The Board


The Florida Board of Massage Therapy plays an integral role in health care regulation as the board members and staff interact regularly with other massage therapy affiliated groups in Florida, as well as the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

The Florida Board of Massage Therapy is made up of 7 members. Five members of the board must be licensed massage therapists and must have been engaged in the practice of massage for not less than 5 consecutive years prior to the date of appointment to the board. Two members of the board must be laypersons. Each board member must be a high school graduate or must have received a graduate equivalency diploma. Each board member must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of this state for not less than 5 years.

Members of the Board

Lydia Nixon
LMT Chair
Pensacola, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Jennifer Wasylyna
LMT
Wesley Chapel, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Sharon Phillips
LMT, AP, DOM
Winter Haven, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Christopher Brooks
LMT
Ormond Beach, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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Victoria Drago
LMT
Tampa, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Robyn Dohn Havard Vice-Chair
Gulf Breeze, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Vacant

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Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance serves as the principle administrative support unit for the board. The board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee, and its regulatory functions are funded in full by fees paid by its licensees. Board members are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. All board members serve four-year terms. Despite the expiration of their term, board members can continue to serve until they have been replaced. To learn more about becoming a member of the board, visit the Governor’s Appointments Office website or email appointments@eog.myflorida.com.

Board Staff

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Kama Monroe
Executive Director
Responsibilities: Coordination of Budget; Analyzes & Tracks Legislation; Liaison with Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards; Interaction with Board Members; Chief Administrative Officer
William Spooner
Program Operations Administrator
Responsibilities: Oversees the Massage Licensure Processing Team, Board Agenda and Meeting Preparation, Policy Issues, and Association/Organization Liaison
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Gerry Nielsen
Regulatory Specialist III
Responsibilities: Agenda Preparation, Massage School Applications, and Applications with Criminal, Disciplinary, and/or Health History
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Samantha Jenkins
Regulatory Specialist II - Team Lead
Responsibilities: Processes CE Provider Applications, and Applications with Disciplinary and/or Health History
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Joshua Huff
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Processes Graduate lists, Massage Therapist Applications, Massage Establishment Applications, and Apprentice Applications
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Gerald “Dwayne” Carpenter
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Processes Exam Scores, Massage Therapist Applications, Massage Establishment Applications, and Apprentice Applications
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Chaddrick Hunter
Regulatory Specialist I
Responsibilities: Processes Massage Therapist Applications and Massage Establishment Applications
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Legal Counsel

Lee Ann Gustafson
Senior Assistant Attorney General