The faculty and staff at the American Massage & Bodywork Institute share the same vision: to enhance the student experience, and to provide the most talented and work-ready therapists in the country.
We strive to provide an elite education to individuals with a great interest in helping others feel better through the power of meaningful touch.
Co-Owner, CEO & President
Scott Deidun, MBA, is a graduate of Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Scott has served in various leadership roles in education, with the majority of that time being spent in massage therapy. In 2013, Scott was presented with an “Excellence in Education” award by Massage Envy for his work with that organization.
Katherine “Katie”Dudero, DC
Director of Education
Katherine Dudero is a National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) and State (Virginia Board of Medicine) licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with nine years of experience in private practice and three years of experience as an anatomy and physiology instructor.
She began her career as a chiropractor in Hawaii following graduation from Life Chiropractic College West, where she received the Clinical Excellence Award.
Financial Aid Director, Instructor
Stasia Kemp, is a State Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since graduating from AKS Massage School, formerly located in Herndon, VA, with honors in 2005, she has worked closely with chiropractors, acupuncturists, and medical doctors to develop wellness plans for clients and treat chronic pain. Specializing in Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release Massage has allowed her to work with clients from all walks of life; from children to the elderly, and from athletes to those forced into a sedentary lifestyle due to chronic disorders.
Jennifer is a graduate from the University of Delaware. She comes to AMBI with over 10 years of admissions experience in the education industry with 3 plus years specifically concentrating on Massage Therapy. With twins at home, Jennifer strongly values the opportunity to assist others in starting a career that enables them to have a wonderful work/life balance.
Kyle Spain is a Certified Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Texas. With over 9 years of experience in massage therapy, he has worked with an extremely diverse clientele in both spa and clinical settings. Kyle was awarded “2015 Massage Therapist of the Year” by Massage Envy for the North Virginia/D.C. region.
Kyle specializes in sports massage, myofascial release, and deep tissue massage. Using these modalities and customizing them to each client’s needs, Kyle has successfully aided in the wellness and injury prevention of thousands of individuals.
Bernie Binns has extensive knowledge in the health care and bodywork industry. During the past 20 years, after earning her Master of Science degree in Art Therapy, she worked as a clinical therapist in private practice. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling focusing on substance abuse and addiction recovery. Her massage career took off after graduating AKS Massage School in 2005; working in the spa industry, led her to working with many former professional athletes as well as inspired her to explore advanced training in Craniosacral Therapy.
In addition, Bernie volunteers with the AMTA Virginia Chapter performing outreach, welcoming new members, and mentoring upcoming leaders in community volunteering.
Morgana Alexander is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition to 9 years of experience, she is Board certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Specializing in deep tissue, sports massage, and injury rehabilitation, Morgana has worked with thousands of clients in spa and clinical settings as well as sporting and corporate events.
Kelley Howard is a licensed massage therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With 18 years of experience in the field, she was first certified in Maryland where she developed a private practice working alongside other therapists and acupuncturists.
Here in Virginia, she took additional courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and medical terminology. She is currently working in a chiropractic clinic and growing a mobile private practice. Her certifications are in myofacial and deep tissue massage, as well as infant massage instruction. Presently she is practicing and working toward certification in Tui Na.
Gena Ferguson is a Virginia native. She was introduced to the benefits of massage therapy as a young adult. For a year she struggled with low back and hip pain, until she began a treatment plan of regular chiropractic care and massage therapy. Within two months all of Gena's symptoms were alleviated. The results were impressive and the healing power of massage therapy (and chiropractic care!) was undeniable. It was at this point that Gena knew she wanted to be a massage therapist.
Gena graduated from The Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage in March of 2012 and has been a licensed massage therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia ever since. She specializes in assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and the application of deep tissue techniques. She maintains an active practice in Loudoun County.
Keria Hicks is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and State of Maryland. Four years ago, Keria started her massage journey in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Moore's Career College. She a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Specializing in Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue, and fire cupping, Keria is working towards using massage to help soldiers and veterans with PTSD.
Being a massage therapist has opened many doors that were unknown to me. Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, I migrated to the United States with my family in 1971. I spent my childhood in Los Angeles, California, and later Puerto Rico, until at the age of 19 I decided to serve my country by joining the U.S. Marines. During this time, I got to explore many countries and learn different cultures and traditions. After my tour I decided to focus on my education and majored in Accounting at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. After many years in the accounting field something was missing in my life. I always had a strong passion for health and fitness, and career fields related to physical well-being attracted my attention. I decided to leave the accounting field to become a professional massage therapist. I attended the Baltimore School of Massage and obtained my professional license. While I was in school I discovered that as therapists we become instruments to help the body heal with our touch and intention. Over time, I specialized in a few modalities, but it was in Thai Massage where I found my true calling.
I have had the opportunity to study professional Thai Massage with some of the great Master Instructors all over the world. My training began at the Thai Institute of Healing Arts, in Arlington, Virginia, and continued with the internationally renowned Sunshine School of Massage in Costa Rica and Greece. Through my education and experience I have found Thai Massage to be profoundly fascinating, because it allows me to use whole body mechanics to provide a deep, therapeutic, healing massage. I have treated hundreds of people and I can truly testify that everyone can benefit from this modality, and that by practicing Thai Massage you can achieve more with less.
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