Body Wisdom School Staff
Co-Owner & President
Born and raised in Germany, Ali Hatfield left her corporate career, specializing in personal development, private coaching and bodywork, eventually leading her to living in the US. Co-founder and president of Body Wisdom Institute and Massage Therapy School, Ali oversees the operations and focuses on serving newcomers and professional massage therapists alike with the best that massage and body work education has to offer.
Her passion is to provide a sheltering and nurturing space, for the individual to rest, and then shine a light for them to rediscover their true nature and passion for life. Her ‘Essence Process’, a coaching method that she developed for detecting a person’s original identity, has reinforced Ali’s belief, that unleashing our immensely powerful core organically spills into enthusiastic, compassionate, ethical and healthy action; personal wellness not only as a by-product, but a balancing factor at large for the well-being of all life. In other words - personal happiness as integral part of and contagious contribution to universal wellness.
Seeing anyone thrive and succeed, whether a massage therapist, student, client or friend, is Ali’s greatest joy.
Ali treasures nature and wild life, majestic sights and places, beauty and esthetics, music and arts. She appreciates time alone, to paint, write or play in her yard, as much as meeting and making friends. While taking pleasure in life’s ever-unfolding journey into the unknown, Ali also loves actual travels - near and far; national parks, other states, foreign countries, different cities and cultures.
Co-Owner, Trainer & Consultant
Rhett Hatfield serves as trainer for new instructors, developer of new modalities, and author Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School’s proprietary manuals. His lifelong studies, devotion and immense experience in massage, bodywork, and eastern and western body-centered techniques are the backbone of the school’s amazing curriculum; in terms of both content and volume. His contribution to our state-of-the-art program is absolutely unsurpassed.
For a decade Rhett spent many months out of every year traveling extensively in Asia and South East Asia to pursue his passion for researching and documenting indigenous bodywork therapies. Based on his research he created Asian spa rituals, which are at the forefront of today’s hottest spa trends and authentic Asian bodywork curricula, used by wellness centers abroad and the Body Wisdom School.
Student Counselor & Office Manager
Gintare (G) Kelley left her native country of Lithuania to play college basketball in the US, where she earned a degree in sports management.
Married with two young boys she enjoys balancing family life and a meaningful career. G loves to assist people in getting in touch with their passion. Her desire is to see them succeed personally and professionally with equal balance and fulfillment.
In her role as student counselor and office manager at Body Wisdom School G not only utilizes her athletic experience and knowledge of the human body and the professional expertise she brings to the table, but also her excitement about other people’s happiness.
G is on the prospective student’s side from the moment they contact the school, throughout their studies, and alongside their career, always looking out for their very best interest. She knows that Body Wisdom has been uniquely structured to serve our students in a very complete fashion, providing an environment that truly focuses on each individual’s talents, career plans and long term successes.people, and she likes to cater to their specific needs.
Clinic & Front Desk Manager
Susan Rust lives in Iowa to be closer to her family of origin, but her true home is Tennessee, or better yet, her favorite Island of Aruba. While we consider ourselves lucky to have her here, we admit the southern climate resembles her heart and soul much more.
Susan is one of those wonderful people, who love to serve for no other reason than to doing so. With no selfish bone in her body she does everything in her power to create an atmosphere for others to relax and be able to focus on themselves. She lives to smooth out bumps in the road before they occur, and feels rewarded when all operations flow smoothly. While Susan seems to have a magic wand for problems to disappear, she actually works diligently behind the scenes.
Susan knows how to utilize rules and regulations, implement practical procedures, have foresight and understanding, and balance it all with every person’s interest; whether it’s clients, students, staff or the overall service and contributions that Body Wisdom strives to provide.
Except for 13 years in corporate, Susan has spent her entire career in the medical field. She understands and respects people, and she likes to cater to their specific needs.
Unlike herself, Susan’s great sense of humor loves attention. It can make your day, especially when it’s delivered with a giggle. So when she claims, her only hobby is counting down the calendar to vacation on “the Island,” we know she really means, that she loves her job and all of us.
With degrees in Accounting & Financial Services, and Accounting & Business Leadership, Bobbiejo understands the gravity of numbers in student financing. Her two decades of extensive customer service, care, and experience further aid in her role to advise and assist students with their financial needs and decisions.
Trustworthy, solid and with great diligence, Bobbiejo takes each student’s unique circumstances into consideration, as she lays out creative options and solutions for them. She has a special talent to take the stress out of money matters, and show how easily proper arrangements lead to sound affairs and peace of mind.
Bobbiejo’s compassion, listening skills and the willingness to work with anyone’s challenges, is well balanced with her work ethics and the ability to promote maturity and growth, as our students advance in becoming successful professionals.
As young empty nesters, Bobbiejo and her husband have successfully raised their three children to be up-standing citizens, all with successful career paths. They still enjoy spending quality time with their kids, but meanwhile have left the Iowa countryside to focus more on their careers in the city. Luckily their happy little rat terrier, Suzy, likes to take them on long walks for much treasured outdoors time. Bobbiejo also loves to sit down with a good Dean Koontz novel, or to go fishing with her husband at lake Kabetogama in Northern Minnesota.