About Us

Tommy Rust
Rebecca Holstein
Mary Bryant
Carrie Crosbie
Janet Taylor Gray
Donald Jacobs
James Kaler
Julia Lurita Whitworth Lewis
Sylvia Mata
Robert (Mac) McMillan
Jeff Neal
Andy Riffe
Tyree Beaton-Robinette
Tracey Rose
Rick Salazar
Laura Pickle-Tanner
Rhonda Taylor
Victor Terrazas

Sharon Tinker
Lynn Webster
Paul Wells
Tashina Yoshii


Faculty List

Mary Bryant, LMT, MTI
Mary is a practicing therapist for over seven years. Her primary focus has been aimed at Eastern Arts. She is professionally associated with the International Massage Association. Mary is in the process of obtaining certification through the Upledger Institute for Craniosacral Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Mary has taught with TMI for four years and continues to train therapists in the art of Hydrotherapy, Aromatherapy, Polarity, Reflexology, and Shiatsu.

Carrie Crosbie, LMT, MTI
Carrie is the former therapist of the Dallas Burn and has received extensive training in Orthopedic Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue. She has been involved in the Spa industry for over four years and maintains a private practice. Carrie primarily instructs Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Core, but also is a substitute for Swedish Technique, Health and Hygiene, and Hydrotherapy.

Janet Taylor Gray, B.S., LMT, CHT, MT (ASCP), Reiki Master
Janet Gray is an Instructor of many talents with over 2500 hours of continuing education. She holds a B.S. in Medical Technology, a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and Secondary Education Certification. Janet is a Clinical Hypnotherapist with over 100 hours training in AstroPsychology, Stellar Healing, and Hermetic Astrology. She is a Certified Instructor of Prenatal ReImprinting. Janet is also an Honorary Doctor of Divinity and a Doctor of Metaphysics. Janet is certified in Reflexology, Polarity, Aromatherapy, Sports Massage, Acupressure, Environmental Stress Management, and more. Janet instructs Anatomy and Physiology, and substitutes for all advanced courses.

Rebecca Holstein, LMT, MTI
Rebecca serves as Director of the Plano Campus. Rebecca has been a massage therapist for 6 years and involved in the Spa industry. She has studied Deep Tissue, Trigger Point and Reflexology for two years. She enjoys learning new techniques and anything that may better herself as a therapist and instructor. Rebecca is currently teaching Swedish Massage Tech, Health & Hygiene, Hydrotherapy, Business Practices and Professional Ethics, and Trigger Point.

Donald Jacobs, A.S., B.S., M.E., LMT, MTI
Donald has three engineering degrees, an Associate in Science in Engineering Science, A Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He worked as an engineer in several Fortune 500 companies for over 29 years, until he had two large toxic exposures and developed multiple chemical sensitivities. After detoxification and healing, he is devoting his time to the natural healing arts, receiving over 700 hours of training at the Texas Massage Institute. He combines many Eastern and Western healing modalities, including Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, Reflexology, essential oils, Reiki, crystals & gem stones, and Polarity Therapy. He is also a macrobiotic counselor.

James Kaler, M.A., B.S., LMT, MTI
James has been instructing students since 1997. He has developed alternative education programs and implemented geriatric care programs. James is a member of the International Massage Association. James instructs Health and Hygiene, Hydrotherapy, Business Practices and Professional Ethics, and Anatomy and Physiology.

Julia Lurita Whitworth Lewis, Ph.D., M.S., B.S., MTI, LMT
Julia has been a practicing therapist for over six years and is a Professional Member of Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Practitioners. She is certified in prenatal massage and a massage doula. Julia enjoys instructing technique based courses and is qualified to Instruct Swedish Technique, Health and Hygiene, Business Practices and Professional Ethics, and additional Advance Courses and CEs.

Sylvia Mata, LMT, MTI
Sylvia is a TMI graduate and is registered as a Massage Therapy Instructor. She is a practicing Massage Therapist and specializes in helping interns to improve their technical and professional skills while overseeing the student clinic.

Robert (Mac) McMillan, MTI, LMT
Mac has focused academic achievements towards specific goals rather than broad degrees. He has invested over four years of specific studies at San Diego City College in California and UCLA. Mac is also well experienced with technical venues all mastered during 21 years of active service in the Navy. Mac comes to TMI with a wealth of knowledge and experience specializing in trigger point, acupressure, reflexology, chair massage, infant massage, myofacial release, hot stone massage, and much more. Mac is a Substitute Instructor able to instruct Health and Hygiene, Business Practice and Professional Ethics, and Swedish Technique.

Jeff Neal, LMT, MTI
Jeff is a Chiropractic Intern for Parker College of Chiropractic. He graduated from the North Texas School of Swedish Massage. He serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and has been practicing massage therapy for over six years. Jeff currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology and substitutes for Hydrotherapy, Health and Hygiene, Business Practices and Professional Ethics, and Clinical Anatomy and Physiology.

Andy Riffe, B.S., LMT, MTI
Andy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Promotion from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He graduated with honors from Wellness Skills and has received advanced training in Trigger Point, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy and Polarity Therapy. He has experience with corporate chair, out-calls, therapeutic and spa-oriented massage. He is currently a full-time student at Parker College of Chiropractic Medicine. Andy teaches basic Anatomy & Physiology as well as advanced Clinical Anatomy & Physiology.

Tyree Beaton-Robinette, LMT, MTI
Tyree has been a Massage Therapist since 1987 and has had over 1200 hours of continuing education. She has been a teacher of adult learners for more than 20 years. She is not only a dedicated teacher, but intends to remain a ‘learner-of-life.’ She is also a graduate of an extensive Healing Arts program. Tyree teaches Health & Hygiene, Business, Hydrotherapy, Trigger Point and the Core program.

Tracey Rose, MTI, LMT, Reiki Master
Tracey serves as the Director of our El Paso campus. She has been a practicing therapist since 1998 and an Instructor since 2001. She has been in private practice for 8 years and is currently pursuing her BA in Human Services at the University of Phoenix. Tracey teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Hydrotherapy, and substitutes for all of our Basic Program courses.

Tommy Rust, MEd, R.R.T., R.C.P., LMT, MTI
Tommy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas and his master’s degree from Texas A&M at Commerce. He has been in the health care field for 33 years as a therapist, educator, and businessman. He teaches Health & Hygiene and business.

Rick Salazar, A.S., LMT, MTI, Reiki Master
Rick has been a practicing therapist for over four years with an Associate of Science in Computer Science. His primary focus is chair massage and energy based work. Rick is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. He currently leads a team of therapists providing chair massage for major corporations and specialty events. Rick Instructs students in Swedish Technique, Hydrotherapy, Health and Hygiene, Business Practices and Professional Ethics, Polarity Therapy, Basic Chair and Advanced Chair massage.

Laura Pickle-Tanner, B.S.,LMT, MTI
Laura graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology in 1993 and graduated with honors from Wellness Skills in 1995. She has worked for SportTherapy SW Therapy Clinic for 9 years. She teaches Swedish Technique, Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Anatomy & Physiology, Deep Tissue, CORE, Hot Stone Massage, Hydrotherapy, Health and Hygiene, and Business Practices & Professional Ethics at the Fort Worth campus where she has been employed since 1999.

Rhonda Taylor, MTI, LMT, Reiki Master Teacher
Rhonda has been a practicing therapist for over 10 years with over 5 years experience as an MTI and over 4 years as a Reiki Master Teacher. Rhonda is currently a primary classroom Intern for Montessori School Certification. Rhonda holds certification in Trigger Point therapy and over 35 hours focused towards healing energy work. She has practiced within the medical community and worked with chiropractors. Rhonda maintains her own private practice and teaches Swedish Technique, Hydrotherapy, Trigger Point Therapy, various CE courses, and substitutes for Health and Hygiene and Business Practices and Professional Ethics.

Victor Terrazas, MTI, LMT
A massage therapist since 1997, instructor since 2001 and CE provider since 2003, Victor brings a wealth of experience to TMI. Victor is the developer of the “Addressing Pain Series” workshops and a certified Work Smart Instructor. Victor is a also a member of the Texas Coalition of Massage Schools and Instructors. He stays extremely updated and active in the field, and brings that enthusiasm and passion to his workshops. With over 75 hours of Instructor Training, his instructional style is fun, rewarding and results oriented.

Sharon Tinker, MTI, LMT
Sharon finds the therapeutic side of massage therapy to be the most rewarding. She enjoys advancing her studies in structural integration and pain management. She specializes in Hydrotherapy, Infant Massage, Prenatal Massage, Chair Massage, Geriatric Massage, Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy, Orthopedic Massage and Structural Integration. Sharon is qualified to Instruct Swedish Technique, Health and Hygiene, Hydrotherapy, and a variety of Advanced Courses and CEs.

Lynn Webster, B.S., MTI, LMT
Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tarleton State University. She is a graduate of Wellness Skills with over five years experience as a therapist. Lynn has worked in the Spa industry and has been successful performing chair massage at corporate locations and events. She specializes in chair massage, pre and perinatal massage, orthopedic massage, infant massage, and sports massage. Lynn teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Hygiene, Hydro, and Business practices and Professional Ethics.

Paul Wells, PTA, NA, MTI, LMT
While attending college, Paul spent six years at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas as a Physical/Occupational Therapy assistant and Nurses Aide. Specializing in working with brain and spinal cord injured patients, he was praised for his calming effect and soothing touch. After graduating from Wellness Skills, Inc. in 1997, he began his new massage career working in and managing Rehabilitation and Chiropractic clinics. In 1999 he started his own full-time massage practice; since that time he has completed over 200 class-time hours in massage and has become a C.P.R./A.E.D. Instructor, Water Safety Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Paul is currently a Designated Spa Trainer for the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas. Through his affiliation with the Four Seasons, he was asked to help open a new $3 million Spa in Nevis, West Indies where he spent three months living and working in a beautiful tropical invironment. And he has also been the Massage Therapist to the pros of the PGA Byron Nelson Golf Tournament for the past three years. In addition to Teaching and Training, Paul maintains a full-time massage practice at deNovo, a medical spa in Dallas where he provides cutting-edge cellulite treatments along with massage therapy.

Tashina Yoshii, N.D., LMT, MTI
Tashina is the Advanced Program instructor of Shiatsu I & II. Tashina studied with Yasuo Mori (1979 – 1983) while working as an occupational therapist in pediatrics. She has been teaching traditional Japanese Shiatsu since 1985. Tashina is a Naturopathic doctor with a special interest in Earth Science of Medicine Wheel Knowledge.

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