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"I gave a hand massage to calm on of our residents who has Alzheimer’s disease who roams. I caught her as she was winding up to 'sundown'. She sat down and let me 'practice for a class I took'. In ten minutes, she was asleep with her head on my shoulder. No medication was needed that night to calm her down. It was so cool!"

Laurie Archer, Nursing Home Administrator Adrian, MO
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Ann Catlin wants to make a difference in the lives of people in long term care and hospice.

She is a leader in the field of massage in eldercare and hospice. She brings to her work thirty years’ experience as an occupational therapist in long term care and rehabilitation and over a decade as a licensed massage therapist.  She founded, and now directs, the Center for Compassionate Touch LLC an organization that offers Compassionate Touch® training internationally. She is a recognized author in several professional publications and a sought-after presenter at national conferences. Ann is the recipient of the 2012 One Concept Humanitarian Award honoring her work with those in later life stages as well as training others to serve this special population. She may be reached at

A note from Ann--

My career has taken many interesting turns. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 1979 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Since that time, I have cared for hundreds of people of all ages living with physical and cognitive illness and disability. This experience taught me a great deal about the needs and lives of elders who reside in long term care facilities. 

As an occupational therapist, part of my job was to help people regain independence in self care. I remember showing a 90-year-old woman how to dress herself following a severe stroke, when I sensed that I should be relating to her with great care and reverence—qualities rarely stressed in our standard professional training. I kept thinking, “There must be a better way to care for our elders”.

It was while in massage therapy school in 1998 that I discovered Compassionate Touch®. I knew I had found ‘a better way’ of caring for our elders and that all of my previous experience had only been preparing me for this new turn in my career. I had the honor of studying with Dawn Nelson, the creator of Compassionate Touch and a true pioneer of massage for those in later life stages.

Now, as an instructor and mentor,  I can reach into the past 30 years to share my experience with others. It is an honor and a privilege to assist others along their own path of service with Compassionate Touch®.  When I'm not doing that, I enjoy my work as a Compassionate Touch Practitioner with elders here in Springfield.

I am originally from the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas and now live with my family in Springfield, Missouri, where I enjoy life in the Ozarks.