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On August 1, 2009 the Institute opened the doors of the new facility at 3920 Youngfield Street, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033. "All of the MIR Graduates have given a thumbs-up upon entering the door. Nothing but smiles as our down-sizing turned into an up-grading. Check out the beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs," said MIR Director of Studies Zachary Brinkerhoff.

Note: Expired license below will soon be replaced with a new issue.

RAA Board Member 'Nachi' Sanchez came to MIR
during the 2010 RAA Conference held in Denver,
CO; in order to receive a much needed Instrument
Assisted Reflexology treatment for an ailing heart.
Look at that boy: now full of life and energy!!!

Charter Member Zachary Brinkerhoff encourages USA Reflexologists
to join the Reflexology Association of America in order to support
our emerging profession through this united effort.


2008 RAA Conference attendees visit exhibit Honoring The Pioneers
of Reflexology:
Christine Issel; Pamela Anderegg; Dwight Byers;
Diana Reddington; Ignacio Sanchez, exhibit producer. MIR
Students Pamela & Diana are grand
daughters of USA
founding father William Hope FitzGerald, MD.


Allied Beauty Experts
The Institute and MIR Students are under girded by a professional liability policy offered by http://alliedbeautyexperts.net/. Graduates, who meet specialty requirements, can obtain an individual liability policy from ABE upon graduation which covers Full Spectrum Reflexology for only $200.00 per year. ABE is underwritten by Axis Insurance Company and rated by AM Best as an A Superior insurance company.

(The Reflexology Certification Board)
~Certifies MIR Graduates~
PO Box 283
Oxford, MA 01540
Dr. Jack Roso, DR
Phone: 1-508-987-0750

TheRCB is a Member of CLEAR
(Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation)

"I applaud Dr. Brinkerhoff on his battle to bring common sense into the thinking of accredited reflexology schools by insisting we use tools which the Chinese have used for 5000 years and the people of India have used at least for 10,000 years - the true source of our limited knowledge of reflexology here in America." (NTCB director of Accupressure, Don Huges, DR)

Natural Therapies Certification Board
Jackie Olsen, Executive Director

MIR Certificates accepted for testing by NCBTMB:
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22102

Colorado Department of Higher Education,
Division of Private Occupational Schools
DPOS Standard Certificate #1946.
Direct questions or complaints to:
Supervisor Jessica Googins, 303-974-2679.

The Division of Private Occupational Schools Board has approved MIR's Full Spectrum Reflexology Program in the format of a Home Study Course coupled with Tutoring. This program has been designed for training professional Reflexologists/Reflexo-Curist's in order to fill the growing need for effective, economical, preventive and restorative Heath Care. The Modern Institute of Reflexology believes this can be efficiently supplied and administered to the general public through the medium of professional ReflexoCurist's/Reflexologists who both treat and then teach the recipient in self-help procedures.

Through the foot work of RAA and the initial application submitted to the AMA's NUCC by Dr. Eckert and his wife Juanita, a Reflexology Taxonomy Code was issued on 01/01/08. This code officially separated Reflexology from Massage Therapy by giving it a legal identity. MIR's Full Spectrum Reflexology Program is presently taught under the authority of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools.

"When one door of happiness closes,
another opens;
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one
which has been opened for us."
– Helen Keller


This is a comprehensive program for training professional Reflexologists aka ReflexoCurist's through Intuitive Experientialism: Five Theories/Postulates of the mechanisms of reflex action; Hand and Instrument reflex activation techniques & procedures; Foot Joint Micro-alignment ReflexoCure Pressure Technique; ReflexoCure's (reflexology's) history both ancient and modern; Anatomy of 11 body systems and the physiology of their integrative function in association with ReflexoCure’s (reflexology's) effect on the fundamental cause of disease symptoms; ReflexoCure (reflexology) and the prevention of disease; Contraindications for and after/side-effects of dynamic ReflexoCure (reflexology) treatment; Professionalism in the market place; Student Blanket Malpractice/liability insurance policy provision; Framework for laboratory practicum; ReflexoCure (reflexology) as a ministry to the uninsured; Value of Home Study and the Open Book Question approach to learning; and Tutoring: its vital role.

MIR Student Pamela Adamek

Dear Zachary,

If all schools would adopt your method everyone would be in school.

Before I started your course, I was skeptical about distance learning but this is the best way to learn. I could never rewind my teachers of the past, whatever they said in a split second is forever gone.

The reason why I am moving along so slowly is that when I get the result of the former test I go over the wrong answers and learn it the right way. This is awesome, I never did that in my school days before.

Here are the answers to Lesson #3.

Thanks for your ministry,

Pamela Adamek
Belize, Central America

A part time JOB can be yours!

A new CAREER awaits you!

Make your DREAM come true!

Let the JOURNEY begin!


When Donna M. Bean of Gwinnett County, Georgia, decided to train with Modern Institute and become a Reflexologist ... she ran into governmental regulations that required her to become licensed as a Massage Therapist. Here is her story, written three year before issue of the Reflexology Taxonomy Code which would have solved her problem:

Donna M. Bean, PR

I was asked to write my story about overcoming ill conceived governmental reflexology regulations in order to inspire others to follow their heart when confronted with such barriers. I want to let people know that just because someone says something, or the government makes a law, that doesn’t mean you can’t change it. So, here’s my recent experience with such rules and regulations.

Well, as most of you know, I have been trying to get a business license in Gwinnett County for Reflexology. When I first called the county I was told I needed a certification, three letters of recommendation from registered voters in the county I live in, and I had to complete the application for the license. I thought, "NO PROBLEM!!"

After completion of my 350 hour reflexology training course I got the required letters and filled out the application ... then off to the business license department I went. When I got there I was told that I had to have a National Certification, so the clerk gave me the number to call in order to get that "certification".

"The Noah rule:
Predicting rain doesn't count;
building arks does."

– Warren Buffett

OH BOY!! When I called I discovered that I had to complete a 500 hour course in Massage Therapy or bodywork, and then send them $250.00 just to be able to sit and take a test. The county was going to make me become Nationally Certified in Massage Therapy to get a license to practice as a reflexologist.

At first I said okay, no problem. So I continued my reflexology studies and completed requirements for my 500 HourProfessional Certification with Modern Institute of Reflexology (MIR), which is the 500 hour course that the National Certification Board required.

After reading the test center’s booklet and Website, it said that you have to have in-class hours. OH NO!! MIR's courses were home study. So I called the center, "Are you sure it’s in-class hours???" They said, "No, the certification from MIR would do".

Great!! I continued to talk with the gentleman asking questions. I asked, “How much of the test would be on Massage Therapy??” The answer was, about half. Another question was, “What would happen if I didn’t pass?”. The answer? You can pay $250.00 to take it again, but you can only take the test three times ($250 each time). I thought to myself for a moment and told the gentleman okay, and hung up the phone.

Okay, I was going to have to do some major studying. This bothered me for a couple of weeks, but I could not quit thinking about my problem and ways around this law that my county had. So, I phoned the President of Modern Institute of Reflexology, Zachary K. Brinkerhoff, III, and he told me to hang tough and have faith and fight it. Then I spoke with family, friends and massage therapists who said, “that’s just crazy ... Reflexology and Massage are different."

"Everything comes to him
who hustles while he waits."

– Thomas A. Edison

I asked myself if this was God’s way of testing me (to see if this is really what I wanted to do) or was I going to give-in or just give up and do something else. My answer to Him was "YES, this is what I am going to do!! It feels right." With all the pain I had been through with my legs (ankles and knees) ... I knew what it felt like to hurt. Now I know how to help other people. I felt like this was the reason that I was here ... reflexology is what I am supposed to do. I have always been told that if something is hard to get ... don’t give up ... it will just make getting it feel so much better and worth it.

I decided to call every government license agency for Georgia and found that I didn’t have to get a state license. So my question to myself was ... why should I have to get one from my county. There’s got to be another way. So I called the county and asked them what to do next. The clerk told me to send the application back in and the Board would deny it. Then they would send it back to me with the Appeal Process. That process would start when I sent a Letter of Appeal along with $500 dollars for the appeal.

So I said, “YOU’RE KIDDING”. The guy I was speaking with (and had been speaking with since the beginning of the mess) said I could write a letter asking them to waive the fee and send it with the Letter of Appeal. The Board could either waive the fee or make me pay, but they would decide after reading the letters.

So, I wrote a nice little letter asking them to waive it, and of course they did. I also sent in a Letter of Appeal along with that letter. When I called to make sure they got the letter, they said they would set up the process and make an appointment for me to go before the members of the Gwinnett County Board to let me have my say.

"Behold the turtle.
He makes progress only
when he sticks his neck out."

– James Bryant Conant

I made up my mind … the County was in for a fight. I was not going to give up and I WASN’T going to pay anyone any money to take a test that I wasn’t qualified to pass. I was going to set a precedent for Gwinnett County. I was going to get my license for Reflexology and I didn’t care how many appeals I was going to have to go through. I was going to win.

"My Chocolate Lab begs to have his ear reflex points worked with the DRUMmer," said Donna.

So, along with the Letter of Appeal and a request for waiver, I sent letters from everyone who had written recommendation letters to the reflexology school and the county ... along with letters from my Chiropractor and Nurses who are my patients. I also included a letter from my orthopedic doctor stating that I was not physically able to be a massage therapist. I also sent in the name and address of every association in the United States for reflexology and made sure to include their phone numbers. I didn’t stop there ... but also included the history of reflexology and how it has evolved over the years. This data showed how it can benefit individuals. Then I added information from a couple of Website's that I had downloaded during my studies. I gave them so much data on reflexology they were probably choking on it.

A week later they left two messages on my cell phone asking me to call them. I was expecting they wanted to make an appointment time for my appeal to the Board. So I called them back. Since I had sent them all that information, the gentleman said they had decided to do some further checking on reflexology. After doing their research the Board had decided that I was right. Reflexology and Massage Therapy are not the same. I was informed that they were going to separate Reflexology from Massage Therapy and put it in a separate classification. That meant I didn’t have to go in front of the board members to fight my case.

So, today I went to pick up my business license – REFLEXOLOGY FOR THE SOLE!!!!!

I want to thank everyone who was there by my side and those who stood with me in spirit!! I got my answer ... this is what God wants me to do.

Thanks and God Bless!

Donna M. Bean
Certified Professional Reflexologist
November 5, 2004

NOTE: Donna was so overwhelmed with MIR inquiries that she had to change her telephone and URL address formerly posted on the MIR Website. Thank you Donna for your testimony!!!


"If you do what you've always done;
You'll get what you've always got."

----- David Steele



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