The Center for Massage & Natural Health is proud of the quality of its faculty. They bring to their teaching the highest standards and ethics in this rapidly evolving profession. Eager to share their knowledge, wisdom and enthusiasm, the faculty and staff of the Massage Therapy Certification Program welcome students to this bright and meaningful career. While instructors may change without notice, you may rest assured that you will be receiving instruction from a fully qualified instructor.
Christopher Cintron, LMBT
Swedish Massage Instructor
In 1993, Christopher received his BFA in Performing Arts from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He later graduated from the highly esteemed Soma Institute National School of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago, Illinois in 2001. For over a decade, Christopher has honed his skills within the healing arts community in multiple spa settings such as The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina and as a private practitioner. Christopher’s longevity and success within this industry are a direct reflection of his heart-felt character and impeccable skills
Linda Pannullo, LMBT
Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Exam Review Instructor
Linda Pannullo attended the Florida School of Massage 20 years ago. A seasoned instructor, she has taught massage techniques for the non-professional at community colleges, and sports, hydrotherapy, Reflexology and Swedish at massage schools. Working with Jon Zahourek’s Maniken System (building muscles with clay) gave her creative ways to share anatomy knowledge. Linda is a veteran instructor at CFMNH, having been sharing her incredible knowledge since 2002, and maintains private and on-site massage practices in Asheville, North Carolina
Christie Abeling, LMBT
Neuromuscular Therapy, Pregnancy & Geriatric Massage
Christie's practice evolved after giving birth to her first son, to create a focus on working with pregnancy and birth. she formally studied midwifery, herbalism and doula support work and began practicing as a doula in 2009. Christie is a firm believer in weaving together strong and flexible networks of support in our local communities. Life continues to inspire her to create safe and authentic containers for people to explore and grow in their awareness. In her private practice she integrates manual therapy, herbalism, yoga, breath work and movement.
William Franklin, ND
Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology Instructor
Dr. William Franklin has obtained formal and on-the-job education in the health, fitness, and alternative medical fields for 29 years. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor of science in Exercise Science and completed coursework for a master of science in Exercise Physiology. He completed his doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. William brings almost a decade of teaching experience to CFMNH, having taught at 2 other massage therapy schools in AZ. For the past 3 years, Dr. Franklin has been a full-time dad for his 2 awesome sons. Between catching cat naps and building forts of various types, it is his greatest hope that he passes on his love of philosophy, backpacking, martial arts, reading, and climbing on things, along with a burning desire to find out.
Martha Hansen, LMBT
Hydrotherapy, NC Laws & Rules, Ethics
Martha has always been interested in the wellness field and considers herself a life-long learner and truth seeker in the healing arts.. She is a graduate of CFMNH and has worked as a LMBT in a variety of settings. Martha is a certified Full-Spectrum Healer and an EFT practitioner and life coach. Her passion is personal growth and a holistic approach to the body/life; she thoroughly enjoys combining her speaking, training & administrative skills with her hands on knowledge and passion for seeing others grow and develop into more authentic and complete versions of themselves!