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Rian Celona GufarottiRian Massage Therapist

Owner of Natural Therapeutics Massage & Wellness

Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Neuromuscular Therapist

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

Years of Experience: 10+ Years

Rian is the Director for the Massage Therapy program at Natural Therapeutics School of Massage in Colorado Springs. Rian enjoys helping her students learn Anatomy and Physiology and passing their state board exams. She also enjoys helping her clients overcome common stress-tension-pain cycles through deep tissue work and trigger point therapy.

Rian specializes in lower and upper back pain and pain in the extremities.

“I want to treat the whole person and listen to each client’s individual needs”.

Zebrina PiperZeb

Owner of Natural Therapeutics Massage & Wellness

Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Optimum Energetics Detox Foot Bath Operator
dōTERRA Wellness Specialist

Education:
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”.

Melanie Shryack - Massage Therapist, Colorado Springs, CO

Melanie Shryack

License Massage Therapist

Education:
Intellitec Medical Institute

Years of Experience: 3.5 Years

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since May 2013

Melanie joined  Natural Therapeutics almost 2 years ago where she hit the ground running. She is turning into a seasoned massage therapist and has built up a successful clientele. Melanie is passionate about massage and is enjoying her new career as a massage therapist!

Melanie specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone. She is currently learning an array of other modalities and is eager to start implementing them!

“Healing yourself is connected to healing others.”

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

Education
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 Gilley

kara

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.

Audra GerlingIMG_1358

Licensed Massage Therapist

Education:
Boulder College of Massage Therapy

Years of Experience: 4

Worked at Natural Therapeutics since April 2015

Audra relocated from Michigan in 2009 in hopes of following her dreams of becoming a massage therapist. Ever since she was a child she always believed in the healing power of touch. With an eager mind and an overwhelming curiosity about the human body and how it moves through space with all the factors of everyday life, she decided that massage therapy was the best way to figure out the miraculous puzzle that is the human body. After realizing the complexity of the human anatomy Audra realized that there are many different approaches to releasing tense muscles and past traumas, she believes that integrating many techniques such as Swedish, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Passive Stretching techniques, and many energy incorporated therapies are the best way to help people heal themselves.

“My task is to simplify and then go deeper, making a commitment to what remains. That’s what I’ve been after, to care and polish what remains till it glows and comes alive from loving care.”

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”