Ruth Marion is the owner and director of Health Works Institute. She has been involved in massage therapy education for 31 years, having served as the director of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Colorado from 1984 to 1994, and chair of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation from 1995 to 1996. Her attention to health and beauty industry trends led to the addition of a holistic skin care program to Health Works in 2007. She recognized that Montana was in need of a high-quality program preparing people to enter and succeed in the rapidly-expanding field of esthetics. Ruth has a background in business management, in-depth knowledge of school administration, and a strong belief in the value of competently-performed massage therapy and skin care treatments. She enjoys connecting with both nature and people in and around the progressive, vibrant community of Bozeman.
Alexa Freeburg earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master Bodyworker certificate from The World School of Massage in San Francisco, California. Her work experience includes five years as financial administrator of the World School and 14 years as office/financial administrator at Health Works Institute; she currently serves as financial aid administrator and bookkeeper. As a graduate of the Esthetics Program at Health Works, Alexa maintains a private practice in Bozeman focusing on Thai massage and esthetics. Her favorite thing about Bozeman and Montana is capturing, through photography, fleeting moments in nature that others usually miss.
Amanda Martin attended Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she enjoyed courses in communication and theater. She is a graduate of Health Works Institute Esthetics and Massage Therapy Programs and maintains a private massage therapy practice in Bozeman. Amanda draws upon her experience in a variety of businesses to serve as the program scheduler at Health Works. Amanda loves the beauty that Montana offers and enjoys summertime gardening. The Gallatin Valley is her favorite place to live because of the small town community feel and access to various year round outdoor activities.
Laura Wilson graduated from Montana State University in 2015, where she enjoyed earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studio Arts. She has a strong background in customer service, social media marketing, and the creative arts. She uses these skills in her role as Health Works Institute’s Marketing Coordinator, where her responsibilities include managing the HWI blog, social media profiles, monthly newsletter, and public outreach efforts. Laura enjoys volunteering, travel, and exploring all that Montana has to offer.
Jessica Woosley is a graduate of Health Works’ esthetics program, and she practices at Esthetics Medicine in Bozeman. She serves as Student Clinic Receptionist and Client Records Coordinator at Health Works.
Tamara Leach is a 1996 graduate of Carrie’s Kadesh School of Massage Practice and Theory in South Dakota and a graduate of the McKay Method School of Energy Healing in Bozeman. She has completed pre-med courses at Montana State University, and she has taken continuing education in craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular and myofascial release therapies, and ortho-bionomy. Tamara serves as the Massage Therapy Program Curriculum Coordinator.
Megan Goodman is a graduate of Health Works Institute’s Massage Therapy Program. She practices massage therapy at Elevate Health, a naturopathic medical practice. As Admissions Coordinator, Megan provides prospective students with information about the occupations of massage therapy and skin care and the benefits of obtaining more than the minimum number of hours of education required for state licensing. Born and raised in Montana, Megan enjoys power-lifting and spending time with close friends and family.
Mike Forkapa has spent 30 years in the technology industry, with positions including international sales, marketing and engineering. Mike contracts with Health Works Institute to provide the school with Information Technology development and support.