AMTA Assembly of Delegates – Nevada Delegation

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AMTA Assembly of Delegates 2018 Business Meeting – Washington, D.C. – August 8, 2018

Position Statements are the cornerstone professional beliefs of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) as decided by the membership population of over 80,000 professional massage therapists.

See all the currently Approved Position Statements.

the 2018 Agenda – each year the members are encouraged to formally propose Position Statements – statements that say something about Massage Therapy: how it can/may assist in healthcare-positive results with special populations or medical conditions – all claims are thoroughly-researched and -studied, created by members with the most-current, scientific data. Annually, since 2006, Member-approved – through the Assembly of Delegates – Position Statements become the beliefs of the leading, non-profit professional association in the United States. This year’s proposed Position Statements were released to the membership – through the AoDAC and Chapter Delegates – in mid-July.


Read the entire 2018 Nevada Delegates’ report – by Cathy Lightcap & David Otto

Questions? Comments?  Contact your Delegate via email

Member Voting vs. Delegate Representation: the function of the Delegate is to represent the member consensus on the National floor of the Assembly of Delegates (AoD) each year.  Delegates poll the members, discuss the Position Statements with the members and take a Chapter vote to the AoD.  When in the AoD at the National Convention, representatives from all 51 Chapters have an opportunity to represent the support or concerns of their Chapter’s members and dialogue works toward a consensus of the state Chapters’ Delegates to vote for or against a proposed Position Statement. If needed, a Delegate may change his/her Delegate vote to reflect the best interest of the Chapter membership.

Who can be a Delegate?  Any Graduate or Professional AMTA member in good standing.  Terms are now starting at 2 years…your commitment helps the National association and profession move forward.  It’s hard work, so you’ll get to take a break for a year before you can run again.  No need to step out entirely, though!  Continue to be active by supporting/mentoring the incoming Delegate(s), writing a new document, commenting on officially proposed document, connecting with other members who are developing official processes – they need all the help they can get, too!

Who can write a Position Statement?  Any AMTA member.  Your current Delegate(s), Chapter Board of Directors, or fellow members can help you start and explore the process, edit, proofread, keep communication with the people that need to vet your document, and basically help you follow it all the way through the process. timeline

If you consider the impact that statements a professional association makes on behalf of its tens-of-thousands of members, to include empirical evidence and “by massage therapists, for massage therapists” method of governance, then it is truly a professional representation of who we are and where we stand – what we profess.

…for 2019: If you are interested in becoming a Delegate or just starting a Position Statement of your own: share it with us.  Let us help and represent you in your professional Association, on a National stage, and so you can practice what you preach in your own Practice.  email hidden; JavaScript is required today.

Current Nevada Delegation


David J Otto, LMT BCTMB

David J Otto, LMT – Delegate 2017-2018 (2-year term) [Nominate]

David J Otto, LMT BCTMB earned his BA in English, Secondary Education in 1991. In 2001, he graduated from the Nevada School of Massage Therapy where he has also been an ACCET-accredited Professional Development Instructor for 6+ years. He owns/operates his massage therapy practice, Hands In Motion, since 2003 in Henderson, Las Vegas & Clark County, NV.
David has served the AMTA-Nevada Chapter as President[/Immediate Past President], 1st Vice-President, Delegate, and is currently serving as 2018 Delegate, Webmaster, and Education Committee member, and Government Relations Committee Chair – he has served on AMTA’s National Convention Planning and Mentoring Award committees, is serving on the National Awards Committee, is serving as an active volunteer with the Massage Therapy Foundation on their Development & Marketing Committee, and serves as a Subject Matter Expert with the NCBTMB.

Cathy Lightcap, LMT

Catherine Lightcap, LMT – Delegate 2018-2019 (2-year term) [Nominate]

Catherine Lightcap, LMT is an Independent Massage Therapist in Henderson, NV, graduating from Northwest Health Career College and entering the massage therapy field in 2014. She studied Banking and Finance at Dodge City Community College and received her OSHA training at OTI in Des Plaines, IL, and Maplewoods College in Kansas City, MO. Upon earning her degree & Certification, Cathy became an OSHA instructor for General Industry and Construction and served as adjunct for two colleges in Oklahoma, retiring in 2012. She is currently a First Aid, CPR and AED Trainer with the National Safety Council.
Cathy is very passionate about laughing with her friends & family and finds every opportunity to spend quality-time with them. Cathy serves the American Massage Therapy Association, Nevada Chapter, as its elected 2018/2019 Delegate and with the Government Relations Committee.

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