Arizona governor replaces Massage Therapy board after Republic inquiry

Victoria Bowmann (right) and Mlee Clark served on the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy, the five members of which are appointed by the governor. The board has historically been dominated by massage therapists.

Less than two weeks after The Arizona Republic published an in-depth investigation into sexual abuse in the massage industry, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced he has ousted all members of the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy and replaced them with new members. 

Ducey made the announcement on Friday, saying in a statement that "it’s critical the State Board of Massage Therapy protects massage clients, especially those who are in a vulnerable position. I’m confident today’s appointees will do that."

The five-member regulatory board is appointed by the governor and is responsible for licensing the state's 10,600 massage therapists and investigating complaints against them.  

A representative from the Governor's Office called board members Friday morning, told them they were being replaced and thanked them for their service. 

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