FSMTB 2020 Officer Election Results

Officers were elected at the October 16, 2020, Board of Directors meeting of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. David Cox, Maryland Board of Massage Therapy Examiners, was elected to serve as president, Victoria Drago, Florida Board of Massage Therapy, was elected to serve as vice president, and Sandy Anderson, Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy was elected to serve as treasurer of the board.

FSMTB Board of Directors

  • President – David Cox – Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners
  • Vice President – Victoria Drago – Florida Board of Massage Therapy
  • Treasurer – Sandy Anderson – Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy
  • Director – Robin Alexander – Texas
  • Director – Craig Knowles – Georgia Board of Massage Therapy
  • Director – Dianne Layden – North Carolina
  • Director – Charlene Russell – Mississippi
  • Ex Officio – Debra Persinger – FSMTB Executive Director

For more information about the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, visit www.fsmtb.org.



Gainful Employment Rules Compliance Updates

Over the past two weeks, the US Department of Education issued updates to the new “Gainful Employment” (GE) regulations for vocational programs published last fall. This web post addresses the updates to prepare school owners and educators ahead of the July 1, 2024, new GE rule effective date.

New Study Reconfirms the Benefits of Touch

A recent study found that touch interventions were effective in helping regulate cortisol levels, reducing feelings of depression in adults, and having other significant benefits.

Louisiana Bill Proposes Massage Program Hour Increase

Effective October 1, 2024, Louisiana massage students will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid because massage programs are limited by Louisiana law. But there is a solution: Senate Bill 353 will increase the required education hours for massage licensure from 500 to 625. ABMP fully supports this bill, and we explain why you should too.


ABMP CE Summit: Headaches


Join us online Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for the ABMP CE Summit: Headaches, which take learners on a journey from understanding headaches to working with clients with headache pain using multiple modalities and techniques.


Podcast: Cancer, Clots, and COVID—A Complicated Client

A client was recently treated for colon cancer—and it didn’t go well. She had surgical complications, a bout of sepsis, and more. Is massage therapy safe? We discuss on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner.

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