Faculty and Staff

Donda Sternberg Massage School NJDonda Sternberg

Owner/School Director/ Director of Education
Ms. Sternberg is the Owner and Director of the Gentle Healing School of Massage and Owner of Gentle Healing Wellness Spa. She is a State Licensed Massage Therapist and has been a Massage Therapist since 1987. Donda believes in a holistic approach to life teaching her students that learning massage is more than a career, it’s a lifestyle. Donda has studied many advanced modalities since 1987. She graduated from New York Seminary with a degree in Spiritual Counseling and is a Master/Teacher level in Reiki. She is also a graduate from Carolyn Myss CMED Institute and has a background in Gestalt and Jungian Therapy. Donda created and has been running the Gentle Healing School of Massage since 1996. In January of 2000, Donda was appointed by Governor Whitman to serve on the State Board of Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Therapy Examining Committee. After serving 11 Years, she resigned from the original board that wrote the laws and regulations for New Jersey. 

Peter Tulley Massage School NJPeter Tulley

Assistant School Director/Financial Director/Instructor
Mr. Tulley is a NJ State Licensed Massage Therapist. He attended Gentle Healing School of Massage in 2004. He is an experienced Corporate Trainer, with over 13 years of instruction in Adult Learning Education. Peter’s skills include Motivational Training, Behavior Modification, Project Coordination and Training Design. Peter has been an integral part of Gentle Healing since 2004.

Arturo Pacheco 120x120Arturo Pacheco

Primary Instructor
Arturo graduated from Gentle Healing School of Massage in 2009. As a massage therapist, he specializes in relaxation, transformation, and energy work. Driven by a passion for learning and sharing life experiences, he seeks to nurture the development of others and foster in them a sense of well being and inner peace.

Autumn Magee

Primary Instructor

After graduating high school in the early 90’s, Autumn served 9 1/2 years in the United States Army Reserve as a Construction Mechanic. While spending 20 years in various jobs in the Security field, Light technician in Clubs and Police Telecommunications Dispatcher, she decided to change her career and pursue massage therapy.   In 2009, Autumn graduated from National Massage Therapy Institute and began her career as a Government Contractor for the Military, offering Massage Therapy to clients from all over the world. In 2011, she began teaching Massage Therapy instructing both day and evening classes.   Autumn enjoys providing Medical massage, helping those in pain as well as blending Medical and Energy work together . Her Deep Tissue approach is custom designed and has opened opportunities with clients in the Martial Arts fields.   Autumn is also an avid Paranormal Investigator and Animal Rescuer with multiple groups.

 Rose Griscom, Massage School NJRose J. Griscom

Thai Massage  & Qigong Instructor
Ms. Griscom is a NJ State Licensed Bodywork Therapist. Rose is the director and lead instructor at ITM-USA. She has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage since 1994, when she completed an intensive study program with the Thai Master Chongkol Setthakorn at ITM in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as well as with Arthur Lambert in the USA. She is certified in Advanced Thai Massage and Teacher Training by ITM in Chiang Mai and the USA. She spent over three years assisting the late Arthur Lambert teach basic and advanced Thai Massage and has been teaching workshops independently since 1994. Rose continues to travel around the country to train Thai therapists at top spas and massage schools.

Deb Overholt, Massage School NJDebbie Overholt

5 Elements / Shiatsu Instructor
Ms. Overholt is a NJ State Licensed Bodywork Therapist. Ms. Overholt has been a partner at Acu-Health Center, Mount Laurel, NJ since 1998. She is also a Certified Instructor, National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Debbie is also a NJ Governor Appointed Board Member for New Jersey Examining Committee for Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Therapy. She has been an instructor at Gentle Healing since 2003.

Kenny Shin, Massage School NJKenny Shinn

Thai and CranioSacral Instructor
Mr. Shinn is a NJ State Licensed Bodywork Therapist. Mr. Shinn has been the owner of Heart and Soul Holistic Center, South Belmar, since 1999. He is certified in Therapeutic Massage, Thai Massage, Levels 1,2,3 and Instructor, and CranioSacral Therapy from the Upledger Institute, Levels 1 and 2. He has been an instructor at Gentle Healing since 2001.

Lynn Diehl croppedLynn Diehl

Reflexology Instructor
Lynn A. Diehl, BA, CRR has been soothing soles since 1991. She maintains a full time private practice in Doylestown, PA, that focuses on Reflex Therapies for relaxation and rehabilitation. She has studied and weaves into her sessions, Polarity Reflexology, Ingham Compression method for Hands and Feet, 5 Element and Meridian Reflexology, Integrated ears, Hands and Feet Reflexology, Neuro Hand and Foot Reflexology, Infertility and Hormonal Reflexology, Reflexology for Vision Therapy, Tibetan Head, Neck and Scalp Reflexology and most recently, Facial and Temprana Reflex Therapies. Lynn also has training in Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and Medical Applications of Essential oils. In 2005, Lynn brought the IonCleanse(R) Detoxifying Footbath into her practice to assist her and her clients in relieving acute and chronic pain, swelling and inflammation more efficiently and effectively. Lynn also incorporates IonCleanse (R) into client sessions to help relieve muscle and joint pain, heavy metal toxicity, immune system challenges, aid in weight loss, support respiratory, circulatory and lymphatic systems and more. 

Rosina ValvoRosina Valvo

CranioSacral Instructor
Rosina has been an active American Massage Therapy Association member and practicing Licensed Massage Therapist since 1986. She holds a Bachelors degree in Natural Health and is a Board Certified Holistic Psychological Practitioner. Rosina specializes in Spiritual Guidance, Advanced level CranioSacral Therapy and Somato-Emotional Release and is a Teaching Assistant for the Upledger Institute. She is the former owner of The Natural Health Center of Central NJ and the NJ Alumni Leader for Clayton College School of Natural Health and has worked extensively over the years with Holistic, Spiritual and Naturopathic practitioners from all over the country. She offers single sessions, classes and extended programs in her office located in the Kingston Professional Building in Kingston NJ. For more information or to contact Rosina please go to www.rosinavalvo.com

Susan Niedt PICSusan Niedt

Aromatherapy Instructor
Susan Niedt is a Certified Aromatherapist and Energist, who brings talent and enthusiasm to all aspects of her life. She studied Aromatherapy with Aromahead Institute, Stillpoint Aromatics and Aromatic Wisdom Institute and is a member of NAHA. Susan, also a Reiki and Energy EFT practitioner, has a diverse background including 15 years of teaching children with very special needs for Montgomery Township Public Schools, working as a fund raiser, massage therapist, choreographer and a business owner. She received her B.S. from Springfield College and her M. Ed. from Rutgers. Susan has both a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Sunbridge College and Waldorf Remedial training from the Association for Healing Arts. She is grateful that her unique experiences ultimately brought her to the world of Aromatherapy and while she has a complete respect for the therapeutic properties of essential oils, she specializes in using the amazing energetic qualities of the oils for supporting people on the souls journey. 

Ed Fernandez, Massage School NJEd Fernandez, MSW

Mr. Fernandez has been an independent Clinical Contractor for The Gabrielsen Group since 2003. He received his Masters Degree in Social Work from NYU. He has been an instructor at Gentle Healing since 2003 and also offers guidance and support counseling through Breath of life Counseling Services.