Massage Makes Me HappyInitiative Members

Dawnette Cabaluna

Vice President of Education, Cortiva Institute, United States

Dawnette Cabaluna began her career in post-secondary education in 1992 leading the educational movement for the Utah College of Massage Therapy Family of Schools – now owned by Catterton. With her focus on industry and educational excellence, Dawnette has led her company through four business acquisitions, expanding Cortiva Institute’s portfolio to 30 campuses nationwide, and continues Cortiva Institute’s growth into new markets opening three new schools since 2010. Dawnette is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been training faculty and campus leadership to be effective mentors, both inside and outside of the classroom, for over 24 years. She is an innovative educator developing both student and graduate success strategies for the company impacting over 85,000 professionals pursuing careers in our unique and specialized industries.

Ccott Dartnall

President CEO, ONE, Canada

Scott Dartnall RMT is a  Registered Massage Therapist of 25 years in Ontario Canada. He is Director of the International Medical Massage Therapy Institute in Mohali, Punjab India. Scott built and lead the first private multi-disciplinary clinic in Canada to accreditation with the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA). He developed and opened numerous multi-disciplinary clinics and medi-spas. In 2012 Scott was Inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. Scott has specialized in online and in-person continuing education conferences for massage therapists globally for a decade. He is co-creator of Massage Therapy Radio, the World Massage Conference, ONE Concept Canadian Massage Conference and American Massage Conferences. Scott also serves as President & CEO of ONE Concept Inc. and on the Board of Directors of the World Massage Conference. In March 2016 he published the inaugural addition of Canadian RMT Magazine.

Tiffany Field, PhD

Founder and Executive Director, Touch Research Institute, University of Miami, United States

Dr. Tiffany Field is the director and founder of the Touch Research Institute in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Touch Research Institute, established in 1992, was the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and medicine. TRI conducts research on the effects of alternative therapies such as massage therapy on various medical and psychological conditions. TRI’s research has focused on preventing prematurity in pregnancies, enhancing growth and development of preterm infants, and reducing depression, attentional disorders, pain syndromes and increasing immune function in chronic illnesses in children and adults.  She has received Research Scientist awards to support her 30 year research career in the Department of Pediatrics and has published over 400 journal papers and over 30 books.

Brian Paris

Executive VP, Living Earth Crafts/Earthlite Massage Tables, United States

Brian is a spa, beauty and wellness industry leader, with 20 years of experience and he is known as an expert in spa & wellness development and as an equipment specialist worldwide. He has deep knowledge and experience in the areas of sales & business development, project management, global spa design, and sourcing/procurement. Brian has led spa/resort product and project development initiatives and has worked in dozens of global markets with ownership groups, executive teams, retailers, designers, contractors and spa development teams.

Allan Share

President, Spa Industry Association, United States

Allan Share, a 30-year veteran of the Wellness industry, took over as President of the Spa Industry Association in 2010 after selling his previous businesses to a Private Equity firm. Share adds, “I love this industry, it is my life and I will continue to support it through the SIA.” The SIA has over 46,000 members across the globe in resort, destination, medical spa, salon and more! You can find Allan at 20 or more events a year speaking on a variety of topics.

Karen Short

CEO, Universal Companies, United States

Karen is CEO of Universal Companies.  In her role, Karen is responsible for direct sales, marketing and education initiatives. She leads a growing team of professionals in identifying and delivering products and solutions to wide range of customers including day spas, medical spas, resort hotel spas, salon spas, schools, and independent practitioners. Prior to joining Universal, Karen built a successful track record of executing aggressive growth strategies ranging from sales-focused and market-driven organizations to growth through mergers and acquisitions. She has held executive positions with a range of customer centric organizations including Quintess Collections, InnPerspectives Inc., Meadowood Napa Valley, and Aspen Skiing Company. She is also current President of the Board for the Green Spa Network.