A state board for massage therapy shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner for the purpose of assisting the board of regents and the department on matters of professional licensing and professional conduct in accordance with section sixty-five hundred eight of this title. The board shall be composed of not less than seven persons, four of whom shall have been engaged in the teaching, research, or practice of massage therapy for at least three years.

The remaining three members of the board shall be physicians licensed in this state. An executive secretary to the board shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner.