Faculty & Staff

Maj-lis Nash, L.M.T.

Picture of Maj-lis Nash.Maj-Lis is the co-owner and Director of Education at MBI as well as a senior instructor. A 1997 graduate of ITMM (now MBI) she ran her own massage therapy clinic and taught for ITMM from 2001 until 2007 when she purchased ITMM with her husband, Daryl, and renamed it Mind Body Institute.  In 2003 Daryl and her opened the Mind/Body Connection, a massage supply store and continuing education center that operates along side MBI now. An AMTA member since 1997, she volunteers at both the state and national level, and served at the AMTA TN chapter president for 7 years.  Maj-lis currently teaches our classes in CPR and TN Laws & Rules.


Daryl Nash, B.A.

Daryl is the co-owner and executive director of MBI. He holds a degree in English from The University of Tennessee. Since 2003, he has managed the massage supply retail store and continuing education provider the Mind/Body Connection.  Affectionately known as our IT guy he keeps MBI running smoothly from day to day.


Amy E. Dotson, L.M.T.

Amy Dotson

Amy is a graduate of ITMM (MBI) and has been a practicing massage therapist since 2003.  Along with completing a 200 hour yoga instructor certification program, Amy has chosen to concentrate her continuing education courses in pathology, Eastern theory, nutrition, and yoga. She currently teaches our classes in pathology, anatomy and physiology.


Amanda Parker, L.M.T.

Mandi studied elementary education at Western Kentucky University, but after discovering a love for massage, studied at ITMM (now MBI) in 2004. Since gaining her licensure, she has provided massage in a variety of settings. Her continuing education has focused on techniques for the thoracic and cervical spine. Since 2005, Mandi has worked with the Mind/Body Connection as an LMT and continuing education instructor. Mandi has served on the board of the Tennessee chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association since 2008, and served at president in 2014 & 2015. In 2008, she joined MBI as an instructor, teaching business, ethics, massage law, prenatal and infant classes and the occasional palpation class.


Amy GrimesAmy Grimes, L.M.T.

In 2006, Amy left her corporate job in non-profit to help people one-on-one with massage therapy. Her private practice focuses on gentler modalities including Lymphatic Drainage, oncology massage, hydrotherapy and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). In 2013 she opened Tennessee's first float tank center, Float Nashville. Amy teaches our Lymphatic classes


Dr. Cory G. Crowley, D.C.

Cory graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 2004. He owns and operates Sumner Chiropractic Clinic in two locations, Goodlettsville and Hendersonville, TN.  Cory is a part-time instructor in Anatomy, Physiology, Muscle Testing and Biomechanics for MBI.



Randy Cotterell, L.M.T.                                                                                                                              

Randy worked as the Cash Control Lead for Dollywood for over ten years before training as a massage therapist and opening his own establishment in Sevierville. He has also served as the Treasurer of AMTA-TN since 2008. With his move to Middle Tennessee, Randy joined MBI in Financial Aid.    

Brent Harris, L.M.T.

Brent has been practicing massage therapy since graduating from MBI in 2008. He completed almost 200 hours of additional training in Travell and Simons' Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction in 2013. He currently operates his own private practice.  He teaches the Clinical Concepts course that he helped develop with Maj-Lis Nash.



Julia Rix, B.A., L.M.T., E-RYT 200, RYT-500

Julia graduated Cum Laude in 2001with a Bachelors Degree from the University of Massachusetts. After a brief career in HR in New York, Julia moved to Nashville and began practicing massage therapy in 2007. She has since completed Yoga teacher training, including 500 hours in Boston with Rolf Gates, and 400 hours of Thai Yoga Massage training, including studying at the Lotus Palm Center in Montreal.  Julia teaches our yoga and eastern theory classes.