Massage therapist wins state award

MOUNT DESERT — Jessie Greenbaum of Northeast Harbor has been given the Meritorious Award by the Maine Chapter of the American Massage Therapists Association (AMTA).

The yearly award honors an individual by acknowledging diligence in volunteerism accomplished in an altruistic manner. It is the highest award bestowed upon an AMTA member by a chapter. Greenbaum was nominated by Wendy Lessard of Ellsworth, a member of the group’s board of directors, for many reasons.

Among those reasons are helping to organize a regional group for local networking with each other and allied practitioners, becoming the “keeper of the list” for the local regional group’s email list, being a sports team member and maintaining a regular presence at the Mount Desert Island Marathon, working on standards for credentialing for massage therapists at the MDI Hospital, being one of the first massage therapists in the area to accept insurance clients, thus broadening the scope of practice clients had available to them, and being a constant advocate for the AMTA.


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