Peaceful Warriors Wellness Center


19 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St S, St Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 822-8866

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.


Chris Kelly

​Chris Kelly is an educator, and personal trainer that specializes in working with clients in chronic pain and post rehabilitation. He has over 12 years of experience in this field and his certifications include:

Functional Movement Screen 1 + 2
Functional Range Conditioning MS
Neurokinetic Therapy Level 3
Titlest Performance Institute Level 1
DNS Exercise
EXOS Performance Specialist

He has worked with thousands of clients from professional soccer players and golfers to clients with chronic back pain and individuals rehabbing various conditions (ACL tear, back surgery, hip and knee replacements, rotator cuff surgery, etc)

In a world rife with complex information, Chris’s goal with every client is to provide a simple understanding of their conditions and go-to exercise strategies to alleviate pain and perform self maintenance. He believes that anyone can greatly impact their fitness and health in as little as ten minutes per day.

In his role as a teacher, Chris has educated hundreds of trainers, physical therapists, massage therapists and personal trainers in topics such as movement screening, rehabilitative core training, exercise prescription/modification and much more.

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.

Massage Therapists

Corrective Exercise Specialist

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.

 is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he completed over 3,000 hours of clinical training.   Dr. Davis  has been practicing for 18 years as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in various settings throughout Pinellas County including a pain management medical clinic and private practice. 
          Born and raised in Southern California,  Dr. Davis has had a lifelong interest in   Holistic medicine. He believes that the "balance to health is to know thyself".  He has been trained in a variety of modalities for healing including Tui Na, medical Qi Gong, acupuncture, Chinese herbology, AIT, cupping, and auricular therapy. Primary specialty areas: acute and chronic pain, internal medicine, natural aesthetic medicine.  

Warriors in Action

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  (Owner)

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 hand pump, 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!

Optimizing Performance and Relieving Stress with therapeutic massage in Saint Petersburg

Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Jennifer Nieves - MA88350

I have always wanted to be of service to humanity.  My aunt was in the health care field and she would bring me along sometimes.  I really like seeing the positive impact she would have with her clients.  In my twenties, I attended the Galen School of Nursing.  Life got in the way, as it often does, and I did not complete my studies there.  I did, however, become a CNA and I LOVED it!  Health care has changed over the years and I felt the desire to change paths to a more holistic approach through massage therapy.

I attended Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy.  I made sure that life wasn't going to stop me this time!  I learned much more than just massage therapy.  I learned a lot about myself and my true calling.  I have seen how much touch affects people.  It can help calm their minds during distress, their hearts during tragedy, and their bodies through pain and dysfunction.  I am here to help you in your journey towards peace and tranquility while never forgetting the physical manifestations that come along with the bumps in the road.  Namaste