Massage Therapy Faculty Bios
See the Campus Directory for a full listing of Massage Therapy Faculty and Staff.
Alan Nunes, AAS, LMT, NCBTMB
Alan entered the world of massage therapy in 2002 at National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, California and began a rewarding career helping others. Fascinated by the effects of massage therapy and their ability to allow clients to reconnect to their health, he set out to broaden his practice and pursue education, eventually leading him to COCC in 2008.
Alan embraces both eastern and western massage and loves passing on the rich traditions of Shiatsu, Thai massage, and western-based massage techniques. His work over the years include: a 6 month massage internship at a mental hospital for those affected by severe schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, spa and clinical work, private practice and instructional workshops throughout Oregon and California. He has traveled the country, spoken at national massage conferences and served on committees for the AMTA and ABMP.
Alan serves as the current Program Director for The COCC Licensed Massage Therapy Program in Bend, Oregon. He is a dedicated advisor, passionate instructor and alongside program staff, provide an academic experience that is both engaging and diverse that cultivates student success. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing bass and mountain biking.
Katrina Grubert, LMT, BA/MA Education
After working in the field of education for over 20 years as a classroom teacher and/or university academic advisor, Katrina steered her path toward massage therapy and completed the program at COCC in 2018. Since then, she has worked in Bend as an LMT at a chiropractic clinic and athletic facility. It has been incredibly rewarding and fulfilling journey!
Depending on the client’s needs and goals for treatment, she incorporates a variety of techniques both western and eastern in origin: Swedish massage, therapeutic massage, sports massage, cupping therapy, Shiatsu, and Thai.
She is honored to be part of this outstanding program and is excited for the opportunity to grow connections with the incredible students and staff who make it so special.
She has lived in Bend since 2018, after almost 20 years of life on the other side of the Cascades in Corvallis. Prior to that, she lived in rural southeast Ohio. Some of her happy places are found hiking, practicing yoga, salsa dancing, and seeing live music (when COVID-safe).
Christina Inman, PT, DPT, OCS
Christina Inman is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist. She has worked closely with Massage Therapists throughout her career and highly values their role in the health and wellness setting.
She comes with over 10 years of experience in the Outpatient Orthopedic setting and is fascinated with helping people move better and feel better! She loves being in the classroom and thrives off the students enthusiasm to learn.
In her spare time, Christina loves being active and outdoors with her family of four. Her kids and English Bulldog help keep her grounded and enjoying all of life's simple yet wonderful moments!
Alli Jorgensen, LMT, CPT, BA Sociology
Alli has had a private massage practice in Bend since being licensed in 2006. Employing a variety of modalities - Swedish, deep tissue, cupping, gua sha, and Watsu - she welcomes the challenge of more therapeutic-based work. She also comes to us with an extensive background in fitness and personal training and loves the combination of these two careers. She enjoys educating massage clients on the benefits of exercise and self-care, and vice-versa, her training clients on the benefits of massage. In her fourth year at COCC she's always excited for the day when the "light bulb" turns on for her students and everything comes together.
Alissa Locke AAS LMT
Born and raised Oregonian, Alissa moved to Bend in 2001 and has been enjoying the beautiful views and amazing running and hiking trails ever since!
Her massage education started in 2003 at our very own Central Oregon Community College where she received her AAS in massage therapy with a focus in Deep Tissue Massage. Her massage style has evolved into a Therapeutic-Swedish blend to gently help clients achieve their health and wellness goals.
Alissa's love of massage and desire to be part of the community led her to join our wonderful massage program team at COCC. Beginning as Teaching Assistant of kinesiology in 2010 and growing into her new role as Adjunct Instructor."I love working with our students and remembering what is was like to start the journey to the wonderful world of massage."
Stephanie Manriquez, BS LMT
Stephanie Manriquez came to massage therapy late in life after a career as a cake-decorating technician, diaper service business owner, and a single parent of 6 children.
She graduated from the COCC LMT program in 1999. She served as the LMT Program Director for several years and continues to teach as a part-time instructor for the COCC LMT program.
Stephanie has volunteered on the NCBTMB ethics committee and the NCBTMB CE Approved Provider committee. She served on the AMTA School Summit committee. and currently teaches Ethics for LMTs and Ethics and Cultural Competency and Cultural Competency Online classes for COCC Continuing Education Department.
Stephanie has had a massage therapy license in Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy from COCC and a Bachelor of Science in Business & Psychology from Eastern Oregon University
Stephanie served eight years as a board member on the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists and currently serves as a public member on the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers.
She is excited to share her life experiences with others and enjoys gardening, camping, and family gatherings with her 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Christy Schultz, LMT
Christy has always had a passion for helping others She left the business world to attended massage school at RCC in southern Oregon in 2007. She started out her massage therapy career in the physical therapy field and also became a physical therapy aide. She primarily focuses on medical and deep tissue massage, but has studied many other forms of massage as well.
She is passionate about helping people recover, heal, and feel their best. Outside of work, you can find her enjoying time with her animals, husband, and son.
Kasey Wheeler, LMT
Kasey has thoroughly enjoyed her massage practice for the past twelve years serving our beautiful community. She graduated from Central Oregon Community College in December 2005. Kasey found her training as a competitive gymnast in her youth to be a natural transition to Thai Massage, her specialty. She also offers Swedish, relaxation and Deep Tissue Massage. She has traveled twice to Thailand to study in the North and South. Kasey has a compassionate and empathetic spirit that allows her to connect easily and openly with her clients. She believes massage therapy is a key component for promoting a long and healthy life. When she is not working you will ind her out in nature, hiking, skiing, or sitting by the river with her dogs and husband. Possessing boundless energy, in addition to her private practice at Desert Lotus Wellness Center, she worked at a local physical therapy clinic for 10 years. She teaches Thai Massage in the massage therapy program at COCC. Her clients have been known to say that she has "magic hands" and her massages are a gift. Make an appointment with her today and enjoy a nurturing and healing treatment.
Elyse J. Williams, MS, CNS, RH (AHG)
Clinical Herbalist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master/Teacher Elyse brings nearly two decades of experience studying and practicing herbal medicine. Her early fascination with plant medicine led to over eight years of self-study with native people in rural Alaska, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize and Peru, and prompted her to pursue a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
As her Washington, DC practice grew, Elyse connected the need for healthy functioning digestion to properly utilize herbal medicine, and became a Certified Nutrition Specialist through the National Board of Certified Nutritionists. Not long after, she saw the need to engage her clients emotional and energetic imbalances in order to promote the physical healing they were seeking. This led to further study and certification at the Baltimore School of Reflexology, training in essential oil therapeutics and Aromatherapy, Mahatma Reiki Master/Teacher training and becoming a certified instructor of SynergyDance, based on Randolf Stones Polarity Therapy methods.
Since moving to Bend in 2010, Elyse has continued to expand her personal practice with new powerful tools, including HeartMath-based energy work and chakra clearing/trauma release. Elyse serves as an instructor at Central Oregon Community College where she teaches Aromatherapy I & II, and Reflexology classes. She also teaches professional/community continuing ed courses, including an Elemental Herbal Medicine series, Healing with Essential Oils series, and Reflexology for Everyone through COCC's Community Learning Program. Elyse is a Registered Herbalist (RH) through the American Herbalists Guild (AHG).