Contributors: Sandi Martinez, Lisa Speaker, and Ginger Currie
It is 8:30 AM and Lisa Speaker walks into her office with her dogs Maddie, and Yogi. She gets ready to plan her day with Ginger Currie, the new Enrollment Director. Ginger pets her dog Honey, as she curls up beside her under the desk. Ginger begins her day by answering emails, returning phone calls and shipping out materials to students, as well as concentrating on various other duties. Brenda Thompson, Marketing Director, joins the crew three days out of the week and brings her canine companion, Jazzy with her. Lisa runs the day to day operations of the school.
As the founder of, Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, Inc. Lisa has trained animal massage professionals from around the world, and has appeared in leading publications and live forums around the country, as an expert on the benefits of animal massage and acupressure therapy.
Lisa has served as an Advisory Council Member for the IAAMB, The International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork, and is a founder of CAAMB, Colorado Association of Animal Massage and Bodyworkers. Lisa is also a member of IAAMT, International Association of Animal Massage Therapists and Founder of the non-profit organization, Colorado Alliance for Animal Owners’ Rights.
Lisa first realized her true calling after she became certified in Animal Acupressure and Massage. Her love for animal’s inspired her to want to help them and in so doing, created a mutual feeling of peace and healing. Ten years ago, Lisa had questioned this new and exciting path that felt so right for her; would it be something she could be successful at? Today, RMSSAM is thriving by inspiring and preparing student’s to enter this exciting field, who may have also questioned their decision to tread on this new career as an Animal Massage Therapist.
The office is located in a cozy timber-frame barn built four years ago. It is located just minutes from Sopris Mountain, right on the Roaring Fork River. Beautiful views of sunlight dot the horizon, as Red Mountain looms just behind. As the morning stretches into the early afternoon, soft music plays in the background and bright light shines through big windows. An earthy color covers the walls; some made of wood. The wood ceilings compliment the rest of the office; comfortable furniture adorns the room. During lunch, Ginger takes the dogs for a swim in the river, and does a yogic stretch or two… and Lisa runs errands, or works in her garden, sometimes checking in on the honey bees.
Lisa lives in Carbondale with her husband her niece, two dogs, and three horses. She manages the school and continues to work on educational materials and legislation that affects the future of cooperative animal healthcare modalities.