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About the Authors

Save Your Hands! 15th AnniversaryLauriann Greene, CEAS


Lauriann Greene

Lauriann has been a leading writer, educator and researcher on injury prevention for manual therapists since 1995. She studied at Brown University, Harvard University and the Mannes College of Music before graduating with honors in 1993 from Seattle Massage School. As a result of her extensive research on occupational musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and her own experience with work-related injury, Lauriann developed the Save Your Hands!® Injury Prevention Workshops for massage therapists in 1993, which she presented to hundreds of students and professionals across the United States and Canada. In 1995, she wrote the 1st Edition of Save Your Hands!, the first comprehensive book on injury prevention ever published for manual therapists.

Since that time, Lauriann has written numerous articles on self-care and injury prevention for major publications including Massage Therapy Journal, Massage Magazine, Massage & Bodywork, and Positive Health, as well as a column in Massage Magazine called "Helping the Healers" (the first column on this subject in a massage publication). In 2005, Lauriann joined forces with professional ergonomist and massage therapist Richard W. Goggins on a survey that produced the first reliable statistics on the prevalence of injury among massage therapists and bodyworkers, the results of which were publish in 2006 in Massage & Bodywork. Lauriann is now a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, and continues to collaborate with Richard to offer a range of injury prevention and ergonomics consulting and continuing education services to manual therapists.

Lauriann is frequently featured in spa and manual therapy magazines like PULSE, Spa Management Journal and Massage & Bodywork.  She speaks regularly at massage and spa conferences, including AMTA National Conference, World Massage Conference, International Congress of Esthetics & Spa, and International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference, and her webinars with Rick appear on Universal Companies' Advance With Education web site. Lauriann and Rick were contributors to the book Foundations of Massage 3rd Edition (Elsevier), and Lauriann was Associate Editor for the popular anatomy/palpation book Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel. Lauriann currently serves on the Teacher Standards committe of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.

See articles by Lauriann Greene, CEAS.



Richard W. Goggins, MS, CPE, LMP


Richard Goggins

Rick is Board Certified as a Professional Ergonomist, and is a Licensed Massage Practitioner in Washington State. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Human Factors/Ergonomics from the University of Southern California (USC). During and following his time at USC, Rick worked for Hughes Space and Communications in El Segundo, Calif., helping them to establish their ergonomics program. From there, he moved north to work for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, where he is now the Senior Ergonomist with their Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Through his work at Labor and Industries, Rick has helped employers in a wide variety of industries to prevent injuries among their employees. He is frequently asked to present talks and workshops on ergonomics at conferences around the country, and he has published a number of articles on the subject in publications including Professional Safety, Journal of Safety Research, and Massage and Bodywork. He is a past president of the Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and continues to work with this group on a project to educate schoolchildren on computer ergonomics

Rick first became interested in massage after receiving excellent treatment from several different massage therapists. He received his massage training at Alexandar’s School of Natural Therapeutics in Tacoma, Wash., an experience that he still counts as one of his favorites. He is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Rick has combined his in-depth knowledge of injury prevention, ergonomics and manual treatment work in his collaboration with Lauriann Greene on the injury survey among massage therapists, and on this second edition of Save Your Hands!

Rick's articles are frequently featured in spa and manual therapy magazines like PULSE, Spa Management Journal, Massage & Bodywork and Massage Therapy Journal.  With Lauriann, Rick was contributor to the book Foundations of Massage 3rd Edition (Elsevier). 

See articles by Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP.



Contributor to the 2nd Edition: Janet M. Peterson, PT, DPT


Janet Peterson

Janet has been performing injury prevention services for twenty years; she has had her own practice in ergonomics consulting since 1998 in Seattle, Washington. Janet earned her master’s degree in physical therapy from Stanford University and her doctorate in physical therapy through Temple University. She was on the Board of Directors for the American Physical Therapy Association and is a past president of the Physical Therapy Association of Washington, receiving the 2003 “Physical Therapist of the Year Award”. She is a member of the Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (PSHFES) and the Pacific Northwest Ergonomics Roundtable.