Steven Schenkman is an established leader in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He served as President of The New York College for Wholistic Health, Education, and Research (now known as the NY College of Health Professions) from 1989 through 2001. The college offers associates and bachelor’s degree programs in massage and bodywork therapy, master’s degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, certificate programs in holistic nursing and physical arts. Under his leadership the Institution evolved into a premiere college for holistic education and developed the first Associate’s Degree program in massage therapy in the country in 1992. Steven has also demonstrated leadership and commitment to the profession of Massage Therapy as a founding member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) whose examination is now used in 35 states for licensing in massage therapy. He spent five years on that board. Steven also served as Chairman of the New York State Massage Therapy Board for six years and was a member for 10 years. He was also a founding member and served as President of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) for five years.Since 2001 Steven has been a consultant and curriculum specialist to career colleges, allied health and business schools and schools of massage therapy. Presently he is working as an independent consultant and subject matter expert with various institutions including Cortiva Institute. During his consulting career Steven has developed and written certificate, diploma and degree curricula and programs in massage therapy and western health careers. As a consultant Steven specializes in assistance with accreditation and administration, licensing, internal consulting, reorganization, curriculum and new program development, new business development, marketing & advertising and strategic planning. Steven is also a member of the Cengage Learning (formerly Thomson Delmar Leaning) Massage Advisory Board and has been contracted by Thomson to write a book on the subject of Massage Therapy entitled: Massage Therapy: What It Is and How It Works scheduled for publication in 2008.
Steven has been licensed in massage therapy in New York since 1984. He has studied and practiced Advanced Amma Therapeutic Massage and was a certified biofeedback specialist and stress management consultant. In addition, Steven was trained in acupuncture using the apprenticeship model and is a master tai chi practitioner and instructor. Steven can be reached by email at Schenkmans@aol.com and his website is www.schenkmanconsulting.com.