We invite you to get better acquainted with us and our individual specialties by reading our bios below.
Saya Raine Barkdoll, RMP
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.
When you first meet Saya Barkdoll, you’re a bit confused. She’s a petite blonde bombshell, attractive in all the standard societal ways, soft-spoken, with a million-watt smile. But, she’s also heavily tattooed, pierced, and moves through the world with an atmospheric kindness and unyielding strength all wrapped up in a tiny package.
Read more of Saya’s Story HERE.
Melanie Gorr, LMT
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.
I was taught to pull myself up by my bootstraps and keep going.
I was taught that self-care was selfish.
I was taught that getting a massage was indulgent, luxurious, beyond my means.
I am still undoing these teachings, but this story is not about me. It’s about Melanie Gorr, the woman who nearly 7 years ago, took me into her little room and gave me a touch of confidence and kindness. And when I left, she let me know that I would never have to skip the chapter of me again, that I can let the straps fall, that by taking care of myself I was doing a great service, and that yes, indulgent and luxurious may be used as adjectives to describe a massage, but the more accurate description is: worth every dime.
Read Melanie’s Story HERE.
Eva Lazo, RMP
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
What You Can Expect from Eva
My most recent massage was on Eva’s table. I had just returned from being cramped like a sardine in what felt like a tiny toy airplane, culminating in over 10 hours of flights, working 12-hour days, overstimulated by too many people, my body and mind tense, exhausted, and needing some care. Las Vegas sure is the city of bright lights but can often feel like an overstimulation marathon to #anxietywarriors. I had 60 minutes scheduled with Eva, and I was curious to see if we could undo a week’s worth of damage. Well, I’m happy to report – she did.
Read more about What You Can Expect from Eva HERE.
What You Can Expect From Taji
Taji has truly found the art of massage and bodywork life changing, and plan to spend every day extending the gift of therapeutic touch to her clients. Taji invites her clients to learn and grow with her every session, as she educates on her newest finding, studies, and trends.
Brigitte Hart, BAC, LMT - State of FL, RMP- State of MD
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.
Read more of Brigitte’s story HERE.
Meghan Bowen, LMT
Meghan loves learning and growing and found her purpose in life when she graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage. Her naturally positive, compassionate personality led her to massage therapy and the many benefits it provides. Meghan is very passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives and her energy about the positive effects of massage is infectious. Meghan strives to see the strengths in every human body and focuses to allow each individual to align their mind, body and soul. Her own history of injuries makes her very empathetic, thereby having a deeper understanding for the benefits of massage therapy. Meghan specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy and employs these with various techniques based on each client’s individual needs.
What You Can Expect From Meghan
Has the hottest hands.
On the planet.
It’s like being massaged by someone who’s got Hand Warmers built-in to their hands. It’s heavenly.
When I got onto Meghan’s table, it had been a pretty substantial period of time since I had been anywhere near a massage table. Life, life, and life got in the way and before I knew it, it had been several months before I had paid any attention to how my body was feeling (or screaming). We started by catching up and Meghan’s warmth extends far beyond her hands – she’s got the most delicious energy, where you feel like you can tell her the most awkward feelings you have in that moment or all the crazy sh*t you’ve been trying to cope with in your life. A fellow Sagittarius, we bonded over our absolute lack of prioritization of ourselves (though to be fair, I’d venture to say all zodiac signs suffer from this) and she reminded me of the importance of being intentional of putting myself first. She reminded me in the best big sister way possible: what do the flight attendants tell you when they’re going through the safety measures? “please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.” So, here I was about to get replenished on my very own low oxygen levels.
Read more about what you can expect on Meghan’s table HERE.
Carole Dean is a native Washingtonian and graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, D.C., with over a decade of experience in the field of massage therapy.
She has over five years experience practicing in a chiropractic, medical massage environment; working in conjunction with chiropractors and physical therapists in treating patients with acute and chronic physical pain, trauma and dysfunction. Carole spent six years in a holistic wellness clinic where she specialized in helping clients with chronic health conditions, detoxification and oncology related support, work and stress related physiological and emotional tension. She worked closely with other integrative health practitioners to create bodywork protocols that supported her clients overall wellness and needs.
Carole combines a variety of modalities in her bodywork to relieve muscle tension, stimulate circulation, improve flexibility, promote relaxation and reduce stress. Carole has extensive training in Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, medical and prenatal massage. She is also experienced in oncology massage, craniosacral therapy (CST), shiatsu, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and reflexology.
Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Carole worked for Marriott International Headquarters in Bethesda for 15 years as a systems administrator and administrative assistant. Additionally, she spent several years working for federal, city and state governments in an administrative capacity. Carole is very family oriented and enjoys spending her downtime with family and friends, or curled up with a good book and a glass of wine.
Wendy is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland and completed her massage training at Potomac Massage Training Institute. She has her Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a Concentration in Health Promotion. She has a holistic approach in her massage therapy practice, assessing the whole person on an individual basis, learning and investing in their personal wellness journey.
Always having an appreciation for movement and how the body is ever-changing, Wendy started off her career in the fitness and wellness field as a personal trainer and fitness instructor and has enjoyed learning how dynamic each individual is. As she realized even just a few of the many ways body work can positively impact a person’s lifestyle, she was happy to embrace it into her work. She welcomes everyone that wants to enhance their wellness journey through massage therapy.
Outside of work Wendy is happy spending time connecting with her husband, two kids, family, friends and community. She enjoys being active, creative, traveling, and slowing down to enjoy some laughs and good vibes.
Devin graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage and has now been practicing for a decade, her style of massage could be categorized as firm to deep pressure, but she loves customizing her massages to fit each person’s needs and wants for each session.
Diana is passionate about caring for people and currently is attending Frederick Community College to obtain her associates degree in Medical Assistant. She wants to incorporate all kinds of help from the medical perspective to provide healing to people.
In her spare time, Diana enjoys spending time outside with her daughter, going hiking, exploring new places around town, and a good cup of coffee.
Carla Green, LMT
She is certified in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder Technique), Pre-natal, and Hot Stone.
Her interest in this profession originated from bodywork she had received years prior; and over time she has appreciated Massage Therapy’s wide range of benefits. She has discovered that the art of listening is paramount in this profession and that overall emotional, mental, and physical health can be further enhanced with bodywork. It is her true desire that everyone she meets is treated as a unique individual and that their massage session mirrors that individuality.
In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, biking, and hiking with her husband and Ridgebacks.
Since graduating Malka has studied under world-renowned acupuncturist and naturopath Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, and is trained in his Micro Acupuncture 48 system. Malka considers herself a general practitioner who loves to treat through an integrative approach. Her areas of interest include, pre and postnatal care, women’s health, and aesthetic acupuncture.
Malka is drawn to Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for it’s holistic approach. She loves the way that the medicine looks at the body as a whole, and a sum of all its parts. She is captivated at how the whole body is connected and how many seemingly different ailments could all stem from a common root. Malka has taken this approach coupled with a strong background in Western medicine to help treat her patients in the most well rounded holistic care available.
After becoming a mother, Dinah decided to leave the financial arena and focus on her family. She soon turned to Reiki and meditation as a method of nourishment and healing for herself and her family. Her passion for raising the vibration of the mind, body, and spirit has become her service. She currently works with individuals and organizations offering wellness support through Reiki, meditation practices, breathing techniques, sound bowl therapy, and other energy modalities to manifest the very best version of you.
The benefits of Reiki includes relaxation for deeper rest and sleep, relieve stress and pain, boost immunity, relieve depression and anxiety, increase feelings of wellbeing, restore the nervous system, release emotional blockages, improve focus and clarity, and accelerate natural healing. Reiki is an ancient tool used to facilitate transformational healing and growth.
In her free time, Dinah enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, skateboarding, exploring the DMV’s food scene, traveling, and spending time with family and friends
Debi’s work is client and heart centered while also focusing on the connection between muscle, bone, fascia and ﬂuid. She incorporates craniosacral work, deep focused work, yoga, breathing and meditation; all of this with a craniosacral intention. Meaning, focusing in on the place inside of us that is “powerful beyond measure” (Marianne Williamson), where the mysterious dance resides and where some of our deepest healing may occur. Her experience has shown her that sometimes we may need movement and sometimes stillness. We get there by getting quiet and listening.
In addition to bodywork, Debi’s spirit is fed by music, dance, community and yummy food. Debi is a preschool music leader and can also be found on the 5 Rhythms dance ﬂoor. Her favorite thing in life is to snuggle her kids.
“We have come to be danced
not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the ﬂoor dance
but the meeting of the trinity: the body, breath and beat dance
the shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance
the mother may I?
yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance
the Olly Olly Oxen Free Free Free dance
the everyone can come to our heaven dance”
Growing up in Thailand Noi would frequently receive Thai massage from the local practitioners as she worked to overcome her own chronic back pain. Over the years she has received countless massage sessions from many practitioners and modalities including acupuncture and chiropractic. After benefitting so greatly from bodywork, Noi decided she wanted to pursue her own journey as a healer and to help others as she had been helped. Sensitivity is a gift that helps her to understand what her clients need and how to best take care of them. It is this sensitivity that led her to become a Reiki master and to continue to learn and grow as a healer.
With her Thai heritage Noi enjoys cooking Thai cuisine and feeding people around her. Anyone who knows Noi associates her with food and looks forward to her delicious creations. She feels that food is medicine if we know how to use it.
Noi was born a Buddhist and has continued to develop her spirituality and to practice meditation with various groups over the years. She loves to go on retreat whenever she can, always volunteering to cook meals to the delight of the other retreatants!
Noi is also a jewelry maker and has had her own business inspired by her work with Sotheby’s in Thailand. She loves all kinds of stones and has a strong connection to the renowned Hill Tribe silver producers in northern Thailand. Noi believes that we can use the beauty and power of gemstones for healing and for happiness.
Greta Wolf, RMP, MD; LMT, DC
Jenny takes an intuitive, creative and nurturing approach to Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. She offers cupping, hot stones, and aromatherapy as supplements to her clients’ sessions. She graduated from Potomac Massage Training Institute in Silver Spring and has done additional trainings in Zen Shiatsu massage and Modern Cupping Therapy.
She has enjoyed working in the Spa setting and progressed to working in a wellness center as well as for a Chiropractor. By doing so she believed that she could have a more therapeutic approach in helping people to heal.
Stacey has also enjoyed the privilege of teaching massage. She has worked as an instructor teaching others about the Anatomy of the body, Kinesiology, Physiology, and much more. She has found it a joy to help others start their journey as massage therapist so they too can help facilitate the healing process for individuals out there.
As a therapist it’s really important to her to focus on the clients needs. She wants to make sure she provides a high quality massage to everyone of her clients to ensure that they are receiving the best care. As a person who has a spinal condition (scoliosis), she loves to focus on the back as a whole including the head, neck, and shoulders providing needed relief.
She is also continuing her interest in medical massage for spinal dysfunctions.
Throughout her life, Nicole has been active in both organized and recreational sports. She loves spending time with her family, laughing with her friends, and connecting with new experiences.
Alain has been active in the world of wellness for the last 30 years in one capacity or another. He became interested in the healing arts through his practice of traditional Chinese martial arts and Daoist energy and spiritual practices. An accomplished practitioner of Taijiquan, Qigong, and other related internal arts, Alain, as of late, has turned his attention to massage therapy as a direct way to help people deal with the aches, injuries, and traumas they may be experiencing in their lives.
Alain graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Silver Spring, MD in 2020, becoming an enthusiastic practitioner of Swedish and Deep Tissue therapy. He has since worked in different settings, including a non-profit clinic, private massage therapy studios, and franchised spas. This combined experience has exposed Alain to a wide range of clients with widely differing needs, ranging from injury recovery to wellness maintenance and relaxation.
Alain brings his understanding of meditation to every session providing his clients with a grounding and therapeutic experience whose effects often linger a long time after the session has ended. Alain deeply listens to his clients and intuitively integrates the spoken and the unspoken into a specially tailored and customized treatment plan. Alain believes that regular massage should ideally be integrated into everyone’s wellness plan, irrespective of current age and health condition, to achieve optimal health. The best days have yet to come, and massage can help you get there!
Alana is the last of three girls(the baby) who is a kind introvert that enjoys being of service to others. She keeps herself rooted and grounded on the word of God because she knows she cannot do this thing called life without Him. From everything she’s been through both the highs and the lows, wouldn’t have been possible without her dependence on God. She takes pride in her faith, family, morals, work, and cleanliness.
For years Alana have worked in customer service Restaurant Management, and have always had a passion for meeting the needs of her team and guests. She enjoyed the experiences of growth development with her employees. Alana is an all around team player with a “no-nonsense”leadership mentality. She is very organized and enjoys her peace and quiet. Some of her hobbies are listening to music, dancing, cooking and reading. She believe in there being a time and place for everything. After years of restaurant management, Alana realized she wasn’t happy anymore and wasn’t fulfilled with her life. Alana decided to take a completely different course and explored the transportation industry and obtained her CDL. She enjoyed being over the road amongst her fellow truckers. Being over the road enabled Alana a lot of alone time and soul searching, trying to figure out her purpose.
After a few years of driving over the road, a friend of hers came to her with a business idea of opening a massage spa. That is when this remarkable shift in her life of massage happened. Alana started her journey in massage therapy back in January of 2021, later graduating and achieving her license to practice massage therapy. She never knew the importance of massage therapy and like most of us, thought of it as a luxury. Alana found passion in the power of touch.
It amazes her how unbelievable and extraordinary the human body is. Being able to manipulate muscle tissue, understanding the make up of fascia, and the benefits of massage therapy had Alana so intrigued. She remembered telling herself how beneficial this would be for her mom, who was recently diagnosed with Dementia. Her mom had multiple surgeries in the past, along with a few heredity diseases. Alana constantly soaks up information for continual awareness to help educate her mom, and have better tailored sessions to address her mom’s issues.
Alana enjoys helping her clients feel better with touch, and sometimes with just a positive spoken word. Trying to get to the root of the problem in order to help her clients, is what Alana aims to do daily. Other things she aims for are building a rapport with clients, helping them gradually improve their flexibility, range of motion, and for the clients to be in an overall relaxed state of mind after leaving their session.