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Meet Our Board of Directors

PMTI is a non-profit educational organization incorporated in 1976. As a non-profit, our leadership is made up of highly skilled volunteer business people with a passion for the field of massage therapy and a great love for educating excellent massage therapists.

Tam Gelman, LMT, NCBTMB

Acting Chair and Executive Director

Tam attended Middle Tennessee State University prior to a long-term career as an entrepreneurial commercial mortgage banker and broker – establishing one of the largest closing operations of its kind in the US. Upon graduating from PMTI in 2002, Tam became involved in academic, administrative and board related activities at PMTI.  Acting as PMTI’s real estate consultant in 2002, Tam orchestrated the school’s relocation to its former D.C. home on Wisconsin Avenue, and she has led the relocation team that makes our new home in Silver Spring possible. Joining the Board of Directors in 2003, she served as PMTI’s Board Treasurer until 2008, and has twice served as Acting Co-Director before assuming her current role in 2011.  Tam has been a teaching assistant and a lead instructor in PMTI’s deep tissue and integrative massage practicums.  Her continuing education pursuits include biodynamic craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, Zero Balancing, Trager, Reiki, ARCH, Reconnective Healing, therapeutic essential oils, and sound and tuning fork therapy.  She has a passion for excellence and a steadfast commitment to serve the PMTI community as well as the ongoing development and professionalism of massage therapy.  In addition to her professional life at PMTI, Tam is the owner of Core, a Center for Wellness located in Kensington, MD,  She resides in Laytonsville, MD with her husband, Jeff, their two labs - Bessie and Truman, and Dewey the wonder cat.

Brenda Rayner, LMT


Brenda Rayner, LMT, completed the PMTI program in 2002. Brenda has continued to teach and practice massage part time while working full time as an Office Manager. Her continuing education training in massage therapy includes Orthopedic, Sports, Pregnancy, and Hot Stone massage techniques. Brenda has also taken numerous classes specific to adult education in massage therapy programs through the AMTA Council of Schools and is an Instructor in the Level 2 practical curriculum. She is PMTI's resident expert in Body Dynamics and in developing CEU coursework in this critical field. Brenda received a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Dramatic Literature from Goucher College in Towson, MD. In 2011, the faculty elected Brenda to be their staff representative to the Board. 

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