Letter to the editor: Massage therapists upset by unethical practitioner

We have a thriving community of massage therapists in Addison County. We care about each other and want the best for our clients.
On April 16, we learned that a practitioner in Middlebury was charged with unethical behavior and has been shut down. Collectively, we feel pain and outrage on behalf of the people negatively impacted by his actions. When one therapist behaves unprofessionally, it not only harms people directly, it can dissuade others from utilizing massage as a pathway to healing and wellness.
Feeling safe and comfortable is an essential component of massage. It is the therapist’s job to create that environment and to establish trust and clear communication with every client. When these elements are present, massage can provide relaxation, relief from pain and stress, healing, and recovery from injury. We seek such benefits for every client and we stand ready to talk with anyone who has questions or concerns about professional conduct during massage.
Nancy Tellier, Steven Fidler, Hopa Rosalli, Brian Slavin, Jennifer Stefani, Georgia Dune, Stacey Dobek, Jack Dobek, JoAnne Kenyon, Caryn Etherington, Melissa Kin, Gina Gaiotti, Erin Laframboise, Donna Perrin, Samantha Isenberger, Terrie Davis and Alexandria Paquette
Addison County

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