Carmel Andrews LMT MTI
Principal, Director at MAHA
Classical Massage, Ashiatsu, Pre-Natal Bodywork
Assuming the legacy role of Principal and Director of MAHA in March 2017, I have transformed my 17 years of passion and excitement for grounded and effective bodywork into a new and exciting vision for massage education. My background is diverse and encompasses clinical focus in pain management, inter-state private practice and world-class spa leadership. Many years of core curriculum instruction for the massage field are brought together with my specialty experience and education to create a program that regards current research and application, along with longevity by way of whole-body training, as the future of bodywork professionals.
My teaching specializations include Myofascial Release, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Ashiatsu (Barefoot Massage), Traditional Thai, Pre-Natal Massage and Classical Foundations. I hold Board Certification through NCBTMB, and I am a member of AMTA, ABMP and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. I am also licensed in Texas and Washington to practice and teach Massage Therapy.
As a life-long student myself I am deeply fulfilled by engaging with my classes throughout their transformation and self-achievement as highly effective and passionate bodyworkers. Loving and being present for those I serve is the most important foundational concept of my vision for the future of MAHA. I can't wait to learn from YOU!
Jackie Kapua Tyler LMT, LCSW
Stress and trauma affects our health and relationships. We begin to lose sight and perspective, our past stories and adaptive mechanisms take the front seat!
Jackie's specialty work is informed by trauma focused psychotherapy with Dr. Peter Levine, PhD. (somatic psychotherapy) and Dr. Dianne Poole Heller, PhD, EMDR certified therapist and specialist in sand tray/EMDR.
Kapua has over 30 years of clinical experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma focused therapy, eating disorders, bereavement, end of life, refugees integration, transgender, and general life challenges and is a Kumu Lomilomi trained by Dr. Maka’ala Yates, DC for over 15 years as his assistant and instructor. Jackie has extensive experience in the world of luxury spa protocol design and cultural integration of Hawaiian herbal medicine and techniques.
Kapua has created a specialized fundamentals course for MAHA that brings the foundation of Lomilomi together with teaching of Ho'oponopono as mental and spiritual self-care concepts.
Jay Schultz LMT
A&P, NMT, Pathology
Jay graduated from MAHA in 2002 and went on to establish a thriving private clinical practice, Kihei Massage Therapy. Jay's passion for teaching lies within the building blocks of Anatomy and Physiology, Structural Kinesiology, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy and the treatment of common soft tissue conditions.
His instruction weaves together the fundamental body systems and structures with a broad understanding of movement and observation. This is the achievement we strive for in massage practice in order to be effective and dynamic in our work, and he conveys this to our students masterfully.
Dr. Maka'ala Yates DC LMT
Dr. Maka'ala Yates D.C. is a Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian Ancestry) who specializes in Hawaiian medicine. His studies began at the age of 6. He has been teaching Hawaiian medicine and practices for 35 years. He is the founder of Mana Lomi® and Indigenous Botanicals. Maka’ala received the Kaonohi Award in 2005 for his excellence in Hawaiian medicine and community support. He is author of "Na'auao Ola Hawaii: Hawaiian Practices and Principles of Being Well."
The Mana Lomi® technique is available for all those who are open to learn the traditional Hawaiian ways of healing. We welcome all backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities, and encourage our connection by eliminating separation.
Alan Schroepfer L.Ac LMT
Acupressure, Chinese Medicine Theory
Raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Alan Schroepfer left home after high school to travel the country and the world. He landed in Maui in 1996 and it has been home ever since!
He began his training at MAHA, from which he graduated in 1998. He has since continued his education extensively in many other aspects of energy and bodywork, most notably his work and skill in Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
As Alan’s desire to further his skill set and knowledge grew over time, he returned to Minnesota for four years and earned a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Combining over 15 years of healthcare studies and work experience, Alan offers an authentic and integrative approach to his work. He has been a massage therapist and acupuncturist in Four and Five-Star Spas in Maui such as the Fairmont Kea Lani and Four Seasons. In addition to working beside a number of Chiropractors on island and in Minnesota,he founded Akamai Acupuncture in 2011 and later with Sara, his wife & business partner, founded 808 Wellness in 2016.
Cindy Rose LMT
Certified Thai Instructor
Cindy Rose brings an incredibly lively and energetic component to our introductory Swedish courses and also provides a crucial piece of the whole-bodyworker vision that MAHA has created to ensure that our students are equipped to succeed in durable, healthy careers.
Cindy is a certified instructor of Nuad Bo Rarn, or Traditional Northern Style Floor Thai through the ITM-International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her extensive training covers both floor and table Thai techniques, as well as backwalk and barefoot massage protocols.
Cindy's combined experience of teaching at all of Maui's massage schools, her individual workshops and her ongoing practice within several world-class spa environments over her 14 year career make her a one of a kind asset to our curriculum.
Monique Jutila LMT
Sports Massage and Movement Therapy
Monique’s 26 year journey in health began on Maui in 1990 teaching group fitness and personal training. She obtained multiple certifications through AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America) and ACE (American Council on Exercise). She became an LMT in 1995 and went on to teach Sports Massage and Structural Kinesiology at MAHA. Monique has also worked in upper management of several world class resort spas both on Oahu and Maui.
She has studied Pilates for over 17 years and is certified in all levels through Stott Pilates. She holds a BS in Exercise Science and Wellness from Bastyr University where she was an adjunct faculty member and taught courses in Pilates and Integrated Movement.
Monique’s love of health and fitness is not limited to her profession. A competitive triathlete since 1994, her superior performances have earned her top age-group rankings for many years. She has completed five Ironman distance triathlons including three times at the World Championships in Kona. She currently operates her own thriving Pilates studio in Kihei, Fluid Motion Maui.
Leigh Milne RMT LMT
E-RYT500, PFT, Iyengar Certified
Leigh began her journey with Iyengar yoga in the early 1980’s and fell in love with this intelligent approach to body mind awareness. As her practice deepened the spiritual benefits became increasingly important. As a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and personal trainer, Leigh has found the combined knowledge of yoga, health care, anatomy of the body and sports physiology to be a rich foundation for her holistic practice.
Leigh was trained as an RMT in British Columbia in 1990 and has since been practiced in BC, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Canada and Hawai'i.
Leigh has published articles on both massage therapy and yoga and has taught Neuromuscular Therapy and Anatomy at massage therapy schools in Canada and in Hawai'i.
Sam Molitas LMT
Sam received his initial training in massage from the New School for Massage, Bodywork, & Healing in Chicago, IL in 2006. Following graduation, and in order to follow what he discovered to be one of his life’s callings, he embarked upon additional training at the world renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
Shortly after arriving at Esalen, he became a preschool teacher for children ages 1-6 at Esalen’s Gazebo School Park, a position he felt was the hardest, yet most fulfilling he'd ever had. He took the opportunity to live at Esalen with zeal, taking as many workshops as time, interest, and money would allow. His favorite focused on massage and bodywork, Gestalt process, and movement practices like Vinn Marti’s SoulMotion and Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms.
Sam moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in December 2008, and relocated to Maui in January 2011. He is the current owner of Maui's Best Massage and is a co-founder of the Wailea Healing Center.