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Governor makes appointments to Michigan Board of Massage Therapy

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Donald Bowman, of Lansing, Bridgett Lomax, of Detroit, and Melissa Mueller, of Ann Arbor, to the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy.

The 11-member board regulates the practice of massage therapists in Michigan.


"I am confident these individuals will devote their energy and experiences to ensuring safe and superior massage therapy practices in our state," said Snyder.

Bowman is a massage therapist and brings nearly 25 years in private practice therapeutic massage to the board. Previously, he worked at the Elkhart, Ind. and Lansing YMCA facilities, where he performed massage sessions and supervised the locker room, steam room and sauna areas. Bowman has served on the Handicapper Concerns Commission and the Commission for the Blind. He was trained at the Michigan School for the Blind and holds a certificate in therapeutic massage from Lansing Community College. Bowman will represent professional members and replaces Dennis Hilton-Scheffler.

Lomax is senior director of external relations at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Previously, she worked as development director for the organization and vice president of arts, humanities and culture at the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Lomax received a bachelor's degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a master's degree in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She will represent public members and replaces Tiffany Hartung.

Mueller is owner of Vis-à-vis Skin Spa & Bodywork in Ann Arbor. Previously, she worked as a retail wine buyer and wine department operations manager for Bello Vino Marketplace in Ann Arbor and wine department manager for Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in Rochester. Mueller attended the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy and is a nationally certified massage therapist. She will represent professionals and replaces Mary Ericson.

Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire December 31, 2015, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.



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