The Healing Arts Center, working in conjunction with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital have developed an internship program for recent graduates of HAC's Massage Therapy Training Program (MTTP). This competitive internship program places selected massage therapists with the Star Sports Therapy and Rehab facility at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. BJC will be offering massage therapy internship opportunities on an ongoing basis.
To qualify for this internship program, one must be a recent graduate of HAC's MTTP program, have a recommendation from a faculty member and have exemplary attendance during the MTTP program. Candidates then undergo an interview process with BJC and are selected on the basis of overall merit.
HAC president, David Kenyon was responsible for developing this internship program with Amy Smoot, LMT at BJC. This is part of an overall expansion of HAC's career development capability. Kenyon said, "we are reaching out to the medical community to create opportunities for our graduates because they are very well trained when they leave us and the medical community offers them the opportunity to engage directly with mainstream healing modalities. This internship program helps us elevate the community understanding of the value that our graduates provide to wellness on any level. Massage therapy is playing under its potential in the St. Louis labor market and we aim to challenge the status quo in a very big way."
Schmitt and Hugery were both excellent students during their time at The Healing Arts Center and the school is delighted that they were picked as the first interns in the new program. "We are very proud of these two talented therapists and believe that their selection brings honor to our school and the massage therapy community generally", said Headmaster, Tom Tessereau.
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