ASIS instructors engage with their students because they believe in the importance of this work. We offer a diverse group of qualified practitioners, who believe in high standards, kindness, and generosity. With excitement for their respective fields and commitment to a collaborative educational process, our teachers choose to teach because they believe in the possibilities of their students, and massage therapy jobs as a profession.
“The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Tanya is a graduate of ASIS, where she teaches Swedish Massage, Polarity Therapy and Herbal Hydrotherapy classes. She is an herbalist, a lover of animals and children, music, dance, and diversity. A long-time facilitator of dance, martial arts, and movement therapies, she brings a strongly kinesthetic approach to her engagement with the learning process. As a bodywork practitioner, she incorporates therapeutic herbal remedies with deep tissue and connective tissue therapy, craniosacral therapy, and energy work. In the classroom, she brings poetry and movement to integrate a deeper awareness of our selves, our environment and community, with an unconditionally loving approach to relations with all life. It is by far her favorite job.
Kelly (Kirati) completed the 650 hour massage program at ASIS in Prescott and also teaches Ayurvedic Massage, Reiki & Yoga Therapy for their program. She received Advanced Certification in Hatha Yoga at Sivananda Vedanta and received Master Teacher certification from the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, having over 1000 hours of training. She has studied Ayurvedic Massage and Astanga Yoga extensively throughout India and received certification in Pancha Karma and Ayurvedic Massage from Dr Nedungadi ~ with a special emphasis on Ayurvedic Treatments from Kerala, India. She has been a teacher for almost 20 years offering regular classes and teacher trainings and has been the creator of many of the Yoga & Ayurveda programs in Prescott today, including Yoga Shala, ASIS and Yavapai College. Her passion is the earth and reclaiming balance within.
As both a graduate of and a teacher at the Arizona School of Integrative Studies (ASIS), Steven delivers a balance of dedication, discipline and wellness to the classes he teaches. His background includes a distinguished military career, renewable energy systems and a leader of personal growth retreats. As an instructor in the military, he taught many community awareness programs and a variety of technical studies. For many years Steven has dedicated his time to various groups working with men and teenage boys, and teaching tools to aid in personal growth and awareness. Steven’s life philosophy includes giving back to the community, sustainable living, recognizing the relationship to all living things and living life in the present moment. As a massage therapist and teacher he brings love, compassion, poetry and humor to all he does. He teaches Communications, Therapeutic Process, Thai Massage and supervises student clinics.
I Shall Not Live In Vain by Emily Dickinson
I shall not live in vain
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain; Or held a fainting robin unto his nest again,
I live in the mountains of Cherry, Arizona, with my wife Victoria and our several pets (dogs, birds and sugar gliders). I love to do massages in nature and practice Reiki, Deep Tissue, Myo-facial, Trigger Point, Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Thai Massage, Shiatsu, as well as other healing modalities and techniques I was taught by Dr. Sharon Forrest (a healer since she was very young).
Lisa J. Thomas, LMT, NCTMB
Lisa studied pre-veterinarian academics at ASU and is an ASIS alumni. She has been practicing massage for 16 years and has had a successful full time practice in Prescott for the last 6 years. Lisa teaches NMT and kinesiology at the Prescott campus. Her life is full with her 16 year old daughter, Jessyca, and life partner, Brady. Lisa enjoys any outdoor activity and feels extremely blessed that she gets to live in a community and environment that lends itself freely to the outdoors and holistic living. Lisa feels that she is a conduit for the healing energy of the universe and is blessed to be present to others healing.
“We each know what is best for our own body. We may have lost focus of that in the chatter of the external world. I get to assist re-opening the path to ones own inner knowledge of optimal health. Each day is a new adventure of soulful connection with my family, friends, clients, students & this lovely community I call home.”
Judy has been a practicing massage therapist for over 25 years, including 20 years in Prescott. She has taught since 1990. Judy has worked in hands on health care in nursing homes, hospitals, and home care for 34 years, including terminally ill children. She is a graduate from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in 1987.
Judy has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on the mind-body connection. She played a primary role in the creation of the Arizona Massage Therapy law, and is National Past President of the American Massage Therapy Association, (AMTA). Judy is a breast cancer survivor, a marathoner, and enjoys acting, singing, and dancing in musicals. She is passionate about life and sharing.
Jeanette Campbell MSOM, Dip OM, LAc, LCH, LMT, State and nationally board-certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner. Jeanette earned her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, and completed her clinical internship at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Chengdu, China.
Jeanette has been a health care professional for more than 22 years. Jeanette teaches and practices Western and Eastern Massage therapies daily in her Oriental Medical practice. Jeanette Campbell practices Traditional Chinese Medicine including; Acupuncture, Chinese HerbalMedicine , Tuina ATupressure, Moxabustin, Cupping, Gua Sha , and multiple Western Massage therapy disciplines.
Becky began her journey in healthcare in 1997 with her first Reiki Atunement. She received her BA from NAU in 2001 with a minor in Biology and a focus in Health and the Individual. Feeling little reward in traditional healthcare she pursued and received a massage certification from Maui School of Therapeutic Massage in 2003. She moved back to Prescott in 2004 and has had a successful private practice ever since. Her love for travel has taken her around the world for massage training and personal growth. In her private practice she utilizes many different healing modalities including Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, Reiki, Bowenwork, and PSYCH-K®. Becky recently joined the Prescott ASIS faculty teaching Communications. She continues to travel, now with her husband Sean, and continues to seek learning adventures in the performing arts, fine arts, body movement, and being of service to those who are also seeking.
Ed has been teaching at the college/university level for over 35 years at a variety of institutions including the University of Arizona and Prescott College. While his primary focus has been Marine Ecology field courses in the Gulf of California, he has extensive experience teaching Biology, Zoology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology.
Starting as an engineering student at UCLA, Ed moved to Arizona State University to complete a B.S. in Zoology continuing on to the University of Arizona where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His graduate research was on the role of “keystone species” in maintaining the stability and diversity of complex ecological communities in the Gulf of California. He is currently a member of the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Faculty at Prescott College where, for the past 23 years, he has spearheaded the development of the college’s field station in Sonora, Mexico and teaches Marine Biology field courses.
I am a licensed massage therapist and graduate of the Arizona School of Integrative Studies ~ ASIS. My Interest in massage therapy and business has led me through the school and into the world of both spa management and teaching. Being a part of the students present and futures has helped me grow as a therapist and human being, as well as helped many students become successful in this wonderful field. My work and career are my life, so being able to fully dedicate myself to a path that I love and help others to do the same is the most rewarding experience.
Devin teaches Peri-Natal Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, PNF and Kinesiology at the Prescott Campus. She graduated from the Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in Iowa in 2001. Devin has a history of training in Non-Violent Communication. She worked as a volunteer for Step Up For Kids for 5 years. Devin is a mom of two with a focus on Attachment Parenting and homeschooling.
Monique earned her BA from Prescott College in 1993, with majors in education and special education and minors in liberal arts and music. Monique became a commissioned music minister at the culmination of a 2 year ministry training in 2006. She graduated from ASIS in 2014. She has taught K-12 education in the public and private sectors for 20 years. She has taught sciences, history, literature, music, drama, art and special education. She has worked as a worship leader, has taught private voice lessons for over 20 years and has owned three successful businesses. She is currently a licensed massage therapist in private practice and a vocal coach. She enjoys ballroom dancing, hiking, cooking and traveling with her husband.
Jill Anderson comes to ASIS from the Ecosa Institute of Regenerative Design, and Prescott College, where she has been an administrative advocate for students. Jill’s interests include biking, being an arts advocate, and camping.
Jesse Bray, LMT
Jesse Bray, LMT, AA is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society. Jesse has been an athlete since early childhood making it to the Colgate games twice. For the last 5 years she has played on a local roller derby team. Having sustained multiple injuries as an athlete, Jesse knows the importance of physical therapy and Massage to regain normal walking ability. Having experienced rehab twice, she understands her client’s pain and need for healing touch.
Having a physical awareness of her own body, Jesse believes it makes her a better massage therapist. Family is an important facet in her life, she is a mother of two and has been married for twenty years.
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
– Mark Twain
We explore human anatomy and physiology, personal awareness and communications skills, along with a wide variety of massage modalities, all while heightening our sensitivity to the human soul.
In a safe, supportive, yet evocative setting, we wish to prepare students to meet the challenges they will face as contributing members of the health care system.