Massage therapy relieves pain and stress, reduces anxiety and depression and promotes relaxation and well-being.

Our licensed massage therapists use a variety of techniques to create a custom treatment plan:

  • Active release
  • Deep tissue
  • Myofascial release
  • Neuromuscular
  • Range of Motion
  • Swedish massage flushing
  • Trigger-point
  • New Service!  Please call 614-366-0699 if you would like to hire our LMTs to provide a chair massage for your event or department

What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, massage therapy relieves pain and stress, reduces anxiety and depression and promotes relaxation and well-being. Massage therapy may relieve the following symptoms:

  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle tightness
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica

Additionally, massage can complement other treatments. For instance, it can reduce pain and depression in cancer patients and improve weight gain and development in premature infants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to remove my clothes?

No. Like chair massages in the airport or mall, massage therapy does not always require bare skin. Your massage therapist will work with you to maximize your comfort.

I feel uncomfortable when I lay flat on my back or stomach. Can I still get a massage?

Yes. Your massage therapist can keep you comfortable with pillows and bolsters or give you a massage while you are seated or lying on your side.

How do I ask my doctor or nurse practitioner to recommend massage?

Just do it! You could say, “I would like to try massage therapy to complement my care. That may reduce my pain, help me sleep better, help me recover more quickly, use less medication, improve my quality of life, etc. Will you please write a prescription for therapeutic massage with the reason for it, so my insurance will cover it?”

What are the side effects of massage therapy?

Massage is extremely safe when done by an experienced, licensed therapist. Side effects may include sleepiness.

Will insurance cover therapeutic massage?

Yes.  Please call your insurance company to verify your plan covers "Massage Therapy provided by a Licensed Massage Therapist." Other questions to ask are,
  1. "How many units will my insurance cover for my massage prescription diagnosis of _____"
  2. "When assessing my treatment plan, do I have a limitation on how many visits?"

Are all Therapeutic Massage sessions the same?

No. Your treatment could vary each session even by the same Licensed Massage Therapist.  This is why a Therapeutic Massage accommodates to what your body needs at that moment.  No cookie-cutter treatment.  At OSU Integrative Medicine, we work together as a team.  We have patients who prefer multiple Licensed Massage Therapists depending on what their needs are or have a preference of just one Massage Therapist.  Try everyone out, and see who is the best fit for you!

Why Choose Ohio State?

Why choose therapeutic massage services at Ohio State?

It is rare to find massage therapists working alongside medical doctors and other health professionals in a multi-practice setting. We have created this environment to make it even easier for doctors and health professionals to work together for your personalized care. Our massage therapists are certified and credentialed to provide the best available therapeutic massage. They also have specific experience working with medically fragile patients for the best complementary treatment.

Ohio State’s Integrative Medicine Clinic also offers:

  • Convenient and comprehensive care in one location
  • Other health services, including chiropractic care, acupuncture, general medicine and more, in the same location
  • The highest quality massage therapists who educate patients about their treatment, conduct research to better understand the benefits and risks for patients with specific conditions and engage with community practitioners to enhance the quality of their service
  • Classes in yoga, tai chi, stress-reduction and more
  • Free and convenient parking

Our Licensed Massage Therapists


Kevin “Ted” Blubaugh, LMT

Specialty: Therapeutic Massage

I address postural imbalance to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. I can help reduce pain once the body is returned to a functionally neutral position. I’m proud to have graduated with honors from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine, and completed additional training in neuromuscular, myofascial, post-isometric muscle release and positional release therapies.


Cheryl Boschert, LMT

Specialty: Therapeutic Massage

I believe in therapeutic massage using myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point and range of motion. I combine techniques to decrease pain and improve flexibility.


Rhonda Crockett, LMT

Specialties: Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage

In 1991, I graduated from The Central Ohio School of Massage and earned certification in the following Modalities: Sports Massage, Myofascial Release I and by December 2016, I will have full certification in Reflexology. I like tailoring the therapy sessions, to be as thorough as I can in treating whatever ails the individual. I have loved the art of massage since a very young age.  For fun, I enjoy reading, writing poetry, singing, and working with youth at her church.


Caitlin Merriman, LMT

Specialty: Massage Therapy

I am the lead massage therapist at the OSU Integrative Medicine Clinic, where I combine my passion for patient care and office management. I have an associate of applied sciences in massotherapy from the Ohio College of Massotherapy, as well as training in neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release therapy.

Caitlyn Shaver, LMT

Specialty: Therapeutic Massage

I have held an active license to practice massage therapy since 2011, after graduating from The American Institute of Alternative medicine. My training has led me to specialize in Swedish, relaxation and trigger point therapy. Having also a certification in yoga, I find that combining massage therapy while utilizing yoga breathing techniques greatly enhance relaxation and tension release to occur during sessions.  Besides practicing my passion here at OSU Integrative Medicine, you can find me being outside as much as possible enjoying nature, practicing yoga and or reading a delightful book on wellness.

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Katie Summerford, LMT

Specialty: Therapeutic Massage

I have been a practicing licensed massage therapist since July 13, 2007. I started with the Center for Integrative Medicine in August 2015 and am currently seeing patients at Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute. My massage treatments are focused around using a combination of deep tissue and Swedish techniques. I am proud to be a part of our growing massage industry within the OSU and OSUMC community.

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Michele Mack

Specialty: Therapeutic Massage

I joined Integrative Medicine in early 2016. I received my training from Columbus State Community College and completed an externship at Nationwide Children's Hospital with their Clinical Inpatient Therapies department after graduation. Ardent about working with women and children, I am a certified Prenatal, as well as a Pediatric Massage Therapist. I currently work with our inpatient population through Integrative Medicine consults or departmental contracts.  I can be paged at #9715

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Trisha Fowler, LMT

I've been licensed since 2002 and currently work at Gahanna and Healthy New Albany locations. I love to tailor my massages to the individual using a combination of Swedish, trigger point and myofascial work. Outside of OSU, I massage the residents of nursing homes. When I'm not massaging, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter.

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Elaine Wiese, LMT

I graduated from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine, and received my massage license from the Ohio Medical Board in 2005. After working in medical massage for nine years at two chiropractic offices, I joined the OSU Center of Integrative Medicine in 2014. I currently see patients at OSU Integrative Medicine Kenny Road and the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. My expertise is in Swedish massage, deep tissue, muscle memory release, trigger point, pregnancy and senior massage. My passion is to help people maintain optimal health and wellness.

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Sonia Murphy, LMT

As a massage therapist, I am in a unique position of being able to use natural methods to help people treat painful ailments, rehabilitate injuries, relax overworked muscles, reduce stress and promote overall health. I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and a Master of Family and Consumer Sciences and later became a registered dietitian. I received my clinical massage therapy diploma at the SOMA Institute – The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago in 2004, and am board certified.

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Stephanie N. Mabry , LMT

I graduated from The Cincinnati School of Medical Massage, and received my massage license from the Ohio Medical Board January of 2010.  I worked in the medical massage community through chiropractic offices for 5 years.  Currently I see patients at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center through the James survivorship program.  My massage style is Swedish style, comfort oriented and patient centered.  My passion is to help ease the pain, stress and discomfort associated with the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Trevor Bradley, LMT

Attended the seminar for Massage for People Living with Cancer and now works solely with Oncology Massage population through The JamesCare Survivorship since 2016. Previously worked inpatient and outpatient departments for OSUMC in 2015

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Arkenia Miles-White, LMT

I graduated from Columbus State Community College in 2013 with a certificate in massage therapy. I specialize in Swedish Massage, trigger point, post isometric muscle release, sacro-sternal release and chair massage.

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