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Rebecca Sturgeon

Rebecca Sturgeon, LMT, CMLDT - Education Coordinator

In addition to being a valuable member of Healwell’s faculty and curriculum development team, Rebecca is also Healwell’s Education Coordinator. She works tirelessly to organize existing courses and to create new opportunities for Healwell to offer meaningful and robust inter-professional education for massage therapists and other healthcare providers.


Rebecca maintains a private practice in Louisville, Kentucky and works as part time faculty in general massage therapy programs there.  As a former teacher of writing at the college level, Rebecca is passionate about the written word and about all forms of human communication.  In her massage practice, she focuses on integrating therapeutic massage as part of overall health and wellness care.  She is an active volunteer for Hosparus Healthand Gilda’s Club of Louisville, and a member of the Society for Oncology Massage.

Julie Ackerman

Julie Ackerman, LMT

Julie maintains a thriving private practice in the Philadelphia area and was previously on staff as a massage and certified lymphatic therapist at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

She specializes in working with people who are medically complex, preventing and maintaining Lymphedema and supporting people at the end of life. Julie serves as a professional massage advisor for Unite For HER and is an active member of The Society for Oncology Massage and National Lymphedema Network.

Lauren Cates

Lauren ``Cal`` Cates, LMT

Cal has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007.   Their* experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly.  Cal is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process.  Their favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human and more flexible.

*Cal identifies as gender non-conforming and uses the pronouns they, their, and them when being referred to in the third person.

Lucille Eddy

Lucille A. Eddy, LMT, S4OM

Lucille is a founding member of the Society for Oncology Massage and was on the teaching staff at Potomac Massage Training Institute from 2004 – 2009.  She received STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab) program certification in 2013 and completed the Train the Trainer ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) education program in 2014. Lucille co-teaches Healwell’s adult and pediatric hospital-based massage courses, oncology massage classes, and community education.

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Kerry Jordan, LMT

Kerry Jordan, LMT

Kerry is a teacher for Healwell and is an essential part of the curriculum development team. She brings 20 years of experience as an instructor and has an extensive background in teaching pathology and physiology and adapting massage therapy for special populations.  Before training as a massage therapist, Kerry owned and operated a successful yoga studio in Boston. She has been teaching yoga since 1999. Kerry is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500 and a Continuing Education Provider, weaving the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and healthcare providers.

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Laura Bryant-Earner, LMT, CMLDT, S4OM

Laura Bryant-Earner, LMT, CMLDT, S4OM

Laura is Healwell’s Service Director and a member of the curriculum development team. Before becoming a licensed massage therapist, Laura taught English in Japan for 19 years. Upon returning to America, she graduated from massage school in the spring of 2018. It was in school that she heard of something called “oncology massage” and felt drawn to it. Passionate about learning, Laura has continued her advanced training in the fields of oncology massage, scar tissue manipulation and manual lymph drainage. She has provided massage in a variety of settings including corporate, private practice and spas. Because of her own massage experiences, Laura appreciates how massage can play a supportive role in health care and the journey that is being human.