For Immediate Release - January 08, 2013

Massachusetts Massage Therapy Board Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Massage Therapy today announced recent enforcement actions against the following individuals:

Nicole Barsky, Revere, MA: The Board entered a Final Decision against Barsky for engaging in unlicensed practice of massage therapy. The Board found that Barksy was offering massage therapy services at Chelsea Alternative Therapy in Chelsea despite the fact that she was not licensed to practice massage therapy, or licensed to operate a massage therapy facility. Barsky was also assessed a $1,000 fine.

Michael Harder, Melrose, MA:  The Board entered a Final Decision against Harder after finding that he had never been issued a license to operate a massage therapy facility, nor he had ever been licensed as a Massage Therapist. The Board found that Harder was operating a massage parlor - One2One NRG - out of Woburn. Harder was also assessed a $1,000 fine.

Angela Kennedy, Brewster, MA: The Board entered a Final Decision against Kennedy for unlicensed practice of massage therapy. An investigation found that Kennedy had posted an advertisement on Backpages.com offering massage services at a residence in Brewster.  The Board assessed a $1,000 fine against Kennedy for her actions, finding that she was not licensed to practice massage therapy and was not licensed to operate a massage therapy facility.

Xiaoyu Nie, Flushing, NY:  The Board entered a consent agreement with Nie resolving allegations that she engaged in inappropriate conduct during a massage. Under the terms of the agreement, Nie voluntarily surrendered her license to practice as a massage therapist as well as her license to operate a massage therapy facility for a period of five years.

Huimin Yan, Brighton, MA: The Board entered a Final Decision against for the unlicensed practice of massage therapy. The Board found that Yan operated a massage therapy facility out of a residence in Brighton despite the fact that she was not licensed to practice massage therapy or licensed to operate a massage therapy facility. Yan was also assessed a $1,000 fine.

The Board of Registration of Massage Therapy both proposes and reviews legislation, as well as new rules and regulations, affecting the profession. It maintains high standards in the field and protects consumers by investigating and resolving complaints against practitioners.  It also works to maintain the educational standards of the profession by directing curricula, licensing schools, and establishing continuing education requirements.  Currently, the Board licenses approximately 9,670 individuals and establishments in the massage therapy profession in Massachusetts.

The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.  The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration. DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/dpl  and select the "Check a Professional's License" link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.  Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.

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