Massage School Faculty

  • Shala Worsley

    Director; Energy Anatomy, Yoga, and Ethics Instructor

    Shala graduated with Honors in Anthropology from Wesleyan University in 1996. Her life-long interest in multi-cultural and natural forms of healing led her to pursue a career in massage therapy and yoga.  Retired from her 10-year massage therapy practice, Shala currently directs the school, and teaches massage students about ethics, energy anatomy, and yoga.  She also teaches weekly yoga classes and facilitates yoga teacher training programs as a lead instructor at the Asheville Yoga Center.  Shala enjoys integrating her passions for organic movement, personal exploration, and self-care into her classes.

  • Stephanie Pinkston

    Swedish, Spa, and Integrated Massage Instructor; Self Care, Yoga, and Supervised Student Clinic Instructor

    Stephanie has been a massage therapist and yoga instructor since 1998.  Her presence is infused with the knowledge gained from working with hockey schools, competitive gymnasts, and women’s health organizations.  Her delightful and approachable personality helps students feel comfortable and confident in the Student Clinic setting and in their foundational Swedish massage skillset.

  • Susanne Wilson, MS

    Assistant Director, Dean of Students, Registrar; Supervised Student Clinic Instructor

    Sue received her BS in Business and MS in Human Resources, Training & Development from National Louis University.  After completing two certifications – Yoga Instruction and Nurturing the Teacher Within – she decided Massage School was a natural fit, and graduated with the first class from the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga Massage Therapy program.  She is a nationally certified massage therapist with an integrated practice, blending myofascial, deep tissue, medi-cupping and other modalities in her work.

  • Phyllis Velez

    Cranial Sacral Therapy and Swedish Massage Instructor

    Phyllis is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has a full time massage practice in Asheville.  She took her first Cranial Sacral Therapy class in 1994,  loved it, and began to study more from many sources.  She now works with her clients using cranial techniques in her daily practice.  Phyllis taught at The Whole You School of Massage from 1997-2009, and began teaching at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in 2007.  For her, teaching and helping students gain new skills and awareness, is a true joy.

  • Charlotte Gilreath Behrends

    Dean of Education; Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Integrated Massage Instructor; Supervised Student Clinic Instructor

    Charlotte earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia in 1989 and her teaching certification in 1991. She taught in public schools for seven years before pursuing her massage training, and continued to teach for six more years, incorporating yoga in the classroom and offering both massage and yoga to teachers. In the classroom, Charlotte enjoys trouble-shooting specific dysfunctions with deep tissue and trigger point massage, as well as active and passive stretching.

  • Marion Stone

    Western Sciences for Massage Instructor; Myofascial Massage Instructor

    Marion received her B.S. at Davidson College in 1989. After working as an outdoor leadership instructor, Marion was introduced to the Rolf Method of Structural Integration and became a certified practitioner in 1996. She completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from A-B Tech College and a Certification for Yoga Instruction from the Asheville Yoga Center in 1999. Students will learn about the human body through her hands-on experiential teaching style.

  • Bettina Freese

    Sports, Hydrotherapy, Chair, Geriatric, and Integrated Massage Instructor; Business & Marketing Instructor

    Bettina’s fount of knowledge concerning the body and its mechanics can be attributed to a career in the medical field, as well as a lifetime dedicated to competitive sports and training.  An avid cyclist and gymnast, she has catered her private massage practice of 17 years to helping clients rehabilitate from injuries, as well as recognize habitual body patterns and help prevent injury.  Her forte is deep tissue work, using trigger point therapy, myofascial techniques, shiatsu, and even her feet with the help of overhead bars.  She has also worked closely with clients in advanced age and relies heavily on hydrotherapy techniques for all of her clients.  She is a 1997 graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism and a 2001 graduate of the Center for Massage and Natural Health.

  • Pripo Teplitsky, MA, LPC

    Somatic Psychology Instructor

    Pripo offers a diverse practice that balances the connection between mind, body and spirit.  He is a licensed and nationally certified massage and bodywork therapist.  He also holds a master’s degree in counseling/psychology from Goddard College, in Vermont.  He has lived, studied and worked at Esalen Institute, a renowned human potential learning center in Big Sur, CA, and is a certified Esalen® massage practitioner.  Pripo has a private counseling practice in Asheville, NC specializing in relationship issues.  His main goal is to help support people to live with truth and authenticity.

  • Pete Whitridge

    Business & Marketing Instructor

    Peter is a licensed massage therapist in Florida and an approved provider for both the state of Florida and NCBTMB.  He is the former Education Director at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville.  He teaches “Myofascial Components of Pain”  workshops throughout the Southeast, as well as Florida law and business building classes.  His training as an EM, a CPR instructor, and 30 years of teaching experience have given him many insights into the learning process.  Pete incorporates visual, kinesthetic, and auditory learning aides to provide students with a well-rounded class.  Students receive individual attention and everyone is encouraged to HAVE FUN!

  • Eric Aufdencamp, LAc, MS

    Shiatsu Instructor

    Eric received his Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in New Mexico in 2001.  He completed his massage therapy training at Crystal Mountain Massage Therapy School in 1997 in New Mexico.  He trained in Shiatsu and tui na (Chinese massage) with major teachers in the field.  For five years Eric taught tui na at Daoist Traditions College of Medical Arts.  For ten years, he practiced at the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic on Montford Ave. in Asheville, NC.  Eric currently has a private practice in Greenville, SC where he incorporates bodywork into his treatments.  He has been studying Chen style tai chi and qigong in Greenville, SC. Eric enjoys teaching the details of techniques unique to Eastern-style bodywork and seeing students ‘get’ techniques that were once a challenge.

  • Vishnu Dass, NTS, LMBT, A.D.

    Ayurveda Instructor

    Vishnu Dass started studying Ayurveda in 1992 under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad, world renowned Ayurvedic physician and teacher, and graduated from the Advanced Studies and Clinical Program at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuqueque, NM. He worked for the Panchakarma Department of the Institute while finishing his studies, and also graduated from the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. He is a former Board Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and is the owner of Blue Lotus Ayurveda in Asheville, NC.

  • Janeen Hulbert DC

    Western Sciences for Massage Instructor

    Janeen received her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2012 and her BS in Kinesiology; Fitness Development in 2009, both with Summa Cum Laude Honors.  She has a passion for Anatomy & Physiology and a specific love for biomechanics which she shares with her students and clients.   Janeen has created a unique niche in her field by integrating myofascial, deep tissue, and decompression therapies and enjoys a thriving private practice in Asheville, NC.   Teaching since 2013, Janeen uses a hands-on approach and loves to “geek” out with all her students.  She hopes they find her class informative and maybe even a bit “humerus.”

    Janeen teaches the Western Sciences for Massage curriculum in the 500-hour Massage Certification Program.

  • Marque Gritta

    Myofascial Massage Instructor; Supervised Student Clinic Instructor

    Marque was a successful actor for 22 years, during which time he touched peoples’ lives with his performances. In 1996 he became certified as a massage therapist in order to touch peoples’ lives in a more direct way. He moved to Asheville from Los Angeles, attending ASMY to gain NC certification, and soon became a mentor for students in their practicums. He is now a clinic instructor and enjoys passing on a wealth of practical “hands-on” knowledge to students in the program.

  • Grace Scarbrough

    Somatic Psychology and Professional Development for Massage Therapists Instructor

    Grace has been Nationally Certified in Massage Therapy since 1999. She holds a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky and is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200). She’s been an educator for over 20 years, teaching a variety of subjects ranging from high school English to college level psychology and Death and Dying. She has taught a variety of massage modalities including Swedish massage, Sports massage, Integrative massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork and Hot Stone massage, as well as Professional Ethics.

  • Ashley Fleetwood

    Supervised Student Clinic Instructor

    Ashley received her BA from University of North Carolina in Asheville. She graduated from The Bancroft School of Massage, then furthered her understanding of the human biofield and became an Internationally Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. Her background enabled her to become a provider for the Healing Touch Clinical Consult Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and participate in research projects through their Comprehensive Cancer Center. As Admissions Coordinator and a Clinic Supervisor she loves having the unique opportunity of supporting and encouraging students as they learn and grow throughout their time at ASMY.

  • Mitzi Aoyagi

    Teaching Assistant; Supervised Student Clinic Instructor

    Mitzi lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest as a software developer for 15 years before discovering her path as a bodyworker. She received her LMBT after attending the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga in 2014 and now maintains a massage practice in downtown Asheville. She also works with Blue Lotus Ayurveda in their Panchakarma clinic providing Ayurvedic body treatments and marma point therapies. As a clinic supervisor and teaching assistant, she helps students develop proper body mechanics while challenging them to explore creative techniques.