Massage School Faculty

Our massage school faculty is dedicated to providing each student with caring attention and closely supervised instruction.

11.01.web.staffheadshot.davidDavid Lauterstein, LMT, MTI, Cert. ZB, TLC School Co-Director, has been in massage and bodywork practice since 1977 and has become one of the most highly respected international educators in the massage therapy realm – inducted in 2011 into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, honored as the 2012 recipient of AMTA’s Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2013 by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education as “Educator of the Year.”  David regularly teaches in England and throughout the U.S since 1982. He is the author of the books, Putting the Soul Back in the Body: A Manual of Imaginative Anatomy for Massage Therapists  and The Deep Massage Book: How to Combine Structure and Energy in Bodywork. He is certified in Structural Bodywork and  Zero Balancing and is a faculty member of the Zero Balancing Health Association. His background prior to massage therapy was in philosophy and music composition (BA, U of Illinois, 1972). Click here to learn more about David, his books, and classes.

11.01.StaffHeadshot.John.WebJohn Conway, BA, LMT, MTI, TLC School Co-Director, began practicing massage therapy in 1981. His background, prior to his massage studies, was in construction, gardening, journalism, and English Literature (B.A. Rice University, 1969). His early massage and bodywork training was with Zach Elrod, Bob King and numerous other national-level presenters. John was certified in sports massage by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) in 1986. Since that time he has worked countless triathlons, marathons, swim meets and track meets, and has been teaching sports massage for over 20 years. He served as Education Director for the Texas Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association from 1988 through 1992 and was one of the original faculty members of the Texas School of Massage Studies. His fascination with communicating the power of bodywork as a tool for change is reflected in his teaching and his clinical practice.

11.01.FacultyHeadshot.Cindy.WebCindy Anderson, LMT, MTI has been an enthusiastic student and practitioner of massage therapy since 1989. She practices Swedish massage, chair massage, shiatsu, Thai yoga massage, pregnancy massage, lomi lomi, hot stone, deep massage, sports massage, and many advanced hydrotherapies. She has been a massage therapy instructor since 1991. Her passion for giving, receiving, learning, and teaching bodywork has also led her to study reflexology, jin shin jitsu, watsu and waterdance. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher.  Cindy instructs in the 500-hour Professional Program as well in the Advanced Program for Clinical Massage and Bodywork.

Jason Bratcher, LMT, MTI, is a TLC graduate originally attending in 1994 and then again in 2006. He Instructs/supports students in the TLC internship clinic and in the TLC classroom. Jason has been a bodyworker for 16+ years with advanced studies in Deep Tissue, Deep Massage: Lauterstein Method, MyoFascial Release, and Sports Massage. Jason is a workshop presenter and facilitator of Lomi Lomi”Hawaiian Temple Bodywork (a very caring, supportive, and heart centered system of bodywork whose main goal is to help facilitate a deeper connection to one’s core self through Hawaiian Lomi and personal development). Jason has a background in music editing, martial arts training and instruction, and utilizes the above modalities to create an integrated system of total wellness bodywork that he calls “Therapeutic Immersions”.

11.01.FacultyHeadshots.Gretchen.WebGretchen Cole, (BS, LMT, MTI) has studied humans and their organization by taking a degree in Sociology/Anthropology & Archaeology and by studying art, as well as by working for Naturopathic doctors. She furthered these interests by entering training for the massage & bodywork field at TLC in 1994.  After establishing a successful private practice, Gretchen returned to TLC as Faculty where she engages students in the challenge of developing biomechanics and “looking beyond” the techniques to the relevance of the work for the individual client.  At TLC she teachs Biomechanics, Swedish Techniques, Health & Hygiene, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports & Deep Tissue Techniques.  In her private practice based in Westlake Hills, Gretchen enjoys designing sessions that integrate circulatory techniques with specific myofascial and trigger point work, therapeutic-grade essential oils and hot packs for optimum client comfort.  Her work is both nurturing and physically effective in “promoting peace & awareness”.

Tammie_smallTammie Culley, LMT, MTI, is a graduate of The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and is a massage therapist in the Austin/Round Rock area.  She is currently the Lead Massage Therapy Instructor for the Internship Clinic at that same school.  Tammie works side-by-side Chiropractors and Physical Therapists.  She is still often seen at many of the races around Austin giving massage support to the wonderful athletes there.   She has a small but successful private practice, which allows her the honor of attending clients in a more personal setting. Tammie is married and a mother of 4.  She has a limitless curiosity for learning and finds joy in this endeavor.  She also enjoys travel, camping, riding her motorcycle, martial arts, reading, and spending time with her family.

11.01.FacultyHeadshotKazuko.Web1Kazuko DeVirgilio, LMT, MTI, was born and raised in Japan. Growing up with four generations of her family under one roof taught her the essence of touch at an early age. She has been practicing massage therapy since 2006 after graduating from the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School. Her practice is in northwest Austin. She specializes in stress and chronic pain relief. She balances a busy schedule between her private practice, family and teaching. Her curiosity and desire to keep learning leads her to explore new modalities. She is currently studying Zero Balancing and Shiatsu passionately. She is excited to share her experience with students here at TLC.

HannahHeadshotHannah Ford, BA, LMT, MTI, ATMAT traveled a winding path that began in South Dakota and meandered through Japan before settling in Austin in 2003.  She became a licensed massage therapist in 2006, graduated from Lauterstein-Conway’s 550-hour program in 2007, and jumped to the other side of the classroom soon after. Hannah teaches practical classes and revels in the opportunity to teach and learn with TLC students as they discover the power of skilled, heartfelt touch. Hannah’s private practice is Belly Love Massage Therapy, where she specializes in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy for fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and general women’s health.

11.01.FacultyHeadshotChristopher.WebChristopher Fritel, BA, LMT What feeds his sense of adventure? Working with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa; attending the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City; Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Christopher completed his massage training at TLC in 2001 and since has dedicated himself to sharing the message of massage with numerous Lauterstein-Conway students and in his private practice. Most recently Christopher has been trained in CranioSacral Therapy I and loves it!

Kevin Graef headshotKevin Graef, LMT, MTI, graduated the 500 hour Massage Therapy Training Program at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in 2009 and the Advanced Program in 2011. His approach to bodywork is noteworthy for taking the time to feel what is going on with his clients and not rushing the unwinding of deeply held tension. His teaching style reflects this same philosophy; he ignites the passion and curiosity that he discovers in his students and helps them to fully develop their massage skills. In his free time, Kevin enjoys flora, fauna, swimming, and eating clean and yummy foods.

Jason Hammond_smallJason Hammond, LMT, L.Ac., is a massage therapist and acupuncturist in North Austin. He is devoted to learning how to cultivate wellness in the body and to help the body recover from sickness or injury. Jason attended the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in 2007 and received a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in 2010. Jason holds a 4th degree black belt in Kung Fu and a 4th degree black sash in Tai Chi and continues to train and teach Chinese martial arts.

11.01.FacultyHeadshot.Jan.WebJan Hutchinson, BS, LMT, MTI, CNMT, CZB graduated in March 1969 from the University of Minnesota with distinction in Physical Therapy. Her massage therapy training was completed at The Third Coast School of Massage Therapy and licensed in November 1986. Jan has been certified in Neuromuscular Therapy from Judith Walker in 1991 and in Zero Balancing from Dr. Fritz Smith in 2001. She is a Massage Therapy Instructor and teaches courses in pathology, pharmacology, advanced deep tissue, Myofascial release and postural analysis. After 20 years, Jan enjoys consulting with massage therapists actively problem-solving long-standing structural/musculoskeletal problems with their clients. She has had a private practice in Northwest Austin since 1992.

Diane headshot SMALLDiane Minnich BA, LMT, MTI completed her 500 hour training at the Lauterstien Conway School of Massage in January 2011 and started assisting at TLC that same year. She is trained in several modalities, but appreciates the work of Deep Massage and Zero Balancing most of all. With her own clients and with her work in a chiropractic clinic, it is her goal to facilitate clients in developing a communication with their own body to achieve lasting pain relief and a deeper understanding of themselves. In all things and each day, she chooses to be joyful and grateful in the miracle that is her own life and the lives of those around her..

11.01.FacultyHeadshot.Bob.WebRobert Steine, LMT, MTI Instructor of Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Clinical Bodywork, Deep Massage, Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology.

Bob Steine has been in private practice for eight years specializing in chair massage, deep massage, and clinical bodywork.


11.01.FacultyHeadshots.Keith.WebKeith Vencill, BS, LMT, MTI has been in private practice since 2003. He is an instructor of advanced classes at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, since 2004.  He teaches several workshops each year including three in Arizona in 2008.  Keith has delivered massage in a variety of settings- the Hilton Austin downtown, Dell fitness center, a chiropractic office, the Texas Renaissance Festival, and the University of Texas men’s basketball, baseball and football training rooms. He is also involved with the Community Living Assistance and Support Services program through the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, working with persons with disabilities.

BrendaYoungHeadshotBrenda Young, Licensed Massage Therapist, Instructor, and Certified Coach, began her massage therapy practice in 1989. She has 23 years experience in the field of alternative medicine and massage. With a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and a minor in Biology, she grew her private practice while working in doctor’s offices, pain clinics, health and fitness institutes, spas, as well as in partnerships, establishing herself as a successful therapist in her field. Brenda has a passion for understanding how the body works, and loves sharing what she’s learned with others. She enjoys teaching classes on a variety of health topics, and is the Career Counselor as well as the primary teacher of the business curriculum at TLC.

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