Guiding Light - School of Massage Therapy
Guiding Light Instructors 
Michael Shay, MS, L.M.T., M.F.R.T., C.N.A.
Michael received a B.S. from Southern Connecticut State College in 1970 in health, recreation, and physical education with a minor in psychology. He continued his education in psychology and earned a MS in 1973 and Counselor Education Endorsement in 1975. He also received his Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from Indian Hills Community College in 2009.
 Michael worked as a Guidance counselor at North Haven High School in Connecticut from 1974-75 and for institutions working with emotionally handicapped populations from 1975-82.
Having interest in holistic health and body therapies, Michael has continued his education to include certified practitioner of Axiatonal Process (1987), MariEl Healing (1984, adv1986), CranioSacral Therapy (2001), Touch for Health (1986), Traditional Reiki-advanced practitioner (1991 and adv 1993), and Tera-Mai (TM) Reiki Master (1995), and various types of kinesiology (1984-1987). 
In 2011, Michael graduated from Guiding Light School of Massage Therapy and became a Licensed Massage Therapist, (L.M.T). He has Specialized training in Special Needs Populations, Oriental Bodywork Therapies (Chinese Shiatsu and Acupressure), Integrated Reflexology and Myofascial Massage. Mike has completed training in John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy. (MFRT)
Michael has co-written the book, Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally, published by Xlibris in July 2005. His website is Holistic Healing & Body Therapy. Currently, he is writing a book on reversing diabetes.

Joy L. Mellum, L.M.T., M.F.R.T..
From 1979 to 1981, Joy Mellum worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in a nursing home facility in Wisconsin. She received an Associate of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin Baron County in 1988. Joy owned and operated Healthy Inspirations Health and Fitness Center from 1994 to 1996. Also in 1994, she completed massage therapy training at the Touch of Life School of Massage in Minnesota.
In 1998 she received the Massage Therapy and Oriental Bodywork certification from Eastwind School of Holistic Healing in Iowa, became licensed as a massage therapist in Iowa and received NCTMB certification.  

Joy trained as a Body Scan Technician and became certified in 2001. That same year she also received her Holistic Practitioner license in Santee, California.
Her work experience includes independent massage therapy contract services at California Body Day Spa in San Diego, California and independent contract services as a Holistic Health Practitioner and Body Scan Technician at the Body Scan Connection in Santee, California.
In 2003, Joy started Healthy Inspiration’s Massage & Bodywork. Joy continues as owner/director of Guiding Light School of Massage Therapy established in 2003. 
Joy’s specialized training includes: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy, Vibrational and Energy Medicine, Positional Release Therapy, Craniosacral, John Barnes Myofacial Release Therapy,  and Spa techniques, Nutrition and Compassionate Touch Therapy. 

Sherri Johnson, R.N., BSN, BBA

 1992: Graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (RN, BSN) 

1992-1994: Cardiac Telemetry, Critical Care Nursing Cardiac Telemetry / Medical-Surgical

 1995-1998: Acute and Long-term Care Emergency Room 

1999-2000: Medical Office Testing Analyst Clinical Manager – Home Health

 2001-2012: Quality Improvement Risk Manager & Infection Preventionist 

2016: Entrepreneur / Health Coach 

Sherri's work experience: Responsible for developing, maintaining and evaluating facility-wide programs in Quality Improvement, Risk Management and Infection Prevention. As an Infection Prevention consultant, Sherri acted as the Page County Public Health liaison with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Working in Acute and Long-term care, Sherri provided continuity in nursing care for patients through the complete course of hospitalization including ER, ICU, telemetry, medical-surgical, and Skilled Nursing. As an Emergency Room RN, Sherri received and provided nursing care for all patients presenting themselves for emergency room care. She differentiated and prioritized information obtained by patient assessment and initiated standard emergency care as required. Sherri also has experience as a Home Health RN. Her duties were to provide nursing care to clients in their homes and supervised/instructed paraprofessional staff. She also developed and updated plans of treatment and nursing care plans. Sherri's interest in holistic nursing has brought her to developing her own practice as a Health Coach. She has taken training such as Herbal Medications: An Evidence-Based Review, Aromatherapy Topical Applications, Vibrational Medicine Bionetic Bio feedback, various herbal and nutrition studies. 
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