HBMT Peer Support & Mentorship Program

For massage therapists who are working in the hospital or are hoping to.

Healwell has been building and growing hospital-based massage therapy programs in private, non-profit and university health systems since 2010 and we know it’s lonely out there! 

Healwell welcomes massage therapists who are already practicing in hospitals (alone or in established programs) and those who are working on creating those opportunities to join us in lively, supportive and collegial community. 

We’ll talk about ALL of the things. We’ll share articles, research, humor and support. We’ll host two live monthly “Rounds” (one in the morning and one in the evening) to give you an opportunity to connect with Healwell and with others to share about your challenges, triumphs, conundrums and questions. 

We all do better when we all do better, so get in here and let’s all do better!  

The HBMT Peer Support & mentorship Program is a special group within Healwell's Online Interdisciplinary Community. It's a monthly membership and you can join or leave at any time.


Instructor & Service Director Laura Bryant-Earner

Laura is Healwell's Service Director and a member of the curriculum development team. Before becoming a licensed massage therapist, Laura taught English in Japan for 19 years. Upon returning to America, she graduated from massage school in the spring of 2018. It was in school that she heard of something called “oncology massage” and felt drawn to it. Passionate about learning, Laura has continued her advanced training in the fields of oncology massage, scar tissue manipulation and manual lymph drainage. She has provided massage in a variety of settings including corporate, private practice and spas. Because of her own massage experiences, Laura appreciates how massage can play a supportive role in health care and the journey that is being human.

Instructor & Executive Director Cal Cates

Cal has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007. Their experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly. Cal is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process. Their favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human and more flexible.