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.
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.
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.
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.
Tiffany Taft, PhD, currently holds a State License for Massage Therapy from the Commonwealth of Virginia and for the State of Georgia since 2004. She comes from a traditional medical background and training in western medical practice, and over the years has continued her studies in several eastern and western medicine disciplines. She is also certified as an RYT 500 Yoga Instructor, Birth/Post-Partum Doula and Child-Birth Educator, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Reflexologist, and more. Her focus is on chronic pain and rehabilitative therapies, autoimmune conditions, and other special populations that would benefit from Touch Therapy and integrative health programs. Her passion for the integration of eastern and western medicine concepts leads her to support her clients to LIVE WELL. In addition to being a Massage Therapy Instructor, Tiffany is building a private practice focused on integrative health and wellness programs to support clients wellness needs. She is also a speaker and author on topics related to health, healing, and well-being.
Shawnna is a Washington, D.C. native. She has been a state licensed massage therapist in Washington, D.C. and Virginia for the past 9 years. After graduating from the National Massage Therapy Institute in 2010, Shawnna continued gaining further knowledge in the field by obtaining numerous certifications and volunteering her services for local organizations. She specializes in chair massage and deep tissue massage, with an emphasis on combining deep tissue techniques with a relaxing approach and delivery.
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