Therapeutic Massage

August 31, 2017

The Continuing Education Department at Kishwaukee College is offering a review class for the Massage and Bodyworking Licensing Exam (MBLEx) for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. The class is designed to assist area Therapeutic Massage professionals to prepare to take the licensing exam. The cost of the one-day class is $130.

The review class will be offered on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00a.m. – noon in B1243 at Kishwaukee College.  The class covers the format and main areas of the MBLEx; tips and techniques for reading and analyzing questions; and study questions, memory tools and other resources. The class will also administer in-class self-assessment to identify content areas individual students need to target and discussion on specific content.

The instructor is Julie Gavin-Freeman, LMT, BCTMB, I-AYT. Gavin-Freeman is a Professional Anatomist and has taught in a variety of educational settings for over 15 years, covering all topics including but not limited to: anatomy, physiology, pathology, ethics, business practices, documentation, medical terminology, and massage application. She has co- authored published research articles, papers and presentations and written curricula/course work

The class will be offered again in the Spring semester on January 6 and March 24.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education at 815-825-9466 or at To register, visit

August 14, 2017

Kishwaukee College Therapeutic Massage graduates participated in a traditional pinning ceremony on Wednesday, August 9, in Jenkins Auditorium in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center.

The graduates in Therapeutic Massage are: Eva de Coro, Sycamore; Gina Downey, DeKalb; Nicole Goodrich, Shabbona; Oskar Ibarra, North Aurora; Evangeline LaCasse, Genoa; Miguel Monroy, Rochelle; Daphne Rodriguez, DeKalb; and Jennifer Seldal, Malta.

The tradition of pinning healthcare graduates originates with the nursing profession in 1860 when Florence Nightingale presented a lapel pin to her best students.  Over the years, other healthcare professions have added the practice to their graduation traditions to symbolize an official initiation into the students’ chosen healthcare profession.

During the ceremony, each graduate was pinned individually by a friend or family member who had supported the student or acted as a mentor. The graduates also enjoyed addresses by Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education; Leslie Ciaccio, Coordinator of the Complementary Health Programs; Lisa Bogdonas, TPM instructor; and student speaker Gina Downey.

The graduates and their families and friends also enjoyed a short video, created by Ben Pluta, son of a TPM alumnus, that recapped their progress through the program. Graduates, family and friends enjoyed light refreshments after the ceremony.

For more information on the Therapeutic Massage or Esthetics Programs at Kishwaukee College, contact Leslie Ciaccio at 815-825-9363 or at; for more information on Kishwaukee College, visit