My career here at Oak Haven has been a wonderful journey full of growth, setbacks, empowerment, and support. Not many people are fortunate enough to be in a position where they are able to earn a living doing something they love. I happened to stumble my way into a field of work I am most passionate about. The rewards are much more than monetary. I have the privilege of being loved by many as my work has a direct impact on my clients quality of life. Coming to work doesn’t feel like any job I have ever known. The entire Oak Haven staff has the same desire to deliver the best quality possible. When I first started, I did not see massage therapy the way I do now. The more familiar I became with my coworkers and their work, the more I felt my work was substandard. I wondered, “How will I be able to stand out in an arena full of gladiators?” After each massage I would receive, the caliber of LMTs blew me away, and I soon realized that if I wanted to make this work I would need to take this work seriously. I felt that I was in competition and needed to stand out, but I could not have been more wrong. As time went by, I started taking the classes and mentorship, and my work started to improve significantly. I also came to realize how different we all are, and how each of us have something special and unique about our work. I have built a strong network of mentors and am able to refer my clients to many LMTs with confidence. The growth and support I have experienced here has been priceless. I was unaccustomed to being valued as an employee and a coworker; it took me a while to see how everyone here only wants to see one another succeed. I hit the turning point in my career here early on. I was in my first Neck and Shoulder class and I revealed that I suffered from daily headaches for 16 years. At the time, I was taking Rx pain killers and muscle relaxers. Having a headache everyday was something I became used to. I did not even realize the negative impact it was having on my daily interactions with everyone in my life. Would you believe that after experiencing the work during class I went an entire week without a headache? Now there I was working with all these rock stars and I wanted that to be me. I wanted to share this work and all the benefits with as many people as I could. I had no idea the value this work had and getting to experience the impact first hand was a game changer for me. To this day I rarely get a headache, and when I feel one creeping back in I get a massage from one of my many favorite Massage Therapists. Throughout my first few years here, my career slowly gained momentum, and I started to see massage therapy in a new light. I only had to step out of my box and learn to put my ego away in order to become part of a wonderful family of so many talented individuals. My work has evolved over time and I continue to grow and learn each year. I cannot express how much being a part of OHM means to me. It has been an honor to have been given the opportunity to help so many people improve their quality of life. I am so thankful that I am part of an organization that places such a high value on their employees. Being a Massage Therapist is a career that knows no limits on fulfillment, and working here at OHM only makes it better.