Our Instructors

Healing Arts Institute hires only the most professional, experienced, knowledgeable and service oriented persons to become HAI Instructors. Every student who comes through our school leaves not only with the best and most excellent massage training available in the area but also leaves more joyful, uplifted and connected to a new community of supportive professionals and mentors.

__________________________________________________________________________ James Mally, N.D. 

Dr. James Mally has been doing massage professionally in many different settings since 1975. He is a graduate of both Bastyr University, an accredited naturopathic medical school covering all aspects of natural therapeutics and the Lindsey Hopkins School, a 1000 hour massage training program. Dr. Mally is able to integrate his thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the practice of massage. He has been teaching massage certification programs since 1979, and is currently teaching advanced classes in deep tissue massage and sports massage in massage schools around the world. Dr. Mally has produced videos, DVDs and workbooks on Deep Tissue Massage Swedish Massage and Sports Massage and an Anatomy CD. These teaching aids have been highly acclaimed and are being used by massage schools around the world.


Kathleen Bailey 

A 1991 graduate of Healing Arts Institute and an instructor since 1995, Kathleen’s education in bodywork continues to the present. She has had additional training in CranioSacral Therapy I&II, On-site (chair) massage, Sports Massage, Acupressure, Soft Tissue Release, Zentherapy¨, Reiki I&II, Therapeutic Touch, Aromatherapy and most recently, Maya Abdominal Massage. Drawing from over 25 years of subtle energy healing research and practice, Kathleen uses a variety of effective methods to facilitate the body’s own healing abilities in her active bodywork practice in Citrus Heights. She has worked with essential oils since she started her massage practice in 1991 and teaches the Raindrop Therapy workshop at Healing Arts Institute. While she did not originate this technique, she has had remarkable results using it on friends and clients. In June of 1999 she completed the International Certification Course in Aromatherapy with Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt at Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy which included, structure and energy of essential oils, treatment of disease, cosmetology, and psychology of fragrance, holistic skin therapy, and toxicology. Nationally Certified in 1992 by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Kathleen brings technical abilities and metaphysical knowledge along with the purest integrity of her profession into the classroom.


Myron Brown 

Myron has worked in the health and safety field for over 15 years. He has broad safety and regulatory compliance knowledge and is an excellent communicator. His teaching methods are extremely effective and he engages the participants where they remember the principles of the training. He has a passion for working with students in the area of CPR/FA and is enjoying the working relationship with the Healing Arts Institute. Myron is a Master CPR/FA and AED trainer with American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and Medic First Aid.


Joseph Carter 

Joseph Carter is director of the Acupressure Institute, Berkeley California, and has taught Acupressure at HAI for 19 years! He began practicing Asian Healing Arts in 1978. His teaching career commenced in 1984, and he became a Licensed Acupuncturist in 1987. In addition to his work teaching and directing the Acupressure Institute, he has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in the treatment of gynecological and immunological concerns. The heart of Joseph’s practice and teaching is the skillful use of theory combined with compassionate touch. In 1997 he was selected one of the top 10 experts in Acupuncture for the San Francisco Bay Area (SF Focus Magazine, 11/97), noted specifically for his combination of Acupressure with Acupuncture.


Beth Davison 

Elizabeth Davison is committed to assisting and supporting people on their path to wellness, both physical and spiritual. That journey began for her as a parent, exploring the path to raise loving, happy and fulfilled children. This led to Beth’s work in parent participation programs designed to give the parent hands-on experiences and introduce them to best practices in family leadership. She saw the possibilities of the involved parents participating in the nurture of their children and as a result, those within their community. This motivated Beth to continue her education and upon graduation, she was asked to join that professional group of parent educators. Beth’s calling also revealed a desire for personal growth, pursuing those things that allow individuals to explore the cycles of life that impact and sometimes hinder our emotional well-being and block our pursuit of living well. With the completion of several programs, Beth later worked with the facilitator as a group trainer providing guidance for adults and teens in addition to embracing her work as the parent educator. Service to others moved Beth to find new ways to assist people in their pursuit of healing and enlightenment. Her Reiki Master, Doug Parks was successful in opening the Caring Center of Mercy Hospital in Folsom, California and many more throughout the country. Elizabeth has continued these works, first as an apprentice and today as a gifted Reiki practitioner, demonstrating her passion as a fellow Reiki Master. It is Beth’s pleasure and delight to expand her opportunities to serve others, by exploring the possibilities in individuals seeking wholeness through Reiki, the Usui Method. ___________________________________________________________________________ Danny Klinger 

Danny Klinger is devoted to teaching students massage so they can enjoy helping others heal as much as he has over the years.  He firmly believes that healing begins within, and that holding space for your clients leads to their own healing.  Danny Graduated from HAI in 2001. He has studied Acupressure, reflexology, sports and deep tissue massage, among other workshops. Currently Danny operates a successful seated massage business, going into corporations, and appearing for health fairs  and other special events.  He has worked extensively with Hospice and the Healing hands, Healing Hearts foundation. Danny began teaching at HAI in 2005.  Since that time he has taught students the importance of respecting themselves and their clients.  When he is teaching, his socks do not match.  When he is not teaching, his socks do not match.  His ability to relate to anyone and his dedication for the field continually inspire students, as do his “Dan-E-isms”. 


Cherry Jones 

Cherry Jones began practicing massage in 1981, having been trained in Shiatsu and Massage at the Yoga institute of San Francisco. She apprenticed for 2 years with her Shiatsu teacher before she began teaching in 1983. Since then she has taught massage at schools and hospitals throughout the Bay Area. In 1992 she became licensed as a psychotherapist.

Cherry has specialized in working with stressed and traumatized clients and families of all ages from birth to adulthood. She is extensively trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), mindfulness stress reduction and body-focused trauma resolution techniques. In her work she emphasizes the healing power of playfulness.

Cherry was a Supervisor and trainer for mental health clinicians for 4 years at a clinic in Berkeley serving families and children involved in the foster-care system. She also specializes in working with adopted children of all ages and their families. She is a trainer and consultant in birth to 5 years early intervention and teaches infant massage/parent support groups throughout the Bay Area. Cherry has a private practice in Mill Valley and Berkeley.


Deane Juhan 

Originally trained in-residence at Esalen Institute from 1973 to 1990, Deane Juhan has been a professional bodyworker for 30 years. He is a Trager practitioner and instructor, with a private practice in the Berkeley area. The author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork and Touched by the Goddess: The Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Dimensions of Bodywork he has long had a passion for understanding the relations between mind, body and spirit and the creative forces at work in all self-development, healing and artistic expression. His workshops have been presented all across the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Their content is focused on both cutting edge research into many aspects of the body-mind and his years of experience as a practitioner.


Stuart Taws 

Stuart Taws is a Sports Rehabilitation Therapist from England. The Soft Tissue Release techniques he teaches have been proven in World-Class athletic competition and in the Pain Clinic environment. They have, over the years, been simplified and distilled so that they are easy to comprehend and apply. And Stuart’s public speaking experience lends a lively, fast paced quality to the workshops. They have repeatedly been described as “the best learning experience ever!”

If you subscribe to Massage and Bodywork, you will have had the opportunity, in the Spring 1998 issue, to have read Mr. Taw’s compelling article in which he shared the effective treatment of Piriformis syndrome. He has also done extensive writing on the subject of massage and the treatment of fibromyalgia. If you peruse previous issues of Massage and Bodywork you will easily find what others are saying about Mr. Taws and his workshops. In the Winter 1997 issue, the article “What Doctors Don’t Want You to Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendinitis”, details the success that the author, Michael Young, has had in treating such conditions, often with only one or two sessions. He goes on to reveal that he learned how to do so in June of 1996 in one of Mr. Taws’ workshops. In the article “In The Treatment of Chronic Fatigue”, Houston LeBrun gives special notation to Stuart Taws and his previous articles on CFS and MFS. On pages 121 and 122 you will find Mr. Taws listed in a profile of eight people chosen by the editors of Massage and Bodywork as having made a difference in the somatic profession during the last decade! The fact that Mr. Taws is ranked equally among such honorable names as Dr. Tiffany Field (Touch Research Institute), Ben Benjamin, Ph.D., and others will give an idea of the caliber of this instructor…and this workshop!

Stuart Taws is a Sports Rehabilitation Therapist from Great Britain, and the only instructor of Soft Tissue Release® in the United States. He has worked with the prestigious Santa Monica Track Club and has used STR® with great success on the world’s fastest athletes. He is also a Category “A” provider for the National Certification Board.


Robin Varga 

Robin Varga, a NHI graduate and nationally certified massage therapist, earned her reflexology certification from the American Academy of Reflexology in 1993. She has been personally trained by Bill Flocco in the “Flocco Method of Foot, Hand & Ear Reflexology”, and has been teaching classes in northern California for many years. Robin’s enthusiasm combined with a full time practice in the Bay area gives her a rich range of experience to help your learning be enjoyable, practical and deeply rewarding.

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