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The National Council for Reflexology Educators (“NCRE”) is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that emerged in January 2016 with the intention of supporting the needs of reflexology educators. This will be done by offering educational resources, forums, conferences, online training, and a voice at legislative proceedings.

The mission is to meet the diverse needs of the reflexology educational community by bridging the gap between the individual’s desire to teach and evolving standards; and give a voice to experienced teachers.


  • Develop national standards for teachers at accepted industry levels for those wishing to teach reflexology.

  • Act as a resource center for interested educators in meeting those standards.

  • Promote continuing education so that the members may serve the best interest of their students and the profession.

  • Act as a voice for educators as they communicate and collaborate with other reflexology organizations within the United States and around the world.

  • Assist in upholding standards to safeguard the education of students and insure the safety of the public.

  • Develop a core curriculum creating a national standard supporting those wishing to teach and offer national certification.

  • Offer a designation in accordance with the Policy and Procedures to those educators who are able to meet the national standards maintained by the Council.

  • Promote reflexology to the public and other health care professionals as a complementary health and wellness practice.




The NCRE logo (seal). is the result of significant heraldic research coupled with NCRE's vision of the organization.



The 2 outer rings are simple and clean. The organization's name is engraved within the rings.



The NCRE motto - Education is the Key. In heraldic translation, the motto was usually in Latin. The Latin tradition is, Educatio Est Clavis.



The scroll is the ancient predecessor of the modern day book. It represents knowledge. In heraldic tradition, a scroll is placed at the bottom of the seal, and the organization's motto is engraved therein.



The key is the heraldic symbol for knowledge.



The torch represents the light that knowledge brings to darkness. The seal includes two torches. One represents the teacher, and one represents the student.



The shield is the heraldic symbol for defender or protector. In this case, NCRE is the protector or defender of the members. NCRE is included at the top of the shield.



In heraldic tradition, olive leaves represent peace. In the field of medicine, olive leaves represent healing. As such, this is a very fitting symbol for reflexology.

Logo design credit: Ralph Richey


Kelly Urso, BA, NBCR believes reflexology is a gift and a responsibility! She has been practicing since 2000 and is ARCB certified in hand and foot reflexology. Her mentors include: Teri Magnan, Bill Flocco, Val Voner, Dwight Byers, Touchpoint, Father Josef and Nancy Bartlett. She feels that each teacher has strengthened her skills and abilities. Kelly has a private reflexology practice in Westerly,  RI.  She also helped start a non-volunteer program for reflexology at Kent Hospital where she worked on the women’s care, oncology and the rehabilitation units promoting reflexology to the public. She served four years on the Reflexology Association of Rhode Island board with two years as president. She currently is a passionate reflexology educator in New England dedicated to protecting and guiding reflexology through education and legislation.

Kelly Urso


Ko Tan (MA, NBCR, LMT, CNMT) earned his first foot reflexology certification in 1983. After then, he was certified in the Full Reflexology Certification (Foot, Hand and Ear) from the American Academy of Reflexology (AAR) in 1990. Along with several therapeutic massage modalities, Ko Tan has been teaching AAR reflexology beginning and integrated courses nationally and internationally. Ko Tan is a past board member of the International Council of Reflexologists (ICR), the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB), and the Georgia Reflexology Organization (GRO). He is recognized for his achievements and extensive research in Reflexology. He participated in the first US study conducted on the positive effects Reflexology has on PMS symptoms, which was published in the Obstetric & Gynecology, December 1993.Ko Tan is the author of the face reflexology book About Face as well as the Traditional Chinese Medicine Simplified. Utilizing his About Face book, Tan has been training his method of Face Reflexology along with his creation, the Face Jade Stone Therapy. 

Ko Tan


A lifetime Maine resident with a BS in Education, Claire Guy (BS, LMT, NBCR) taught in the public school system, then worked in the business sector as co-owner of a computer consulting firm for 19 years. Teaching software use to business owners and adult education classes was a main focus. When Claire followed her heart by attending massage therapy school in 2001 (followed by energy work and reflexology), a transformational career change was in motion. After practicing massage for a number of years, she became one of the main instructors in a massage therapy program at a community college. When she became a reflexology student in 2008, Claire quickly joined her state organization, Maine Council of Reflexologists, as well as RAA. She has been immersed in both organizations ever since. In 2017, Claire started what continues to be the only state certified reflexology school in Maine, SoleWise School of Reflexology. Along with the full reflexology certification program, Claire offers workshops in advanced reflexology practices. She offers private and group coaching for those who are serious about their personal transformation. 

Claire Guy


Chantel C. Lucier


Chantel C. Lucier is a national board certified reflexologist, reiki master, and certified massage therapist in the state of California. Chantel regularly teaches reflexology and reiki classes, wellness webinars, and provides integrated sessions and intuitive reiki readings. She is dedicated to teaching people self-care tools to promote a greater connection to themselves, each other, and their community. Chantel has studied with Wendy Coad, Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson, Sue Ricks, Dorthe Krogsgaard & Peter Lund Frandsen of Touchpoint and 70 classroom hours in the science-based Manzanares Method™ of Reflexology (MMR) developed by Dr. Jesus Manzanares, M.D and training in the MMR Press and Slide Technique™, research principles, protocols and MMR Foot Reflexology Mapping, including 16 hours of training in specialty protocols for chronic pain syndromes developed and taught by Dr. Manzanares, to name a few.

Chantel is a published author of the Something New Every Day series, including Transformative Daily Self-Care Practices. She is an approved continued education provider with NCBTMB and ARCB, Liaison Director for Reflexology Education for the Reflexology Association of California and is happy to be an active Board Director of NCRE. To know more about Chantel visit

Jan Weal-Grubb


Jan Weal-Grubb, BSN, RN, LMT, ARCB Certified Reflexologist. Believing reflexology connects people and our furry friends in a profound, caring, healing and balancing way. Practicing reflexology since 1996 and then ARCB Certified in 2005. A RAA member since 2008. A member of the Ohio Reflexology Association and serve as Ohio’s delegate on the Delegate Assembly. Received the Full Reflexology Certification (foot, hand and ear) from the American Academy of Reflexology. She has taught clinical and/or academia for reflexology, massage therapy, paramedic and nursing. Currently an educator for the World Reflexology Foundation (bringing self-help to people). Mentors have been many: Miss Finzel was my first in High School, Mrs. Wescott, an RN who was married to a Lutheran Pastor and next in the non-reflexology world Annie Tamargo, all these women inspired her to be her best and that she could do anything she put her mind to. In the world of reflexology there are also many,to name a few: Dr.Manzanares, Bill Flocco, Ko Tan, Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson, Sue Ricks, Touchpoint and Sally Kay. She is passionate about learning, teaching and sharing.


Brenda Makowsky                       Ralph Richey


Advisory Board

Christine Issel            Brenda Makowsky           Alison Gringas





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