Dale Healey, DC, PhD

Secretary, ACIH
Commissioner, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
Dean, College of Health and Wellness, Northwestern Health Sciences University


Dale Healey graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1996 with a bachelor of science in anatomy and doctor of chiropractic degrees. In 1997, he accepted an adjunct position teaching several courses at a small massage therapy school and learned quickly that he loved the energy of educational environment. When offered, Dale jumped at the chance to add administrative duties to his teaching responsibilities. In 2002, Dale joined Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) as the dean of the School of Massage Therapy.  Dale’s responsibilities at NWHSU over the years, until in 2015, he was named the dean of the newly formed College of Health and Wellness, which includes programs in massage therapy, acupuncture, Oriental medicine, nutrition and undergraduate studies.

In 2014, Dale completed his PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation is focused on the perceptions of medical students toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and their plans to incorporate elements of CAM into their future medical practices.

As a member of a Massage Therapy Foundation Best Practices Committee, Dale is working toward the development of best practices guidelines for the profession. He serves as a board member for the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) and a commissioner for the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Dale has been involved in working toward state regulation of massage therapists for several years.