 week internships in the early 4 week summer semester. Special populations are brought in providing students with actual "Hands On" opportunities to massage infants, pregnant women, disabled adults, athletes, and the elderly. While our industry is rapidly growing, and expected to grow at a faster than average pace, my plan is to bring our graduates into the workforce with the skills necessary to go right to work, attend any continuing education course in our field; and be able to assimilate and utilize new knowledge.
Office: RFC Complex
Dean graduated from Utah College of Massage Therapy in 1998. He is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professional and has a BA degree in Physical Education from Idaho State University. As an experienced Massage Therapist for the past 17 years dedicated to providing quality therapeutic massage and educating people on over all wellness. Having worked in many areas of the massage therapy business required knowing the importance of being able to apply the right kind of massage science to the specific client. To ensure that I am giving my students the best requires constantly attending new workshops/seminars to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the trade.
Philosophy of Education
My personal goal for my classroom is to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential. My job, as an instructor, is to create an atmosphere that fosters learning. I am an instructor because I have a passion for guiding students through the learning process, in addition to a passion for the material I present. One of the best ways to foster learning is to demonstrate those feelings to my students. I encourage learning by creating a relaxed environment for students, stimulating conversation about concepts being presented and organizing material in a way that makes it easiest to understand. Finally, I believe that respect for my students is one of the most important things I can show - not only to encourage their openness to the material I am presenting, but also to inspire them to respect each other and all other humans.
One of the most important concepts I hope to impart to students is that learning is a process that never ends. For me, the learning process includes improving myself professionally.