Faculty Spotlight: New Massage Therapy Chair Comes Full Circle
Published on November 4, 2014 by ctannehill
Have you met Kerrie Jannelle, massage therapy program chair at Broadview University-Boise? Karrie started her position last month and although she’s been a massage therapist since 1999, she took a roundabout way of getting there.
“I received a bachelor’s degree in communication from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas in 1996,” said Kerrie. “After I graduated, I planned to tour Europe, so I started in London, but it was just like New York so I went north to Edinburgh. I worked at a pub and planned to move on, but I ended up staying for six months. Scotland is my absolute favorite place.”
Besides venturing to Scotland, Kerrie also worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch Paine Webber. A change in her personal circumstances helped her select massage therapy. “My husband joined the Coast Guard and was posted in Alaska. I needed a career that would travel, and I always had massage therapy in the back of my mind, so I went to school and never looked back.”
As a massage therapist, Kerrie worked in four- and five-star spas and chiropractic offices. She also helped professional mountain bikers and swimmers. “Athletes love Thai massage because of the stretching,” she said.
Two years ago, she took the next step and began teaching. “I taught basic Swedish massage at first, and then I specialized in Thai massage.” This quarter, she has substituted for several courses, including: hot stone massage and spa techniques, anatomy and physiology for massage, and deep tissue and sports massage. She also works with two massage therapy students who are completing their clinical practicum externships.
Kerrie would like to see the massage therapy program at Broadview grow. “I would love to see a workshop program start or have monthly guest speakers for students to see massage therapy in the real world.” She would also like to have more open lab time for students to practice their massage skills and see the program be more involved with sporting and corporate events in the community.
“I love teaching students and watching what they discover. I will always be a massage therapist in some fashion. Hopefully, students will love it and become successful. What is awesome about massage therapy is that the skills travel with you,” she said.