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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, Myofascial Release, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Reflexology to name a few. 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.

Cara Lemon

Hi! I graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2014 and have been working as a therapist ever since then. I specialize in Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, chronic pain as well as working with minors and geriatric clients. I’m always exploring new interests, learning new things and expanding my horizons.  I have a really outgoing and colorful personality and a positive outlook on life.

I had some really interesting jobs until I found my true passion for massage.  I love working in massage therapy  because it a very rewarding job for me.  I feel very grateful knowing that what I do helps people feel their best, both physically and mentally.  I listen to all my clients and work to form a connection with each of them, so that they can have the best possible experience for their own specific, individual needs.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my husband and daughter.  I enjoy hiking, traveling, exploring nature and going to the beach (major beach bum!).  I love Harry Potter and Mel Brooks movies.  I’m interested in crafts, like making jewelry and wood burning and recently I have started learning the art of tattooing.  I believe every day is an adventure.

Kirstin Looby

I am a registered massage practitioner in the state of Maryland. My massage career began in December 2017 when I graduated from Baltimore School of Massage (now Cortiva).

From a young age I played sports, particularly soccer, for the love of game. As I got older I loved watching and observing sports, watching the athletes in particular. My fascination with the human body landed me studying Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in 2016.

After graduating I worked full time as a physical therapy technician, thinking this was the field for me. A while after working there, I realized the same people were coming back to us for different issues that were arising with them. The treatment wasn’t holistic enough, I decided to change career paths and enrolled in massage school. I hope to add new modalities to my toolbox pretty soon!

In my spare time I still love to play soccer, hike and spend time with family and friends!

Laura Neary

As a Registered Massage Practitioner I am enthusiastic about body unity and psychophysiology.  I graduated from Fortis Institute in May of 2019 with a new kind of peace Iʼd never felt before.

Massage has helped me cope with stress and recognize that educated physical touch and relaxation benefit the body in so many different ways. My goal is for the peace and security that I experience to be translated into a personalized and relaxed whole-body-healing for my clients!

My favorite part of being a Massage Therapist is creating a safe environment for all types of healing- helping you feel connected more to your body, your life and your personality is really exciting and rewarding for me!

Aside from being a Massage Therapist, Iʼm passionate about music, I love to play outside with my son, I enjoy digital art and spending time with my family – especially when the beach is involved!

Alex Rath

Hey there!

My massage career started right after high school – though I had known that it was what I wanted to do for years before graduating!

I learned first-hand how effectively massage can work.  As a child I suffered a severe back injury leaving my L5 vertebrae broken in two places.  Massage therapy helped ease pain that I had been suffering from for over a decade!

I graduated from Cortiva Institute Baltimore Campus in June of 2018.  I specialize in Swedish massage with deep tissue and trigger point influences.

My goal as a massage therapist is to help others to understand their body on a new level – and to elevate their wellness to the max through therapeutic touch!

Idris Thomas

I graduated from Fortis Institute of Towson in June of 2017 as an Registered Massage Practitioner!

Massage Therapy truly was a calling for me. I always say “I didn’t find massage. Massage found me!” The art of healing through touch is what ultimately captured me.

I’ve always had an affinity to steer my own path, and holistic health and wellness has provided just that. I aim to help heal the mind, body, and soul through my work.

My passion is to relieve clients from the every day hustle and bustle, and to guide them toward the lifestyle they wish to lead!

Kent Wyckoff

I have been a massage therapist for 15 years 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 and much more – specializing in helping clients to target their problems 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.