Center for Integrative Health Sciences

cihs

shaping the future of healthcare

Our Curriculum

Because we offer our sciences at a bachelor's degree level rather than just an introductory massage level, our students will emerge with extensive knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. Our graduates will be prepared to help educate others about healthy lifestyle choices across a broad spectrum, incorporating influences from Eastern, Western, and Ayurvedic traditions, blending them into a unique approach to Integrative Medicine. Our curriculum at CIHS is designed to provide practical opportunities for students to implement these concepts through classroom learning, clinical experience, internships, and collaborative research, utilizing personal teaching styles that feature mentorship and a community feel.

 

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We know that finding the right school to educate you is a choice not to be taken lightly. At CIHS we are committed to offering you the most comprehensive education available, expanding the scope of your practice while working within the scope of your budget.

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Our Faculty

 
 
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President and CEO

Allison Penner-Hurst

CIHS President and CEO Allison Hurst is a health and wellness professional with nearly two decades of experience in massage therapy, doula, and Chinese medicine. She was the owner/director of Divine Touch Massage Center in Eagan MN from 2002 to 2009, and is currently the owner/director of hush Therapeutic Massage in Saint Paul. In addition to her entrepreneurship over the years, Allison has consistently engaged in a pursuit of comprehensive education in integrative medicine, and is excited about achieving her lifelong dream of opening a school for manual therapies - the Center for Integrative Health Sciences. She is also the creator and developer of Kinetic Flexion, a revolutionary technique poised to make a huge impact in the field of massage. Allison relishes these multifaceted outlets as opportunities to combine her expertise in multiple modalities with her entrepreneurial spirit. Intensely focused on promoting health and wellness in all its forms, she has been and will continue to be a tireless champion of integrative medicine, delivering the highest possible level of service to both her clients and her students.

 

Education

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION BOARD FOR THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND BODYWORK
Board Certified Massage Therapist, 2014

SISTER ROSALIND SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE
Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, 2000

Activities & Affiliations

• Owner/Director of hush Therapeutic Massage
• Originator and leading authority on Kinetic Flexion technique
• National American University, East Regional Advisory Board member

Specializations

• Cervical and thoracic spine for pain management

 
 

 
 
 

Dean of CIHS

Lucy Kelleher

Prior to co-founding CIHS, Lucy spent 20 years as a sports massage therapist for many high profile clients including professional NFL teams and athletes. Throughout her career as a therapist she has guided countless clients from all walks of life away from injury and chronic pain towards recovery and healing. As an post secondary educator with 18 years of experience under her belt, she has impacted the lives of students all across the country with her passion for manual therapies. She is committed to elevating the standards of training and certification for massage therapists, empowering them to use their skills as effective and essential members of the medical community of practitioners. Lucy currently holds a professorship at the University of Saint Thomas, and she is finishing up her Ph.D. in Biomechanics.

 

Education

BARRY UNIVERSITY
Masters of Science - Biomechanics, 2008

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology, 2002

SPACE COAST HEALTH INSTITUTE
Diploma - Massage Therapy, 2003

Activities & Affiliations

• Faculty member at the University of Saint Thomas
 

Specializations

• Hips and lower extremities

 
 

 
 
 

director of academic affairs

Laura Sanchez

Laura has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years and has been a Massage Therapist for over 12 years. In 2008, Laura earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. She started her own massage business at the age of 25 and has clocked over 10,000 hours of hands on massage experience. Over the past decade Laura has worked with numerous professional athletes including many past and present NFL players. As an educator with 5 years of post secondary instruction experience in massage therapy, she has dedicated herself to developing teaching methods that emphasize quality and consistency, resulting in a high standard of excellence in her students.

 

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology, 2008

BRYMAN INSTITUTE
Diploma - Massage Therapy, 2005

Specializations

• Sports rehabilitation
• Structural integration