association of massage therapists


Michael Solano

Preconference Workshop: Working the thorax

Michael Solano completed a double major in Human Movement and Psychology at the University of Melbourne before going on to complete an osteopathy degree at RMIT in 1992. He has been in private practice for over 23 years. He has also been involved with undergraduate and postgraduate education since 2005.

Aran Bright

Preconference Workshop: Integrating Movement Therapy into your practice

Aran started his career as a Remedial Massage Therapist in 2002. After graduating with a Bachelor in Musculoskeletal Therapy in 2008, he started his career as an academic, teaching Remedial Massage and Musculoskeletal Therapy at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. In 2014 Aran started working with Q Academy where he helped to develop Queensland’s first Myotherapy program.

Aran’s passion is the development of massage and myotherapists in Australia through the integration of evidence based approaches, especially given the recent developments in pain science. He continues to work in clinical practice and, while he has been fortunate to work with professional athletes at international level, he prefers to focus on people balancing the demands of everyday life and achieving everyday miracles.

Aran is constantly updating his skills and currently completing his Masters in Sports Coaching at the University of Queensland.

Jenny Richardson

Preconference Workshop: Tricky tarsals

Jenny is the owner of Canberra Myotherapy and has been practising massage and myotherapy for 10 years. She is passionate about understanding how the body works and using this to help clients with chronic pain. Jenny is a perpetual learner and is bringing together material from a range of sources for her workshop "Tricky Tarsals".

Peter Berner


Peter Berner is a stand up comic, TV presenter, radio host, writer, artist, cartoonist and social commentator. He has written and hosted the twice Logie nominated political satire BackBerner, The Einstein Factor (ABCTV) and You Have Been Watching (Foxtel). He also conceived, wrote and presented Peter Berner's Loaded Brush, a documentary centred around his entry into the Archibald Prize.

Tasha Stanton

Keynote Address: Why what's between your ears is more important than your sore back: new insights from pain neuroscience

Dr Tasha Stanton is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, and Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, and she currently holds an NHRMC Early Career Fellowship (2014-2018). She has received over $1.7m in competitive research funding and has been a keynote/invited speaker at 25 national and international conferences. Her research focuses on clinical pain neuroscience, with a specific focus on cortical body representation, somatosensation, multimodal illusions, and pain.

Sarah Fogarty

Plenary: Massage and eating disorders

Sarah Fogarty is a remedial massage therapist and researcher with over 17 years of experience. She is also an adjunct research fellow at Western Sydney University and has worked on a number of studies involving complementary medicine and eating disorders. She has presented her work at over ten international and national conferences, including both complementary medicine and eating disorder conferences.

Suzy Ladanyi

Plenary: Researching massage therapy patients in Australia - an update on AMT's research partnership with ARCCIM

Suzy Ladanyi is a Registered Nurse and Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she is the Course Coordinator for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Critical Care Nursing. Her PhD studies are associated with women's use of massage. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM).

Tamsin Rossiter

Plenary: Celebrating our past

Tamsin has been a member of AMT for over 20 years and became a life member in 2014. She is a past president of AMT and currently sits on AMT's Ethics and Education Committees. She has a keen interest in the professional and ethical practice of massage therapy, and co-authored AMT's Code of Practice. As a long-term, dedicated industry advocate, she is uniquely placed to take us on a journey celebrating AMT's rich history.

Rebecca Barnett

Plenary: Building our future

As AMT Secretary, Rebecca Barnett has been at the coalface of professional advocacy for ten years. Her proudest achievements include the release of the AMT Code of Practice and the establishment of AMT's internationally acclaimed classified massage therapy research database. She remains committed to the advancement of the massage profession, and is optimistic about the future.

Derek Zorzit

Plenary: Clinician Heal Thyself

Derek has run a thriving rehabilitation and massage therapy business in Canberra since 1993. During this time, he has also worked with Olympic athletes and elite sports teams, including the Brumbies and the Wallabies. He was AMT Massage Therapist of the year in 2011.

Alan Ford

Plenary: Clinician Heal Thyself

Alan has been involved in health and wellbeing since 1978, operating a busy private practic in Canberra. He volunteered at two Olympics as a massage service provider and has previously presented at many AMT conferences and members days. He is a former AMT president and was AMT Massage Therapist of the year in 2005.