About the Instructor
Charles Watson, owner
Practicing massage since 1991, Charles was a senior massage therapist at Stillpoint Wellness Center from 1991-1998 and an instructor at the Louisville School of Massage from 1993-1998. In the fall of 1998, he opened Advanced Massage Therapeutics School and Clinic. He has taken classes and workshops from some of the top educators in the country and has done volunteer work in two pain clinics and two local hospitals. His advanced training includes myofascial massage and sports massage. Charles is one of the most experienced massage therapists in Louisville and one of the most qualified educators in Kentucky. As of 2001, Charles is the official massage therapist for the University of Louisville men’s basketball team.
Valerie Meyers has been a practicing massage therapist since 2000. She has experience as a substitute teacher in both Jefferson County and Oldham County Schools, and she began her career as a massage therapy instructor at Advanced Massage Therapeutics in 2002. In addition to regular client sessions, Valerie has extensive experience as a practitioner of massage techniques for injury in a chiropractic/pain clinic setting. Her experience in the field of sports massage includes work with the University of Louisville Women’s Basketball Team, the Ironman Triathlon, the Professional Sand Volleyball Tournament, and Riverdance International Dance Company, and she regularly enters into business and corporate environments through on-site chair massage.
Donna Jo Payne
Donna Jo has been teaching since 1982, working in a variety of areas of education ranging from preschool through adult education. She is a graduate of AMT. Some of her additional training includes myofascial release, stretching, and a variety of modalities of energy work techniques. She has been a reiki practioner since 1991 and has been facilitating reiki classes since 1998. She has been practicing massage since 1998.
Graduating in the top of her class in 2006, Emily began her career in her family-owned practice just northeast of Louisville. She is a member of the Louisville Massage Team for the Ironman Triathlon in addition to her work with the various men’s and women’s sports teams at the University of Louisville. Her education includes classes and workshops taken from the leading educators in the country in sports massage and injury assessment, giving her a strong background in both. She began instructing at Advanced Massage Therapeutics in 2008.
Dr. Tracy Barnes
Dr. Tracy Barnes is a 1992 graduate of Palmer-West Chiropractic College in San Jose, CA. She holds a specialty degree in pediatrics through Palmer College and the International Chiropractic Association. She maintains a full-time practice in Louisville where she treats children, families, and athletes using a variety of techniques including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, low-level laser, Activator and KinesioTaping methods as well as a host of manual chiropractic techniques. She has been the Anatomy and Physiology instructor at Advanced Massage Therapeutics since 2001. She has also taught various continuing education courses at AMT including kinesiology and the anatomy of Chinese medicine. In addition, she teaches nationally and internationally for both Palmer College and the KinesioTaping Association. She is an avid cyclist, a volunteer camp counselor at camps for kids with cancer and a frequent exhibitor at juried art shows, selling her handmade, soldered jewelry. Mostly, she believes that the purpose of life is to LIVE it.
Amanda has been practicing massage since 2007. Prior to that she was an occupational therapist for 12 years, 10 of which were in the public school setting, adapting educational programs for special education. Her experience in massage includes her own private practice specializing in chronic pain and injury, specific injury work in a chiropractic setting, and assisting, followed by teaching massage, at AMT. She has been the official massage therapist for the University of Louisville's cross country and track and field programs since 2007.