School History - Scottsdale

Cortiva Institute - Scottsdale offers curricula that prepares our graduates for success in the massage therapy profession, along with maintaining its standard of excellence in therapeutic massage education by periodically reviewing and implementing changes to the school’s programs.

  • Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College was founded in 1981 by Gean Schneider, LMT, and Robert Schneider, DC as Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College and Doctor's Assistant School, Inc. The school was issued its initial license to operate by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education on July 7 and welcomed its first class on September 14.
  • In 1989 the school earned national accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET)
  • In 1990 we began administering Title IV funds.
  • In June 1998, KC Miller, a graduate of the school and her brother Wayne Schmeeckle, purchased the school and then relocated the campus to Scottsdale.
  • In 1999, a second campus opened in Phoenix and in March 2001, the Flagstaff campus opened.
  • In June 2006, Cortiva Institute purchased the campuses and continued to operate the campus in Scottsdale.
  • In 2011, Cortiva was purchased by the Steiner Education Group.

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