New Jersey Massage Staff Biographies

About our Massage Team:
All of our therapists customize the massage therapy session to meet the specific needs of their clients. All of our therapists are state certified specialists in medical and sports massage, neuromuscular trigger point therapy and shiatsu. Most of our therapists have additional training in many adjunctive approaches such as certified cancer or pregnancy massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage, Reiki, Chi healing, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Raindrop Therapy, Geriatric massage and our very special Massage Therapy Facials.

Larry Heisler, M.A., CMT:
Larry is director of one of the premier massage schools in New Jersey, The North Jersey Massage Training Center and director of massage for four elite facilities offering massage therapy services. New Jersey Massage, LLC has its main office at the Parsippany Medical Complex. Since 1976, Larry has trained thousands of massage therapists, has given nearly 50,000 massage treatments and has conducted presentations throughout the country. This year his school and therapy facility celebrate their 30th anniversary. With advanced degrees in massage therapy, nutrition, counseling, education, interfaith ministry, meditation and music, Larry has touched and inspired the lives of so many.

Kathleen McCready, LMT:
Kathy is the director of the TerraSky Center for Wellness in Summit, one of the elite facilities New Jersey Massage offers massage services in. As a young woman growing up in New York, she became a student of The Julliard School and graduated from The School of American Ballet. She danced under the direction of Russian choreographer George Ballanchine. Later on she performed classical ballet with the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco and the New Jersey Ballet companies. Her dance career blossomed on Broadway starring in such well known productions as “Sugar Babies.” A true world class athlete, she is a constant advocate of health and wellness. With licenses and certifications in massage and spa therapies, hatha yoga, Gyrotonics and Pilates, Kathy has given thousands of massage treatments and has taught over 12,000 fitness classes

Henry Roth, D.C., NCBTMB:
Dr. Henry is one of the most popular massage therapists in New Jersey. Originally nominated by the Governor to sit on the Board of Massage, Henry is an Olympic Team Massage Therapist. A chiropractor as well as a massage therapist since the mid 1970's, Dr. Henry lectures all over the country teaching advanced medical massage techniques workshops.

Brian J. Thomas, B.A., CMT:
Brian is a medical massage practitioner and former Director of Continuing Education at the North Jersey Massage Training Center. He is noted for helping people recover from muscle injuries and assisting people to live pain free. He specializes in medical massage, Tandem Point Therapy, neuromuscular, myo-fascial and trigger point therapies, cancer and life threatening illness, sports massage, shiatsu and Swedish massage therapies.

Tracy Sanders, CMT:
As a certified massage therapist, Tracy a.k.a. the hammer, specializes in deep tissue massage therapy and is quite adept in shiatsu, pregnancy, hot stone, Thai and medical massage therapies. An on-site coordinator for the North Jersey Massage Training Center, he is also an electronic navigation specialist.

Michelle Carter, CMT:
Michelle is a certified massage therapist specializing in customizing the session for her clients specific sensitivities. Because Michelle is the registrar for the North Jersey Massage Training Center and long time office manager for the New Jersey Massage, LLC operations, she has been surrounded and mentored by some of the great massage and bodywork practitioners in the country.

Jonine Lester, CMT, C.Y.T:
Jonnie as she is affectionately called is both a skilled massage therapist and certified yoga instructor. She possesses a green thumb in horticulture as well, using her hands both in the healing and nurturing of plants as well as people. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, barefoot shiatsu, hot stone, massage therapy facials and Raindrop Therapy.

Bianca Franchi, CMT, NCTMB:
Bianca is an extraordinary woman with special massage talents that has been offering massage therapy since the 1980. Offering many styles of therapy including Swedish and deep tissue massage, cancer and hot stone massage and her specialty Lomi Lomi. Bianca is a teacher of the traditional Hawaiian massage healing art called Lomi Lomi.

Elaine Olsen, CMT:
Elaine is a certified medical assistant specializing in Swedish massage, sports massage and deep tissue bodywork since 1994. One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, her dedication and sincerity comes along with her loving open heart.

Michelle Frost, A.A., CMT:
Michelle is a state certified massage therapist with more than seven years of clinical experience. She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Cranio-Sacral and Lymphatic Drainage massage therapies. She also gives Reiki treatments.

"Michelle is filled with sincere warmth and special healing gifts." Larry Heisler

Steve Weinman, B.A., CMT:
A recent addition to our exceptional staff, Steve is a state and nationally certified massage therapist with more than a decade of clinical massage experience. Steve specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Neuromuscular, Geriatric and Hot stone massage therapies.

"He has dynamic hands that can peel the years off your body."
Larry Heisler

Patricia Bookstaver, CMT
Patty is a graduate of The New Jersey School of Massage. She is certified in Pregnancy massage, Swedish, Therapeutic & Deep Tissue massages, Reflexology, Lomi Lomi, migraine headache, Cancer Massages, Lymphatic Drainage, Reiki I & II, Hot Stone massage and several body treatments. Patricia is passionate about massage therapy but most importantly she is a warm and loving person committed to service and healing.

Susan Whritenour, B.S., LMT:
Sue has been a massage therapist for 19 years. Her initial training was at the New Jersey School of Massage where she received certification in traditional barefoot Shiatsu and European Swedish massage. Sue continued her education and became certified in Neuromuscular Therapy (trigger point massage), Deep Tissue and Cancer massage, myofascial release, treatment of migraines and Active Isolated Stretching. Her naturally warm and loving demeanor leaves her clients with a sense of trust, peace and healing.

Kathleen Moran, RMT, CHT:
Kathleen is the former director of the New Jersey School of Reiki and is both a Reiki master and teacher in the Traditional Usui Method. As a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals, Kathleen’s warmth, sincerity and professional demeanor has made her a popular continuing education instructor. Her treatment sessions are both powerful and profoundly healing.

Laurie Martin, CMT:
One of our most recent and valued additions, Laurie has spent her career as the office manager for a Psychiatric Oncology group. Working with cancer patients on a day in and day out basis influenced Laurie to further continue her healing path. As a graduate of our school, The North Jersey Massage Training Center, Laurie is well versed in medical and cancer massage as well as more traditional styles like Swedish and deep tissue therapy.