NW Portland Staff Bios

NW Portland Massage Therapists

 

Taylor Mohr – Taylor graduated from East West College in March of 2017. She has been a practicing LMT for the last eight months.  Her work is always deep.  Whether she’s elbow deep in your glute max or barely touching your sphenoid, systems will be changed. Taylor is passionate about calming the nervous system and introducing a new way of being in the world. As someone who has suffered from severe repression, it is her goal to bring clients to a space where they can finally let go.

Arjuna Bressak – Arjuna graduated from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL in 2006, and has been practicing massage for the last 11 years. He is also a Reiki master with 20 years of healing experience. His massage styles include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Neuromuscular and others. He specializes in releasing upper back, shoulder, and neck tension using light to deep pressure. He integrates all of these modalities depending on the client’s needs and provides the most heavenly relaxing massage experience. The massage he offers is intuitive, present, therapeutic, and powerful. He uses slow, flowing massage techniques. Arjuna believes that a massage should be deeply relaxing, and has even had clients fall asleep during their treatments. He identifies as a gentle soul, and his life philosophy is to work from a place of love, caring, and compassion for all.

Matt Shaffer – Matt is a 2004 graduate of East West College in Portland, and has been practicing massage for 14 years. He specializes in Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, and MFR. Matt’s goal as a therapist is to meet people where they are at regarding injury, pain, and tension – and work with them to lessen their overall discomfort.

Hannah Peterson – Hannah graduated from East West College in 2011, and is beginning her 7th year as a massage therapist. She loves providing a deeply relaxing massage that puts people back into a grounded space in their bodies. She is passionate about filling her clients up with a loving and joyful experience that they can take with them out into the world.

Drew Nelson – Drew graduated in 2009 from the Everest Institute, and has been in practice for the last eight years. He specializes in treatment-focused bodywork: Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Orthopedic, and Sports. His life philosophy is: “Do today what others will not, so tomorrow you may do what others cannot.”

Ariel Jones – Ariel is a 2012 graduate of East West College and has been practicing massage for the last four years. Her preferred modalities are Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue massage.  Ariel’s massage style focuses on bringing deep peace and relaxation to the mind and body. She is careful and gentle, but also able to provide deep pressure when needed. Clients struggling with stress, depression or anxiety, as well as clients with sensitivities are a great fit for Ariel.

Eddie Keenan – Eddie attended the East West College of Healing Arts in 2013 and 2014. He specializes in Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage. His intuitive treatments focus on his client’s stated needs, while also addressing underlying areas of tension discovered in real time. Office workers with neck, shoulder, or back pain are well-suited for his approach. Eddie seeks to help others feel more at home in their bodies. He believes rediscovering a natural state of joy, peace, and resilience is important now more than ever.

Jolene Wilson – Jolene graduated from Oregon School of Massage in 2014. She really enjoys utilizing the wide range of massage modalities offered at The Dragontree. Her favorites are Deep Tissue, Swedish, Deep Fascial Release, Pregnancy, and Ayurvedic, and she often uses a fusion of multiple styles. Her approach is similar for all of her clients, and involves unwinding and relaxing target muscles and tissues that are causing pain, soreness, and imbalance in the body. She also addresses over-active nervous system effects by calming and soothing the system as a whole.

Christopher Babb – Christopher graduated from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, and has been practicing massage for the last 22 years. He uses Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Craniosacral therapy. He specializes in head and neck work for the treatment of migraines, tension headaches, TMJ, and other issues. He believes in working in a mindful and non-judgemental manner and listening closely to the needs of his clients. He is committed to helping others relax, heal, and realize their physical potential through massage therapy.

Rob Harrold – Rob graduated in 2014 from The New School of Massage and Bodywork in Chicago. His style can best be described as a fusion of Deep Tissue, Thai, and Sports Massage. He begins by using several techniques such as Neuromuscular and Trigger Point Therapy with the intention of releasing any apparent muscle tension. He then follows up with Sports Massage and Thai stretching techniques to help restore the affected area back into alignment. His philosophy is that every joint in the body should be in a “balanced” state, and his job is to correct imbalances caused by muscle tension.

Larke Shuldberg – Larke graduated from Oregon School of Massage in 2017. She specializes in 32 Hour Mothertouch, Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, and and is also certified in Pre-natal massage. She loves helping people deepen their connection to their bodies. Larke believes that body awareness is the key to health.

Chrissy Claybrook – Chrissy graduated from massage school in 2008, and has been practicing for the last 9 years. Her favorite modalities are: Swedish, Deep Tissue (especially slow, deeper work with a relaxation component), Ayurvedic treatments, and Pregnancy Massage. She also works at a birth center. Her treatment philosophy is informed by John Barne’s Myofascial Release techniques, gently reminding the body of alignment helps to retrain patterns and rhythms bringing the brain and body together.

Codi Johnson – Codi graduated from the National Institute of Massotherapy in 2015. Some of the modalities that she offers at The Dragontree Spa are: a meditative and nurturing Swedish Massage, a caring and intuitive Deep Tissue Massage, Ayurvedic treatments (Shirodhara, Gharshana, Swedana), and an experiential Aromatherapy Massage using essential oils. Codi’s sessions are based on you, what nourishment your body is asking for, and how you’re feeling on that particular day. We are ever-changing beings – why not honor how you feel in each moment? Codi’s promise as your massage therapist is to take a holistic approach to your healing, taking into account both your mind and body to create the most beneficial treatment session for your needs.

McKenzie Michaels – McKenzie graduated from the Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage, in 2013, and has been a practicing LMT ever since. She is proficient in Classical/Swedish, structural based Deep Tissue therapy, Prenatal, Trigger Point, and Sports Therapy massage techniques. She provides a calm and nurturing environment where her clients can achieve better mind/body awareness, relaxation, and tension release. Her philosophy is best summarized in this quote from St. Francis of Assisi: “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

Jordan Crowl – Jordan graduated from East-West College in 2014. He has been happily practicing as a LMT for the past three years. Jordan’s style of massage is a mix of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Thai. He offers deep and therapeutic techniques while also guiding his clients into a relaxed state. His strokes and movement of the body are performed in a careful and intentional manner in that the client’s mind may be fully at ease to assist with personal healing and relaxation of the mind and body. Jordan is an optimist, and is constantly moving his mind towards light. He believes in being good and doing good, which is why he is a massage therapist. Jordan enjoys making genuine connections and providing a service that benefits people in a direct and immediate way. He believes whole-heartedly in the healing power massage brings.

Chris Browne – Chris graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 1999 and has been working as a LMT ever since. He is trained in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Integrative/Intuitive, Craniosacral, and Reiki therapies. He appreciates the level of presence that occurs with his clients, being focused solely on their physical and emotional concerns while allowing his hands and his intuition to provide the most nurturing and beneficial care possible at that moment. He thrives on making people feel better in their own bodies and informing them how to achieve that state in an ongoing manner.

Doc Dravier – Doc graduated from the East West College of Healing Arts in 2013. He likes to incorporate elements of Thai massage and myofascial release into his massages to produce a balanced fusion of eastern and western philosophies to the bodywork.  Doc is passionate about movement in all its forms, styles and modalities, and feels that massage offers a viable path for achieving physical health, freedom, flexibility, ability and well-being in pursuit of living a happier, healthier life.

Daniel Gloschat – Daniel graduated from the Everest School of Massage in 2012. He specializes in Advanced Treatment, Swedish, Thai Stretching, and Neuromuscular massage techniques to offer a safe judgement-free environment for promoting healing and balance. He is most passionate about the health and education of his clients. He strives to bring clients back into balance and back into awareness of their bodies.

Joseph Francolino – Joseph has been a practicing LMT since he graduated from Florida Keys Learning Institute in 2003. He specializes in Deep Tissue Massage focusing on his client’s areas of concern, as well as checking on and treating the whole body. Joseph’s life philosophy: Everything comes and works together to not only keep us going, but also to make certain that our experience is the best it can be. The best part about being a LMT is being a part of a client’s self-care program, helping them move forward and excel.

Heather Zietz – Heather has been a practicing LMT for 14 years after graduating from Spa Tech in Portland Maine. She specializes in Deep Tissue (particularly for people who are afraid of Deep Tissue massages) and Swedish Massage. She is skilled at shoulder/rotator cuff therapy, hands/forearms, and scalp treatments. Heather likes helping turn people’s day around and helping them not hurt. Deep Tissue is a passion of hers because it is about making space and facilitating motion.

Sara Sabandal – Sara graduated in 2012 from The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, Texas. She specializes in a mixture of Deep Tissue, Swedish,  and Myofascial Release catered to each client’s specific needs. She particularly enjoys sports massage, both pre and post event. Sara believes that massage is for everyone and for everyone massage is different. We all have a unique set of needs, hurt, and or blockages that keep us from being our best selves. Through an intuitive and compassionate touch, Sara’s intention is to guide the body into a more aligned, mobile and stress free state.

NW Portland Aestheticians

 

Shubha Lakhani – Shubha graduated from the Aesthetics Institute in Portland in 2014. She has a masters in esthetics with laser and medical esthetics certification. She’s been working as an aesthetician for 3.5 years. The modalities she specializes in are relaxation, gentle extractions, Shiatsu, Pressure Point Facial Massage, and thorough skin analysis for healthy skin of all skin types. She is passionate about helping people feel better about themselves. Shubha is constantly learning and growing to become the best skin care specialist for her clients.

Kalina Donesly – Kalina graduated from the Euro Institute of Skin Care, and has been practicing Aesthetics for 10 years. She specializes in both relaxing and therapeutic skin care services with an emphasis on thorough extractions. She enjoys pampering her clients with massage, and educating them on how to best care for their skin. Her philosophy is that aging, as well as various skin conditions, can be managed gracefully with the right knowledge. Healthy skin is beautiful skin, and beautiful skin is timeless. Kalina looks forward to helping you reveal your most rested, radiant self.

Emily Silverman – Emily went to school at Evergreen Beauty and Barber College, and graduated in 2009. She has been a practicing Aesthetician ever since. She prides herself on her touch, and believes it’s highlighted in the massage portion of her facials. She likes to give the right amount of pressure with fluid intentional movements. She also loves to help clients find the right products to heal their skin, and work with whatever goals they have. Her philosophy as an Aesthetician is: Create your reality – if you want your reality to be filled with health and happiness, a great way to start is with self care.

Jennifer Smith – Jennifer graduated from the Euro Institute of Skin Care in 2010, and has been a licensed practicing aesthetician for seven years. One of her specialties is aging and dry skin.  She employs result-oriented exfoliation, hydration, and recommendations using products from our remarkable skin care lines to rejuvenate skin.  She also helps cure acneic skin with deep pore cleansing, extractions, treatment and home care strategies to return skin to balance. For Deep Relaxation, she uses facial massage as well as foot scalp, and hand massage. Jennifer is ingredient savvy, and has a natural and holistic skin care approach.

Jan’ee Stai – Jan’ee has been an aesthetician since 1995. She attended Cosmetology Careers Unlimited in Portland Oregon. She has multiple certifications in advanced skin care, facials, and body waxing. She has taught several Brazilian waxing courses throughout her career. When it comes to performing facials, she consistently provides the quality of service she would like to receive. She enjoys offering spa guests the ultimate pampering and relaxation with special attention to individual skin care needs. Whether it’s perfecting the client’s best brow or most efficient Brazilian wax, Jan’ee always pays attention to details.