massage makes me happy initiative Members


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tim dunphy  

Brand and Category Senior Director,  Performance Health, United States

Marketing Executive at Performance Health, the leading manufacturer and distributor of medical rehabilitation and wellness products to hands-on healthcare practitioners.   Over 20 years experience leading consumer and clinical brands spanning the beauty, health, and wellness sectors.  Current brands include Bon Vital' (massage & spa), BVspa (consumer beauty), and Cramer (sports medicine).

tiffany field, phd

Founder and Executive Director, Touch Research Institute, University of Miami, United States

Dr. Tiffany Field is the director and founder of the Touch Research Institute in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Touch Research Institute, established in 1992, was the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and medicine. TRI conducts research on the effects of alternative therapies such as massage therapy on various medical and psychological conditions. TRI’s research has focused on preventing prematurity in pregnancies, enhancing growth and development of preterm infants, and reducing depression, attentional disorders, pain syndromes and increasing immune function in chronic illnesses in children and adults.  She has received Research Scientist awards to support her 30 year research career in the Department of Pediatrics and has published over 400 journal papers and over 30 books.

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brian paris

Executive VP, Living Earth Crafts/Earthlite Massage Tables, United States

Brian is a spa, beauty and wellness industry leader, with 20 years of experience and he is known as an expert in spa & wellness development and as an equipment specialist worldwide. He has deep knowledge and experience in the areas of sales & business development, project management, global spa design, and sourcing/procurement. Brian has led spa/resort product and project development initiatives and has worked in dozens of global markets with ownership groups, executive teams, retailers, designers, contractors and spa development teams. 


karen short

SVP Marekting & Sales, Universal Companies, United States

Karen is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Universal Companies.  In her role, Karen is responsible for direct sales, marketing and education initiatives. She leads a growing team of professionals in identifying and delivering products and solutions to wide range of customers including day spas, medical spas, resort hotel spas, salon spas, schools, and independent practitioners. Prior to joining Universal, Karen built a successful track record of executing aggressive growth strategies ranging from sales-focused and market-driven organizations to growth through mergers and acquisitions. She has held executive positions with a range of customer centric organizations including Quintess Collections, InnPerspectives Inc., Meadowood Napa Valley, and Aspen Skiing Company. She is also current President of the Board for the Green Spa Network.


heather zdan

VP of Marketing, Scrip Companies and Massage Warehouse, United States

Heather Zdan is the Vice President of Marketing at Scrip Companies/Massage Warehouse and has over 20 years experience in database and direct marketing in omni-channel environments.   She is a passionate supporter The Massage Therapy Foundation and Touch Research Institute through her work with Massage Warehouse.  Heather is an avid user and believer in the benefits of massage therapy which she has used to treat chronic migraine headaches and to improve her health and overall well-being.  Before joining Scrip, Heather was responsible for managing customer relationship strategies and developing marketing strategies to optimize customer contacts and increase profitability with Sears Shop Your Way Program, Hammacher Schlemmer and Eddie Bauer. Heather holds an MBA from the University of Findlay and a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.