Friends in College, Business Partners After Graduation

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 2.03.54 PMBoth Amie O’Connor and Ginni Pimentel agree that the Therapeutic Massage program

at Sandhills fully prepared them to be successful in their field. The women are now business partners, founding Sandhills Therapeutic Effects. They are located at 239 W. Pennsylvania Avenue in Southern Pines.

“Without Sandhills I would have never found my passion, which fuels the life I live today,” expressed Ginni. After graduating in 2014, she began working as a massage therapist the very day she was licensed.

“Without Sandhills I would have never found my passion, which fuels the life I live today,” expressed Ginni. After graduating in 2014, she began working as a massage therapist the very day she was licensed. The Therapeutic Massage program was more rigorous than she expected, but Ginni was grateful how knowledgeable she was upon graduating.

Amie surprised herself by thoroughly enjoying her Kinesiology class and learning how bodies are connected through all its functional elements. “The quality of education surpassed my expectations,” declared Amie. Besides the skills learned, she loved her time at Sandhills for the sense of community and the beauty of the campus.

Ginni has lived in the Sandhills area since she was five-years-old and attended Pinecrest High School. She is looking forward to starting a family soon. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors and working out.

“I plan to be an active part of serving my community through massage therapy for years to come,” said Amie. “The success of our business and profession has been thrilling.”

Amie moved to the area from Wisconsin 14 years ago. She is a wife and mother who enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and dogs. She also loves to cook.

 

The Therapeutic Massage Program

The SCC program prepares graduates to work in direct client care settings to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness throughout the lifespan. Graduates may be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam. Employment opportunities include hospitals/ rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas/health/sports clubs, and private practice. Sandhills offers a diploma and associate degree in Therapeutic Massage. Learn more about the program at massagetherapy.sandhills.edu or contact Samantha Allen at allens@sandhillls.edu or (910) 695-3966.

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