Kelly Lavallee, LMT, OMT
Kelly firmly believes in the body's ability to heal itself and the benefits of preventative monthly massage. Utilizing her experience and training to assist in this process, she combines that notion with her clinical education. She graduated in 2010 from the acclaimed Elizabeth Grady School of Massage Therapy in Medford MA, which is a unique and comprehensive program with emphasis in the clinical and holistic applications of massage therapy. Kelly offers custom massage tailoring to each individual client's needs. She would describe her massage as relaxing deep tissue with alternating pressures depending on what the area needs. She also incorporates a variety of modalities of massage that include: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Neuromuscular, Myofascial release.
Additionally, she continued her education, achieving certification in Orthopedic Massage (OM), a system rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. OM focuses on restoring functional balance throughout the body for both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. OM works to address the cause of the pain, whether it's from injury or postural imbalances, to help facilitate the healing process to strengthen, and prevent re-occurrence.
Kelly is a member of the American Massage and Bodywork Professionals and she is a veteran of NH Air National Guard.
She is passionate about the many benefits of massage and works closely with other medical professionals to make massage a valuable part of her clients wellness plans.
Outside of Ka lani, Kelly greatly enjoys the outdoors, with different types of activities including backpacking, skiing, camping, boating, golfing , etc. and spending time with her family.
"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
Caroline Willis, LMT
Caroline is a native to this area, graduating from Great Bay Community College in 2015. Caroline specializes in Hot Stone, Myofascial release, Deep Tissue, Reiki, and Neuromuscular Therapy. Her main focus is the relationship between pain and connective tissue. She takes great pride in using a holistic approach and a great appreciation for using proven and tested modalities to solve their puzzle of discomfort. She believes in educating clients to the subtle nuances of their bodies and how they can make changes to impact their wellness. She loves connecting the mind with the body and educating her clients on being complete.
In her free time she likes hula hooping, crafts and adventuring with her pup!
"I have been seeing Caroline for a few months now and extremely happy with her skills and the results I have received. I have recommend a few friends to go to Ka Lani for there wonderful staff and clean and relaxing environment."
~ Cheryl S
Nancy Primo, LMT
Nancy has been a Massage Therapist since 2010.
She joined Ka lani with extensive training in hip issues, sciatica, shoulder problems, and plantar faciitis. Her experience with people who suffer from migraines has been very successful as well. Nancy utilizes kinesio tape to treat sports injuries, delay fatigue and enhance performance. However, massage is not just about physical aches and pains. It’s also about relaxing, unwinding, and de-stressing. If it’s relaxation you want, Nancy can provide that as well. She is well-equipped and eager to help. Her mission is to restore and promote balance and well-being.
She has also recently added “Cupping” as another tool to enhance the results of massage. Cupping creates negative pressure and lift. Tissue lifts much more than it can compress. It’s been said that five minutes of cupping can equal thirty minutes of deep tissue work.
Cupping is also deeply relaxing. The cups are seamlessly worked into the massage using a variety of techniques.
Is cupping right for you? Healthy adults can discuss this with Nancy at the time of their appointment as there are certain medications and medical conditions that may mean cupping is not for you. Click here for more info on cupping.
"Love Ka Lani Massage! Nancy was my excellent massage therapist. This is my second visit with Nancy and I will book another one. She asks what to focus on, listens and the gets to work. She has a great technique. She did s stretch which I have never experience before, and it brought me relief. I always appreciate Kayla and Adrienne at the front desk. Efficient and so friendly. The rooms are gorgeous, very relaxing atmosphere. I left so relaxed and my muscle aches were gone. Go to Ka Lani, you will love it!" ~ Sandra O.
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.
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.
William Miller, LMT
William began his journey in the therapeutic arts in college, obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in 1987. From there he went on to serve in the Army’s airborne forces for several years, twice completing the very rigorous Special Forces Assessment and Selection program before being selected for medic training. During years of hard physical activity, he learned early and often the value of massage in physical maintenance, rehabilitation and injury prevention, eventually graduating in 2011 from Hesser College of Portsmouth’s program in Massage Therapy. Since 2018 William has been a licensed therapist in New Hampshire, he is also a certified personal trainer. William believes exercise and massage are not just recreational luxuries, but are scientifically advanced healing modalities that when integrated together along with proper nutrition, create a foundation for holistic health.
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.
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 on becoming certified in prenatal and oncology massage.
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, prenatal massage, geriatric massage, sports
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.
Virginia Virnelli, MS OTR/L, LMT
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