About Us

Our programs are built by professionals for professionals—the instruction you receive is the product of decades of experience & vetted expertise.

Teresa M. Matthews

LMT, CPT, BCTMB - Founder of HWFP & Co-Founder of Massage Therapy Academy

Teresa is a Board Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, National CE provider, World Champion Athlete and 3rd Degree Black Belt. She owned and operated a successful Massage School in Jacksonville, Florida for over 18 years. She is now the co-founder and co-owner of Massage Therapy Academy in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

With over 30 years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry, Teresa has taken healthcare to a new level by organizing Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. Her practice brings optimal therapy to her clients by combining massage and personal training bodywork. She specializes in Kinesiology, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Strength Training, Stretching & Flexibility, Self-Care and Self-Defense.

Teresa has been an NCBTMB volunteer since 2010 serving her profession on a national level. She has also held the volunteer position of Sports Massage Director with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association for many years, being awarded State Sports Massage Therapist of the Year in 2009, 2018 Boston Marathon Finisher with Team Massage Therapy Foundation, and 2019 World Massage Therapy Hall of Famer.

Teresa is a past President of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and is committed to defining and advancing standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession.

To learn more about Massage Therapy Academy, visit www.massagetherapyacademy.org.

Johnny Matthews


Johnny is a Certified Personal Trainer, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Police Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and is highly trained in Jiu Jitsu.

With his high level of expertise and years of experience, Johnny was involved in the Protecting Your Assets™: Self Defense curriculum development, as well as provides instruction in the course.