October, 2014

Dr. Marc Piquemal, MD  April 29, 1959 - April 13, 2014

The ACARET Board of Directors express sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Marc Piquemal, MD, EE who passed away on April 13, 2014 from a heart attack.

Dr. Piquemal will always be remembered as a dedicated gentleman, devoted to his work and research in the field of reflexology. His contributions to the field of medicine and reflexology are innumerable. In honor of Dr. Piquemal, an article on his research contributions has been published in the Reflexology Across America publication, Fall 2014 issue, written by Chris Issel


August, 2014

Veteran Reflexologist from Rhode Island Receives ACARET Accreditation for
Reflexology Educators (AAEd)

The ACARET Board of Directors congratulates Kelly Urso for having received accreditation as a reflexology educator. Kelly has been awarded the designation of "AAEd: ACARET Accreditated Reflexology Educator".

Kelly lives and works in Westerly, RI with a private reflexology practice of 15 years. Her background includes providing reflexology at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI in oncology and the women's care unit. Kelly developed and teaches a 200-hour reflexology certification program and is moving toward a 300-hour program to meet the national standardized curriculum established by ACARET. 

After serving on the board of directors for the Reflexology Association of Rhode Island (RARI) for two years as d director, Kelly stepped into the office of President of RARI. Kelly's contact information can be found in the ACARET National Directory of Accredited Educators. 

ACARET encourages reflexology teachers to apply for the AAEd accreditation to acknowledge their commitment and dedication to excellence in reflexology education. The process for submitting an application can be found in the downloadable AAEd Accreditation Guidelines.


June, 2014

Congratulations to Corinne Corcoran from NJ
for AARC Accreditation 

The ACARET Board of Directors announces that Corinne Corcoran, AAEd, ACARET Accredited Reflexology Educator, has received accreditation for her foot reflexology curriculum and has been awarded the designation  of "AARC: ACARET Accreditated Reflexology Currriculum" for Corinne's 300-hour curriculum submitted to ACARET.  

Corinne is a reflexology instructor at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies located in Collingswood, NJ, is a certificant with ARCB (American Reflexology Certification Board), is a nationally certified massage therapist and is NJ State licensed in bodywork. She holds a doctorate from Temple University.

Corinne started her studies at the Lourdes Institute in 1992, has taught holistic arts for over twenty years and is the author of My Forever Home: A Child's First Book of Yoga. She is dedicated to quality education and her achievement of AARC accreditation positions her as one of the charter educators in the United States to receive this honor. Corinned is now listed in the ACARET National Directory of Accredited Educators with AARC curriculum. 

ACARET encourages AAEd Accredited Educators to follow in Corinne's footsteps to acquire the AARC curriculum accreditation and join those who serve as role models for the profession and are dedicated to providing excellence in reflexology education. 


June, 2014

Thanks to Juliebeth Mezzy for Outstanding Service

The ACARET Board of Directors announce the resignation of Juliebeth Mezzy as board secretary, effective June 1, 2014. Juliebeth served on the ACARET board from 2010 and as Secretary from May, 2011. She received her AAEd accreditation as an educator through ACARET in 2009. 

Juliebeth serves the reflexology community as teacher, practitioner, and leader. She leaves her position on the ACARET Board of Directors to focus her talents and leadership skills as the president of RAVA (Reflexology Association of Virginia). We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with Juliebeth and wish her the best! 

With the resignation if Juliebeth, The ACARET Board of Directors announces that applications are now being considered for directors to serve on the board. We invite you to visit the website to learn more about ACARET and if interested in submitting an application, contact us and request a Board & Committee Member Application. Email to acaret@acaret.org. 


March, 2013

ACARET 2013 Initiatives - President's Letter

The following is an excerpt from The Presidents' Letter to ACARET Accredited Educators from Linda Chollar, ACARET President:

In the spirit of honoring our educators and enhancing your teaching career, ACARET is providing even more benefits associated with your accreditation by implementing the following:

The Year of the Educator in 2012 focused on Personal Profiles of each ACARET Accredited Educator in issues of the Reflexology Across America magazine.

Spotlight on Accredited Educators & Curriculum: an ongoing feature in the RAA publication with a listing of all AAEds and their AARC curriculums to provide recognition, gain exposure for classes, schools and accredited curriculum.

Enhanced website listings for AAEds, adding photos and website links at no additional charge.  

News Release Template ready to personalize for announcing teacher accreditation in media, for student packets or promotion and marketing

Personalized name badges are awarded to each educator upon accreditation with the ACARET logo and accreditation credentials.

AARC recipients are awarded a Certificate of Curriculum Accreditation enclosed in a beautiful oversized wood plaque for display in school or classroom. AARC directory listings will indicate that the reflexology certification program is an ACARET accredited 300-hour curriculum.

2013 promotional campaign: to raise awareness of accreditation for reflexology teachers and to inform those seeking reflexology training how to locate educators and certification courses that have met ACARET standards. This effort will garner exposure for accredited educators, AARC courses and the online directory at www.acaret.org/accredited_educators/

ACARET's Board of Directors is committed to being of service by upholding ACARET's mission and supporting our educators, as the leaders in our profession providing inspiration and quality education to their graduates that they may be equipped to excel personally and professionally. 


August, 2012

Celebration of Service, Transitions and Opportunities

ACARET welcomes new President, Linda Chollar as Lilian Morten steps down as President, after more than seven years of service on the Board of Directors. Lilian's terms included vice president and president twice.   

Lilian leaves the board with joy and sadness as she moves on to new pastures, she says. "I believe in the work ACARET is doing and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors." 
In the photo, Lilian is holding a recognition award. The Board of Directors presented her with a clock on a crystal stand for her dedication in service 'beyond the call". They felt it was appropriate to engrave her name in a clock as a memento saying, "You gave us the greatest gift...that of your time!" 

 New President, Linda Chollar has served as ACARET Vice President since 2007. She writes, "Lilian has served several terms and given her all in service to ACARET and the reflexology profession in her roles as Vice President and President of the Board of Directors. I have some big shoes to fill and yet Lilian has left a legacy by paving the way for higher standards in reflexology education. With her vision and leadership, ACARET has developed accreditation programs for individual educators and for a national standardized reflexology curriculum.
   Her presence on the board will be missed, however ACARET has joined together a Board of Directors that are a strong team of new thought leaders, committed to moving reflexology as a profession to its fullest potential with education as the cornerstone. Our board is comprised of experienced professionals, a nursing instructor, a prior councilwoman, successful business owners, in service on national and state levels.  
   The future for reflexology is bright! ACARET's Accredited Reflexology Educators across the nation are leading the way with their commitment to set the educational bar higher than ever before - to equip those entering the field for new opportunities to make a difference with reflexology."     

Sandra Nelson, ITEC Certified Reflexologist and Vice President for the Texas Reflexology Association was elected as Vice President of the ACARET Board of Directors in August, 2012. Sandra became a Director on the board in 2011 and is a seasoned professional with a diverse background in service as a city official and a businesswoman. She is the owner of Pacific Reflexology in Houston, TX.   

The newest Director welcomed to the Board in September, 2012 is Annette Garbes from Iowa, also Vice President of her state association, RAIA, the Reflexology Association of Iowa and soon to be President with October elections.  ACARET is pleased to announce these two positions being filled by such qualified women. 


Curriculum Accreditation: Does your reflexology certification curriculm meet National Standardized 300-hour Criteria to Qualify? 

Qualified applicants are granted the prestigious recognition of AARC: ACARET Accredited Reflexology Curriculum. 

ACARET Accredited Educators (AAEd) now have the opportunity to submit an Application for Curriculum Accredition for their 300-hour foot reflexology certification program that meets or exceeds criteria and established national standards.  

Be among those first accredited educators to receive this seal of excellence for having met the new national standards . This curriculum accreditation is voluntary and promotes your commitment as an Accredited Educator to take the next step and also receive accreditation for your reflexology training curriculum! The AARC Accreditation exemplifies ACARET's mission, vision and perseverance to advance educational standards in America.  

Read More  here on the AARC Curriculum Accreditation page on this website.  

Email ACARET and request a Pre-Application Packet that includes full details on the accreditation process for a 300-hour reflexology curriculum.  


May, 2012

Congratulations to Paula Stone: Awarded AARC Accreditation

The ACARET Board of Directors announces that Paula Stone, ACARET Accredited Reflexology Educator, has received accreditation for her foot reflexology certification curriculum and has been awarded the designation for her curriculum of AARC: ACARET Accreditation of Reflexology Currriculum 
Paula is Executive Director of The Stone Institute located in St. Charles, MO. providing education for reflexology, massage and healing arts.  The AARC foot reflexology certification curriculum provided through The Stone Institute meets and exceeds the national standard and accreditation criteria of 300 hours. 
Paula is the author of Therapeutic Reflexology: A Step-by-Step Guide to Professional Competence. As a leader in the field of reflexology, she is dedicated to quality education. Her achievement of AARC accreditation positions her as one of the charter educators in the United States to receive this honor.  
ACARET encourages AAEd Accredited Educators to follow in Paula's footsteps to acquire the AARC curriculum accreditation and become part of history in the making for the profession of reflexology.  


May, 2012

ACARET Welcomes Luann Lonergan as Director 

ACARET is honored to announce a new member to the Board, Luann Lonergan from Wisconsin. Luann brings a wealth of experience to the board as an educator, with extensive background in administration, nursing and community service. LuAnn recently achieved her AAEd credentials as an ACARET Accredited Reflexology Educator.  Read more about Luann on the Board of Directors page.


May, 2012

he Board of Directors acknowledge the following ACARET Accredited Educators (AAEd) and those who have received accreditation for their reflexology curriculum (AARC). View the ACARET National Directory to see updates and new listings as they are posted.

Pat Barrance, AAEd - Iowa
Elysia Bates, AAEd - Connecticut
Dwight Byers,  AAEd - Florida
MaryAnn Chirichella, AAEd - New York
Linda Chollar,  AAEd - California
Corrine Corcoran, AAEd - New Jersey
Annalise, Evenson, AAEd - Connecticut
Annette Dill, AAEd - Maryland
Connie Hubley, AAEd - Maine
Bill Flocco, AAEd - California
Lynn Gray, AAEd - New York
Jan Head-Pasquariello, AAEd - California
Christine Jensen,AAEd - Connecticut
Luann Lonergan, AAEd - Wisconsin
Teri Magnan, AAEd - Rhode Island
JulieBeth Mezzy, AAEd - Virginia
Lilian Morten, AAEd - Florida
Kasey Quillan, AAEd - MD
Susan Raskin, AAEd - New York
Paula Stone, AAEd/AARC - Missouri
Kathy Ungerecht, AAEd/AARC - Alaska
Catherine Vestraci, AAEd - Maryland
Susan Watson, AAEd -Illinois