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Faculty & Staff

A good instructor inspires students to learn. At Irene’s Michigan Massage School we recognize the fundamental importance of having great teachers in the classroom. In addition to that, we know how important it is for students to be provided guidance and support from the office staff. Everyone working at Irene’s has been selected based not only on their skills, but their desire to help others succeed.

Founder Irene Gauthier, C.T.M.I., NCTMB

Long past the age of traditional retirement, Irene remained dedicated to her work. Her goal was to promote natural methods of healing and to encourage people to take responsibility for their health. It was her desire to carry the knowledge that she gained to future generations. With fifty years massage experience and thirty years teaching experience, Irene was a highly sought after instructor. Her reputation was highly respected in the bodywork community and her past students still speak fondly of her.


Executive Director Kathy Skubik, MSA

Having enjoyed Irene’s influence throughout her life, Kathy has obtained a thorough knowledge of bodywork. Her Masters Degree in administration has been useful in organizing a comprehensive program. Her interest in natural health has led her to include a wide variety of holistic methods in the school's curriculum. Her desire to facilitate student growth motivates her to provide the best program in bodywork available.


Our Faculty

Take a moment to remember your favorite teacher. Do you have fond memories of someone who made you feel special and your learning process fun? Were they a talented individual who could take an otherwise boring subject and bring it to life? This person left a positive impression in your memory forever.

Our faculty members are supportive, experienced and skilled educators. They are committed to making learning fun and enjoyable. Each of our teachers bring a special element to their class, and are eager to share their knowledge with their students. Positive memories of your Irene’s experience will last a lifetime.

Our hands-on massage classes provide the opportunity for individual attention, as the teacher cultivates the unique spark in each student. All of Irene’s massage instructors have years of experience working as professional myomassologists along with teaching at Irene’s. They are gifted individuals eager to share their knowledge.

Myomassology Instructors

Stephen Brown
Dana Calhoun
Shelia Cope

Jennifer Kontyko
Denise Mussio
Deb Petersen-Brand

Brian Piccolo
Jeanette Roach

Susan Salah
Arlene Schreiber

Lecture and Applied Instructors

Bil Bitz
Stephen Brown
Dana Calhoun
Rob Domenzian

Kathleen Gerus-Darbison
Leon Golson
Rob Kelly
Paul Mattson

Denise Mussio
Jeanette Roach
Katherine Russell
Kerrie Saunders

Mable Sharp
Todd Wesley
Jessica Zacharias



Emily Al-Sandouk
Diane LaForge
Sarah McCarty

Alumni Association

Stacy Leasure

Career Services

Jennifer Simmons

Clinic Event Coordinator

Bil Bitz

Clinic Manager

Beth Ashcraft

Education Director

Mable Sharp

Executive Assistant

Megan Powers

Finance Manager

Terri Bradley

Financial Aid

Terri Sears

Student Advisor

Kim Beverly

Student Records

Holly Gentry
Jill Howard
Lauren Hurt
Emily Kingsbury