Massage & Bodywork

September/October 2013

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editor's note Meeting & Greeting he loves how ABMP and technology have made it easier to get his insurance documents in a timely manner. "You made I'm fortunate to travel quite a bit it possible for us to get them on behalf of ABMP, connecting and the moment we need them." learning from many of you. One of my Hernandez is a sterling favorite venues is the American Massage example of someone who's Conference (AMC), where ABMP is nurtured a successful career proud to be the education sponsor. in bodywork. In fact, he has Most of my interactions on the road taken his passion to radio and are fulfilling, but some stand out. television in Puerto Rico. At the first AMC in Atlanta in He talks about the benefits 2011, two practitioners came to of bodywork and loves to our booth with a copy of the May/ Fred Hernandez, a 19-year member of ABMP from Puerto empower consumers, teaching June 2011 Massage & Bodywork, our Rico, and Editor-in-Chief Leslie Young connect at the them how they can live healthy award-winning issue about oncology American Massage Conference in Atlanta in May. lifestyles. He's also interested massage. It was especially meaningful in seeing advanced education to them because they were the sister raise the bar in our field. and daughter of a woman who'd died He's one example of so many exceptional bodyworkers of breast cancer. They were delightful and passionate about I wouldn't have met if not for this conference. their work and wanted to thank us for that issue. As a survivor This September, I'll be at the fall AMC in San and Massage & Bodywork editor, I was touched beyond words. Diego, September 13–15, and you can be, too. In Two years later, at the spring 2013 AMC in Atlanta, I fact, ABMP members get a $100 discount on the met longtime ABMP member Fred Hernandez from Puerto registration price through Labor Day by visiting Rico. Since joining ABMP in April 1994, Fred's seen many I can hardly wait to changes in the profession—and his association. He lives see who I'll meet and learn from! Will it be you? in one of the farthest reaches of ABMP territory, but told me his experience with ABMP's customer service has been exceptional. He said he really appreciates how ABMP has Leslie A. Young, Editor-in-Chief made his member benefits so accessible online. For example, contributors Über-traveler, Dexter addict, and founder of the Liddle Kidz Foundation, Tina Allen is a wannabe Parisian who loves massaging her son Otis. She writes books, plays with PlayDoh, and likes naps. She also makes a mean veggie macaroni and cheese (want to challenge her to a mac-off?). 10 massage & bodywork Growing up in Wisconsin, Jerrilyn Cambron was genetically predisposed to love two things: camping and the Green Bay Packers. Now in the Chicago area, she and her husband are kept busy with two adorable pups, a large tomato garden, and as many outdoor concerts as they can possibly attend. september/october 2013 Everything is new under the sun for Janice Valverde. Last year, she left the Boston area, moved with her new husband Jim to Venice, Florida, and opened a massage therapy practice. She loves swimming outdoors and delights in growing citrus and all the plants she wasn't able to grow before.

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