Meet our new Western Anatomy and Kinesiology instructor, Kelley Henry!
Note: This post is contributed by Kelley Henry, PhD, HFS, LMT #18150, the newest member of our faculty. Starting this fall, she will be teaching Western Anatomy and Kinesiology I in our professional Amma Bodywork Therapy certification program.
I am originally from a small town in Massachusetts where I ran track and cross for the local high school. Thus began my fascination with the human body with an emphasis on how it responded to exercise. Even before I developed a love of running, I would do exercise videos first with my mom then on my own. A few of my favorites were Jane Fonda, Bodies in Motion with Gilad and the Buns/Abs of Steel series with Tammie Lee Webb. I continued my journey at Springfield College where I again ran track and cross country while studying for my B.S. in Applied Exercise Science. I obtained my personal training certification in my junior year and I completed my undergraduate education with an internship at Rancho La Puerta, a world renowned fitness spa in Tecate, Mexico.
I decided to take my education further and continued studying at Springfield College in the Exercise Physiology Master’s of Science Program. This was my first introduction to Human Gross Anatomy (yes, cadavers!) and I loved it! After graduating, I worked for the Army as a research assistant in the Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine and the Food Performance Division. My yearn to learn (ha!) got the best of me and I decided to attend massage school after my sister made the suggestion. Apparently, I was the only one that could get rid of her knots! I attended Spa Tech Institute in MA and received a great therapeutic massage education. Six weeks after graduating, I moved to Texas to pursue a PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Biology. I completed my PhD in 4 years while furthering my massage and personal trainer skills.
During my time in Texas, I made a few trips to Oregon to visit friends and decided I wanted to move to Portland. I was amazed how everything was always green and figured if my camera was full of pictures of mountains and trees, maybe I should live someplace where they are plentiful. I packed up and moved to Portland in March/April of 2010. Currently, I work for myself as a massage therapist and personal trainer. I am currently pursuing a M.S. in Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. In my spare time, I like to exercise, hike, bake and foster kittens! I am looking forward to joining the family at The Wellspring School!