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 offers a blend of pain-relieving massage therapy with the benefits of Occupational Therapy - or “OT-informed massage.” Kelly earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Utica University (’19) and is a graduate of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy (’09). By partnering with her clients to establish a personalized self-care routine between treatments, clients have the opportunity to grow and accomplish their goals, transforming from passive to active players in their pain management. Kelly specializes in providing massage treatments for musculoskeletal injuries such as whiplash, headache/migraine, and spinal disc injuries, and Occupational Therapy programs to rehabilitate after injury and surgery (e.g. rotator cuff repair, upper extremity joint replacements, liposuction). Those living with progressive illnesses, (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis), can receive personalized consults and recommendations for finding independence, despite challenges created by progressive disease. Kelly also offers thermal treatments such as ultrasound, and paraffin baths for hands and wrists; these treatments can be especially beneficial for those with older scar tissue, or greater sensitivity or pain. OT-informed massage treatments can be deeply relaxing and goal-oriented at the same time – encouraging a sense of well being, and empowering clients with tools and techniques to reach their therapeutic goal.
"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.
Since joining the Ka lani team, Jordan has completed certifications in Reiki I and II, Advanced Cupping, Prenatal and Post Partum Massage, and Aromatherapy, as well as completing her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
I've had dozens of massages before going to Ka Lani. I meant to write a good review after my first visit, but never got around to it. I would have written something like: "Jordan has great technique, ability to read the body, and capacity to apply force. What's more, the Ka Lani staff are all professional and good natured; they've dialed in how to anchor quality massage therapy." After that first visit, I was thinking it was definitely in the top 3 massage experiences I had ever had (the other two being with LMT's in Lisbon and in New Mexico). In any case, I'm glad I didn't get a chance to write up that positive review because Jordan's adaptability over time (massage-after-massage), her strength, ideas for stretching, her sense of humor, and her simply being good people (all part of the overall experience) have left me -- I'm still a little at a loss of words to describe it -- overwhelmed in the most positive of ways. I tend to be a difficult-to-convince, evidence-based thinker who had heard people describe "other-level" massages, therapy that was not incorporeal exactly, but maybe "trans-corporeal," but I had never really experienced anything like this before, where the loosening of muscles becomes an intensifier, the massage an emotional opening of the self, transcending the physical. - Charlie V.
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.
Tabby Boyd, LMT
Born into a Native American family, Tabby has always been accustomed to the beauty of natural healing. She believes that the best way to stay healthy is to focus, not only on the physical body, but on the mind and soul as well. She would describe her massages as relaxing and stress reducing. Tabby also enjoys doing deeper work and stretching if the client so chooses. Before becoming a team member at Ka Lani, Tabby worked at two medical facilities on the Seacoast. She worked along side a Chiropractor and under direct supervision of nursing staff. She believes that her experience has given her a wealth of knowledge and she can't wait to share it with you!
Tabby was an awesome therapist! It was very relaxing and soothing! She was firm but gentle working my tired achey body. 5 Stars
Shantel Surles, LMT
Shantel has a passion for health and wellness and a desire to be of service to her community. Shantel studied massage therapy at Great Bay Community College where she trained in myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and sports massage. She also utilizes essential oils and cupping, blending more traditional elements with evidence based practices.
Shantel is fascinated with the human body and has an array of education and experiences that have furthered her fascination. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, has completed multiple trainings in mindfulness education, and she is a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Shantel has been working in the wellness industry since 2014 and assists clients through a lens of bio-individuality. She understands that each person has unique experiences, environmental exposures, and activities of daily living, which create unique internal environments causing people to respond differently to certain nutrients, stimuli, and chemicals, which means there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to health.
Her “non-cookie cutter” approach begins with assessment of client goals, stress levels, lifestyle and postural patterns to identify imbalances in the body and create personalized therapeutic treatment plans.
Amazing 90 minute massage from Shantel, already booked follow-up! - Shane W.
Shirl Ross, LMT
Shirl graduated from the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts in Hudson, NH, in 2000. With 22 years of experience, she specializes in injury recovery, stress management, and lifestyle changes. Shirl utilizes simple yet effective massage and energy modalities plus breath work to help people work towards their goals and live a more abundant, pain free life. Some modalities include trigger point therapy, swedish massage, lymphatic drainage and circulatory massage, sports and deep tissue massage, meditative breath work to help people alleviate stress, anxiety, muscle tension, and mind/body awareness.
Awesome massage!! I haven't felt that good in a long time! Rebooked with Shirl!? - Cheryl F.
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.
Heather Huskinson , LMT
Heather has over 17 years of experience in providing healing therapies. Overall, her style is positive and enthusiastic, and her aim is to help clients increase awareness of the links between their mind and body so they can learn ways to heal themselves.
Her formal training in health and wellness began in 2004. Heather completed qualifications in both Australia and the US in reiki, myofascial release, acupressure, healing touch, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, pre-natal massage, and east-west and remedial cupping. Heather is also qualified as an infant massage instructor. She holds diplomas in Remedial Massage (including trigger point massage (advanced), sports injury protocols) from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies and Massage Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute. She also trained as a meridian yoga therapist in both yin and yang yoga, and also completed Certification IV in Mat Pilates and Prenatal Mat Pilates with Polestar Pilates. Her love for health and wellness continued over the years receiving a Bachelors Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Australia, and currently studying a Masters in Psychology.
Heather integrates modalities the client needs on the day of treatment and customizes each healing session to help relieve musculoskeletal pain, and to provide her clients with a profound physical and emotional body-mind awareness.
I have had many massage therapist work on my body, but by far Heather has been the most therapeutic. - Terrie L.
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.
Casey Soucie, LMT
Casey excels at working with patients suffering from chronic muscular injuries, sports related problems, and breaking up post-surgical scar tissue to increase pain-free mobility. His therapeutic specialities involve a variety of scar tissue manipulation, deep tissue massage, and assisted stretching techniques. Casey also loves utilizing cupping for those looking for the added benefits to circulation, as well as more thorough myofascial techniques. For those of you looking for a softer touch, he is also Reiki certified, and well-versed in relaxing Swedish techniques. A therapist known for his open communication, he may also be available for a quick consult during your normally scheduled appointments to discuss possible treatment plans, or you can contact him directly to discuss how massage and his other services may benefit your health!
Casey is amazing and he helps me relax and feel better every time I go. - Jenn R.
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.
Amanda is amazing. She is intuitive, professional and knowledgeable. She incorporated breathing techniques this last visit. Provides results for problematic areas. Always look forward to an appointment with Amanda. - Deb C.
Kathleen Potts, PT,LMT
Kathy has always been intrigued with the body's structure, function, and paths for healing. Our bodies are amazing and have the capacity for healing and massage is one such path.
Earning her bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy over 30 years ago provided the grounds for continued learning and working with many clients primarily in an outpatient orthopedic setting. Kathy felt compelled to add massage therapy as an alternative approach for her clients and completed her Massage Therapy training in 1992.
Through continued education and a deeper understanding of the muscular system Kathy has developed a unique massage style which is gentle yet deep and effective in releasing tight muscles and tissues. Her massages may combine Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular and trigger point release, cranial sacral and myofascial techniques as guided by the client. Kathy firmly believes in listening to the client and their body during a massage. This intuitive style helps to unravel the mysteries of symptoms such as lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain and more.
Kathy also enjoys working with the energy of basalt stones and offers hot stone massage. The warmth from the stones is an affective adjunct in muscle relaxation thus a means to release the deeper tissue layers.
With a deep desire to understand natural healing on a new level Kathy began studying energy healing techniques. Kathy is trained in Reiki, Magnified Healing and Integrated Energy Therapy®. She holds her Holy Fire Reiki Master, Magnified Healing Level I and Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor certificates.
Kathy has an innate understanding of the interconnectedness of the mind and body and believes our bodies are beautiful vessels that need love and nurture. Kathy works collectively with her clients to find the perfect approach to reach the goals and intentions set forth. If you feel guided to work with Kathy, she would be honored to help you on your healing journey.
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 working 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, myofascial release, prenatal and trigger point release utilizing corrective massage techniques. She also enjoys giving relaxation treatments such as hot stone and Swedish massage. she continues to feed her passion as massage therapist and looks forward to expanding hr 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.
603-380-7174 13 March Farm Way
Greenland, NH 03840
6 Greenleaf Woods Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Portsmouth location - By appointment only
Mondays 9 am - 3 pm
Tuesday- Saturday 9 am - 9 pm
Sunday Temporarily Closed
****We have changed our hours a bit. We are now closed on Sunday's (may be temporary) and running only one shift on Saturday's (alternating morning and evening shifts) and that is temporary. We made this decision for two reasons. Short on staff and to make better schedules for our employee's. We are hoping in the future to hire weekend staff that the hours work for. We are always looking to make positive changes, that we will post and send to our clients by email. If you ever have any questions, give us a call at 1-603-380-7174