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Stephen Kreger, L.M.T. graduated from the Asten Center of Natural Therapeutics in Richardson, Texas in 1992. His first position after graduating was as a massage therapist for a local chiropractic office. After 6 months, he was offered a position at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas. These two positions were key to obtaining experience in the medical application of massage therapy. While working in these positions, he was required to learn S.O.A.P. charting, billing procedures, follow up marketing methods and patient record protocol. In July of 1995, with only 32 private clients, he rented a 1500 square foot office with four treatment rooms in Richardson, Texas. Island Day Spa was born and within 2 years, he had 5 therapists and was scheduling more than 100 sessions per week. Being familiar with utilizing computer software at the chiropractic office as well as St. Paul, he began searching for a software package that was tailored to the massage industry in order to handle his growing practice. All the software systems were either not very useful or extremely expensive.
Steve asked a longtime friend to assist him with creating an application that was more suited to the needs of massage therapists. Jay, a software developer for a large international software company, had extensive experience in database programming and project development for Fortune 500 companies and agreed to write a program to handle Steve's client management and give him the reports he wanted. Massage Office ™ went into daily use in January, 1998. Steve was a mentor for students graduating from some of the local massage schools. As they would work at the front desk at Island Day Spa, they would marvel at this software and ask where to get a copy. Realizing the need in the industry for this type of program, Steve and Jay formed Island Software Company and sold their first copy of Massage Office ™ in December of 1999. From then until December of 2012, they have sold over 9000 copies in 4 countries. Not only to massage therapists, but also to chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists and several other types of health practitioners.
And that's how it all started.
Stephen A. Kreger, RMT
Stephen graduated from the Asten Center of Natural Therapeutics in 1992. He was the Primary Therapist for the Bone and Joint Center at St. Paul Medical Center. During his work with St. Paul, he developed a strong massage therapy program and was responsible for marketing this program to the public as well as the physicians. He was also responsible for developing and implementing administrative forms and "paper flow" procedures.
Stephen then went on to be the manager and therapist for Genesis Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas. He became very familiar with clinic management and working with insurance billing and medical records.
From 1995-2012, Stephen was the owner and operator of Island Day Spa, (www.islanddayspa.com), a full service Massage Therapy Center and Day Spa.
Jay Ashbridge, BSIE
Jay worked with Electronic Data Systems for 5 years as a Software Engineer. He then worked for a major international software corporation as a primary database developer, technical consultant, and WebMaster for 20 years. Jay has designed, constructed and implemented business solutions for several different industries including Telecommunications, Banking, Legal, and Utilities focusing on Customer Tracking, Ordering, and Invoicing.
Tim's Sales and Marketing experience comes to us from Marriott Corporation. Tim manages our wholesale distribution and retail sales. He has been with Island Software Company since January, 2001.
Joe Ashbridge, BSBA
Joe has a degree in Finance and is a Certified Quickbooks Consultant. Joe handles technical support and training for our new customers. Joe also doubles as a tester for most functionality in new releases. He has been with Island Software Company since July, 2002.
Ken has 25+ years in Aerospace and Graphics industries managing time critical projects. He has been with Island Software Company since September, 2000.