NW Portland Staff Bios

NW Portland Massage Therapists

Rob Harrold (Lead LMT) – 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.

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.

Andrew Baxter – Andrew graduated from the Onondaga School of  Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY in 2011 and has been an active LMT in both NY and OR ever since. He uses a combination of many modalities, including Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point massage in his treatments and believes a slow and focused attention to problem areas is the best way to treat adhesions. Andrew believes bodies are meant to be in perfect balance and uses communication and massage to help retrain the body to let go of physical limitations and imbalances that have formed over time. He has been with The Dragontree since 2015.

Brandi Rieg –  Originally from Portland, Oregon,  Brandi went to East West College of Healing Arts in 2010 for massage therapy. Since then she has worked in a variety of spas in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. While she was in Hawaii she studied one of her favorite modalities, Lomi Lomi. She is also trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, and Aromatherapy.

She loves how massage helps to quiet the mind and bring awareness to the body and believes massage therapy is essential part in overall health and well-being. She feels privileged and excited to share her massage experience and skills with others!

Brent LuebbertBrent graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2018. His practice primarily pulls from Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release techniques but may include elements of CranioSacral and Thai Massage as well. He has an intuitive approach to massage and aims to seek out the underlying causes of the pain and address the whole body as an interconnected system. His years as a professional dancer have given him an appreciation of how bodies hold tension and how those tension patterns can turn into pain and potentially injuries.

Tara Ferris – A new transplant to Oregon, Tara studied massage at Stark State College in Canton, OH. In addition to training in Swedish and Deep Tissue, Tara is also an Ayurvedic Health Couselor and has studied Cranial Sacral and Reiki. She incorporates these modalities to achieve a balance and integration of mind, body and spirit as the key to inhabiting one’s center or place of self.  She hopes that through massage & bodywork, to facilitate a state of deep relaxation & feeling of wholeness for her clients.

Emily Giugni – Emily brings 23 years of experience to The Dragontree.  She graduated from McKinnon Institute for Massage (Oakland, CA) in 1998, and then Portland’s East West College of the Healing Arts in 2001. After graduation she worked at Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort, in Napa Valley for ten years before returning to Portland and building a practice focused on chronic pain. She has extensive training in John Barnes’ Myofascial Release, firm massage, and leaning into discomfort.  She describes her massage table as “a safe place to let it all go, and find joy and ease in your body again.”

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.

Katrina Meyer – Katrina graduated in 2013 from Cortiva Institute in Boston, MA. She describes her style as a fusion of Swedish, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release, incorporating Reiki and Thai Massage as needed. She likes to focus on slow, flowing strokes for deep relaxation, believing everyone can benefit from compassionate touch. In her own words, “Our bodies know how to heal themselves, but sometimes need a little assistance; what I do is less like being a mechanic, and more like a gardener clearing away weeds and watering so the plants can do what they already know how to do.”

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.”

Interested in being part of the Dragontree community?  Give us a call!  We are always looking for AMAZING therapists who are passionate about supporting clients to become their most vibrant, centered, and peaceful self.


Kathleen King – Kathleen is a national board certified acupuncturist and received her masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2007. Kathleen also holds an Associate degree in Physical Therapy and she brings over twenty-five years of experience working in acute care, in-patient and out-patient, spine, and neurological patient populations.

Kathleen utilizes various modalities within each treatment session that might include: trigger point release, cupping, Shiatsu massage, as well as lifestyle and nutrition instruction. She specializes in: Acute Pain, Sports Injuries, Chronic Headaches, Back Pain, Acid Reflux (GERD), Stress, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Bell’s Palsy, TMD (Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction), PMS, Scar Tissue Restrictions, Body Mechanics and Kinesiology.

She strives to bridge eastern and western medical perspectives and encourages a team approach to optimal wellness.

NW Portland Estheticians

Jennifer Smith (Lead EST) –  Jennifer graduated from the Euro Institute of Skin Care in 2010, and has been a licensed practicing esthetician ever since.  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 a deep relaxation treat, book a 90 minute facial and receive facial massage, neck/shoulder, hand/arm, and foot/leg massage. Jennifer is ingredient savvy, and has a natural and holistic skin care approach.

Mary Ann Faulhaber –  Mary Ann graduated from Paul Mitchell School of Portland in 2018 for her Esthetics License and from Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics in 2019 for her Advanced Aesthetics License. She specializes in anti-aging modalities to give her clients the preventative aging results they want and deserve.  She believes anti-aging isn’t just about looking younger but taking the measures to care for the well-being of the skin from now to the years to come. Her passion in Esthetics is treating and maintaining the health of the skin, believing healthy skin is beautiful skin.

Julie Butler – Julie graduated from Career Academy of Beauty in Southern California in 1999 and has been a licensed esthetician for 23 years. With over 20 years of experience in the spa and wellness industry as a skincare professional, Julie has dedicated her practice to a philosophy rooted in holistic health and mind/body connection. She believes that healthy skin is a reflection from within. Julie approaches every treatment experience whole-heartedly and with mindful intention. She offers a nurturing and therapeutic touch that is tuned in to each unique skin type and personalized treatment. Establishing a sincere connection and building lasting relationships provide the greatest reward in her work.

As a product knowledge geek at heart, she is a forever student seeking continued education in the ever-changing world of skincare. Julie values environmentally conscious and results-driven treatments that provide a synergistic balance between science and nature. Having experienced her own skin challenges with inflammation, she brings compassion and empathy to the table when suggesting a practical and effective home care routine.

Outside of the treatment room, Julie is dedicated to growing her craft as a ceramic artist. Her passion for making pottery, drawing, painting, cooking, hiking and exploring the great outdoors with her dog is where she is most in her element. She looks forward to sharing her love for skincare and thriving in a like-minded community at The Dragontree Spa.

Valerie Schuenemann – Valerie graduated from the Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty & Wellness in 2007, and brings 15 years of experience to the spa/esthetics world.  Valerie’s career has been steeped in holistic wellness bringing a sense of presence to her treatments.  Valerie believes in this fast-paced world, it is vital that we all cultivate practices that nurture our well-being.  Holding space for others has provided her a lens into seeing how inter-connected we all are, and that by helping address other’s needs, we peer deeper into the self and are able to heal on a deeper, collective level.  Her many years of experience helps her keep up with an ever-evolving industry which she is excited to continue with each of her clients. When she is not in the treatment room, you can find her on her yoga mat or cooking delicious vegan food!