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May 19, 2012
While working as a licensed insurance agent, Jennifer Scott always felt as though she was helping people. But she wanted to make a larger difference in people’s lives with her work.
“I was at the point in my life that I was ready to make a change,” she said.
Scott came to PTC and met with a counselor looking for a program that was a fit. She was directed to the Massage Therapy Program and met with Michelle Liggett, program director.
“I liked that the massage therapy program would take only a year,” Scott said. “I got into the program and it just clicked. It worked for me.”
Scott graduated from the program in 2010 hoping to open her own business within five years. She returned to Piedmont Tech as an adjunct the following year while she was working to establish her client base. While teaching, she got the call that changed her life.
The owner of Palmetto Medical Massage called Liggett for a recommendation of a qualified massage therapist who would be willing to take over her lease because she was moving. Liggett immediately looked to Scott.
“I was scared to death, but I figured the Lord wouldn’t open the door if He didn’t think I could do it,” Scott said. “Instead of working toward my five-year goal, I did it in five months.”
“I want this to be a place where people can come and get a massage that is going to give them a new life. I want them to go out there and do things they couldn’t do before.”
The Massage Therapy Program at Piedmont Tech prepared her to take on this challenge, Scott said. She began the program with several health issues of her own, but she has overcome many of those issues through the skills she learned.
“This program is so essential and so rewarding that it has changed my life and helped me grow,” she said. “It is an awesome feeling to come back from those things that slowed me down through massage and these are the things I want to give to the public.”
Scott says her focus with Palmetto Medical Massage is not to provide a recreational spa experience, but to work with clients who are looking to massage to help with recovery and improving the quality of their lives.
“We are geared more toward restorative care,” she said. “I want this to be a place where people can come and get a massage that is going to give them a new life. I want them to go out there and do things they couldn’t do before.”