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Laura Gunderson
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So hilarious. Why do only seem to get the real ones?
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I thought this was pure genius the first time I saw one, and then of course my second thought was "damn, this would be a pretty snarky thing to do to a competitor on April Fool's Day" (but I don't seriously think any Portland business would escape the backlash).
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The IRS wants your 2 cents...
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Just answering from a licensed massage therapist (LMT) point of view:

Anyone is able to access records on a massage therapist that has been licensed by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy. A search is available by name (first/last or both), license number (which must be included in all advertising-including business cards) or location. Just click on "License Verification" in the left hand menu on the following page: http://www.oregon.gov/OBMT/Pages/index.aspx
If the LMT has been disciplined, this information is available to view as well under "Board action" shown with the LMTs license information.

Please note, there are close to 5000 LMTs in the Portland Metro area, so the 21 cases mentioned are but a small percentage & represent a span of over 12 months (one was dated 6/4/2012). This is the reason LMTs are licensed-so unprofessional, unethical & illegal behavior can be reported (this can be done anonymously) & investigated appropriately. 

Unfortunately, LMTs are often grouped with sex trade workers/human trafficking groups that offer services that are NOT provided by professional, licensed therapists. So, when news appears about a LMT linked to a sex crime, it gets headlined. Whereas a butcher/baker/candlestick maker would not get as much attention. Sadly, media refuses to understand the strides the profession of massage therapy has made to distance ourselves from the sex industry. I have actually had to add a line to my intake paperwork for clients noting that any comments, jokes, gestures, etc of a sexual nature before or during a session will result in immediate end of the session & reporting (as needed) to the authorities. What other professions (especially healthcare-I bill health insurance carriers) have to use this type of wording in their intake forms? 

I AM appreciative that the Oregonian chose to publish the requirements of becoming a therapist in the above link, although many people do not understand a 'board practical'. To become licensed you must go before the state massage board & show your knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology & pathology. An applicant must be able to know at least 90 muscles in the human body-outline their origin, insertion & show the actions of the muscle on another person. They must also be proficient in approximately 60 different pathological conditions & be ready to ask questions that would pertain to a client who presented with said disease. A short massage demo is performed to show communication skills as well as demonstrate proper draping techniques. Oregon is the only state with a board practical exam-our state takes massage therapy seriously. 

The Oregonian did not print that in addition to the board practical & written exam, a written law exam administered by the state of Oregon which covers Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) relating to massage therapy is required to be passed (as I recall, I believe you need to reference each law & where it is stated in the ORS & you must answer ALL correctly). So, LMTs understand very well that their conduct is considered public knowledge if the board decides to take action on their license.

Again, it is unfortunate that media continues to inflate the negative side of the profession of massage therapy, rather than promote the positive aspects such as drug free pain relief, stress reduction etc.

The bottom line is, sex sells. If the media chooses to use shaming in their approach it needs to be done across the board with regulated professions & not just targeted at a group that has enough problems trying to establish the fact that their services are NOT sexual.

Thank you for reading. I am happy to answer any other questions you may have about my profession & I always appreciate thoughtful commentary.

Jennifer Stelzer, LMT
OBMT License # 17980
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I know it seems like I'm always posting these things, but those bad guys just never stop...
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I've heard from several folks who've called local Chase Bank branches to alert them of the scam. And yet while I've heard that Chase employees confirm it's a scam and say they're well aware of it, there are no alerts or press releases on Chase's corporate site to warn consumers.
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Deal reached in civil case accusing tech investor Nitin Khanna of sexually assaulting a woman in the early morning hours of his wedding day.
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Here's a 3-day series I've been working on for a couple months that will cover how sexual harassment complaints have become privatized in a sense, how many states and the federal government fail to track the issue, how such harassment affects young workers long-term and the growing number of men filing sexual harassment complaints.

It'll make you want to sit down any young person you know and make sure they understand their rights on the job.
Workers age 15 to 22 often don’t realize the graphic comments and unwanted touching they may have tolerated in school constitutes sexual harassment at work. Of those who know it’s wrong, many are too scared, embarrassed or in need of a paycheck to speak up. While these workers may be the least likely to report sexual harassment, researchers say, young people are more likely to be harmed by it long-term.
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It's still true, +Drew Wallner. I'm a middle school teacher. There are a lifetime of things that happen in the hallway during 5 minutes of passing time and we certainly do not hear, see, or cotton on to all of it. 
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Thank you for the article link +Laura Gunderson ! I do have friends to share this with.
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Here's a if-a-tree-falls-in-a-forest question ... If a judgement against a major national company drops from $18.4 million to $1.62, will it still feel the sting? Or better question, will it be enough to ward off that bad behavior in the future?
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Deal reached in civil case accusing tech investor Nitin Khanna of sexually assaulting a woman in the early morning hours of his wedding day.
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Newspaper reporter and freelance author
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Writing, editing, asking never-ending list of questions.
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  • The Oregonian
    business reporter, 1993 - present
    Investigative reporter
  • Freelance author
    2010 - 2013
    On the side, I'm writing a nonfiction narrative about the life of Karen Anderegg, a former editor at Vogue and Elle, and president of Clinique, who spent 30 years providing women with information about their healthy and beauty. She was diagnosed with Mullerian ovarian cancer in 2006, a disease likely caused by the hormone replacement therapy she took for more than a decade. Facebook.com/pages/Laura-Gunderson/428453420579109
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Mother and Oregonian reporter; so yes, always facing a deadline.
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Reporter, mother, wife, gardener and survivor of constant chaos.
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  • University of Portland
    2005
  • Grant High School
    1991
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