Face to Face: Bonner Springs volunteer Bill Miller
Name: Bill Miller
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kan., but a lifelong Bonner Springs resident
Family: Wife, Shelly; two grown daughters, Megan and Sarah: two grandchildren, Everett and Isabella
Occupation: Massage therapist and owner, Bodyworks Massage Therapy
Dream job as a child: Cowboy.
“Like Roy Rogers or the Lone Ranger,” Miller said, explaining he watched a lot of westerns as a child.
Hobbies: Golf, yoga and hiking. He is also a KU Jayhawk basketball fan. Additionally, Miller is the current president of the Bonner Springs Rotary Club, having joined Rotary about 10 years ago. He said he enjoys the friendships he has gained through the club and serving the community, as well as the international reach of the organization.
He said he had been proud to see the club’s accomplishments in the community, most recently raising $7,155 for Vaughn-Trent Community Services.
Digging deeper: While he graduated from Bonner Springs High in 1973 and later from Kansas University with a degree in political science, Miller got into his current career about 25 years ago.
“I had some physical challenges with my back, and wanted to strengthen and rehabilitate after some injuries that I had,” he said.
He tried two things that were suggested to him: massage therapy and yoga.
“I found that it helped me and wanted to use it to help others,” Miller said. “I’ve really enjoyed it for the last 25 years now.”
In his massage therapy practice, Miller said he does a lot of hot stone massage, Thai massage and kinesio taping.
He also kept up with yoga even teaches yoga classes at the Lake of the Forest Clubhouse. Though he has already been teaching for several years, he said he finally is completing his official certification as a yoga instructor and is set to finish in July of next year.