Administration at Healing Arts Institute

Jodi L. Romaker, B.S., LMT, LST, FHT, NCTMB

President and Founder

Jodi graduated in 1989 from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona. While in Tucson, she worked at five star resorts Canyon Ranch and Westin La Paloma while also gaining experience working with professional golfers and football players. Her sports massage experience has included working at the International Weightlifting Championships, the International Judo Championships, and the Jamie Farr Golf Tournaments. As the touring manager of a dance troupe, in 1989 Jodi followed the company to New York City where her massage therapy practice focused on performing artists such as actors, musicians, and professional dancers.

In 1990 and 1991, Jodi lived and worked on a five star cruise ship as Massage Therapist and Spa Manager. While aboard ship, she had the opportunity to work with professional basketball players, sponsors of the Barcelona Olympics and cruises of celebrities. After almost 2 years aboard ship, Jodi then backpacked around the world for 6 months while exploring various body/mind therapies and philosophies in other countries.

From 1992, Jodi began to specialize in sports and accident-related injuries and physical rehabilitation through the referrals of physicians. She also performed corporate chair massages for corporations, including Jeep/Daimler Chrysler within their wellness program. Her massage practice also included working with patients recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addictions, and grief/loss. In 1992 she co-founded a company called Back to Back, which employed and managed massage therapists.

Jodi's continuing education has included studies in La Stone Therapy, Alexander Technique, Dr. Vodder's lymphatic drainage, hydrotherapy, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, positional release, Thai massage, aromatherapy, and myofascial release, to name a few. She has many years of experience working with many types of patients, including cancer patients, the elderly, children, physically challenged individuals, athletes, people with emotional disorders, people recovering from addictions, persons recovering from accidents and/or traumas and working on animals.

In 1993, Jodi received her National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and became licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Supervision, and has been a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 1989 and is currently a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) in the United Kingdom. Ms. Romaker founded Healing Arts Institute in 1997.

Mary Taylor, LMT

Director of Operations

Mary Taylor, a pioneer in Northwest Ohio massage therapy, began her career in 1992. Mary studied the sciences at the University of Toledo, and graduated from The American Institute of Massotherapy in Tiffin, Ohio and was asked to serve on board of her alma mater. Mary Taylor became licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board in 1992 and certified in Neuromuscular Therapy a year later. In 1993, Mary opened Hands for Health Therapy Center, which currently employs six massage therapists to serve the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan communities. In 1995, Mary volunteered her time to help and provide massage therapy services to first responders and workers just after the Oklahoma City Bombing. Known for compassion, Mary began the Taylor Foundation in 2005. This foundation provides free massage therapy services to abused and neglected women and children as part of their rehabilitation process. Mary has also been an instructor with Healing Arts Institute since 1999, maintaining consistent and impressive pass rates with her classes sitting for the state medical board examinations. Mary has been a member of the ABMP for 20 years.

Kevin Burchett

Director of Admissions

Cheryl Hammond-Vagts

Office Manager

Cheryl Hammond-Vagts graduated from The University of Findlay in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and worked for Marathon Oil Company for 10 years, being promoted as an accountant analyst. Since then, her work experience included working for the US Census Bureau as a Crew Leader Manager and setting up Quickbooks at Bradford Community Center in Lima to assist with their grants and programs. In 2008, Cheryl earned her MBA through the University of Phoenix and anticipates being finished with her PhD program of Higher Education Administration by the end of 2013. Her most recent employment prior to Healing Arts Institute has been working at the Toledo School for the Arts in various positions such as a substitute teacher, administrative assistant, business manager, and working in the Guidance Department as the registrar. Due to Cheryl’s experience and training in the areas of education and accounting, she is able to use these skills to provide a unique and valuable asset to Healing Arts Institute.

Jamie Hernandez

Administrative Assistant

Vickie Bell

Director of Student Finance

Vickie graduated from Adrian High School and attended Wayne County Community College for an Associate in Business Administration. Vickie has over 15 years of experience working in education, office management, accounting, enrollment processing, administrative, and customer service. Previous roles included bookkeeper, Assistant Financial Aid Director, Admissions Coordinator, Student Services, Admissions Committee Chair, and Enrollment Manager. Additionally, Vickie managed off-campus housing for 250 students and attended various federal, regional and state conferences, seminars, and webinars. When not working, Vickie enjoys holidays, family time, camping, fishing, hunting, and vacations in hot, sunny locations.