The faculty at the Northwest School of Animal Massage includes our experienced instructors and guest speakers, as well as administrative and student services staff.
Lola Michelin, founder and director of the school, is responsible for curriculum development and teaches many of our courses, including the advanced levels of training. Each student is assigned a Distance Learning instructor from our pool of professionals and graduates to assist them in their online studies.
The administrative staff offers assistance with program application and financing and tracks student progress. Sandy Dochnahl serves our student body as their student services representative and Dan McDeviit oversees financial matters, while David Coat-Robles is on hand to field information technologies.
Regardless of your path of study, you will find the NWSAM staff friendly, professional, and committed to your success.
The NWSAM Faculty
Lola Michelin, LMP LAMP SAMP Founder of NWSAM, Director of Education
Lola Michelin founded the Northwest School of Animal Massage in 2001. She has practiced animal massage for over 30 years and massage for people since 1998. A graduate of the Animal Science program at Michigan State University, she has work experience in both the veterinarian and zoological fields.
David Cota-Robles Information Technologies
David is our go-to guy for all things technical. When he joined the NWSAM staff in 2008, we were able to begin implementing many of the programs that have long been on our wish list, such as our email newsletter, better communication tools for our distance-learning students and instructors.
Kim Bauer, CAAP LAMP SAMP Instructor
Kim Bauer teaches both our LAMP and SAMP programs and is based near Hood River, Oregon. She co-created our acupressure program and oversees the distance learning part of the program as well as teaches the hands on practicals.
Sandy Dochnahl Student Services Representative
Sandy is the happy voice at the other end of the phone that most people hear when they first contact NWSAM. In addition to answering questions for our potential students, she will assist you in enrolling for class and manage your progress throughout class.
Joan Sorita, one of the original founders of NWSAM, has become one of the most recognized names in the field of animal aromatherapy. Joan brings her years of experience as a massage therapist, an equestrian and dog-lover and an internationally recognized zoopharmacognostic to her teaching. Her essential oil products and flower essences are handcrafted and…