Recent grad has right touch
Bethanie Hill knew exactly where she was headed after graduating from Lansing High School. She was so eager to begin her training as a massage therapist, in fact, she graduated a semester early.
This January, just weeks after saying goodbye to the halls of LHS, Hill began a massage therapy training program at Pinnacle Career Institute in Lawrence. The nine-month program was the first step in fulfilling a dream Hill had fostered for nine years. She can still remember the massage that gave her the idea.
"I went to one with my sister when I was probably like 10," Hill said, adding, "When I walked out of there I was amazed at what that girl had done to me."
Though learning to be a massage therapist may have been a dream come true, massage school wasn't always relaxing. Hill was surprised at the amount of knowledge the field required.
"I felt like I was going through to be a doctor," Hill said. "You never realize that that's how much you have to know.
"Bones. Muscles. You have to know everything. I was crazy."
In September, Hill graduated and began working at Theresa Marie's Salon and Spa, where she now helps ease her clients' pain and tension. But Hill has more dreams at her fingertips.
She hopes someday to move to Arizona, which has become a center for massage learning, she said, and perhaps even pursue her career in relaxing climates beyond.
"I would love to get on a cruise ship before too long and do massage on there," Hill said. "I'm thinking hopefully in a couple years that I'll give it a shot."
Name: Bethanie Hill
Address: 119 Rock Creed Rd.
Occupation: Massage therapist
Graduate of: Lansing High School, Pinnacle Career Institute
Family: Tony and Susan, parents; Stephanie, 22, Kindra, 17, sisters.
How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? Lived in Lansing my whole life.
What do you like most about Lansing? "Probably the closeness to the Kansas City shopping."
What do you do for fun? "Hang out with my friends and family ... I play tennis for fun."
What's the best advice you've ever received? "My mom always told me, 'Do it right the first time, and you won't have to do it again.'"