Tammy Carreras, LMT

MT Alumna

Tammy Carreras

Program & Concentration: Certificate in Massage Therapy

Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Graduation Year: Fall 2015

Prior Education or Experience: I have my GED and I attended classes at Southwestern Oregon Community College and Chemeketa Community College.

Tell us about what you have been up to since graduation? What are you doing now?
After graduation, I got licensed as soon as possible. I then worked at Elements Massage in Wilsonville. I learned so much while there! It was a very pleasant experience. After working there for a little more than a year, I decided to work out of my home. I started my business, For the Love of Massage LLC. It’s slow going right now, but that’s okay, because my priority is to homeschool my children. I am staying as busy as I want to and loving it!

When you look back at your experience at UWS, what do you remember the most as the best part?
I enjoyed learning from other massage therapy students. Each student developed such a uniquely individual style of massage that resulted from the same education and materials. We had some amazing therapists training us, and they helped my class build our skills and explore new techniques.

How did your time at UWS prepare you for your career and life?
I was very well prepared. I have co-workers and clients alike consistently amazed at how little time I had been practicing based on my skill-set.

What made you choose UWS over other schools?
My primary reason for choosing UWS was because of the flexibility with student aid and that I could use FAFSA.

What made you decide on this education and career path?
I grew up in a family where massage was used regularly for pain and stress. I had many family members encourage me to go to school to be a massage therapist. After being married and having two kids, I found that I wanted something more. I explored my options, trying to find what my life was missing. I thought of the things that made me happy and massage was at the top of the list. It’s even better that I am able to generate an income doing something I love!

Are you still close to any of your classmates and do you try to get together?
There are three classmates who I got together with regularly for about the first year out of school. Recently, I have been doing some massage trades with one of my classmates.

If there was one thing you could say to the general public about massage, what would it be?
No matter how much you love massage and think it’s amazing, it is even better than that! I had no idea how amazing it was or what incredible things I could feel and accomplish with my hands until I went to UWS. I hope it never ceases to amaze me.

WILD CARD: Which class and/or instructor was your favorite and why?
I can’t say that I had a favorite because they were all great. I really enjoyed Molly Verschingel and Erich Steinmetz. I learned so much from both of them!