NCRA

The North Carolina Reflexology Association

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The NCRA Board

The North Carolina Reflexology Association Board of Directors is elected by the membership, serving a 2 year term.

Cyndi B Hill, LMBT,NBCR – NCRA President
Cyndi practices reflexology at Shalom Regel Reflexology – The Academy of Reflective Wellness in Salisbury, NC.  She became interested in reflexology over 28 years ago. She has served as NCRA President and RAA Delegate for many years. Cynthia has supported reflexologists throughout the years in many capacities. She plans to continue supporting her colleagues as she records and reports the news and events in the NCRA newsletter and official archives.

Terry Lee Smith, NC LMBT #1765, NBCR – Vice President
Health modalities, interests and certifications are listed below:
• Retired Xray & Nuclear Medicine Technologist Licensed Barber & Cosmetologist( Florida )
• Associate Polarity Therapist
• Touch For Heath Instructor, Certified 2017 Healing Touch Level 4
• NC LMBT #17656 (2018) Neuromuscular Therapist, Certified 2018 Kinesiology Instructor (2020)
Long ago, after reading Mildred Carter’s “Foot Reflexology” a number of people gave me positive feedback on their sessions. This sparked my initial interest in the field. I later discovered Eunice Ingham’s “The Stories the Feet Can Tell” and I became hooked. From 2013 through 2019 I completed course work from International Institute of Reflexology Levels 1-3. I also attended the Academy of Reflective Wellness graduating in 2015. I became ARCB certified in 2016.

Jean Glickman, NBCR – Recording Secretary
I am a nationally certified reflexologist through ARCB and a member of RAA. I was a member of GRO (Georgia Reflexology Group) and on their board until I moved to Charlotte last year.
From experiences my family and I had in dealing with health related issues, I came to understand that symptoms were just our bodies trying to communicate to us that something was wrong. I became frustrated when it often seemed our health care professionals were more concerned with silencing the body than getting at the root of the problem and healing it. I realized the body was created to constantly work to stay in balance and healthy, and that the best healer of my body, was my body itself. I stumbled on reflexology while looking for a modality that would encourage and come alongside the body, to help it function as it was made to.

 

Starting in 2013, I took my first reflexology course, an aromatherapy course and eventually the advanced reflexology course with Roz Zolinger, at her clinic in Atlanta, Heal Center. I went on to get my ARCB certification and started practicing part-time going on 2 years. I recently took Thai reflexology taught by Karen Ball through her Academy of Ancient Healing. While on the GRO board, I sat on a legislation committee, as we were dealing yet again with the massage board trying to pass a modified version of their massage law in which they sought to take away our exemption. During this time, I had the privilege to speak before a GA house sub committee on behalf of reflexologists.
Part of my practice in Georgia included going to health food stores 1 to 2 times a month to talk to patrons about reflexology and do mini sessions. I especially enjoyed getting the word out about what a wonderful, natural, safe modality it is.

Eva Gajewski, NBCR – Administrative Secretary

Eva is a National Board Certified Reflexologist having obtained her training through an American Reflexology Certification Board approved course with instructor Tacy Apostolik in 2017. Eva then proceeded to open her practice in 2018, Balanced Energy Reflexology in Charlotte. Eva is medically trained and involved in the healthcare field for over 20 years both in New Jersey and North Carolina.

Eva believes that everyone has the right to choose the type of health modality that is the best fit for them. Having that right in North Carolina is an issue that has to be addressed and protected. As a profession, it is an invaluable asset for many individuals seeking an alternative means to staying healthy. Reflexology complements other modalities, but it is a separate type of practice that needs to be preserved and respected as such.

 

Matthias Weinschuetz, NBCR – Treasurer

National Board Certified Reflexologist ARCB # B01797

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Charlotte, NC 28210
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Mary Margaret Steele – Director at Large
Mary Margaret Steele, a life-long Carolinian, has been a Reflexologist since 2013. Like others in this field, she discovered its benefits when she needed help herself. “I developed Plantar Fasciitis in 2012 and discovered reflexology when nothing else worked. I was pain-free after one session,” she stated.

Mary Margaret was so impressed with Reflexology that she decided to bring the practice to others who needed help. She is a graduate of the Reflective Wellness Academy and began practicing Reflexology in 2013. In 2020, she became nationally certified in the discipline. She currently practices in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where she serves Wake Forest and North Raleigh residents, and in Oak Island, North Carolina. “Reflexology led me to the beach,” she said.
Mary Margaret holds a certificaJon from the American Reflexology CerJficaJon Board (ARCB) and studied Chi Radiology as well. She has also completed several classes taught by Moss Arnold, the founder of the Australian College of Chi-Reflexology, and Dr. Jesus Manzanares, creator of the Manzanares Method of Reflexology, a science-based reflexology education. In addition to traditional foot reflexology, Mary Margaret also offers face, hand and ear reflexology.
A new member of the North Carolina Reflexology AssociaJon Board of Directors, Mary Margaret is also an experienced and talented artist. She is a native of Rowan County, studied biology at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, and worked at North Carolina State University for 30 years.
Mary Margaret’s belief in her profession can be expressed in the following quote — “Reflexology truly can help the body heal itself,” she stated.

Connie Kern, NBCR, IMRT – Historian/Librarian
ARCB certificant
Certified Reflexologist since ‘99
Undergrad in BA from UNC
Grad program in MA Ed Cinical mental health
Published research:

The Benefits of Reflexology
for the Chronic Pain Patient in a Military Pain Clinic
Connie Kern, NBCR, IMRT; Amy McCoart, RN, BSN*; Thomas Beltranm, MA; Michael Bartoszek, MD
https:// pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ 30566732/
Radio Interview: https://mindbodyradio.com/episodes/2019/Connie- Kern–20191031.mp3

I “discovered” reflexology after a spinal injury in the mid 90’s and was so shocked with the degree of healing I experienced that I had a burning desire to understand it. Twenty years later, I am still in awe of what has become a reliable, consistent method of healing and my private practice is centered upon it.

I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to complete and publish a medical study in conjunction with the DoD on the use of reflexology for pain reduction, and welcome the opportunity to develop further evidence and to promote its use.

I also have a desire to advocate for our profession through helping build accountability and prevent uncertified provision of services. We cannot maintain professional standing if uncredentialled people are offering substandard services to the public.

The future of reflexology is bright, and I look forward to being part of its growth while upholding standards of excellence.

Connie Kern
BA NBCR IMRT RYT YA 646.588.8176