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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 is a dynamic presenter of body therapies with twenty-five years’ experience as a professional body work practitioner. Her specialist teaching areas include: Musculoskeletal Anatomy; Professional Clinical Practice; Research Literacy; Clinical Supervision; and the Therapeutic Interaction (Health Psychology) as well as influences from anatomy, yoga and understanding the architecture of the physical body. She’s an enthusiastic driver of professional massage therapy and connects our students with current international research and understanding, which in turn gives her students the most modern of learnings within the massage therapy industry.

In 2018, Joanna supported the emerging ‘integration of pain science’ into personalised health care and uses this perspective when teaching. Prior to training as a massage therapist Joanna had founded one of the first vegetarian cafes with excellent coffee in Auckland.

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


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

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

Mark Gray – Academic Team Leader

Kerry Summers – Tutor

Bianca Andrews – Tutor

Tess Woodney – Campus Administrator

Elaine Fox – Sales Recruitment Advisor