Melinda Besse, Owner, LMT
“It brings me great joy to be the owner of the Boulder Massage Therapy Institute where we can be the foundation, grounding and rich soil for healing hands & hearts to grow, evolve and bloom in the world. We are not only a strong academic, hands-on school & clinic preparing students for a successful career but also a community of healing arts practitioners here to support and nurture students through the both academic and heart-filled journey before, during and well beyond graduation.”
~ Melinda Besse, Director of Boulder Massage Therapy Institute.
Once an owner and operator of one of the largest outdoor adventure businesses in Colorado, Melinda now enjoys guiding others to embark on a spiritual adventure to explore their inner wilderness.
Inspired by decades of practice and study in ayurveda, bodywork, life coaching, energy work, yoga, meditation and indigenous healing practices, Melinda’s work is in helping people to remember and align with their natural, raw rhythms to find balance in body, mind, heart and spirit.
Along this life journey thus far, Melinda’s educational achievements include:
- Certified Satori Lifestyle Coach
- Reiki Master & Teacher
- Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Kids Yoga Teacher, Prenatal Yoga Teacher
- Collectively raised $1,000,000 to fight Human Trafficking in India and traveled to Calcutta with Off the Mat Into the World. There she taught yoga to girls in protected shelters and helped get a work skills education program for the women off the ground. In May 2013, Melinda completed the Off the Mat into the World Leadership Program.
- Shamanic Healing Practitioner through the Four Winds
- Licensed Massage Therapist
Melinda had the vision to create sacred space for the education, support, and development of healers, spiritual leaders, and future conscious business entrepreneurs to find their unique expression to bring into the world.
That is You. And here in our sunny, majestic mountain view space is the place in Boulder, Colorado, a mecca for health and holistic healing. Come to explore and discover for yourself.
Angela Bereski, Director, BA, LMT
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from James Madison University, Angela knew her education was not over. She went on to attend Alvernia University and received three teaching certificates, followed by teaching at both the high school and middle school levels in Pennsylvania. During her time as a high school teacher, Angela found great stress relief through yoga. She studied in both San Diego and Thailand to become 500-hour registered yoga teacher. She has since completed Anatomy Trains levels I and II and many other continuing education courses. Angela’s desire to help facilitate the healing process through yoga soon became her driving force, and she moved to Colorado to pursue more in the healing field. Angela knew that massage would make a good partner for yoga, and Boulder Massage Therapy Institute provided the perfect massage therapy program. Angela went on to start a thriving massage therapy and yoga practice, as well as teaching at her alma matter, BMTI. Angela has always held a great passion for learning and education. At every stage of life, she has been in the seat of the student or teacher, and now finds herself in the exciting role of Director of BMTI.
Nicole Kipp, Administrative Director, LMT
Nicole started her career as a licensed esthetician in California in 2014. She specialized in waxing for three and a half years before moving to Colorado in 2017, where she continued studying esthetics. A year later, she went on to receive a dual license in massage therapy through BMTI in the spring of 2018. Since completing school, she has gained experience working with local clinics, as well as with her own clientele. Nicole performs many modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, fascial therapy, and prenatal massage. Her passion for well- rounded health and wellness is a driving force in continuing her education in both her positions as a massage therapist and skincare specialist. During her free time she enjoys hiking, spending time with her husband and dog, and pyrography art.