Sports Massage Injuries Therapy Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Sports Medicine, Sports Injuries, Muscular Therapy, Massage Therapy, Sexual abuse massage, Sexual assault massage, Sexual battery massage, Inappropriate massage of the Breast, Inappropriate touch massage, Ethics, Massaging the Breast, Digital rape, Injury during massage

EXPERIENCE

The Benjamin Institute, Principal 1986–present
Private Practice (sports injuries and muscular therapy), Owner/Practitioner 1963–present
Catalyst Communication Partners, Principal 2007–present
Expert Witness 2004-present
Cortiva Education, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development 2005–2007
Muscular Therapy Institute, Founder/President 1974–2005
Spectrum Medical Arts, Muscular Therapy Department, Director 1994–1998
Cambridge Health Associates (multidisciplinary health center), Co-founder 1984
Healthworks Exercise Center, Founder/Co-director 1984

AFFILIATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS

Massachusetts Massage Therapy Board of Registration, Member 2011–2014
Massachusetts Podiatry Board of Registration, Member 2009-2013
American Massage Therapy Association 1986–present
Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals 2009-present
NCBTMB, Approved Provider for Continuing Education (number: 033029-00) 1993¬–present
System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction (SAVI®), Certified Senior Trainer 2005–present
Massachusetts Coalition for Professional Hands-on Practitioners, Member 1993–1995
AMTA Council of Schools, Vice-chair & Chair, of the Professional and Sexual Ethics Task Force 1990–1994
Massage Therapy License in Massachusetts
Massage Therapy License in New York

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Massage Therapy Hall of Fame (inducted at the World Massage Festival) June, 2010
National AMTA President’s Award for service to the profession October, 2000
Massachusetts AMTA Distinguished Service Award April, 2000
ABMP “Eight Who Matter” Award (nominated by readers of Massage & Bodywork magazine) February, 1998

TRAINING & EDUCATION

Corentus Team Coaching Certification June, 2018
Fielding Graduate University Evidence Based Coaching Certificate June 2015
SAVI® Communications Certification Program 2004¬–2005
Boston University School of Social Work (one year of training) 1986
Lynn/Union Hospital Extern Training Program 1983, 1984
Family Institute of Cambridge, (family of origin training) 1982
Union Graduate School, Ph.D. (Sports Medicine) 1979
Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Postgraduate Courses in Orthopedic Medicine 1977, 1978
Empire State College, Bachelor Professional Sciences. 1977

PUBLICATIONS

Selected Articles in Massage Today
Massage Today Articles
Assessment of the Finger Joints December 2019
Hand Anatomy 101: The Three Major Finger Joints November 2019
Integrative Approaches to Hand Health July 2019
Tendon Damage: The Role of Massage Therapy in Recovery June 2019
De Quervain’s Syndrome April 2019
Testing the Collateral Ligaments of the Thumb February 2019
Tendons of the Thumb April, 2018
Muscles & Tendons of the Thumb February, 2018
A Common MT Injury: Treating the Thumbs November, 2017
A Common MT Injury, Part 2: Assessment Tests August, 2017
A Common MT Injury: You Guessed it … Thumbs July, 2017
Pronator Teres Injuries: Treatment Options May, 2017
Let’s Talk About Supinator Injuries February, 2017
Triceps Injuries October, 2016
Biceps Injuries August, 2016
The Ulnaris Muscles June, 2016
Assessing and Treating Tennis Elbow April, 2016
Assessing and Treating Golfer’s Elbow February, 2016
Facilitating a Coaching Conversation December, 2015
Coaching Clients for Improved Self-Care October, 2015
Prescription for Empowering Your Clients: Less Advice, More Coaching August, 2015
Listening to Your Clients: The importance of reflection in therapeutic communication. June, 2015
Just the Facts: Opinion vs. Data in the Therapeutic Relationship April, 2015
Do No Harm, Do Some Good February, 2015
Educating Massage Clients: What’s Appropriate and What’s Not October, 2014
The Forgotten Rotator Cuff Muscle, Part 4 August, 2014
The Forgotten Rotator Cuff Muscle, Part 3 June, 2014
The Forgotten Rotator Cuff, Part 2 April, 2014
The Forgotten Rotator Cuff Muscle, Part 1 February, 2014
Gathering the Right Information: Knowing How to Receive Feedback December, 2013
The Theory of Orthopedic Massage, Part 2 October, 2013
The Theory of Orthopedic Massage, Part 1 August, 2013
Dealing with Painful Foot Injuries, Part 2 June, 2013
Dealing with Painful Foot Injuries, Part 1 April, 2013
The Importance of Knowing What to Eat February, 2013
Dealing with Clients Who Put Themselves Down December, 2012
The Importance of Water, Part 2 Water, Salt and Protein October, 2012
The Importance of Water, Part 1 August, 2012
When a Question is Not a Question June, 2012
Boost Your Metabolism by Knowing When to Eat April, 2012
Get Optimal Energy with Nutritional Self Care February, 2012
The Infraspinatus December, 2011
The Benefits of Reconstructive Proliferant Therapy October, 2011
Let’s Talk About The Most Common Shoulder Injury August, 2011
Let’s Talk about…Lunging June, 2011
How to Help People With Parkinson’s April, 2011
Squatting: Integrating Fitness in Your Practice February, 2011
Integrating Fitness Into a Massage Therapy Practice December, 2010
Referred Pain August, 2010
Effective Stretching Techniques June, 2010
Pain Caused By Low Back Ligaments April, 2010
Communicating the Importance of Frequent Sessions February, 2010
Clients Who Are Reluctant to See a Physician November, 200
Getting Your Clients to See a Physician September, 2009
Including Exercises as Part of a Treatment Plan July, 2009
Simultaneous Disc and Ligament Injuries May, 2009
Frequency of Injury Treatment Sessions March, 2009
Clients With Multiple Injuries January, 2009
Predicting the Length of a Client’s Treatment December, 2008
The First Session Following an Injury November, 2008
Muscles vs. Ligaments October, 2008
Weakness September, 2008
The Iliolumbar Ligament August, 2008
Ligaments vs. Discs July, 2008
Sciatica May, 2008
Misperceived Headache Pain April, 2008
Medial Wrist Pain March, 2008
Chest Pain February, 2008
Upper Back Pain December, 2007
Wrist Pain November, 2007
Whiplash October, 2007
Hand-Shaking Pain September, 2007
Pain at the Medial Scapula August, 2007
Dupuytren’s Disease July, 2007
Finger Pain June, 2007
Trigger Finger May, 2007
Upper Hamstring Pain April, 2007
Ulnar Deviation March, 2007
Anterior Elbow Pain February, 2007
Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus January, 2007
Elbow Swelling December, 2006
Golfer’s Elbow November, 2006
Pain on Passive Motions of the Elbow October, 2006
Tingling in the Two Small Fingers September, 2006
Tennis Elbow August, 2006
Pain Under the Medial Arch of the Foot July, 2006
Eversion of the Foot June, 2006
Lateral Ankle Sprains May, 2006
What Supports the Medial Arch April, 2006
A Dropped Arch March, 2006
The Medial Foot February, 2006
Traumatic Arthritis of the Shoulder January, 2006
Biceps vs. Brachialis Strain November, 2005
Let’s Talk About … The Acromioclavicular Joint September, 2005

ETHICS & COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTION: Massage (selected courses)

Massage Therapy Schools & Continuing Education
Florida School of Massage (Gainesville, FL)
“Having Conversations That Work”/“Essential Meeting Skills” May, 2013
“Giving Savvy Feedback” September, 2009
“Strengthening Your SAVI Skills” January, 2008
“Having Conversations That Work” September, 2007
Body Therapy Institute (Siler City, NC), “Transforming Challenging Conversations” October, 2012
Therapeutic Training Center (Seattle, WA) “Gaining Mastery Communication & Boundaries, April, 2011
Cortiva Education (nationwide), “Ethics and Communication in Private Practice” 2005–2006
Swedish Institute, (New York City) “Creating Effective Boundaries” (in-service training for faculty) 1993
Muscular Therapy Institute (Cambridge, MA), “Assertiveness and Communication Skills” 1979–1990
NATIONAL & STATE CONVENTIONS
Indiana AMTA Regional Conference, “Communication and Ethics in Massage Therapy” October, 2012
Florida State Massage Therapy Association, “Successful Client Communication” June, 2012
American Federation of Massage Therapy Educators, “Communication in the Classroom” June, 2012
Chicago AMTA Convention, “Managing Challenging Conversations“ April, 2012
National AMTA Convention (Phoenix, AZ), “Ethics and Communication in Private Practice” September, 2008
National AMTA Convention (Nashville, TN), “Dual Relationships and Sexuality” October, 2004
Minnesota AMTA Convention, “Boundaries and Dual Relationships” Spring, 1993
Massage Therapy Practices
Susan Rosen & Associates (Olympia, WA), “Creating Relationships That Work” March, 2008
Kripalu Center, Massage Therapy Staff (Lenox, MA), “Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication” December, 2008

ETHICS & COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTION: General Healthcare (selected courses)

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Pain Champions Program, “Communicating Well When the Stakes are High” January, 2013
Clinical Ethics Residency for Nurses, “Compassionate Communication” November/December, 2011, 2012
Chaplaincy Program, “Compassionate Communication” April, 2007, 2010, 2011
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Chaplaincy Department, “Creating Healthcare Conversations That Work” September, 2009
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Solomon Carter Fuller Center
“Team Development: A Roadmap for Success” October 2010
Groton Wellness Group Development/Having Conversations That Work April/May, 2011

INJURY ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT INSTRUCTION (selected courses)

National and International Trainings
The Assessment and Treatment of Headaches: Cambridge, MA December 2019
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Ann Arbor, MI November 2019
Active Assisted Stretching: Upper Body: Southfield, MI November 2019
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Studio City, LA November 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Las Vegas, NV November 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Dover, DE September 2019
Active Assisted Stretching: Upper Body: Philadelphia, PA September 2019
Frustrating Neck Injuries, Denver, CO August 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Las Vegas, NV August 2019
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Toledo, OH August 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Pittsburg, PA June 2019
Frustrating Neck Injuries, Suwannee, GA July 2019
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Suwannee, GA July 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Seattle, WA June 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Port Townsend, WA June 2019
Frustrating Neck Injuries, Hartford, CT June 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Amherst, MA June 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Calgary, Canada May 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Calgary, Canada May 2019
Frustrating Neck Injuries, Miami, FL May 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Miami, FL May 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Miami, FL May 2019
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Miami, FL May 2019
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Fairfield, NJ April 2019
Frustrating Neck Injuries, Gainesville, FL March 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Seattle, WA February 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Port Townsend, WA February 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Austin, TX January 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Irving, TX January 2019
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Cleveland, OH December 2018
Whiplash: Orthopedic Injury Assessment and Treatment, Southfield, MI December 2018
Common Injuries, Gainesville, CT November 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Hartford, CT November 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Las Vegas, NV October 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Denver, CO October 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Cleveland, OH October 2018
Whiplash: Orthopedic Injury Assessment and Treatment, Hyde Park, VT September 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Burlington, VT September 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Southfield, MI September 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, New York, NY September 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Suwannee, GA August 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Suwannee, GA August 2018

Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Pittsburgh, PA August 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Philadelphia, PA August 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Gainesville, FL July 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Gainesville, FL July 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Tinton Falls, NJ July 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Fairfield, NJ July 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder & Knee, Swedish Institute, NY July 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Manchester, NH April 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Swedish Institute, NY April 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Fairfield, NJ April 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Amherst, MA April 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Hyde Park, VT March 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Burlington, VT March 2018
Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment, Arlington, VA March 2018
Assessment & Treatment of Low Back Pain, Arlington, VA January 2018
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Burlington, VT November 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Hyde Park, VT November 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Denver, CO November 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Denver, CO November 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder/Knee, Arlington, VA November 2017
Assessment & Treatment of Neck Pain, Stockholm, Sweden October 2017
Assessment & Treatment of Neck Pain, Malmo, Sweden October 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Amherst, MA October 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder & Knee, Swedish Institute, NY October 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Fairfield, NJ October 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Concord, NH September 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Suwanee, GA August 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Hyde Park, VT August 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder & Knee, Providence, RI August 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Shoulder & Knee, Irene’s Institute, MI August 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, St. Louis, MO August 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy, Benny Vaughn Athletic Center, TX July 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Houston, TX July 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Warwick, RI June 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Hartford, CT June 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Baltimore, MD June 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Tyson’s Corner, VA June 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Myofascial & Muscular Therapy: Neck & Back, Philadelphia, PA June 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Chicago, IL April 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Cleveland OH April 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Toledo OH April 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI January 2017
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Grand Rapids, MI January 2017
Active Isolated Stretching Upper Body, Swedish Institute, NY, December, 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Lakewood, CO November, 2016
The Assessment and Treatment of Shoulder Pain Workshop, Lakewood, CO November, 2016
Common Injuries Workshop, Irene’s Institute, Southfield, MI October 2016
Active Isolated Stretching Lower Body, Swedish Institute, NY, October, 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, NHI Studio City, CA October 2016
The Assessment and Treatment of Shoulder Pain Workshop, NHI Studio City, CA October 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Lakewood, CO August 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Virginia Beach, VA August 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Irene’s Institute, Southfield, MI July 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, CenterPoint, Minneapolis, MN July 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, NHI Studio City, CA June 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, IPSB College, San Diego, CA June 2016
Creating Relationships That Work: Communication Skills, YW Boston, MA March 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Medford, MA March 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Reykjavik, Iceland March 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Oslo, Norway March 2016
Creating Relationships That Work: Communication in Professional Life, Cambridge, MA January 2016
Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Workshop, Arlington, VA December 2015
The Missing Link in Low Back Pain, Maui, HI March 2015
The Missing Link in The Knee, Maui, HI March 2015
Assessment & Treatment of Shoulder Injuries, Stockholm, Sweden April 2014
Assessment & Treatment of Shoulder Injuries, Malmo, Sweden April 2014
Assessment & Treatment of Low Back Injuries, Oslo, Norway, April 2014
Assessment & Treatment of Low Back Injuries, Stockholm, Sweden November 2014
Assessment & Treatment of Low Back Injuries, Malmo, Sweden November 2014
Assessment & Treatment of Headaches, PMTI Washington DC, December 2014
Shoulder Injury Workshop, Oslo, Norway March 21–22, 2013
The Assessment and Treatment of Neck Pain, Sydney, Australia March 14-15, 2013
The Assessment and Treatment of Knee Pain for Podiatrists, Sydney, Australia March 10, 2013
Shoulder Injury Workshop, Bergen, Norway September 1–2, 2012
Low Back Workshop, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan October 2009
Ten Common Injuries, Lincoln School, North Yorkshire, England March 21–23, 2009
Orthopedic Massage Seminars, United Kingdom (Edinburgh, Dublin, London) March 2005
Orthopedic Massage Seminars and Teacher Training Program, Barcelona, Spain 1992–1997

Nationwide Trainings
Orthopedic Massage Seminar Series 1998–2010
(Michigan, 2007–2010; Florida, 2007–2010; Maryland, 2007–2010; Alabama, 2007–2008; Pennsylvania,
2002–2007; Washington, DC, 2001–2006; Salt Lake City, UT, 2001 to 2005; Chicago, IL, 1998–2003)
Injury Prevention Workshops 1977–2000
Muscular Therapy Institute (Cambridge, MA)
Created and taught a comprehensive program in massage therapy, exercise therapy, rehabilitation,
injury evaluation, self-care and treatment 1974–2000

Additional seminars and workshops taught at:
Harvard Medical School Continuing Medical Education Conference for Alternative and Complimentary Medicine
Mass Rehabilitation Hospital Pain Clinic, Jefferson Hospital (PA), Sam Houston University (TX), Southern Oregon College, Slippery Rock College (PA), University of Delaware, Western Carolina University, Sarah Lawrence College, Duke University (NC), Ohio State University, Barnard College (NY), San Francisco State University, Syracuse University

 

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