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Stephanie Allred

For six years I lived with chronic neck pain from a repetitive stress injury, sedentary lifestyle, and a desk job that provided little meaning to my life. I was in my 20s and I felt so old, and now I’m in my 30s and I feel so much younger. When I turned 30 I took the huge risk of switching careers and going back to school for massage. Turns out I am good at helping people heal themselves and feel better, and life gets much easier when it has meaning.

I chose the massage therapy program at the Community College of Baltimore County because it included a specialty certificate in integrative healthcare from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Some of my learning experiences included a cadaver lab, and a clinical internship offering prenatal massage to low-income women, to hospice patients, and to cancer patients in an oncology ward. In addition to Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial techniques, I have additional training in lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy, and prenatal massage.

I have been practicing massage for three years now and plan to make this a lifelong career. I’m really interested in the mind-body connection and how deep relaxation can promotes wellness in all of the body’s systems— endocrine, digestive, nervous, reproductive, and of course musculoskeletal.

I have lived in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and New York City and I have visited 34 countries so far. I enjoy cooking, yoga, reading, and spending time with family.

Meredith Ball

Hello, I’m Meredith!

Form and function have always been a driving force in what I choose to be, do, see, and study in my life.  As a student of both interior design and massage therapy, I can tell you that they have much more in common than many would think – there are so many similarities between building and body systems which offers me a unique perspective and approach to massage therapy/body work.

It is incredible to share that I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 10-years and am grateful for the circumstances that have lead me to today. In that time, my journey has been full, both professionally and personally – particularly with regard to my own health journey.  In many ways, it has shaped who I am and who I strive to be as a Massage Therapist!

I have enjoyed continuing my education – as required AND beyond – as well as practicing my skill-set(s) to meet the needs of the 21st Century client!  I am Nationally Board Certified and practice multiple modalities including: Gentle (Swedish), Deep Tissue, Muscle Origin & Insertion, Myofascial Release, Body Mapping & Scar Tissue Release, Reflexology (Ears, Hands and Feet), Warm Stone Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Aromatherapy, Percussion Massage Tool and Gua Sha.  I also had the privilege of traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2011, where I studied Nepalese Ayurvedic Massage at the Himalayan Healers School.  I am very proud to say that I am one (1) of only three (3) practitioners of this 5,000 year old modality in all of the United States!

I look forward to the opportunity of working with YOU!

Karen Dooley

As a “latch key” kid, I never got to spend a lot of time with my parents as my dad worked in the day and my mom at night. Massage changed that. My mother, an RN who worked 11pm to 7am, would come home, get a shower and breakfast, and be on the massage table by 9am. Afterwards, we would actually hang out and go places! It was such a dramatic change in our lives that it might as well have been magic at work on that table. When I realized I had a talent for it too, I dedicated my life to it, making massage, and body work in general, my Art.

After high school I went right to Baltimore School of Massage and graduated in 1999. I have been working in all sorts of locations from Salons and fitness centers to the Maryland Renaissance Festival to working alongside chiropractors in my 20 years of experience. I have certifications in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Sound Massage, Reiki and Reflexology.  I continue to expand my abilities all the time and research new ways to combine what I know for the best session I can offer. My goal is always to get to the root of the problem and find a way to solve it or make it less of an issue in someone’s life. No one should have to live with pain and if I, or anyone I know, can help reduce it or heal it completely, I will do my best in that endeavor.

On a personal note, I’m a fox spirit in a human body and love being creative in the weirdest way possible. I try never to repeat myself in word or deed and love all forms of chicanery! I speak in music and movie quotes and the more people are smiling and laughing around me, the better I am. I’m also one for getting my hands into crafts of all kinds and love exploring artistic expressions in movement.

Brooke Fiske

Hi! My name is Brooke 😊

I’ve been interested in natural approaches to healing for some time, having first looked into various lines of holistic studies straight out of high school.

Ultimately, my first foray into the healing arts was when I took my first yoga class in 1991.  I began continuing study in 2006 and then apprenticed to teach for 5-1/2 years.  I began teaching in 2015 and continue to teach to this day!  I may, ultimately, add this to my offerings at Truth – stay tuned!

My experience with yoga led me to make the decision to pursue a career in massage as well.  I graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2009 and have been practicing ever since.

On a personal note, I am the mother of three boys and a lover of arts, music, nature, travel – and the list goes on and on!  I also worked for several years as a caretaker/teacher for infants and toddlers.

I look forward to meeting and working with you soon!

Joshua Summers

Hello, all you Beautiful Weirdos out there!

My name is Joshua Summers and my journey to becoming a massage therapist is riddled with confusion, frustration, empathy, and PAIN!!! I come from a long line of hardworking individuals with tremendous work ethic and blind ambition. This tenacity has pulled my family of 6 through some of the best and, also, some of the less fortunate times. I have seen, first-hand, the effects of what not taking care of yourself can do and the irreversible damage it can cause – whether sacrificing good posture or even pushing through an injury or illness to provide a good quality of life for your family – all these seemingly small choices add up to the inevitable: pain, poor body mechanics, cartilage degeneration, possible nerve damage and a dysfunctional endocrine system – all issues with which most modern humans are entirely too familiar.

This subject is dear to my heart because my mother deals with this sort of thing every day. She is a very formidable employee of the United States Postal Service and during her 20-yr tenure with them, I have witnessed the ever-creeping decay of her posture and her ability to walk. Her happiness has taken a plunge as her pain stakes its claim in every aspect of her life. I knew that I wanted to do everything I could to help my mother claim her life BACK. I have been an athlete all my life – from the age of 8-yrs, I started wrestling and competing in taekwondo all through high school then continued into bodybuilding. I have always had a passion for health and wellness which is what ultimately lead me to becoming a Massage Therapist.

I studied and graduated from the Holistic Massage Training Institute. I have worked with many different types of people, from NBA players, professional swimmers, the Naval Academy lacrosse team, personal trainers, surgeons, nurses and, of course, SOUL SHAPERS (I refer to, of course, those with the BS societal title of ‘stay-at-home-mom’)!!

I am extremely passionate about helping everyone achieve their maximum potential – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – so let my passion be your salvation!

*whoa, that was a little intense, huh? insert fart noises here – hahaha!*

Kent Wyckoff

I have been a massage therapist since 2004, including 5-years as a Massage Instructor at Medix and Fortis Institute.

I offer a wide range of services – from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Hot Stone, Reflexology, Trigger Point, Lymphatic Draining and much more – specializing in helping clients to target their problem areas and meet their goals.

Even before I decided to pursue massage as a career, I spent many, many years as a client!  It has helped me tremendously in my pursuit of wellness and success.

I enjoy cooking, gardening, working with my hands, the outdoors, and spending time with my family.