Although I am a student now, I have worked as a self-employed massage therapist since receiving my Florida License in January 1997. Other work experience includes victim advocacy, teaching in formal and informal settings, customer service in hotels and restaurants, as well as work-study positions as an undergraduate in the University of Florida computer labs (CIRCA) and the University of Florida Museum of Natural History.
Self Employed Massage Therapist | January 1997-present
Managed my own clientele; maintained a successful studio offering yoga and massage therapy with five staff; currently share private practice in chiropractic office.
Secretary | October, 2016-present
SOLIS-Student Organizations of Library and Information Science at USF.
Chapter President/Newsletter Editor | 1998-2011 | 2015-present
Promote the organization to LMTs; maintain the chapter website; produce and distribute mail newsletters to members; organize and promote continuing education seminars; organizing exhibits and presentations at community events.
Instructor | Spring 2003
Instructor | 2000 – 2002
Florida Keys Learning Institute School of Massage Therapy
Designed and implemented curriculum and lesson plans for two full terms of this complete massage therapy certification program.
Victim Advocate | 1998-2000
Domestic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys, /DAS Inc. Victim advocacy in the shelter included overnight shifts, answering the phone, checking residents in or out and assisting them with various needs. We also worked with the local police when necessary. I also spent time as an advocate in the Key West Outreach office.
Volunteer | 1992 – 1993
Women’s Resource Center. University of California, Irvine.
Performed clerical duties and other assistance as the staff required.
Reader/Grader | Spring Quarter 1993
University of California, Irvine | Social Relations Department
Assisted Professor Nancy Naples with undergraduate Social Policy course.
Work-Study | Fall 1991
Florida Museum of Natural History. University of Florida
Assisted with cataloguing pottery shards and editing a monograph in a spreadsheet.
Work-Study | 1990 – 1991
CIRCA, the University of Florida Computer Labs. My first semester back at school after a four year hiatus, an English Major taught me to use Workperfect in the computer labs. I realized a lot had happened with computers and education during the four years I had been out of school. So I applied for the student assistant job, passing the required exam and so was able to learn and earn.
From my teenage years through my present work as self-employed massage therapist, I have always worked in customer service in some way in addition to other work I may have done. I worked as a server throughout my education with varying degrees of responsibility. I trained new staff, reprogrammed computer registers, took inventory, and handled scheduling. At one point I held the keys to two banks, a restaurant, a hotel front office, and a fitness center. My duties included opening and closing of the restaurant, depositing the receipts in the safe in the hotel office. I also handled opening and closing duties of the fitness center as well as maintaining the customer database. In addition, I had taken over biweekly cleaning of the two banks when my sister left to go back to school. I even once worked as a receptionist for a law firm in the Watergate building: Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Kampleman. In looking up details about these law firm partners, I see ideas for my first Wikipedia edits…