Our Faculty

Our faculty is the heart and soul of ITMS.  Each of our instructors were former graduates of ITMS.  They are all current Certified Massage Therapists, who bring their experience and skills to the classroom.  We are dedicated to providing an educational program that will transform students into exceptional Certified Massage Therapists.

 

Sandra Panzer

Chief Administrative Officer, Owner

CMT, Instructor of Trigger Points, MFR, and Energetic Modalities

Sandy graduated from ITMS and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2009.  After she graduated, she became an instructor at ITMS, and a few years after that, she became the Director.  In March of 2017, she became the new Owner and CEO of Indiana Therapeutic Massage School.  Sandy puts her heart and soul into this school and into making this experience for the students memorable and transforming.

 

"I couldn't imagine doing anything else.  ITMS is a family to me.  It's home.  What many students find along their journey at ITMS is that they not only learn the skills they need to become massage therapists, but they learn about themselves.  They transform in ways they never expected.  I am honored to be a part of that journey.  It is my personal mission to make sure every student knows that they can come to me for support, guidance and encouragment. Becoming a massage therapist has given me the opportunity to help people and make them feel better.  There is nothing more rewarding."

Michelle Tramm

NCMT, Instructor of Anatomy and Other Massage Modalities​

Michelle graduated from ITMS and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2001.

"I teach at ITMS, because I love the school.  The school has been a significant part of my life for 16 years.  I helped it grow from its childhood when it was part of IUPUI.  We worked very hard as a team to achieve accreditation so the school could be an independent entity.  Pouring so much of myself into something, makes it a part of me.  As an instructor, I believe learning should be fun and effective.  As a Certified Massage Therapist, I enjoy helping people achieve functionality so they can enjoy life."

 

Jael Sailor

CMT, Office Administrator, Instructor of Hands On, Anatomy, and Other Massage Modalities

Jael graduated from ITMS and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2015.  

"I teach at ITMS, because I adore the home-like atmosphere that we provide, and I love watching eureka bulbs spark in students. As an instructor, I provide just enough entertainment so students want to stay interested.  I'm as thorough as possible, so the whole classroom grasps the topics taught.  Both teaching and learning requires patience.  As a Certified Massage Therapist, I provide what clients need, without hurting my body.  I spiritually love each person whom rests on the table."

Marhia Ross

CMT, Instructor of Hands On, Pregnancy, and Other Massage Modalities

Marhia graduated from ITMS and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2014.

"I teach at ITMS, because it is like home and family to me.  The school had a major impact on my life as a person, and I will forever be grateful for that gift.  As an instructor, I enjoy seeing the spark and excitement of learning a new skill that helps others. Even in adult education, it is important to laugh and have fun.  Massage Therapy is a giving act that practices unconditional love."

Angel Knoll

CMT, Office Administrator, Instructor of Hands On, Physiology, TCM, and Asian Modalities

Angel graduated from ITMS and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2008.  

"I teach at ITMS, because it is family to me, and because I believe we help transform lives.  It is truly an amazing thing to be a part of.  As an instructor, it is important to me that I help every student find their confidence along this journey.  And I have a knack for making people laugh.  There's no reason why learning can't be fun, too.  As a Certified Massage Therapist, it is important to me that I make each client feel important, cared for, and 100xs better after each session with me.  Well, maybe 10xs better."

Sue Michael

CMT, Instructor of Business​

Sue graduated from ITMS and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2008.  

"One of my favorite parts about teaching at ITMS is the diversity of students.  Every class includes people of different types, backgrounds and ages.  As an instructor, I try to make my classes practical and relevent.  My teaching style has been described as a "cafeteria".  Students are presented with a lot of information, so they can choose what is most relevent to them.  There are many opportunities out there and many ways to be successful as a massage therapist.  I was introduced to the world of massage and energy work when I was recovering from cancer treatment several years ago.  Massage made such a difference in my life, that I decided to train to become a Certified Massage Therapist.  I work for a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and have a private practice where I customize each massage, incorporating Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, lymph drainage and energetic practices.

 

 

August Caldwell

CMT, Instructor of Pathology

August is a graduate of ITMS and is a Certified Massage Therapist.

 

 

Marlaina Pertile

CMT, Office Administrator, Instructor of Geriatrics

Marlaina graduated from ITMS and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2017.

Our Mission Statement

Indiana Therapeutic Massage School is dedicated to providing high-quality comprehensive therapeutic massage training at a reasonable tuition rate.

 

We are committed to assisting students as they become proficient massage therapists, successful business professionals and productive members of the massage community.

 

Alumni Spotlight

 

"My experience at ITMS was great.  I learned massage from the most experienced instructors in the field and now work with professional athletes at the highest levels of competition.  My education at ITMS was enlightening.  Life is different after the first day of school!"

- Fadi Kazma (graduate of ITMS in 2007)

 

"Attending ITMS was one of the best decisions I have made in my life!  The teachers were very knowledgeable and made the learning fun, which is a real challenge when you are working with adults that are employed full time. I really liked that we were introduced to a variety of modalities related to massage.  I'm especially drawn to yoga, Thai massage, aromatherapy and reiki.  Becoming a Certified Massage Therapist has enabled me to ultimately quit the corporate rat race and become self-employed...and I enjoy a more flexible work schedule!"

- Lana Baldauf (graduate of ITMS in 2009)

 

"My experience at ITMS was nothing less than perfect.  Much less was it a school to me but more like a second home.  I still visit there frequently to keep up with the amazing staff.  I don't believe you could find a better school to learn at.  They strive to find the best teachers and adapt to every student.  They're with you every step of the way, making sure that you understand all you need to know to become the best massage therapist you can be."

- Chelsea Danielson (graduate of ITMS in 2012)

 

"ITMS was an amazing experience.  They not only gave me an excellent education, they supplied me with the tools to be a successful licensed/certified massage therapist.  After graduation, I left with the confidence in my skills & knowledge, but also knowing I would always have their support."

- Michelle Valeriano (graduate of ITMS in 2013)

 

"I am originally from Bulgaria, and English is my second language.  I found the conditions at the school very accommodating.  The conduct of the faculty was highly professional and welcoming, and allowed plenty of time for lectures and practice sessions.  All the questions I had were thoroughly explained and special attention received as I needed it."
- Lyubka Stoyanova (graduate of ITMS in 2014)

 

"ITMS offers an excellent program that fully prepares students for a career in Massage Therapy.  The coursework is very structured yet offers opportunity for flexibility to accelerate the program or to take things slower, depending on the individual's need.  The curriculum placed great and repetitive emphasis on safety and professional conduct for both the client and the therapist.  The learning environment was very warm, friendly and respectful.  The entire teaching staff is excellent and qualified."
- YuChong Sanders-Holl (graduate of ITMS in 2014)

 

"I wouldn't be where or who I am today without attending this place! I would have to say the staff was by far my favorite and most appreciated part about ITMS. Learning was fun, like actually fun!  And as for Sandy, everyday I looked forward to giving her a hug and always enjoying the energy she has to share! I'm so thankful to this day that ITMS is the choice I made for my education, personal, reliable, comfortable and above all lovable!"

- Abby Stege (graduate of ITMS in 2016)

 

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