In 1995, a small and dedicated group–the first students of UCHA–formed an alternative organization that would address the needs of individuals seeking an education in massage therapy. The result was, and is, this teacher’s dream of a massage therapy school come true–where students arrive and take charge of their lives, becoming healthy through movement, nutrition, meditation, self-awareness, and–oh yes–massage.

I’m Paulette Genthon, Executive Director and Massage Instructor of UCHA and it is my privilege to introduce you to this unique space, which offers:

  • A mature, diverse and passionate student base that has included Catholic nuns, nurses, attorneys, engineers, stay-at-home Moms and Dads, and more–ranging in age from 17 to 70, from across the country and around the globe.
  • A rich and rewarding learning/living environment, in the spirit of Danish folk schools, where students learn by eating, working, and playing together –an effectively small and nurturing class size model.
  • Leading-edge cyberspace learning that blends residential Intensive Weekends with on-line, interactive cyberspace classrooms, accommodating adult learners who need flexible schedules.
  • Internationally respected faculty members.
  • A reputation for creating transformational learning communities in a place of life-changing learning for the mind, body, and spirit. We exhibit high ethical standards, with a clear focus on community learning and community service.

The Universal College of Healing Arts Community empowers individuals to become healthy and knowledgeable body workers. We welcome you.



Paulette Genthon, MA, LMT – Executive Director and Massage Instructor (full time)
Paulette serves as the college’s Executive Director. She has been in the field of massage therapy for 35 years and in health education for over 40 years. After designing massage therapy programs for other schools, she saw an explicit need to form a non-profit organization to serve the educational needs of the community. In 1995 she began our program. She has a Masters in Adult Education from National Louis University and a Bachelor of Science Teaching Degree in Health Education from the University of Nebraska. Paulette has taught at the university, secondary, and massage therapy vocational settings. She has experience in both Vocational and Personal Effectiveness Counseling. For the past decade, she has pioneered at UCHA in the design and implementation of the blended online components. She has a distinguished Online Teaching and Learning Certificate from California State University. Paulette specializes in massage for persons with special needs (i.e., maternal/labor coach massage, children, elders, individuals with fibromyalgia, etc). Her position at UCHA includes managing all aspects of the school and mentoring the staff and students as they grow in their confidence and skills. She continues to teach the fundamentals of massage in the Massage Theory and Practice 101 Class.

Diana DenBeste, MS, LPC, PA-C, LMT – Advanced Massage (part time)

Diana received her B.S. Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Physician Assistant Studies, and a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a 1998 massage therapy graduate from UCHA. Her health care experience has exposed her to Western medical care as a Physician Assistant (PA) and PA educator in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program. Her education and experience as a professional counselor expanded her awareness of the emotional and psychological aspects of human behavior. She blended these two disciplines while helping others to heal “physical” problems utilizing talk therapy and emotional release techniques. Now as a Massage Therapist, she blends the disciplines of health care, counseling, and bodywork to facilitate healing with the emphasis on holism of body, mind, and spirit.

Nicholas Schnell, Clinical Herbalist, AHG, RH, RD, LMNT – Eastern P&A, Traditional Chinese Medicine Instructor and Healing Foods and Herbs (part time)

Nicholas is a local clinical herbalist. He is blazing a trail and strives to embody the traditional healer in a modern, successful clinical practice. A Registered Dietician and Medical Nutritional Therapist with certificates conferred by Southwest Texas State University, Nicholas is Founder and Director of the Four Winds Natural Healing Center and Clinical Preceptor at Creighton University Medical Center’s Class on Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Medical Students. Nicholas guides our students through the new perspectives found in Eastern Five Element Theory and the Meridians giving them a firm foundation and providing a warm and caring example of a holistic healer.

Cornell Garrett, PH, HHP – Qi Gong Instructor (part time)

Cornell is the Director of One Principle, a full-service Traditional Chinese Herbology Clinic & Qi Gong Association. He is also owner and chief instructor at Dragon Arts, a martial arts center. Cornell has taught workshops at the Omaha Kung Fu Institute, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Introspect Center. His teaching style is clear, enlightened, and foundational. He is focused on the study of Psychology and Japanese Linguistics at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska.

Rev. Erven McSwain Jr., LMT – Guest Instructor (part time)

Rev. McSwain has worked for the city of Omaha within the Human Relations Department focusing on Civil Rights Law enforcement. He is the education arm for that department, conducting seminars, workshop, and lectures. He has a strong educational background in Criminal Justice, Education, Communication, and Theology. He has attended UNO and Antioch Law School. He is an Ordained Minister with a variety of involvement in theology ranging from being a KCRO radio announcer to a teacher with church studies. He has taught in the Omaha Public schools. Erven (Mac) has been a licensed Massage Therapist for 20 years with his own business Alpha Omega Therapeutic Massage.

Frank Fong – Tai Chi Instructor (part time)

Frank has long been a prominent Tai Chi Instructor in the Omaha community. He has an MBA from the University of Nebraska. He has taught Eastern Philosophy at the University of Nebraska; stress management and wellness workshops for Children’s Square USA and the YMCA; and staff development workshops at Bellevue College, Metropolitan Community College, and Methodist Hospital. Frank’s approach to teaching Tai Chi is to engage students in becoming highly aware of their own bodies and “space”. He teaches by example and by asking students penetrating questions, which help them learn simple and profound lessons.

Julia Ponce, LMT- Hydrotherapy, & Abdominal Massage Instructor (part-time)

Julia has been a professional for 30 years and a licensed massage therapist since graduating from Universal College of Healing Arts in 2002. Julia became passionate about women’s wellness as a result of an unsatisfactory proposal to resolve a personal health issue. She set out on a journey to finding alternatives through Eastern modalities, qi gong and herbs. It was through this experience that she found her true calling of working with women to empower them to become more proactive in their own health and well-being. Julia began intensive study with Wu Dang Master Yun Xiang Tseng learning ancient Wu Dang bodywork modalities that address women’s health concerns. Julia’s primary motivation is to be of service to women everywhere, using ancient skills to help today’s busy women find balance and improved health. Julia currently is Director,Student Services at Universal College of Healing Arts as well as an instructor at the college.

Jack Phillips – Healing Trees Instructor (part time)

Jack Phillips teaches a natural systems approach to tree care and consults for planting and preservation projects throughout North America. His career has taken him to the Tongass rainforest and the Sahara Desert, and many places in between. He is Principal and founder of New Tree School and teaches on the Faculty of Arboriculture Canada Training and Education. After a career as a college humanities professor, Jack became a Registered Consulting Arborist and devoted himself to teaching sustainable tree planting and care. He studied with Dr. Kevin T. Smith of the US Forest Service research station in Durham, New Hampshire and was also a student and woodland companion of the late Dr. Alex Shigo, considered by many to be the father of modern arboriculture, with whom he published The Soul of a Tree and The Nature of Tree Care. Jack’s essays have appeared in such diverse publications as America, Eastern Churches Journal, and Tree Care Industry Magazine. Jack’s credentials include: BA – University of Nebraska at Omaha, NE, MMin – Creighton University, Omaha, NE, Graduate Studies & Research – American School of Oriental Research – Jerusalem & University of Chicago/McCormick Seminary.

Jill Murray, AAS LMT – Clinic and Community Service Coordinator (full time); and Pathology Instructor

Jill received her Associates Degree in Applied Science at UCHA. She practiced massage full time in Fremont for several years in a chiropractic clinic including techniques of Swedish massage, Myofascial Technique, Craniosacral Technique, Chair Massage and Hot Stone Therapy. Jill performs multiple tasks as Clinic Supervisor, Community Service Coordinator, and Pathology Instructor. Her openness and positive attitude make her ideally suited to helping students connect with their dreams and intentions in the massage profession.

Patty Eden MT, Certified Reflexologist, Director of Financial Aid and Student Accounts (consultant)

Patty has pursued studies in Business Management and has been a successful business entrepreneur for many years. She assisted in the early development of UCHA. She is a certified massage therapist, reflexologist and cosmetologist. She is respected for her healing energy work. She is committed to bringing wellness and massage therapy to all populations. Patty received her massage therapy diploma at Universal College of Healing Arts in 1995.

Susie McCowen BS in Ed.– Yoga and Anatomy & Physiology Instructor (part time)

Graduating with Honors and Distinction from Iowa State University and teaching Biology on the High School level, Susan expanded her education into certification in Yoga; and Aerobics and Fitness training. For the past several years she has provided Yoga instruction to private clients; at the Unity Church of Omaha; Hospice House; and Ted E. Bear Hollow’s Kids Kamps. At UCHA, Susan provides Yoga instruction for the students as one semester’s Wellness Class; as well as Yoga Classes weekly for the general public.

Susan Wells, LMT, Business Instructor, (part time)

Susan is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owns her own massage therapy practice. She exemplifies the ‘how to’ in starting a full time practice within 2 years. Susan is experienced in business practices and marketing and has a very common sense approach to business. Susan is developing an informational and educations program to offer education to local businesses for stress reduction in the workplace. Susan has a strong business background as Executive Director of The Oaks Senior Living Community, Wayne Ne. Susan graduated from Universal College of Healing Arts in 2009 and is a Certified Social Worker since 1989. Susan specializes in Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone Massage and is level 3 Reiki practitioner.

Julie Lesser, BS, LMT, A & P and Sports Massage Instructor (part time)

Building upon her educational foundation of a Bachelor of Science from Wayne State College in 1992 and a 1999 Diploma in Massage Therapy from UCHA, Julie has pursued special training in Sports Massage. She has been the Massage Therapist for the Nebraska Bears and Nebraska Nighthawks football teams and has worked on players from Omaha’s annual College World Series. Julie helped organize the Massage Clinic at the Mutual of Omaha Swim Invitational and for the Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha in 2008 and 2012. She currently helps organize a massage clinic at Creighton University with their athletes. She has taught Sports Massage at UCH since 2003 in the Diploma Program as well as in their CEU/Associates Degree Program. Julie maintains a full-time practice as an LMT while teaching part time and expediting administrative duties at UCHA.

Karen Griger, LMT, CR, AAS, Kinesis Instructor (part time)

After beginning training at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in August
of 2005, Karen added to her education by earning her diploma from UCHA in 2006,
completing training as a Certified Rolfer at that former school one year later. She
received her Associate of Applied Science diploma from UCHA on Sept. 11, 2011.
Karen practices Swedish massage, MyoFascial Release, and Rolfing structural
integration at UCHA. She has worked with the Omaha Nighthawks football team for the
past three years, with swimmers in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha,
with soccer players from Creighton University, with regional marathoners, and
various other athletes. Karen has assisted Eli Thompson, Certified Teacher of Kinesis, with the ‘Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians’ and Jon Martine, Advanced Certified
RolferTM, with ‘Fascial Manipulation’ workshops.

P J Meyers, RN, LMT, CNS, Cancer & Massage Instructor (part time)

P J Meyers has a triple licensure as a massage therapist of 13 years, as a Registered Nurse of 25 years and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology. PJ received the following credentials: Diploma in Massage Therapy – UCHA, Omaha, NE, Diploma in Nursing – Immanuel Hospital School of Nursing, Omaha, NE, Bachelor of Arts in Biology – Barat College, Lake Forest Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Nursing – University of Nebraska College of Nursing, Omaha, NE, & Master of Science in Nursing, University of Colorado, Denver, CO . PJ is also Aromatherapist and a 3rd level Reiki practitioner. She has learned how to incorporate complementary therapies with her oncology practice. Her professional life is truly using massage in her practice with an adult oncology population. She uses this approach during diagnosis and during and after treatment.

Douglas Lee-Regier, MA, LMT, Formless Myofascial Release Therapy & Beyond Instructor (part time)

Douglas has a Masters in English from Utah State University and graduated from Universal College of Healing Arts in 1999. Douglas teaches massage and other classes at Universal College of Healing Arts and Myofascial Release Therapy Seminars throughout the Midwest. Myofascial Release Therapy has been Douglas’ treatment specialty since 1999. He is also trained in CranioSacral therapy, Therapeutic Touch, and Reiki. With his ability to ‘listen deeply’ to the body/mind/spirit Douglas creates a healing space for all he works with.

Jake Schultz, Cert. Hellerwork Practitioner, Fascial Alignment & Release (part time)

Jake has been a Certified Hellerwork Practitioner since 1988 and is a Hellerwork Faculty member and Board Certified Structural Integrator. He received his training from Joseph Heller and members of the Hellerwork Faculty. He has competed trainings in CranioSacral Therapy from Upledger, Anna Somatics 1, Sports medicine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/RSI Workshop structural Movement and other various workshops given by Hellerwork International. He attended Hellerwork Advanced Course in 1994, and became a member of the Hellerwork Faculty and Hellerwork International Board of Directors in 1999. He is currently a member of the Hellerwork Foundation of Board of Education. Jake has been in private practice in Eureka, CA since 1988 and has been associated with Dr. David Salter’s office since 1993.

Corey Nevels, MS, Introduction to Psychology Instructor, Educational Consultant (part time)

For the past twenty years Corey Nevels has provided a variety of services (e.g., crisis intervention, counseling, case management, etc.) to children and adolescents. He has worked in the fields of mental health, education, and juvenile justice. He holds a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Howard University. He currently works as an Educational Consultant. Both his interest and focus as a consultant, revolves around the relationship between pedagogy, ethos, and, worldview.

Jon Martine BA, Advanced Certified Rolfer, Myofascial Release therapy Instructor (part time)

After graduating from California State University in 1988 with a BA in Sociology, Jon continued his studies at the Boulder School of Massage Therapy and the Rolf Institute in Boulder Colorado. He now serves on faculty at the Rolf Institute. Jon is respected nationally for his works in Structural Integration. His practice included clients seeking pain relief, recovery from injury and surgery, increased performance and improved well being.

Rev. Julia Lawrence, L.M.T., Healing With Henna Instructor (part time)

Julia is an Artist and L.M.T. by profession. Her practice is out of Universal College of Healing Arts where she is alson one of the continuing education instructors. Her book titled Henna & Bodyart Therapy 1st Ed, is 200+ pages of how-to, photos, and information needed to emply BodyArt Therapy into your practice. Julia has been teaching henna body art for 10 years and has been a henna body artist for 15 years.

Elizabeth (Libba) Harmon, M.S., L.A.C. Trigger Point Therapy Instructor (part time)

Libba is a licensed acupuncturist and certified yoga teacher. In 2000, Libba graduated from Tri State College of Acupuncture, and subsequently ran a busy practice in NYC until she moved to Omaha in 2005. Today Libba balances her acupuncture practice with teaching vinyasa yoga. Libba’s main focus in her practice is the treatment of pain. Her studies with Mark Seem led her to the unique style of Acupuncture Physical Medicine, which incorporates Western Trigger Point therapy with Classical Chinese Medicine.

Kelly Langfeldt LLC LMT, CD(DONA), HCHI, HCHD Advanced Pregnacy Massage Instructor (part-time)

Kelly is a co-owner of Five Stones Massage & Birth Services, and a 2002 graduate of UCHA. She is also a DONA certified birth doula, attending births in the Omaha area since 2002. She has been honored to be a part of approximately 100 births in her 10 years of doula work. Kelly attended instructor training for Birthworks in 2006. After witnessing some particularly amazing births using a self-study hypnosis program, she switched her focus to Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis. She attended the Hypnobabies instructor training in 2010 and has been teaching their six week childbirth preparation course for the past 18 months. Kelly has a passion for pregnant women, their amazing bodies and the miraculous transformation a couple makes as they become a family.

Guest Speakers and Site Visits

Students benefit from meeting and networking with healthcare professionals in the community. Our classes provide students with over 30 guest speakers as well as site visits. These professionals share their expertise and expose students to business opportunities beyond the confines of the school.

Governing Board* & Community Advisory Members

Paulette Genthon MA, LMT President Owner
Honorable Judge Tom Harmon*
Dr. Mark Goodman MD
Dr. Doug Wagner PhD
Corey Nevels MS*
Erika Schweikert AAS LMT
Harlan Chamberlain
Patty Eden LC MT*
Rebecca Dunwoody AAS, LMT
John Jacobs MT

Our graduates consistently provide testimonials of praise and gratitude for the ways that the UCHA experience has transformed their lives. We are honored to share some of their comments with you:

This school and the experience has been the most amazing time of my life. I want to thank you for this past year, it has changed my life. I am so excited to take with me the knowledge and experience in to my future. You are an amazing teacher and this school is a very powerful place that touches everyone who enters through its door. Thank you so much.

Robin D.

I thought that you should know that I feel your school holds the students higher than any other school around. I found myself missing the wonderful environment that you provide!!! THANK YOU AGAIN. I WILL ALWAYS SPEAK HIGHLY OF YOU AND YOUR SCHOOL.

Sarah A.

There are no words to express my gratitude for what you have given me. You are the best teacher I have had ever had as you have the gift and ability to enlighten students by your very presence. Thank you for opening so many new doors for me. If I am ever a great bodyworker it will be because of you and this school.

Jo K.

Thanks for giving me a great education so I can start my new career. What I’ve realized is that I didn’t just get a degree in massage but I found myself during the journey. I think the name of the school says it all, Universal College of Healing Arts. Thank you for everything!

Teresa T.

Thank you so much for your gentle presence that has steeped strongly a sense of understanding caring in its truest form to me. Through you, I have been lead to other worlds, dreamed of immense healing, and touched the hands of many many people- dying and growing. Not only did you show me how to touch effectively, but also how to touch the heart. I am proud to have been taught by you!

Katie F.

Just a little THANK YOU for all you’ve done for me. One of your seeds you have planted, just bloomed. Thanks for believing in me. I have learned so much from you, and respect you greatly. I can’t possibly tell you how fulfilling being a massage therapists to me. First time in my life, I love what I am doing. Thank you for fulfilling your dream, you are such a strong woman and mentor, and I shall never forget what you taught me. Thank you for letting me attend your school. It is the BEST in Nebraska.

Kim W.

I just wanted to thank you for helping me to be introduced into a different and positive perception of life. School was such an eye opener for me. Before school I was so unaware f how negative and toxic my life was: I thought I knew about true happiness and nutrition, but it wasn’t until after the entire school year did I realize how different I had become, and just in fact how much I didn’t know before. I am taking this experience with me every day to help me face my next challenges to come.

Whitney A.

From the very beginning everything about UCHA felt good, felt right, felt like “home’. In all honesty, the first time I read on your internet site “Trust the process”, I cried. I felt peaceful. I felt gratitude. I felt I could exhale for a moment. Then I began “the process’. Thank you for being you. Thank you for your school and the spirit of the school. I hope I can make you proud. As I am so proud to have attended UCHA.

Karla C.

Thank you for creating a school that gives students a wonderful education yet nurtures the spirit, encourage self-acceptance and self-improvement. Thank you for touching my life in such a profound way! Your gentle spirit and energy is so powerful!!! I am truly blessed t have you and your chosen staff as teachers in my journey.

Shirley S.

I think of you often. Your teaching and admonitions. I’ve talked to other therapists and know that my training at UCHA was unique and head and shoulders above many schools. I’m so thankful for the training I received. Thank you.

Amy K.

UCHA gives back to the community–a belief so important to us that we have made it a class in our curriculum. And, while we require our students to perform 30 hours of Community Service, many often perform far more than that. We are proud of our alumni, who consistently volunteer their time for a variety of school-sponsored activities.

One of our Community Service goals is to provide massage treatments to those who are not physically able to leave their space and/or to those who cannot afford them. We enlarge upon our service by providing body work to athletes visiting the area, as we did for the Mutual of Omaha Swim Invitational, and for the Olympic Swim Trials in 2008 and 2012. We are pleased to have our students work on and with the student athletes of Creighton University.

Massage Clinic at the 2012 Olympic Swim Trials
One of our alumni, Janet Hagerbaumer working on a swimmer during the trials.
At Creighton University in a weight room,some of our students working on the Women’s Soccer players
Employment (12-2013)


How much will this program cost me?
Tuition and fees: $15,010
Books and supplies: $1,600
On-campus room & board: not offered
For further program cost information click here.
*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: $15,953
Private education loans: $0
Institutional financing plan: $0
The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 88% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.
How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 1 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 92% finished in 1 years.
What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
Both the institution’s state and accreditor require the calculation of a job placement rate for this program.
Accreditor Rate: The job placement rate for students who completed the program is 100%.
For futher information about this job placement rate, click here.
State Rate: The job placement rate for students who completed the program is 100%.
For futher information about this job placement rate, click here.