Shannon Busby brings experience to position as PRCC’s new massage therapy instructor

Shannon Busby Massage Therapy Instructor at PRCC

Shannon Busby is a veteran massage therapist who is bringing her experience to Pearl River Community College’s new Massage Therapy Technology program this fall.

Students in PRCC’s Massage Therapy Technology program at the Forrest County Campus will learn hands-on skills from someone who is excited about her classes that begin Monday, Aug. 16.

“Being a massage therapist has taught me so much humility and gratitude,” said Busby. “I’ve been a massage therapist for 24 years, and for 18 of those years a small business owner.”

She went to work with a local chiropractor, Gary Lett, who hired her as a massage therapist and chiropractic assistant.  

“After working there for five years, I decided to open my own small business,” she said. “That’s where my passion for small business ownership, professional networking, and teaching clients’ self-help originated.”

The massage therapy program will be a 12-month/720-hour program. Students will meet Monday through Thursday. 

According to Busby, there are prerequisite classes, lecture classes, labs, and clinicals to be completed for the degree. Before receiving a license through the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy, The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) will need to be passed.

The program received an added boost earlier this month from a local massage therapy company. Sunray Companies, an award-winning operator of best-in-class franchised brands in the retail and hospitality sectors, had donated six massage tables and a massage chair to PRCC for the massage therapy program.

“I feel so blessed to call PRCC my new home, and the opportunity they have entrusted in me is greatly appreciated,” said Busby. “This new chapter will consist of not only being a part of the Wildcat family, but having the opportunity to build the Massage Therapy program to be the best Mississippi has to offer. I’m excited to prepare the new minds and hands of massage therapy.”

Busby resides in Hattiesburg with her 16-year-old daughter, Chloe.

“Shannon Busby is a perfect addition to our Wildcat family,” said Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for the Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing programs. “Her expertise consists of decades of owning her own renowned business. Her first day on the job, I was very impressed with her drive and motivation to build a successful program. We are very fortunate to bring Ms. Busby’s experience and passion to our team.”

For information about the Massage Therapy Technology program, call 601-554-5505, email, visit the Forrest County Campus on U.S. 49 South or read more about it here:

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