The Advisory Board

Christine_pic Christine Issel
  • Co-Founder of ARCB
  • Past Board Secretary
  • Current Chair of Legislative Committee
GeorgeB George S. Balut
  • Co-Founder of ARCB
  • Past Board President
Tom Gardiner    




  • Past Board Vice President
  • Current Exam Proctor



Ko Tan  

  • Past Board Vice President & Treasurer
  • Current Exam Proctor
About theAdvisory Board

Christine Issel. With her extensive background in reflexology, which spans more than 40 years, she consults and lectures on all aspects reflexology from curriculum development to techniques to research and the history of this most powerful healing modality. She is an author of 3 books including the only biography of Eunice Ingham, editor, international lecturer, conference organizer, founder of reflexology associations and organizations, including co-founding ARCB, and serves as a legislative consultant. She has a private practice and also operates New Frontier Publishing.

George S. Balut. George, of Warren, Ohio, started in reflexology in 1977 in private practice after training with the International Institute of Reflexology. For the past fifteen years he has been teaching nationally and internationally. Through his teaching he has developed several instructional aids. George has served as an officer with the Ohio Association of Reflexologists and as director of the International Council of Reflexologists. Due to his extensive lecturing schedule he restricts his reflexology practice to family and friends during the brief periods when he is home.

Thomas Gardiner. Tom has three master’s degrees and worked as an outpatient therapist in a chemical dependency program near Detroit, Michigan. Tom began studying reflexology in 1982 and has been working with it ever since. He used reflexology with clients at the hospital where he worked and now uses it when appropriate with his private counseling clients. He teaches reflexology in adult and community education programs and in the local community college. Tom has shared his work on reflexology and chemical dependency at several conferences.

Ko Tan. Tan is the author of Traditional Chinese Medicine Simplified, is a nationally certified Reflexologist, an NCBTMB certified massage therapist and an instructor/educator. In 1990 he received his Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology professional certification from the American Academy of Reflexology in Los Angeles and has been certified to teach nationally for the Academy since 1992. He participated in the first US study conducted on the positive effects Reflexology has on PMS symptoms, which was published in the Obstetric & Gynecology medical journal, December 1993. In 1998, he co-founded the Georgia Reflexology Organization (GRO) and has been the president since. He has also served on the board of the International Council of Reflexologists (ICR). Tan teaches Traditional Chinese Medicien theory, numerous forms of massage and reflexology through his Academy of Radiant Health.