Massage Program Faculty
Adrian Beltran, LMP
A West Coast native, Adrian Beltran moved to Bellingham 12 years ago, after having studied Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga and various other somatic modalities such as Qigong, Thai Yoga Massage and The Myokinesthetic System in such places as Grass Valley, Ashland, Port Townsend, Spokane and Seattle. He graduated in 2010 from the Ananda Massage School in Port Townsend. Adrian has always felt a personal calling to teach teach in some capacity. Having a background in healing movement and massage is what brought him to teach at Northwest Academy of the Healing Arts. Currently, Adrian teaches Massage Theory and Practice and Supervises the Student Clinic at the Bellingham Campus. His style of teaching aims to facilitate a balanced approach in students learning intuitive and technical skills in Massage Therapy and Healing Movement Therapies. For fun, he likes to go boating in the San Juan Islands with his family, cooking elaborate meals at home and raising rabbits with his daughter.
Amy Blue, LMP – Bellingham Campus Manager
Amy is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Washington with an extensive background in business, sales and marketing. She’s devoted to her children and volunteering with community outreach programs. In her free time, she enjoys music, cooking and mentoring. As the campus manager at our Bellingham school, she acts as liaison between students, faculty, and staff and is dedicated to the success of each student.
Deborah Callender, ND
Biography information coming soon.
Lindsey Castillio, LMP
Lindsey grew up in Blaine, Washington. She obtained her massage license at Bellevue Massage School and has been practicing Massage Therapy for ten years. Most of her experience has been overseas in Germany working on members of the miltary and their spouses. Now that she is back in the U.S., she has found a passion with Medical Massage.
Leah Clark, LMP
Committed to searching for creative teaching and learning opportunities, Leah Clark offers a dynamic approach to massage therapy. She graduated from Brenekke School of Massage as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 1999 and follows her chosen career path with an innovative and positive approach through an emphasis in pediatric massage. Leah continued on to graduate from Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College in 2013; where she was awarded her BA in Touch Therapy: Revitalizing Children’s Health. In 2016, she completed a Master’s in Education expanding her skills as an educator and advocate for families navigating the complexities of public education. She is the mother of two vivacious, animated children who light her path with inspiration, and together they welcome new adventures.
Marian DiPerna, LMP
Marian DiPerna is a licensed massage practitioner and educator, originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. Marian is a graduate of NW Academy for the Healing Arts and loves being a part of the school community as an instructor. Marian’s private practice is located in West Seattle; she works with a diverse array of clients and conditions, providing therapeutic treatment for injuries, stress, pregnancy, jaw pain and dysfunction, and general wellness. Marian believes in creating a safe, supportive, and caring environment in both her private practice and in the classroom that allows her clients and students to thrive.
Amy Kramer Hawks, LMP
Amy Kramer Hawks graduated from Brian Utting school of Massage, and the Dr. Vodder Institute of North America in the year 2000. She brings her 16 plus years of experience in the field of massage, yoga and child birth support into the classroom and clinic setting to prepare new therapist for success. Amy is an artist, musician, mother and wife. She has been with the school since May of 2015.
Debora Henrichs, MS
Deborah is a Western Washington University alumnus with a Master’s degree in human movement and performance. She has been teaching functional anatomy and other exercise science courses in the department of Health and Human Development at WWU since 2000 and is excited about her recent invitation to join the faculty at Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts. Deb strives to maximize student learning in a professional, approachable way and she is enthusiastic about answering questions and sharing her interests in neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, function, and adaptation
Sean Marcella, D.C.
Dr. Marcella has been a licensed chiropractor since 1999 serving thousands of patients and promoting a wellness lifestyle. His healthcare philosophy comes from knowing the body is designed to heal itself, but often needs the help of things like chiropractic, massage therapy and nutrition to release the body’s natural healing ability. He has also been a consultant on fluoroscopy and x-ray technique, and has spent hundreds of hours in cadaver labs working with surgical device companies who were developing and teaching their newest fusion and joint replacement surgical techniques. He is excited to share his unique perspective and experience with the students of Northwest Academy.
Patrick McVeigh, D.C.
Dr. McVeigh graduated from Life University located in Marietta Georgia. Dr. McVeigh helped launch Spinal Missions a non-profit chiropractic mission group. For several years Dr. McVeigh traveled to the Central America country of El Salvador. While there he over saw treatment of several thousand patients during each trip. It was during this time that Dr. McVeigh was exposed to a wide variety of muscular skeletal pathologies. Dr. McVeigh has always had a passion for teaching and sharing his real world experiences with treating patients to help others grow.
Sean Miller, LMP, D. Hom
As a holistic healthcare practitioner and educator, Sean specializes in manual therapies and flower essence homeopathy, with a demographical emphasis on pain management, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Sean utilizes an integrative approach to healing musculoskeletal pain, believing that the body and mind must be in complete balance for patients to fully heal from pain and trauma.These theories are reflected in Sean’s private practice as well as his classroom with a uniquely energetic and integrated teaching style creating a welcoming learning environment in which to grow.
Chrysalis Sabatinos, ND
Dr. “Chrys” Sabatinos is an accomplished Naturopathic Doctor, and one of the principals of Rain City Integrative Clinic. As a general practitioner, she tackles a wide range of health challenges with her patients, developing personalized wellness plans and approaches. She is excited about botanical medicine, and the untapped potential of the natural world for improving health. Her passion for education is evident both in community speaking engagements (with an eye to the nuances of historical medical practices) and teaching a variety of courses related to anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Molly Thornton, DPT
Molly attended the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in 2009. After practicing as a massage therapist at home in Alaska for several years, her interest in the study of human movement led her to travel to Maine to obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. In her practice as a physical therapist here in Bellingham, Molly enjoys working with individuals with a wide variety of health conditions and injuries. As an instructor, Molly uses both clinical experience and academic knowledge to provide students with a greater understanding and awareness of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system.
Mary Wiener, MPT, BS
A career in physical therapy with a focus on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has brought Mary to the world of education. Mary has provided clinical and community presentations on ALS across Washington State. Her work with The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter from 2000-2007 included support group facilitation, home accessibility assessments, body mechanics instruction, and durable medical equipment resourcing. In the classroom, Mary pursues a collaborative experience. She supports students with realistic expectations for balancing relationships, personal care and the demands of school.