Meet the MIT Instructors

Our faculty is committed to MIT and the success of each student. Many of our instructors are trained in multiple fields, lending additional insight to their instruction. Most of our Instructors have a successful private practice in Massage Therapy. We are privileged to offer a faculty of such extensive knowledge, experience, dedication, plus a willingness to share all of this with the students.


DARCI D'ANNA, CMT #10190- Polarity and Reflexology instructor, has over 16 years experience in the Healing Arts as a Massage Therapist and Polarity Practitioner. She completed 675 hours of RPP training at Berkeley Polarity Center. She has integrated Polarity into her practice in clinics, spas and classes.

LINDA DOWNEY, CMT #27149- Massage Certification and Kinesiology Instructor. Has 14 years as an NCBTMB certified Massage Therapist. Also a Yoga instructor and athletic coach. Works at the Spa at Pebble Beach.

DAYA FISCH, CMT #12817 - Master in Nutrition, Lymphatic Massage Instructor.Maintains a private practice specializing in lymphatic massage and eastern therapy.She is the founder of the Breast Health Project.

KENNETH GRISALES, BA, CMT #10777 - Owner/Director. Business Principles & Ethics Instructor. An MIT graduate. Maintains a private practice in Carmel.

DR. ERIC HAAG, D.C. - Myofascial Release Instructor.Has over 20 years of experience as a Chiropractor. Maintains a private practice in Monterey.

DEBORAH ARDELL HILL, CMT #18659 - Certified La Stone, Stone Sole & Reflexology Instructor, and author of Spiritual Reflexology.

JODY HUTCHINSON, BA, NCBTMB, CMT #35847 - Anatomy and Physiology, and Chair Massage Instructor. Certified Sports Massage Therapist by the American Massage Therapy Association. MIT graduate, maintains a private practice in Pacific Grove.

JULIA HUTCHINSON, CMT #15147 - Ayurveda and Thumbless Therapy Instructor. She has studied and practiced Ayurveda for several years. She is certified as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist from the California College of Ayurveda and a certified teacher from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center.

PAULINE KIRBY, R.N., M.S. - Acupressure/Energy Workshop Instructor. She has been a healer and teacher for the past 40 years practicing acupunture since 1977. She combines her knowledge of western medicine with healing practices such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicines, gestalt, deep tissue and emotional release work.

LARISSA McSHANE, CMT #25287 - Massage, Anatomy & Physiology Instructor. An MIT graduate, maintains a private practice in Monterey.

CHARLOTTE REDSTONE, CMT #34755- Massage, Shiatsu and Prenatal Instructor, has an M.Ed. in Education, a Psychology, a B.S. in Chemistry and is an MIT graduate, maintains a private practice in Pacific Grove.

ARIEL SERRE, CMT #26099- Thai Massage Instructor. She has 15 years experience as a yoga teacher and travels to Thailand often to deepen her knowledge in the ancient art of traditional Thai Massage. She is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, a certified Thai Massage Instructor and has an Associates Degree in Massage.

JACK STELLA, CMT #64924- Advanced Anatomy, Orthopedic and Sports Massage Instructor, an MIT grad, maintains a private practice in mid-Carmel Valley specializing in Sports Massage & athletic training.

AME WELLS-HARTZELL, BA, MA, RN, CMT, #57646- Pathology, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor. MIT graduate, has a BA in Social Work and is a Registered Nurse specializing in Multiple Sclerosis and Pediatrics.

KIM YALDA - Reiki Instructor. Has a holistic healing practice in Pacific Grove. Has earned credentials as a Holistic Aromatherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Precognition Re-Educator. Also holds a Doctorate in Spiritual Studies.

PATRIC ZITO, MEd, GCFP, NCBTMB, CMT #62189 - Shiatsu, Kinesiology/Movement Awareness and Massage Instructor. He holds a Masters degree in Education, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner/Teacher. Has been working in the Somatic Field since 1983 and maintains a private practice in Mid-Carmel Valley specializing in Movement Therapy, Education and Rehabilitation.

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