Online Massage Educator
Samaara Robbins graduated with honors from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. She studied Massage for People Living with Cancer and Oncology Massage in the Hospital Setting with Gayle MacDonald. She is a Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Therapist.
Samaara received her first massage ever just a few weeks after beginning treatment for cancer. For that hour massage Samaara felt like just another girl enjoying a spa day--a girl without cancer. Out of that experience she embraced massage for others going through treatment. She worked as the lead massage therapist for Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Vail, CO and opened a private practice in Frisco, CO and later in Truckee, CA serving those diagnosed with cancer and lymphedema.
In 2012, Samaara began teaching and in 2014 she became an NCBTMB approved continuing education provider in oncology massage. She developed the online massage modules for Wellness for Cancer. Samaara is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider offering CEUs to yoga instructors in restorative and restorative flow.
17 years working as an Integrative Therapist and Educator in Cancer
Julie Bach is the Executive Director for Wellness for Cancer, an educational program under Spa4ThePink, a registered 501 c(3) charity organization with the objective of improving well-being for people touched by cancer.
Julie is a thought leader within the Global Wellness Institute, recognized for bridging the medical world with the world of wellness. She consults to many wellness and cancer support organizations and is known for her development of cancer-focused training with leading medical doctors and has provided training to thousands of staff members in spas, hospitals, not-for profits, throughout Europe, United States, Mexico, Canada, and India.
Julie shifted her focus to beauty and cancer in 2000 within her skin clinic and spa in Vail, Colorado. In 2005, Julie was approached by the local cancer center to help establish a cancer and spa outreach program, which today raises $750,000 annually for spa and well-being services. Wellness for Cancer continues to fund outreach programs and provide services to individuals touched by cancer.
Prior to the spa industry, Julie led strategic consulting and product development teams focused on disruptive innovations for both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial ventures. Julie holds a Masters in Business from Harvard University and will be presenting her work at the 2017 Society for Integrative Oncology Conference.
"I can think of no greater purpose for my life then in teaching compassion to our industry and in stewarding peace to individuals who are suffering..."