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The Lookout | April 12, 2021

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Student is passionate about massage

Student is passionate about massage
  • On February 26, 2021

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

Parker Hoggard has loved massage from very early on. She said she has always been interested in the human body – anatomy, specifically – and that she enjoys being able to help her patients in a relaxed, serene environment.

The 20-year-old is currently working at Zoe Life Spa and Salon in Lansing as a receptionist, but plans on graduating to the massage therapist level after her graduation from the program at LCC.

Hoggard said she has enjoyed her time at LCC, specifically while in the massage program.

“My instructors are extraordinary,” Hoggard said. “LCC, especially the massage program, has a very close, personable program so it feels like a family and that really helps knowing they care so much about you and your successes.”

Hoggard’s instructor and lead faculty of LCC’s Massage Program, Jodi Wiley, said she really respects the young student’s work ethic.

“She gladly accepts and implements instructor feedback,” Wiley said. “When she was struggling with a certain component of the therapeutic assessment process, she intentionally asked for tips on how to improve. Because of her drive to improve, she has developed into a truly talented therapist. Our clinic has been lucky to have her.”

With already so much accomplished as a student, Hoggard gave advice for anyone who is also interested in the massage therapy program at LCC.

“I would tell someone that’s interested in something similar to be open, push yourself and don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone,” Hoggard said. “Massage therapy is always evolving and progressing, so having an open mindset and doing things that are out of your comfort zone will only help you progress with it.”