Ohana Wellness is a cooperative center filled with like-minded healers. We have massage therapists and acupuncturists who all share a passion and love for their work but differ in their “style” to make each session unique for you.
We invite you to get better acquainted with us and our individual specialties by reading our bios below.
Saya Raine Barkdoll, RMP
Owner / Massage Practitioner
Saya graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, D.C. in 2000 and has been practicing ever since. Her passion and love for massage therapy has grown more every passing year. She has continued her education over the years by studying prenatal massage, trigger-point therapy, deep tissue massage and isolated stretching techniques and more.
Saya offers an integrative style of bodywork, specifically focusing on the clients’ individual needs. She has worked with many athletes, elders, terminally ill patients, survivors, children, expectant mothers and many more. She has been a participant in AVON’s Three-Day Breast Cancer Walks and she has donated her time with the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program.
Saya is now teaching infant massage to parents. She studied under infant massage USA and is passionate about helping families understand the benefits of massage and loving touch. She teaches a course where in the end you will feel confident and empowered as a parent not only with massage technique but also understanding your baby’s individual needs.
She feels passionate that massage therapy is not just a treat but a necessity for every body! She has seen the incredible outcome with so many including her own daughter and she knows, first hand, the power of massage.
Melanie Gorr, LMT
Massage Practitioner / Fertility Massage / Pre-Natal Specialist
Melanie graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2002, and began her massage career in Bethesda in 2003. With an ever expanding passion and commitment to massage therapy, Melanie strives to provide her clients with exceptional quality and care. She utilizes a variety of techniques based on deep listening to each client’s specific needs coupled with an intuitive approach to her work.
She has extensive experience working with a wide variety of clients, from those incorporating massage for their regular relief of general stress and tension, to clients living with the affects of chronic illness and pain. Melanie has a strong belief in the power of bodywork to enhance the overall well-being of everyone. She is a Prenatal Massage Specialist, with advanced training in prenatal and postpartum massage as well as Fertility Massage. Melanie has felt tremendously blessed in her nearly 15 year career to be a part of so many wonderful clients’ wellness journeys and providing them with a respite from daily stress and cares in a calming, nurturing, and caring space.
Gloria Quezada, RMP
Gloria Quezada, RMP is a registered massage therapist who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our group. She is experienced in deep tissue massage, swedish massage, hot stone massage, trigger point therapy and craniosacral therapy, as well as other healing disciplines and methods. She is also a practitioner of ayurvedia and reiki.
Gloria’s energy and ambition run deep. She has over 10 years of massage therapy experience and counting! She has worked one-on-one with professional athletes to help improve their range-of-motion, or in the case of injury, she has assisted in client’s rehabilitation. Gloria has helped many pre and post op patients and has also worked closely with oncology patients, those suffering from multiple sclerosis as well as clients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, (ALS or Lou Gehrigs disease). Gloria finds ways to better her clients’ lives by giving them comforting care and in some instances, has helped clients with end-of-life care.
Her newest passion is prenatal care, postnatal care, and pranayama (breath work). She has studied with world-renowned professors in the ancient healing medicine known as Ayurveda. Additionally, Gloria recently became a yoga and infant massage instructor and she is currently training to become a doula.
Gloria is an avid believer in a holistic approach to life and believes that the “Earth has given us everything that we need to heal our bodies. It is merely up to us to be willing to listen and be open to make changes to better our life.” Her love of life and healing overflows into every aspect of her everyday work.
Eva Lazo, RMP
Eva is a Registered Massage Practitioner, Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, and energy/healing intuitive. Since her graduation from Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in February 2013, Eva has been practicing Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, aromatherapy, and has completed a certification in Structural Myofascial technique. She is dedicated to providing an open environment for healing and awareness while integrating mind, body, and spiritual techniques to all of her clients.
Eva’s passion for massage began as an adolescent and throughout her journey/training at PMTI she expanded on this passion to help others by addressing healing in all aspects of their physical, intellectual and spiritual bodies. Eva provides client-centered massage by truly listening with her heart and allowing the client space to express what it is they are looking for in their session. Her intuition then guides her on how to best care for the client and which techniques would be most helpful in the healing process, i.e. swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, aromatherapy, reiki, or a combination of all.
One of Eva’s lifelong goals is to guide others in the healing process, share awareness, and to help individuals transform on all levels of their life.
Eva’s intention and approach to massage can be summarized by the following quote: “When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us; the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.” – Michael Bridge
Nicole Maisel, LMT
Nicole has been healing and helping clients of all ages for nearly 10 years. As a Board Certified Massage Therapist she personalizes every treatment so the benefits and progress from her work are maximized. Her love of bodywork has given her great respect for the power of touch and has guided her in her mission to bring health to everyone she works with.
Nicole also has a degree in Health Psychology and graduated from The Muscular Therapy Institute in 2005. Nicole is very excited to be working at Ohana. With clients ranging in age from newborn to the elderly, she uses her wide range of learned modalities to ensure that anybody that she works with is able to fully enjoy massage.
Nicole has training in Trigger Point; Neuromuscular massage; pre and post natal, Fertility massage; Reflexology; Aromatherapy; Sports Massage; Injury and Trauma recovery; Lymphatic Drainage and Myofascial release.
Natalie Foster, LMT
Natalie has always been aware of her desire to help others but it wasn’t until she began to study massage therapy that she recognized that she had found her path. This awakening led Natalie to seek outlets to enrich her knowledge of the numerous disciplines of massage. Her path of learning led her to graduate from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2006 with an AA in Applied Science with a concentration in Massage Therapy, shortly thereafter becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).
Over the next eight years, while working at Aveda Bethesda, three of which she served as the senior therapist, Natalie has developed, refined and augmented her range of massage techniques. Currently she can offer massage experiences in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports massage, Prenatal and Postpartum, Aromatherapy and Hot Stone Massage methods.
Natalie’s overall belief in personal health is that of a well rounded and balanced approach with an understanding that each individual needs different things to find their ideal level of healthiness and happiness, massage is a part of this balance, along with exercise, diet and mental stimulation. She uses this ideology to help develop personalized sessions for clients that cater to their specific preferences. Natalie’s professional experience and studies coupled with her intuition and nurturing personality allows for the ideal massage experience for your individual needs.
During her free time Natalie finds her balance through, exercise, travel, enjoying live music, watching football, eating healthy, and occasionally not so healthy, while finding time to enjoy life as much as possible with friends and family.
Angie Tressler, LMT
Massage and Thai Reflexology Practitioner
Angie strives to bring increased movement, flexibility, and pain free living to her clients through massage therapy. She enjoys working with everyone from children to seniors to customize a unique massage session and develop treatment plans that incorporate both at-home self care and on the table treatments. Angie is a Licensed Massage Therapist with an Bachelor’s degree in Biology from St Vincent College. She is constantly continuing her massage education with a focus on Neuromuscular Therapy techniques, Myofascial Release, and Deep Tissue Massage.
Angie has worked in health, science, and education around the world, speaks French and Fulani, and enjoys volunteering for Hospice of Frederick County and the Wounded Warriors Project at Walter Reed Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
Jennifer Stephens, RMP
Jennifer has a deep reverence to human connection and the power of touch. With an extensive background working and volunteering in nursing homes, she is highly attune to the sensitive nature of transition, pain and dis-ease. It was through her work with our elderly and their caregivers that she was inspired to learn more about human anatomy, kinesiology and pathology, and the curative effects of human contact and reciprocity.
Jennifer completed her massage training at Baltimore School of Massage in 2014, is nationally certified and registered to practice massage through the state of Maryland. She brings clinical knowledge and experience, as well as intuition and awareness to each session. Jennifer views mind, body and energy as parts of a whole being; she develops comprehensive assessments and goals to foster connection and balance. Jennifer’s technical and energetic approaches to her work are focused and intentional. Her integrative practice is continually being cultivated by working closely with skilled and experienced therapists, traveling the world to learn new modalities and techniques and staying up to date on pertinent issues related to her field and individual clients.
Brigitte Hart, BAC, LMT - State of FL, RMP- State of MD
Brigitte began practicing massage in 2011 after her training at Florida College of Natural Health in Orlando. She developed an interest in the practice while working in Ohio as an assistant to a trigger point therapist in 2007. Her curiosity grew deeper and she decided to further her studies and begin a career in bodywork. Her fascination with massage therapy continues to grow exponentially as she continues learning and working in this field.
Brigitte graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bowling Green State University in 2010. She was board certified and licensed in the state of Florida in March of 2011. Brigitte has since become registered in the state of Maryland and has certifications in Thai Yoga Massage and QiGong Massage.
Skilled in many modalities and specializing in trigger point therapy, deep tissue, Thai yoga, and structural integration, Brigitte brings an elemental appreciation of human bio-mechanical systems and anatomy along to the table to offer treatment that is as healing to her as it is to her clients. She thrives on learning from every being she works with and is constantly honored to be able facilitate the human healing process in her practice each day.
Armeta Dastyar, D.O.M., L.Ac.
Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist
Armeta Dastyar believes that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are truly life changing. She specializes in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and is an Usui Reiki Master.
Her exploration of eastern medicine started by seeking relief for her own ailments. Having years of ankle problems, she decided to turn to acupuncture for aid. It was through this that she not only found support for her ankle, but she also gained a feeling of being more awake and attuned to the world around her.
Her education began with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology. Armeta then studied eastern medicine by becoming a Usui Reiki Master. Later, she continued her educational journey and earned two Masters degrees and a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly Tai Sophia.
Armeta brings compassion to each and every client, treating each individual uniquely to reach his or her full potential. She treats a wide variety of conditions including pain management, woman’s health, depression and anxiety. She helps women conceive naturally or in combination with reproductive technology. The unique combination of Chinese Medicine and bodywork allows her clients to reach their full potential. Armeta believes that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can allow you to thrive in every aspect of your life!
Liz Brinson, LMT, CST
Liz graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2002, just after learning a little about craniosacral therapy. For two years she practiced myofascial therapy, but in 2004, bolstered by a desire both to work respectfully with people who’ve experienced trauma and to facilitate intentional healing within her clients, she began practicing craniosacral therapy as her primary approach to the body.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle hands-on therapy, generally done with clients comfortably clothed. It offers an elegant way to explore the roots of a given tension pattern, releasing tensions affecting the central nervous system and incorporating body-consciousness that allows us to address the body-mind-spirit as a whole, releasing structural, emotional, and energetic tension in an integrated session. If your body is talking to you, this is a great way to listen.
Your experience with Liz may vary from deep relaxation to a journey of understanding and connection. As you slowly and consciously exploring the unique patterns in your body, your nervous system may learn new patterns to replace ones that don’t serve you any longer. Liz offers a practical, comfortable approach, some humor and a good dose of compassion in her work.
Liz is certified in craniosacral techniques and has completed advanced coursework with the Upledger Institute.
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