Alumni Spotlight - Massage Therapy

Aaron McDonald

At a Glance
Name: Aaron McDonald
Major: Massage Therapy
Class of: 2020
Employer: Massage Therapist at Omni Bedford Springs Resort

Q & A
  • Why did you choose your major?
    I knew that I wanted to do something that could help people, and massage therapy looked like a great way to do that!
  • What advice would you give to students interested in your career path?
    Don’t wait. Massage therapy is growing quickly and it offers so much diversity in all of the different directions you can take your career. 
  • What was your overall experience at ACM?
    It was amazing! Everybody was so kind and helpful from my first day walking into the Everett campus to the day I graduated from the main campus. They really seemed to take an interest in the future of the individual.  
  • Who was your favorite ACM Faculty/Staff member?  Why?
    That’s impossible to choose! All of my teachers were so unique in so many different ways. They each had such a passion for what they were teaching that it made it exciting to keep coming back and learning more! 
  • What is your greatest achievement in your career?
    I would have to say that my greatest achievement so far is the progress I’ve made with one client in particular. I’ve seen such drastic changes through our sessions together that it’s really eye-opening to see the impact that regular massage can have on a person.
  • Additional Comments:
    I would really like to point out once again how kind the faculty and staff were to me. I was amazed how quickly they learned my name, my major, my future goals, and really seemed to take an interest in seeing me succeed. They all showed such great support and it was truly a blessing. 

 

Renea Noto

At a Glance
Name: Renea Noto
Position: Massage Therapist
Year: 2017
Employer: Rejuvenating Massage Therapy by Renea
Major: Massage Therapy

Q & A
  • Why did you choose your major?
    I chose my major because I wanted to have more peace in my life and help others embrace the benefits that massage can provide.
  • What advice would you give to students interested in your career path?
    Students, massage therapy is a form of art that can calm the mind and heal the body.  Helping others daily with their body pain is really rewarding.
  • What was your overall experience at ACM?
    My overall experience with ACM was inspiring; the staff wants to see you grow to be the best you can be. 
  • Who was your favorite ACM Faculty/Staff member?  Why?
    I would have to say that June Bracken was my favorite; she is wonderful and was there when I needed her the most.
  • What is your greatest achievement in your career?
    My greatest achievement was to start my own practice out of my home.  ACM gave me the confidence that I needed to make my dreams come true.

 

Samantha Davis

At a Glance
Name: Samantha Davis
Position: Massage Therapist
Year: 2014
Employer: Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Major: Massage Therapy

Q & A
  • Why did you choose your major?
    My younger sister was diagnosed with Rett syndrome which is a rare genetic mutation disorder that affects the brain. I always wanted to work with people, but I wanted to do something different in the health field. I did some research and I saw different alternative therapies, one of which was Massage Therapy and I just went with it!
  • What advice would you give to students interested in your career path?
    I would practice first on family/friends to see if you enjoy and feel comfortable with massage.

    Also, It’s definitely a physical job so make sure you’re taking care of yourself first. With any heath field we tend to forget about ourselves.
  • What was your overall experience at ACM?
    My overall experience at ACM was great. My massage classes were small, which I loved because I felt I got that one on one attention that gave me the guidance I needed to become a successful massage therapist.
  • Who was your favorite ACM Faculty/Staff member?  Why?
    Kirsten Hansen hands down!

    Kirsten always made a stressful situation enjoyable!  Medical massage was one of my favorite classes and I still use her techniques into my sessions to this day!
  • What is your greatest achievement in your career?
    This is going to sound cheesy, but for my guest at Bedford Springs Resort to have a great experience with me! Communication is key for massage!

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