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Rian Celona Gufarotti

Owner of Natural Therapeutics Massage & Wellness

Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Neuromuscular Therapist

Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy
University of Colorado, Biology, BA
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, MA (In Progress)

Years of Experience: 18

Rian is the founder of Natural Therapeutics Massage & Wellness and enjoys introducing people to the health benefits of regular massage and wellness services.  She has practiced massage therapy for 18 years and recently retired from the treatment room after a long successful and rewarding career as a massage therapist.  She now focuses on running the business office and training her talented massage therapy staff.

Zebrina PiperZeb

Owner of Natural Therapeutics Massage & Wellness

Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Education: University of Colorado, Biology, BA
Nationally Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Mindbody Institute-San Antonio TX

Years of Experience: 4

Zebrina has long been interested in alternative/wholistic heath modalities. After seeking help from a chiropractor trained in wholistic kinesiology she too decided that she wanted to learn more about healing naturally. Zebrina introduced Natural Therapeutics to the healing benefits of the Optimum Energetics Detox Foot Bath and Colon Hydrotherapy!  Rian and Zebrina are long time friends who shared a common vision and created an oasis for relaxation and healing! Together they share their love for healing people and organizing a dynamic team of skilled therapists!

Zebrina enjoys snowboarding in her spare time! You will find her all over summit county in the winters months!

“Health is Wealth”

Sherri Dean

Licensed Massage Therapist and Lead Therapist at Natural Therapeutics

Education: Cortiva Institute PA, Ashiatsu Deep Feet Therapy Denver CO

Years of Experience: 9

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since November 2013

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 8

Consistent Ashiatsu Deep Feet Massage Pressure: 10

Having a great passion for helping others, it was only natural that Sherri found herself in the massage therapy field.

Sherri’s technique is unique and has many levels. She prides herself on having an evolving style. After years of practice Sherri found herself wanting to learn more. Most recently she took a course in Ashiatsu Deep Feet Therapy, which has completely transformed her practice. Using her feet to perform the massage she is able to give an even deeper and more therapeutic massage. Sherri also enjoys performing her other modalities which include Relaxation, Neuromuscular, Lomi-Lomi, Hot Stone and Prenatal massage. Sherri realizes that all bodies are different and every session should be customized specifically for the client.
“Relax the body, the mind will follow”

Matthew Thompsonmatthew

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Everest College CO

Years of Experience: 4

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since January 2014

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 7

Matthew has been on the path of service for his entire life, though at times he did not know it.  Always humble in action, dismissive of praise, and ready to help those in need, he grew up as the go to guy for lending a hand to his friends.

Several years ago, Matthew began hunting for answers to some big questions.  Curious about the nature of the world and his place in it, he began a literary journey, reading about a variety of subjects ranging from holograms to human energy fields.  And it was hypothetical, until he read a book about Reiki, a method of hands on healing, energy medicine, and human wellness.  He was inspired to seek out a Reiki master that could attune him to the healing energies of Reiki.  A short time after his attunement, Matthew felt the need to express the sense of energy flowing through him with a hands on technique, and what better way than with massage!  Here he is, letting energy flow, helping  his clients feel incredible!

Kara Gilley

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Intellitec Medical Institute CO

Years of Experience: 11

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since January 2015

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 7

After a being in a car accident in 2002, Kara found massage therapy to be incredible helpful in her recovery.  She was immediately drawn to making it her goal to help others feel and recover the same way.  Since becoming a massage therapist she has passed on her gift to increase her client’s health physically, mentally and emotionally through a naturally relaxing touch.  Kara is skilled in Relaxation and Therapeutic massage, but is especially passionate about pre/post natal massage. Kara believes that the best way to serve her clients is to stay informed and current on new techniques and she cannot wait to further her education.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”     -Maya Angelou

Denise Berry-Gipe

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, Tuscon AZ

Years of Experience: 28

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since February 2017

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 8

Denise received her massage certificate in 1989 from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, AZ. After graduating, she returned to the Desert Institute as an instructor for prenatal and hospital based massage. She has worked primarily in chiropractic offices and natural healing clinics. She is also a certified infant massage instructor, an LPN and a licensed Esthetician in IL. Denise moved to Colorado Springs in September to spend more time with her Colorado family.

Jason Norton

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Arlington School of Massage, Jacksonville FL

Years of Experience: 13

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since September 2017

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 10

Jason is a curious mind interested in learning about everything this world has to offer. Over a decade ago his curiosity brought him to healing through massage therapy and the human body has had him captivated ever since! Jason is intrigued by all forms of energy healing and eager to explore it all. Jason excels at therapeutic massage, including neuromuscular and trigger point therapy!

In his downtime he enjoys working with his hands as a way to stay grounded!

Kristi Marks

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Everest College CO

Years of Experience: 8

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since September 2017

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 8

After serving in the Navy for 9 years Kristi decided to start her journey as a cosmetologist. While working in a salon and spa environment she was fascinated by massage therapy. She then decided the perfect time to start her schooling was when her family moved to Colorado. She went back to school to become a massage therapist. She enjoys having a well-rounded career as a massage therapist and cosmetologist.

Kristi specializes in relaxation, therapeutic and prenatal massage. She is eager to learn more modalities and will continue to grow.

“If you listen to your body when it whispers you won’t have to hear it scream.”

Pamela Carpenter

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy

Years of Experience: 10+

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since November 2017

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 10+

Pamela is a native of Houston Texas and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Education and Theater. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1990 and was introduced to the power of massage therapy when she was involved in a serious car accident. After graduating from CIMT she went on to achieve degrees in Kinesiology, Sports Fitness and Medical Massage. Pamela has been in the massage profession for over ten years and truly enjoys her work more every day. She is passionate about the positive effects of therapy on both the mind and body!

Pamela can provide an invigorating sports massage for fatigued, sore muscles or she can address injury related issues. She can assist on the relief of migraines, tension related headaches or help you forget about your stress with a relaxation focused treatment.  Pamela is a proponent of massage for relieving physical as well as emotional stress and strongly believes in massage as a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well being!

Lisa Samson

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Lexington Healing Arts Academy

Years of Experience: 2

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since February 2018

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 6

Lisa came to massage from a 25 year career as an author whose books promoted understanding and emotional healing. Ready to include the body in this mission of mind and spirit, Lisa chose massage as that vehicle. Massage functions on so many levels in its healing capacity. It not only helps when there is strain but there’s an emotional healing aspect that can occur by human touch. Massage is a way for me to help restore people to their best selves.

Lisa excels at giving a wonderful relaxation massage which can include, therapy on specific, troublesome areas. She also enjoys massaging people with special needs and our beautiful senior citizens.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule!

Clareese Hildenbrand

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Academy of Therapeutic Massage of Colorado Springs

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 10+

Years of Experience: 23

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since September 2018

In 1984 Clareese was massaging her friend’s shoulders and her friend said “Oh Clareese you should do this for a living” Clareese replied “ You can do this for a living?” Right then the “seed” was planted. She completed an associate’s degree in dietetics at University of MN Crookston and worked as a clinical diet tech for 3 years. In 1994 she moved to Colorado to water the “seed” and attended Academy of Therapeutic Massage of Colorado Springs. She has been the sole proprietor of Massage by Clareese which later became an S-corp. Massage by Clareese, Inc.

She has been raising her 3 kids and working from her home for over 20 years. Recently becoming an empty nester with more time on her hands she wanted to expand her knowledge of her industry. She knows her stuff but wanted to learn more of want the industry has to offer first hand!

She has 23+ years’ experience, massaged 1000’s of muscles, helping 1000’s of people gaining knowledge that only experience can provide. Clareese specializes in therapeutic massage!


Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: TBA

Consistent Therapeutic Massage Pressure: 7

Years of Experience: TBA

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since October 2018