Board of Directors
MK Brennan, MS, RN, LMBTstrong> 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 of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC).
Lauren Cates, CMT Immediate Past President
Arlington, Virgina (A Founding Director)
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
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, DC Treasurer
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.
Julie Streeter, BSN, LMT Secretary
Julie is a registered nurse with 30 years of experience in medical-surgical nursing, oncology and hospice care. Based in Minneapolis, she is an adjunct professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University, where she teaches oncology massage. Julie has worked as an integrative therapist at Unity Hospital and has worked with outpatients at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in Minneapolis.
Patti Corscaden, LMT Corporate Secretary
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!"
Wendy Miner, LMT
New York City, New York
Wendy Miner has served as the Massage Therapy Manager of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer’s Center Integrative Medicine Service since its 1999 opening. She leads a team of 11 oncology massage therapists who support patients, survivors, and family and professional caregivers with touch in the hospital and out-patient settings. Recognizing the need for additional oncology massage training to insure safe and effective sessions, she and her team developed the Continuing Education seminar “Medical Massage for the Cancer Patient”; covering basic competencies in oncology massage training to licensed massage therapists. In 2004 the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management published the results of MSK’s large outcome study “Massage Therapy for Symptom Control: Outcome Study at Major Cancer Center” that found massage significantly improved pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety with sustained results lasting 48 hours for out-patients.
Cheryl Johnson, LMT
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.
We wish to thank Stacy Barden for sharing her unbelievable skills and dedication with us during many years of service for S4OM and on the Board of Directors as our Treasurer. Stacy' term has completed but she will continue supporting S4OM and be a resource for us.
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.