Cynthia Ribeiro, NHI Instructor, and manager of the Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Program is the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2017 Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Recipient. Ribeiro came to the U.S from Brazil, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and studied Surgical Nursing. Once in the U.S, she graduated from two massage school programs. She later founded the Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy. In 2003, she was appointed Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of California-Irvine Medical School. Cynthia was President of AMTA in 2012-13.
We interviewed Ribeiro to find out what she loves about teaching, the path that lead her to become a massage therapist, and her advice on what it takes to be a successful massage therapy student.