Boulder Staff Bios

Boulder Massage Therapists

Arisa LaFond – Arisa graduated from the Crestone Healing Arts Center in 2006, continued her schooling at the Guild for Structural Integration in 2008, and has been practicing ever since! Arisa specializes in soft tissue myofascial & energetic alignment embodied with breath and awareness. Her philosophy revolves around holistic living and  understanding how patterns can be keys to unlocking our self-knowledge.

Blair Brown – Blair graduated from Texas Healing Arts Institute in 2012 and specializes in ashiatsu, swedish, deep tissue, and trigger point. She believes the aim of each customized session is to create space for healing and deep relaxation to facilitate letting go both energetically and physically. She uses her yoga practice to bring smooth and mindful movement into each massage, usually resulting in a melding of energy with clients and an overall blissful experience. Like yoga, massage can be a regular practice of being centered and mindful and we can bring that sense of peace into the world around us.

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 specializes in working with clients that have chronic postural or pain patterns, are recovering from injury, or are athletes. He believes massage is a wonderful way to let go of pain and integrate more meaningfully with the surrounding world.

Eve Burnham – Eve graduated from Center Point Shiatsu and Massage School & Clinic in December 2011. Eve specializes in craniosacral, lymph drainage, shiatsu, & chakra balancing, and believes the greatest massages come from a partnership between client and therapist. She believes the body is a great treasure map and finding hidden wisdom, insights, gifts, and strengths in the body through massage is her passion!

Gayatri Devillier – Gayatri graduated from the US Career Institute in April 2019 and uses her extensive knowledge of the body through yoga to aid in her massage practice. In 2005, she began studying ayurvedic therapies at the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Center with local ayurvedic practitioners, which she also uses to enhance her massage therapy treatments. Gayatri specializes in relaxation, prenatal, swedish, and deep tissue. She believes that massage and mindfulness can help us transform life’s challenges into personal growth and happiness, and uses a down to earth approach that is knowledgeable, attentive, and nourishing.

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.

Jeremy Renta – Jeremy graduated from the Southwestern Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona in 2018. He has studied energetic bodywork and shamanic healing practices for multiple years, and has self-studied Vedic Mantras and yoga that he integrates into his work with clients to promote continued restoration, even after session. As a healer and spaceholder, Jeremy loves connecting with his clients individually and helping them connect body and spirit in deep and meaningful ways. Jeremy’s approach to massage therapy is dynamic and integrates deep swedish, spa lomi, craniosacral therapy, reiki, and polarity techniques to holistically support every client.

Kari Jorgensen – Kari graduated form Heritage College in North Denver. She specializes in swedish, deep tissue, thai stretching, lymphatic drainage, reiki, cranial sacral, and Trager to help relax the client. Kari loves supporting the best and highest good in people through positive reinforements of the mind, body, & soul. She interprets the life force energies carried in our bodies and is passionate about balancing client’s chakras.

Kat Narvaez – Kat graduated from the Boulder Massage Therapy Institute in February 2019. Kat specializes in visionary craniosacral work, myofascial release, sport massage, deep tissue, trigger point, and swedish. She helps people feel more at home in their body and is inspired by supporting others in their self-discovery. Kat stands behind the Dragontree mission statement in her belief that to heal the world, the discovery of healing ourselves comes first.

Kathleen Lawler – Kathleen has been a graduate of Healing Spirits Massage in Boulder since 2001 and has been actively practicing as a therapist for 18 years. Her specialties include: trigger point, integrative, swedish, acupressure, shiatsu, prenatal, deep tissue, reflexology, and Trager. Kathleen is a deeply intuitive listener who meets each body in reverence and compassion. She believes each massage is a dance of possibility into connection with ones higher self, and weaves intuitive knowledge into each session.

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. She 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.

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, breast cancer patients, and chronic migraine sufferers.  She is skilled in treating neck range of motion and 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 a 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.

Rebecca Leach – Rebecca graduated from Finger Lakes School of Massage in April 2016. She has a passion for providing a safe and comfortable space in which clients feel fully supported in the exploration of areas that need extra care and healing. She specializes in deep tissue, myofasical relese, energy palpatation, reflexology, and swedish massage. Rebecca approaches the clients body, emotions, and mental state with a mindfulness and compassion that allows her clients to breathe deeper, and find alignment with their authentic nature of magnetic vibrancy and wellness.

Robbie Pizzolato – Robbie received his education from the Sedona School of Massage in Arizona. There he honed his skills in swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, trigger point and energy work. He treats every client as an individual, tailoring the massage to their unique body and needs, using a combination of techniques to inspire deep relaxation and self-healing. His holistic approach to health and bodywork is an effort to not only offer someone physical relief, but to create a sacred space where one can fully relax not only their body, but also their mind and spirit. He strives to treat the body-mind as an integrated whole, creating balance and working to improve energy flow throughout the entire system. He uses a slow, nurturing, rhythmic touch with constant energy work, and a strong presence to help bring you into a deep, trance-like state of deep relaxation in which the body can heal itself.

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.

Sarah Ziker – Sarah graduated massage school in 2012, and uses her associates and her bachelor’s degrees to aid in her treatments. Her BA in psychology allows her to hear the client’s needs and enables her massage skills to kick into gear! She specializes in neck and shoulder work, using subtle techniques to coax the muscles to change, and allow for proper alignment. Sarah challenges herself to listen to the client’s needs, focus in on them, and make sure they are all met in the session. As long as there is connection, communication, and respect, there is success!


Boulder Estheticians

Carole Ly Sing Lao – Carole attended the Florida College of Natural health in 2007. She received continuing education through Wilma Schulmann Skin Care and the International Dermal Institute. Carole focuses on a natural approach to skin care to support funcation and maintain a youthful appearance. She has a passion for creating a peaceful space and a connected experience for body and soul.

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 certifications.  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 their 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.