New Staff:  Inspired and Exceptional

Bodymechanics School is on a mission to inspire the exceptional within each student we teach.  We are fired up by this mission and bring this into every class we teach.  Our goal is to bring in the best instructors, with the most passion, so that students are inspired every class.  This may seem like it’s not so important – when in reality, it is very important.

Across our Tumwater and Vancouver locations, we hire staff who bring passion  to the class and subject they are teaching.  This helps our students learn from instructors who love the topic they are speaking on.

When I was in massage school, I was taught Kinesiology by a chiropractor.  I enjoyed my instructor as a person – he was awesome. But, muscles weren’t his passion, and consequently, I didn’t perform as well in Kinesiology as I could have.

I personally don’t like giving chair massage or pregnancy massages.  I have nothing against either, it’s just not something I like to do.  As a student, you don’t want me teaching those courses because I’m going to put off a negative energy around those topics.  So yes, instructors who are passionate about a topic is very important to the development of a student.

The environment a student enters into should be challenging, inspired, exciting, productive and fruitful.  Our focus in 2018 has been to bring in staff who exemplify these traits.

As a student, you want to know that you are entering into a school that will take you to the desired outcome – graduation and a successful career.  You want to be inspired every day by the instructors and the program.  You want to learn and feel confident that you will pass exams.  You want to have the tools necessary to graduate and move on to the position you most desire.  You want a fluid and malleable environment that delivers an empowered message.  You want to be challenged and to grow.

Trust me, I understand.  I had the same desires and goals when I went through massage school in 2005.  I’d like to introduce you to our newest staff, who I believe will inspire and challenge you to be the exceptional massage therapist you want to become.

Mary Hoagland-Scher, MD

Mary first came to Bodymechanics School to attend our Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise program.  When I saw that she was an MD who wanted to become a personal trainer, I did a double-take.  But, I’m so pleased that Mary walked in our door.  Mary is teaching Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology to our weekend massage class and also to our CPT program.  Mary received her MD from Harvard Medical School.  Fun fact about Mary is that she also attended the same Thai Massage School in 2015 that we took a group of massage therapists to last year.
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I am delighted to be joining the faculty at Bodymechanics School.  I started geeking out on the human body many years ago while hoping to become a professional modern dancer.  An injury sparked an interest in how it all works that eventually lead to an MD degree from the Harvard Medical School.  After 30 years of practicing family medicine, I retired and went back to my first love, dance.  A dancer must care for her instrument so I found myself seeking the advice of personal trainers… and then deciding to become a personal trainer which led me to this wonderful school.   As I continue my own never ending exploration if the human body, I am thrilled to be teaching others with the same passion.

Lori Kroh, LMT

Lori has been a massage therapist for 9 years, graduating from a Seattle massage schooNew Bodymechanics Instructorsl with high honors.  Lori comes to us with a wealth of experience teaching massage therapy having taught for several years at massage schools in the PNW.  In addition to teaching in a massage school, Lori has created several continuing education workshops on a variety of topics such as body mechanics, various massage modalities, reiki and Ayurvedic Massage.

Lori will be teaching Massage Theory & Practice to our morning students beginning October 23, 2018.  We are excited for her teaching experience and her passion for helping others learn massage therapy.

I have been practicing Massage Therapy since 2009, graduating from Everest College in Seattle, WA. I also became a Reiki Master in 2014 and have been a Certified Nutritonal Coach for a well-rounded approach. I have a little over 3 years of teaching experience in a formal setting prior to BM School. My practice is in University Place and I teach a variety of Continuing Ed and Community classes. My next goal to complete is Equine Massage Therapy, as I love horses. I’m sure you can tell I have a passion for this industry and passing on my knowledge to others. My mantra in teaching is “You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned.”- Yoda

Amy Britsas, LMT

Amy has been a massage therapist for about 15 years having graduated with honors from Ashmead College in Seattle in 2003.  Amy has worked in many settings in the Olympia area as a massage therapist and currently has a private practice in Olympia.

Amy has taken many CE classes over the years that has helped her grow as a therapist.  Some classesNew Instructor Amy include deep tissue massage, Thai foot massage, hot stone, Lomi Lomi, traditional fire cupping and CHABA certification.

Amy participated in our recent Instructor Training Program and she has all the tools necessary to excel in teaching – a long and experienced career, passion and training to teach.  She will be teaching Massage Theory and Practice to our weekend students and Kinesiology to our morning students.

Amy is excited to get started in her teaching career.


We are excited with the level of experience and passion these new instructors will bring to the classroom.

Next class starts are as follows:

  • Morning class:  October 23, 2018       (Tues – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm)
  • Weekend class:  November 3, 2018   (2-3 weekends per month, 9 am – 6 pm)
  • Evening class:  February 11, 2019      (Mon – Thur, 6 pm – 10 pm)


  • Evening class:  November 19, 2018   (Mon – Thur, 6 pm – 10 pm)
  • Weekend class – April 27, 2019         (2-3 weekends per month, 9 am – 6 pm)
  • Morning class – May 14, 2019           ( Tues – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm)

Give us a call at 360.350.0015 to ask questions or sign up for a free info session.

We can’t wait to help you become an inspired and exceptional massage therapist.

Committed to your success –
Shari Aldrich, LMT
Bodymechanics School