About the Board
The Massage Practice Act was enacted in 1997 and subsequently revised in 1999. It originally established a Massage Therapy Advisory Committee (MTAC) composed of six members to review and recommend massage related issues to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. In 2008, the Legislature abolished the MTAC and statutorily reconfigured the Board as the joint “Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners.”
The joint Board is composed of eleven volunteer members: six licensed chiropractors, three licensed massage therapists, and two consumer members. Laws and regulations for massage therapists may be found respectively at MD Code Annotated, Health Occupations Article, Section 3-101 et seq. and Code of Maryland Regulations, 10.43.01 et seq. There are two standing Board committees: Educational Committee and the Regulatory Review Committee; these meet as necessary/as directed by the full Board.
Members of the Board
Michael Fedorczyk, D.C., President
Jonathan Nou, D.C., Vice-President
Robert Frieman, D.C., Secretary/Treasurer
Stephanie J. Chaney, D.C., Past President
Joanne M. Bushman, D.C., Member
Michael Moskowitz, D.C., Member
Karen Biagiotti, L.M.T., Member
David A. Cox, L.M.T., Member
Gwenda Harrison, L.M.T., Member
Gloria W. Boddie-Epps, Consumer Member
Ernestine Jones Jolivet, Consumer Member
The Board usually meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday (unless pre-empted by disciplinary hearings). The Board General Session meetings are open to the public. Anyone may petition the Board to have an issue placed on the Board agenda. Such petitions must be submitted in writing c/o the Executive Director at least two (2) weeks before the scheduled General Session meeting. Executive Session meetings are closed to the public.
The Board’s Jurisdiction and Function is to Administer
- All licensing functions of chiropractors, massage therapists and chiropractic assistants.
- All continuing education for the aforementioned healthcare professionals.
- All disciplinary investigations and hearings relating to any violations of laws or regulations related to licensees or registrants.
Duty to Protect the Public
In essence, the Board’s main function is to protect the Maryland healthcare public by ensuring that Chiropractors, Chiropractic Assistants, and Massage Therapists are properly licensed and registered, are properly trained and educated, and fully comply with all required laws and regulations governing their respective scopes of practice.