The US Trager Association

Officers & Directors and Other Contacts

The terms of the elected USTA Board Members and Officers begin in August of each year. Each Regional Board member is elected by the members of the Region she or he represents. The maximum length of service on the Board is two consecutive three-year terms. Officers are elected each year by the Board.

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Carla Keene - Vice President PDF Print E-mail

Region: Northeast Trager® Association (NETA)
[Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont]


I became a Trager® Practitioner in 1991 and since this time have worked in private and group settings offering Trager and Mentastics®. In the beginning of my Trager career I worked in conjunction with Osteopathic doctors who specialized in Osteopathic Manipulation and Cranial Sacral work.  Over the years I have enjoyed working with thousands of clients with many diverse states of health and wellness, ranging from professional athletes to hospice patients. I also developed a strong interest in rehabilitating animals with the Trager Approach.  I currently work at St Mary’s Hospital as a Nurse.  In 2012 I became a member of The United States Board of Directors and currently serve the larger Trager vision and community in that role.

Deborah Haber - Four Corners Trager PDF Print E-mail

Region: Four Corners Trager® Association (FCTA)

[Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah]

Deborah-haber-forwebsite I love movement and science and while in college decided what I really wanted to do was to dance in space. So, I pursued both modern dance and physics and applied for one of the NASA mission specialist positions aboard the space shuttle. I didn’t get in (7000 people applied for 40 positions) as they decided to only take people with doctorates.   So I went to graduate school and continued to dance.  I started piling up injuries though, and tried various types of body work for relieving pain.  By my late 20s I was walking with a cane and was pretty discouraged because the different modalities I had tried only worked for a short time before I needed another session. Meanwhile, the Challenger disaster had shut down the space shuttle program and I fell in love with solar research.  I found out about Trager® while working at a post-doc position in New Mexico and loved it so much I took the training and was certified in 1991.  I moved back to Boulder where I maintained a part-time Trager practice along with my full time research position at the University up until June 2012.  I gave up studying the interior dynamics of the sun through the use of resonant sound waves and took my Trager practice, where I study people’s inner dynamics using resonant waves, full time.


Trager work has given me the tools to truly change my life and I think it is a gift that needs to be shared as widely as possible. I still get injuries from dancing (flamenco these days), and from running, car accidents, etc. but I now know how to reach that easier, lighter way of being that is at the heart of Trager.  I work out of the Community Holistic Health Center in Lafayette, CO.


Contact Information:

303-604-1000, C: 303-995-5860

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Joyce Nuttall - Treasurer PDF Print E-mail

Region: Mid-Atlantic Trager® Association (MATA) 
[New Jersey, New York, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, W. Virginia]

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After teaching and working as a technical writer and editor for years, I first felt the Trager touch in 1996 and fell in love with this new way of communicating and teaching. I became a practitioner and began the ongoing process of learning how to wed words to my felt sense of Trager. I served as MATA Newsletter Editor for 8 years and continue as our regional Website Gardener. I enjoy sharing classes, study groups, and trades with my Trager colleagues.  I have a Trager practice in Lock Haven, PA.

Contact Information570-748-1668

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Tracey Eno - President PDF Print E-mail

Region: Chesapeake Trager® Association (CTA)
[Delaware, Maryland, N. Carolina, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Virginia, D.C.]


In 1998, at a massage convention in Washington DC, I saw a demonstration of The Trager® Approach. It was so soft, easy and graceful. It looked as though the client’s body was liquid! Afterwards, the client said she felt extremely relaxed, had greater range of motion, and her back pain was gone. I was mesmerized and knew immediately that I had found my niche! I became a certified Trager Practitioner in 2001. Also a Licensed Massage Therapist, bodywork is my full time career. Roughly two thirds of my clients receive Trager work. I work in several locations: a dental spa, a mind/body/spirit retail shop, a healing arts center, a bed & breakfast, and a retirement community. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Millersville University of PA. I love living in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, with my partner of 18 years and 2 Jack Russell Terriers.

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Barbara Mason - Great Lakes Trager PDF Print E-mail

Region: Great Lakes Trager® Association (GLTA) 
[Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin]


As a former college dance teacher and choreographer, I have always been interested in how body movement can be made more efficient to allow for increased grace, fluidity, strength and freedom of motion. In 2004 I took a Somatics class at the Ohio State University, and I asked a fellow classmate who was also a Trager practitioner, to tell me about Trager. She suggested I attend an introductory class that she was teaching that weekend; and thus began my immersion into the study and practice of the Trager Approach, which was the perfect vehicle for me to continue my love of movement education. I became a practitioner in 2008 and am currently involved with a volunteer group in Columbus, Ohio called the Stone Soup Project. This group of body and energy workers offers their wellness and educational services to organizations such as retirement homes, hospital nursing staffs, veterans, and military families. I have an M.F.A. in Dance and am also certified in Laban Movement Analysis.

Anna Marie Bowers, Admin. Director PDF Print E-mail

Administrative Director
Assistant Treasurer

Assistant Secretary

Anna Marie Bowers has had a passion for the Trager® Approach for more than 25 years. She found herself in a Trager training as a result of her own search for balance and health. Anna Marie became a certified Trager Practitioner in 1982. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Anna Marie received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wright State University. In addition to her tasks as Administrative Director of the USTA, she maintains a Trager practice in Burton, Ohio.



Contact Information:

 13801 W. Center St. Suite C
 P.O. Box 1009
Burton, Ohio 44021
FAX: 440-834-0365
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Frank Merillat - Trager Southeast PDF Print E-mail

Region: Trager® Southeast (TSE)
[Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, portions of N. Carolina, S. Carolina]


I am a licensed massage therapist and Trager practitioner living in Gainesville, Florida. I am also an instructor with the Florida School of Massage teaching the study of movement and neuromuscular therapy. I discovered the Trager Approach while seeking relief for my own physical discomfort and was amazed how such a simple, light and pain-free form of bodywork was so effective. I incorporate the principles of Doctor Trager’s work in my teaching, bodywork practice and my daily life. What could be easier, lighter and more comfortable?




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Bobbie Nehman - Heartland PDF Print E-mail

Region: Heartland (HRTLND)
[Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas]


I was born, raised and educated through college in New Jersey.  As a child I always enjoyed playing outside and observing nature.  This led to a College and Masters degrees in biological science with experiences in ecology and laboratory research.  While living in Paraguay with my young family, I "happened" into a course in Massage Therapy to help my young son, and became certified in 1978. Another opportunity led me to receive US Massage Therapy credentials in 1979 before moving to Texas, the next year.  In 1981-2, while practicing my new profession, I learned about the rather new Trager® Approach from a client whose daughter was traveling to Hawaii to study with Milton.  Soon there were trainings outside of Hawaii and California. I took the one in Texas and started the practitioner training track. I then became a Tutor in 1985.  I have been an Introductory Workshop Leader, a Supervised Practice Leader and a Class Organizer.  The Trager Approach was something I could do while raising my kids and became a way to be, and a life-long learning process to share with others.  It is something that has enhanced my life, allowed me to rehabilitate my body from injury, and always look for the joy, grace, beauty and ease of the body and its movement through life.  I helped create the Heartland Region of the USTA and have been its first representative to the National Board for the last four years, as well as served on the Heartland Board. 


Laura Lynn Giubardo - Secretary PDF Print E-mail

Region: Southern California Trager® Assocation (SOCHANE) 
[California zip codes 90000-92999, Hawaii, Nevada]



As a Massage Therapist, body worker, hula dancer, yoga student, mother of seven and a spiritual seeker from the Church of Kindness, my journey began as a 19 year old, on the big Island of Hawaii.

I studied Lomi Lomi, shiatsu, sport massage, prenatal massage, Swedish massage, etc. My  Level 1 Trager® training facilitated a transcendent experience as my diaphragm released; it enabled me to take a breath so deep that my life was transformed and has been growing and transforming ever since.

I continue to apply the principles of Trager® in my life, and the lives of my family, friends and clients. I have seen other’s lives transformed by The Trager Approach. I believe in the principles that Milton Trager taught to the core of my heart, it is beyond my understanding why these principles are not taught in every school in the world.

The body is a vessel that carries the soul, moving the body to help a person realize the potential of their existence, transforming a life is powerful for all involved. I remain forever grateful to Milton Trager for the gift he has offered, allowing me to heal, and assist others in their healing.


Laura Lynn Giubardo



Gae Henry - Northern California PDF Print E-mail

Region: Northern California (NORCAT)

[California zip codes 93000-96999]

After discovering Trager® in 1983, Gae became a Practitioner in 1985.  She is a Trager Mentastics® Teacher and loves how the Trager Approach has enriched her life.  She has been a member of her Regional Board and most recently, a member of the International Tutor Committee for the past ten years.  Gae lives in Berkeley, California, but finds she spends lots of her time one hundred miles north - looking at birds and kayaking in Clear Lake, California.

Northwest PDF Print E-mail

Region: Northwest Trager® Association (NWTA)
[Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming]

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