Kelly Lavallee, LMT, OMT
Kelly firmly believes in the body's ability to heal itself, and the benefits of preventive regular massage therapy, nutrition and self -care. Kelly has been a massage therapist since 2010. She holds certifications in Orthopedic and Medical Massage, and also Health coaching from the Institute of integrative Nutrition, IIN.
Kelly offers custom treatments focusing on each client`s individual needs. She always incorporates techniques with a focus to improve posture and core balance. She would describe her massage as a relaxing deep tissue with alternating pressures depending on what the tissue needs. She specializes in trigger point therapy, myofascial release, Cupping, injury recovery and prevention. She has experience in working with many types of injuries and chronic pain.
Orthopedic Massage is a system rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. Focusing on restoring functional balance throughout the body for both prevention and rehabilitation of the body. Kelly works to address the cause of the pain, whether it's from injury or postural imbalances, to help facilitate the healing process.
Kelly is a veteran of the NH Air National Guard, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the VA to provide medical massage treatments for our veterans, and to work with such an incredible and professional team at Ka lani!
"Kelly is a magician! She has a beautiful technique, with a perfect blend of bliss and release. I am so grateful to have Kelly’s gift as a part of my self-care! ~ Lauren S
Kelly Ashe, MS, OTR/L, LMT
Kelly graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in 2009, and earned a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in her home state of Central New York, in 2019. Kelly is a true believer in the power of healing touch, and its ability to restore a sense of well-being, and quality of life. She brings ten years of practice in Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and Shiatsu massage to her clients. While on the table, clients will experience a blend of Myofascial Release techniques, passive and active stretches, and Trigger Point therapy to rejuvenate tissue, encourage circulation, and improve range of motion. Because Kelly believes in the empowerment of each client to continue their healing off the table, self-care, stretching and strengthening recommendations are a valued aspect of her treatments. She invites each client to learn more about their bodies, and how to prolong the benefits of their massage. Whether it's targeted work to relieve pain from injuries or heal after surgery, or a tranquil, fluid massage to encourage deep relaxation, Kelly aims to bring the mind and body into balance, and wants her clients to feel heard and satisfied. Kelly is elated to join an exceptional team of specialists in massage therapy at Ka lani.
"I have been going to Ka Lani Massage Specialists every month for over two years to help reduce 62 year old lower back, hamstring, and quad tightness from a somewhat physical job restoring and protecting my clients kitchen and bath surfaces. All of the therapists I have experienced have been excellent. Kelly Ashe is a new therapist that is a fantastic addition to Ka Lani. So happy she is working Thursdays. The couples massage experience is also awesome. The staff is very friendly and the facility is always spotless and looking nice as well. Thank you for keeping me moving!" Paul M.
Vanessa Sychak, Rolfing SI, LMT, RMT
Vanessa began her holistic practice in 2014 as an energy-worker, yoga, and meditation instructor after receiving her 200 hr yoga teacher training at the renowned Himalayan Institute, located in Honesdale PA. After running a successful yoga and bodywork practice in Philadelphia, Vanessa became inspired to deepen her knowledge. She traveled to Thailand to study traditional Lanna Healing, Thai massage, as well as studying Thai language and martial arts, such as Muay Chaiya and Krabi Krabong. After living in South East Asia for two years, immersed in the mountains of Northern Thailand, she yearned to deepen her knowledge once more. Wanting to gain an in-depth knowledge of body-systems and fascia Vanessa picked up and moved, this time, to Boulder CO to study the art of Rolfing®. Vanessa received her certification in Rolfing® Structural Integration from the
distinguished Ida P. Rolf Institute of Rolfing® Structural Integration.
Today, Vanessa is a Certified Rolfing® Structural Integrator, LMT, USUI Reiki Master Teacher.
Jordan Fusco, BA, LMT
Jordan has always known she wanted to be a massage therapist, and as a small child she used to run "Jordan's Relaxation Spa" when her family would get together every Sunday. In her adult life, she took a brief interlude to gain her bachelors of History at the University of new Hampshire, where she graduated in 2017. After a soul searching adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2018, she decided to finally commit to pursuing her dream of being a therapeutic massage professional. Jordan enrolled in the Massage Therapy Program at Great Bay Community College and graduated in the summer of 2020. Jordan is so excited to work at Ka lani and gain more in-depth and hands on knowledge about the various holistic healing modalities within the field of bodywork.
Jordan is a natural when it comes to massage therapy and has an impeccable re-booking rate among new and long term clientele. One of Jordan's greatest skills is her ability to focus on the more detailed aspects of the body and ensure her clients various concerns are met in a stress free and thorough way.
Devon Miller, BA, LMT
Guided by a passion for health and fitness, Devon decided to further his wellness education through studying the science of body mechanics and movement, and earned his BA in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee in 2016. Eager to apply his knowledge of Kinesiology through hands on applications that would help others to heal, Devon pursued his License in Massage Therapy. After graduating from Great Bay Community College’s massage program, Devon began utilizing his understanding of body mechanics to support his massage clients. As a massage therapist, Devon uses deep tissue, Swedish, and Trigger point techniques with a focus on pain management and areas of restriction. Devon aims to reduce pain and help you feel your best through the massage, and to carry those benefits with you.
Jessica Guillemette, LMT
Jessica has been professionally practicing massage therapy since December of 2016. She uses a wide range of modalities which include deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, hot stone massage, pediatric, and specialized focus sessions.
Jessica has had training on trauma informed massage therapy, as well as Sacred Lomi Lomi. She has her masters in Reiki, and has worked quite frequently with clients who have chronic illnesses, injuries, pain, and autoimmune disorders. She is very willing to work with the individual needs of each client so they can get the greatest benefits of massage therapy.
"I had my first prenatal massage this week and it was so relaxing! Jessica was so nice and really tailored the experience to me and what was causing me the most discomfort. The entire ambiance walking in was relaxing, clean, and calm. The staff was extremely helpful and nice as well - I will definitely be back!" - Sierra O.
Kristy Bieringer, LMT
Kristy has a deep foundational passion for health and wellness. In fact, her belief in the benefit of a wide variety of alternative and holistic healing methods deepened as she learned about different modalities. She attended New York College of Health Professions, graduating with an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies. Alongside this degree, Kristy successfully completed a comprehensive Massage Therapy training program requiring 1,000 hours of hands-on experience by treating clients in Eastern and Western modalities. She became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2012 when she also began her journey to become a Reiki Master. In 2016, she completed her Reiki Master Certification. Kristy's deep understanding of the mind-body connection along with over 10 years of hands-on experience allow for optimizing and individualizing clients' treatments. She has the ability to address not only physical pain, but also aids clients in reaching their overarching health and wellness goals.
Kristy is a lifelong learner, and believes in constantly continuing her education. By schooling herself, and taking multiple continuing education classes in a variety of modalities, such as deep tissue work, lower back & hip pain, myo-fascial release, among many others, she is able to provide more than one healing technique to her clients. As a natural empath, she believes that modern, traditional medicine is not simply enough to heal an individual. Her belief that physical pain is a manifestation of challenges in one's body, mind, and spirit help guide her healing bodywork. The body holds emotions as they manifest into physical discomfort. In her healing practice, she specializes in pain management by utilizing a combination of these honed modalities including deep tissue work, trigger point therapy and myofascial release, among other techniques. When a person is treated solely with traditional medicine, it can oftentimes become a band-aid for the discomfort. Kristy believes in healing from the inside out and truly understanding the root causes of pain and its connection to the entire person. Her knowledge of the human body, along with her intuitive nature and compassion help her to individualize each client's experience. Her ability to integrate a variety of healing techniques is one of her greatest strengths along with a natural inclination toward healing others. Kristy is able to relieve pain, tension, and stress for her patients by demonstrating a true understanding of therapeutic massage and its mind-body connection.
Emma Carlson, LMT
In 2016 Emma became a permanent resident of the United States from Canada where she graduated as class Valedictorian from the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage in New Brunswick, Canada. Emma and her husband, an active duty coast Guardsman, recently were re-posted from Port Aranas, Texas to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Emma mainly specializes and enjoys deep tissue, therapeutic massage as she had found it to be most beneficial with positive results for the client. She has a passion for helping others, making clients aware of their muscle anatomy. You will find Emma using stretching and myofascial manipulations throughout her treatments. Emma holds a certification in cupping massage which has been proven beneficial for chronic injuries and fascial restrictions.
I had the pleasure of an amazing, therapeutic massage from Emma. She was attentive, the pressure was just what I kneaded! Her healing hands helped both my sciatica and migraine which couldn't require more different skills, she nailed both! The spa is immaculate. It was great to leave a bit of covid mania on the table. Treat yourself. - Dawn R.
Michelle Richmond, LMT
Michelle graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts located in Hudson, NH in 2010. In 2011 she relocated to Texas, where she became nationally certified. While in Texas she expanded her knowledge in corrective massage techniques by working in a pain management clinic alongside a mentor who generously shared his knowledge. She also worked in a salon setting, performing relaxation massage and giving spa treatments. Since returning to NH, Michelle has continued to expand her knowledge in many more modalities of massage including energy work.
Michelle's goal is to help people achieve overall health and wellness. She specializes in deep tissue, neuromuscular, myofasical release, prenatal and trigger point release while utilizing corrective massage techniques. She also enjoys giving relaxation treatments such as hot stone and Swedish massage. She continues to feed her passion as a massage therapist and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and techniques in the near future.
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"Thank you Michelle for an amazing massage" ~ Darcie B.
"Excellent experience. Michelle did an amazing job with my massage. I had so many stressed/tight areas that have never been effectively broken up. She uses an amazing pressure point technique." - Teri W.
Hannah Gershfield, LMT
Hannah is a graduate of the North Eastern Institute of Whole Health in Manchester NH. She is very focused on the individual needs of her clients and her massage is both specific and flowing. Her style combines the deep relaxation of a firm, rhythmic massage with a combination of other therapeutic techniques to provide each client with a treatment that is both personalized and beneficial to them.
By integrating techniques such as Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, and deep tissue work, Hannah can relieve muscle tension and discomfort while providing her client with an environment that encourages the natural healing process of the body.
Hannah was an incredible therapist, Chloe and the team at the desk were so kind and professional. Facilities were amazing.
Sarah Cunningham, LMT, OMT
After experiencing first hand the incredible benefits of massage, Sarah decided to pursue a career as a massage therapist. She graduated from the Seacoast Career School of Manchester, NH in 2012. Immediately following graduation, Sarah decided to further her training and become certified in level 1 Thai Massage, a traditional healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. With her love for helping and improving the health of others, and after witnessing the success of her clients healing journey, Sarah has also completed her certification in Orthopedic massage and is currently working becoming certified in prenatal and oncology.
"My boyfriend and I decided to try out a couple’s massage at Ka Lani, we thought it was wonderful. Sarah was my therapist and she was the best I’ve ever had. She took the time to feel out all my knots and stretch my hips and shoulders. We will definitely be back soon!" - Mikayla B.
"One of the best massages I’ve have. I’m not kidding. Sarah is able to turn it into a very therapeutic message with a focus on long term relief not just short term relief like most other messages I’ve had. I’d recommend Sarah and Ka lani message to anyone!" - Jillian D.
Virginia Virnelli, MS OTR/L, LMT
Virginia has been with Ka lani since January of 2017. As a massage therapist she specializes in deep tissue and trigger point therapy. She is especially passionate about pain and injury management. Virginia completed her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2018 and has been utilizing her multidisciplinary approach to better the outcomes of her clients. She utilizes her knowledge of anatomy to complete deep tissue techniques and targeted trigger point therapy to reduce muscle tension and improve range of motion.
Virginia works with each client to uncover ways to create adjustments during every day activities relevant to them. This is done to help elongate the effects of the massage. This includes postural changes that can help to combat tension caused by repetitive activities, prolong holding patterns, poor posture, etc. Education for ergonomics and corrective posture are often great ways to create lasting change leading to improved pain management and injury prevention.
"Thank you, Virginia for the best massage I've ever received! Can't wait to see her again next month!" - Diane C.
Amanda LoRusso, BS, LMT
Amanda studied massage therapy in Costa Rica where she trained mainly in western techniques, myofascial/trigger point therapy, and therapeutics. Amanda blends these modalities, some eastern techniques, and intuitive components that create a unique massage intended to relieve pain while inviting relaxation/restoration. During her training, Amanda took particular interest in orthopedic injuries and maintains a continuing curiosity in repairing the body through massage. She is in the early stages of learning structural integration techniques and aspires to continue this work in 2021.
Additionally, Amanda has a range of experience with the human body. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology – human studies, several yoga instructor certifications, and is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Amanda spent two years living at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, studying yoga and meditation. This led her to collaborate on several academic research projects focused on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These projects include: yoga for adolescents, PTSD and sleep; Tai Chi for Parkinson’s Disease; and Acupuncture for Gulf War Illness. She shares authorship on two academic articles on yoga for middle school students. Abstracts can be read here.
Lastly, Amanda is a lifelong student and adventurer. She spent a year working on a small-ship cruise line off the west coast following the humpback whales from Hawaii to Alaska, taught English in South Korea, spent a summer exploring Europe, and continues to maintain a connection with her massage school in Costa Rica. She has spent the last two years as an EMT and a firefighter in NH, and is happy to spend her spare quarantine time with family and settling into a home.
Tabatha Moulton, LMT
From relaxing Swedish Massage to Deep tissue Sports Massage, Tabby enjoys all aspects that different massage modalities have to offer. Her modified pressure and attention to your individual health needs are her main priority to ensure that you are receiving the best quality care.
Tabby completed her massage therapy certification at Great Bay Community College and has an additional certification in Prenatal massage. Before joining Ka lani, Tabby worked at two medical facilities on the Seacoast.She worked alongside a Chiropractor and under direct supervision of nursing staff. She believes that her experience has given her a wealth of knowledge for working with diverse populations with a range of needs, and she can't wait to share her expertise with you.