Dedicated Educators


Daniel Jensen

 Daniel Jensen is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and is the Instructor of Anatomy, Zoologik™ Anatomy Lab, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology. Daniel has a BA degree in Excercise Science from Augustana College and has had significant education in the study of human anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics and stress management. He has studied and attended workshops and seminars in science of fascia, cadaver studies, hip and shoulder segmental bodywork, and trigger point and postural assessment. He is also a graduate of the Zoologic™ Muscle Building in Clay course to enable him to teach students how to form anatomy in clay by attaching it to skeletal models. This provides the students with a hands-on understanding of the human musculoskeletal anatomy. As an endurance athlete and speaker, Daniel has uniquely blended his experiences with his education to offer a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology, yet provide students with necessary study aids and lectures to assist in the learning process. Daniel also is a contributing author to the book Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul, is a featured athlete in 3 documentary movies, and has set several physically challenged athlete world records. 


Heather payden

 Heather has been a certified massage therapist since September 2001.  She is the General Manager at Royal Table Massage Therapy.  Heather has been teaching continuing education for 14 years and owns Art of Teaching-NCBTMB educational organization approved for providing continuing education (CEU's).  She is VP and head professor of the South Dakota School of Massage Therapy in Sioux Falls, SD.  Heather has mastered several massage modalities including but not limited to: Thai Massage, Hot and Cold Stone Therapy, Essential Oils, Glide Cupping, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reiki, Myofascial Release Techniques, Prenatal Massage, Deep Relaxation, Hospice Care, Swedish Massage, Paraffin Therapies and Reflexology 


Rebecca Herrmann

 Massage Therapy is my passion!  I have been a massage therapist since March 2001 after graduating from South Dakota School of Massage Therapy. Creating Royal Table Massage Therapy allowed me the flexibility to work with people that shared the same belief in quality of service as me.  I am trained in many modalities. My favorites include: Swedish, prenatal, massage cupping, foot reflexology and lymphatic drainage. I graduated with my Bachelor Degree in Business Management and Marketing. I am the President, director and instructor at the South Dakota School of Massage Therapy. I LOVE spending time with my four beautiful children. 

Dedicated Educators

Debbie S. Koolstra

 Debbie S. Koolstra has been the owner/operator of Kool Touch Therapeutic Massage, located in Sioux Falls, SD, since 2006. She has also served as a hands-on technique instructor and lecturer at SDSMT, Inc. since 2008. Debbie has over 100 hours of continuing education including muscle release, GUA SHA, streatching and Shiatsu, sports massage, and advanced orthopedic massage training. Debbie is also a personal trainer and aerobic instructor. 

Additional Educators

 Additional educators as well as guest speakers are incorporated into the program to lecture and demonstrate on related subjects including business, stretching, body mechanics, aromatherapy (Raindrop Technique), and Therapeutic Touch. 


Robin Jensen, Founder (deceased)

Robin Jensen was a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and was a 1977 graduate of the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, Boulder, Colorado. Robin received 1,000 hours of instruction at the school, as well as 600 hours of intensive training at the Boulder Center of Polarity Therapy. Robin also graduated from the L.R.T. Rebirthing School in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1993 where she studied for two years.

Robin studied and practiced therapeutic bodywork and holistic healing since 1975. She studied and attended workshops and seminars in foot reflexology, therapeutic touch, sports massage, TMJ, heated stone therapy, isolated active stretching, and many other areas. She worked with people suffering from mental illness as well as the critically and terminally ill. She also helped women throughout pregnancy and during labor, doing massage and reflexology. Robin also worked as a massage therapist on the oncology ward at Sanford Hospital.