Nic and Heather Johnson
Nic and Heather have been married for 16 years and have five children.
Heather is a foot zone practitioner and a massage therapist. She also teaches yoga and is a teaching assistant at Cortiva Institute. Her other loves include traveling, learning new skills, mothering, dancing, dating Nic, playing the drums, having people over, and waking up early.
Nic is an artist, computer nerd, soccer fan, and political enthusiast. He is a self-taught scholar of many subjects. Professionally, he manages a team of web developers at Vivint Solar. His recent path toward bettering himself has opened a whole new understanding of concepts of shame, compassion, connection, etc. Nic bravely reaches out and shares what he has learned with others, in groups and individually, in hopes to help them find the serenity that he himself enjoys as he strives daily.
Terje Varpe is born in Tønsberg, Norway. After a handball injury, he received Foot Zone treatments from Dr. Charles Ersdal to restore his health. Because of this, he eventually received his Foot Zone Certification through Dr. Charles Ersdal in 1977, and was one of his first students. He has been practicing this profession for 35 years and is a co-owner of Varpe/Ersdal Foot Zone Therapy, with Dr. Ersdal’s son, Robert Ersdal. Together their vision is to develop an even more effective treatment and class materials. He teaches to therapists and foot zone students in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and in the USA. Terje has also been a board member for therapists in Norway, and a member of The Norwegian Association of Natural Medicine, which assessed different aspects of legalization for natural medicine in Norway, resulting in a law and regulation of natural medicine since 2002. Today Terje lives in an island south of Tønsberg called Nøtterøy with his wife Cecilie, two of his sons and a dog. He has 5 children and 2 grandchildren.
Alisa’s journey into foot zoning began almost 6 years ago, initially just to help her growing family. It quickly became obvious that her talent as a foot zoner was meant to be shared. Alisa spent the last 4 years transforming her struggle through PTSD into a crash course she thinks of as “healing mental health stuff.” She joyfully incorporates what she’s learned into her foot zoning and is excited to share some of that here at this conference.
Allison H. Larsen
Allison H. Larsen is an international speaker, mentor, TV host of the cable show Spotlight, author of the book Soul Intuition and Co-Founder of Family Foot Reflexology. She is a certified Reiki Master, Life Coach and Business Mentor.
As one of the world’s leading Intuition Experts, Allison inspires and transforms the lives of audiences and clients all over the world. Allison’s speaking abilities and coaching style is what makes her so powerful and valuable. She easily connects with audiences, and isn’t afraid to go deep with people, drawing upon on life experiences and business expertise to drive the message home.
Allison attributes much of her success to what she calls “soul intuition”, which she uses to understand how to proceed forward on the path specifically for her. She helps those she teaches to obtain the health, wealth and fulfillment by looking within to discover their divine blueprint for success.
Allison is the mother of four beautiful children. She understands the importance of family and balancing personal and professional aspects of life. When she isn’t flying around the world to speaking engagements, or coaching clients, she is spending her time with her family, going to kids’ sports games and other events.
Amber Jensen is an international educator/speaker. She teaches Foot Zone Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, Holistic Arts, The Laws and Physics of Energy, and Gem therapy, where she is known for her fun, informative approach to teaching.
She started her journey 27 years ago, certifying as a Foot Zone Practitioner through the Father of Foot Zone Therapy, Dr. Charles Ersdal. Amber and Sharla Pearce are co-owners of the Wellness Life Zone Center for Holistic Education, and the Foot Zone Academy. They have discovered over 100 new acupressure signals in the Foot Zone, advancing client’s health. Together, they pioneered and developed advanced state-of-the-art colored foot zone charts and curriculum based on a love for the profession, new discoveries, and a strong desire to create for their students and fellow foot zone practitioners more opportunity for educational advancements in this Industry. Other training for Amber Jensen includes, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified LifeLine Tech. TM for emotional healing, Allergy Release, and the Neuro Emotional Technique. Amber is the author of WLZ Anatomy and Physiology books, and The Gentle Healing Energy Course.
Andrea is the Director of Admissions at Cortiva Institute of Massage, Orem Campus. Her welcoming, patient, and understanding personality is perfect for helping would-be students decide if the program would be a good fit for them, and then helping them take the next necessary steps. Because students connect with her so easily, it is common to see students who have already graduated stopping by her office to say hello or to get a hug. Andrea has been helping students succeed in this capacity since January of 2016.
Beverly R. Kingsford is the original owner of Holistic Health Services, Inc., a company offering natural health therapies and health products in both Idaho and Utah since 2001. She has recently entered into a partnership with two dynamic women to expand the services offered to clients both locally and nationwide. The company offers support, networking and professional services to holistic practitioners and clients. Beverly sees clients and also teaches certification courses as a Chakra Master. Her system of Emotional Release Therapy is based upon the science of neuroplasticity and is the basis for her books: Fearless Happiness, and Living in a Higher Vibration.
Her books are a favorite reference among energy, abundance and holistic health enthusiasts. Beverly also teaches community courses on natural healing, physical health and energy, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences. Bev is married to her best friend & fishing partner, Robert Kingsford. They have six children and a blossoming garden of grandchildren. Her greatest loves are her Savior, family, nature, wild-harvesting herbs, writing, teaching, and helping others to be holistically whole. Her favorite mantra is “perfect time, perfect place, perfect way”.
In 1997, Cade, Christine’s eldest son, was diagnosed with neonatal lupus. After following direction of traditional western medical doctors (including excessive testing) with little success, she and her mother Kathy Duvall sought the healing power of Foot Zone therapy, through which her son became symptom free. The efficacy of Foot Zone therapy during her son’s illness set Christine and her mother on the path of learning to practice Foot Zone, so that others might also have a chance of improved health.
Christine & Kathy created the Academy of Foot Zone Therapy. They have developed a full curriculum and four text books, which laid the foundation for building the academy. During her years of practice in Foot Zone Therapy, Christine has served on committees, taught classes, hosted conferences and monthly conference calls. She has practiced and studied Foot Zone therapy for over eleven years and has made it her passion and full-time profession.
Claudia Orgill has been studying alternative and natural solutions for health and disease for over 12 years. She is currently studying to become a board certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She is the author of a popular natural health book called Beyond Wheat and Weeds. Claudia has taught others about using alternative solutions to safely, peacefully and effectively address all manner of health ailments throughout the U.S. She is currently most passionate about teaching others how to overcome chronic illnesses.
Dr. Chris Palmer
Dr. Christopher E. Palmer is an author, speaker, and licensed Chiropractic Physician. He graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in September of 2006, and has been practicing in Utah since 2008. He is the author of the books Understanding Faith and Spirits & Spiritual Interactions. His next two books, The Nature of Existence, and BioEnergetics, will be available in early to mid-2018. He also lectures on the topics of his books, as well as Managing Your Body’s Subtle Energies, Understanding Physical Effects of Trapped Emotion, Chiropractic & Pregnancy, Using Essential Oils In Every-day Family Health, and several other topics. He is also the owner of Nature’s Bulk Essential Oils.
Whether it be through helping other courageous parents seeking change, or teaching others to bless & help their own family, or an others, as a foot zone practitioner, D.D. cherishes her significant role in helping support others in learning & living the gift of their greatest roles.
It absolutely is time.
Hi! I am Holly Draper, I am an Internationally Certified Clinical Aromatherapist (I got this certification twice, once in the French Medical Aromatherapy and then in the English method), I am also an Internationally Registered Aromatherapist (there are only two in the state of Utah), and on top of all that I graduate with my 4 year Masters Degree in Aromatherapy in April 2018 (around the same time as this conference). When I graduate I will have over 2000 accredited classroom hours of internationally accredited education. I have been studying correct and accredited aromatherapy for 14 years and I am one of the most passionate people you will meet about using only the highest quality essential oils and using them properly and safely because you get WAY better results. I founded the company Purify Skin Therapy (PurifySkinTherapy.com) to make the highest quality certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils that I use available to everyone, and the best aromatherapy education and training. In Summer 2018 I will be opening my internationally accredited aromatherapy school, the first of its kind here in Utah, helping others to become Internationally Certified and accredited.
Dr. Holly Keddington
Anatomy, Pathology, and Physiology of the Auditory System
Holly is a lecturer of developmental psychology at Georgia State University. Also, she has experience teaching individuals who are deaf from ages 0-25. She earned her undergraduate degree in audiology and speech-language pathology from Brigham Young University, a masters in education of the deaf from Texas Woman’s University, and a PhD in cognition from Texas A&M University.
Jamie has been in the alternative medicine field for nearly 8 years. She has been a certified footzone practitioner and in the healing arts for 5 years(aka CAM therapies), and has taught for 2.
After being diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases and depression at age 22, she knew at that moment the doctor told her about the conditions that her path was not traditional medicine, she felt directly impressed that her path was something different. She found her inspired path to health and wellness through natural health, healing arts, and The Living Diet and has been disease free since 2011.
Jamie has been through many professional courses since her recovery, but her healing was prior to any formal holistic education and she believes her knowledge and healing truly came through her inspiration from God. She now shares all she has learned for the benefit of many others on their paths to wellness and has written her first book called The Living Diet – Breaking Chronic Disease .
She is a certified footzone practitioner and educator and has worked with many people in different settings and situations from an ICU hospital setting to a home setting in which she learned quickly to influence the body at deeper levels when chronic disease is present through specific techniques that can be used within footzoning, chiropractic, energy clearing and balancing or any wellness practice.
Jamie has recently taken the opportunity to partner with 2 wonderful women to bring holistic health services throughout the United States. She has also created a holistic wellness retreats program which is sure to be incredible. She is also launching her new lluminating organic makeup line called PiperBlue.
Jamie is a wife and mom of 3 children and loves to spend time with her family in the great outdoors.
She is currently a liaison between the the Utah footzone conference chair and the Utah footzone association board in 2018 for an amazing conference as well as the marketing director for the conference.
Hi! I’m passionate about many methods of natural healing. My journey began in earnest in 2006 when my toddler son had terrible eczema. I looked at the ingredients in his baby shampoo, and decided those were no longer going to be a part of our lives. In switching to all natural products we saw a huge change in his skin. I very quickly realized how much I enjoyed making my own All-Natural Goat Milk Soap. His eczema had completely healed. This grew into making liquid soap, essential oil sanitizers, and hydrating creams. As a busy home-school family of 8, we have slowly built this into a family business. Three years ago I became certified in the Emotion Code and Body Code, and this year I am working on becoming Foot Zone certified. I love all the tools we have been given to heal! I have used many of them in recent years as I have cared for my aging, angel mother. My other passions include hanging out with my family, playing soccer, and skiing. My focus right now is teaching others how to make their own natural, amazing products.
Jennifer has a passion for learning coupled with the practical application of knowledge. She enjoys turning “science into sound bites” and studying the relationship between Body, Mind, and Spirit. Jennifer is the founder of the “Lasting Foundational Wellness and the 7 Steps to take You There” Program and finding great fulfillment in empowering professionals to be able to “walk their talk.” This program is the result of her own 12-year journey to health and includes individual coaching, corporate wellness programs as well as
helping practitioners raise their bottom line by incorporating it into their practices. In addition to being a Certified Lifestyle Educator and UFZA foot zone practitioner, Jennifer currently serves as the Lifestyle Education Director at Advanced Health Clinic in Farmington Utah.
Jennifer’s first love is her family and she has relished many opportunities to educate in professional settings, especially team teaching with her husband Patrick in church, community and professional capacities. She is the mother of 6 amazing children and grandmother to 3 energetic grandsons. She enjoys traveling with her husband, especially when traveling takes her to see her children and grandchildren. She is grateful for her journey and for the support and guidance she has received to bring her to this place in life.
I discovered succulents in 2011 and have been gardening in San Antonio and educating fellow “succulenthusiasts” ever since. I teach annual succulent classes at the South Texas Gardening Expo since 2015. Additionally, I participant in my local SACXS (San Antonio Cactus and Xerophyte Society) and enjoy creating gardens, terrariums, and arrangements for friends, events, and clients. I also host a “Certainly Succulent” group on Pinterest and Facebook. I have a BA in English with a minor in psychology and love the interconnectedness of beauty, nature, art, health, and happy living.
Julie is an owner in The Sole Academy of Foot Zone Therapy. Because of her nursing background and unique friendship with doctors, she has a very anatomical, physiological approach to Foot Zoning. She learned the technique to help herself overcome cancer and has a powerful personal belief in the technique.
The inspiration to pursue a career in healing arts for Kara Willis was becoming a single mother to her 4 amazing children. She raised her children and provided for them with the powerful tools of a natural healer. Kara first became a Foot Zone Therapist in 2004, and is currently an instructor for the Academy of Foot Zone Therapy. Next she became a licensed massage therapist, and then added being a Reiki Master to her list of modalities.
Recently, Kara learned the ancient art of the Tibetan Singing Bowls from Master Bowl Steward Bill Cael of Singapore, and how to incorporate these amazing instruments in to her practice.
Kara empowers her clients to be their own health advocates, and she incorporates life coaching into all her healing sessions. She enjoys juicing, hiking, crystals, and the outdoors–preferably the tropical kind.
Kathy’s philosophy is that prevention and early detection, associated with appropriate treatment, can lead to a long, healthy, vibrant and energized life.
Over the last 40 years Kathy has been schooled and trained in areas of iridology, herbology, neutraceuticals, creative healing, essential oils and Foot Zone Therapy.
Kahty is the co-founder of the Academy of Foot Zone Therapy, and is currently serving as the president of the Utah Foot Zone Association.
Kathy has been zoning and teaching now for 14 years. She is committed to assisting people who are sincerely interested in their overall health and wellness to achieve the benefits of optimum wellness.
Kisi has worked as CranioSacral Therapist for the past 17 years and also as a Foot Zoner for about 6 years. She mentors both her CST and FZ clients during their appointments and does CST as applicable on their feet during their Zone.
LaRee Westover began her study of various alternative modalities in 1975 and has been footzoning for a bit more than 20 yeas (as near as she can figure it). First she became acquainted with herbal medicines, followed by a serious study of homeopathy, reflexology, the footzone, essential oils, craniosacral therapy and several other energy modalities. LaRee is the author of a multitude of class manuals and 4 books—the Butterfly Miracles Series teaching about herbal medicines, essential oils, and homeopathy. She is the mother of 7 children (5 of whom were born at home and schooled there as well) and grandmother to 34 adorable and amazing grandchildren (with two more on the way). LaRee spent 20+ years as a practicing midwife and counselor in women’s health. It was her great privilege to deliver a fair percentage of her grandchildren during her midwife years! LaRee is the founder of Butterfly Express Essential Oils, llc, a non-multilevel company. LaRee eventually retired from midwifery to nurse her husband through a serious injury and to devote her time to teaching the modalities at which she has become proficient over the years, including a comprehensive footzone and anatomy as it relates to the zone class. LaRee’s teaching organization, Butterfly Expressions, llc, is recognized by the State of Utah to certify footzone practitioners under current Utah legislation and law.
Maleah Gordon LOVES foot zoning and sharing her knowledge with others. She is a trained foot zone therapist as well as the owner and instructor of Happies School of Foot Zoning. She has attended several continuing education conferences and trainings, always increasing her knowledge in the holistic world. Much of her education and ability has come from real- life experience such as using the zone to heal infertility, repairing relationship with self, releasing and strengthening relationships with others, and healing past trauma. Maleah is eager to help others find balance and healing in their lives so they can truly experience what if feels like to THRIVE, not survive.
Marta is a Certified Quantum Light Energy Coach and Education Consultant with LumiCeuticals. She has a passion for educating people about the power of combining light and vibrational frequency to nourish and tune the mind, body and spirit. She has successfully worked with foot zone therapists in multiple retreats and conferences for the past 5 years to help them successfully enhance their personal and professional wellness practice with the power of harmonic light. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marta was a collegiate athlete and Academic All-American at the University of North Carolina where she received a BA in English. A mother of three, Marta is also a certified yoga instructor who has taught at the Sports Academy in Logan, Utah for over 17 years. As a certified nutrition counselor, she has worked for over 25 years coaching people in nutrition and supplementation. It has been the last 6 years, however, that have greatly expanded her journey beyond physical health to the energetic, and she marvels at the speed and ease with which the body’s natural ability to be healthy and vibrant is innately empowered by light. Marta is an engaging speaker who enjoys making the science of light and frequency easily to understand and utilize so that everyone can truly shine.
Mike comes from a varied background, including owning multiple businesses. His first love was the Natural Health industry where he worked as both a successful international sales team builder and then a consultant. He gained much knowledge about many aspects of holistic health and healing from being married to Kathy Duvall, who has dedicated most of her life to learning, working in and helping people to better health and healing naturally. Mike retired 5 years ago, and to his own surprise, came fully out of retirement to share with each of you, and others the breakthrough device he’ll train you all on. He extends a personal invitation to you all, with his promise that you will not be disappointed with his presentation, and with how you can potentially incorporate the device into your life and/or
business. P.S. Even NASA is on board.
Nic Johnson has been the happy recipient of many a foot zone session from his wife Heather. Over the last four years he has spent a great deal of time and energy learning about the principles of addiction recovery and applying them both personally and in service settings such as group facilitation and sponsorship. He hopes to share with others the joy and serenity that have come to him through a lifestyle of self-honesty, accountability, introspection, meditation, and service.
He is the father of five lovely children and the husband of a fantastic woman. He considers himself grateful to be on the path of peace and tries to enjoy every single moment through which he passes.
Patricia Lee, LPC,CSAC
Patricia uses holistic approaches alongside evidence-based behavioral and scientific methods to practice psychotherapy in the areas of mental health and addiction recovery. Employed with Wisconsin’s premier mental health and substance addiction treatment facility. Enjoying a personal and professional journey to living well. Master of Science in Community Psychology with a BS in Addiction Psychology, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with over a decade of experience helping others. “To hold wisdom that impacts peace.”
On her quest to find alternative solutions for her health, Ronda discovered she has a passion to help others who are also seeking healing in their lives. Ronda started her training in 2010 with The Academy of Foot Zone Therapy, and has continued her education with Wellness Life Zone Academy to become an instructor. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist, and a graduate of the McKay Method School of
Energy Healing. In her practice she combines all of these modalities to create a unique healing experience for her clients. She has a nurturing soul and enjoys sharing her gifts. Ronda has always had a deep affection and ability to communicate with children. She successfully operated a daycare and preschool where her curriculum expanded beyond academics to help children
feel confident, brave and successful. She published her first children’s book entitled I Feel My Energy Body in 2017. Focusing on assisting adults in helping children to deal with emotions in ways that aide them in releasing negativity and creating positive energy flow. Ronda receives her greatest joy from her family; her husband of 34 years, two children and four grandchildren.
Ronda has been a licensed massage therapist for 8 years. In that time she has gained experience and refined her techniques by working at both a chiropractic office and at a spa. She is currently an instructor at Cortiva Institute of Massage. As a natural nurturer and experienced instructor, she is able to help her students succeed and blossom in their schoolwork and in their newfound bodywork skills. Her enthusiasm is second to none. She has a heart of gold.
Meet Ross Graham, a licensed insurance agent in the state of Utah, whose primary focus is providing coverage for bodywork professionals through the Beauty and Bodywork Insurance Program. Ross looks forward to answering any questions, comments or concerns at the class or at the Beauty and Bodywork Insurance booth in the vendor hall.
Roxanna graduated from the Utah School of Midwifery in 1998. She worked with Melody Pendleton and Sherri Price until opening her own practice the fall of 2010. In 2011, Roxanna studied under Julie Cheney and received her certification from the Academy of Foot Zone Therapy that same year. In May of 2011, she began practicing foot zone therapy in conjunction with pregnant mamas in the Dominican Republic on a humanitarian service mission. Now, she combines both worlds in prenatal appointments. She loves supporting women’s pregnancies with the gentle therapeutic touch of her knowing hands.
My name is Sharee, and I am a licensed massage therapist, energy worker and certified foot zone practitioner. I have been doing bodywork for 7 years and energy work for 14 years. I am a certified Reiki Master and teacher, a massage therapy instructor, and a foot zone therapy instructor.
Sharik L. Peck is a licensed physical therapist and a certified rehabilitation counselor with expertise in treating chronic pain. Sharik has experienced significant physical trauma due to spinal fractures and a stroke (vertebral artery disection). These experiences and his education inspired the development of Rezzimax Therapy for natural pain relief.
Sharik is a happy father and husband. He and his wife Cheryl are busy raising 7 children, two dogs, and a cat.
Sharla Pearce started her Foot Zone journey in 2005 when she received her Foot Zone Certification from Amber Jensen (an original student of Dr. Charles Ersdal). In 2014 Sharla and Amber created Wellness Life Zone, Foot Zone Academy based on a love of the profession and strong desire to create for their students and their fellow Foot Zone Practitioners what they wish they would have had when they were being trained.
Because of Sharla’s love of gemstones and their healing properties she knew that she wanted to incorporated gemstone healing in the courses that they offered at WLZ. After much thought, study and guidance Sharla was inspired to create the Gemi Zone Technique. The Gemi Zone Technique uses the science and healing energy of gemstones as a tool in foot zoning or massage therapy. WARNING: One may develop a healthy addiction to gemstones.
I’m a crazy homeschool mom of 9 and grandma to 6 adorable grandkids. I love everything about medicine, nutrition, wellness, and health. 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis; 9 years ago with Fibromyalgia; and 4 years ago I was told I was borderline Celiac. With the last Autoimmune multiplication I began a journey to heal my body in a more holistic way. That journey has given me the tools I need to not only help myself and family, but to help others on this same path.
I graduated from We Do Feet in 2016 as a Foot Zone Practitioner; New Eden School of Natural Health & Herbal Studies in 2017 as Natural Health Counselor; and in December 2017 became a Certified Nutritional Autoimmune Specialist (CNAS) & Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). I am currently working on additional diplomas in Nutrition, Sports Nutrition and Fitness.
Steve has been a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist for nine and a half years and is also a Certified Practitioner of Structural Integration. His specializes in Injury Rehabilitation, and postural alignment through Structural Integration.
He is a full-time professor at Cortiva Institute of Massage. With his passion for bodywork and his dynamic personality, Steve ignites the learning of his students, and instills in them a zeal for the techniques and modalities that he teaches them.
In his time as an educator, he has also been a part of multiple revisions of curricula, including serving as chairman of the revision committee. His writings are a part of the Structural Bodywork and Injury Rehab curricula used today. He has also had the experience of working hands-on at the side of two different chiropractors.
He is a published author of a fiction novel, a singer/musician, and a loving father of two amazing children (as of March 19, 2018).
I first learned about the Emotion Code and Body Code back in 2012. After becoming certified, I knew I was supposed to also learn foot zoning, and a way was prepared for me. I have not stopped learning since. Learning these modalities, as well as many others, I have been able to help many people and I have learned many things about myself that I was never able to articulate before. I love that I can be one of God’s tools to bring others to see and know who they really are.
Weston has been an integral part of the massage industry since 2010. He teaches the following subjects at Cortiva Instutute (formerly Utah College of Massage Therapy): Russsian Sport Massage, Acupressure, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Professional Development, Pathology, and Shiatsu.
Because of his experience with, and personal study of Chinese medicine, Weston has been called upon to refine curriculum and to instruct other professors throughout the US on how to best relay the information to their classes. While his influence is widespread, it is arguable that the biggest affect Weston has had is on the individual hearts and minds of his personal students.