About Us

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Through a collaboration with therapists and educators, the team at Jean-Robert's Massage Therapy and Spa have created a comprehensive massage certification program. Drawing from the experiences and training of top expert instructors, the Aspen Massage Institute offers a balanced combination of Eastern and Western theories and modalities. The student-therapist’s wellness is also integrated into our program — students have full access to the world-class Jean-Robert’s Gym, as well as instruction in yoga, meditation, and other health related topics as part of their education. 

Starting back in 2011, the teaching team felt that the practical experience of massage should be realistic and transferable to build a business. Our clinical internship provides a comprehensive spa and private practice experience in a well established spa setting.

Taking pride in each individual, small class sizes at the Aspen Massage Institute (ratio of 2 instructors per 12 students) ensures the attention and instruction necessary to be a successful massage therapist. With over 600 hours, the Aspen Massage Institute exceeds the minimum requirements of Colorado’s Private Occupational Education Act, 1981.

The Aspen Massage Institute has been Approved and Regulated by the Division of Private Occupational School Board since 2012.

AMI is a member of the following professional organizations:


Jean-Robert Barbette

School Director and Consultant

In 1990 Jean-Robert founded Jean Robert's Gym in Aspen, Colorado as a way to provide athletes of every level the most professional, comfortable and effective ways to increase endurance, strength and cardiovascular performance. With over 20 years and 50,000 hours of training experience, professional athletes and celebrities alike have trusted Jean-Robert to help them reach their pinnacle health. Being a massage therapist himself, Jean-Robert realized the high demand for massage specialists and therefore founded the Aspen Massage Institute in 2011. Feel free to speak with Jean-Robert about the new career trends or financial options in the industries of massage and fitness.

Bernadette Lofton

Admissions and Financial Consultant

Bernadette is a certified personal trainer and has been working at Jean Robert's Gym for over ten years. Bernadette specializes in weight training, nutrition and cardio. She is a champion of the importance of training workouts to build an essential foundation of fitness for optimal performance. In 2011, Bernadette joined the team, at Aspen Massage Institute, as the Financial Consultant, financial advisor, and she is also in charge of the admissions. Any questions about the school, signing up or financial questions she is the person to talk to.

David Hatfield BS, MSOM, D.Ac., L.Ac., LMT

Instructor of Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Eastern Modalities, and Ethics & Business

David is trained in the five branches of Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Herbology, Tuina Massage, Energetics (Qigong and Tajiquan), and Chinese Dietary Medicine.He holds a Certificate in Asian Bodywork, a BS in Nutrition, an MS in Oriental Medicine, and is a board-certified licensed massage therapist (LMT) and acupuncturist (L.Ac) and Doctor of acupuncture (D.Ac). He was also trained by local martial arts practitioners Master Bob Cook and Grand Master Joel Castillo. David has completed an internship at Mercy Hospital Chicago and has worked in doctors’ offices in Chicago and Aspen. He currently practices in Aspen and is also on the faculty at the Colorado Mountain College.

Jeffrey M. Cole, MA, LPC

Instructor of Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Ethics and Business Practices, and Pathology

Jeff is a licensed clinician holding a Master's degree in Contemplative Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. He has been in the healing profession for over fifteen years, including ten years as a massage therapist, primarily working with athletes and professional cycling teams in the UCI Pro Tour, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships, the Tour de France VTT, the Tour of California and the US Pro Challenge. In his current private practice he works with athletes to improve mental skills and mindfulness training, athletic identity actualization, goal setting and coping with injury. Competitive athletic participation has always been a part of his life and he currently enjoys skiing, running and cycling events and is a two-time US National AlpineSnowboard Champion in age-group competition.

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