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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 Years

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
Optimum Energetics Detox Foot Bath Operator
dōTERRA Wellness Specialist

University of Colorado, Biology, BA
Nationally Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Mindbody Institute-San Antonio, Texas

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. After recently moving back to Colorado Springs she became involved with Natural Therapeutics and realized what a perfect place to introduce the Optimum Energetics Foot Bath to the growing number of clients and also educate them about the wonderful value of using essential oils in day to day life. Most recently Zebrina decided to introduce Colorado Springs to the Libbe OPEN colon hydrotherapy system! Zebrina is more than happy to help anyone with inquiring minds about dōTERRA essential oils, the detox foot bath, or colon hydrotherapy!

“Health is Wealth”

Gaby Gonzalez - Massage Therapist, Colorado Springs, CO

Gabriela (Gaby) Gonzalez

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Everest College

Years of Experience: 5.5 Years

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since January 2012

After Gaby moved to Colorado Springs in 2009 she found inner peace and enlightenment in the outdoors and became passionate about health of body, mind and spirit. These new interests began a journey into the field of massage therapy. While in school she showed a particular interest in Deep Tissue/ Neuromuscular Therapy, Polarity, and Reflexology. A PTSD clinic, offered at the school, confirmed her beliefs in the healing qualities of massage and she became more determined in her studies. Gaby graduated with honors and continues to grow as a practitioner.

Gaby enjoys teaching others the benefits of holistic and natural approaches to health. She strives to help others transcend beyond any boundaries to find health, happiness and inner peace.

“Health is not just a state of being, but a state of mind”.

Matthew Thompsonmatthew

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Everest College

Years of Experience: 2 Year

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since January 2014

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!

Sherri DeanIMG_1376

Licensed Massage Therapist

Cortiva Institute (Pennsylvania)
Ashiatsu Deep Feet Therapy (Denver)
Years of Experience: 9 years

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. Sherrie also enjoys performing her other modalities which include Swedish, 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”

Kara Gilleykara

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Intellitec Medical Institute

Years of Experience: 11

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since January 2015

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 Swedish and deep tissue/trigger point 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

Victorya JohnstonTory

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: Denver School of Massage

Years of Experience: 2

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since December 2015

Victorya has been a dedicated athlete since as far as she can remember. She was always told that self-massage was important, but never realized that she could make this practice into a career. Her friends all knew of her affinity for massage, so naturally she would help them when they were in pain. One day a friend suggested massaging as a career and the seed was planted! After years of not knowing Victorya was finally introduced to her calling!!

Ever since making her life changing decision, Victorya has seen the magic of massage. She loves its ability to help people emotionally, energetically, and physically. Her typical massage is an integrative approach, as she enjoys incorporating various modalities. However, her favorite massage includes Deep Tissue, Cranial Sacral, Maternity, and energy work.

Jeannie Wrightjeannie

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education: The Healing Arts Institute

Experience: 8 years

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since October 2016

Jeannie graduated from The Healing Arts Institute in 2008 with a focus on neuromuscular therapy. It has been her mission to give her clients the bodywork, education and support they need to create lasting change within their body and their life. Over the years, she has received advanced training in medical massage and has integrated Craniosacral and Reiki Therapy into her practice. She specializes in pain relief and has an alignment based approach.

She loves learning new ways of communicating with the body and takes every opportunity she can to trade with peers and continue her education. Most recently she graduated from Bastyr University with a degree in Botanical Medicine. After her third baby is born, she will be integrating herbal medicine into her practice.

Beth Williamsbeth

Education: Colorado School of Massage Therapy

Experience: 1 year

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since: October 2016

Beth had spent most her life in stressful private sector jobs. Returning to the work force she knew that her second career would involve helping people heal and relax. She had seen the benefits of massage therapy for many people in her life that were dealing with chronic pain.  This ability to heal with caring hands inspired Beth and was the reason she decided to pursue her secondary education in Massage Therapy. Beth is skilled in multiple modalities including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Maternity, Cupping, Hot Stone, and Reiki.

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open”

Denise Berry-Gipe

Education: Desert Institute of the Healing Arts

Experience: 28 years

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since: February 2017

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.

Lori Lynn Spencer

Education: Soma Institute, DePaul University, Board Certified Massage Therapist

Experience: 15 years

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since: September 2017

Lori began her career as a Trigger Point, deep tissue therapist.  From the very first chronic pain sufferer who presented on her table – people in pain find her. In the first year of her career, Lori decided to work exclusively with musicians. They taught her about overuse syndromes, inflammation and the way it moves through the body to create symptoms.

In 2003, she became a Private Therapist to a client plagued with migraines, chronic back pain and a host of other inflammatory conditions. It took eight months to transition her to healing.  Once she was better, Lori joined with Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s in-home hospice group in 2004.  Deep tissue is contraindicated at the end stage of life related to the fragility of the patients, thus she began to dabble in a light pressured approach to deep tissue. This began the development of a method unlike anything in the healing arts – Inflammation Release Technique®, which gained the attention of her peers.

In 2008, Ms. Spencer joined Northwestern Memorial’s Physician Group as a part of their Integrative Medicine Team. It was within this group that she began to conduct trials on nine of her patients to create a pilot study.  At the Second International Fascia Research Congress (2009) in Amsterdam, Spencer presented her research. It was reviewed and accepted by the fields top MD’s/PhD’s.

In June of 2014, in Snowmass, Colorado, Ms. Spencer presented her theories on restoring vocal register at the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA).

Lori has brought her technique to the patient population by way of a premier academic medical center, chiropractic and osteopathic practices, dance centers, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, large scaled doctor conferences and Trump International Spa, and maintained a private practice in Chicago for over twelve years. She created a wellness Internet radio program that was heard across seventeen countries.  She has worked on celebrities, professional athletes, WWE wrestlers, International and nationally touring musicians, as well as everyday people.  She has exceeded the continuing education requirements through her professional licensure, and her board certification by engaging in world renown forums on the study of fascia (the connective tissue), and research forums, as well as select invitations through the Fascia Research Congress, and has participated in four cadaver dissections.

In addition, Ms. Spencer has taught contemporary health issues courses and served as an honorary advisor to the Health Sciences Department at Northwestern College, in Chicago, Illinois. Lori published a book in 2007. Her published work has been featured in Massage Magazine, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals newsletter, and Mature Spiritually Magazine. She has been interviewed by Baylor University, several times on KDNK, the Chicago Tribune, and she speaks at various wellness expos throughout the country.  She was introduced to herbal medicine in a resettlement community in El Salvador and studied hands-on energy healing in Norway. She holds a BA from DePaul University, and a clinical massage therapy diploma from the Soma Institute. Ms. Spencer holds professional membership in the Fascia Research Society, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the American Pain Society, the American Massage Therapy Association and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Workers.  Lori is also Red Cross CPR and First Aid certified.

“If you live each moment in heart, love will fill your world. It cannot be seen, only felt and is by far the greatest gift. So dance as if no one is watching. Love as if it were your last day. Be comfortably immersed in the stillness so you can always be authentic. Smile and be kind. The world will unfold in presents that reach to touch the
depth of other’s souls…” ~ LLS