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April 24th

About Cortiva Newington Campus

The mission of the Cortiva Institute is to provide high-quality, comprehensive training programs that prepare graduates for successful careers in massage therapy, skin care, and related health and wellness fields.


Cortiva Institute  is committed to the success of its students and graduates. Cortiva Institute offers practical and effective vocational training programs that are designed to produce successful practitioners and support the learning and personal growth of students.

Cortiva Institute  is committed to fostering a caring community and creating a safe and challenging classroom environment. Experienced and dedicated faculty provide hands-on training that focuses on the individual needs of each student.

Cortiva Institute  believes that students should graduate as experienced practitioners, ready to work. Our programs are both practical and innovative and draw upon the rich history of knowledge and experience of our member schools, as well as current industry trends.

Cortiva Institute is committed to the growth and evolution of massage therapy, skin care, and related fields. Our curriculum is therefore designed not only to enable our students to master established methods, but also to approach their work creatively so that they may contribute to the development of the techniques of the future.

Expert faculty focused on you

Our instructors are second to none: top professionals in their field who make your success their top priority.

Rich is dedicated to helping his clients enhance their optimum health and performance. He brings this passion to education, helping his students develop the same attention to their clients’ well-being.

  • Teaches Sports Massage and Orthopedic Assessment
  • Specialties in functional orthopedic assessment and rehabilitation massage
  • Graduate of Cortiva/Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Co-owner, Family Therapeutic Massage Center, Southington
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)
  • Olympic Medical Service Team, 1996
  • Olympic Sports Massage Team, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2016
  • Former Sports Massage Co-Director, Connecticut Chapter, American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • Former Coordinator, Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT), Connecticut Chapter, AMTA
  • Deployed to Ground Zero following 9/11 with MERT, Connecticut Chapter, AMTA
  • AMTA National Sports Team Member of the Year, 2010

Sandy believes that massage therapy is beneficial to the healing process on many levels. She loves teaching because it allows her to support students’ personal growth and education. Her passion grows as she observes the direct link between wellness and the intention of the heart-hand connection.

  • Graduate of Cortiva/Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Former private manicure, pedicure and energy instructor
  • Former barber/stylist and salon/spa
  • Former Reiki practitioner

Rich Testa

Rich Testa

Sandy Cook

Sandy Cook
Instructor and Massage Therapy Department Chair

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