Staff & Faculty

Dr. Erik Ekizian, DC is the owner and founder of the Central Valley Massage Institute.  Dr. Ekizian has utilized Massage Therapy in his Chiropractic Office for many years and has come to appreciate that knowledgeable and skilled Massage Practitioners are a great asset to the community.  A school that produces the finest Massage Therapists is his vision.

Senior Instructor
Patricia Martinez (Paddy) has been in the Massage Therapy profession since 2003.  Paddy's strength and focus is in Geriatric Massage, which not only gained her skills and knowledge with related pathologies, she has a tremendous heart and compassion for people.  Paddy's goal as a teacher is to help students achieve the level of awareness and skill that takes them beyond their expectations.

Melissa Witherow a Certified Massage Therapist since 2003, is known for her skills in Sports and Deep Tissue Massage.  Her outgoing adventurous nature has led her to a variety of settings including luxury Spas, Chiropractic offices, and Physical Therapy Clinics.  Melissa's belief in physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being has brought her to Central Valley Massage Institute to share her philosophy with others interested in the field.