Summer Weight Loss Challenge

Get Ready To Rock Your Summer Body!!
  • June 1- June 30
  • $10.00 Entry Fee
  • Weigh In On First and Last Days, Top 3 “Losers” Split the Cash!
  • All Wellspring Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni are Invited
  • Participants will Receive Educational Nutrition Emails Throughout the Challenge

Hosted by Kayla Shafer, Wellspring Alum
Questions? 913-735-9583 or Kayla@kcnutrition.com

Joplin Relief - Healing Massage

With the stress of the Joplin tornado, massage therapists from around the area are coming together to lend relief. They will be offering up free massages to victims and relief workers in the Joplin area June 2-4. Kenya Storm of Bodyworks Salon & Spa in Nevada, MO is organizing the relief efforts.

If you are a licensed massage therapist and would like to join the other volunteers, please contact Kenya at 417-667-3529 or 417-465-2227. What a great opportunity to lend a hand and help heal those in crisis.


Memorial Day Weekend

Looking for something fun, healthy and active to do over the holiday weekend? Here are a few suggestions to get out and enjoy:
  • Journey back to a lost world of prehistoric chills and thrills when more than 20 dinosaurs (including T. Rex) and over-sized ancient insects return to Powell Gardens.
  • Oceans of Fun opens for the 2011 season!
  • Rainforest Adventure - A multi-sensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world.
  • Jiggle Jam Family Fest - Midwest's largest and best family music returning for a fourth fantastic year, featuring national and local children's entertainers.
  • Walk a dog, throw a Frisbee, catch some fish! Here is a link to some of the areas best parks.
  • Take a day trip and check out another community. Great walking and exploring opportunities. Here are a few within an hours drive.
  • Visit Liberty Memorial and learn about those who served our country in World War I. This should be a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Enjoy and be safe.


Massage Testimonials

The clients that come to our WellSpring clinic LOVE our students, and the students love making a difference in people's lives!

Here is a few recent comments from clients after their massage:

"I have noticed a difference in my muscles since Peggy has been giving me massages. I will continue to request her services. She takes extra time to demonstrate stretches that will benefit problem areas."

"Tiffany has helped me SO MUCH in just two visits! She really puts her heart into her work. Thank you!"

"Very thorough, just the right amount of pressure. I was a mess! Tara was able to hit all the problem spots. She asked for feedback on whether the pressure was ok & taught some stretches afterward."

"Great Massage!! Came in with far more tightness than expected and left feeling so much better. Raleigh has great focus and does such a terrific job of staying with it until he reaches success...All the while being kind and gentle. He has a great combination going on!! Hope to see him again."

Have you had a massage lately? Check out the student massage clinic! You can call the Kansas City Campus: 816-361-7733 or Lawrence Campus: 785-856-3905


Melting Pot Massage Benefit Tonight

Don't forget, WellSpring students will be holding a benefit tonight, 5.23.11 from 4:30-9:00pm at The Melting Pot on the Plaza. You can receive a 15 minute chair massage for a donation - all proceeds go to the Schendel Family.

See you there for a melting massage!

450 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 931-6358


Online Fitness Support

We all know we must get up and move to remain fit, but it's nice to have support too. We love some online resources and wanted to share a few. These offer tips, tricks and tracking ... so you can see what great progress you are making. Also, some offer great prize giveaways!

There are so many out there, it just depends on what you are looking for. Start with these or do some searches and you can be part on an online fitness community! Or, ask you personal trainer if they have any suggestions. After all, they can't be with you 24 hours a day.

Do you have any favorites you would like to share?


2011 Continuing Education Classes

Here at WellSpring, we know how busy you are and that you like to plan ahead. Below is a list of our 2011 Continuing Education classes so you can get these on your schedule. We want to make sure you get all your CEs in before crunch time! You can click through on any of the links below and please note you can also find the full list at http://wellspring.edu/classes.

Saturday 05/21/11 - Sunday 05/22/11

Movement Therapy


Friday 05/27/11 - Friday 06/24/11

Wellness & Nutrition


Saturday 06/04/11

Solutions for Migraines and TMJ issues; a Craniosacral Approach


Saturday 06/11/11

Indian Head Massage for Chair & Table


Saturday 06/11/11

Soft Touch Island Massage


Saturday 06/11/11 - Sunday 06/12/11

Intuitive Bodywork


Sunday 06/12/11

Greenstone Fusion Massage




Chinese Facial Fusion Massage


Saturday 07/09/11 - Sunday 07/10/11

Reiki II


Saturday 07/16/11 - Sunday 07/17/11

My Thai Fusion Bodywork


Saturday 07/23/11 - Sunday 07/24/11

Lomi Lomi


Thursday 07/28/11 - Friday 07/29/11

Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT)


Saturday 07/30/11 - Sunday 07/31/11

Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism


Monday 08/01/11

Intro Pediatric Massage for Cerebral Palsy


Saturday 08/13/11 - Sunday 08/14/11

Reiki I


Saturday 08/20/11 - Sunday 08/21/11

Tian Di Bamboo Massage


Saturday 09/10/11 - Sunday 09/11/11

Therapeutic Touch I :The Krieger/Kunz Approach


Saturday 09/10/11 - Sunday 09/11/11

Anterial Structural Ortho


Saturday 09/17/11



Saturday 09/24/11

Panoramic Deep Tissue Massage


Sunday 09/25/11

Fijian Massage


Monday 09/26/11

Energy Field Manipulation


Monday 10/03/11 - Monday 10/31/11

Cranio 1


Saturday 10/08/11

Massage &Bodywork for the Cervical Region


Saturday 10/15/11

Basic Ayurveda


Saturday 10/22/11

Couples Massage


Saturday 11/19/11 - Sunday 11/20/11

Hot Stone Massage


Saturday 11/19/11 -

Monday 11/21/11

Gentle Scar Tissue Mobilization Techniques


Interested in learning about our other continuing education and community classes? Click here http://wellspring.edu/classes.


In Celebration of Jourdan Albee

WellSpring School of Allied Health mourns the loss of a dear family member. Jourdan Albee, a massage therapy graduate at WellSpring was tragically struck down at the young age of 20 in a traffic accident. We would like to celebrate Jourdan’s life; she was a warm, happy and giving person who will be missed greatly.

Jourdan’s classmates have offered a lot of insight into her life and we would like to share here. While growing up, Jourdan had a disorder which affected her legs. Due to this, she was in and out of Children’s Mercy with multiple surgeries. In spite of her struggles, Jourdan was always happy and didn’t let anything get her down. Classmate Raleigh Graham said that she always had a smile on her face and she was great to be around. Jourdan also loved animals and was always talking about her cat.

Due to her experience with Children’s Mercy, Jourdan was inspired to give back and had planned to use her massage therapy training with children. She dreamed of opening a pediatric massage therapy practice or to work directly at Children’s Mercy. She also wanted to provide a service to the Ronald McDonald house, where her parents spent a large amount of time while she was in the hospital.

The WellSpring School of Allied Health staff and students will miss Jourdan greatly. You will live on in our memories.

Friends may call the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha after 10:00 AM Friday, May 13th where the family will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 PM that evening.

WILL BE: Saturday, May 14th
AT: 10:30 AM
AT THE: First United Methodist Church in Hiawatha

SURVIVORS OF: Jourdan Albee
INCLUDE: her parents, Stan and Julie Albee; a brother, Jason Bauerle; and paternal grandparents, Rodney and JoAnn Albee.


Outside Calorie Burn!

Let’s celebrate the great weather; we deserve it after last winter! Here is a quick low-down on outside activities you can do and the number of calories you can expect to burn in 30 minutes. Our calculations are based on a 150 lb. female, so please take this into account. If you weigh more, you will burn more, and you will burn fewer calories if you weigh less.

  • Gardening - 150 calories
  • Running - 393 calories
  • Shopping - 126 calories
  • Volleyball - 102 calories
  • Climbing Stairs - 525 calories
  • Basketball - 270 calories
  • Rope Skipping - 363 calories
  • Soccer - 276 calories
  • Swimming – 360 calories
  • In-line Skating – 563 calories
  • Ultimate Frisbee – 360 calories
  • Cycling – 380 calories
  • Water Skiing – 270 calories

So get out there and enjoy some outside activity before this Kansas City weather heats up too much. Enjoy!


Congratulations Massage Graduates!

WellSpring would like to proudly congratulate our latest graduates! It was a fantastic ride and we wish you all the best in your new career.

Congrats to Dave Kopp, Kristen Daschke, Zach Ellwood, Brandon Barron, Maggie Schneck, Jourdan Albee, Kirsten Seehorn, Paula Liberty, Susan Parket, Mikella Russell, Nate Swartz, Kat Swartz, Rachael George, and Karen Barker. We are so proud of you.

Congrats to Angela Saiki, Ruth Baranowski, Ted Wilson, Marc Hyneck, Dot Charest, Adrie Present, Amanda Westfall, Sarah Vier, Alicia Berthout, Ashley Hernandez, and Jamie Holmes. Way to go!


WellSpring's Mardi Miller Wins Certificate of Appreciation

Congrats to Mardi Miller who was recognized with a certificate of appreciation by the KC, MO Police Department. We at WellSpring are so proud of her accomplishments, we wanted to share the nomination submission with you. If you pass Mardi in the hallways, give her a big congrats! Thanks for all you do Mardi.

Since my employment with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department approximately 8 years ago I have been actively involved with the Department’s Charity of Choice, Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO). In that time I have had the pleasure to work with Ms. Mardi Miller and the staff at WellSpring School of Allied Health. WellSpring is “a career school dedicated to the field of health and wellness, helping graduates create exceptional holistic careers for more than 21 years.” I initially contacted WellSpring to get in touch with massage therapists that might be interested in volunteering at SOMO’s Broadway Bridge Run 5 years ago. The staff was more than accommodating and supplied several voluntary massage therapists for the duration of the event. When it was time for the following year’s Broadway Bridge Run, Ms. Miller and her staff did not hesitate when asked about their support of the event but instead asked “How many volunteers do you need?”

Every year Ms. Miller supplies upwards of 20 massage therapists for the annual event. Because of their great support of KCPD and the Special Olympics, WellSpring has also been asked to assist with other fundraising events hosted by KCPD. Again without fail, WellSpring has assisted with the KCPD CARE Golf Tournament, The Polar Bear Plunge and Challenge, and the Special Olympics Summer Games. Ms. Miller has also gone the extra step of sending volunteers to assist in the logistical components of most of these events. This was especially true on October 30th when Ms. Miller coordinated several volunteers to assist with the KCPD CrossFit Halloween “Throwdown” which benefited the Special Olympics. Ms. Miller and the staff at WellSpring supplied a seemingly endless supply of volunteers that assisted with numerous activities to include: free massages for athletes and fans, set-up the event, run a “spooky” house for children, and get participants of the competition to the right area.

Ms. Miller’s generosity always seems to amaze me and has no end. She frequently keeps KCPD in mind for projects the school works on. In October of 2009 WellSpring began a clinical study on the positive benefits of regular massages. Ms. Miller needed a group of people to participate in the study and chose the police officers of KCPD as that group. The job of a Police Officer is indeed a stressful one and it was very thoughtful of Ms. Miller to think of KCPD’s Officers as a group to study in the hope of reducing their stress.

I recommend WellSpring and specifically Ms. Mardi Miller both receive a Certificate of Appreciation from KCPD in recognition of their hard work and support of KCPD and the Special Olympics. If approved I recommend the Certificate of Appreciation be presented to WellSpring and Ms. Miller at the next available Awards Ceremony.

Respectfully Submitted, PO Matt Neal # 5010

DC Brisbin,

I am also on the Broadway Bridge Run Committee and have seen firsthand, the generosity of Ms. Miller and the WellSpring Company. I concur with Officer Neal and recommend Ms. Miller and her company be recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation. If approved, I also support the award be presented as part of a future Awards Ceremony.

Respectfully, Captain Daniel G. Gates #3869


Fund Raising Continues

If you didn't get the chance to attend our benefit last week, you still have a chance help the Schendel family.

The first is a raffle for a very nice swing set. It's a $20 donation and 100% of the proceeds will go to the family. The website is https://www.kidscreations.com.

The other is a hair cut-a-thon. It is on May 22nd 1pm-4pm at the Hairport in Ottawa (1538 S. Main Street, (785) 242-5971). Haircuts and eyebrow waxing are $10 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the family.

Again, thanks to everyone who is keeping the Schendel family in their thoughts and helping out.


Don't Forget Mom

I know, we all forget a few things from time to time, that's why we are reminding you. Mother's Day is coming up this weekend, so don't forget to treat your mother special ...and don't forget that WellSpring School of Allied Health offers massage gift certificates. What a great way to say you care. You can treat your Mom or that special someone to a massage for only $30.00 for a 55 minute massage or a 90 minute massage for only $60.00. What a great way to make someone feel loved.