Our Faculty

The diversity of our faculty offers the student a vast variety of approaches to touch communication. Our instructors collectively have over 409 years experience in the massage therapy field and over 264 years experience teaching massage therapy. Highly educated, the faculty collectively hold 19 Bachelor’s Degrees, 12 Master’s Degrees, 2 law Degrees and 3 Ph.D.’s. They present the student with a broad range of therapeutic methods from energy based to deep tissue, from a relaxation focus to specific clinical work and from eclectic to focused specialty practices.

Core Faculty & Staff


Iris Burman, Director, L.M.T., N.M.T.

Iris is a co-founder of Educating Hands and has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1976. She has attained certifications in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Milton’s psycho-physical Integration, Neuromuscular Therapy and has studied numerous other Modalities. Iris’s background includes Gestalt Therapy and Psychology.READ MORE >

Sarianna Elo* Ph.D., P.T., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B.

A native of Helsinki, Finland, Sarianna graduated from Helsinki IV College for Health Care Professionals with a degree in Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy. She holds a B.S. in Professional Sciences with a major in Education from St. Joseph’s College of Maine, and a M.S. and Ph.D. with a major in Psychology from California Coast University. READ MORE >

Sandy Friedland*, L.M.T.

Sandy’s approach; Multi Dimensional Movement Arts® (MDMA) is spiritual, Holistic & eclectic with a special focus on energetic ow, vibratory frequency & dynamic balancing. She ‘plays’ holographically at a table… on the floor… in the water using sound, light, oil, color, crystals, essences, magnets, intention, movement, verbalization, visualization. READ MORE >

Paula Garcia Di Niro*, L.M.T.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paula earned a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. She taught English for over 12 years. Since graduating from Educating Hands in 2005, Paula has worked as a Licensed Massage Therapist maintaining a private practice mainly focused on Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy… READ MORE >

Natalia Guida, L.M.T.

Born and raised in Argentina, Natalia teaches TouchAbilities®, Hydrotherapy and Heliotherapy in our English & Spanish Programs. Natalia also supervises our Student Clinics. Natalias’s style is both holistic and practical, allowing her to provide some of the most nurturing and constructive advice .She has a thriving private practice in Miami.

Teba Orueta*, B.A., L.M.T., RYT

A native of Spain, and with a strong background in corporate marketing and development, Teba turned to holistic healing in 2005. She trained for 5 years in SE Asia and graduated from Educating Hands in 2011.  Teba is also a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor. Drawing from her technical and oriental training and experience training corporately for P&G and The Ritz-Carlton, Teba teaches classes, seminars and certification courses in Traditional Thai Massage, Thai on the Table, Foot Reflexology with essential oils, Herbal Hot Compress, Geothermal Therapy, and Touchabilities®.

Aimee Rado Bertsch*, L.M.T.

Aimee is from Indonesian ancestry, raised in The Netherlands. She has taught in private and public schools since 1987, ranging from Pre-k to 8th grade. “A grounded, inquisitive and playful blend”, best describes her teaching style integrating a safe pathway to discovery through personal development and supporting the innate skills of artistic curiosity in bodywork.READ MORE >

Mónica Resillez Anchía*, B.A., B.Sc., L.M.T.

Originally from NYC and with degrees in Theatrical Arts and Architecture, Monica graduated from Educating hands in 2010. She loves sharing her down to earth an fun personality, as well as her kowledge and experience in her Kinesiology, Palpation and Massage classes. Monica combines technical skills with a heightened energetic sensitivity, focusing her teaching style on the therapeutic as well as the holistic benefits of touch therapy.

Amine Sarabia*, L.M.T.

Brought up between New York and Colombia, Amine practiced as a Medical Doctor in Colombia for 20 years. She has been passionate about energy therapies since she began her career and has obtained diplomas in bio-energetic, homo-toxicologic and sintergetic medicine which she incorporated into her practice.  Her passion for helping others led her to pursue massage and graduate from Educating Hands in 2011.  Amine teaches Anatomy & Physiology.

Richard Schekter*, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B.

Richard comes to Educating Hands with a background as a scientist – a Marine Biologist and Biological Oceanographer at the University of Miami. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Richard maintains a private practice, works in a prestigious hotel spa and is one of the core therapists at Educating Hands Professional Massage Therapy Clinic.READ MORE >

Gilad Schafman*, L.M.T.

Gilad Schafman is an experienced international teacher, educator and therapist since 1990. He comes with over 20 years of teaching experience and was Director of the Massage department at Medika College for complementary medicine in Cfar- Saba Israel. There he was in charge of the massage program and curriculum as well as being a lead teacher.READ MORE >

Juhlio César Tapia*, L.M.T.

Juhlio holds a Master in Communication from the Inter0Cultural University fo Utah and graduated in 2010 from Educating Hands. His specialities include Reflexology, neuro-musuclar therapy, reiki and color & sound therapies.  Juhlio fell in love with Massage as an art-form and teaches TouchAbilities®, Ética e integración de técnicas de masaje.READ MORE >


Lorena was born and raised in Argentina and has a strong background as a Montessori School teacher and program Director. A 2011 graduate of Educating Hands with a passion for self development and energy healing, Lorena teaches TouchAbilities® in our English and Spanish Programs. READ MORE >


Alex holds a B.S. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Biology, Health Sciences and Physical Sciences. A 1999 alumnus of Educating Alex has maintained a private therapeutic massage practice integrating NMT, Thai massage and Reflexology. In 2006 he began working with the Miami City Ballet. As a member of the Educating Hands core faculty, Alex teaches Kinesiology, Touchabilities and Reflexology. He has also developed and taught Muscle Anatomy and Palpation as a CE class and currently teaches the 100hr Reflexology certification program. READ MORE >


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YESSENIA CAMPOS, Skincare Specialist

Yessenia has 15+ years of experience managing and teaching skincare in both basic and paramedical skincare programs. Working in luxury high-end spas like The Ritz-Carlton and Acqualina Resort & Spa for most of her career, Yessenia has also taught paramedical esthetics at Kaiser Career College and is now an integral faculty member at Educating Hands. Her specialty lies in seamlessly merging the effectiveness of deep cleansing work with the luxury of spa rituals. READ MORE >

Guest Teachers

* Nick Chitty, L.M.T., C.N.M.T.
Neuromuscular Therapy

Nick was born and raised in England and trained as a scientist. He was a Biologist and Oceanographer. He graduated from Educating Hands in 1986. He specializes in evaluation and treatment for pain relief and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, using techniques refined and added to over the years. He teaches students at the school an introduction… READ MORE >

Christopher Crespo, EMT, FF/PMD
CPR and First Aid

Christopher Crespo has been a paramedic/reghter for over 13 years and has been teaching students CPR & First Aid Classes by The American Heart Association (AHA) for many years. He is also the Director of CPR PLUS INC, which has been in business for over 10 years. READ MORE >

David R. González, L.M.T., CSCS.
Sports Massage

David R. Gonzalez has an extensive background in massage therapy and exercise sciences. He has been teaching massage, anatomy & physiology and fitness for the last 8 years in conjunction with running his private practice as a massage therapist and trainer for 15 years. He specializes in sports and the clinical aspect of massage. READ MORE >

* Sharon Gossett, L.M.T.

Originally from Virginia, Sharon studied Business at Miami Dade College and FSU in 1969 before starting her career in a large American corporation. Then at age 62, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist and graduated from Educating Hands in the 2013 garnet class. Her expertise in teaching about HIV and AIDS comes from her.. READ MORE >

Celia R. Maluf, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B.
The Trager Method®

Celia is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been living in the US since 1982. She graduated in 1978 from Pontical Catholic University of Sao Paulo where she earned a degree in Pedagogy with a major in Special Education of the Hearing Impaired. She became a bodyworker to deepen her personal experience of healing completely from a … READ MORE >

* Angel Orozco, L.M.T.
Asian Studies

Originally from Venezuela, Angel graduated from Educating Hands in 1992 and went on to study at New York’s Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Angel has knowledge of traditional oriental medicine and acupuncture, and he is a holisitc health coach.  He is currently the President of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association’s Miami-Dade Chapter.

* Moshe Sussman, J.D., L.M.T.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Moshe is an attorney who also practices and teaches massage. He graduated from Educating Hands and became an LMT in 2002. Since then he has studied Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Somato Emotional Release and Reiki levels 1-3. Moshe currently teaches Cranio-Sacral fundamentals as well as Introduction to Energy Therapies. READ MORE >



Licensed Massage Therapist

* Graduate of Educating Hands


Nationally Certied in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Administrative Staff


Owner, Director and Administrator
Iris Burman, L.M.T., C.N.M.T.

Store Manager
Paula Diaz

Clinic Manager
Luis Orueta


* Teba Orueta, B.A., LMT, RYT

Feng Shui Manager
Mercedes Ortega 

Director of Admissions
* Antonio Serrano, B.S., M.S. LMT

Student Service Mentor
* Maria T. Victoriano, LMT

Receptionist & Clinic Assistant
Nina Villalonga

Bookstore Staff

Bookstore Manager