Deborah Valentine Smith, B.A., Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), is a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist (since 1979) and a senior Authorized JSD Teacher (since 1983). She is a licensed massage therapist in New York state, board certified and an approved provider with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and a Certified Instructor with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®).
Deborah teaches courses she has developed as well as the full JSD acupressurist training program. She has taught worldwide in massage and bodywork schools, learning centers, and formal training programs. Currently, she is on the adjunctive faculty of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage in Virginia Beach, the Shiatsu School of Vermont and runs the JSD Intensive Teacher Training Program in the U.S. She also teaches privately wherever people want to learn and is especially interested in teaching self-care techniques to the public. She is currently enjoying the evolution of her online Integrated Anatomy and Physiology course: Western Body, Eastern Mind (http://www.bodymindtreasures.com/WBEMEnrollment.html).
She contributed 3 chapters to A Complete Guide to Acupressure (Japan Publications, Revised 2002), by Iona MarsaaTeeguarden, served as the Editor-in-Chief of Pulse, the newsletter of the AOBTA® for 16 years, and has written numerous published articles on Asian Bodywork Therapies.
Deborah sees clients in New Paltz, New York and New York City.