Stephanie Welch has been a lifelong learner. After high school, not knowing what to do with her life, she went off to college, because that's just what you do when you graduate with honors! After briefly majoring in physics, she decided it wasn't for her and went on to complete a bachelor's degree in classics and a master's degree in art history.
In late 2008, in between research assistant positions in her brief tenure at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the economic crash eliminated all her museum employment prospects. Not ready to commit to a PhD in art history, she took the opportunity to re-evaluate her direction and try something entirely new: massage therapy.
In April 2010 she graduated from the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, MA, and has since practiced for the last four years in the Boston area. Working in group practices and at a physical therapy clinic alongside many other complementary care services (including acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, and personal training), she has been able to soak up immense learning about human health, as well as continuing to research voraciously on her own.
This unique career path has provided literal "hands-on" experience at understanding and evaluating the human biological machine. Thousands of bodies later, Stephanie has combined all her academic background with direct knowledge and feedback from real people dealing with chronic pain and dysfunction, and further worked to implement it in rebuilding her own body: fixing flat feet, eliminating foot and hip pain, and getting half an inch taller! In the process, she has developed a comprehensive, holistic view of the body and its mechanisms that frequently has her clients asking, "Why didn't my doctor ever tell me that?"