About Us

American Massage Therapy Association – Washington Chapter (AMTA-WA) is a volunteer-driven, non-profit professional massage therapy association in Washington State. Contact our Board Members and Voluteers by visiting the AMTA National Website and logging in.

Current Elected Board Members:

Summer Meyer
Seattle, WA
Board Member
Kathryn A. DeBaca
Spokane, WA
Board Member
Linda Bucher

Buckley, WA
Elizabeth M. Chatel
Seattle, WA
Amy E. Thomason
Elma, WA
Brandi N Higbee
Seattle, WA
Financial Administrator
Ngocloan Nguyen
Seattle, WA


Volunteer Coordinator
Allison Hanelt
Tumwater, WA
Communications Chair
Guinevere Jones
Olympia, WA
Web Administrator
Julie Onofrio
Seattle, WA

Our Mission

To provide a forum for professional exchange, to actively support the growth of our profession, and to enhance public awareness of massage therapy.
Our Chapter is the largest in the country with over 4500 hundred members and we continue to grow.
As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, you gain the benefits of a large collective network of massage therapists. AMTA provides the best benefits package in the industry along with excellent discounts, peer support and continuing education. We also are very active politically, protecting our rights as health care providers and protecting the massage profession. We work together with a team of attorneys and a lobbyist to ensure that massage practitioners have the right to practice in WA State.

The Washington Chapter now provides additional resources for Chapter members through this website, to help massage therapists in every stage of their career – from student to professional.

  • Our Government Affairs & External Relations Program works on legislative issues and protects and preserves our right to practice massage.
  • Our annual Chapter Convention provides many opportunities for networking as well as CE classes for LMT’s. We also support students in our Kick Start Program at Convention.

By joining the AMTA-WA your benefits grow because you are now part of the largest professional group of medical professionals in our state, you have access to deep member discounts at our state-wide events (link to calendar) and you have the opportunity to volunteer (link to volunteer opportunities) with one of the most proactive professional forces in our industry.

To learn more about our rich history, click out our Hands of Time chronology.