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Wellington Staff

Marcus Tidwell – Lead Tutor

Marcus comes to us from the United States and is a graduate of East Carolina University. After working for a number of years in the construction and hospitality industries he attended Medical Arts Massage School in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2005 where he graduated with honors. Marcus then went into private practice where he worked with athletes, musicians, and others, from all walks of life. He soon began teaching and supervising student clinics, after building a successful massage practice. His pragmatic and grounded approach to teaching makes him a favourite among students. He is a professional member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the American Massage Therapy Association, and was nationally certified by the National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Marcus was also active in several charities in the United States, and continues to volunteer here in New Zealand with Relay for Life and Oxfam. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children and also playing disc golf and softball.

Specialist Areas: Sports Massage, Orthopaedic & Rehab Massage, On-Site Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, KinesioTaping


  • BA Philosophy & Religious Studies (Cum Laude)
  • Diploma Therapeutic Massage

Joanna Tennent – Tutor

Joanna has been in a body work practice for almost two decades. Prior to that she established one of Auckland’s first vegetarian cafes that also provided excellent espresso coffee. She has been at the forefront of exciting initiatives in the development of the massage therapy industry in New Zealand including providing the first ‘prosection’ opportunity for therapists in 2000. She also organised an audio-visual linkup between the 120 conference attendees, and one of the world’s preeminent fascial researchers (based in Ulm Germany) in 2007.

Joanna has worked in various teaching and academic coordinating roles at NZ College of Massage since 2000. Her networking skills have assisted the college to establish working relationships within the wider Wellington community including: Central Pulse; Wellington Saints; Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit; and Mary Potter Hospice. A long term interest in anatomy and movement patterning, and the relationship to effective rehabilitation underpins her clinical orientation. She is a registered member of MNZ

Specialist Areas: Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Clinical Practice, Research Methods the Therapeutic Interaction (Health Psychology)


  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
  • Diploma in Health Sciences (Therapeutic Massage)
  • Certificate in Adult teaching

Carol Wilson – Tutor

After 15 years working in an Oncology unit, as a Radiotherapist Carol completed a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage. She was responsible for setting up massage in many Aquatic Centres in Wellington, employing therapists, and networking among health professionals for seven years. An interest in ongoing learning and education led to a Diploma in Adult Education. Regular upskilling, linking with overseas therapists in many modalities including myofascial training has led to her key areas of tutoring to include: Clinical Therapeutics, Theoretical Reasoning and Anatomy and Physiology.

Carol wishes to inspire students to achieve all they can on their road of discovery of the human body, massage and themselves, utilising many different teaching and learning styles. For the last 10 years, she has been actively involved in collaborative efforts to create a national profile for massage.

Specialist Areas: Clinical and Theoretical Reasoning, Therapeutic Techniques, Introduction, Anatomy and Physiology, Palliative Care, Pregnancy, Onsite, Business, Learning Styles


  • Dip Radiation Therapy Dip Therapeutic Massage
  • Dip Adult Education

Bridie Munro – Tutor / Clinic Coordinator

Bridie graduated from NZCM in 2013 with a degree in neuromuscular therapy. She has worked in a health clinic for several years providing soft tissue treatment for acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to this Bridie has been a supervisor for the Wellington NZCM student clinic since 2014.

In 2016, Bridie has reduced her clinical practice and come on board as a tutor at the College teaching musculoskeletal anatomy and introduction to anatomy and physiology.

Specialist Areas: Pain Science, Therapeutic massage, Neuromuscular therapy, Orthopaedic & Rehab Massage , Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Clinical Practice, Clinical Supervision, Anatomy and Physiology, Shoulder complex and pain science.


  • Bachelor of Health Studies (Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy)
  • Dip Sports Massage Dip Therapeutic massage
  • Certificate In Pain Management
  • Certificate in Pain Education
  • Certificate in Graded Motor Imagery