Advisory Board

The Honorary Board of Advisors is comprised of trusted advisors who are experts in a variety of arenas, which relate to the operations and academic program of The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy in Denver, Colorado. The Advisory Board functions in an advisory capacity.

Til LuchauTil Luchau is a lead instructor and the Director of As a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, Til is a faculty member and Coordinator of the Rolf Institute‘s Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program, where he is the originator of Skillful Touch Bodywork (the Rolf Institute’s own training and practice modality). His regular Myofascial Techniques column appears in Massage & Bodywork magazine, and his articles have been published in peer-reviewed and technical journals in Australia, Canada, and the USA. Formerly a resident practitioner at the Esalen Institute, Chair of the Rolf Institute’s Teacher Training Committee, and Adjunct Faculty member of Naropa University‘s Somatic Psychology Department, he has trained thousands of practitioners in his popular courses at schools and centers in over a dozen countries on five continents. His private practice is based in the Boulder/Denver area, and includes Rolfing, supervision, and professional coaching with clients from around the world.

petes color pic-revPete Whitridge LMT is a licensed massage therapist in Florida and an approved provider for both the state of Florida and NCBTMB. He is the former Director of Education at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL.  He teaches “Myofascial Components of Pain” workshops throughout the Southeast, as well as Florida law and business building classes. His training as an EMT, a CPR instructor, and 30 years of teaching experience have given him many insights into the learning process. Pete incorporates visual, kinesthetic, and auditory learning aides to provide students with a well-rounded class. Students receive individual attention and everyone is encouraged to HAVE FUN! Pete has been active in the professional associations and completed a four-year term on the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, serving two years as Chairman. He received the Charles Canfield Award from the FSMTA in 2004 for Service to the Profession. He is a frequent presenter at state and national massage therapy and chiropractic conventions. Pete currently resides in Fort Pierce, Florida with his wife (and editor) Lee and their wiener dog Oscar.

ruthRuth Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998, and is now in its 6th edition. She also writes a column for Massage and Bodywork magazine, serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Ruth was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005. She was also proud to serve as President of the Massage Therapy Foundation from 2010-2014, and she retains a seat as an MTF Trustee.

karenKaren Hobson MS, NCTM holds a BA in Philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MS in Higher Education with a concentration in Adult Teaching and Learning from Walden University. She became interested in massage therapy after receiving her first professional session. In 1999 she graduated from Hocking College’s Massage Therapy certificate program and was licensed the same year. After seven years of full-time practice, Karen began teaching in a Columbus, Ohio massage program. This quickly became a new passion, resulting in an eventual move back to her home state of Virginia, where she led the massage program at Fortis College in Norfolk, VA. Subsequently she has been program director for two other colleges, where she helped improve instructor-student relations as well as improving student outcomes. Karen has been interested in the humanistic approach to bodywork for many years and is the Executive Director at IPSB College in San Diego.


brentjacksoBrent Jackson is the academic program manager for massage therapy at Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter, SC  and a recipient of the Miller Communications Excellence in Education Award. Mr. Jackson pioneered the first hospital-based, clinical practicum for massage therapy for the state of South Carolina incorporating three acute-care facilities and additional long-term care facilities which includes inpatient and outpatient massage training for students.  He has been a licensed massage therapist and educator for the past ten years. His education includes Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale; Massage Therapy Certificate from South Carolina Massage & Esthetics Institute and a graduate of the Nuclear Propulsion Program from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Charleston, SC.    He is a veteran of the US Navy.  He has memberships in the following professional organizations:  American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Society for Oncology Massage and  Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE). He is a current member on the National Teacher Training Curriculum Development Committee with AFMTE and the Massage Therapy Foundation Education Committee.  Mr. Jackson is also a continuing education provider for licensed massage therapists in addition to having a private-practice massage therapy business.

Ascentia Fox, BCTMB Ascentia Fox is a NCBTMB board certified massage therapist and bodyworker. She has been a Berkana Institute faculty member since the inception of the school in 2011. She teaches the Holistic Studies class, as well as the Craniosacral Fascial Release elective course. She has carried a life long passion for holistic, radiant health; graduating from the California Healing Arts College in 2006,  beginning her ongoing studies of Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute in 2007, holding successful private and cooperative practices with holistic wellness centers in Los Angeles, CA, Costa Rica, Minnesota, and Northern California where she currently lives. Ascentia is also a certified Vinyasa and Yin yoga instructor, Birth Doula, Flower Essence Practitioner, and Ordained Priestess. She views every body as a temple, each educational class or therapeutic session as a ritual, and is always honored to share sacred space.

J. Patrick Dorsey LMT took his first Zero Balancing (ZB) class in1996 and immediately fell in love with Zero Balancing. As a practicing massage therapist and former instructor of deep tissue massage therapy at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Pat found in ZB a way to take his work to a deeper level both literally and metaphorically with his clients. Following his passion for ZB, Pat delights in helping people discover the magic of working with structure and energy, simultaneously and consciously, and the resultant  transformational effects that can come about when people connect with and learn to access the stability, clarity, grounded spaciousness, wisdom and depth of their own core self through conscious, compassionate bodywork. Pat is a licensed massage therapist and the owner of Louisville Massage Therapy in Louisville, CO and has been practicing numerous forms of bodywork for close to twenty five years. Pat holds an Associate Degree from and is former instructor at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Pat is certified to teach ZB I, ZB II, Freely Moveable Joints, Introduction to Zero Balancing, and Review Days.