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Faculty & Staff

A good instructor inspires students to learn. At Irene’s Michigan Massage School we recognize the fundamental importance of having great teachers in the classroom. In addition to that, we know how important it is for students to be provided guidance and support from the office staff. Everyone working at Irene’s has been selected based not only on their skills, but their desire to help others succeed.

Founder Irene Gauthier, C.T.M.I., NCTMB

Long past the age of traditional retirement, Irene remained dedicated to her work. Her goal was to promote natural methods of healing and to encourage people to take responsibility for their health. It was her desire to carry the knowledge that she gained to future generations. With fifty years massage experience and thirty years teaching experience, Irene was a highly sought after instructor. Her reputation was highly respected in the bodywork community and her past students still speak fondly of her.


Executive Director Kathy Skubik, MSA

Having enjoyed Irene’s influence throughout her life, Kathy has obtained a thorough knowledge of bodywork. Her Masters Degree in administration has been useful in organizing a comprehensive program. Her interest in natural health has led her to include a wide variety of holistic methods in the school's curriculum. Her desire to facilitate student growth motivates her to provide the best program in bodywork available.


Our Faculty

Take a moment to remember your favorite teacher. Do you have fond memories of someone who made you feel special and your learning process fun? Were they a talented individual who could take an otherwise boring subject and bring it to life? This person left a positive impression in your memory forever.

Our faculty members are supportive, experienced and skilled educators. They are committed to making learning fun and enjoyable. Each of our teachers bring a special element to their class, and are eager to share their knowledge with their students. Positive memories of your Irene’s experience will last a lifetime.

Our hands-on massage classes provide the opportunity for individual attention, as the teacher cultivates the unique spark in each student. All of Irene’s massage instructors have years of experience working as professional myomassologists along with teaching at Irene’s. They are gifted individuals eager to share their knowledge.

Myomassology Instructors

Shelia Cope
Stephen Brown

Dana Calhoun
Jennifer Kontyko
Shelly Metzger

Denise Mussio
Deb Petersen-Brand
Brian Piccolo

Arlene Schreiber
Jeanette Roach
Susan Salah

Lecture and Applied Instructors

Bill Bitz
Rob Domenzian
Miriam Dowd
Kathleen Gerus-Darbison

Leon Golson
Rob Kelly
Shelly Metzger
Denise Mussio

Brian Piccolo
Clyde Rivard
Jeanette Roach
Carol Schilling

Arlene Schreiber
Mable Sharp
Todd Wesley



Emily Bianchette
Diane LaForge
Tomika Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Kelly Millar

Alumni Association

Christina England

Career Services

Jennifer Simmons

Clinic Event Coordinators

Bil Bitz
Michelle Carter

Clinic Manager

Beth Ashcraft

Education Director

Mable Sharp

Executive Assistant

Megan Powers

Finance Manager

Terri Bradley

Financial Aid

Terri Sears

Student Advisor

Chris Jackson

Student Records

Christina England
Sonya Gray
Jill Howard