Department: Massage Therapy
Stacey Kemerer was a professional dancer when she suffered a hip injury.
Receiving massage made it possible for her to attend rehearsal every day. She eventually retired from dance and decided to help people who were in pain, just like she had been helped.
Now she’s sharing her love of massage as a teacher in College of DuPage’s Massage Therapy program.
“I love the massage profession,” she said. “I frequently work with people who are just beginning their massage training in our program. It’s very exciting to watch students embark on a new chapter in their lives.”
In addition to teaching, Kemerer works as a massage therapist at a chiropractic office. In the past, she worked for a physical therapist, for an acupuncturist and in spas, and she previously taught at the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts in Michigan.
Kemerer hopes students receive a good basis in massage techniques and learn to think critically about how to apply that knowledge to different situations.
“I hope they take away the desire to keep learning,” she said. “There are always new techniques and new research to learn. I hope they continue to grow as therapists throughout their careers.
“Every day I do massage, I see people who are in pain, people who are exhausted by stress, people who want to choose healthy options for themselves and their families. I’m driven by the people on my table, because they are making a choice to share a small part of their lives with me. They don’t have to do that, but they believe I can help. It takes quite a lot of trust to share that with a stranger. That’s inspiring to me.”