“The ability of our school lies in the hands of our instructors. For this reason, we have assembled a team dedicated to the art of Massage Therapy and to teaching it. It is our belief that these are some of the best professionals anywhere and have been noted for excellence in their fields.”
– James Mongan, C.E.O.
Dorothy Mongan, L.C.M.T., AAS, Founder and Vice President, and Instructor
Massage Therapy has been a lifetime career for Dorothy. Her mother was a herbologist, reflexologist, and massage therapist as taught by the old German modalities. Dorothy was taught all this and practiced it from a very young age. Her joy in life comes from helping others to gain a healthy life.
Mrs. Mongan obtained her first degree in massage at the Swedish Institute School for Massage in the 70’s. The teachings and practices of massage therapy intrigued Mrs. Mongan which led her to open the Eaton Therapeutic Center in 1985. Later, she founded the Academy of Natural Therapy in 1989. Mrs. Mongan previously taught a large portion of the classes offered at the Academy of Natural Therapy’s massage therapy program, but currently, teaches Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy.
Following the receipt of her degree from the Swedish Institute for Massage, Mrs. Mongan further studied massage therapy with the legendary Dr. Sole for seven years. During that time, she developed her own techniques that she practices and implements today. But Mrs. Mongan did not complete her learning at that point. She later received her Associate’s degree from Aims Community College in 1992. Currently, Mrs. Mongan is in the process of publishing her own book and video regarding these teachings titled, “The Dr. Sole Technique.”
Mrs. Mongan maintains a busy schedule by performing massages daily to her loyal clients, in addition to expanding her knowledge of massage therapy by learning new techniques from the St. John’s Institute. Also, Mrs. Mongan spends numerous hours in nutritional counseling and continues to practice Contact Reflex Analysis testing for over 12 years now. In her free time, Mrs. Mongan enjoys sewing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Instructors & Therapists
Shirley Torrez, Coordinator, Mentor, Instructor
Shirley Torrez graduated from the Academy of Natural Therapy with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in 2015. She is a practicing LMT and a published writer with bilingual capabilities. Shirley coordinates events and activities for Academy of Natural Therapy functions. She is a direct support person for students and staff. Shirley currently teaches Business, Marketing, Swedish and Movement Therapy.
Jaime Owens, Instructor/Director of Students -Lead Mentor
Jaime graduated from the Academy of Natural Therapy with 1000-hour certificates in Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Chair Massage. She has practiced massage for the past 8 years working as a member of a holistic health-care team. She is furthering her education in Holistic Health and Yoga. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of massage and supporting students throughout their learning experience at the Academy. Jaime teaches Swedish and Chair Massage.
“Every massage is unique, remember to trust your intuition, stay grounded, and be creative.” – Jaime Lynn Owens
Georgia Martin, Instructor of: A&P, Kines, Trigger Point, Chair Massage, and Reflexology.
Georgia holds a BA in Holistic Healing Arts. She also has an RN degree from College of Dupage and is has been an LMT since 1994.
Josephine Sandoval, Mentor, and Instructor of Chair Massage and Prenatal.
She a graduate of the Academy of Natural Therapy with an Associate of Applied Science Degree. She has been an LMT since 2009.
Lynn Daniels, Instructor of: Shiatsu and Swedish.
She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Colorado at Boulder, 1997. She also has a degree in Massage Therapy from Boulder College of Massage Therapy, 1998. She has been teaching since 2003 and has detailed experience in many fields of massage therapy. Lynn’s willingness to go above and beyond for each and every student makes her stand out at the Academy.
Sherri McCaskill, Instructor of Herbology.
Sherri is a Certified Master Herbalist. She also holds a CMH in Botanical Medicine.
James Mongan, CEO
Jennifer Mongan, Quality Assurance, Owner, Human Resources
Tim Gross, Director of Financial Aid
Lee Kilgore, LMT, Director of Students, Lead Mentor
Josie Sandoval, RMT, Chair Mentor
Mary Jo Thaxton, Accounts Director