We are the DC Chapter of the AMTA. Welcome! 

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the largest professional association serving our industry. With over 80,000 members, AMTA is the most trusted and respected name in massage therapy.

The AMTA DC Chapter supports the practices of its members and all licensed massage therapists in DC. We utilize the strength and resources of our national association to advocate for fair and reasonable licensing and permitting. We provide required continuing education for license renewal at a reduced cost. We promote opportunities for professional networking, building local referral network for specialty modalities, and practice building through idea sharing and supervision. Other benefits include volunteering to expand your skills, create job leads, and work with different populations.

By next Spring, we plan to offer training for members to join our volunteer Sports Massage Team and Community Service Massage Team.

The DC Chapter is governed by a chapter elected Board of Directors who are all volunteers. Various committees run by member volunteers also support our community. We all give our time to help our members build their ideal practices. We are always looking for new ideas and more help.

Join us in the fun and good work! We look forward to seeing you at the next chapter event!

In Health and partnership,

Jaime Bernardo, President
P. Marcia Castrence, Board Member
Bryan Harris, Board Member
Carole Dean, Financial Administrator
Shawnna Shellington, Secretary
Aseel Hawi, Delegate
Yumna Kaluf, Delegate

AMTA DC Chapter
amtadc.massage@gmail.com
202-888-7095

AMTA Washington DC Chapter Calendar



  • Call for Candidates

    Posted:Monday, August 3, 2020


    Apply to Serve on the AMTA National Board of Directors by September 15th.Give back to the massage therapy profession by applying to serve on the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2021-2023…

  • Massage Consumers and COVID-19

    Posted:Sunday, May 31, 2020


    There is no denying that everything is different. No matter where you are in process of navigating the pandemic—whether your massage practice is still closed, you’re preparing to reopen or have…

  • Managing Stress During COVID-19

    Posted:Friday, May 29, 2020


    Take steps to help manage stress and improve well-being, even while social distancing.
    The last couple of months have felt like a roller coaster as we all try to adapt to the…

  • Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management Symposium

    Posted:Friday, May 15, 2020


    Massage Therapy Foundation President, Doug Nelson, on behalf of AMTA and representing the massage therapy profession, was recently a panelist at the Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management (AACIPM) virtual…