Faculty



Full Time Faculty

Kirstie Segarra

Kirstie Segarra, MA LMT, began studying yoga and Balinese Traditional Massage seventeen years ago in Bali, Indonesia. Her teachings blend structural bodywork, specifically myofascial meridians, with modified ashtanga, iyengar, restorative and vinyasa. She also incorporates energy work, Tantra, traditional Chinese medicine, and Buddhists traditions. She incorporates her knowlege of Eastern techniques with Myofascial and Structural Bodywork. Kirstie is intentional in her integration of both philosphies and feels strongly that a great therapist should be strong in energetics as well as anatomical understandings of the body. Kirstie emphasizes anatomical structure and function of postures to prevent injury, while increasing muscle and fascia flexibility to heal and change conditioned patterns for a healthier way of living. Kirstie has begun her Doctorate studies in Integrative Medicine.

Kirstie is Chair of Integrative Health & Medical Massage at UNM-Taos, Director of the Integrative Massage Therapy Program, Chair of New Mexico Massage Therapy Board and President of Santosha Yoga. She teaches full time and co-founded the Yoga Teacher Training Program. Kirstie was recently named one of the "Remarkable Women of Taos," a year-long celebration honoring outstanding historic and contemporary women of the Taos community (www.taos.org ).

www.balinesetraditionalmassage.com 

Tony Quintana

Tony Quintana, LMT, RMTI began his training here in Taos over fifteen years ago in Shiatsu. He graduated from Scherer Institute of Natural Healing (Santa Fe) in 1999. Likewise, Tony is passionate about teaching structural bodywork that is integrated with energetics. Tony practices Tai Chi and loves weight lifting.

Kirstie and Tony work together to teach the core classes. However, many other instructors teach within our programs and our Continuing Education Programs.  We are excited about the diversity of our instructors in experience and backgrounds. The variety aids in offering a well rounded education for our students so they are throughly prepared for a field in bodywork.

Part-time Instructors include:

Heidi Gates, LMT for the past 20 years that I have lived and worked in Taos, I have focused my energy towards the instruction of the health related fields. It is my love, respect, and admiration for the human body that has encouraged me to keep educating myself in this field. Beginning in the fitness industry and transitioning to Massage and Spa, I have endeavored to stay current; to keep expanding my resources, and to share my experience with people looking to have growth in their careers or lives in this area of study


Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw, LMT, RMTI is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM where he studied with Dr. Vasant Lad for two years. He offers a combination of advanced bodywork modalities: Thai Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy and fascial-release techniques. He has been practicing therapeutic bodywork since 1991 as a graduate of the National Holistic Institute in CA. He has specialized in Traditional Thai Massage for over fifteen years.   www.dancingelephantstudio.com/healingart/

William

William "Ganesh" Veal, DC for Cranial Sacral Therapy

After twenty five years of practicing Cranial Sacral Therapy, Lee Veal, 
AKA Ganesh, maintains a teaching and clinical practice in Taos, Boulder, 
and Kansas City. His unique and fresh approach resources a wide range of 
modalities to create an exciting educational environment.   www.babycranial.com

Daniel Eagle

Daniel Eagle, LMT is an instructor in Tai Qi and Martial Arts. He is a graduate of or IMTP program and has over 25 years of experience in martial arts.

Lucy McCall owns and operates Avala Mesa Miracles, wildcrafted tinctures and flower essences for over 25 years. She teachers Herology for our Holistic Health and Healing Arts Program. She is also an astrologer for natal to Jyotish (Vedic). She has an apprenstice program where one can live in a tipi in rural Northern New Mexico while learning Wildcrafting, Medicine Making, Medical-Astrology and more.   http://laplaza.org/~herbs/

Ana ChavezAna Chavez is a native New Mexican Sobadora, born and raised in the Land of Enchantment.

A Sobadora, or native healer by birth, Ana learned the healing traditions from both of her grandmothers. Ana recognized at an early age that she was a conduit for healing energy.

Focusing that energy Ana investigated traditional forms of healing, studied modern massage, anatomy and physiology and received training in polarity therapy, shiatsu and other healing modalities.   www.taosrocks.com