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About Dr. Dot


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It seems that everyone in the music business has a unique story of how they broke into the industry, but no one can say they had a hand - or two - in rock `n' roll history quite like Dot Stein. Known as the "rock `n' roll masseuse", famously known as Dr. Dot, has tended to the musical elite for nearly three decades. The Connecticut native, aka Dr. Dot - a nickname given to Stein by Frank Zappa in 1988 - is a self-described "rock chick" who, as a teenager, wanted to meet her musical heroes, but without trading sexual favors. To get backstage, she would offer massages, which she had been perfecting since she was 5 years old. Her hippie parents were only 17 when she was born and massage and music were a family ritual. Dr. Dot was raised on rock and roll and massage.

"I chose massage rather than the usual groupie route," says Dr. Dot. "I wanted to hang out with the Rock stars; I wanted to know what they were like. I wanted to meet the people who wrote the lyrics to the music I loved so much" (for example, she has met: Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, Roger Waters- all Dr. Dot's mentors).

After building a reputation as an amazing massage therapist (some call her the Pit Bull of Massage as her hands are THAT strong), in 1983, Dr. Dot began to follow one of her favorite groups on tour, the Grateful Dead. She's seen them over 300 times for free. Even during high school, all school breaks were spent either on Dead tour or a Ramones tour (that's another long story).

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"The Dead would always give me free tickets and passes in exchange for massages", she says. At one concert, she met a clothing vendor from Germany who she says looked exactly like John Lennon."I immediately fell in love with him," she says. Six months later, after becoming pregnant, Dr. Dot became determined to leave the rock lifestyle behind, and she moved to Germany to raise their daughter together. She lived in Berlin from 1989 to 2002 non stop and has since been going back and forth from Berlin to NYC, now that the little one has grown up. She massaged rock/popstars for free from 1983 to 1994, just to get into shows for free. Her hobby turned into her career. She has seen over 3,000 concerts for free, so, mission was more than accomplished.

Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones was her first paying client. He insisted she take money for the "amazing massage" and she's never looked back. Naturally she went to massage school and learned the trade properly but massaging backstage for 11 years for free, earned her priceless connections. The artists and their managers are not just clients, they are her friends. They KNOW they are in the best hands when Dr. Dot is on the case. Dr. Dot currently has over 500 "Dot Bots" on her team, world wide. Everyone on the team is certified, qualified and are dedicated to healing. Everyone hired has been auditioned to ensure quality. Dr Dot cannot clone herself or be everywhere at the same time BUT she knows her team will treat her clients as good as she would personally. She would put her hand in fire for her Dot Bots. One more thing: She lives for music.

In her own words


Dr. Dot
I am a Libra, born in Manchester, Ct, USA. My parents were both 17 when I was born and they were hippies, flower children, so to speak. They listened to the music of Janis Joplin, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and others. They taught me at a very early age to walk on their backs and massage their feet. At age five I already was busy walking on my families backs and showing off my tiny strong hands. Music and massage were very important to me already as a child. My parents brought me to many concerts, like Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Melanie, etc.

As I became a teenager I still wanted to continue going to concerts but my parents were not so interested in concerts or supporting my habit of two to three concerts per week, anymore. I had clever ways to sneak into shows, for example taping two old concert-ticket stubs together and getting in or having people open the side doors from inside, etc.

I wanted to meet the musicians, not just be in the audience, so I came up with the idea to go early to the concert halls and ask the roadies, management and musicians if they wanted to trade back or feet massages for tickets and passes. This was obviously a good idea and my massage is through word of mouth, known to be the best massage around. Naturally I don't trade anymore, it's now my profession. Meet the lady who took her two passions (music and massage) and made an exciting career and book about it!

Dr. Dot
I have seen over 3000 concerts in my life, so far. After about 500 I thought I should stop and become serious and studied photography at the University of New Hampshire. The Grateful Dead played three concerts in Hartford, CT on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th 1988. I couldn't resist, went and on the second day I met a boy who changed my whole life. A German who looks like John Lennon. So I quit the UNH, put all my belongings (once again) in storage and started yet another round with the Grateful Dead (I massaged the drummers on tour, so tickets were never a problem).

The German boy and I went on the Dead tour together. The rest is history, the German boy and I are still good friends. We share our beautiful daughter Jasmine and live close to each other since 1989 in Berlin, Germany where I'm famous for being Dr. Dot, Celebrity Masseuse and Confidant.

In 2002 I decided to move to NYC. I still have a flat in Berlin and have A LOT going on there, so I fly back and forth just about every other month. I am happy my Massage Team is growing, so if I can not personally massage my clients, one of my trusty, highly trained assistants can take care of them.I would put my hand in fire for each and every one of them and can guarantee high quality treatment from everyone on my team. I suggest to everyone to take your hobby and try and turn it into your career and you shall find true happiness and contentment, like I have. Live, Love, and Laugh.

 

Feedback:
  • “Sheila E. is in love with your service. ”
    Joey F. Production manager Dave Koz Christmas tour
  • “"Hey Dot, All your "bots" we're great. No complaints, and a few were LOVED. JONNY particularly liked the girl in Thackerville OK (Kourtnii), she was strong enough to really reach Jon's tough back issues"”
    Experience Hendrix Tour Manger, Greg
  • “"My tour manager wanted me to tell you Leslie was great. Very professional. He has never had an hour massage or someone come to his room. It was a nice treat for him and he doesn't have FB or Twitter but wanted me to tell you how professional your company was. The Wailers will be using you exclusively"”
    The Wailers PA Michele V.
  • “"Thanks Dr. Dot! You're the best!"”
    Rancid tour manager Cris
  • “"We were absolutely delighted with your service- very many thanks. Cheers Simon"”
    Perfume (Japanese Band)
  • “Dr. Dot is a life saver on tour.”
    Rikki Rockett - Drummer of Poison
  • “Dear Dr Dot, Thank you for setting up Therapists along the way of our tour. THAT was a huge help to Band/Crew to keep them feeling better and fit! Thank you! Brad ”
    Johnny Lang Tour manager Brad
  • “Thank you for all the great therapy over the touring year. I appreciate your professional staff and look forward to working with them again soon.”
    Steve Miller
  • “"you KNOW I would only use your team Dot. We go back way. You're the best!"”
    Mitch; Production Manager Steely Dan
  • “I am very impressed with the Dr. Dot team! Your team is consistent, professional and give an outstanding massage. I like the idea that all Dot Bots are auditioned/tested before they get on the team.”
    Carl (Madness)
  • “"Thank u for great service."”
    Chris Daughtry TM Alan
  • “Thank you.. Also.. The person that came out to our Chicago show (Ali) was amazing, and because of her i decided to look into getting more book for the tour. Thanks again Roger Nightwish - Tour Mg”
    Nightwish Tour Manager Roger
  • “"They were very pleased, excellent job. Thanks again"”
    Empire of the Sun TM Tim
  • “"Thank you so much for the last minute request on our side. Best in the business!!!"”
    Tyler the Creator & Odd Future manager Brick
  • “"Dr. Dot and her team are GREAT; the Dot Bots did an amazing job, thanks for helping us on tour"”
    Zucchero Tour manager, Raymond A.
  • “Hello Just a note on how utterly our treatments were. Haley (Seattle Dotbot) was incredibly diligent and caring could not speak more highly of her Thank you again Sweeney Tour Manager APHEX TWIN / NOTHING BUT THIEVES ”
    Sweeney Tour Manager APHEX TWIN / NOTHING BUT THIEVES
  • “"Thanks for sorting Cherri in Portsmouth(UK) …. My guitar player is very happy"”
    Chris G. tour manager of Australian Pink Floyd
  • “"Everything was great! Thank you so so much. Especially for your quick response...Will"”
    Pointer Sisters manager, William
  • “The Dots we had rocked!”
    Christopher - Tour Manager (Bad Company)
  • “"Everything was great as always thank you again"”
    Gabriel Iglesias TM Ryan
  • “I love using your Dot Bots they are always so professional and provide excellent service regardless of the city or continent! They always make my clients very happy and at the end of the day that's all that matters!”
    Clay - Tour Manager (Staind) and Guns n' Roses Monitor Engineer
  • “Lars (Stockholm Dotbot) took care of the band-members and left all in awe! He provided a table, towels etc which made it very easy to work with. Very on point and definitely made for an amazing show at night - thank you again! Romi (Prague Dotbot) came by, arrived early, was very well prepped (had her own table, scented candles, oils, towels) and had the brightest smile we'd seen in days! She took care of the band-members who all were left amazed and startled by her touch ;) Thanks Romana, def will hit you up next time round. Martijn Tour Manager - Ben Howard”
    Martijn Tour Manager - Ben Howard
  • “"I am very familiar with the Dr. Her team is awesome"”
    Steve Vai Tour Manager Warren
  • “Jeff Wayne has really taken to all the massage’s he had so far from your team. Roland in Cardiff was great / Jeff and Jason Donovan both had massage’s from him and both said how good he was. Cheers, Neil Brighouse Tour Manager”
    War of the Worlds Tour manager Neil B.
  • “I really liked working with you & the team and I liked how smoothly it went.”
    Kenny S. - Production Manager (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
  • “"Thank you so much. Abby (Dallas DotBot) was amazing. All are very pleased."”
    Big Gigantic TM Katie
  • “Thanks a lot for your help along the way!”
    Sherri - Production Coordinator (Mannheim Steamroller)
  • “"thanks a lot for your help during our tours"”
    Zucchero tour manager Laura
  • “Please let Dr. Dot know that I am very happy with all of the Dot Bot's this summer.”
    Steve Miller
  • “"Both Kaya and Skye did a great job for us. We love your team, please send more Dot Bots asap"”
    Experience Hendrix Tour

 

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