Faculty & Staff
Timothy Gay, School President – email
LMT # 4437, RMTI #S-0333. Timothy graduated from Massage Therapy Training Institute in June 2003. He was hired by MTTI as the school administrator shortly thereafter. Timothy has worked with the New Mexico Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association as their AMTA-NM 3rd vice president, national delegate, web builder, and chair of the education committee. He helped MTTI become accredited and was instrumental in bringing the federal financial aid program to the school. Timothy purchased MTTI in May of 2007. In the past he worked for the BNSF railroad as a conductor and built houses with adobe and rammed earth, specializing in sculpted adobe Rumford fireplaces. Also, he was lucky enough to have been a stay-at-home dad raising his daughter. Timothy’s passions are music, mountain bike riding with friends and a living museum named the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, New Mexico, where he worked as a steam locomotive fireman and mechanic. Timothy’s goal is to be of service to the massage community and make new friends along the way. Timothy is the president of MTTI, teaches hands-on modalities, and supervises the clinic.
Professor Jerron Roberts, Hands-On Massage Instructor – email
RMTI #S-0299, LMT #3458. Jerron’s spiritual beliefs and passion for helping others heal themselves has led her to follow her calling from her own state in New Mexico to many different parts of the world. Her vigilance for research and education, including quantum physics, hands-on bodywork and direct teachings of ancient health practices, has given her many tools for teaching alternative ways of healing one’s self. The attitudes and work we embrace today can change our lives forever. Physiological symptoms can be seen as one of the soul’s ways of finding its path to enlightenment.
Jerron obtained her massage diploma in 1999 from Mesilla Valley School for Therapeutic Arts. She is certified by the National Certification Board (NCBTMB). Jerron also has a private practice, Ancient Ways Therapeutic Massage and Body Work located at 741 N. Alameda, Suite 12, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. Jerron has received many awards over the years and has represented New Mexico as the Chapter National delegate for AMTA. She has been a hands on instructor at Massage Therapy Training Institute in Las Cruces, NM since 2001. She has worked for the last ten years during the fall in Europe where she does private sessions and workshops. She currently works with Rheva LaRue and the Aurora center in Holland, Dr. Erika Muller private clinic in Germany, along with the Rudolf Steiner School. She has researched in Central America studying along with the Mayans and has lived and worked with the Hopi Indians in Arizona. In 2011 she went to Egypt and studied with Hayseen, a Bedouin Holy man, and Mahmoud Abd Allah, a master Egyptologist, in ancient alternative medicine.
Professor Christine Thompson, Hands-On Massage Instructor – email
MA, LMT #4722 (NM) and LMT #016313 (NY), RMTI #S-0344, CEIM. Christine earned her massage diploma in 2003 from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Syracuse, New York. She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and writes two columns for the New Mexico Chapter quarterly newsletter: Member Spotlight and Tips and Techniques. She is also certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). She is a Level II Reiki practitioner and pursues Yoga and Qi Gong for her personal care. She is a Certified Instructor of Infant Massage with Infant Massage USA and offers individual and group classes for new parents, grandparents, and direct care givers for babies birth to one year old at the Holistic Wellness Center, 1210 N. Main St., Las Cruces. Certified in Elaine Stillerman’s MotherMassage®, she includes prenatal massage as just one of many offered modalities in her practice at the same location. Christine comes from Northern New York State with a varied background: 16 years teaching English at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY; 9 years as a Student Assistance Specialist for four public school districts in her home county; and Freelance Writer for Gale Research. She also lent her services to the American Indian Project, a non-profit organization for urban Native Americans in Syracuse, NY. She joined MTTI in the fall of 2005 as a Night Class Anatomy and Physiology instructor. Since 2008 she has been the Day Class Hands-On Instructor. She offers a variety of Continuing Education Classes throughout the year. Her other interests include learning more about Native American and other indigenous cultures, as well as taking motorcycle trips with her husband. In her spare time she writes novels and visits her beloved daughter and granddaughter.
Dr. Kamy Shaw, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor – email
LMT #6868, RMTI #S-0498. Kamy is an MTTI 2010 graduate. She is Nationally Certified by NCBTMB and is in private practice as A Beginning Within Massage, and Art of Birth & Wellness in Las Cruces NM. She uses multiple modalities in her practice and is working towards her Massage Therapy Instructors license. She is a global midwife and holistic healer of 30 years. She holds a Masters in midwifery and theology, bachelors in business and marketing as well as psychology, and a PhD in spiritual Healing. She is a CPR and First Aid instructor, Global and National Midwifery preceptor and the founder of a global online midwifery college, Reiki Master, Unitarian Minister and spiritual leader. She is also the founder of LivingTree Community Wellness Center, a nonprofit 501c3 organization supporting health and wellness through massage, midwifery, education, counseling and holistic care to the local community, and GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, queer and questioning) folks. She and her partner sponsored and helped to establish the first GLBTQ resource center in New Mexico and continue to support that effort. She is a Global, National and local speaker on midwifery, women’s health and GLBTQ issues. She considers herself a tree hugging, local solutions, composting, organic gardening, and recycling, animal rescuer peace activist. She incorporates all her education and skills to provide holistic care and education and believes massage should be a part of most if not all physical and mental health care plans.
Professor Robin Faux, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor – email
LMT # (NM 5600, OH 12436). Robin has been a massage therapist since 2003 and an MTTI instructor since 2007. As an evening teacher, she understands the struggles many students face in successfully balancing job, family, and school obligations. So while she may not be able to make the work easy, she tries to make class lectures memorable and entertaining.
Robin originally graduated from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH with an associate degree in Integrative Medical Massage Therapy. Later, she obtained her IANMT certification in neuromuscular therapy from Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs. Robin currently resides in Cloudcroft, where she manages Spirit of the Mountain Spa at The Lodge Resort. In addition, Robin will travel with her massage table, chair, or Thai mat to accommodate her clients through her own business, Mobile Medical Massage Therapy.
Professor Dietrie Yamini, NMSU Externship Supervisor – email
LMT #0856, RMTI #S-0465. Dietrie was born is Cheyenne, Wyoming, on 2/24/1961. Her family moved to Las Cruces, NM, when she was five years old where she attended preschool through college. She has been interested in nutrition and healthy living since she was a teenager. When she was 23 years old, she attended a one-year counseling program in Santa Monica, CA. She attended massage therapy school at 25 and has been self-employed as a massage therapist ever since. In 2011, Dietrie took over supervising the NMSU externship site for MTTI. She lives with her daughter, Tess, and husband, Dr. Norwood Yamini.
Professor Nathan Vance, Clinical Residency Instructor – email
LMT #6341, RMTI #S-0560. Nathan Vance is a voracious learner and has been devouring all the knowledge he can since he was a child. He studied Physics, Linguistics and Psychology at NM Institute of Mining and Technology, and and NMSU. He studied massage at the Mesilla Valley School of Therapeutic Arts in 2007, and has been a practicing therapist ever since.
Nathan has focused his practice on chronic pain sufferers, including many athletes, weekend warriors, and post surgical pain. Helping individuals with chronic pain and teaching others how to do so are Nathan’s biggest passions in life.
Nathan supervises the Clinical Residency program at MTTI where he joyfully teaches students how to integrate the modalities learned in classes into a real clinic setting.
Daniel T Boyce, Clinical Residency Instructor – email
LMT #8074, RMTI #S-0580. Daniel cares very deeply about people, and has found ways to help people throughout his life. In 2012, this desire to help people drew him to Massage Therapy Training Institute. Since receiving his massage therapy license, Daniel has run his private practice, Positive Intent Massage. In addition to his practice, Daniel also massages at a local chiropractor’s office, and is a Clinical Residency Supervisor at MTTI. In his spare time, Daniel plays soccer, bikes on local trails, and spends time with his wife and children.
Denise Perez, Financial Aid Director – email
Denise graduated from MTTI in 2007, and has worked in Chiropractic clinics, day spas, salons, pain and injury clinics, and has maintained a private practice since. Her experience at MTTI was one she will never forget and will always be grateful for the education she received. Now she is enthusiastic about being a part of the MTTI staff as the Financial Aid Director and student services assistant. While not at work, Denise enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Ceil Stefanavage, Advisor – email
Ceil is a member of the MTTI Advisory Board and serves MTTI as a resource for the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has a degree in education and a background in student assessment, identifying physical, cognitive, learning style, and visual-motor needs, and developing behavioral, curriculum, and environmental modifications. Her background also includes local, state, and national advocacy, local and statewide community organizing, disability law, policy and program development and assessment, and implementation of federal education standards on the state level for students with disabilities.
Kelly Siebe, Marketing Director – email
Kelly has worked as a web/graphic designer and marketing consultant for over 13 years. Her experience includes working as a professional designer at a marketing firm, as the recipient of several competitive state contracts, as the Creative Director for a congressional campaign, and as the Marketing Director for both schools and non-profit organizations. She helps to run the MTTI website, social media, graphic design and marketing, to ensure that prospective students are able to get the information they need when making the decision to attend massage school.