"Our success is due to the simple formula of placing students in a small class with experienced instructors." ~ Paulette Genthon
Paulette Genthon, M.A.E.d., LMT Full-Time
Paulette Genthon serves as President and Executive Director of the Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA). Founded in 1995, the College is located in Omaha’s historic Florence District. Paulette has been in the field of massage therapy for 40 years and in health education for over 45 years. After designing massage therapy programs for other schools, she saw an explicit need to form an organization to serve the educational needs of the community. 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 over 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. 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. Paulette shares that, “Learning, thought, creativity, and intelligence are not processes of the brain alone, but of the whole body. There is a combination of intellect, emotion, spirit, and body in the learning process. Students focus on their hearts and listen to their intuitive qualities. They learn from touch. They change. They become healthier, more self-aware. They start taking charge of their lives.”
Karen Griger, AAS, CAR, LMT, Student Clinic Supervisor, Instructor, Part-Time
Karen is both a graduate of the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and the Universal College of Healing Arts. Karen is one of the only two Certified Advanced Rolfer® with a license to practice in Nebraska. She is well sought out by those with special needs. Karen practices Swedish massage, Myofascial Release, and Rolfing structural integration at UCHA. She has worked with the Omaha Nighthawks football team, with swimmers in 2008, 2012, and 2016 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 Kinesiology, with the “Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians” and Jon Martine, Advanced Certified Rolfer®, with” Fascial Manipulation workshops.”
Julie Lesser, BS, LMT, Director of Student Services, Instructor Part-Time
Julie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State College and worked with youth at Uta Halee Girls Village for 19 years. Julie received her Diploma in Massage Therapy from UCHA in 1999. She pursued special training in Sports Massage and found helping athletes to be her true calling. In line with her specialty, she has been the Massage Therapist for the Nebraska Bears football team and Omaha Nighthawks football team. Julie worked with the College World Series players the past several years and also created a Massage Clinic for the teams coming to Omaha. She provides treatment during professional golf tournaments, numerous track and field events, and for a professional ballet dance troupe. Julie helped organize and worked in the Olympic Swim Trial Massage clinic the past three times the event was in Omaha. Combining her strengths of sports massage and education, she helped create a massage clinic at Creighton University, spearheading an avenue for students from UCHA to give treatments to their athletes. Julie maintains a full-time practice as an LMT.
John Mayo, AAGS, MT, Director of Educational Technologies & Operations, Instructor Part-Time
John has had extensive years in the business world. John is an alumnus of UCHA. John has been a chief motivator to the UCHA students in building their self-confidence on how to bring their unique vision and qualities to the growing entrepreneurial opportunities in massage therapy. John promotes the discovery and implementation of proven business principles, skills, and ethics.
Corey Nevels, MS, 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 revolve around the relationship between pedagogy, ethos, and, worldview.
Patty Eden, MT, Certified Reflexologist, Director of Financial Aid
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.
Dan Bienenfeld, CHP, Instructor, Part-Time
Dan began his Hellerwork Training in 1978 in the very first class with Joseph Heller. Prior to his Certification in 1980 Dan graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied Anatomy and Psychology.
He then co-created The Los Angeles Healing Arts Center, which was one of the largest integrated medicine centers in the United States. His passion for healing and Alternative Medicine made him a pioneer in his field and he continues to live and practice in Los Angeles, California. With numerous training and teachers, Dan took his expertise into Corporate America by creating wellness programs as an ergonomic consultant and safety consultant. Dan joined the faculty of Hellerwork International in 1986 and has been a trainer, training director, and dean of faculty for many years. Author of Align for Life, Journey to Structural Integration, and several other books, dan continues to be a leader in his field in both Hellerwork International and International Association of Structural Integrators.
Jake Schultz, CHP, Instructor, 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 Haller and members of the Hellerwork Faculty. He has completed training in CranioSacral Therapy from Pledger, 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.
Joseph Hunton, BA, CHP, LMP, Instructor, Part-Time
Joseph Graduated from Frostburg State University with a BA in Psychology in 1978, after careers as a Counselor at a Boys Group Home and as a General Contractor, Joseph switched from remodeling houses to remodeling bodies. He graduated from The Northwest School Of Hellerwork in 1998. Along with his private practice, Joseph has worked in some of the preeminent Physical and Occupational Therapy clinics in the Seattle area. He is a former President of the American Hellerwork Assoc. and a member of the BOD for Hellerwork International. Joseph has continued his studies in many areas of Bodywork with a focus on Visceral Manipulation and Cranial Sacral Therapy for Infants. He has been on faculty with UCHA and Hellerwork International since 2013.
Keri Yamamto, BS, OT, Instructor, Part-Time
Since graduating from the Hellerwork Training in 1996, Hellerwork Structural Integration has been Keri Yamamoto’s foundational core framework of which has integrated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. Keri’s skill and knowledge as an Occupational Therapist, a Certified Hellerwork Structural Integration Practitioner, Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and Franklin Method Educator Level 1 allow her to create a powerful, integrative, and exciting approach to assist people with what they need to improve in function, health, and wellness. Keri also has hospital skilled nursing, and outpatient clinical experience in adult rehabilitation specializing in neurological and orthopedic/skeletal-musculature problems for 30 years. Her home is in the State of Hawaii and currently has a thriving part-time practice and works for Physical Therapy Services, LLC contracting at a local geriatric adult skilled nursing facility.
Anne-Marie Duchéne, BA, CHP, Instructor, Part-Time
Anne-Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate degree in Communication from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Also, Anne-Marie is a faculty member for the Hellerwork International Education and Training Board, a member of IASI (International Association of Structural Integration), IAHP (International Association of Healthcare Practitioners), at the present she is enrolled in the Client Attraction Business School and serve as a VIP CEO Circle Member and Mentor for Womensphere, an organization committed to the unleashing of women’s power and leadership in the world.
Anita Boser, LMP, CHP, CBSI, RYT, Instructor, Part-Time
Anita became a Certified Hellerwork Practitioner in February 2002 and has maintained a full-time practice devoted to structural integration in a suburb of Seattle ever since. In addition to my practice and being a wife and mom (of grown twins), She loves being in nature--especially the mountains--dancing, and gardening. Anita has volunteered with several of our professional organizations including being on the board of the American Hellerwork Structural Integration Association (she joined the board just after graduation), editor of the International Association of Structural Integrators Yearbook, Chairperson of the Certification Board of Structural Integration, and planning the Fascia Research Congress.
Melissa Brown, CHP, Instructor, Part-Time
Melissa has been on the healing path since she was seventeen and knew that by healing herself and gaining awareness of her body and healthÂ could help other people find their way too. She had studied various forms of healing, Meditation, Mindfulness Practices, Nutrition, and Yoga. Melissa has been a practitioner for 20 years! With a degree in Medical Anthropology, there is a passion for culture and various forms of healing practices and beliefs. She isÂ open to going on journeys with clients and helping to guide others to feel themselves, connecting mind and body. As a mother of two boys, she focuses on compassion and understanding, patience, and wisdom. Melissa trained at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz Ca with studies in various forms of healing, including Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Hot and Cold Stone Healing Massage, Swedish Massage and Chair Massage.
Cole Cottin, BA, CHP, Instructor, Part-Time
Cole was a student of the first-ever UCHA Hellerwork Practitioner Training Program, which began in 2015. She has additional training and professional experience in Group Facilitation, Community Mobilization, Five Elements Medical QiGong, and CranioSacral Therapy. In 2007, Cole was awarded a bachelor's degree with honors in Anthropology, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She hails originally from the Heartland and calls Kansas home; there she and her husband collaborate in homesteading and homeschooling with their two inspirational and beloved daughters. Cole’s approach to Hellerwork emphasizes nourishing uplifted alignment in relation to the Earth, through gravity and embodied awareness. She considers herself a “facilitator,” and her clients and students “self practitioners.” Together, they work towards the collective goal of sustainably cultivating a more dynamic balance in the body and being. Cole enjoys working with individuals from all backgrounds and phases of life and specializes in work with pregnancy, laboring, postpartum women, and infants.
PJ Meyers, RN, LMT, CNS, Instructor, Part-Time
PJ Meyers has triple licensure as a massage therapist of 15 years, as a Registered Nurse of 27 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.
Frank Fong, MBA, 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.
Cornell Garrett, PH, HPP, Part-Time
Cornell is the Director of One Principle, a full-service Traditional Chinese Herbology Clinic & Qi Gong Association. He is also the owner and chief instructor at Dragon Arts, a martial arts center. Cornell has taught workshops at the Omaha Kung Fu Institute, the 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.