David Graves - MA75164
During massage school, I was fascinated with anatomy and physiology. Under the tutelage of Dr Stan Grimmel, DC, I was amazed at what I was learning about the human body and all of it's systems as well as how everything worked together to produce these amazing vessels. I also learned of the importance of including massage into our personal health programs (I get massage every 2 weeks, religiously!). And I learned the importance of being one integrated part of a client's health TEAM. I believe that when you have a team (Medical Doctor, Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, Personal Trainer, etc.) working together to provide you the best knowledge and current practices in all of our fields, YOU benefit greatly. Through SOAP notes, communication with your other health providers, and regular massage, I can help provide you exactly what your body needs not only to overcome chronic pain, but to help you maintain a healthy homeostasis.
After graduating from Lorraine's Academy in St Petersburg, FL, I began immersing myself in continuing education to learn as much as I could to be the best therapist I could be, obtaining certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Medical Massage Therapy and others. Two modalities resonated with me above all others, Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique (SMRT) and Medical Massage Cupping due to the speed with which these modalities get deep into the tissues to address imbalances while not causing the client pain like more traditional NMT and Trigger Point work.
It's not just your back!
Some studies suggest that over 60% of adults experience some kind of low back pain. It doesn't need to be that way. I specialize in working with clients who experience pain in their necks or backs. Often the culprit is a muscular imbalance brought on by injury, poor posture, or too much time sitting. I help relax tired, overstressed muscles that are pulling bones out of alignment and bring them back to a more natural, healthy and flexible state. You'll be surprised how quickly we can work together to make measurable improvements and get you feeling better.
Jemison Lacy - MA75554
My goal is for my clients to live pain free without the use of pills or other pharmaceuticals.
Beginning my career as a personal trainer, I quickly became interested in Corrective Exercises and foam rolling. While using these techniques, I began noticing that I was correcting posture and clients were ending the session in less pain than usual. I knew that there was more I could do if I understood the pain patterns better and why. This led me to attend massage school at Cortiva Institute.
Upon completion of massage school, I began working in a chiropractic setting. I knew coming in that I was more interested in therapeutic work so I immediately started studying Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques and Sports Massage. Through the use of muscle testing and postural analysis and using the techniques that I have learned, I am able to address the issues causing the pain. I am also known to give my clients "homework" exercises to retrain their body to hold the adjustments that I have made.
This is my passion in life. Whether you are having mobility issues, low back pain, headaches or knee pain, I have a plan to help you live pain free.
Demekisa Davis, D.O.M.
Susan Foertsch - MA79957
I grew up in a family of medical and emergency oriented professionals. After high school, I went into the medical field for over 20 years. With all of the changes to the field in the last 10 years, I found a need to reinvent myself and decided to pursue massage therapy. I have always been told that I was a natural and it feels good to help others. I am a very compassionate, nurturing and empathetic person. While at Cortiva, I realized that there was science behind what I was doing instinctually. I really enjoy being able to tune into the person that I am working on and finding the tissue that needs my touch. It is so rewarding to have clients tell me how much of a difference that I've been able to make and that I have been able to restore proper function. I look forward to helping you to feel better too!
Robert Dixon - MA66886
For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for massage. After graduating high school, I looked into a career in massage but never pursued it. Years later, a friend said that I have a "gift for massage". With the encouragement of a friend and a therapist, I decided to do what I have always wanted to - help people through massage. So, I enrolled at Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy. There, I received training in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Swedish and Deep Tissue. I have recently taken classes in Reflexology of the feet and I am looking forward to expanding that knowledge to the hands. I am also the Sports Massage Therapist for The Tampa Bay Rowdies. After years of working JOBs, I now have a career as a Massage Therapist. I no longer feel like I go to work. Instead, I spend my days around others who have the same passion for helping others as I do.
Lena Roberts - MA65921
Since I was a kid, I knew that I wanted to help people feel better. I started at the local hospital at the age of 14. I went on to work in many ICUs, ERs, Hospices and Home Health Agencies. I saw how powerful touch was in all stages of healing.
When the youngest of my 2 children graduated from high school, I decided to move from North Carolina to Florida and pursue massage therapy. Cortiva institute was my school of choice because if focused on the healing aspects of massage. There, I received training in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Myofascial Release (MFR), Swedish, Hot Stones, Sports and Chair Massage.
After graduation, I went to work at a conservative chiropractor's office where massage was considered a big part of the recovery and maintenance process. I was able to see that each person is different and needs individual treatment.
Stones have been a fascination for me. During a massage, I have found that the use of hot stones or Himalayan Salt Stones can bring a deeper level of relaxation. I will also show you the benefits of Essential Oils and incorporate them into you massage if you'd like.
I am now certified in medicupping as well. Utilizing a suction machine or handgun, the plastic or glass cups help to draw the tissue away from the skeleton expediting the release of trigger points or myofascial adhesions. It is an incredible approach!
Peaceful Warriors Wellness Center
19 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St S, St Petersburg, FL 33705
John Testa - MA46226
John is a Tampa Native. He became a Licensed Massage Therapist in January of 2006 and has since worked in the medical field providing Therapeutic Massage. Trained in Oncology Massage, it is John's dream and passion to assist in the improvement and maintenance of his clients' overall well-being and is devoted to each one of them. Specialties include: Deep Tissue, Sports, Neuromuscular, Hot Stone, Oncology and Accupressure Massage.
Ashley Flannigan - MA84074
Ashley is talented therapist and another Cortiva Graduate. She is trained in Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Sports Massage and Pregnancy Massage. She really cares about people and enjoys helping them on their path to wellness. Her friendly personality and her professional approach to therapeutic massage and body work make her an excellent fit into Peaceful Warriors Wellness Center.
Ashley is on a leave of absence.