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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

India Hamburg – India graduated from Altierus Career College in 2018. She uses various modalities in her massages including Swedish, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point, and Myofascial work. Her passion in massage is to help rejuvenate, restore, and relax the human body. She brings to her massage practice a philosophy that we all need to take care of the one body we are given in life and sometimes that requires a little help in order to stay balanced.

Jacquelynne Stratton –  Jacquelynne graduated from the East West College of The Healing Arts in 2005.   Jacquelynne has extensive experience in pre- and postnatal massage care for mothers.  She has studied advanced Thai massage in Thailand, and was an Ayurvedic Massage Therapist for Dr. John Douillard at Lifespa in Boulder, CO.   Through her experience she has woven together multiple modalities to meet her clients needs. Deeply intuitive flowing body work, is the target to concentrate on areas of need or concern.  The fuel that continues her passion is focusing on bringing her clients back into a more fluid and balanced state within themselves.

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.

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.”

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 Pederson – 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 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.

Amy Rivkind – Amy is a 2003 graduate from th Florida College of Natural Health and has been practicing esthetics for more than 14 years, inspired by her love of aromatherapy and making hand-crafted skin care products. She has experience with all skin conditions and specializes in working with acneic and sensitive skin. She enjoys giving her clients a relaxing and pampered treatment. Amy knows that how we look directly affects how we feel.

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.

Kaitlin Wolfe- Having worked as a makeup artist for many years, Kaitlin learned the importance of having a healthy canvas to work on. She wanted people to understand how the skin works, to find the best skin they never knew was possible, and to wear it confidently. You only have one face, one body; take care of it. Life has its way of bringing great joy with sorrow. Kaitlin wants to make people feel beautiful from the inside out.