Boulder Staff Bios

Boulder Massage Therapists


Alison Dutton – Alison has been practicing since she attended and graduated from BBMC in Boulder, CO in 2009. She specializes in integrative massage. She is trained in NST and Swedish, and creates a long-stroke connected-pressure session. She is also proficient in Ayurveda, Biodynamic, and Cranio Sacral therapies. Alison’s treatment philosophy is that our “intelligence” knows everything we need. If we can slow down, pay attention, and allow our intelligence to unfold – that is the practice. Bodywork of all kinds helps us do just that.


Amy Leithliter – Amy graduated from the Boulder Massage Therapy Institute in 2015. She specializes in prenatal and postpartum (certified in 2015) and therapeutic and relaxing massage. She loves helping others to connect to their bodies on a deeper level, and believes you have to fill your own cup before you can take care of others. You’re worth it!


Chris Smith – Chris attended the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in 2010 and has been practicing in the Boulder area since 2011. He specializes in deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, craniosacral therapy, spinal reflex therapy, and has training in Thai and Shiatsu massage. He takes care to customize each session to meet the needs of his client, helping them to relax and let go of pain. Chris mainly specializes in working with clients that have chronic postural or pain patterns, recovering from injury, and athletes. He believes massage is a wonderful way to let go of pain and integrate more meaningfully with the surrounding world.

Hanna Gissler – Hanna has been practicing since she graduated from Denver Integrative Massage School in June 2014. She has received specialized training in Thai massage, medical massage, Shiatsu, Tuina, and traditional Ayurvedic health therapies. Additionally, Hanna has taken many courses in anatomy & physiology and is currently working towards her Masters of Acupuncture at Southwest Acupuncture College. Her knowledge of and experience with both Western and Eastern approaches to health and healing makes her a great fit at The Dragontree. Having experienced chronic pain for much of her life, she was incredibly grateful when the combination of massage therapy and acupuncture helped her to find physical relief and deep relaxation, which grew into her interest in massage therapy.  Hanna’s enduring passion for massage, health, and wellness is fueled by her continued personal healing journey as well as the desire to help others achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Holly Femrite – Holly graduated from the Denver Career College in 2004. She specializes in deep tissue and trigger point, specifically in the shoulder/neck/arm areas, and is also passionate about Swedish massage and energy work. She believes that just as we concern ourselves with the quality of air we breathe and food we drink, we should also concern ourselves with quality of touch we receive. When a person touches another with a sense of reverence, it becomes a healing touch with a sense of kindness and attentiveness everyone needs and deserves.

Kristen Planer – Kristen graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 1995 and has been practicing consistently since then. Her specialties include shiatsu, acupressure, integrative massage, deep tissue, Swedish, and neuromuscular release. Her philosophy is to do good and help others, and deeply loves what she does. She is the happy mother of an awesome teenage daughter and wife to an amazing Ghanian Master Musician. As a family, they are in the business of making music, community, and fun!

Lauraleigh Ananda – Lauraleigh started her journey as a massage therapist in 1999 apprenticing at a natural healthcare clinic.  She graduated from New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in 2002, and has been a LMT and natural therapeutic specialist for 16 years, and in the field for 19 years.
Lauraleigh’s specialized training includes: Certified Core Synchronism Therapist Level 7, Advanced Ashiatsu, Prenatal Massage, Aromatherapy, Hot Stones, Deep Tissue, Reiki, Ayurvedic Spa Treatments, and Cranial Sacral.
Lauraleigh knows that the human body has an innate ability to heal itself, it just needs a little help and support from time to time.  Stress is one of the most common factors to the body’s disharmony.  Lauraleigh’s job is to assist that process with all the tools she’s acquired over the years to help you relax so your body can do it’s healing magic.

Marisol Legaria – Marisol graduated from the Body Therapy Institute of North Carolina in 2015. Her style is a blend of therapeutic touch and relaxing bodywork customized for each client. She applies a mixture of Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial techniques to help release muscle tension and to facilitate overall balance. Using a combination of fluid motion and nurturing touch, she creates a relaxed state in the body and mind, reconnecting the client to their own innate ability to heal.

Megan Lusardi – Megan graduated from the Denver School of Massage Therapy in 2017 and holds a BS in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado (2010). She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, pain relief, and TMJ relief. She believes an effective self-care program includes self love, relaxation, and the melding of mind with body, which can all be achieved through the art of massage therapy. Live your best life!

Meredith Clark – Meredith graduated as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Academy of Health Practitioners in 2001. She worked as an HHP in San Diego for 7 years, and then in New Orleans for 7 years. She’s been at The Dragontree since March 2017. She specializes in working with athletes, pregnant mothers, those managing mental health issues, professionals, breast cancer patients, and chronic migraine sufferers.  She is skilled in treating neck range of mobility, TMJ, thoracic outlet, shoulder tension, chest, low back pain, and carpal tunnel. She uses various modalities that she has studied over the years. Her treatment philosophy is that everyone can benefit from massage because it not only gives physical relief, it brings awareness to one’s deeper self. She practices deep listening while engaging with the body’s tissues. She then communicates the information back to the client while emphasizing the client’s own ability to listen to what their body is telling them. This practice of deep listening can then be extended to life situations and we can begin to engage with more awareness and conscious behavior in the world.

Nadja Hradsky – Nadja graduated from the Denver Integrative Massage School in 2013. She specializes in deep tissue, Thai massages, stretches, and energy balancing work such as Reiki and Trager. She believes that mindful touch/massage represents a basic need in life, and she loves supporting the physical and mental well being of her clients. A happy body = a happy person. Taking an hour or two away from busy life and getting the self care we all need is important and resets the system to tackle daily life with ease and happiness.

Nidhi Contessa – Nidhi graduated from the McKinnon School of Massage (Oakland) and has been practicing consistently since then. She specializes in Swedish, reflexology, and Abhyanga. She truly believes in the benefits of massage. It addresses so much; not just the physical body, but the psychology and more! Relaxation and touch are immensely important and often underestimated. In a massage session, one receives comforting touch which asks for nothing back. Love, trust, and acceptance is inspired in this touch, and Nidhi very much loves taking care of her clients and helping them balance.

Patrice Bazile – Patrice graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2001 and has been practicing consistently since then. He specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, integrative massage, Zen shiatsu, prenatal and postpartum massage, hot stone, Reiki, Polarity, trigger point, reflexology, aromatherapy, Abhyanga, and European style body masques. He is passionate about holistic approaches to massage and bodywork and combines guided energy work with traditional massage. He came to the US in 1998 and studied Chinese energetics and Shamanism in France where he grew up.

Perpetua Wilcox – Perpetua graduated from Anthem College in 2012. She specializes in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, and focuses on touch as her communication with a client. She believes that the trust a client puts in her is very special, and is honored to be able to listen to their body and emotions through her hands and heart.

Rachael Dew – Rachael attended the Boulder Massage Therapy Institute and graduated in February 2017. Her specialties include Swedish, trigger point, and cranial-sacral techniques. She enjoys working quietly and intuitively to provide a womb-like experience for her clients. She wants to provide the opportunity for her clients to let go of everyday stress, to ground, and become more centered so they can be their best selves. She feels that basic human touch is a form of connection that can be found within massage and wants to offer healing to the world in this way.

Rebecca Hilton – Rebecca graduated from the Cottonwood School of Massage in 1998 and from the Ayurvedic College for Wellbeing in 2017. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, energy and structural reintegration, and Ayurvedic therapies. She uses a yin-yang approach to her sessions to deeply relax the body, de-stress the mind, and elevate the spirit. As a yoga instructor since 2010, she also incorporates yoga therapy into her daily practice. She is filled with gratitude and awe for the intangible quality of the spirit that connects everyone and strives to facilitate a transformation towards nurturing and vitality.

Roberto Latkowski – Roberto has studied at the Denver Integrative Massage School, the Naga Center (traditional Thai medicine; Portland), the London School of Thai Yoga Massage, and the Touch Tuina Medical Center (London, UK). He specializes in clinical Tuina (Chinese manual therapy), advanced Thai massage, prenatal and postpartum massage, sports/injury rehabilitation massage, orthopedic and sports-oriented therapies for pain, and musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Ryan Janke – Ryan graduated from Healing Mountain Massage School in 2010 and has been practicing consistently since then. He specializes in deep tissue, Thai massage, acupressure, lomi lomi, reflexology, intuitive massage, advanced integrative massage, and trigger point. He believes in bringing people to balance, wholeness, release, and relief. He loves facilitating the beginning or continuation of a healing path, and offers a holistic approach for mind, body, soul, and spirit wellness.

Teresa Schmidt – Teresa graduated in 2006 from the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in Denver. She specializes in deep tissue, structural integration, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. She also has extensive experience with prenatal and postpartum massage, including Maya abdominal massage and working solely with prenatal/postpartum clients for five years at Belly Bliss in Denver. She believes that to evolve into better human beings, we must not only educate the mind, but also enlighten the soul. Care for the body is important, as it is the vessel that holds space for the mind and soul, and the health of the body plays a large role in the health of the mind and soul.


Boulder Aestheticians


Rochelle Raper – Rochelle graduated in 1995 and has been practicing holistic aesthetics since. She specializes in Marma therapy, Kansa wand massage, and Ayurvedic skincare. She is passionate about helping people look and feel their best from the inside out by using holistic therapies and natural skincare products. She hopes to promote healing and reveal the skin’s natural radiance.

Libby Gittelman – Libby graduated in May 2016 from the School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics in Denver. She specializes in facials and knowing the specifics of all the products she uses. Her treatment philosophy includes holding space for her clients to take a break from daily life and practice self care while maintaining a client’s skincare goals. She is also passionate about the incorporation of essential oils into her daily practice.

Lisa Cutcheon – Lisa received her aesthetics license after attending Long’s Peak Academy in 2002. She is highly trained in advanced, results-oriented skincare. She has been meditating for the last decade, which has lead to a deep inner connection within herself and all those she touches in her work and those around her.