Massage Therapy Training Institute (MTTI) Changes its Name to WellSpring School of Allied Health

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The new name of WellSpring School of Allied Health reflects the broader mission of the school, which now includes allied health career education in massage therapy, personal training and medical assisting.

MTTI (formerly the Massage Therapy Training Institute), a career education fixture in Kansas City, Missouri, for more than 21 years, has rebranded itself to WellSpring School of Allied Health.

“The change is a reflection of the broader mission of the school,” says Don Farquharson, the company’s CEO, “which extends well beyond massage therapy, and will now embrace career education for all allied health disciplines, including personal fitness training, medical assisting, nurse assisting and nutrition counseling.”

Renaming the school to WellSpring School of Allied Health was a natural progression, says Farquharson.

“Over the course of the school’s history, we’ve diversified into being the leader in wellness education in the Midwest,” he says. “Massage therapy is still an important part of what we do here, but, today, it’s in conjunction with fitness training, community wellness classes and a larger slice of the total professions defined under the Allied Health field. The new name speaks to our future…to where we’re going.”

WellSpring will launch a new Medical Assisting Program in early 2011, as further evidence of this broader posture. Applications are now being accepted for this selective program that blends state-of-the-art clinical and office-operations training with a more integrative and human-centered approach to medicine.

“Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing professions in the health care field,” says Farquharson. “As medical delivery systems are transformed to reduce the cost of delivery and simultaneously accommodate millions of new patients who will be entering the system because of the new healthcare legislation, Medical Assistants will be in increasingly high demand to assume those front-line roles that will help extend the capabilities of the limited number of doctors and nurses that exist in the system today.”

“Employers know that graduates from WellSpring’s Massage and Fitness Training programs are among the best of the best. This is exactly the kind of confidence that WellSpring intends to instill in its Medical Assisting Program,” adds Farquharson.

“While there are many schools offering medical assisting training, WellSpring intends to put a much greater emphasis on the professional competence of our graduates,” says Sheryl Max, Medical Assistant Program Director and a 30-year veteran of the nursing education field. “Through a selective-screening process and a more rigorous curriculum, WellSpring intends to turn out graduates who are ready to hit the ground running–even in the busiest of medical practices.”

If you’d like to learn more about the school or its new Medical Assisting Program, please contact Tammy Gorges at 816-523-9140 ext. 103 or tammy(dot)g(at)wellspring(dot)edu.

About WellSpring School of Allied Health
WellSpring School of Allied Health (formerly The Massage Therapy Training Institute) was founded in 1988 based on a strong belief in the healing power of touch. Teaching the art of therapeutic massage, modeling professional integrity, and educating the public about the health benefits of massage were the cornerstone of the school. Over time, our programs have evolved to embrace an even broader healthcare and wellness agenda, including programs that address the body, mind and spirit of both students and prospective clients. The learning environment at WellSpring is one of support, encouragement, humor and personal empowerment. The teacher/student ratio is kept low to maximize personal attention and success. We expect uncompromising commitment to professional ethics from every student and instructor. Learn more about WellSpring School of Allied Health at

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