Leslie A. Young


"I discovered the sport of ranch sorting several years ago. It entails teams of two riders sorting 10 numbered cattle, one by one, from one arena to another."
In her free time, Leslie is a scuba diving instructor and a cowgirl.

Vice President Communication of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals 

Since 2002, Leslie A Young, PhD has been immersed in the world of massage and bodywork thanks to her position as Vice President Communication of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and its three sister associations. As a healthcare journalist, she loves dedicating her communication skills to helping more than 90,000 members nationwide—bodyworkers, massage therapists, estheticians, hair stylists, and nail professionals.

In her free time, Leslie is a scuba diving instructor and a cowgirl. She is a competitive ranch sorter in Colorado for the Ranch Sorting National Championships (think horses and cattle). “I’ve been riding horses and competing in various events since age eight. I grew up showing and raising cattle, so always have had an appreciation for them. I discovered the sport of ranch sorting several years ago. It entails teams of two riders sorting 10 numbered cattle, one by one, from one arena to another. All 10 cattle must be herded/sorted in order, in under a minute, from one arena to the other. If they get out of order, you’re disqualified. It’s fast paced and requires teamwork between not only horse and rider, but also with your partner and their horse!”

Being an ambassador for massage therapy is a passion of Leslie’s. She volunteers for the Massage Therapy Foundation, served on its Board of Trustees for eight years, and received the foundation’s 2017 John Balletto Distinguished Service Award. She was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the World Massage Festival’s 2017 Bonnie Prudden Award for Meritorious Service to the massage profession.

In Leslie’s off hours, her heart is happiest when she’s in nature working with animals. It is her favorite thing about both ranch sorting and scuba diving.

“I love that my horse loves to work cattle. That’s what he’s born and bred for, so I wouldn’t want him to do anything else that he’s not suited for. The ocean teaches us how insignificant we really are in the universe. Its creatures have evolved in unique ways and I’m so very fortunate to be able to watch them move in their environment. And I suppose I also feed off the rush of riding a great cow horse and diving with sharks and whales and whatever else swims my way.”


"I discovered the sport of ranch sorting several years ago. It entails teams of two riders sorting 10 numbered cattle, one by one, from one arena to another."