News from the Massage Board - Winter/Spring 2021

Board of Massage − Winter/Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Message from the Chair

Board chair, Heidi Williams, LMT, shares the intent and goal of the Board of Massage newsletter. Read her message.

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Successfully meet your CE requirements

The board responds to the effect COVID-19 measures are having on meeting the hands-on training continuing education requirement. Read about the policy currently in effect.

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We're looking for a public member to join the board

The Board of Massage is recruiting for the public member position. Board profiles, upcoming opportunities to serve, and applications are on the governor’s webpage

Find eligibility requirements on our website.

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New Rules
Where are we?

New massage therapy rules go into effect September 1, 2021. Click here to see a list of highlighted amendments and FAQs about the new rules.


Know the Laws on...

- The Photo ID requirement
- AID/HIV training repeal
- Patient Notification of sexual misconduct

Read about them here.

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Prevent Problems


When the Department of Health receives complaints on health care professionals, it is often found to be based on a lack of communication. Read more about the importance of communication.

Don't forget to renew your license!

It is against the law to practice on an expired license. It is the practitioner’s responsibility to ensure their license is active if they want to continue to practice.  In accordance with WAC 246-12-030, courtesy renewal notices are mailed to the address on file. Failure to receive a courtesy renewal notice does not relieve or exempt the credential renewal requirement. 

Courtesy renewal notices are mailed to the address on file at least six to eight weeks in advance of the expiration date.  However, a practitioner can renew their license as early as 90 days before the expiration date either online, by mail, or by phone.  To avoid a late fee and the risk of practicing with an expired license, you must renew on time.

Once a massage therapy license goes into expired status, it cannot be renewed online, and a late fee will be assessed. A credential status will automatically go into an expired status if the practitioner does not renew on or before the expiration date.

Find more information on the Department of Health’s License Renewal webpage.

Comments or Questions for the Board?

If you have questions or comments for the board, please remember that it is important to direct them to the massage program staff members or to provide them during a public comment period at a board meeting. While board members are more visible than the program staff, the public needs to be aware that board members do not speak on behalf of the board or department about decisions that are made in regard to the massage profession.

Multicultural Health Equity Education

At its March 12, 2021 meeting, the board will begin exploring the need for health equity training for initial training and continuing education. Public input is invited and encouraged. Contact the board with comments on health equity training.

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We'd love to hear
from you

Please share any input on topics you'd like to see included in the newsletter with Megan Maxey at

Check out HEAL-WA

HEAL-WA is a portal to online resources related to the medical professions in Washington state. It is funded by a portion of your license fees and is free to access anytime. HEAL-WA provides online access to journal articles, databases, and other tools needed for evidence-based practice and research. Link to HEAL-WA

Board Members

Heidi Williams, LMT Chair
Autumn Christina Straker, LMT
John Cassinerio, LMT
Chimere Figaire-Correa, LMT


Board Staff and Contact Information

Renee Fullerton
Executive Director

Megan Maxey
Program Manager

Department of Health
PO Box 47852
Olympia, WA

Customer Service

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Contact the Board

DOH  676-135
Winter/Spring 2021