DSM encourages staff to create a mutual feeling of support that will permeate the student body. Our friendly and helpful administration is dedicated to providing excellent service to all our students. While our professional staff are always committed to ongoing improvements in the school and the program, they are actively involved in establishing and upholding high standards of education and practice.

Nancy W. Dail, B.A., L.M.T.
Director

Suzanne Ash
Director of Education

Emily A. Waltz, B. S., L.M.T.
Assistant Director
Director of Admissions and Continuing Education
DSM Store Manager

Kim Lewis-Lash, L. M. T.
Bookkeeper

Suzanne Ash and Patti Corscaden

  * Nancy W. Dail, B.A., L. M. T., NCTMB
began her professional career in massage in 1974, combining acupuncture, Aikido, and Western Massage; the essence of which is the foundation of technique classes at DSM. Nancy has a B.A. in Health, Arts, and Science from Goddard College, VT. Now a leader in her field, she is a member of the AMTA National Sports Massage Team, and is Nationally Certified in Theraputic Massage and Bodywork. She has served on the AMTA National Board, numerous committees, COMTA, and was Charter President of the Maine chapter of the AMTA. Nancy participated at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and has presented for 8 years in Boston at the Complementary Medicine Symposium. An international representative for massage, she presented at a university in Belgorod, Russia in the fall of 1997. At home in Waldoboro, Nancy writes and reviews books for the industry, and has been published in the Massage Therapy Journal and in a Russian massage text in Moscow, Russia. She keeps her administrative duties at DSM balanced by teaching Dimensional Massage Therapy, Kinesiology, Ethics, and other related subjects.
 
    John Balletto
B.Sc., L.M.T., C.K.T.P.
Sports Massage
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Raymond Moriyasu
A.B., M.A., L.M.T.
Chronic Pain
 
  * Patricia Corscaden
L.M.T.
Lymph Zone, Elder Massage, CranioSacral Therapy
Aloisia Pollock
Certified Reflexologist
Reflexology

 
    William Dail
B.A., L.M.T.
Anatomy
  Louis M. Pontillo
M.S., L.Ac.
Centering
 
    Zachary Fields
B.F.A., L.M.T.
Deep Tissue
  Emily Waltz
B.S., L.M.T.
Hydrotherapy, Anatomy, Deep Tissue, Maniken® Muscles
 
  * Lucy Goulet
B.A., M.A., L.M.T.
Shiatsu
  Peter West
B.A., B.S., D.C.
Pathology, Physiology and Postural Assessment
 
    Amy Jirsa
B.A., M.A., M.H., L.M.T.
Business Design
  * Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork  
 

 

 

     

About Our Faculty

DSM offers experienced teachers in the wide variety of subjects presented in our core program, as well as in our electives. Faculty encourages each student to succeed through individual attention and support. They continually create supportive, imaginative teaching methods for greater student benefit. The faculty are able to give meaningful, precise feedback to help students make improvements in hands-on work. They are committed to ongoing training through their frequent participation in a wide variety of continuing education programs. Most of all, these talented teachers are able to inspire students to follow their passion.

John Balletto, B.Sc., L.M.T., C.K.T.P., a graduate of Bates College, Lewiston, ME, is a licensed massage therapist, author, educator, researcher and certified KinesioTaping® Practitioner in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island. He is past National Vice-President of the American Massage Therapy Association, past President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, the Fascia Research Society, the Kinesio Taping® Association International and an affiliate member of the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to his private practice, he serves as a peer reviewer for several massage therapy publications and as the massage therapist for several collegiate and professional athletic teams, John currently serves as the Chair of the RI State Board of Licensed Massage Therapists. John is an avid sculler, gardener, beekeeper and nature photographer. He currently lives with his wife, Janet, in Warwick, RI. John teaches Sports Massage at DSM.

Patricia Corscaden, L.M.T., is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She has been in private practice since graduating from DSM in June of 1994. Patti began studying Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) with Dr. Bruno Chikly through the Upledger Institute in June of 1997, and has completed three levels of study. She has completed Level 2 of CranioSacral Therapy and is a third-degree Reiki practitioner. Patti has completed 60 hours of training in oncology massage theory and clinical study. At DSM, Patti teaches CranioSacral Therapy, Introduction to Oncology Massage, and Elder Massage. She also teaches a continuing education course, Less Is More: Effective and Safe Massage for Your Clients with Cancer, at DSM and in the adult education system. Patti has her private practice in Newcastle, Maine.

Nancy W. Dail, B.A., L.M.T., has a B.A. in Health, Arts, and Science from Goddard College in Vermont. She began her professional career in massage in 1974, combining acupuncture, Aikido, and Western massage, the essence of which is the foundation of technique classes at DSM. Now a leader in her field, she is a member of the AMTA National Sports Massage Team, and is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She has served on the AMTA National Board, numerous committees, COMTA, and was Charter President of the Maine Chapter of the AMTA. Nancy participated at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and presented for 8 years in Boston at the annual Complementary Medicine Symposium. An international representative for massage, she presented at a university in Belgorod, Russia, in the fall of 1997. At home in Waldoboro, Nancy reviews books for the industry, has produced A Gift of Touch, the DVD used in the program at DSM, and was the lead author of Kinesiology for Manual Therapies published by McGraw-Hill in January of 2010. Nancy is certified in orthopedic massage. She keeps her administrative duties as DSM director in balance by teaching Dimensional Massage Therapy, Kinesiology, Ethics, and other related subjects. Click here for more information about Nancy’s teaching schedule beyond the walls of Downeast School of Massage, her publications, and her private practice as a massage therapist.

William Dail, B.A., L.M.T., is a 2009 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in French. He graduated from the Downeast School of Massage in 2011 with a specialty in Shiatsu. He has a Dimensional approach toward bodywork; integrating techniques from workshops with David Lauterstein, Tom Myers, George Russell, Zachary Fields, and Jim Hackett, and others. William practices in chiropractic offices, privately, and in top spa/resort environments. William teaches Anatomy in the September program.

Zachary Fields, B.F.A., L.M.T., graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1998 where he studied with internationally known presenter and founder of CSMT, Bob King. For many years he assisted Bob King’s Myofascial workshops at DSM and at the New England AMTA Conference. While working as a massage therapist, he completed a degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine in 2004 and now teaches at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine. Zachary blends the healing arts and visual arts through teaching and practicing art and massage therapy. He teaches Deep Tissue at DSM.

Lucy Goulet, M.A., L.M.T., Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, began practicing massage in 1973. Beginning at Ananda in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lucy has studied shiatsu at the Ohashi Institute in New York and is a member of AOBTA and a past president of the Maine AMTA Chapter. Lucy started her practice in Camden, Maine, in 1982 and over the years has had extensive training in Bio-Energetic Therapy, Yoga, Polarity, and NMT. Her vast experience is incorporated in her Shiatsu classes at DSM.

Amy Jirsa, B.A., M.A., M.H., L.M.T., is a writer, licensed massage therapist, blogger, herbalist, E-RYT 500 yoga instructor, and author of The Herbal Goddess Guide (Storey Publishing). She graduated from the Downeast School of Massage in 2016, and has studied at both the Namasté Institute, Portland, Maine, and 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, Arizona. She's a sucker for mystery novels, hot chocolate, anything in the woods, anything green, long winters, and wild weather. She is a teacher and a student and believes that, with enough practice, anything is (probably) possible. Amy teaches Business Design at DSM.

Ray Moriyasu holds a master’s degree in counseling and is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. He has a private practice in Rhode Island. He has been an instructor in the Holistic Counseling Program at Salve Regine University in Newport since 1984 and at Brown University Learning Community since 1985. Ray has taught Chronic Pain at DSM since 1985.

Aloisia Pollock, Reflexologist, was certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) in 1996. She has been practicing since 1988 and currently her practice covers the Jefferson and Damariscotta, Maine, areas. She also owns and operates Sunset Cabins, a vacation spot on Damariscotta Lake. Aloisia is a former president of the Maine Council of Reflexologists and attends international Reflexology conferences. She has a business and education background, studies and instructs Yoga, and has a national sweater business. Aloisia teaches Reflexology at DSM.

Louis M. Pontillo, M.S., L.Ac., has been a student of East Asian philosophy and physical arts for nearly thirty years. He holds a B.S. in Professional Health Sciences, and an M.S. in Oriental Medicine. He is board certified in acupuncture, and licensed in the State of Maine to practice acupuncture and custom Chinese herbal formulas. Louis is an avid practitioner of the martial arts, and loves to share what he practices. He teaches Centering at DSM and lives in Montville with his family. Visit Louis’s Web site at www.dragonrainhealth.com

Emily Waltz, B.S., L.M.T., is a 2002 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Marine Biology and a minor in Arts. Emily is the Assistant Director, Director of Admissions, director of Continuing Education, and DSM Store Manager. She graduated from DSM in 2004. Combining her love and knowledge of science, water, and the art of touch, Emily teaches Anatomy, Physiology, Hydrotherapy, Deep Tissue, Maniken,® and supervises Clinic. In her practice, A Touch of Aquarius, she specializes in Therapeutic Massage, pregnancy massage, Shiatsu, and hydrotherapy treatments, and perinatal massage.

Peter West, D.C., operates a chiropractic office in Wiscasset, Maine. He received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, Farmington, and a B.S. and D.C. from the National College of Chiropractic. Dr. West teaches Pathology, Physiology, and Static & Motion Analysis at DSM. He lives with his family in Wiscasset and frequently runs in marathons. He co-teaches Integrating Chiropractic and Massage Therapy workshops with Nancy Dail.

Continuing Education Faculty

DSM offers continuing education for all manual therapists. Practitioners register for our workshops based on content but also on our amazing, experienced instructors who travel here from all over the country. For a complete list of our yearly continuing education workshops and bios see: www.downeastschoolofmassage.net and click on the continuing education button.

Highlight bios:

David Lauterstein is Co-director of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, TX. and has taught Deep Massage: The Lauterstein Method, throughout England and the U.S. since 1982. David is one of the most highly respected educators in the massage therapy realm, was inducted in 2011 into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, was awarded "Teacher of the Year" by AMTA in 2013 and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education in 2014.  He is the author of the book, Putting the Soul Back in the Body, The Deep Massage Book, and former editor of Massage Therapy Journal. He is also a faculty member of the Zero Balancing Health Association. His background prior to massage therapy was in philosophy and music composition. He is the composer of the massage CD, "Roots and Branches."

Timothy Agnew, completed the ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified) course requirements under the guidance of Barry University in Miami, and finished the program at the University of South Florida. He is co-author of the textbook Kinesiology for Manual Therapies (McGraw Hill, 2010). Timothy has trained in the Japanese martial art aikido for 25 years, with a focus on internal power and its relationship to fascia. He has a private practice in Sarasota, FL and teaches his concepts globally.

CORE Myofascial Therapy has been taught throughout the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Germany and Greece for the past 25 years. CORE Myofascial Therapy was developed in 1990 by George Kousaleos, LMT, founder of the CORE Institute in Tallahassee, FL. George has been an international leader in the fields of Structural Integration, Myofascial Therapy and Sports & Performance Bodywork. He has taught at state, regional, national and international conferences and has served as the Vice-Chair of the Florida Board of Massage Therapy (1986-1994), Chair of the National Certification Council (1990-92), Vice-President and Trustee of the Massage Therapy Foundation (1993-2000), and Co-Director of the International Sports Massage Team of the 2004 Athens Olympics. George currently serves as the Director of the CORE Sports Bodywork Team that works with the Florida State University National Championship Football Team since 2011. George has been honored with the AMTA's President's Award and was selected in the Charter class of the Massage Hall of Fame.

Jo-Ann Wilson, M.Ed., nationally certified and licensed massage therapist was a longstanding associate of the late Jack Meagher, pioneer of sportsmassage. She is the Director of Wilson Meagher Sportstherapy, a program within which she trains massage and physical therapists worldwide, and offers workshops for horse owners. Jo-Ann is the Sports Therapist for the United States Equestrian 3 day Eventing Team. She has served as Sports Therapist for the US Eventing Team for Horses and Riders at the 2015 Pan American Games, Toronto Canada, the US Olympic 3 Day Event Team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia. When she was not working for the United States, Jo-Ann was the official Team Therapist for horses and riders for the Canadian Equestrian Team. Jo-Ann continues to maintain a human practice as well, using the Wilson Meagher Method with her human clients. She is a graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts (now Cortiva Institute). Her current practice includes all levels of equestrian sports including eventing, dressage, hunters, jumpers, driving, racing and pleasure horse companions.