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.

Astrud Sams – Astrud graduated from esthetics and massage school in 2004.  She is a licensed esthetician, massage therapist, holistic life coach, councelor and holds a masters degree in Metaphysical Sciences.  Astrud’s style of massage & bodywork is a combination of sweddih, deep tissue & thai massage stretches.  she has an extensive world-wide training in Sweddish, cupping, thai massage, kinesio tape, deep tissue and trigger point.  She caters her massages to each client’s needs.  She also incorporates energy work in all of her healing modalities, aware that energy and vibration is vital for optimal results.  Astrud is an educator for the national certification baord for theraputic massage and bodywork.  She teachers continueing education for massage therapists.  She has trained in bodywork, holistic skincare, yoga, reiki, theta healing, craniosacral, angel therapy, past life regresion, and sound & light therapy.

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.

Joey Albanese – Joey received training in Thai massage from the Healing Hands Center in 2014, and massage therapy at Crestone Healing Arts Center in 2017. He specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, thai, shiatsu, reflexology, acupressure, and reiki energy healing. As a therapist, it is his goal to hold an unconditionally safe and accepting space for his clients to process whatever the mind, body, and spirit are ready to process in that moment. From there, true healing can occur. In his free time, Joey enjoy spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, cooking and baking.

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!

Kristy Marshall – Kristy has been working as a massage therapist since graduating from Boulder Massage Therapy Institute in August 2017. She loves helping clients on their self-care journey, and specializes in cranial sacral therapy, reflexology, myofascial release, and trigger point, pre/postnatal, Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, and sports massage. As a Colorado native, she loves gardening and urban agriculture and sustainability projects, as well as spending time in the mountains with her family.

Leslie Bruno – Leslie is a graduate of the Boulder Massage Therapy Institute and has been trained in various types of massage, including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, shiatsu, reflexology, energy work, cupping, myofascial release, structural integration techniques, and hot stone massage. Leslie uses a holistic approach to her body work, treating each client as an individual and working with the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. Guided by intuition, experience, and client feedback, Leslie practices an integrative approach to massage therapy and has learned to find the best pathway to her clients’ health and well-being. In her free time, she enjoys seeing live music events, dancing, and creating art.

Meg Schaubhut – Meg has been practicing massage since completing her studies at the New Beginning School of Massage in Austin, Texas in September 2017. With her passion in making a difference in the lives of others, Meg has mastered the ability to listen to her clients and their bodies to provide them with any treatment they may need for optimal health and to walk away from the massage feeling rejuvenated. Meg can accommodate to anyone’s preference in style and techniques and is trained in Thai Massage, Hot Stone, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, as well as Therapeutic and Relaxation Massage. In Meg’s down time, she enjoys mountain biking, yoga, live music, and going on hikes with her pup.

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.

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.

Spirit Acladach – Spirit graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2000.  Spirit specializes in Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Myofacial Release and Trigger Point Therapy.  Expect a gentle, energetic, empathetic and connecting experience.  She has lived and practiced massage therapy here in her hometown of Boulder as well as Ashville, North Carolina and Kailua, Hawaii.  Spirit works slowly and deeply, fully present to honor where each client is and where/ what they are ready for.  She creates a safe space in which to relax, release, open with breath, heal, recover, rejuvinate and thrive.  “I believe there is alway a way.  The universe says ‘Yes’.  I am passionate about the body’s ability to hold, support and move us through our lives as we direct.  I am passionate about the beauty of our bodies, minds and spirit’s ability to shift, adapt, open and change through healing touch.  It is an honor to work with each and every soul who comes to my table.”

Tara Buckalew – Tara intertwines the yogic beliefs of uniting an individual’s consciousness and leading them into Mukti; a state of freedom. This freedom can be shaped in many ways through the art of touch. Her modalities include Thai, yoga massage, Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, reflexology, and aromatherapy. Upon completing a six-hundred hour massage therapy program from the Denver Integrative Massage School in 2017 her career has taken her on a path of holistic healing. She believes the combination of yoga and massage live in perfect harmony!

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 Estheticians


Gabrielle Kater – Gabrielle is passionate about providing natural skincare and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, both internally and externally. She graduated from The Paul Mitchell Skin Academy in Southern California in 2003, has a Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and has been practicing yoga and meditation for years.

Janet Doherty – Originally from Ireland, Janet received her training there and has been in the esthetics industry for over 15 years. She specializes in custom facials and Brazilian and full body waxing. With an open heart and mind, and only the best of intentions, Janet takes pride in her treatments, striving to make her clients feel confident and beautiful inside and out. As a mother of four, Janet also teaches yoga to keep her life fulfilled and balanced.

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.

Perpetua Wilcox – Perpetua graduated from Montage Academy in Colorado.  She recieved her license with several advanced certification.  She has also been practicing massage since graduating frmo Anthem college with an associates degree in Applied Science specializing in massage in May 2012.  Perpetua has been with the Dragontree since August 2013.  She has a passion for skincare and enjoys pampering clients.  She strives to create a tranquil space for healing and relaxation to enable clients to feel and look beautiful in thier skin.

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.