Faculty & Staff
OSTM is proud of its faculty and staff. Each instructor is fully trained in his/her respective field, with years of experience and successful private practices. They also each have a unique style and diversity in their expertise that enhances our well-rounded program. All staff members have also been carefully selected to help create a successful educational experience.
Jeannette Pastore, BA
Jeannette Pastore relocated to New York from outside of Boston almost two decades ago. She comes to OSTM with a Bachelor’s from St. Lawrence University. In 2009, Jeannette transitioned from the private sector into higher education, which has always been her passion. She has been a member of the OSTM family since 2013 with prior experience in assisting students through admissions, career services, and student services processes. Knowing how a commitment to lifelong learning has helped her journey of self-discovery in life, she enjoys guiding students down the path toward their goals. When she is not working with students or supporting OSTM staff and faculty, Jeannette loves to catch up on Doctor Who and her ever growing stack of books. She wilts without sun, therefore, she spends as much time as possible outdoors working in the garden, and going on hikes with her dogs, Sid and Nancy.
Zhenya Muravyova, BA
Zhenya Muravyova graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric and English Textual Studies. She is a resident of the Zen Center of Syracuse actively undergoing Zen Buddhist training. When she is not writing, reading, and meditating she enjoys exploring the wilderness, watching horror movies and k-dramas, as well as tasting the world one meal at a time. Want to know more about Zhenya? Check out her video here: http://ostm.edu/admissions/admissions-directors/
Selina Boyd, BA
Financial Aid Administrator
Selina Boyd has extensive experience working with diverse groups of individuals such as children and families, homeless youth, veterans and parenting teens to name a few. In her current position as Financial Aid Administrator, she works very hard to meet the various the needs of OSTM’s students. Selina is a graduate of Corcoran High School and received a B.A in Political Science from SUNY College at Buffalo. Selina enjoys spending time with family, writing poetry and painting. She is currently working on her first book.
Lael Pierce, BA
Student Services Director
Lael Pierce has spent the last five years serving students in several capacities including Admissions, Coaching and Academic Support. Her desire to improve the lives of students began immediately after she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Utica College, where she worked to recruit students from underserved communities. Since joining the healing community at OSTM, she has learned the importance of consistent self-care and enjoys encouraging her students and family to do the same. She is committed to public service and enjoys learning, traveling, hiking, fitness, dining out and spending time with friends and family.
Misty D’Eredita, BA
Registrar & Bursar
After receiving her BA in Liberal Studies from Southampton College, Misty D’Eredita went on to study Eastern Medicine at the NY College of Health Professions. She has been instructing fitness classes, including yoga and Pilates, for over ten years and is a Beachbody certified PiYo instructor. Misty is solar powered so spends much of her time outside hiking with her dogs, reading in the sun, kayaking, and exploring waterfalls with her daughter, Autumn. She is currently pursuing Reiki training and believes in the power of spreading small acts of kindness.
Karen Fresina has lived in Central New York most of her life. She studied Interior Design at Onondaga Community College and has taken courses in medical coding and medical terminology. Before coming to OSTM she worked for Orthopedic Surgeons in the medical records department. She joined the OSTM team in 2010, starting on the evening shift and was promoted to the position of Office Manager. Karen loves her job as it offers a variety of duties, some which include scheduling clients for our massage clinic, managing our bookstore and assisting other staff members. She always has a smile to greet everyone who at the Syracuse campus and she enjoys the opportunity to get to know our students and clients. Karen likes spending time with her family and has two sons and two grandsons. She’s taught Sunday school for children ages 2- 6 for many years. She also supports an organization that rescues women and children from human trafficking.
Debbie DeJesús, AAS
Evening Office Administrator
Debbie De Jesús graduated in 2009 from Onondaga Community College with an Associates of Science in Criminal Justice. She currently works as an Evening Office Administrator nights at OSTM. In her free time she likes to ride her motorcycle, and go for walks with her Chihuahua named Shaky.
Shannon McMahon, AAS
Evening Office Administrator
Shannon McMahon is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College with an AAS degree in Accounting. She dedicates a few nights a week working as an Evening Office Administrator here at OSTM. She always has a positive attitude and is willing to give her time and energy to make others feel good! In her free time, Shannon enjoys shopping, traveling, spending time outdoors, and playing with her two dogs.
Theodore Baldini, DC, MSACN, CNS, ICCSP
Myology & Pathology Instructor
Dr. Baldini received his Chiropractic and Masters of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition degrees from New York Chiropractic College. He is board certified by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, and holds the designation of Certified Nutrition Specialist. He has 14 years of experience working in critical care and emergency medicine as a respiratory therapist, and is currently the executive managing partner for Seneca Chiropractic & Family Wellness’s four locations in Syracuse, NY. He consults on a wide range of conditions with evidence-based nutritional interventions. He is an adjunct instructor at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage where he currently teaches Myology and has also taught Pathology. He also is an adjunct at Huntington College of Health Sciences where he teaches in the Masters of Science in Nutrition Program. Dr. Baldini holds an International Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner certification and is a staff Chiropractor and nutritional consultant for the AHL Syracuse Crunch hockey team/NHL Tampa Bay Lighting Affiliate. He is also an avid lecturer on many topics and is currently working on a review paper regarding the nutritional co-management of asthma.
Alisha Calkins, LMT
Chair Event Supervisor
Alisha Calkins graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2012. She has had an affinity for massage from a very young age. Alisha makes it her goal to ensure a mix of relief and relaxation to each of her clients, and she customizes her massages based on her clients’ unique needs. Her massages result in a well-balanced and intensely cared for body and soul. She began her yoga teacher training in Costa Rica in 2015, and she completed her training in 2016. She shares a deep connection with yoga and wellness. When she’s not giving massages you will find her doing yoga anywhere she possibly can or at home with her two German shepherds.
John Capozzi, LMT
John Capozzi is a graduate of Boulder College of Therapeutic Massage in Boulder Colorado. He is also a former massage instructor at the Utah College of Massage Therapy, and is currently teaching Swedish, Treatments and Sports Massage at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage at our Syracuse Campus. In private practice, John works at work at High Point Chiropractic Wellness and focuses on decreasing pain and restoring clients’ proper posture. John is skilled in trigger point therapy, structural body-work, and connective deep tissue massage. He is also certified in prenatal massage and Maya abdominal therapy (visceral manipulation). He has experience treating and achieving results with: Plantar fascitis, Sciatica, whiplash, Thoracic outlet syndrome, Rotator cuff injury and TMJ. John loves to treat his clients the whole body to restore wellness and improve clients’ body mechanics. John is an avid outdoorsman who loves skiing and running. While conquering the great outdoors, he once took on a pack of coyotes to save his beloved family dog, named Osita.
Mike Ciszewski, LMT
Clinic Director & Hands-On Instructor
Mike Ciszewski graduate from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage as class valedictorian in 2011 from the six month program. Mike subsequently joined the OSTM team as a MYO tutor who has helped many students improve their study skills and their understanding of the body. He then transitioned into the role of Clinic Director and Hands-On Instructor, teaching both Swedish and Treatments classes. In practice, he specializes in deep tissue and medical massage, aiming to bring out his clients’ optimal general and muscular health, whether their goal is to just relax or to help alleviate pain. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports (GO SU!), reading, and playing video games.
Laura Hannett, LMT
Anatomy & Physiology & Pathology Instructor
Laura Hannett, is a graduate of Hamilton College and the College of William and Mary, as well as a 2003 OSTM alum. She lives in Dewitt with her husband and two amazing children, and works at Elan Therapeutic Massage in Liverpool. She has been teaching Anatomy & Physiology at OSTM since 2009, later adding Pathology. Laura loves to share her enthusiasm for the sciences, adding both instructional videos and other activities to her students’ classroom learning experience.
Kyle Hierholzer, LMT BCTMB CPT CR
Kyle is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (June 2011) in Syracuse, NY. He graduated Valedictorian, with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the “Cerebral Hemisphere Club” for Academic Excellence in the Sciences. Kyle also volunteers for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Board of Directors as Secretary & Unit Operations Chair by coordinating all continuing education offerings throughout NY State. Kyle specializes in chronic and acute pain care management and has received specialized training in Oncology, Orthopedic, Reflexology, Sports & Medical Massage as an alumni of the Mayo Clinic (2012). In 2016 Kyle completed his Personal Training Certification & Corrective Exercise Specialist education with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He now offers one-on-one or group personal training session and health/nutrition consultations as a TLS Health Coach. Having a passion for working with athletes, he organizes massage services for the Syracuse Ironman 70.3, Mountain Goat Run, and Tour de Cure in conjunction with the AMTA Sports Massage Team and Community Service Outreach Team. In his free time, Kyle enjoys spending time outdoors with his Black Lab, Jozie.
Pamela McGrath, LMT
Pamela McGrath is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage who has been working as a Massage Therapist since 1998. Before Massage, Pam studied Visual Art at Syracuse University and spent a decade pursuing art in its many forms: Visual , Music, Dance and Writing. For employment, she has worked in an inclusive Pre-Kindergarten setting running an after school program where her interest in the arts was translated in the facilitation of creativity for little people. Massage took the forefront of her employment in 1998 as yet another creative medium, yet, this time it was for healing the body mind and soul. Pam has a private massage practice. In addition to teaching, Pam pursues an active creative life, as well as raising her two children.
Tammie Miller, LMT
Tammie Miller graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2006. She has since studied Myofascial Release techniques, Cranial Sacral therapies, energetic modalities, as well as other various hands on modalities. Tammie grew up wanting to heal the world, now she helps one person at a time through massage. She loves what she does and that makes all the difference. Tammie feels the world needs more healers! When Tammie isn’t massaging or teaching future healers, she loves to garden (her vegetables are LEGENDARY) and play with her dogs, Roscoe and Moonshine.
Colleen Ney, LMT
Business and Law Instructor
Colleen Ney is a native of CNY and has been a Massage Therapist for 10 years. She focuses, in particular, on Medical massage and CranioSacral therapies. She possesses several certifications in different dynamic massage modalities that include; Cupping Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, Prenatal, Medical, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Biodynamic and Upledger: Craniosacral Therapy. Her true passion is CranioSacral Therapy (CST); treating conditions where physical and emotional dysfunction affects our structure and all parts of Central Nervous System. She finds this work with her clients to be very exciting and rewarding. She has worked with New York Spine and Wellness Center, currently works with CNY Healing Arts and Fertility Clinic, and she has a successful private practice in her spare time. She has also had a long storied career in the Arts that has taken her to many amazing parts of the world! Aside from teaching massage, business skills, and law and ethics, Colleen has taught Design and Drawing as well as Surface Pattern Design at Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology. She has had success with her art being shown in international exhibitions. Colleen is a dynamic teacher who is very happy to be a part of the faculty at OSTM!
David J. Stevens, DC, BPS, ICCSP
Myology & Pathology Instructor
Dr. Stevens was born in Syracuse, NY and attended Cicero-North Syracuse High School. He then received an Associate of Science degree from Onondaga Community College. After attending Onondaga Community College, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Professional Studies and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. Along with working as a member of the healthcare team at Seneca Chiropractic & Family Wellness, Dr. Stevens is an evening instructor at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Message where he teaches Myology and Pathology. Dr. Stevens has completed a certification as an International Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and is a staff chiropractor for the AHL Syracuse Crunch hockey team/NHL Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate.
Jeanne Winfree, LMT
Jeanne Winfree graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2006. She also has her Master’s Degree in Marketing and is currently pursuing her MBA. Upon NYS certification (2007), she started her own massage therapy practice focusing on the Eastern massage modalities. After much success in her practice, she decided it was time to give back to those who had given so much to her, so she began teaching at OSTM, helping the next group of future massage therapists. Jeanne loves teaching and watching her students grow, gain proficiency, and transition from students to colleagues. She also does a lot of business consulting, helping students after they graduate. She finds that it’s a great way to continue helping her colleagues and the profession.
- Sherry Callon, BA – Campus Director
- Kennan Beckstrand, PhD – Education Director
- Theresa Shaw, LMT – Admissions Representative
- Jodi Brodner, LMT – Financial Aid Administrator
- Steve McElligott, M. Ed – Student Services Director
- Maryjo Marvin-Dixon – Registrar & Bursar
- Tashara White, MA – Office Manager
- Caitlin Dance – Evening Office Administrator
- Jodi Brodner, LMT – Clinic Director
- Marie DeRosa, LMT – Treatments & Sports Instructor
- Philip Dodge, DC – Myology Instructor
- Tristum Eaton, DC – Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology Instructor
- Ken Fisher, LMT – Shiatsu Instructor
- Cora Mayo, LMT – Treatments & Sports Instructor
- Wendy Kiedrowski, LMT – Swedish, Chair, Pregnancy Instructor
- Paula Schank, BS, LMT – Shiatsu, Swedish, Energy Instructor
- Donald Smith, DC, CFT – Myology & Anatomy Instructor
- Gail Valente, LMT – Communication and Business, Law Instructor
- Kim Ross, LMT – Treatments Instructor
- Don Trott, LMT – Chair Event Supervisor