On August 1, 2009 the Institute opened the doors of the new facility at 3920 Youngfield Street, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033. "All of the MIR Graduates have given a thumbs-up upon entering the door. Nothing but smiles as our down-sizing turned into an up-grading. Check out the beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs," said MIR Director of Studies Zachary Brinkerhoff.
Note: Expired license below will soon be replaced with a new issue.
RAA Board Member 'Nachi' Sanchez came to MIR
during the 2010 RAA Conference held in
CO; in order to receive a much needed Instrument
Assisted Reflexology treatment for an
Look at that boy: now full of life and energy!!!
Charter Member Zachary Brinkerhoff encourages USA Reflexologists
to join the Reflexology Association of America in order to support
our emerging profession through this united effort.
2008 RAA Conference
attendees visit exhibit Honoring The Pioneers
of Reflexology: Christine Issel; Pamela Anderegg; Dwight
Diana Reddington; Ignacio Sanchez, exhibit producer.
Students Pamela & Diana are granddaughters
founding father William Hope FitzGerald, MD.
The Institute and MIR Students are under girded by a professional
liability policy offered by http://alliedbeautyexperts.net/. Graduates, who meet specialty requirements, can obtain an individual liability policy
from ABE upon graduation which covers Full Spectrum Reflexology
for only $200.00 per year. ABE is underwritten by Axis Insurance
Company and rated by AM Best as an A Superior insurance company.
(The Reflexology Certification Board)
~Certifies MIR Graduates~
PO Box 283
Oxford, MA 01540
Dr. Jack Roso, DR
TheRCB is a Member of CLEAR
(Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation)
"I applaud Dr. Brinkerhoff on his battle to bring common
sense into the thinking of accredited reflexology schools by insisting
we use tools which the Chinese have used for 5000 years and the
people of India have used at least for 10,000 years - the true
source of our limited knowledge of reflexology here in America." (NTCB director of Accupressure, Don Huges, DR)
Natural Therapies Certification Board
Jackie Olsen, Executive Director
MIR Certificates accepted for testing by NCBTMB:
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22102
Colorado Department of Higher Education,
Division of Private Occupational Schools
DPOS Standard Certificate #1946.
Direct questions or complaints to:
Supervisor Jessica Googins, 303-974-2679.
The Division of Private Occupational Schools Board has approved
MIR's Full Spectrum Reflexology Program in the format of a Home
Study Course coupled with Tutoring. This program has been designed
for training professional Reflexologists/Reflexo-Curist's in order
to fill the growing need for effective, economical, preventive
and restorative Heath Care. The Modern Institute of Reflexology
believes this can be efficiently supplied and administered to
the general public through the medium of professional ReflexoCurist's/Reflexologists
who both treat and then teach the recipient in self-help procedures.
Through the foot work of RAA and the initial application submitted
to the AMA's NUCC by Dr. Eckert and his wife Juanita, a Reflexology
Taxonomy Code was issued on 01/01/08. This code officially separated
Reflexology from Massage Therapy by giving it a legal identity.
MIR's Full Spectrum Reflexology Program is presently taught under
the authority of the Colorado Department of Higher Education,
Division of Private Occupational Schools.
"When one door of happiness
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one
which has been opened for us."
FULL SPECTRUM REFLEXOLOGY PROGRAM
This is a comprehensive program for training professional Reflexologists
aka ReflexoCurist's through
Five Theories/Postulates of the mechanisms of reflex
action; Hand and Instrument reflex activation techniques &
procedures; Foot Joint Micro-alignment ReflexoCure Pressure Technique;
ReflexoCure's (reflexology's) history both ancient and modern;
Anatomy of 11 body systems and the physiology of their integrative
function in association with ReflexoCure’s (reflexology's)
effect on the fundamental cause of disease symptoms; ReflexoCure
(reflexology) and the prevention of disease; Contraindications
for and after/side-effects of dynamic ReflexoCure (reflexology)
treatment; Professionalism in the market place; Student Blanket
Malpractice/liability insurance policy provision; Framework for
laboratory practicum; ReflexoCure (reflexology) as a ministry
to the uninsured; Value of Home Study and the Open Book Question
approach to learning; and Tutoring: its vital role.
If all schools would adopt your method everyone would be in
Before I started your course, I was skeptical about distance
learning but this is the best way to learn. I could never
rewind my teachers of the past, whatever they said in a split
second is forever gone.
reason why I am moving along so slowly is that when I get
the result of the former test I go over the wrong answers
and learn it the right way. This is awesome, I never did that
in my school days before.
Here are the answers to Lesson #3.
Thanks for your ministry,
Belize, Central America
A part time JOB can be yours!
A new CAREER
Make your DREAM
Let the JOURNEY
When Donna M.
Bean of Gwinnett County, Georgia, decided to train with Modern
Institute and become a Reflexologist ... she ran into governmental
regulations that required her to become licensed as a Massage
Therapist. Here is her story, written three year before issue
of the Reflexology Taxonomy Code which would have solved her problem:
Donna M. Bean, PR
I was asked to write my story about overcoming ill conceived
governmental reflexology regulations in order to inspire others
to follow their heart when confronted with such barriers. I want
to let people know that just because someone says something, or
the government makes a law, that doesnt mean you cant
change it. So, heres my recent experience with such rules
Well, as most of you know, I have been trying to get a business
license in Gwinnett County for Reflexology. When I first called
the county I was told I needed a certification, three letters
of recommendation from registered voters in the county I live
in, and I had to complete the application for the license. I thought,
After completion of my 350 hour reflexology training course I
got the required letters and filled out the application ... then
off to the business license department I went. When I got there
I was told that I had to have a National Certification, so the
clerk gave me the number to call in order to get that "certification".
"The Noah rule:
Predicting rain doesn't count;
building arks does."
– Warren Buffett
OH BOY!! When I called I discovered that I had
to complete a 500 hour course in Massage Therapy or bodywork,
and then send them $250.00 just to be able to sit and take a test.
The county was going to make me become Nationally Certified in
Massage Therapy to get a license to practice as a reflexologist.
At first I said okay, no problem. So I continued my reflexology
studies and completed requirements for my 500 HourProfessional Certification
with Modern Institute of Reflexology (MIR), which is the 500 hour
course that the National Certification Board required.
After reading the test centers booklet and Website, it said
that you have to have in-class hours. OH NO!! MIR's courses were
home study. So I called the center, "Are you sure its
in-class hours???" They said, "No, the certification
from MIR would do".
Great!! I continued to talk with the gentleman asking questions.
I asked, How much of the test would be on Massage Therapy??
The answer was, about half. Another question was, What would
happen if I didnt pass?. The answer? You can pay $250.00
to take it again, but you can only take the test three times ($250
each time). I thought to myself for a moment and told the gentleman
okay, and hung up the phone.
Okay, I was going to have to do some major studying. This bothered
me for a couple of weeks, but I could not quit thinking about
my problem and ways around this law that my county had. So, I
phoned the President of Modern Institute of Reflexology, Zachary
K. Brinkerhoff, III, and he told me to hang tough and have faith
and fight it. Then I spoke with family, friends and massage therapists
who said, thats just crazy ... Reflexology and Massage
"Everything comes to him
who hustles while he waits."
– Thomas A. Edison
I asked myself if this was Gods way of testing
me (to see if this is really what I wanted to do) or was I going
to give-in or just give up and do something else. My answer to
Him was "YES, this is what I am going to do!! It feels right."
With all the pain I had been through with my legs (ankles and
knees) ... I knew what it felt like to hurt. Now I know how to
help other people. I felt like this was the reason that I was
here ... reflexology is what I am supposed to do. I have always
been told that if something is hard to get ... dont give
up ... it will just make getting it feel so much better and worth
I decided to call every government license agency for Georgia
and found that I didnt have to get a state license. So my
question to myself was ... why should I have to get one from my
county. Theres got to be another way. So I called the county
and asked them what to do next. The clerk told me to send the
application back in and the Board would deny it. Then they would
send it back to me with the Appeal Process. That process would
start when I sent a Letter of Appeal along with $500 dollars for
So I said, YOURE KIDDING. The guy I was speaking
with (and had been speaking with since the beginning of the mess)
said I could write a letter asking them to waive the fee and send
it with the Letter of Appeal. The Board could either waive the
fee or make me pay, but they would decide after reading the letters.
So, I wrote a nice little letter asking them to waive it, and
of course they did. I also sent in a Letter of Appeal along with
that letter. When I called to make sure they got the letter, they
said they would set up the process and make an appointment for
me to go before the members of the Gwinnett County Board to let
me have my say.
"Behold the turtle.
He makes progress only
when he sticks his neck out."
– James Bryant Conant
I made up my mind
the County was in for
a fight. I was not going to give up and I WASNT going to
pay anyone any money to take a test that I wasnt qualified
to pass. I was going to set a precedent for Gwinnett County. I
was going to get my license for Reflexology and I didnt
care how many appeals I was going to have to go through. I was
going to win.
Chocolate Lab begs to have his ear reflex points worked
with the DRUMmer," said Donna.
So, along with the Letter of Appeal and a request for waiver,
I sent letters from everyone who had written recommendation letters
to the reflexology school and the county ... along with letters
from my Chiropractor and Nurses who are my patients. I also included
a letter from my orthopedic doctor stating that I was not physically
able to be a massage therapist. I also sent in the name and address
of every association in the United States for reflexology and
made sure to include their phone numbers. I didnt stop there
... but also included the history of reflexology and how it has
evolved over the years. This data showed how it can benefit individuals.
Then I added information from a couple of Website's that I had
downloaded during my studies. I gave them so much data on reflexology
they were probably choking on it.
A week later they left two messages on my cell phone asking me
to call them. I was expecting they wanted to make an appointment
time for my appeal to the Board. So I called them back. Since
I had sent them all that information, the gentleman said they
had decided to do some further checking on reflexology. After
doing their research the Board had decided that I was right. Reflexology
and Massage Therapy are not the same. I was informed that they
were going to separate Reflexology from Massage Therapy and put
it in a separate classification. That meant I didnt have
to go in front of the board members to fight my case.
So, today I went to pick up my business license REFLEXOLOGY
FOR THE SOLE!!!!!
I want to thank everyone who was there by my side and those who
stood with me in spirit!! I got my answer ... this is what God
wants me to do.
Thanks and God Bless!
Donna M. Bean
Certified Professional Reflexologist
November 5, 2004
NOTE: Donna was so overwhelmed with MIR inquiries that she had to change her telephone and URL address formerly posted on the MIR Website. Thank you Donna for your testimony!!!
"If you do what you've always
You'll get what you've always got."
----- David Steele