Introduction to Oncology Massage

Date: Oct 23, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

Felicia Newsome, LMT & Daniel Verina, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC


14 CE hour

NCBTMB / NYS-certified

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This class, the core prerequisite for individual classes/certification in the Oncology Massage Training & Certification Program, is designed to educate licensed massage therapists in the safe practices of Oncology Massage. Students will develop a keen appreciation and understanding of the latest concepts in cancer biology and cancer therapeutics.

Taught by a massage therapist and a nurse practitioner with extensive experience in oncology care settings, this course will provide students with an understanding of:

• How specific cellular processes are altered during cancer initiation and progression

• How cancer is defined and classified

• Understanding cancer risk factors; cancer screenings

• Cancer treatments, side effects, and treatment-related symptoms

• Palliative care

• Oncology emergencies

• Medical devices

• Communicating with the primary medical team

The hands-on portion of the class is designed to give practitioners strategies for safe and effective ways to bolster, drape, and position clients, as well as touch pressures to consider.


Felicia Newsome, LMT, is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in oncology massage since 2005. She began oncology massage training at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Center (2005 – 2011) working in both the outpatient and hospital settings. She then joined the integrative health team at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center (2009-2016) in the chemo-infusion setting, which rounded out her comprehensive clinical training. In 2014, Felicia began creating oncology massage training classes, and in 2015, partnered with the Center for Advancement of Therapeutic Arts. The mission for the oncology training program is straightforward: educate massage therapists about the latest concepts in cancer care, and facilitate the investigative, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary to work safely and effectively with cancer clients. Felicia is Managing Director of the CATA OM Training Program, and Managing Partner at Advanced Massage Specialty Group, Inc.

Daniel Verina, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC is a graduate of the New York University Masters in Nursing program (2010). He is New York State Licensed in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner since 2010 and currently practices at Mount Sinai Medical Center in the Multiple Myeloma Service. Daniel has been a practicing RN in oncology since 2004. Since 2012, Daniel has been an adjunct professor at William Paterson University teaching Undergraduate and Graduate courses including Advance Pathophysiology and Health assessment throughout the age span. He also is a member of the International Multiple Myeloma Foundation Nursing Leadership Board.

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