Our Faculty & Instructors
“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 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.
James Mongan, CEO
James took over the Academy of Natural Therapy in 1995. His guidance, leadership, and wisdom have guided the school to expand and grow. James has always kept the quality of education very high, striving always to have a program that creates and forms therapists to be successful in the field of massage. He truly cares about the students and is dedicated to the massage industry as a whole.
Jennifer Mongan, Executive Officer, Quality Assurance, Owner, Human Resources
Jennifer has been assisting with the Academy of Natural Therapy since 2000 when she graduated with a Bachelors Science Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Before that, she managed the Eaton Therapeutic Center and Natural Therapy Health Center. In her free time, Jennifer loves to pray and to be with her seven beautiful and talented children. Jennifer is trained in several important departments at the Academy ranging from Management and Admissions to Accounting and Quality Assurance
Tim Gross, Director of Financial Aid
Tim has two Bachelors Degrees in Communications and Accounting. He has a background in finance, particularly Financial Ais processing. Tim joined the Academy in August of 2011, bringing with him several years of experience with youth from a variety of backgrounds.
Mary Jo Thaxton, Accounts Director
MaryJo has a Bachelor of Science in Business/Finance from Colorado State University. When she’s not busy crunching the numbers, she loves to talk about her favorite soccer team.
Instructors & Therapists
Deborah Todd, Instructor of Hydro, Neuro 2, Teaching Methods, Lymph Drain, Special Needs, Communications, and Orthopedic Massage
Josephine Sandoval, Chair Massage and Prenatal
Jake Cooney, Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology
Laura Syring, Instructor of Sports Massage, Neuromuscular 1, Business, and Canine Massage
Tim Danielson, Instructor of Trigger Point
Christina Odgear, Instructor of Herbology
Wendy Castillo, Instructor of Medical Massage
Amy Smith, Instructor of Reflexology, Shiatsu, and Swedish
Van Wetzig, Instructor
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