School of Massage
& Holistic Health

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Faculty & Alumni

The Solidago School of Massage and Holistic Health is proud to offer the highest quality training with qualified instructors. Our faculty members are not only teachers, but experienced professionals working in the field of massage and holistic health.

Solidago is also pleased to promote our graduates in their new career paths. Our unique and diverse program has produced students who have gone onto work in many varied environments, from holistic centers to day spas, hotels to private practices.

About the Director

Kathryn Ryan Krippendorf has worked in the field of massage and holistic health since 1992. She has taught at several massage schools in the area, and specializes in anatomy, business, and advanced massage classes. She now enjoys the satisfaction of working in a setting where she can guide a small group of students from their first day of class right through to graduation.

In 1996, Ryan founded the Amesbury Center for Healing, a holistic center in Amesbury, Massachusetts offering massage, reiki, and hypnotherapy. Opening her own school has given her the chance to realize her goals of expanding her teaching endeavors, developing a comprehensive curriculum, and choosing outstanding instructors to create a well-balanced, small-school environment.

Ryan earned her BA in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce College and a Master of Arts in Independent Studies from Lesley University. She has over 1,300 hours of massage training, is certified by the NCBTMB, and is licensed as a massage therapist in the state of New Hampshire and the town of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

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Our Faculty

Diana Lynn Burnham teaches on-site chair massage, portions of basic massage, and the elderly massage section of the special populations class. In addition, Diana maintains a practice at the Amesbury Center for Healing. With over 1,000 hours of training, Diana combines the techniques of Kriya massage, Reiki, acupressure, myofascial, and craniosacral work to facilitate personal healing. Diana specializes in working with chronic pain and injuries as well as with the disabled and the terminally ill.

Lynne Davis enjoys her work at Solidago as a basic massage instructor and teaching assistant. She joined the Amesbury Center for Healing in September 2001 after graduating from the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA. She offers clients a combination of therapeutic and relaxation massage depending on their needs.

Diana Dow is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist, as well as an approved NCTMB Category A Provider. In addition, she is licensed in Massachusetts as an aesthetics instructor and aesthetician. She has been involved in education since 1989 covering skin care and body treatments. Starting in 1996, she has been traveling throughout the United States teaching classes and demonstrating facial and body treatments at massage/skin care conventions and spas/resorts. She currently teaches body treatments, therapeutic stone massage, facial massage, and aromatherapy classes at massage schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and enjoys a private practice.

Cynthia Smith

Diana Edwards

Frank Sanady

Steven Cram is a lifelong resident of Ipswich, MA and has enjoyed a licensed private practice there since 1992. Steven has studied Neuromuscular Therapy with Paul St. John, Orthopedic Massage with James Waslaski, Soft Tissue Release with Stuart Taws and recommends Aaron Mattes' Active Isolated Stretching program.

Lynne Deschenes

Tiffany Proctor

Harriet Wayne Wells has been a practicing massage therapist with a full-time practice in her home studio in Newbury, MA since 1985. After receiving certification from the New Hampshire School of Therapeutic Arts, Wayne expanded and reinforced her education with an extensive study and certification in Trager Movement and Education, as well as education and experience in myofascial release, deep-tissue massage, sports massage, Reiki, and polarity. She also received certification in La Stone Hot-rock Therapy and has attended seminars on other special massage techniques. She received license to practice from the state of New Hampshire in 1985, has been a dues-paying member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 1985, and represented the AMTA in a cultural exchange in China in 1989.

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Our Alumni

(If you are a Solidago graduate and would like to be added to the web listing below, please call Heidi.)

Karen Alexion-Gregoire

Karen works at Essential Therapies Day Spa where she practices massage, hot/cold stone treatments, spa treatments. She has a background in aromatherapy and Western herbalism. Karen specializes in pregnancy massage with the intention of returning to school to learn midwifery. Find Karen at Essential Therapies Day Spa, 1094 Main Street, Bolton MA and online.

Raylene Cashman-Parker

Raylene is opening a private practice catering to "snowbirds" in both Florida and Massachusetts. She specializes in therapeutic and relaxation massage and enjoys working with mature clients and children. Her skills include massage, reiki and energywork, craniosacral work, and aromatherapy. For an appointment, call.

Heather Day

Heather maintains her private massage practice at the Back to Health Chiropractic office in North Hampton, NH. She practices both relaxation and therapeutic massage, including deep tissue work and sports massage. Heather is also trained in hot/cold stone massage. To book an appointment, call.

Sandra Kolegue-Spalaris

Sandra is working as a massage therapist in a group practice within a gym setting. She practices both relaxation and therapeutic massage, Reiki, deep tissue massage, and hot stone massage. Sandra is also taking courses on using acupressure techniques to facilitate emotional release. Find Sandra at Cornerstone Massage Therapy at the World Gym, Stateline Plaza, Plaistow NH. To book an appointment, call. (You do not have to be a gym member to book an appointment at Cornerstone Massage Therapy.)

Karen Kuhl

Karen has recently opened her own private practice and specializes in therapeutic massage, Craniosacral therapy, and can incorporate Reiki into her bodywork treatments. Karen has created a place to reconnect, relax, release, renew, and return to your own source. Find Karen at ReSources, 317 North Main Street, Natick MA. To book an appointment, call.

Alisa Vlahakis Povenmire

Alisa Vlahakis Povenmire has had a lifelong interest in health and she originally intended to become a physician. She studied biology at Tufts University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science. In the course of her studies, she realized that her interests lay in more hands-on, holistic approaches to healing and teaching. After teaching (health and other things) for ten years, she finally followed her hands to Solidago where she learned an integrated intuitive approach to massage that encourages the practitioner to “listen” to the body’s muscles, and to follow the hands’ innate wisdom. Alisa pays attention to the whole health of her clients and works to support their health goals through bodywork and mind-body education. Find Alisa at her new private practice, Caring Hands Massage Therapy, at 55 Wingate Street, Haverhill MA and online. To book an appointment, call.

Marilyn J. Stewart

Marilyn J. Stewart currently works as a massage therapist at both the Amesbury Center for Healing and Essential Therapies Day Spa. In addition, she works as the Assistant to the Director at the Solidago School of Massage. Marilyn offers her clients a flowing relaxation massage with any level of pressure and is a certified Reiki practitioner. She also offers spa treatments including hot/cold stone therapy. She is currently working towards becoming an Accredited Bowenwork Practitioner. She is currently accepting clients to work on as case studies for a small room use fee. Find Marilyn at the Amesbury Center for Healing, 5 Market Square, Amesbury MA and also at Essential Therapies Day Spa, 1094 Main Street, Bolton MA. To book an appointment at the Amesbury Center for Healing, call and for Essential Therapies Day Spa, call.

Sandy Sudol

Sandy Sudol is trained in massage and Reiki. She is currently working on practicing Reiki after attending the International Medical Conference in November 2004 on related Chinese medicine including Reflexology, Tuina, Reiki, and Acupuncture.

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