meet the people behind Good Gums - Isabelle's story
Good-Gums® Creator - Isabelle Dunkeson
The founder, owner and operator of the first state licensed massage therapy school on southwest Florida (the Sarasota School of Natural Healing Arts in Sarasota, FL) is a result-oriented professional with over 30 years of experience. She has a history of stability and outstanding performance in the natural healing field. The school was founded in 1974. In 1994 the School added a 2,700 hour program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to its existing 525 hour Massage Therapy Program.
As Chief Executive Officer and manager of the school's day-to-day operations, Isabelle has highly developed administrative, public relations, problem-solving and decision-making skills, which include wage administration, personnel policies, performance appraisal, marketing studies and brochure and catalogue design.
Among Isabelle's many special accomplishments was the responsibility for the continuous growth of the school; the designing of a special bodywork technique, "Conversations With the Body"; the development of Educational Seminars and the creation of Community Outreach Programs. She continued to own the school until 1999.
Isabelle produced Sarasota's first Holistic Film Festival on "Health, Healing and Happiness." She has attended numerous educational seminars and traveled the world, having studied in India with Dr. Randolph Stone, founder of Polarity Therapy; in Japan and the Philippines, studying and producing a natural healing film with biochemist Stuart Wheelwright. In addition she has studied with Euell Gibbons, Adele Davis, Paul Bragg, Stanley Burroughs, Dr. Raymond Christopher, Bernard Jensen and Dr. Eric Pearl. She is a certified graduate in Reconstructive Healing® and The Reconnection® with Dr. Pearl.
The past owner of a natural food store and publisher of a nationally distributed magazine, "Natural Life Styles," she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis Academy of Arts in Memphis, Tennessee in 1962 and graduated from the American College of Natural Healing Sciences in massage therapy in Mesa, Arizona in 1972.
She envisions her work as transforming, combining education and personal growth. She continues to evolve personally, setting goals that will help herself and others achieve their optimum wellness in body, mind and spirit.