Katy’s Bio

Katy Hartness, BA, NC LMBT #2633, is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (1998) and Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy (2000). She is forever fascinated and passionate about the human body! Katy has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years and has taught hundreds of students in Arizona and North Carolina. Currently her time is spent between working in her own practice in Monroe, NC, and teaching students along the east coast. The three primary events that most inspired Katy to develop her love of anatomy and physiology included working with Cirque du Soleil performers (Quidam show 2002), a six month study in a cadaver lab (2006) and recovering from her own auto accident injuries (1998, 2004, 2007). The love of the massage field was born from life’s events… In being inspired by teachers, athletes and her personal recovery, Katy experienced a multitude of emotions that marked rights of passage within her career. A mixture of awe, fascination, pain, intrigue, growth and gratitude bore a deeper dedication to the massage field. In this journey she has come to realize that the body is richly forgiving of lifestyle imbalances and physical misalignment. Improvement is possible, pain can be lessened, and investing in the body is wise.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill, NC
Degree earned: Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies / Media Production and Writing.
Graduation date: May 1998

Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy: Charlotte, NC
Diploma earned. Graduation date: Mar 2000
NC State license #: 2633, AZ State license # 9494
NCBTMB: National Certification Exam: passed Mar 2001

Southwestern School of Naturopathic Medicine: Tempe, AZ Coursework taken: Aug 2006—Feb 2007. Withdrew with 3.2 GPA
Classes taken: Anatomy I and II, Physiology I and II, Cadaver Labs I and II, Biochemistry I and II, Nutrition, Homeopathy

Extended Training / Continuing Education Coursework

Anatomy Trains w/ Tom Meyers: Feb 2002 Eric Dalton’s Musculoskeletal Alignment: Mar 2009

Craniosacral Therapy 1: Oct 2002 Craniosacral Therapy II: Dec 2009

Awakening the Spine: Oct. 2005 Reiki I: Mar 2011
Ethics: Oct. 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 Star Teacher Training: Mar 2011

Bowen Therapy I: Aug 2007 Cengage Teacher Training: Apr 2011

Bowen Therapy II: Dec 2007 Medical Massage and Insurance: Oct 2014

CPR and Instructor Cert: Aug 2008
Thai Massage I: Oct 2016