Karen is a board-certified reflexologist in practice since 1983 and Florida-
licensed massage therapist since 1989. In addition to maintaining a clinical
practice in Saint Augustine, she offers, through the Academy of Ancient
Reflexology, introductory and advanced trainings in conventional reflexology,
Thai reflexology and related subjects throughout the United States and Canada. She served as the lead reflexology instructor in the massage-licensing program at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville for over 20 years.
Karen is the past Director of Education and the immediate Past President of the Reflexology Association of America (RAA), and founded the current Tri-board representing RAA, the American Reflexology Certification Board and the National Council for Reflexology Educators. She has twice been nationally recognized for her contribution to the field of reflexology: In 2014 she received the RAA President’s Award and in 2016 the Education Award for "serving as a role model for all educators to inspire students to aspire to create a successful life on their own terms.”
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Gail L. Lanning, BSc, NBCR, LMT, CHC
Hailing from Hopewell, New Jersey, Gail moved to South Florida in 1996 to work full-time in corporate America as an Executive Assistant. To complement this position, she became a Certified Law Assistant (now Emeritus) in 2005. Gail believes that her life in the corporate world has well prepared her to be able to contribute to the management of the Florida Association of Reflexologists.
Healthcare and bodywork have always been her passion though. In 2008, she graduated Everglades University with a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine. While living in New Jersey, circa 1990, she had attended Health Choices Massage School and specialized in reflexology. It was time to get back into the field!
In 2009, she qualified as a Certified Foot Reflexologist with the Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology Training Programs in Delray Beach. According to Florida State Statutes, a massage license is required to practice reflexology in this state so it was back to school! In 2012, she graduated from the Florida College of Natural Health in Pompano Beach. That being taken care of, she achieved her proudest accomplishment and became a National Board Certified Reflexologist from the American Reflexology Certification Board.
As a member of the Florida Association of Reflexologists (FAR), Gail is dedicated to the advancement of her practice through the awareness of legislation, sharpening her understanding of the art, science and protocol of reflexology through continuing education, and sharing ideas with other members. As Vice President of FAR, she hopes to be an asset to the team by utilizing business skills learned in a long professional career. She brings time management skills, attention to detail, the ability to do the right things right, and to get the job done with a cheerful and confident demeanor.
Current memberships include:
Florida Association of Reflexologists (FAR), Secretary on the Board of Directors, 2018
Reflexology Association of America (RAA), 2017
United States Health Foundation Certified Health Coach, 2016
American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB), 2013
State of Florida Massage Therapist License, MA68165, 2012
American Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), 2012
Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (PAF), 2005
Boca Raton Chapter of PAF, Inc., Meeting Coordinator, 2007
Florida Notary Public, 1996
Gail accommodates private practice reflexology clients at her small studio, Heart & Sole Relaxology at the Relaxation Station, in Boca Raton. She maintains two well-mannered cats and is a fan of traditional/bebop jazz.
Donna Suskin, M.Ed., LMT
Donna graduated from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville in 1997 where she fell in love with reflexology. She completed her reflexology certification in 2000. She is also a certified aromatherapist having completed that training in 2011. She feels the combination of the two serves to enhance the experience of relaxation and balance.
Donna has been a bookkeeper for over 50 years and has taught Microsoft Office at the college level. She also helped teachers and students with that software before retiring in 2017 from a local middle school where she was a Media Specialist/Site Tech. At different times during her teaching career, she taught TV production and Yearbook publishing.
Her recipe to de-stress:
"Slow down. Breathe deeply. Be patient. Enjoy life's simple pleasures and the beauty of each day. Take time for yourself. Learn to relax, quietly listen and be in the moment. Add respite to your busy schedule. Meditate. Listen to soft music. Read a book. Laugh. Blend well. Use often."
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diane Wedge, NBCR
diane Wedge is semi-retired in Venice, Florida from a full-time reflexology
practice in the Boston Metro area. She maintains her Professional member
status at the state level with the Florida Association of Reflexologists and at the
national level with the Reflexology Association of America.
diane spends her community service hours serving as the Director of the
Veterans Wellness Clinic in Venice and introduces veterans to complimentary
reflexology sessions. She volunteers on numerous state and national teams
across the country in the grand and honorable effort to change the discipline of Reflexology into a stand-alone profession. A past 5-year director of the Massachusetts Association of Reflexology and the current Delegate Assembly Coordinator (DAC) for the Reflexology Association of America, diane brings tremendous experience and support to the current FAR Board. She promises the FAR membership that if she doesn't know the answer to a question, she will definitely know the exact person to contact and ask for their assistance.
One of diane's goals as the FAR Secretary is to assist in developing policies, procedures, and tools to help future FAR Boards with their transition and learning curve in order to begin their terms as confident FAR Directors. This means YOU!
Lorna Eaton, NBCR, LMT
Lorna claims that reflexology has provided her with many learning opportunities during her twenty plus years of practice. Her first involvement with a reflexology organization was in helping to establish and manage the Reflexology Association of Jamaica. She was also a member of the Teacher Council of the Reflexology Association of Canada.
The experience of serving on a number of different professional associations has honed Lorna’s understanding of non-profit associations and administrative skills that she brings to FAR. She is committed to helping reestablish a vibrant reflexology organization for Florida.