Our Therapists

Our staff of trained therapists offers Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, reflexology, myofascial release, sports massage and injury treatment. Have insurance? Ask about your options when scheduling an appointment.

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Aaron Salo, LMP MA 00004679

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Relaxation, Injury Treatment, Pregnancy Massage

What Makes My Massage Unique: Welcome to Ballard Health Center and Wellness Spa--my family's business since 1950!
I have been licensed since 1989, and have both experience and confidence in my technique. I believe every treatment will have a profound and positive affect on your body.

Insurance Accepted: Regence, Premera, First Choice, Aetna, L&I, Auto Insurance, Cigna, Group Health

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Saman (Sam) Naderi, LMP, MA 60503830

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Structural Bodywork, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Techniques, Pregnancy Massage

What Makes My Massage Unique: I am very passionate about my profession and love how massage manages to always leave people feeling better and brighter than they did before. My goal is to help my clients return to their fullest functioning level after an injury, reduce their pain and tension and help them maintain functioning level. I have always been fascinated by how human body heals itself and how massage can speed up the healing process. My wife suffered from a repetitive use injury and I saw how the associated pain affected every aspect of her daily life. Message was the only treatment that helped her get back to her normal life and it gave me great joy to be a part of that. I listen to my clients to fully understand their individual needs and using combination of different modalities and stress-relieving techniques I help them heal and maintain their health and wellbeing.

I believe that in this day and age, with stressful hours most people spend sitting either during their commute to work or behind computers, massage can be a refreshing break to help the body and mind relax and heal itself. I am dedicated to my work and find nothing more satisfactory than seeing my clients regain their health and happiness.

Insurance Accepted: Regence, L&I, PIP, Premera, Aetna, Cigna

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Ariana Rivers MA 60428074

Modalities: Swedish, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Techniques, Injury Treatment, Pregnancy Massage

What Makes My Massage Unique: I believe that each massage is a collaboration between the client and the practitioner. I aim to work with the client to find the source of dysfunction that may be contributing to discomfort, rather than just treating the symptoms. I find it beneficial to use myofascial techniques to address constrictive connective tissue that may be inhibiting a full range of motion as well as neuromuscular techniques that engage the muscles to offer release. My massage could be described as slow and patient. I never force my way into the tissues and check in regularly with each client on depth and pressure. I have a strong interest in treatment work for clients with specific focus areas but also enjoy giving an awesome relaxation massage. But above all else, I am dedicated to creating a comforting atmosphere for each individual client.

Insurance Accepted: Regence, Aetna, Premera, Cigna, L&I, PIP, First Choice

 

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Cassandra Whelan MA 60404162

Modalities: Craniosacral Therapy certified, Intraoral Massage, Cupping, Swedish, Myofascial Release, and Neuromuscular Techniques.

What Makes My Massage Unique: I like to take a slow and gentle approach. Using my sensitive skills to listen to the body and work with its natural rhythms. During our sessions I like to use Craniosacral Therapy to calm the central nervous system. As well as Myofascial techniques to facilitate release, create space and breath in the body.

I previously worked in the dental field for 7 years. It was exciting to be able to bring my dental and massage knowledge together by receiving my Intraoral massage endorsement. Intraoral massage focuses on the muscles inside of the mouth and jaw. It can be very effective in relieving TMJ-D symptoms, headaches, migraines, teeth clenching and grinding.

I look forward to working with you.

Insurance Accepted: L&I, PIP, Premera, Regence, Aetna, Cigna

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Michelle Wert, MA 60270868

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Pre/Post Natal, Injury Treatment, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Cupping, and Chair Massage.

What makes my massage unique: I give a strong and balanced massage; combining treatment work with luxurious relaxation techniques. I have been practicing since 201l; and have developed skills in calming nerves and helping clients become grounded and centered. I also have a talent for treating overuse and repetitive motion injuries. I love working with clients to develop treatments to keep them participating in their favorite activities without pain. By combining modalities, I aim to give each client a solid well-rounded massage while helping them reach their treatment goals.

Insurance Accepted: Regence, Premera, L&I, Auto accidents, First Choice, Aetna, Cigna, GroupHealth

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Jodie Briscoe, MA 60083607

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Relaxation, Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, Injury Treatment, Traditional Thai Massage

Modalities: Jodi graduated in 2009 from Cortiva Institutes' 1000hour extended licensing program. She has a great reverence for the natural healing abilities of the body, mind, and spirit of each person. Striving to enhance the lives of others by creating positive change through therapeutic touch, Jodi uses elements of Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial techniques, passive stretching, and acupressure to achieve stress reduction, increased mobility, and relief from pain/discomfort.
A lifelong nature lover, Jodi especially enjoys hiking, backpacking, frolicking, and rafting in the great outdoors. She also enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, laughing, traveling, and listening to a wide variety of music.
Insurance Accepted: PIP Auto Injury, L& I, First Choice, Premera, and Regence

Lauren Shaw

Lauren Shaw

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular techniques, Injury Treatment, Pregnancy (in semi-reclined and side-lying positions), Post Natal.
Strengths: Pain Management, Mental Health Wellness, Neck, back and hip tension relief, Reduction of Headache/Migraine frequency and intensity

What makes my massage unique?
Clients have described my work as: Renewing, consistent, intuitive, therapeutic, communicative, inclusive and nurturing.
Aware that we all relax and heal differently, I'm happy to work in complete silence or chat through our entire session. As someone who has been the daily ballet student turned consummate couch potato turned...somewhere in the middle, I'm understanding of wherever you are on your health and self-care journey and ultimately hope--whether you're coming in for a mental break or physical tune up--you will feel comfortable, safe and valued on my table, and leave feeling better balanced in both body and mind.

A little about me:
Former Preschool Teacher/Nanny who wanted to be a Veterinarian or Writer "when I grew up," and considered working as a Nurse, Animal Behaviorist, Psychologist, and Naturopathic Doctor before deciding with certainty on Massage Therapy.
Favorite food: Avocado
Happy place: The gigantic, warm rock in the river on a sunny day. Also, rollercoasters
Things I'd like to do: Travel more, take a pottery class
Something I wish I didn't know: That Cafe Besalu exists

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Louise O’Sullivan, MA 0013278

Modalities:  Swedish, Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Injury Treatment, Neuromuscular Techniques, Myofascial Release and Chair Massage.

What makes my massage unique:  I have been licensed as a massage therapist since 1999.  I view the body from many perspectives with a background in nursing, acupuncture, dance and yoga instruction.  I believe the body, mind, and spirit can ALWAYS HEAL!  It would be a privilege to work with you to create an environment where the body, mind and spirit can deeply relax to facilitate healing and wholeness.

Bernadette Fleming

Modalities: Pre-Post Natal Massage, Reflexology, Relaxation, Hot Stone, Swedish, & Deep Tissue.

My Massage: I graduated from the Brenneke School of Massage in 2002. My education helped center my massage around mindful attention, deep work and relaxation. I believe client and practitioner work together through verbal and non-verbal communication to trust and let the body heal. My massage incorporates various combinations of massage techniques and stretching to address client concerns.

In 2016, I graduated from Antioch University Seattle with a  BA in Liberal Studies with a dual concentration in Spiritual Studies and Human Development & Learning. I enjoy being outside and learning and loving from my four year old.

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Susan Vanhorne

Modalities: Integrative Massage, Bowen NST, Mobile Cupping, Structurally Integrative MyoFascial BodyWork, Polarity Therapy. Muscle "Energy" (MET), Positional Release, Visceral Manipulation, Lymphatic Detox, Biodynamic CranioSacral (IntraOral Endorsement), Injury / Head Injury Treatment, NeuroSomatic Trauma Resolution, Corrective Positioning Stretches & Movement ReEducation.
 
I'm a problem solver on a life-long healing journey with a smorgasbord of skilled techniques and a three dimensional approach:  I have an eye for body alignment, an ability to track tissue strain vectors from the location of pain and tension to a usually more distant source of underlying body imbalance, and a sensitivity of touch that facilitates post traumatic tissue healing by integratively hydrating congested, stressed or traumatized fascial tissues.
 
My touch can be sensitive, firm or deeper; my sessions are often very deeply relaxing, but more from manual therapy techniques than from massage strokes and rhythm, as resolving tension patterns, fascial strain and body alignment shape the flow of my sessions.
 
I regularly work with clients with long-standing pain and tension from layers of injury and compensation that twist and pull the body out of midline function.  I find that these techniques work impressively well with chronic pain, tension and many different traumatic body injuries, including auto, sports, slip and fall, and, notably, even closed head injuries and concussions.
 
My sessions mix and match highly effective techniques to locate and resolve the cause of your pain and tension, and rebalance a stressed or hyperactive nervous system.I invite you to try this unique style of work and discover your own journey to greater health and healing.

Jill D. Cooper, LMT

I’m so grateful to be a part of the Ballard Health Center family! Thanks for letting us take care of you. My massage has been described as intuitive, nurturing and deeply therapeutic. I have a strong grasp of anatomy and work together with my clients to get to the root of their discomfort. I firmly believe that in order for your muscles to relax and heal, that you must relax. I strive to facilitate this from the moment I greet you.

I specialize in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial release, Injury treatment and will be certified in pre/perinatal massage in July 2017.

I’m the mother of two beautiful kids, ages 8 and 10, and have lived in Seattle for over 20 years. I have happily called Ballard home since 2008.

Petra

Modalities: Deep Tissue, Swedish/Relaxation, Trigger Point treatment, Pregnancy and Chair massage.

What Makes My Massage Unique: I am the working person’s massage therapist. From those who concentrate in front of monitors over keyboards, to those who carry heavy loads, on their feet all day, to those who wrangle toddlers and teenagers, all while supporting heavy stress levels. Working people are my people.

As a lifelong NW resident, I enjoy the outdoors, as well as being an avid fiber artist and book lover.

 

Amanda Chappell, LMP 60250929

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial techniques, Hot Stone, Pregnancy

In my massage sessions I like to blend elements of relaxation and treatment techniques to relieve pain, tension, and stress. With a therapeutic and intuitive touch, I’m committed to helping my clients feel more freedom and balance in their bodies, often combining myofascial techniques, joint movement, muscle energy techniques, and light stretching. When working deeply my approach is slow and intentful without being forceful, allowing the body to welcome the treatment. Whether you’re needing specific focused treatment work, or a yummy relaxation massage, I’m dedicated to helping each client meet their massage goals. I create a warm and friendly healing space where clients can unwind and refresh their mind and body. My hope is that each client leaves their session with a heightened state of body awareness, relaxation, and relief.

Some of my other passions include spending time with my husband and our chow Luna, nature, traveling, playing guitar, live music, festivals, and gardening.

 

Alexandra Boucher, LMT

Alexandra had an interest in anatomy and work involving it since childhood. With her parents having a mix of health problems, she realized touch and self awareness of the body could help others through their lives. Starting massage for her mother before the age of ten, she decided to pursue a career on massage right away. After completing school and earning her license at Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, New York State, she decided to move West to further her career, but hit a snag with the state laws and had to return to school to earn her license in Washington. Now, she practices Deep Tissue and Connective Tissue Therapy with a mix of Eastern modalities learned in New York State. Her primary concerns are treating clients’ who are willing to do as much work on the table as off. “I only have your body for an hour, you have it for a lifetime.”