Our Instructors


Dr. Tate Rolfs, DC


Dr. Tate Rolfs has been a practicing chiropractor and clinical nutritionist in Hawaii since 1980. Prior to graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic, he served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force serving two tours in Southeast Asia as a fighter pilot. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Tulane University in 1970. He has attended LSU Baton Rouge and University of Texas in Austin with graduate work at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

He currently teaches anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology as well as a variety of hands on classes.   


W. "Xavier" Staub, LAc, LMT


In 1980, while in the Aikido teacher training program in San Diego, California, I began the study of the healing arts. After moving to Santa Barbara, California and opening an Aikido school, I attended the Santa Barbara School of Massage. Upon graduating, I attended the Santa Barbara School of Oriental Medicine and Shiatsu. After graduating, I studied nutrition through the Clayton College of Natural Health, obtaining a PhD in "Healing with Whole Food."

I currently live in Hawaii where I practice acupuncture, massage, and Aikido.


Samantha Wong, LMT


Samantha Wong is a 2005 graduate of Hawaii Healing Arts College and the lead hands-on instructor for Level 1.  She spent 10 years as a licensed massage therapist at Massage Professionals and 4 years in a spa environment.  

Along with devoting her time to teaching, Samantha currently has her own practice where she is passionate about helping others towards wellness. Samantha has a total of 12 years experience in the healing arts.


Steffany Toma, LMT


Steffany Toma is a graduate of the Hawaii Healing Arts College (HHAC) intensive program and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2007.  She completed the HHAC post graduate clinical massage certification program in 2009.  Steffany is also certified as a State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) instructor of anatomy, physiology, and hands on massage techniques since 2010.  In the HHAC 600-hour undergraduate program, Steffany teaches introductory and advanced science, clinical massage, and ethics classes. She is also the HHAC post graduate clinical massage program instructor since 2016.  This 200-hour program intensely explores anatomy and applications of massage techniques to help clients with medical conditions.  Graduates of this post graduate program become nationally certified clinical massage therapists.  Steffany focuses on helping students diversify their treatment approach and developing professionalism.  

In her private practice, Steffany specializes in clinical massage, aromatherapy, and kinesio taping.  



Sara Robertson, RN


I am a registered nurse and am currently working on my doctorate degree. I love to learn and am always seeking new knowledge especially in the health and wellness world. I love teaching nursing, anatomy, and anything health and wellness related. I find that massage has so many benefits to our overall wellbeing as well as improving acute and chronic illness. 

In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, family, and 3 dogs.  


Mary McHugh, LMT


After graduating from Hawaii Healing Arts College in 2002, Mary was deeply drawn toward Hawaiian Lomilomi massage and its compassionate, nurturing style and philosophy.  She trained for this healing work under traditional Kumu Lomi practitioners, and it remains her primary healing modality today.  Mary was an LMT at Massage Professionals during her first six years of practice.  She eventually moved to another location, and co-owned a Kailua massage establishment for three years.

Mary is DOE certified by the State of Hawaii and instructs the students in Level 2 prenatal and geriatric massage. 

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Maleka Cook, LMT

Maleka  Cook is a 2011 graduate of Hawaii Healing Arts College. After earning a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies at UH Hilo, she followed her calling to work and practice in a field centered in health and wellness.  She currently works at her alma mater teaching as a Level 1 hands on instructor.  

Maleka is also practicing Lomi at Pikoakea Therapeutic Lomi and Lomilomi Hana Lima Boutique and Spa.