Christopher Deery , LMT, BCTMB and Xerlan Deery, BCTMB are accomplished massage therapists with over 50 years combined experience. They focus on “outcome based” massage, and combine their expertise and experience to provide you the best massage and bodywork experience.They are Board Certified Massage Therapists and teach as well as practice.
Originally from Phoenixville, Christopher trained at Massage Therapy Institute of Oklahoma, and graduated in 1996. After working in several different practice setting such as salon/spa, a physical therapy clinic and a private massage office before returning to MTIO and undergoing further schooling, eventually completing his Instructor Training.
Christopher now maintains his private practice in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania with Phoenixville Massage and Bodywork. In his process of becoming such a successful therapist he has encountered a variety of issues regarding professional practices, full vs. part‐time practice and gender issues of being a male therapist. Christopher instructed classes at Massage Therapy Institute of Oklahoma, and was the coordinator of the “Hired Hands” Sports Massage Team. As coordinator of the Sports Massage Team he maintained and increased the ongoing contract with Oklahoma State University, facilitated the program’s growth to include; University of Tulsa, Union High School, and other sports programs throughout the region. He was also a member of the Sports Medicine Committee for Tulsa Technology Center, and contracted with Cancer Treatment Centers of America with the Oncology Rehabilitation Department.
Christopher volunteers with the American Massage Therapy Association and is currently on the national board as a director, is a subject matter expert with the Massage Therapy Foundation on the topic of Massage Therapy for Chronic pain, Post Surgical Pain, and Oncologic pain, and is passionate about the science of massage therapy.
Xerlan graduated from Body Mind College, San Diego in 1987. In 1992 she was among the first group of Therapists in the US to become Nationally Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. She owned and administrated Massage Therapy Institute of Oklahoma, from 1992 until 2004. Xerlan has a very diverse skill set and has practiced in training rooms of collegiate athletic programs, with the Oncology Rehabilitation Department at Cancer Treatment Center, Tulsa, and with performers at Cain’s Ballroom, the Brady Theater, and the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa. She currently maintains her private practice Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and invests much of her time teaching and assisting classes, and volunteering with the American Massage Therapy Association and the Unite for Her.
Xerlan created and implemented Community Education Classes for Hillcrest Centers for Women’s Health & Hillcrest Center for 55+ in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She also created and implemented a Sports Massage Program to provide rehab and therapy to Oklahoma State University athletes working with the Athletic Training Staff and Team Physicians from 1995 – 2012. Xerlan is very involved in the evolution of Massage and Bodywork in the health care setting and has created, implemented and/or consulted on 11 Hospital‐Based Massage Programs in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida, New York and Hawaii. This includes the Hillcrest Geriatric/Psych. Unit (Tulsa), Columbia Doctors Hospital (Tulsa), Claremore Regional, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa. Xerlan also provided equipment supplies; massage therapy services, and staff management support for the Massage Emergency Response Team at the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. Focusing on research and practical applications, Xerlan created and implemented a portion of the 16-week clinical research of a Preliminary Grant Study with the University of Oklahoma Medical College and the Association for Development of Mind/Body Potential on the effects of Massage Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis.
Xerlan is active with the American Massage Therapy Association, and is former Government Relations Chair for the Oklahoma Chapter, for which she was awarded the 2006 National Government Relations Activist Award, for developing Massage Therapy Legislation for the state of Oklahoma. She has also volunteered with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as an item writer and in their Job Task Analysis Survey. She has been a passionate volunteer and former board member with the Northeastern Oklahoma Affiliate of Y-Me, a resource and support network for Breast Cancer survivors. She volunteered for over 12 years with their ‘Camp Hope’ program providing massage and speaking on such topics as finding an appropriate massage therapist and healthy stretching for breast cancer survivors.