Massage Therapy Instructors
Edward Driggers, LMT (MA # 20692)
Edward attended and received his training from Alpha, graduating in 1995, at which time he took over the position of Chief Administrator of the school. His perspective in learning and instruction is unique as he has been student, instructor and administrator, all at this same facility. This multi-faceted perspective has served him well giving him beneficial insight, especially as an instructor, enabling him to teach the evening classes with a complete "hands-on" approach while still maintaining his availability to instructors, students and clients. He has perfected the art of body mechanics for massage therapists, passing on his knowledge while continuously challenging his own massage therapy skills.
Edward has extensive training in basic massage therapy as well as reflexology, myofascial release and infant massage. Edward knows from years of skilled experience and instruction, both personal and professional, that massage therapy absolutely works and helps people physically, as well as mentally. The results can be extraordinary and sometimes beyond comprehension. He has often used different methods of massage therapy on many clients under the knowledge, advice and approval of their personal physicians.
To every new class of students, Edward enjoys telling them, "Don't do like I did - come to Alpha for massage therapy instruction...and stay!", proving there is NO question as to Edward's enormous passion for his school, his trade and his unfailing dedication to his students. His constant encouragement to them during instruction extends to his even stronger encouragement to enter into this wonderful trade of the medical field as professionals with a skill that will follow them for life.
Michael Garcia RN, LMT (MA # 21545)
Michael is our chief instructor. Michael has been a Registered Nurse since 1976 and a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1996. He began his massage and anatomy teaching career right here at Alpha, over 20 years ago. Hundreds of students have successfully passed their massage licensing exam due in part to his teaching style and ability. Many of our graduates have told us that he is the best instructor that they have ever had, including high school and college instructors.
He has been a fixture here since 1995. Michael's areas of expertise include anatomy, physiology and pathology; medical massage; neuromuscular therapy; pain relief techniques (including ETPS Pain Relief Therapy); and Barefoot Deep Tissue Massage. Michael was a past president of the local chapter of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and a past officer of the American Massage Therapy Association. Many of his articles have been published in massage magazines over the past few years. He has personally trained with and/or completed entire training courses with several innovators in this field, including: Paul St John; Judith Delaney; Dr. Bruce Hocking; and Ruthie Hardee (founder of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy). Many licensed massage therapists depend on Michael to provide the continuing education courses that they need to remain competitive in this field. Our school and our students are indeed lucky to have this fine instructor.
Carissa Jackson, LMT (MA # 40037)
Carissa has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003 when she graduated from SouthEastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy and became Nationally Board Certified. She also earned her BFA from JU, and is further certified in Neuromuscular massage, Kinesiotaping, Pregnancy & Infant massage, and even certain alternative modalities. Carissa has experience as a therapist in both spa and clinical establishments, as well as sole practitioner. She currently instructs CPR/ AED/ First Aid & Babysitting Safety for the community, and is now adding to her more than 7 years as a Massage Therapy Instructor at local massage schools, where she had been hailed Instructor of the Month and maintained an extremely high MBLEx passer rate. Former students remarked that they appreciated her “patience, encouragement, and support” throughout their studies.
To Carissa, it is exciting to see that massage is not only a soothing experience, but can be integral in realigning the body and getting to the root of issues that may not respond as well to other forms of healing. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of muscle anatomy and techniques to help students discover the best way to treat their clients. She looks forward to meeting you, to help achieve your goal of a rewarding, successful career in massage therapy!
Gilenid Ramos, Full Specialist, Body Wrap Specialist
Gilenid has 20 years experience in the spa industry including full specialty (nails and Facials), Body Wrap Specialty and Spa Directing. She brings advanced training in Microdermabrasion, Micro-Needling, Dermaplaning, Chemical Peels, LED Photo Facials and other advanced techniques. She has extensive knowledge of several major skincare lines including Image.
"I believe in life-long learning and my goal is to teach and train you to deliver high-end services, to train you to educate and retain clientele and make you completely comfortable with controlling your treatment room and services."