Board of Directors

MK Brennan

MK Brennan, MS, RN, LMBT President

Charlotte, North Carolina

Mk brings over 30 years of experience in healthcare, including nursing, massage therapy, health promotion research methodology, and developmental psychology to S4OM's leadership team. In addition, her background includes a variety of leadership roles with the American Massage Therapy Association. MK was the Executive Director of the American Polarity Therapy Association and is a member of the Clinical Work Group and the Hospital Based Massage Therapy Task Force of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health (ACIH, formerly ACCAHC).


Lauren Cates, CMT  Immediate Past President and Founding Director

Arlington, Virginia

Lauren is a massage therapist based in the Washington, DC area.  She has a private, home-based practice and also provides massage for patients at Children's National Medical Center and at Virginia Hospital Center.  She is the co-founder of Healwell, a non-profit organization aimed at improving quality of life for people with acute, chronic and terminal illness.  Lauren is also one of S4OM's Recognized Providers of continuing education offering courses in oncology massage and end of life care.



Gloria Laura Lawrence, CNHP, CMMT, BCTMB, LMT, CLT, CRT, MPP Vice President

Roanoke, Virginia

Gloria has served in the healthcare field for over twenty years as a practitioner, educator, administrator and speaker.  Lawrence developed a 750 hour/250 clinical hour massage therapy program for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College which received SACS accreditation and NCB approved school program designation.  She established the clinical affiliations with Duke Cancer Center (VA.), Augusta Health Systems, and Virginia Military Institute-Department of Sports Medicine.  Gloria also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education as Board Liaison to the National Teacher Training Curriculum Development Committee (NTTCDC); and on the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College's Curriculum and Instruction Committee. She is honored and humbled to be in service with this esteemed group of dedicated colleagues that form the Society for Oncology Massage Therapy and the Board of Directors. 


Michele Renee

Michele Renee, DC Treasurer

Bloomington, Minnesota

As a massage therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist, Michele has worked in many different contexts within integrative health care: as a practitioner, a teacher, and a life-long learner. Michele is currently serving as the Massage Therapy Program Director at Northwestern Health Sciences University where she works to elevate the massage therapy profession within health care. Michele resides with her two- and four-legged family in Minneapolis, MN.

 Patti Corscaden

Patti Corscaden, LMT Corporate Secretary

Newcastle, Maine

Patti is a Maine Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice since graduating from the Downeast School of Massage in 1994. She began studying oncology massage in 2006, became a Hospice volunteer in 2008 and has not looked back since. Patti has additional training in Lymph Drainage Therapy, CranioSacral and Reiki, which rounds out her practice for clients with or without cancer. She volunteers in 3 different clinical oncology and Hospice settings. In a former life, she was a Special Ed and K-2 aide, a bookkeeper and also trained as a travel agent. She follows her grandmother's motto of, "Never a dull life!"


Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson, LMT Secretary

Denver CO

Cheryl is the co-founder and president of Medicine Hands, Inc. partnering with numerous Colorado hospitals and medical facilities to provide inpatient and outpatient medical massage services. She has more than 20 years of experience in massage therapy, 16 of which have focused on hospital based massage. Cheryl is the clinical educator for the oncology massage program at the Colorado School of Healing Arts, is a member of the Colorado Cancer Coalitions Quality of Life Task Force and is the current president of the National Alliance for Medical Massage and Bodywork.


Ericka Clinton, LMT

New York City, New York

Ericka Clinton is the Dean for Massage Therapy at Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. She has been a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist since 1998, holds a B.S. in Human Development with a focus in Kinesthetic Neuroscience and has been a faculty member at Swedish Institute since 2000. Throughout her massage career she has maintained a private practice focused in clinical/therapeutic massage while working in various medical settings such as NY Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her current practice focuses mostly with oncology patients. While maintaining her role as dean, Ericka also teaches continuing education courses on myofascial approaches, clinical reasoning, oncology and clinical/therapeutic massage in the US, the Caribbean and Mexico. 

Nancy Hallingse

Nancy Hallingse, LMT, OMT

Virginia Beach, VA

Nancy has been a massage therapist for 20 years and is licensed in both Virginia and Hawaii. Eighteen of those years were spent in an administrative capacity at the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage Therapy and, for 11 of those years, she served in the capacity of the Director of the school. During her tenure as the Director she was instrumental in ensuring the school maintained its COMTA accreditation as well as maintained compliance with all state and federal regulations. She became a volunteer with COMTA as a peer reviewer and encouraged her staff and instructors to do the same, if they wished. At one point, almost every staff member and instructor had gone through the site reviewer training and many had done site reviews. At one point she also served on COMTA's Annual Report Review Committee. During the time that the AMTA Council of Schools was active, Nancy served on the Ethics Committee; this committee was started to establish a Code of Ethics for school members. Nancy currently owns her own practice and works part time for Cancer Specialists of Tidewater (a division of the Riverside Health System) as part of their Integrative Care Team. Nancy is the founder of Hands 4 Hope Project, Inc., a non-profit established to financially assist cancer patients in getting massage therapy. She is also a certified health and wellness coach, having attended and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, NY, as well as the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, CO. Nancy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She has been a member of S4OM since 2014. She is a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist and a member of the Jin Shin Do® Foundation. 


We wish to thank Wendy Miner for sharing her unbelievable skills and dedication with us during many years of service for S4OM and on the Board of Directors as the champion behind the Regional Outreach initiative. Without her continued support of it over the past couple of years, it would not be as successful as it is. Wendy's term on the Board has completed but she will continue supporting S4OM and be a resource for the Board

A very big thank you to our legal and financial advisors without whose generosity and insight we could not do the important work we do every day.

Accountant - Constance Bingham, CPA - Macdonald Page Schatz & Fletcher   Portland, Maine
Attorney - Patricia Dunn, Esq. - Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry Portland, Maine

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