Faculty hover background

Jan 11



Winona Bontrager – LPN, LMT, BCTMB President (pictured above)

Winona, president of LSM, is a 1986 graduate of the Florida School of Massage; she brings 36 years of massage therapy experience to the school.  The culture of the school reflects her core values: a sense of humor, balance, a love of learning, and respecting others as spirit, mind and body. She is very involved in the day-to-day operations of the school and connects with the students on a personal level.  Winona has always been very active in the Massage Therapy community.  She is a past president of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), serving on that board for over 15 years. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, the Winona Bontrager Trailblazer award (she is the first recipient), and the Dianna Polsino Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is currently a Partner for Health on the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) and continues to be active on national committees that involve massage and healthcare. She loves to travel and find new places.


Camille Baughman – BS, LMT, MA

Camille brings her background in teaching and psychology to the classroom as she invites students to become more self-aware on their journey toward their new roles as massage therapists. A 1986 graduate of the Florida School of Massage, she owns a large private practice in Carlisle, PA. She is active on the state of PA massage therapy chapter association. Camille received her master’s degree in Applied Healing Arts at the Tai Sophia Institute in Baltimore.


Jennifer Bierbower – BS, LMT, NMT

Jen received her massage therapy training here at Lancaster School of Massage in 1998.  Through the years she has continued her training in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release and most recently Oncology Massage. In addition to her continued massage training, she has also received training in Pilates and Yoga instruction to help understand the body and its movement. She has a private practice here in Lancaster with Bright Mountain Bodywork.  Jen teaches Neuromuscular therapy, Range of motion and MBLEX test preparation.


Emmett Geesaman – LMT, NMT

Emmett brings a love of physical fitness to his teaching of neuromuscular therapy and kinesiology. He began his studies in neuromuscular therapy in 1992 when he graduated from LSM. Emmett specializes in soft tissue trauma and co-owns L & E Massage Therapy Center in Lancaster. He enjoys spending time at the beach with family, honing his green thumb, and is a Jeep enthusiast.


Christine Hellberg – BA, LMT

Christine teaches Swedish massage, body mechanics, beginning touch and draping at the beginning of your training.  She uses her background as a yoga teacher to bring safe alignment to the body while performing massage.  Since graduation from LSM in 2010, she has been building a private practice, Bright Mountain Bodywork.  Her passion for movement and body awareness  led her to become a Certified Trager Therapist.


Kelly L. Givens – IIR, PRA, LMT

Kelly has been a certified reflexologist since 1996. Committed to staying current in this specialty, she continues to expand her knowledge of the body. Kelly completed the massage therapy program at LSM in 2001 and maintains a private practice in Bainbridge. She takes time to enjoy Bikram Yoga and is a very proud grandmother of 3 beautiful granddaughters, and a new grandson.

Tom Ripple – BS, LMT

Tom brings 36 years’ experience to the classroom. He teaches and introduction to Connective Tissue Massage and has a wonderful way of teaching students how to touch subtle tissue.  When he isn’t teaching or working with clients, Tom is in the garden or hanging with his children and grandchildren.

Mike L. Walters – LMT, PTA

Mike received his massage training at The Alternative Conjunction School of Massage in 1994 and his license through the State of Florida in 1995. He brings his specialized education and experience to our students in teaching sports massage. Mike maintains a practice in Camp Hill, PA focusing on the needs of the competitive athlete. He has traveled extensively to serve athletes at National and International venues.


Ephrata Community Hospital supplies us with instructors in CPR and First Aid. This takes two days of class time and allows our students to receive this necessary certification on-site while attending our school.