Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute Staff
Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT, Owner, Director, Educator
Sharon is a graduate of the University of California with a major in Education. After teaching Biology and English internationally in Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Eastern United States, Sharon made a career change into the Wellness field in 1986. She attended massage school in Northern California and then graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and Healthbuilders School of Massage Therapy in Saint Augustine, FL. Along with overseeing the function of Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute, she has a private practice and does volunteer Hospice work. She travels extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally teaching the Day-Break Geriatric Massage Level 1 and Level 2 workshops in massage schools and community colleges.
- Member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals)
- Volunteer in Saint Vincent’s Hospice Care Program (Indianapolis)
(317) 722-9896 (phone)
(317) 722-0511 (fax)
7434 King George Drive, Unit A
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Debora Conley, CMT, Educator, Office Manager
After spending many years in corporate management, it was clear to Deb her passion lay elsewhere and she found massage therapy very attractive. During her transition out of the corporate world, her stepfather was diagnosed with terminal melanoma. He entered Hospice care where he received massage–it was one of the things that offered him relief from his discomfort. This experience solidified Deb’s decision to become a massage therapist. She was particularly interested in working with the elderly and terminally ill. Deb is a graduate of the Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics. She is a State Certified Massage Therapist and a Certified Geriatric Massage Therapist. She has her own practice, and works for a local hospital and a Hospice center. Deb is an Educator as well as the Office Manager for the Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute.
Karen Leech, LMT, NCBTMB, Educator
Karen Leech graduated from Downeast School of Massage in Maine in 1992. While in Maine, Karen practiced massage in chiropractic, spa, and private settings. After moving to Ocala, Florida, Karen established her massage practice focusing on the senior population in that area. “I have learned so much and loved every minute working with seniors; their knowledge, their insight, their humor, their history. Each of their needs is unique but oh so rewarding and all of it has enriched me as a person and as a massage therapist.” Karen continues her private practice in Ocala. She is a member of ABMP.
Dawn Castiglione, LMT, Educator
A graduate of California State University Fullerton in 1994, with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and after many years of service in the corporate world, I made an important decision to change my career path and follow my passion. In 2009, I began my certification program to become a Massage Therapist. Very soon after becoming licensed, I discovered there was a complete modality of massage based solely upon the unique needs of our more senior population. This made perfect sense to me since the aging body very definitely goes through changes which would seem to require a unique approach in consideration of their unique physical needs. I am proud to have joined Dr. Puszko on this journey and I look forward to more of you joining us as well, as we care for this precious segment of our community together.