Last week, we gave a big hand to some of the most talented hands in the business, as Certified Massage Therapists Sandy Anderson and Joe Ralston said goodbye to St. Ann Center. A dedicated team, Sandy has logged 20 years and Joe 17 years with the center, providing clients, community members, infants and even pets with the healing gift of touch.
Their colleagues honored Sandy and Joe in traditional St. Ann Center fashion, with an outdoor ice cream social.
Along with team member Mary McKenna, Sandy and Joe have given 40,000 massages and earned more than $2 million for St. Ann Center in the past 20 years. During his career, Joe introduced pet massage to the menu of services St. Ann Center provides and led a popular client walking program. A gifted artist, he headed up the Stein Campus art program for several years. Plus, Joe used his culinary skills by baking pies and other treats to sell at St. Ann Center’s farmer’s market.
Sandy, Vice President and Director of Wellness, also shared her talents beyond the massage room. She coordinated the Benevolent Touch (BT) program, teaching staff members and students from across the country the unique massage technique which uses positive tactile contact on another or one’s own skin with loving intent. BT is especially effective in communicating a sense of security and caring to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In addition, Sandy spearheaded staff fitness and wellness efforts—encouraging her colleagues to walk for the fun and the health of it.