Authors Bio's

Authors' Biographies

Primary Authors

Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D.

Ben E. Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine. He was the founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute (now the Cortiva Institute Boston Campus), and has been in private practice since 1963. As an educator and author, he has conducted seminars and workshops across the country, served as an instructor and trainer in a variety of settings, and written several books and numerous articles. His books include Listen to Your Pain, Are You Tense? and Exercise Without Injury. He is the co-author of Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the 6 Most Difficult Communication Patterns.

Ben E. Benjamin Dr. Benjamin was the initiator and chairperson of the AMTA Council of Schools Professional and Sexual Ethics Task Force for four years and is considered an authority on ethics and boundaries in the body therapy field. He was one of the first to write extensively about boundaries, ethical issues, and sexual abuse in alternative health care, and since the early 1990s has published many articles on these topics in professional journals. Among the workshops he teaches throughout North America are Creating Healthy Boundaries in Health Care Settings, Working with Survivors of Trauma and Abuse, Assertiveness and Effective Communication, and Sexuality and Dual Relationships.

Long recognized for his contributions to the field, Dr. Benjamin's honors include the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) President's Award for the year 2000, the highest honorary recognition given by the organization; and the Distinguished Service to the Profession award, given in recognition of leadership and commitment to the massage profession and the AMTA. He has received awards naming him as one of the most influential people in the field by the AMTA and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

He trains teachers to be the best they can be, and coaches individuals toward success in both their personal and professional lives

Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach, international workshop leader, and successful business owner since 1978. Before shifting her focus to education and coaching, she was in private practice for many years as a massage practitioner and holistic health educator. Cherie Sohnen-Moe Cherie is the president of Sohnen-Moe Associates, Inc., a publishing, training, coaching, and catalog company. She holds a degree in psychology from UCLA and has extensive experience in the areas of business management, marketing, training, and creative problem solving.

Cherie has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Clayton College of Natural Health. She has written more than 100 articles and is the author of the books Business Mastery, Present Yourself Powerfully, and The Art of Teaching. She is also a contributing author of Teaching Massage, and was interviewed for a chapter of SAND TO SKY: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. Her most popular workshops are Marketing from Your Heart, The Four Keys to Publicity, The Ethics of Touch, Therapeutic Communications, Present Yourself Powerfully, Profit with Products, and Creative Teaching Techniques.

Cherie is active in many professional and community organizations. Among her many honors she has received the Outstanding Instructor Award at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, the Distinguished Service Award and the Professional Achievement Award from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Missouri amta President's Award, and was a 2012 inductee into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

Cherie is a firm believer in education. She serves on the exam committee of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (fsmtb), and is a founding member and sits on the board of directors of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (afmte).

Contributing Authors


The Ethics of Touch book has been a work in progress for two decades. The first edition took us more than five years to write and it's been more than ten years since that first edition was published. The combination of our backgrounds, education, and experience created a dynamic, useful resource.

In the process of researching, writing, and updating this book, we sought the assistance of experts in a variety of fields to give breadth and depth to this book. Many people contributed ideas and stories, and several wrote major sections. Along with our original writing, we blended the contributed materials to fit the style, tone, and focus of the book. We are grateful for all the support from our colleagues and their permission to adapt and expand their writings. We are true believers in collaboration, and this book is the synergistic result of many creative minds. This list includes the people who contributed to the first edition, as well as those that contributed to the second edition.

Jodi Alt, M.S., M.B.A., R.N., L.M.T.

Jodi Alt, M.S., M.B.A., R.N., L.M.T. has worked in case management since 1992. She has worked as a consultant with many hospitals nationwide in implementing case management programs. She co-authored “Nursing Case Management and Quality” in the Handbook of Nursing Case Management.

Ms. Alt and Dr. Kathleen Stephens co-wrote the original Case Management section for the first edition of this book.

Stephanie Beck

Stephanie Beck, owner of SRB Solutions, is an online marketing expert working with health and wellness practitioners for 15 years. Stephanie has served as a published columnist since 2003 for several magazines and is the author of Social Trigger Points: Massage Therapist Guide to Marketing Online. Connect with Stephanie at Social Trigger Points today.

She contributed the Ethical Social Media section in the Business Ethics chapter.

Douglas Bolton, Ph.D

Douglas Bolton, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont and is currently working in a therapeutic school for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems.

Robert Bolton, Ph.D

Robert Bolton, Ph.D, is the co-founder of Ridge Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that serves Fortune 500 companies. He has designed training programs for the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene and co-founded a psychiatric outpatient clinic. He is the author of People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others and Resolve Conflicts, and People Styles at Work.

Robert and Douglas Bolton are the primary authors of the Dynamics of Effective Communication chapter in the first edition.

Nancy Bridges, M.S.W.

Nancy Bridges, M.S.W., is a supervisor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance, an instructor at the Harvard Medical School, and lecturer at Smith College School for Social Work. Ms. Bridges has written numerous articles and has presents widely on the therapeutic process and relationship.

She is the primary author of the Supervision chapter in the first edition.

Lauren Muser Cates, CMT

Lauren Muser Cates, CMT, is founding director of the Society for Oncology Massage. She served as the Clinical Supervisor for Hospital/Oncology Massage at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, and founded Healwell, a non-profit organization focused on hospital-based massage therapy education, service, and research. She has worked with hospice in home and clinical settings since 2003.

Ms. Cates wrote the section on working in hospitals and hospices in The Team Approach chapter.

Daphne Chellos, M.A.

Daphne Chellos, M.A., LPC, has been moving between psyche and soma for over 35 years. As a massage therapist, she was named a pioneer in the fi eld of sexual ethics by the Bodywork Entrepreneur in 1991 and taught and consulted nationally with bodywork schools and organizations. She has a private practice in psychotherapy, spiritual direction, and Authentic Movement. She is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.

Ms. Chellos is the primary author of the chapter on Sex, Touch, and Intimacy.

Naomi Heitz, B.A., L.M.B.T.

Naomi Heitz, B.A., L.M.B.T., is a massage therapist, early childhood teacher, and artist. In her bodywork practice, Naomi specializes in teaching parents massage techniques for their children. She also researches ethics in the healing arts and has created the website

She contributed the Impacts of Ethical Breaches Chart in the Ethical Principles chapter, and wrote information on boundaries, dual relationships, and trauma.

Linda Mabus Jorgenson, M.A., J.D.

Linda Mabus Jorgenson, M.A., J.D., has considerable legal experience in the area of sexual exploitation by professionals. She has handled 400+ cases of therapist-patient sexual abuse allegations, as well as cases involving non-sexual boundary violations. Ms. Jorgenson has published extensively in this area in numerous law reviews and mental health journals.

She contributed the Legal Issues information for the Business Ethics chapter.

Fred N. Lerner, D.C., PH.D., F.A.C.O.

Fred N. Lerner, D.C., PH.D., F.A.C.O., has been in practice for over thirty years. He is a chiropractic orthopedist at Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterThe Pain Center. He also serves as Chairman of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics.

Dr. Lerner wrote the section on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (hipaa) in the Practice Management chapter.

Clifford P. Martin, M.D.

Clifford P. Martin, M.D., is an infectious diseases physician in private practice in Tucson, AZ and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at The University of Arizona. He has a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and is the Chairman of the Board of, an online directory, website, and booking service for independent massage therapists.

He wrote the Care Coordination and Case Management section in The Team Approach chapter, plus general information throughout that chapter.

Stephanie Mines, PH.D

Stephanie Mines, PH.D, is the author of We Are All in Shock: How Overwhelming Experience Shatters You and What You Can Do about It, New Frontiers in Sensory Integration, and Sexual Abuse/Sacred Wound: Transforming Deep Trauma. Dr. Mines is the founder of the TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma. She trains therapists internationally in her synthesis of Western neuroscience and Eastern energy medicine.

Stephanie contributed to the update of the Working with Trauma Survivors chapter.

Shaye Moore

Shaye Moore is a nationally certifi ed bodyworker and registered yoga teacher whose practice is devoted to seniors, children, and adults with special needs. She was the recipient of a grant from the Community Health Program Fund of Boston Children's Hospital to bring infant massage instruction to disadvantaged young parents.

Ms. Moore contributed to the first edition by writing sections on dual relationships, working with minors, boundaries, and definitions.

She wrote the office ethics and working with others in the Team Approach chapter for the second edition.

Julie Onofrio

Julie Onofrio is a massage therapist in Seattle, WA for over 25 years. She is the creator of many websites for the massage profession and the author of numerous books. She is an avid supporter of supervision and offers online supervision groups. Visit Massage Practice Builder on Facebook for many daily tips and tricks for building your massage business.

She contributed to the expansion and revamping of the Support Systems chapter.

Dianne Polseno, L.M.T.

Dianne Polseno passed away in May of 2012, and is missed for much more than her contributions to this text.

Dianne continuously advocated for ethical massage practice, and as the President of Cortiva Institute- Boston worked tirelessly toward thorough and professional massage education. She was a former chair of the amta National Ethics Subcommittee, and the 2006 amta Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award recipient, among many other accolades. She led ethics workshops and authored numerous articles on ethics.

Ms. Polseno contributed information on Sexual Misconduct, Informed Consent, and Scope of Practice for the first edition of this book.

Stuart N. Simon, L.I.C.S.W.

Stuart N. Simon, L.I.C.S.W., has over 35 years of experience as a Gestalt therapist, coach and organizational consultant. He has taught in the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is member of the senior faculty of the Gestalt International Study Center (Wellfleet, Cape Cod), and a contributing author to numerous books and articles on psychotherapy and coaching from a Gestalt perspective. A graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, he is also on the faculty of Boston University Corporate Education Group.

Mr. Simon was a major author of the Boundaries Chapter.

Kathleen N. Stephens, D.C., L.M.T.

Kathleen N. Stephens, D.C., L.M.T., has been involved in the Alternative Health field since 1977. She is the author of The Stephens Method of Manual Therapy and teaches her recognized technique nationally. Dr. Stephens also serves as a consultant in Case Management in private practices.

She and Ms. Alt co-wrote the original Case Management section for the first edition of this book.

Deanna Sylvester, L.M.T.

Deanna Sylvester, L.M.T., is a massage therapist, shiatsu practitioner, and teacher. Ms. Sylvester is currently the Regional Director for the Arizona Schools of Integrative Studies, and formerly the President of Cortiva Institute—Tucson where she developed and provided comprehensive ethical massage curriculum for beginning therapists.

Ms. Sylvester contributed to the second edition of this book as an editor, and content additions throughout.

Diana Thompson, L.M.P.

Diana Thompson, L.M.P., is the author of Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists.

She contributed the section on Insurance Issues for the Business Ethics chapter..

Ruth Werner, L.M.T.

Ruth Werner, L.M.T., is a retired massage therapist and a working writer and educator for the profession. She is the author of A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, Disease Handbook for Massage Therapists, and she contributes material to many other publications.

Ms. Werner contributed to the Touch section in the Sex, Touch, and Intimacy chapter.

Amy Yeager

Amy Yeager is a communication coach, trainer, and consultant. She is a co-author with Ben Benjamin and Anita Simon of Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the 6 Most Destructive Communication Problems.

Ms. Yeager helped revamp the book, rewrote the Ethical Principles chapter, and updated the Communication chapters.


We acknowledge all those individuals whose work and thoughts contributed to creating this book. First our thanks to those who graciously let us use information that they developed: Mark Annett; Lu Bauer; Joan Calgano, J.D.; Estelle Disch, Ph.D., C.C.S.; C Diane Ealy, Ph.D.; Clyde Ford, D.C.; Steven Hassan, L.M.H.C.; Naomi Heitz; Judy Herman, M.D.; Krishnabai; Stephanie Mines; Shay Moore; Angelica Redleaf, D.C.; Melissa Sault; Helene Sorkin, L.Ac.; Charles Whitfield, M.D.; Janet Yassen, L.I.S.W.; and Amy Yeager.

We express our appreciation to the following people who shared their stories, gave us ideas, provided resources and information, and critiqued our material: Caroline Abreu; Virginia Anthony; Cindy Banker; Monque Barazone; Elaine Calenda; James Clay; Mary Ann DiRoberts, M.S.W., L.M.T.; Dave Epley, Ph.D., L.Ac.; Dian Fitzpatrick; Robert Flammia; Jackie Galloway; Susan Gottlieb; Rebecca Gwynne; Debbie Jedlicka; Helene Jewell; Paula Jilanis; Janet King, J.D.; Jennifer Kuhn; Karen Manning; Sue Mapel, L.I.C.S.W.; T.C. Merrill; Daz Moran; Bill Mueller, L.Ac.; Doug Newman, J.D.; Betty Norris; Pamela Polley; Ken Pope, Ph.D.; Julia Riley, R.N.; Mary Ringenberger; Daniel Schmidt; Gary Schoener, Ph.D.; Rebecca Stephenson, P.T.; Sandi Straub; Nancy Tam, B..S.W.; Stella Tarnay; Tracy Walton, M.S.W., L.M.T.; Christi Warner; Tracy Williams, M.S.; and Gary Wolf, J.D.

Our deepest thanks go to the peer reviewers. The first edition reviewers were: Mark Annett; Elaine Calenda; Dave Epley, Ph.D., L.Ac.; Judy Herman, M.D.; Shaye Moore; Bill Mueller, L.Ac.; Angelica Redleaf, D.C.; Julia Riley, R.N.; Mary Ringenberger; Rebecca Stephenson, P.T.; Christi Warner; and Tracy Williams, M.S. The second edition reviewers were: Tonya Aiossa; Daphne Chellos; Naomi Heitz; Shaye Moore; Zachary Potchinsky; Deanna Sylvester; and Amy Yaeger.

We are grateful for the following people who gave their time and expertise editing various drafts and giving input to make this book as accurate and useful as possible. The first edition: Joelle Andre; Mary Ann DiRoberts, M.S.W., L.M.T.; Ginevra Fay; Helene Jewell; Fran Knott; James Moe; Shaye Moore; Melissa Mower; and Tracy Williams, M.S. The second edition editors were: Tonya Aiossa; Stan Dawson, D.C.; James Moe; Sally Niemand; Terri Osborne; Deanna Sylvester; and Amy Yaeger.

We thank Tina Goins for her beautiful cover design, Kathy Liddiard and James Moe for the interior book layout, and Paul Kraytman for his drawings in the Boundaries Chapter.

Thank you to all of our students, clients, teachers, and colleagues.


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