Healing Arts Institute (HAI), [now Orion Institute] has a long history offering massage therapy and other alternative health classes to the Community and employers in northern Ohio. HAI was founded in fall of 1997 by Jodi Romaker, offering Massage Therapy instruction, continuing education classes, massage therapy services, and related products in its Body Therapy store.
The school has since expanded to provide additional space for classrooms, offices, and student resources. In the summer of 2014, School Management determined through research and discussions with various community members and local employers that there was a need to increase its programmatic offerings in both related and non-related areas, such as Allied Health and Skilled Trades programs.
The school’s mission was changed and internal research led school management to also consider a new school name that could represent this growing, multi-faceted institution.
In late 2015, Healing Arts Institute changed its name to Orion Institute. School Management, Community partners and local employers again met and reached consensus on this new name. Everyone felt that Orion Institute better represented the growing institution’s image and vision for expanded programmatic offerings.
In early 2016, an Advanced Massage Therapy program and a Medical Assisting program were approved and introduced to meet employer demand.