Calistoga Massage Therapy School Instructors

Calistoga Massage Therapy School

Meet Our Instructors

Dr. Steven L. Ticen, BA. MA. DC.

Dr. Steven Ticen founded the Calistoga Massage Therapy School in 1981. Already an established chiropractor, Dr. Ticen found himself treating a number of massage therapists with work-related injuries in the late 1970s. In an effort to protect the vital life force of the world-renowned spa community of Calistoga, he started this state certified school. Dr. Ticen has practiced Alternative Medicine in Northern California for nearly 30 years. Dr. Ticen has a Masters in Family Counseling and is the instructor for the anatomy/physiology portion of our Basic Massage class. Dr. Ticen is highly accessible to students and provides them with complimentary treatments in all modalities during their enrollment in school classes.

Jennifer Hicks, CMP

Jennifer has been teaching here at Calistoga Massage Therapy School since 2009. She is a Reiki Master and the instructor for our Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage and Reiki One and Two classes. She also taught our Basic Massage and Deep Tissue classes for 7+ years. She combines her 7 years of massage and body work experience in Sonoma County with 16 years of resort expertise in Yosemite National Park to fuel her enthusiasm for teaching.

When she is not instructing classes, Jen also has a practice of her own. She is proficient in Deep Tissue, Hot Stones, Aromatherapy, Myofascial Release, Spa Facials, and Basic Massage.

Katerina Plskova, BA. CMP

Katerina has been teaching at Calistoga Massage Therapy School since 2014. She has studied both Education and Psychology while receiving her B.A. in Ethics. She combines her formal education with her 11 years of experience as a massage therapist and tai-chi and gi-gong practitioner. She is the instructor for our 250 hour Deep Tissue massage class. She also teaches Basic Massage, Hot Stone and Prenatal massage classes.

Apart from instructing our classes, Katerina also works here as a massage therapist and has her own mobile massage practice. She is proficient in Basic, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Spa Facial Massage.

Gabrielle Swanberg

Gabrielle has been teaching at Calistoga Massage Therapy School since 2015. Additionally, she taught at the school from 2004-2009. She is an instructor for the morning sessions of our 125 hour Basic Massage class and has nine years experience practicing massage.

Apart from instructing our classes, Gabrielle also works here as a massage therapist. She is proficient in Basic, Deep Tissue and Prenatal Massage.

See School Catalog for more information including Course Descriptions, Tuition Costs, Refund Policy, Attendance Requirements, Student Tuition Recovery Fund, etc.

Calistoga Massage Therapy School is Proud to be Approved by the BPPE and the CAMTC.

what people say about us

Debra and I have been coming to Calistoga Massage Therapy for over 10 years and have never had a bad massage! All the therapists are certified and many have had advanced training. If you want a great massage, for a good value, by quality therapists, then schedule your session and enjoy!

Tom and Debra Minard

I have been a client of Calistoga Massage Therapy since October of 2004. As a testament to my continued appointments for 13 years, it goes without saying how pleased I have been with the warm and friendly atmosphere of this facility. Thank you for making my life healthier and reducing the stress of daily life.

Cyndi Stewart

I started going to Calistoga Massage Therapy 6-7 years ago because I was experiencing painful upper back and neck issues. After a few visits with Kat - no more problems! It's impossible to have any stress in your body after a visit. I'm a Calistoga Massage Therapy customer for life. You will be too!

Bob O'Connor

These folks always offer the most thorough and enjoyable massage treatments. They are friendly and helpful, and the prices are affordable. We go as often as we can.

Michael and Deborah

I have been receiving massages from the wonderful therapists at Calistoga Massage Therapy for over 3 years. The prices are very reasonable and I appreciate that even when I receive a massage from a different therapist, the quality of the massage remains the same. I highly recommend their services to anyone.

Dawn P.

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