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SANDRA WAGNER

Sandra WagnerSandra Wagner, LMT, embarked on her professional journey at 15 years old decorating wedding cakes out of her parent’s home. This early work resulted in a roughly 20-year career as a baker with various restaurants, including one she co-owned with her ex-husband. Reinventing herself after her divorce, she held a variety of positions as she sought to further her education, including working in clothing retail, as a waitress, and selling security systems and insurance. While selling insurance, Ms. Wagner realized that she greatly enjoyed helping and looking out for older people, which led to her getting involved in home care and hospice work.

Knowing that she would need additional credentials to advance in the field of health care, Ms. Wagner joined the Berks Technical Institute in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where she obtained licensure in massage therapy. During her subsequent internship, she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study under James Waslaski, a pioneer in orthopedic massage, a specific form of massage therapy that combines deep tissue and neuromuscular therapy to alleviate chronic pain. Initially working with five different massage practices, she grew tired of traveling back and forth and decided to consolidate her efforts, establishing her own business in 2009. Starting with just one client, who had been with her since her externship, Ms. Wagner is now flourishing with Sensory Concepts Orthopedic & Medical Massage, where she has a team of licensed massage therapists.

In addition to orthopedic massage therapy, Ms. Wagner and her team offer various other forms of massage, including Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, hot stone, sports and pregnancy. They also provide reflexology therapy, aqua foot detoxes, and UltraShape treatments, which use ultrasound technology for body contouring and fat cell reduction. In her day-to-day work, she treats people whose quality of life has been compromised through chronic conditions, sports injuries, or other health issues. Ms. Wagner is proud to have been able to help people with conditions like carpal tunnel manage their conditions without the need for surgical intervention.

Outside of her primary responsibilities, Ms. Wagner has recently done work with the Reading Rebels, the new professional basketball team in Reading, Pennsylvania, and did a coast-to-coast bike tour with the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company for a “Stand Up to Cancer” event. She has also spent time as a committee member for the K-9 unit of the Reading Police. To keep abreast of developments in the field, Ms. Wagner maintains professional membership with the American Business Women’s Association, the Reading Chamber of Commerce and the American Massage Therapy Association.

Ms. Wagner stands out for her focus on genuine orthopedic medical massage, as many “professionals” claim to do orthopedic massage but are actually only doing deep tissue massage. Motivated every day by her clients, she notes that her favorite part of her career is when clients say they don’t need her services anymore, though she always gives them the option to continue with a different sort of maintenance massage. Ms. Wagner would advise young and aspiring professionals to stay true to themselves and not to let people discourage them, noting that it can be tough when people you trust let you down, but you shouldn’t let other people’s bad habits change what you are.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Wagner intends to take some time for herself and travel, as she has a number of places she wants to visit. She has no immediate plans for retirement and intends to keep working for as long as she is able. However, she also wants to ensure that her team is well established and able to function without her should she ever need to step back. In her free time, Ms. Wagner enjoys hiking and kayaking.

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