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Task Force Meeting to Discuss the Core Curricular and Continuing Education Requirements for Tennessee Law and Ethics Courses

During the August 2014 Meeting a Task Force was created to study, evaluate and make recommendations to the Board regarding core curricular requirements for the 10 hour requirement for Ethics . If you have input or recommendations regarding the work of the task force, please forward those to The Tennessee Massage Board requests that all correspondences be sent to either Dr. Ed Bolden or the Tennessee Massage Administrative Office by Friday March 20, 2015. We appreciate any and all input.

About the Board of Massage Licensure

The Massage Licensure Board was created in 1995 by an act of the State Legislature. Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice the profession of massage therapy within this state be qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Board is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violations.

The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Massage therapists may be licensed by (1) certification from the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, (2) education (successful completion of a course of study of not less than five hundred (500) hours from a massage school approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission or the Tennessee Board of Regents.) Effective July 1, 2003 all applicants must meet both education and examination requirements.

Renewal notices are mailed from Board’s administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licensees are responsible for renewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license.

The Board has scheduled meetings throughout the year to conduct administrative business concerning ratifying licenses, promulgating rules, disciplinary matters, etc. The seven (7) Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve two five (5) year terms. A quorum of four (4) members is required to conduct business. The meetings are open to the public.

Contact the Board of Massage Licensure

To contact the Board, call (615) 253-2111 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide
or write
  665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
  Nashville, TN  37243


Board Members

Board Member Position Representation Term Expires
Ed Bolden President Massage Therapist 06-30-2016
Cynthia Jaggers Board Member Massage Therapist 06-30-2019
Marvis Burke Secretary Massage Therapist 06-30-2017
Bethann Easterly Board Member Massage Therapist 06-30-2017
Michael Velker Board Member Consumer 09-30-2016
Julie Wray Board Member Massage Therapist 06-30-2017
Christi Cross
Board Member
Consumer 06-30-2016

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes tab. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter.

Board of Massage Licensure Meeting Schedule
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
February 10-11, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
May 5-6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
June 10, 2014 12:00 P.M. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
August 11-12, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
October 27-28, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
February 9-10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
March 30, 2015 10:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
May 4-5, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
August 10-11, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
November 2-3, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter

Practitioner Profiles

Information Required to be Reported on Practitioner Profiles

To view your current profile, please go to and enter your license number and profession, then click on the Practitioner Profile link.

To make changes to your profile, you can go to and fill in the changes, print the document and mail to the appropriate board.

The professions required to submit and maintain a practitioner profile questionnaire are:

Advanced Practice Nurses
Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Chiropractic Physicians
Clinical Pastoral Therapists
Dispensing Opticians
Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Certified Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Laboratory Personnel
Marital & Family Therapists
Massage Therapists
Medical Doctors

Nursing Home Administrators
Occupational Therapists
Orthopedic Physician Assistants
Osteopathic Physicians
Physician Assistants
Physical Therapists
Professional Counselors
Respiratory Care Assistants
Social Workers
Speech Language Pathologists

Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63 Chapter 51 requires the following information to be reported to the Board for dissemination to the public on practitioner profiles:

  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • A description of any criminal convictions for felonies and, as determined by the board, serious misdemeanors, within the most recent ten (10) years. For the purposes of this subsection (a), a person shall be deemed to be convicted of a crime if such person was found or adjudged guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. Misdemeanor convictions later expunged by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be stricken from the provider's profile;
  • A description of any final board disciplinary actions within the most recent ten (10) years, which actions shall include final board action as defined by § 4-5-314, and reprimand action taken pursuant to a board practice act;
  • A description of any final disciplinary actions of licensing boards in other states within the most recent ten (10) years;
  • A description of revocation or involuntary restrictions of hospital privileges for reasons related to competence or character that has been taken by the hospital’s governing body or any other official action of the hospital after procedural due process has been afforded, or the resignation from or nonrenewal of medical staff membership or the restriction orf privileges as a hospital taken in lieu of or in settlement or a pending disciplinary case related to competence or character in that hospital, all as taken pursuant to procedures promulgated by the board for licensing health care facilities.  Only cases that have occurred within the most recent ten (10) years shall be disclosed by the department to the public;
  • All medical malpractice court judgments, all medical malpractice arbitration awards in which a payment is awarded to a complaining party and all settlements of medical malpractice claims in which a payment is made to a complaining party beginning with reports for 1998 and each subsequent year; provided, such reports shall not be disseminated beyond the most recent ten-year period, but shall include the most recent ten-year period for which reports have been filed. Each provider licensing board shall set by rule adopted pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, a threshold amount below which judgments or settlements shall not be reportable; provided, such threshold shall, for chapter 6 or 9 of this title licensees, be set at seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), for doctors of chiropractic, regulated pursuant to chapter 4 of this title, be set at fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), for dentists, regulated pursuant to chapter 5 of this title, be set at twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), and for all other licensees under this title be set at ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Dispositions of paid claims shall be reported in a minimum of three (3) graduated categories indicating the level of significance of the award or settlement. Information concerning paid medical malpractice claims shall be put in context by comparing an individual licensee's medical malpractice judgment awards and settlements to the experience of other providers within the same specialty. Information concerning the existence of a court-sealed settlement shall be reported in cases involving such a settlement. Information concerning all settlements shall be accompanied by the following statement: “Settlement of a claim may occur for a variety of reasons which do not necessarily reflect negatively on the professional competence or conduct of the provider. A payment in settlement of a medical malpractice action or claim should not be construed as creating a presumption that medical malpractice has occurred.” (Pending malpractice claims shall not be disclosed by a board to the public.);
  • Names of medical schools or professional and training schools and dates of graduation;    
  • Graduate medical education or other graduate-level training;
  • Specialty board certification as determined by the relevant board;
  • Names of the hospitals where the licensee has privileges;
  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • The identification of any translating services that may be available at the licensee's primary practice location;
  • An indication of which managed care plans in which the licensee participates;
  • An indication of TennCare plans in which the licensee participates;
  • Appointments to medical school faculties and indication as to whether a licensee has a responsibility for graduate medical education within the most recent ten (10) years; (optional)
  • Information regarding publications in peer-reviewed medical literature; (optional) and
  • Information regarding professional or community service associations, activities and awards; (optional)

National Organization

National Organizations of State Boards

Information on the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) may be obtained by phone, fax, or Internet, or writing to:

FSMTB Executive Office
10801 mastin Boulevard, Suite 420
Overland park, KS 66210

Phone: 913-681-0380
Fax: 913-681-0391