Our Instructors

Aliesha Alexandar, LMT, Founder and Director
With over 35 years of experience in the industry, Aliesha's dream of massage therapy become a licensed, recognized source of health care has come true. While maintaining her private practice, Aliesha served as President of Washington's board from 1980-88. Since, Aliesha has worked towards maintaining excellent curriculum as well as a pleasant, healing environment at ASNT. She has taught Swedish Massage and is currently teaching the Aromatherapy Facial and Body Spa Treatments courses. Aliesha has developed a skin care line, SECRETS OF ISIS, that utilizes the principles of aromatherapy and pure natural botanical ingredients. Aliesha is still active on various committees serving the massage profession.

Bill Thompson, LMT Certified Zen Bodytherapy® Practitioner, Certified Zen Triggerpoint® Practitioner, Advanced Zentherapy Practitioner®, CFO and Director
Bill has over 30 years experience in Body Centered Therapies, and has worked the past 20 years in structural integration. Bill was tutored by one of the most internationally recognized master body workers, William "Dub" Leigh, and is one of the few people certified by "Dub" to teach Zen Bodytherapy® and Zen Triggerpoint Anatomy®. At ASNT, Bill teaches Triggerpoint and Myofascial work as part of the core curriculum. He also teaches advanced classes in Zen Triggerpoint Anantomy® and Zen Bodytherapy® as Continuing Education Units. Bill integrates a variety of modalities from his past work in structure, movement and energy into his classes.

Annalise Shields, PT, DPT, CSCS, Director
Annalise (Anna) is a Northern California native who graduated from the University of Portland in May of 2010 with a B.S. in Life Sciences and a Minor in Health and Physical Education. After two years of working as a physical therapy aid in a Portland-based outpatient physical therapy clinic, she attended Emory University’s Division of Physical Therapy Doctorate Program in Atlanta, GA and graduated in May of 2015 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Anna teaches Anatomy & Kinesiology at Alexandar.

Craig Chappelle, LMT
Craig graduated from ASNT in 2003 after a career as an athlete and personal trainer. Pain accumulated from sports injuries, a rigorous training regimen and a number of physically demanding jobs led Craig to a new career in massage. He specializes in blending Structural Integration with Swedish Techniques, and emphasizes breath, proper body alignment and energy work.

Shawn O'Brien LMT
Shawn is a practicing Massage Therapist in Bremerton, WA. He is trained in Neuromuscular Technique, Infant Massage, and is a Certified Zen Bodytherapy Practitioner. He is a graduate of ASNT where he teaches Theory and Practice of Massage, Swedish Massage II and Hydrotherapy.

Christine Uhl, LMT
Christine is originally from Brunswick, Ohio. She earned her A.A. in Complimentary Alternative Medicine with a focus on Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, Portland, OR, in 2014. She received a certificate in Herbal Retail Management in 2014 from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She received her Diploma in Aromatherapy from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2013. She received for A.A. in Allied Health Sciences and Adult Education from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL in 2011. She received a certificate in natural product manufacturing from the American College of Healthcare Science in 2010. Christine received her massage therapy education from Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics, Tacoma, WA in 2008. Since graduation, she has taken several continuing education courses. She has been certified in intra-oral massage, cupping massage, active isolated stretching, kinesio-taping, additional sports massage courses, Zen Bodytherapy, Alzheimer disease, PTSD & TBI and herbal body wraps. She also received her doula certification in 2014 from the Simkin Birthing Center at Bastyr University, Seattle, WA. Christine writes newsletters for her business Bella Luna Massage. She does extensive research on disease processes, essential oils, holistic medicine and nutrition for her newsletters. Christine sent over 20 years of active duty service in the Air Force as a medical technician, EMT-Basic, and manager of education and training. She also took on additional responsibilities as a sexual assault victim advocate, women’s self-defense instructor, CPR, First-Aide, & EMT instructor and CPR program manager. She is trained on principles of instruction and instructional system design, vital for developing educational programs. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, teaching women’s self-defense, doing anything in the great outdoors, cooking and volunteering with the local military community.


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