Board of Directors

Judi Calvert

Judi Calvert is the President of the Hands On Trade Association, created in 2000. HOTA is a Membership Association of professionals. Equine massage is one of the modalities covered by HOTA.   She has been practicing massage therapy for 32 years and has devoted her life to educating the public and the profession about the benefits of massage and bodywork with positive touch. Highlights of Judi Calvert’s biography:  • Judi co-founded Massage Magazine in 1985 and sold it in 2005. She has traveled around the world as a massage ambassador, interviewing many people in the field of massage and bodywork and documenting the stories of their work.   • In 1992, Judi co-founded the Massage Anatriptic Arts Expo, the first International showcase of Hands-On Healing Arts. It brought together teachers of massage and bodywork styles from around the world. It was repeated again in 2002. At the Expo, she taught equine massage to the policemen who rode horses to patrol San Francisco, California.  • In 1995, Judi co-created the High Touch Tour, a twelve city tour to help educate the public about the art and science of massage therapy and body work.  • In 1997, she drove to Sturgis, South Dakota for the Harley Davidson Rally and took over 60 massage therapists to work on the people that attended the rally. It was the first time that massage was done at any rally of this kind. At the Rally, she taught an Equine Massage Class to the participants who race on horseback against the motor cycle riders.  • In 2004, Judi co-founded the World of Massage Museum. This was the first and only museum in the world dedicated to the history of massage. She has assembled over 4,000 historic objects and images into various presentation formats. Equine massage is a part of the massage history in the museum.  • In 2008, Judi was inducted into the Massage Hall Of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a part of the World Massage Festival.  • In 2013, Judi Calvert was approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider. She offers a Three Credit CEU on the History of Massage.   In 2017, Judi continues teaching live and on-line classes on the History of Massage.

Geary Whiting

Geary Whiting VFTH-USA Director has been in the health and fitness industry over 50 years and has worked with many World Class Athletes, including our US Olympic Athletes. One unique athlete in particular was Bob Wieland, the double amputee who walked across America on his arms in the early 1980s, 3,000 miles in 3 years, 6 months, and 8 days. Geary is also a 2015 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Pioneer of Massage Award as a bridge builder/teacher in Horse and Human. Also to his credit Geary was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution in Oriental Medicine” through the use of Shiatsu Massage from his teacher Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko L.AC. OMD, Ph.D. Also Geary is the founder/teacher of “Geary Whiting’s Equine Massage School for Horse and Rider” established in 1998 and endorsed by World Class Horseman and Hall of Famers. Geary has published his first book, “Equine Massage In-Home Study Program for Horse and Rider” Geary Whiting Ph.D. and is working on his second book, “Dare To Dream, my life story.” Recently Geary was honored to have a special opportunity to induct into the 2017 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame two very important people in his life:  His teacher, Dr. Do Ann T. Kaneko, and his 2005 Equine Massage school graduate, Yvonne Allen, founder of “Voice for the Horse Canada.” Other accomplishments are “Touch for Health instructor,” Doctorate in “Original Holistic Studies” as well as featured article in the February/March anniversary issue of Massage Magazine—cover story.

DoAnn Kaneko

DoAnn T. Kaneko, Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), Doctor of Oriental Medicine (O.M.D), Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine, was the founder and associate Academic Director for Eastern Education at the Shiatsu Massage School of California.

Dr. Kaneko was born and raised in Japan. A graduate of Saint Paul Rikkyo University (1970), Toyo Acupuncture College (1979), and SAMRA University & Health Sciences (1985), he is a second-generation practitioner of his family's traditional healing art practice: Anma Massage (Meridian Anma) and acupuncture. He also interned at Koundo, the clinic of Dr. Ishino and Inoue in Tokyo.

Kaneko Sensei's education, employment, qualifications, publications, awards and recognition are extensive in the fields of Acupressure, Shiatsu-Anma, Daoyin, Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Oriental exercises and Chinese herbs. He is an acupuncture diplomat from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and senior instructor of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. 

Master Kaneko developed, introduced, and established the "Short Form" of Shiatsu, a treatment technique based on Dr. Serizawa's definition of Shiatsu, and the "Long Form", an advanced three posture technique. This is the style taught at his former school, presented on his three videos and in his textbook, "Shiatsu and Anma therapy - DoAnn's Short and Long Forms”. Also available for the public is "Doann's Doin - Healing ourselves”.

Dr. Kaneko has practiced and taught the healing arts in Japan and the U.S. since 1970. Some of the centers he has worked at are the Shiatsu Dojo & Yoga Ananda Ashram (1975-76), Tao Healing Arts Center in Soho, N.Y. (1979-81), Santa Barbara College of Acupuncture (1982), California Acupuncture College (1984) and Shiatsu Massage School of California in Santa Monica (1982- present).   

He served as a translator in the Acupuncture Examination Committee (1985-95) and an assistant instructor for the Medical Acupuncture for Physicians by Joseph Helmes (1997). Additionally, he organized the Shiatsu Practitioner Association (1985-1990), served as vice president of the Shiatsu Association of America (1986), and became president of the Japanese Acupuncture Association of California (1992) all while continuing to teach his techniques. Dr. Kaneko also shared his teachings through lectures in local academic programs offered at the International Symposium of Oriental Medicine (1993), UCLA for the Registered Nurse (1997) and Loyola Marymount University (2003).     

From 1970 through 2007, in both Japan and the U.S., Dr. Kaneko treated approximately 43,000 patients. His oriental medical background is Taoism and he enjoys its lifestyle. However, he has been a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism (SGI) since 1979 and finds it adds a great deal of wisdom and compassion to his practice. He believes that the most important and spiritual Qi growth is in disciplined everyday practice of Daoyin & Qigong practice, Buddhism and Buddhist medicine. His goal is to share unconditional happiness through faith, study and practice with his community. His Oriental, Quantum, and Buddhist medicine are strong vehicles to achieve this goal through his new home page, additional to

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