Marissa is a past Director of Health Improvement Programs for the Health Benefits Trust where she oversaw the administration and development of health care benefits for 14,000 Home Care Aides in Washington State. She developed programs to help HCAs improve their health and reduce their cost of health care. Recently retired from 18 years in clinical massage practice, Marissa is able to contribute to the field of integrative health in other ways. She now focuses on improving population health and access to massage and other complementary care disciplines. Her volunteer work includes working as a research reviewer for the Massage Therapy Foundation, best practice work and acting as Chair of the WA State Massage Board for the Washington State Department of Health. In 2013 Marissa received a Service to the Profession Special Award from the AMTA-WA for her work summarizing massage research as an Essential Health Benefit – a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Prior to the Health Benefits Trust, Marissa worked in clinical research, best practice guideline development, scientific review committees, as chair of the state massage board, and on a public health research panel. She also managed a public health research program investigating the translational process, cost effectiveness and return on investment of Community Health Worker home visits for chronic health conditions. Her varied health care experience and expertise have allowed Marissa to deploy allopathic, complementary and alternative healthcare approaches to create an integrated approach to supporting the individual, the care system and the target population hence improving health and quality of life.