The self-described masseuse of the rock stars, Dr. Dot (Dorothy
Stein) moved to Hoboken this year looking for notoriety. Back in
Germany, where she lived for more than a decade, the tabloids made
her a familiar face for hanging around celebrities. With an
autobiography in the works and New York City media exposure, Dot is
fervently working on becoming a household name. She wants to be the
people's masseuse and relationships expert.
For now she'll settle with local public appearances, private
massages, and talking her way through the back stages of the city's
Worked her way into concerts
"I'm a very ambitious person. Everything that comes my way I turn
it around and make it positive," Dot said. "I've been with these
stars for so long, it's my time now."
Born in South Jersey, Dot grew up in Connecticut. Her parents
separated when she was a teenager, and that's when she began going
to concerts. Many times she did not have enough money to buy
tickets, so she would ask promoters or bodyguards if the musicians
wanted a massage, a skill she learned from her mother.
"They always let me in to massage rock stars. Very rarely did
they ask questions," she said.
From the mid-'80s through the early '90s, Dot massaged more than
100 musicians for free. Her technique was to "hunt them down" and be
persistent. She claims Frank Zappa was the first to call her
"doctor" after receiving a massage. Dot would photograph her
encounters, and she says she briefly dated former Ramones frontman
"I was a teenager and went out with Joey. He was very shy," Dot
said. "He was the first and only rock star I dated."
In the mid-'90s, Dot took a break from massaging to start a
family. She moved to Berlin and became a housewife. She was happy
caring for her daughter and partner, but eventually concert
promoters began to call her to invite her to shows. Dot agreed to
massage musicians again, only this time, her services were not free.
She also landed a job impersonating Madonna at clubs in Berlin. The
press noticed Dot, and the exposure transformed her into a celebrity
in Germany, she said.
"It was a blessing to be in Germany, because I had access to
every star. I'm a star magnet. I meet them all the time," Dot said.
"I've always been very good at entertaining the stars. That's why
they love me. It's not like I'm a boring masseuse who goes in,
massages and goes home. I make them laugh all night long."
During her career, Dot said she never had intimate relations with
her clients. She earned their respect by giving them excellent
massages with her trademark "bite" massage - a technique where Dot
bites the back to release tension.
Dot enjoys massaging rockers because she idolizes them, she said.
"I know how to work them," she said. "I'd give them a massage,
we'd hang out all night, and they'd do wild stuff. Rock stars love
to play with fire. They know I'm writing a book and they still do
Dot, 33, moved to Hoboken in January to pursue a career in
showbiz. She is putting the finishing touches on Butt Naked and
Backstage: Diary of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Masseuse.
Several publishers have expressed an interest, she said. The book
would document the journey she traveled to go from a fan to a star.
"I would never ridicule a star. I don't talk negatively about
people's bodies. It's my life's story, and I'm mentioning how lucky
I am to have touched my heroes. But it's not a brown-nosing book,
either, because you can't write about 20 years in rock 'n' roll and
not have sex and drugs in it," she said.
Flynn Joseph, manager of Integrated Body Therapy Institute at 119
Washington St. in Hoboken, offered Dot workspace so she could
develop clients and promote his business.
"I heard she was popular in Europe. I have her on board and she
is offering massages. It's good for business," Joseph said.
Dot also befriended Hoboken merchant Harout Dermenjian at
Re-juice-a-Nation at 64 Newark St. On April 26 in the afternoon, Dot
will be promoting the smoothie spot and giving massages to patrons.
"I trust people will come and check her out," Dermenjian said.
"She is energetic and very friendly."
According to Dot, her agent is talking with cable executives to
land a deal for a show. Dot would entertain audiences by offering
love, relationship and fitness advice.
"I'm all over the place right now," she said. "Fame does not come
overnight but I want it from the world. It's my turn for attention."
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