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Susan TietjenGovernment Relations Chair
Susan Tietjen

Graduated from Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy June 1995

AMTA member 1994 to current, Board Certified NCBTMB Owner/Therapist at Assisted Healing Center, Saint Paul, MN

My vision is for massage and bodywork therapist in Minnesota to be considered professionals in the business community. As professionals we need to deliver skilled and meaningful treatments that improve health and wellness for our clients. A state level credential is imperative to establishing professional standards and creating greater accessibility.

Tom RotmanSports Massage and Community Events Team Chair
Tom Rotman

I graduated from NWHSU in 2013 and became an AMTA member in 2014. I have a private practice in St. Louis Park, and I work for Keep In Touch Massage in Eagan. I have an interest in chronic pain, health and wellness, and how massage therapy can offer relief. As the AMTA sports / community awareness chairperson, my goal is to increase the number of therapists participating. I hope to serve members by promoting massage therapy both as a profession and as an important part of health and wellness for the community. I believe that massage therapy can have a profound effect on people’s lives.

House of Delegates
Tom Rotman, Mary Feterl, Joanie Holst

Mary FMary is South Dakota raised and has lived in Eagan the past 21 years.  She graduated from NWHSU in August 2005 and has been practicing almost 10 years, most of that time in chiropractic offices. Currently, she practicing within Pettis Chiropractic in Eagan since November 2010.Mary has been an AMTA member since 2005 and states “to be a member of a professional organization that truly promotes and supports the Massage Therapy profession.” as her reason for joining.  Mary recently joined the board May 2015, to learn more about how our chapter operates, to be active in the progress/promotion of the Massage Therapy profession.  She enjoys camping, and last year became the proud owner of a vintage 1959 Shasta Airflyte travel trailer!


Joanie HolstI have been practicing and teaching therapeutic massage for more than 20 years. My undergraduate training in education and athletic training is where my curiosity about
injuries and the mechanisms of soft tissue injury
began. After graduation, my main career goal was to make a difference in massage therapy education within the state of Minnesota. I was honored when I was asked to help design and launch Northwestern’s School of Massage Therapy in 2000.

The focus of my private practice and teaching is to address the soft tissue structures that are involved in chronic myofascial pain syndromes. In the classroom, I especially enjoy helping students understand the effect of distorted and dysfunctional movement on the musculoskeletal system, and of course, how therapeutic massage can effect change for those soft tissue structures. I hope to make a difference in every student’s educational experience and I want them to leave Northwestern with a renewed energy and passion for learning.

As a member of the Research Scholars program here at Northwestern, my current research interest lies in post-injury and post-surgical scar work.


  • Northern Lights School of Massage, 1990
  • Neuromuscular Therapist, 1991
  • Nat’l Cert in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, 1992
  • Bachelor of Science – Mankato State University, 1979
  • Master of Science – Capella University, 2008

Online Voting and Elections
Jeff Lockhart

Communications Chair
Position Vacant

Education Chair
Position Vacant

Membership Chair
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