AKRON, OH – June 3, 2016 – Performance Health is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 AFMTE, Biofreeze and Bon Vital’ Educators of the Year Award. Julie Goodwin BA, LMT, is the recipient in the teacher category and Dale Alexander Ph.D, M.A., BSEd., LMT, is the recipient in the continuing education category.

Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Biofreeze ® and Bon Vital' ® , is honored to annually partner with the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) to recognize excellence in massage and bodywork education. The award serves to foster a culture that supports raising the standards of excellence in massage and bodywork education. The recipients are chosen based on their experience, teacher training , and how well they meet the AFMTE Core Competency Standards published in 2013.

Julie Goodwin, BA, LMT, is a graduate of Kent State University and the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts. She operated a private massage practice for nearly thirty years. Her teaching career spans more than twenty years, in academic and technique classes; she retired from Pima Community College in 2016. An Approved CE Provider, Julie is the author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and created the website TxPlanner: Mobile Pathology for Bodyworkers.

Dale G. Alexander, Ph.D, M.A., BSEd., LMT., has been teaching advanced studies in the Massage Therapy profession since 1986. Originally trained as a Biology teacher then as a psychotherapist, he has sought to discover the underlying elements of neuroanatomy and physiology that contribute to and perpetuate chronic somatic dysfunction. His advanced studies with Drs. John Upledger D.O., Jean Pierre Barral D.O., and Richard MacDonald D.O. and Movement, Energetic and Brain studies with Lansing Barrett Gresham laid a rich foundation. From this foundation, decades of clinical experience with clients have led him toward the discovery of common progressions associated with the aging process.

“Julie and Dale truly exemplify the principles on which this award was founded,” stated Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage and Spa, Performance Health. “Their lifelong devotion to raise our profession’s educational bar is not only an inspiration to us all, it benefits us all.”

Attend the 2017 Educational Congress in Tucson to hear from these winners as they share the specific ways they demonstrate their commitment to excellence in education.