About Katie Mickey, Owner/Director since 1991
Katie Mickey is a leading educator of massage and holistic health who has blessed the Central California Coast with her deep understanding of the self-healing mechanisms of the body for over a quarter-century.
Katie has been the Owner/Director of Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute (SBBTI) since 1989 and since that time she has trained over 3,000 students in massage, bodywork & holistic health. SBBTI alumni are gainfully employed throughout the tri-counties, in all the major spas, physical therapy offices, corporate massage venues, and countless private practices.
SBBTI is a special place. Indeed, it is the place where lives change. Whether you are interested in learning more about the body, how we are capable of self-healing and assisting each other through the healing process. Or, if you are determined to become certified and locally employed as a Massage Practitioner, Massage Therapist, Holistic Health and/or Medical Qi Gong Practitioner, SBBTI is a well-established and truly unique place to be healed and develop the healer within.
SBBTI participates in federal and state financial aid programs through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, CA Workers Compensation and the CA Workforce Investment Act. We would love to welcome you into our community at Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute, where lives change!
Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute (SBBTI) is a holistic massage school that provides vocational and avocational bodywork training, affordable student massage, and professional bodywork to the public. We certify students as Massage Practitioners, Massage Therapists, and Holistic Health Practitioners. Our programs include traditional styles of Swedish and Deep Tissue as well as more energy based approaches such as Medical Qigong. In any given month, we have roughly 50 students enrolled in assorted programs.
Our classes are personal and intimate, with lots of one-on-one attention and a student to teacher ratio that ranges from 6-1 to 12-1. Our 2017 First-Time pass rate is 90.9% and School Re-Exam rate is 100% for the MBLEx exam, required for state certification. In contrast, the State First-Time pass rate is 69.8% and State Re-Exam rate is 45.5%. Our graduates are highly sought out by employers throughout the tri-counties.
Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute
516 N Quarantina St
Santa Barbara, CA
It is hard to beat our location, just one mile from the beach, Downtown in a beautiful and historic city known for having the best weather in California.