NW Portland Staff Bios

NW Portland Massage Therapists

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.

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.

Michele Cates – Michele graduated from Portland’s East West College of Healing Arts in 2005. Michele describes her style as Deep & Flowy for the perfect deep tissue and relaxation blend.  She also specializes and teaches Pregnancy massage. Michele has been with The Dragontree in various capacities since 2012 and has recently returned to performing massage as she believes that connecting through touch is deeply informative to the nervous system and crucial for healing at a cellular level.

Brooke March – Brooke has been working since 2005 and had an independent practice in Richmond, VA for 12 years.  She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Deep Relaxation techniques.  She loves to create more ease in the chest, neck and head.  Brooke loves helping clients relax into their bodies and settle into a compassionate awareness of their minds and hearts.  She creates a safe space for people to release stress and worry so that they may reconnect with their own personal sense of peace.

Christopher Babb – Christopher graduated from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in 1995, and has practiced massage for 22 years. He incorporates the following modalities – Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Craniosacral Therapy to specialize in head and neck work for the treatment of migraines, tension headaches, TMJ and related issues. His believes in working in a mindful, nonjudgmental manner, while taking care to listen closely to the needs of his clients. “I am committed to helping others to relax, heal and realize their physical potential through massage therapy.”

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.”

Eric van Leeuwen – Eric has been practicing since 2010. Most of his training was at the San Francisco School of Massage. He also studied Thai massage in Thailand and Laos and Craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute. Eric believes that our bodies are sacred temples, gifted to us to support the adventures of being alive. Learning to care for them and learning to listen to all they communicate to us are key to living happy, healthy, and successful lives. Massage is one of the best supports in both caring for and learning to listen to the messages of the body.

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.”

May Nash – May graduated from East West College of Healing Arts in 2019. She combines Swedish, Deep Tissue and Reiki to inform her style which she describes as “flowing but direct, allowing my intuition to guide me.”  May is passionate about helping others through massage in their healing journey. She believes massage is a beautiful way to reconnect and bring awareness to one’s body, describing it as a beautiful dance that encourages deep relaxation and healing.

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.”

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.

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 gluteous 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.

Tae Pedersen – Tae graduated from Portland’s East West College of Healing Arts in 2017.  He specializes in Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release techniques. Massage is an important part of his life and considers it an art form, drawing inspiration for his work from therapeutic, relaxation, and energetic modalities to make each treatment unique. “From detailed to deeply soothing, I aim to relieve stress and help people feel more comfortable in their own bodies & minds when they go back into the world.”

 

NW PORTLAND ACUPUNCTURIST

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

Jan’ee Stai – Jan’ee has been an esthetician 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.

Jennifer Smith – Jennifer graduated from the Euro Institute of Skin Care in 2010, and has been a licensed practicing esthetician 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.

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.

Kerry Young – Kerry has been a licensed esthetician for 11 years and a licensed massage therapist since 2019. She graduated from Aveda with a growing passion for holistic medicine and natural skincare. Her background includes training on specialty massages including facelift massage, lymphatic drainage, Ayurvedic scalp massage, and facial acupressure. Kerry utilizes her skills from being a massage therapist in her esthetics practice, creating a perfect combination of relaxation and treatment-based sessions. She has experience working with all skin types and specializes in brightening hyper pigmentation and treating mature skin. She begins each session with a brief consultation and customizes your facial to meet your needs. Kerry’s philosophy is that all skin types need to find balance in order to flourish. Her passion is not only to educate clients on how they can improve their skin but also to provide a deeply relaxing experience that will ease tension both in the body and mind.