Meet The Instructors And Staff

Rebecca Farraway LMT, E-RYT-200, BCMT

Owner & CEO

Rebecca Farraway is the owner and founder of Zion Massage College, a Massage Therapy and Bodywork college that offers a 900 hour comprehensive blend of Traditional and Modern approaches to soft tissue manipulation and energy balancing. She is also the owner and founder of Study Healing, which offers continuing education classes in Massage, Bodywork, Mindfulness, breathwork and Meditation.

Rebecca has made it her life’s work to study and teach traditional massage, bodywork and healing techniques from around the world. For over 20 years Rebecca has taught and studied Traditional Thai Massage & Bodywork in Thailand and various places around the world, she studied Barefoot Massage styles in India, Thailand, Hawaii, Fiji, Japan and in the U.S. Rebecca studied Gua-Sha (by its various names) in China, Vietnam, Thailand, and the U.S. She has also extensively studied a variety of other soft-tissue manipulation, energy healing techniques and herbal applications in Peru and Mexico.

Early on in her career, Rebecca observed that traditional practitioners and teachers of Massage Therapy and Bodywork frequently blend meditation, contemplative exercises, and other healthy lifestyle practices with their Massage Therapy and Bodywork practice. Staying true to this tradition, Rebecca is also an ardent practitioner, student, and teacher of meditation, yoga, qi-gong, and breathwork. She has studied with monks, swamis, shamans, and healers from many cultures and spiritual backgrounds to compare and contrast the universal factors that foster a life filled with growth, contribution, connection, and peace. She teaches trainings around the world on Massage, Bodywork, Sound Healing, Meditation, Breathwork and Mindfulness. In addition, she is a certified Yoga & Qi-Gong Instructor, musician, ardent nature lover, and, depending on the day, a pretty big fan of cold plunges & ice baths.

Christina Frantzen, LMT, MLD-C

Program Director / Instructor

After graduating from Massage School in 2000, Christina spent many years in the Destination Spa atmosphere in Southern California. She brings over 10+ years of Spa Management Experience including experience in Managing the #1 Spa in the Nation, Conde Nast Traveler.
 
In addition to her experience with massage therapy, Christina holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences with an emphasis in Physical Therapy and Medical Social Work and, an Associate’s of Science.
 
In 2014 Christina moved from California to St. George. Upon moving to St. George, she began working at MoVara Fitness Resort and Spa as an LMT and, also began working as an Instructor at Zion Massage College. From the moment we met Christina, the ZMC team knew that she was a valuable and perfect match for our college’s mission, values and for the quality education, which we continually strive to give our students.
 
Christina loves to hike in nature, spending time with those closest to her, and learning. Christina specializes in a variety of modalities but has extensively studied WATSU and other water based modalities such as Aquatic Integration. Christina is a strong advocate of lifelong learning within the massage therapy profession. She takes new continuing education classes each year and believes that it is imperative that all LMTs make time for continuing their education in the exciting field of massage therapy.

Everett Hunt, LMT, SI

Instructor

Attended UCMT in Salt Lake City, Utah during 2005-2006. During his time there he learned about fascia and how it can be changed to actually manipulate and shape the body. Not knowing where massage therapy would eventually take him, Everett found his path with Structural Integration. After graduating in March of 2006, Everett completed a graduate program with Structural Bodyworks in Kaysville Utah. Following school, Everett began working in Park City, Utah and quickly built a clientele consisting of Olympic skiers and gymnasts. After gaining valuable experience, Everett eventually moved to St. George where he works as full time therapist at Red Mountain Spa. Everett practices and embodies his belief that proper body mechanics taught in school, therapists can enjoy a massage career which spans decades

Rocio Lopez

Lead Admin Assistant/Financing

Originally from California, Rocio has resided in St. George for the last several years. She has an Associate Degree from Dixie State University. She loves helping the students, staff members and guests at Zion Massage College. Her calm, kind nature, intelligence, and ability to listen to others are a breath of fresh air to everyone that meets her. When not working, you can find her spending time with family, playing with her mini Schnauzer, or reading a book. We are so grateful to have her as part of our team.

Shalyn Padayao

Admissions and FSA Coordinator

With a passion for service, learning, and a firm belief in the body’s ability to heal itself, Shalyn is an enthusiastic member of our administrative team. As the Admissions Coordinator, she is always excited to help prospective students realize the opportunity to develop their talents for healing and helping others.

Shalyn is a mother, a musician and an animal lover. Her favorite place to be is out in nature. From the oceans of Hawaii to the red rock mountains of St George, outdoors is where she finds peace.

Julie Humphries, LMT, BCTMB

Clinic Facilitator

Originally from California, Julie went to Provo College and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Therapeutic Massage Technology in February 2000. Julie has taught massage in Provo and Las Vegas. Julie has been in St. George for the last 8 years and loves it. She has a certificate in medical coding and billing and has worked in a chiropractic office as an office manager, billing and coding, and massage therapist. Julie loves to spend time hiking with her family.

Karey Bleak, MS, LMT, CLT

Instructor

Karey’s first career interest was to become a massage therapist, however she opted to attend college instead. After graduating, she taught high school biology and chemistry for several years before deciding to stay home full-time to be with her young family . In 2005 the call to become a massage therapist grew strong once again; she enrolled at Ann Arbor Institute of Massage in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the fall of 2005 and graduated a year later. Soon after, she moved to St George with her two young sons, enjoying the sun and outdoor adventures here ever since. Karey is certified in Orthopedic Massage and as a certified lymphedema therapist. She has also taken several classes in CranioSacral therapy and Energy Balancing. In addition to being an instructor at ZMC, Karey has a private massage and bodywork practice in St George. She is passionate about helping her clients feel their best, and loves being a part of her students’ journey as they embark in their own amazing and fulfilling career as a massage therapist. Karey enjoys hiking, trail running, swimming, gardening, backpacking, cycling, watersports and is game to try just about anything else that doesn’t require her to jump from high heights!

Nancy Lilledahl, LMT

Instructor/Teaching Assistant

Originally from Minnesota, Nancy has resided in Utah for 4 years and has recently moved to Saint George where she is loving the warm desert climate. Horses are Nancy’s passion and she feels blessed to have been involved with them professionally for over 35 years. She also holds an Associate Degree in Interior Design. Nancy enjoys a fun and healthy lifestyle and when she’s not working, you can find her hiking in the mountains, out target practicing with her handguns or taking ballroom dance lessons. Nancy is a 2019 graduate of Zion Massage College and is currently practicing massage at Red Mountain Resort.

Cori Halterman, LMT, CLT

Instructor

Attended UCMT Lindon Campus, graduated March 2011. Cori was inspired by amazing teachers to become an “Elite” bodyworker by striving for perfect attendance, 4.0 grades and taking advantage of every opportunity to learn more. She has worked at various spas including Amangiri and massaging on the houseboats at Lake Powell for Antelope Point. In addition to her private practice she has taught Anatomy, Pathology and Reflexology at UCMT, Orem Campus and still maintains VIP clientelle at Lake Powell.

Cori is fascinated by the complexity and miraculous design of human body and it’s ability to heal itself when given the proper nutrition and care. Being a facilitator in healing is her goal with every client. Teaching is one of Cori‘s passions. Assisting students in maximizing their education and becoming “elite” therapists motivates her in the classroom. She is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist who has worked with clients suffering from this debilitating disease. Workshops and learning forums are Cori‘s idea of “me time”.

At home, Cori enjoys her large family and charming husband. She loves to dance, sing, play the piano, grow flowers and vegetables, read anything by Dr. Fuhrman and wants to live in Rivendell, the Elven realm of Middle earth, in her next life.

Veronica Hunt

Instructor

Veronica Hunt graduated from the Nevada School of Massage Therapy in 2010, where she learned a variety of modalities and has been integrating her various skills throughout the past 9 years.
Veronica was drawn to the body’s ability to heal itself and continues to utilize her expertise to assist in the body’s healing process.

Through compassionate and careful listening, she thoughtfully tailors each massage session in accordance with the client’s needs and requests, personalizing an individualized overall experience for each client.
One of her specialties and favorite modalities is Cranial Sacral Therapy, which can be beneficial for relaxation, headache relief or prevention. In addition to Cranial Sacral Therapy, she is skilled in Deep Tissue, Swedish and Prenatal Massage.

Veronica is also skilled, respectfully, in body treatments, such as wraps and scrubs, and believes that the energetic element to body treatments can be integrated with Massage Therapy to achieve total health through balance and wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

When Veronica isn’t teaching, you can find her at Sagestone Spa, located at Red Mountain Resort.

Keri-Sue Hansen

DOPL License #9649265-1101 Student Services Coordinator

Originally from Nevada, Keri-Sue has claimed Utah as her home for many years. When not busy working towards a degree in Animation she loves spending time with friends and family. Along with 6+ years of customer service experience, Keri-Sue is a Licensed Cosmetologist. She loves using her knowledge to help students stay on track with their goals and finish their courses. She can be found working hard at the front desk of the Ashibar Spa to also provide an amazing experience for LMT and clients alike. Her favorite quote is “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” ~Oprah

Sarah Wolfe, LMT

DOPL License #10337586-4701 Clinic Facilitator and Instructor/Teaching Assistant

Sarah and her family came to beautiful Saint George in 2015. She graduated from Zion Massage College in April of 2017. She chose ZMC because of the extensive and thorough curriculum and loves many of the eastern and classical modalities offered. She took and passed the MBLEx two months before she graduated and was immediately hired less than two weeks later at Sage Stone Spa at Red Mountain Resort, where she worked for three years. She has also worked as a Spa Manager/LMT at a local day spa. Since October 2020, she has been focusing on her private practice. She loves being a Licensed Massage Therapist and she is very passionate about what she does. She is excited to now join the ZMC family as a Clinic Facilitator. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being outdoors and working out. 

Teresa Lever, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., CMPE

DOPL License #8935661-1201 Bookkeeper and Instructor

Teresa has a varied and rich background in healthcare.  As a medical practice executive, she served in many roles throughout her healthcare career, including CEO of a pediatric urgent care organization.  In 2006, she formed a consulting company and worked with physicians and surgeons reviewing and auditing their administrative, financial and medical clinic systems. In 2009, she moved to Hawaii to return to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating in 2015 from the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ICAOM) in Honolulu.  In 2018, she concluded her educational pursuit with her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Health and Science (PCHS) in San Diego.  She has also completed the Medical Cannabis Certification program for healthcare professionals also offered through PCHS.  She is a licensed practitioner in the State of Utah (L.Ac.) and a Diplomat of Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.) through the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).  

 

She returned to St George in 2018 and began her teaching career in the Medical Specialties program at Stevens Henager College.  In early 2019, she assumed the responsibilities as the Head of the college’s business department.   Teaching and supporting medical and business students in their educational and professional pursuits, quickly became a treasured opportunity. In addition to teaching, she has established an acupuncture practice in St George and Cedar City, providing treatment, education, support and laughter for patients on their healing journeys. She enjoys long walks, books of all types, bike rides, and hiking the deserts and canyons of Southern Utah.  

Ronnel Reimschiissel, LMT

DOPL License #11113018-4701 Instructor/Teaching Assistant

Ronnel has been a massage therapist since 2019. She chose massage therapy as a way to help bring positive energy and healing to people. She loves that massage allows her to provide for her family while also staying home with her adorable children. She loved being a student and immersed in the world of massage. Her experience as a student is what drives her to create a learning environment where everyone feels confident and excited about their futures. 

Paul Dunsdon, (BCTMB, MMP, SMP, LMT) (NASM- CPT, CES, PES)

DOPL License #7453550-4701 Instructor

Paul is board certified with the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and BodyWork (NCBTMB) and is a licensed medical massage practitioner who specializes in sports massage and athletic performance.

 

Paul has been serving the Southern Utah community since 2008 providing clinical, therapeutic, medical, and performance-enhancing sports massage to the community and area visitors. He also holds dual certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Performance Exercise Specialist. Paul is affiliated with the college of health sciences at Utah Tech University with a focus on the exercise science and sports medicine programs and has worked with a diverse group of student-athletes and Special Olympics teams for both regular and adaptive sports. Paul is also continuing his personal growth by advancing his education at UTU as he works toward a degree in clinical exercise physiology certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. Since 2010, he has been the captain of the massage team for all Ironman St. George events include: IMSG 70.3 US Pro Championships, MSG 70.3 North American Pro Championships, IMSG 70.3 World Championships, 2021 Ironman World Championship- Hawaii. Paul is a sought-after instructor in Sports Massage theory and technique and is an authorized provider of continuing education through The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Paul has worked with youth, student, amateur, professional and Olympic athletes alike and offers a post-graduate internship program for those looking to develop their medical and sports massage skills.

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