Your Keep in Touch Champions
Founder: Phyllis Schwartz
Phyllis founded Keep in Touch in 1985, with one room and herself as the only therapist. She received her inspiration for the massage profession from her mother, a registered nurse. It was serving others in this manner that had a positive impact on Phyllis to later pursue a career in massage therapy, and to introduce others to the nurturing and healing aspects of massage. Phyllis’s passion for helping others and treating each client as family has helped the company grow from a one room, one therapist center to the first massage center to franchise nationally.
The impetus for our success stems from Phyllis’s passion and from a desire and dedication to serve others through the comforts of massage therapy. The company has adopted a mission “to provide nurturing/therapeutic massage experience, in a friendly relaxing environment, in order to enhance the physical and mental well-being of each client.
In 2002, Keep in Touch Massage franchised and now has two locations in Burnsville and Eagan. Our extremely talented and well-trained massage therapists provide a wide range of massage modalities, including deep tissue, Swedish, sports, prenatal, neuro-muscular, myofascial release, and reflexology. We also offer BioFreeze, Warm Hugs corn bags, Gift Certificates & Gift Cards, and a variety of therapeutic products.
Eagan: Jason Erickson & Kelly Thompson, Owners
Kelly Thompson, BCTMB, CMT, MSE, BAS
Originally from Duluth, Kelly studied Speech and Language Therapy in college, then earned a Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Counseling. She became a successful retail manager, then left work to raise a family. During those early years of motherhood, Kelly became hooked on the benefits of massage. She enrolled in massage school and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University.
Kelly is a strong believer in continuing education and holds Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB). She is certified in Bodywork for the Childbearing Years® (pregnancy massage), earned a certificate in myofascial/fascial release techniques, and has taken courses on orthopedic massage, structural integration, treatment of medically frail clients, sports massage, etcetera. Kelly has volunteered at Grandma’s Marathon, the Minnesota Oncology Center, and other charitable and community events.
Jason Erickson, BCTMB, CMT, CPT, CES, CAIST, BBA, BA, AA
Originally from Rochester, Jason studied Pre-Law, Marketing and Economics for his undergraduate degrees by day while practicing martial arts and vocal performance by night. He pursued a corporate career until he discovered the benefits of therapeutic massage and corrective exercise while rehabilitating from some injuries. Inspired, Jason became a certified personal trainer (CPT), then entered massage school and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University.
Jason loves continuing education and may be found teaching classes when he isn’t attending one! He holds Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB) and is certified in Bodywork for the Childbearing Years® (pre/post-natal massage), Myofascial/Fascial Release, and Orthopedic Massage. Jason is a certified American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer (ACE-CPT), and is a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He has also studied sports massage, positional release technique, dermoneuromodulation, structural integration, assessment and treatment of headaches and neck problems, foot/ankle/knee injuries, massage for cancer patients, etcetera. Jason is also a certified advanced practitioner of Active Isolated Stretching (CAIST), a powerful method of increasing pain-free range-of-motion, strength, balance, and neuromuscular integration and function.
Kelly and Jason learned how to run a small massage business, then became interested in running a larger practice and knew about Keep In Touch. They acquired Keep In Touch of Eagan in April 2008, and the rest is history. They are devoted to bringing the many benefits of therapeutic and relaxation massage to everyone, and say, “We love what we do, and it shows!”
Burnsville: Deb Haqq and Mark Mincke , owners
Deb Haqq, NP
Deb works full time as a Nurse Practitioner in a family practice clinic. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters of Science. Deb has been an avid proponent of the health benefits of therapeutic massage. She has often prescribed therapeutic massage instead of pharmaceutical treatment. Deb was a long time patron of Keep In Touch before becoming co-owner of the Burnsville location.
Mark works full time with Delta airlines as a supervisor and has been with them for 35 years. He is a strong believer in the benefits of massage for work related injuries. Mark has a talent for being organized and efficient in both large and small endeavors.
Deb and Mark say, “We acquired Keep in Touch Burnsville in April 2015 and we are very excited to be a part of this family. We both have management experience and a sincere desire to keep the heart of this business flourishing. Phyllis and Jack Schwartz have been incredible mentors as we enter into this adventure.”