The ICTA coalesced in 2008 with the mission of bringing the wide variety of Cupping methods and equipment types into the mainstream healthcare arena.

Our goal includes cutting edge education and Cupping equipment for Healthcare Professionals thus creating a preeminent community of Cupping Practitioners for the public.

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Mark Perido


Kim Miller


Jesse MacLean


Liz Schiel


Kristin Secord


Dominador Perido


Carla Spencer


Ilkay Zihni Chirali MBAcC RCHM

Olena D. Adams (Melnikova)

Irina Litwicka

Michelle Bodenheimer

ICTA Adminstrator

Mark Perido MSOM, MHCL, CCT, CCE

Mark is an Oriental Medicine Practitioner at the Evergreen Wellness Center in Wichita, KS and, he has been an instructor at the Kansas College of Chinese Medicine (KCCM) since 2003.

Mark received his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from KCCM and his Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Boston University. He also holds a Masters in Health Care Leadership (MHCL) from Friends University (Wichita, KS) and Certification in Surgical Technology from Seward County (KS) Community College. At Wichita State University, he was a former graduate assistant rowing coach for the novice men and women’s crew and was a graduate teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology and microbiology classes. He is a member of the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA) and has completed over 20 marathons.

Mark sits on the steering committee of the International Cupping Therapy Association.

Jesse MacLean ND, CST, MCI, CCT, LMP, CBI, CCE

Jesse manages EarthSpa R&D, Cupping equipment design, production and research and is the current sitting Director of Education for the ICTA.

She advocates and educates Insurance Companies, Legislative Groups and Medical Professionals in the equipment, applications and benefits of Cupping Therapy. These ongoing efforts have led to a growing widespread validation, acceptance and insurance coverage for Cupping Professionals nationwide.

Jesse works to bring together Cupping Professionals from all over the world in support of equipment advancements, research and protocol development and the integration of Cupping Therapy into the mainstream healthcare industry. She sits on the steering committee of the International Cupping Therapy Association.

Kim Miller RMT, CA, CCT, CCE

Kim is the owner of Tranquil Therapeutics Center in Whitby, east of Toronto, Ontario.

Kim is passionate about seeking new and effective ways to create positive change in the body, and believes in the importance of working with the whole self: mind, body and spirit. Her range of skills, combined with her intuitive insight and ability to listen to her clients and their bodies, results in an individualized treatment plan designed to support each client’s personal health and lifestyle goals.

Kim has over 15 years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Acupuncturist, with additional qualifications in Cupping , Labour Support, Reiki, Chakra healing, Hypnotherapy, Chinese head massage, Pre/post pregnancy massage, Child/infant massage, and Sports massage.

For more than 25 years, Kim has provided education to others in many forms. Kim is a Certified Dance Instructor and has also directed productions for local talent and charities. In the field of Health and Wellness, Kim has presented numerous workshops and lectures at the college and post-secondary levels.

Dominador Perido MD, CCE, CCT

Besides being an ICTA Educator Dom has been on the ICTA steering commitee since 2008 and is the Medical Consultant to the team and ICTA Association Members.

Dom is a Board certified general surgeon who practiced in the southwest corner of Kansas for over 40 years and did his surgical residency in Staten Island New York from 1971 to 1975 and moved to Elkhart, Kansas immediately after residency.

The town expected him to have a general practice, not just general surgery so he went to Massachusetts University General in Boston and had refresher in OBGYN internal medicine pediatrics geriatrics and orthopedics. In 2005 he took the core and advanced Cupping workshops under Jesse MacLean and in 2010 the East/West Cupping with Bruce Bentley.

After seeing the failures in surgery and orthopedics, Dom discovered the overwhelming benefits of Cupping and Acupuncture, so in 2005 he asked his son Mark to join his extremely busy practice to manage all of the practices’ musculoskeletal disorders and neurological problems.

Dom enjoys singing, playing guitar, gardening and scuba diving. He’s biked across Kansas numerous times over the last 29 years and has run dozens of marathons from 1993 to 2015 including the Boston Marathon 12 times and during the infamous bombing.

Kristin Secord LMP, CCT, CCE

After attending and graduating from Finger Lakes School of Massage (FLSM) in 2013, Kristin knew she found her life-passion. She has been practicing massage in Central New York since, guiding clients to a greater understanding and awareness of their muscular structure and body as a whole. Cupping therapy has taken her Massage Practice, Conscious Evolution Cupping Massage & Wellness, to a whole new level. She is eager to share this modality with any-and-all qualified to learn and practice.

Kristin has a strong passion for nature and birding and is continuously striving to better herself through education and experience. In addition to being a Certified Cupping Therapy Educator, she recently completed an Herbal Apprenticeship at Heartstone Herbal School and is currently achieving her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Vyana Yoga & PolariTea with Weaving Roots, LLC.

Kristin has a BA in Environmental Science and is the President and CFO of Green Team Lighting, LLC. The Green Team offers turn-key services in both LED lighting and Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Projects.


Carla Spencer LMT, MMT, CCT, CCE

Carla is the owner of The Retreat, LLC in Lambertville, MI.

She has been a massage therapist since 2011 when she graduated from the Healing Arts Institute in Perrysburg, Ohio and is licensed in both Michigan and Ohio.

After graduating she fell in love with healing others naturally and become certified in LaStone, Medical Massage, Cupping and Ashiatsu. Carla found that Cupping Therapy fills the gap where traditional massage is lacking.

Her passion to help others is growing and now after years of Cupping in her own practice she is excited to share her love of Cupping by teaching other practitioners this incredible healing modality as an ICTA Educator to broaden their own horizons.

In Carla’s spare time she loves SCUBA diving, quilting and can often be found cheering her team at a Toledo Mud Hens Baseball game.

Liz Schiel LMT, CCT, CCE

Liz Schiel is a born and raised California native, currently living in the Cincinnati, OH area with her husband, Stefano. She is a 2009 Graduate of Miami University (OH) with her B.S. in Athletic Training. She went on to study at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA while pursuing her Master’s in Physical Education and while working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. Liz wanted to add Sports Massage into her techniques so she went on to attend The American Institute of Massage Therapy (Orange, CA) with their Sports Massage Certification program.

After finishing massage school and becoming a CMT, Liz opened her business, Inner Balance Therapeutic Massage, Inc in Newport Beach, CA. Throughout the 10+ years of running her business successfully, Liz attributes this to her background, education, and experience in Sports Medicine and also going on to receive certifications and extensive training in Cupping Therapy (ICTA), Oncology Massage, Myofascial Release (JFBMFR), Lymphatic Drainage and various other modalities, medical devices, and alternative forms of therapy.

Liz prides herself on using a holistic approach to health and is constantly trying to educate herself and her clients. Her passion for health extends beyond hands on work and has a large focus on self-care. She is currently a Massage Instructor at The Cincinnati & Dayton Schools of Medical Massage, where she loves passing on her passion for helping others to her students. When not helping others, you will most likely find her traveling the world, which is her other passion.

Ilkay Zihni Chirali  MBAcC RCHM

Ilkay has been Cupping since a very early age. He was qualified as a TCM practitioner in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia where he opened his first clinic. He later returned to England in 1987 where he set up his own clinic in South East London and is still practicing.

Ilkay has presented numerous papers on Cupping Therapy at five International Seminars, has conducted 40+ Cupping workshops, 50+ lectures as well appearing as an ‘expert’ on BBC TV and radio programs..

He is also the author of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy – volumes I, II & III.

Olena D. Adams (Melnikova)

Olena is licensed in Russia (Ukraine 1994) and Hawaii (1999).

In 2001 she worked at a 4-star resort on the Kohala Kona Coast. In March 2005, Olena opened up her own clinic Olena’s Massage Center in Downtown Hilo specializing in Russian Clinical Massage, Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, hot stones, acupressure, cupping and aromatherapy.

In January 2006, she became a Certified Holistic Health Consultant (CHHC). She also received approval from ABMP and NCBTMB as a continuing education provider in Russian Massage.

Olena has a workshop, DVD and book she has written which includes Theory & Practice of Russian Clinical Massage Techniques, Honey massage, Cupping Massage and the fundamentals of Dermatomes.

Michelle Bodenheimer LMP, CCT

Michelle is an Idaho and Nevada State Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Cupping Practitioner via the ICTA. She also does Facial Cupping, Hot Stones and numerous Massage Modalities.

She’s a truly an intuitive and talented healer who literally was such a powerful force in her small town of Ely Nevada, after relocating a couple years ago to be nearer to her grand kids, that she became inundated with the entire community at the doorstep of her Bohdi Massage Clinic.

She is also the lead administrator for the ICTA – handling most of the admin duties for the education team and our thousands of Association Members. She’s the ICTAs’ go-to person and redirects requests or particulars to the correct person when required.

Michelle also find time to enjoy her horses, dogs, motorcycle riding and even finds time for the coolest craft projects and volunteers in her community during elections, Halloween Houses for the kids and is generally a community mover.

Irina Litwicka

Irina is the founder of Cuppingmassage in Sweden.

Irina has been teaching Cupping for many years and sponsors vocational training at spas in Poland and Hungary as well.