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meet the staff

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Owner | Licensed Acupuncturist | Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Undergraduate work at the University of Washington & the Evergreen State College on full academic scholarship. I attended Ashmead College in 1999 to obtain my massage credential; Middle Way Acupuncture Institute in Mount Vernon to obtain my acupuncture credential.

Specialty/Focus:CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, TOYOHARI (a style of Japanese acupuncture), TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM), MOXIBUSTION. For more information about Toyohari please visit

Personal: I enjoy yoga , meditation and spending time with my 2 young children and husband.

Favorite Quote: "If you build it, they will come!" - Field of Dreams



Licensed Acupuncturist | Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine 2005; Bachelor of Arts Psychology Cum Laude from the University of Alaska 1999; Massage graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts 1997; Diplomate of Oriental Medicine since 2005.


Personal: I enjoy spending time with family, friends, critters, and my garden. I also volunteer with various community organizations.

Favorite Quote: "Whether we're seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. Peace isn't an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it's an experience that's expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened."
- Pema Chodron, Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears


Morgan Tougas

Licensed Acupuncturist

Education: Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, graduating in 2003.


Fluent in SPANISH Language.

Personal: I was born and raised in Olympia. I am an avid vegetable gardener, and I enjoy outdoor activities like sailing, kayaking, camping, and hiking.

Favorite Quote: "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have."


Jonathan Faix

Licensed Acupuncturist

Education: Bachelor of Physics and Chemistry from Central Washington University 2001. Master of Science Acupuncture from Bastyr University 2009

Specialty/Focus: Pain and Pain Management using distal acupuncture

Personal: I love fishing, gardening, and painting.

Favorite Quote: "They say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday." AA Milne


Celeste Romo

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Clover Park Technical College, licensed since 2003.

Specialty/Focus: MEDICAL MASSAGE, MYOFASCIAL MASSAGE TECHNIQUE, SWEDISH, TRIGGER POINT WORK, INJURY TREATMENT, and SPORTS MASSAGE. My focus is on addressing or relieving connective tissue restrictions.

Personal: Seattle Sounders, hiking, travel, belly dance, exotic foods, yoga, physical activity, singing, and cooking. I've never been a homebody. I like anything that gets me out of the house, trying something new, fun, and exciting!

Favorite Quote: "When you exhale, let go of any resistance, tension, or expectation. Simply be present."


Kim Balsemer

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Massage Connections School of Natural Healing, 2009. Some college courses including Anatomy & Physiology

Specialty/Focus: I specialize in DEEP TISSUE and INJURY TREATMENT. I like doing neck work, low back, legs, and hip body work.

Personal:I enjoy hiking, golfing, snowboarding, Seahawks football, concerts, and being outside. I try to travel as much as possible. You’ll often find me talking about food and sweet treats as I love to cook and bake!"

Favorite Quote: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller



Linda Young

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Graduated Ashmead College, School of Massage, 2006. Spa Training Program, Ashmead College. Hot Stone Therapy, and Lomi Lomi Training in Hawaii.


Personal: Energy Healing Stone Therapy. I do chakra cleansing, energy work for balancing, and living a positive outlook as a daily routine.

Favorite Quote: Live in the "now" and ask: "How much better does it get?"" "What else is possible?"


Lonni Schmitt

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Graduated Ashmead College, School of Massage, Fife Campus, WA 1999. Studied Reflexology & Meridian Therapy at ISRMT, Olympia, WA 2006.

Specialty/Focus: I incorporate SWEDISH MASSAGE, DEEP TISSUE TECHNIQUES, and, at times, FOOT REFLEXOLOGY in hopes of providing an overall relaxing and therapeutic massage experience.

I enjoy helping our clients overcome issues of chronic pain, muscle tension/spasm, and reduced ranges of motion acquired from past and current injuries and/or surgeries.

Personal: Outside work I enjoy spending time with God, family, and friends.

Favorite Quote: "For I know what plans I have in mind for you...Jer. 29:11-13 [CJB]"


Sheila Cichoski

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Graduated from Cortiva Institute of Massage, 2013; B.F.A. Studio Art/Graphic Design at University of Idaho, 2000.

Specialty/Focus: INJURY TREATMENT, DEEP TISSUE, REIKI, SPORTS MASSAGE, KINESIO TAPING, MYOFASCIAL RELEASE, TRIGGER POINT; CRANIOSACRAL, STRUCTURAL INTERGRATION, INTRAORAL ENDORSEMENT, HYPNOTHERAPY. I feel that the body is complex and every individual has different treatment needs. I believe in integrating techniques and adapting to the client's needs, making every treatment unique. I enjoy Neuromuscular treatment and injury treatment. I love to learn and add to my toolbox, so I am always taking classes to expand my knowledge. I believe Structural Integration is like the frosting on the cake, the changes are profound! Come give it a try!

Personal: I have a passion for art and nature. I'm an artist, dabbling in painting, drawing, photography, graphic design and printmaking. I read a broad range of books and get outside any chance I get!

Favorite Quote: "The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before." - Albert Einstein


Travis Cothren

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage, 2007.

Specialty/Focus: I specialize in DEEP TISSUE and SWEDISH MASSAGE. For each massage I strive to provide the perfect pressure and techniques to meet my client's desired goals.

Personal: I have lived in the Lewis County area most of my life. I decided massage might be a good career path back in high school and I am now very glad I pursued it. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching TV and playing Xbox.

Favorite Quote: "Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared." - Tupac Shakur


Susan Louis

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education:1996 graduate of Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics, Tacoma, Washington. 1986 graduate of University of Wisconsin - Madison with a Bachelor of Science

Specialty/Focus: Compassionate relaxation massage is my specialty. Customizing my work to each client, I mix Swedish and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage techniques to personalize every massage. I have taken many classes in the last 19 years, and sprinkle a little of many modalities as appropriate.

Personal: After a severe collision in 1994, a few therapist friends gifted me with healing massages. The hours beneath their loving hands was a cherished time of peace. It was then that I knew that I wanted to give others what had so generously been given to me. I love providing my clients those precious minutes of peace during our sessions. Thank you for allowing me to share in your journey.

Favorite Quote: "A massage is just like a movie, really relaxing and a total escape, except in a massage you're the star." - Elizabeth Jane Howard


Sydney Kunkel

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Cortiva Institute- Seattle 2011.  Associate of Arts degree at Centralia College- 2010.

Specialty/Focus: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Pregnancy Massage. I personalize pressure for each individual client depending on the client's needs.

Personal: I grew up playing sports and have continued to be passionate about health and fitness. Some activities I enjoy are skiing, running, tennis, and hiking. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Quote: "Treat others the way you want to be treated." - Luke 6:31


Julia Morris

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Ashmead School of Massage 2007-2008

Specialty/Focus: Grounding techniques through deep breathing, deep tissue and relaxation.

Personal: I like massage because it allows for one to one contact. I also like the fact that clients trust me and allow me to assist them in finding balance.

Favorite Quote: "There was a wise old owl, who lived in an oak, the more he saw the less he spoke, the less he spoke the more he heard - Now wasn't he a wise old bird." - Unknown


Heather Justice

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Altierus College, 2017-2018.

Specialty/Focus: I enjoy providing a relaxing, stress-reducing massage for my clients, customizing pressure and areas of focus to the client's specific needs. I enjoy working on upper back and neck with a focus on RELAXATION and INJURY TREATMENT.

Personal: I enjoy camping with family and friends, all things Disney, a great game of badminton, and will challenge anyone to a car karaoke contest any day of the week.

Favorite Quote: "Don't wait, the time will never be just right." - Napoleon Hill


Judy Aschenbrenner

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Graduated from Alexander School of Therapeutics Tacoma 2019

Specialty/Focus: I incorporate Deep tissue, Swedish massage and foot Reflexology to assist each client according to their specific needs.

Personal: I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, kayaking, walking my dogs, reading good books, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Quote: "The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own." Lao Tzu


Lauren Jarvis

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage

Specialty/Focus: Injury Treatment and Swedish relaxation Massage

Personal: I enjoy different variations of Art. I love the Pacific Northwest.

Favorite Quote: "Your limitation, it's only your imagination." Tony Robbins



Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy, Federal Way WA licensed since 2018, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON Canada 1984-1987 Honors Psychology Program

Specialty/Focus: Pain Relief, INJURY TREATMENT, Headache & Migraine Treatment, CRAINIO SACRAL therapy, RELAXATION massage, MYOFASCIAL RELEASE, REIKI or Hands on Healing, Relaxation & Energetic Balancing for anxiety & PTSD.

Personal: Family is everything to me, including my beloved animals. I extend my professional healing services to companion animals both large & small; from horses to hamsters. I have a 25 year background as a holistic facilitator and my greatest professional achievement is to empower others through education.

Favorite Quote: "The gift of patience is patience. " - Unknown



Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Brian Utting School of Massage, Seattle, WA 8/1994, BA Exercise Science, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 8/1992, MS Management & Leadership, Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Governor’s University 10/2019



Favorite Quote: "It is what it is, unit it isn't." - S.J. Griffin


Heather Boire

Office Manager

Education: Attended Washington State University

Specialty/Focus: I joined Medical Massage & Acupuncture P.S. in the summer 2016, and have been in healthcare for 3 years. I love interacting with the public and doing what I can to put a smile on everyone's face.

Personal: I married the love of my life over 13 years ago. We have a beautiful daughter together, who is our whole world. I enjoy quilting, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite Quote: "So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about." - Marilyn Monroe


Robin Jessup

Billing Specialist

Education: HS Diploma, Tech School for Medical Billing, Multiple workshops, seminars and conventions.

Specialty/Focus: Billing Insurances

Personal: I love animals, to hike and to read. I especially love spending time with my family and playing with my granddaughter.

Favorite Quote: "Well, That's Life. - Let Go, Let God!"


Alisa Peltier

Billing Specialist

Education: High School Diploma from Academy Northwest and Attended Cornish College of the Arts for Dance

Specialty/Focus: Billing Specialist

Personal: I joined the Medical Massage & Acupuncture team in July 2018, and I enjoy working with such great people!

Favorite Quote: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn


Sheila Graham


Education: Graduated from Merritt Davis College, Accounting/Business Management; Ongoing education includes Grant Writing, Floral Design, and over 450 hours of Sales training.

Specialty/Focus: I joined Medical Massage and Acupuncture P.S. in June of 2012. My primary duties include Payroll, Bookkeeping, and General Office Administration. My background includes over 20 years in Bookkeeping/Office Management and over 10 years in Sales. I've also owned and managed businesses, including a full service floral and gift shop in NW Washington.

Personal: In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my husband, Tom, in our RV, GeoCaching, reading murder mysteries, swimming, biking, and challenging myself with word puzzles/games. I also love spending time with my two adorable (and extremely active!) grandchildren. I have always been a proponent of the benefits of bodywork and am pleased to have the opportunity to work in this healing environment.

Favorite Quote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Attributed to Mark Twain


Donna Heitzman

Medical Reception | Front Desk

Education: Attended South Puget Sound Community College, and earned a degree in Medical Assisting. Previously, I attended Green River Community College.

Specialty/Focus: I joined Medical Massage and Acupuncture P.S. in 2014 as a medical receptionist. I strive to treat patients with the same care and respect that I would want given to me. I feel privileged to be a part of this team of dedicated workers who provide a relaxing atmosphere for our patients.

Personal: I recently moved back to my hometown of Chehalis to be closer to my family. I enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife. I love reading, taking walks with my dog, spending time with family and friends and playing volleyball.

Favorite Quote: "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Sydnee Graves


Education: Attended the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. Certified as an Animal Health Coach - Animal Naturopathy.

Specialty/Focus: I joined the team at Medical Massage and Acupuncture in the fall of 2016. I do the laundry and help out as a backup receptionist. I have enjoyed this new experience and am grateful for everyone who has helped me learn.

Personal: I love being outside. A few of my favorite activities include: hiking, walking our dogs, gardening and playing with my horses. I also love reading, drawing and playing games with my family.

Favorite Quote: "You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependant on God. C.S. Lewis - The Lord says," - "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch over you." - Psalm 32:8


Milana Zagorodniy

Medical Reception/Front Desk

Education: Attended Centralia College and earned my HS Diploma and Associates Degree in 2018. Currently attending Centralia College to further my education. Also, fluent in Russian.

Specialty/Focus: I was welcomed on the team in the spring of 2018 as a medical receptionist. Here I am able to not only work with amazing and inspiring people, but also live my dream in being a part of the process in healing and maintenance for true health care.

Personal: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends doing various outdoor activities. For example: Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, hiking, skiing, boating, biking, and so much more. I love spending time in God's Word and sharing it with others.

Favorite Quote: "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
- Psalm 32:8


Frances Walker

Medical Reception|Front Desk

Education: Legal Assistant Program at Centralia College, Medical Office Assistant Program at Lower Columbia Colleg.

Specialty/Focus: I joined Medical Massage and Acupuncture in November 2018, after spending 18 years as a homeschooling mom. I enjoy working with this great team!

Personal: I enjoy taking care of the animals on our 7 acre farm and spending time with my family. I also enjoy traveling when I can.

Favorite Quote: "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." Phillippians 4:13


Traci Hansen

Medical Receptionist | Front Desk

Education: Graduated from Olympia High School

Specialty/Focus: Customer care and service is my number one priority. I want to make your visit to our office as smooth as possible.

Personal: I'm obsessed with spending time my pit bull, cats, friends and family at home or out & about! I love to paint, do puzzles, and spend as much time at the ocean as possible.

Favorite Quote: "A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset." - John Geiger



Medical Receptionist | Front Desk

Education: Class of 2020 and plan to attend college for make-up, business, and wedding planning.

Specialty/Focus: Reception & Customer Service

Personal: I have a small baking business because I love to bake! I also enjoy music, and play the flute and piccolo. I also enjoy takin care of my niece for my sister!

Favorite Quote: "When in doubt, just add GLITTER!" - Unknown