Rebecca Dragseth, School Director
Rebecca Dragseth, School Director

Rebecca Dragseth has taught in public schools, college classrooms and spent ten years coaching competitive gymnastics. In 2007, she expanded her business from full time massage therapist to owner/instructor of “Therapeutic Connections School of Massage.” She received her Bachelor’s in Education in 1996 and became a Licensed Massage Practitioner in 1999.

“Continuing education in the field of massage, energy and bodywork has inspired me to continue my dream of sharing information and knowledge in the evolving world of massage therapy. I have a passion for learning and teaching about the human body and I am so excited to share and exchange with my community.”

Aly Knudsen, Assistant Director and Administrator

Aly has been assisting TCSM with Business Administration since 2010 and is an integral part of the growth and development of the school.  Aly is greatly influenced by her grandmother who solely founded the very first massage school in Virginia.  She has been receiving massages since she was very young and believes strongly in the healing power of massage.  This love for massage continues to inspire her to contribute to the advancement of TCSM and the massage industry as a whole.

Gwendolyn Sheveland, Massage Therapist
Gwendolyn Sheveland, LMP, Instructor

Gwen began massage school in 2004 after relying on Therapeutic Massage to help with post triathlon soreness. Her focus has been myofascia and since graduation in 2005 she has pursued additional training in Structural Integration. Her love of anatomy helps the students enjoy the miracle of the human body.

Tina Heyer, Massage Therapist
Tina Heyer, LMP, Instructor

Tina has been a massage therapist since 2005. She is specialized in injury rehabilitation and loves furthering her knowledge of anatomy and treatment principles. Some of the continuing education she has taken includes Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy, Barral’s Visceral Manipulation, and Ron Murray’s Osteopathic-based classes. The human body is amazingly designed and she believes that our bodies have the capacity to heal themselves, given the chance. Her goal in teaching is to pass on the enthusiasm I have for continued study of the human body to her students, so that even after they finish their course, they will be inspired to keep delving into anatomy and treatment principles, in order to become the best healers the can be.

Gary Schwander, LMP Instructor
Gary Schwander, Student Massage Clinic Director

Gary is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as a continuing education provider #294961. He has been practicing massage therapy since 1989 and teaching massage courses since 1992. Gary has served as a member of the AMTA National Sports Massage Education Council, as an Athletes’ Medical Services Massage Therapist during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and as a member of the 2002 Winter Olympics Sports Massage Team. He has also worked in the NY Mets Rehabilitation Clinic in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He currently teaches and practices in Spokane, Washington. Visit