Our Staff

Essential Therapies StaffEssential Therapies StaffAll of our therapists and aestheticians are licensed by the state of Massachusetts. Some are licensed in other states and/or are nationally certified.

All of our staff is committed to continuing their education. Our therapists have been trained in a diverse variety of massage modalities. When you call for an appointment we will attempt to match you up with the right therapist for your particular situation.


After receiving her BA in Dance, Bette was certified in the Benjamin System of Muscular Therapy. A certified Kripalu yoga instructor, reiki master and pilates instructor, Bette taught yoga and has practiced massage privately and in wellness centers for over 20 years. She specializes in muscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, and reiki. Named "New England's Best Massage Therapist” in 2004, Bette has a gift for intuitively finding the modalities that best suit people's needs. She is known for her sensitivity, range of skills and deep commitment to her clients’ relaxation and well-being.

Courtney is a licensed massage therapist and a graduate of Spa Tech Institute where she studied Therapeutic Massage. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Courtney earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Fitchburg State University. She enjoys practicing results-driven therapy and customizing her sessions to each individual’s needs with intention of providing pain relief and relaxation. She is committed to continuous learning of all that massage therapy has to offer. Courtney believes that massage therapy is an essential part of a health and wellness plan.

Dannielle enjoys giving a quiet, relaxing massage. Her aim is to reduce pain and tension in the body through the use of heat pads, hot stones, and gentle stretching. Her pressure ranges from light to deep, and her treatments encompass multiple modalities and deliberate touch to tailor each session to her clients' needs.

Izabela is our Front Desk Manager.  She graduated  from the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics with her Master Esthetic certification in 2014.  Izabela specializes in relaxing facial treatments, waxing, and pedicures. She is also trained in microdermabrasion.  Izabela is a dedicated technician who takes pride in customizing all services to meet the needs of her clients.

Kim is a 2004 graduate of SpaTech Institute's therapeutic program.  While there, she was blessed to have instructors that made her "think outside the box."  In 2010, wanting to add "something more" to her bodywork, Kim received her Reiki I and Reiki II certifications.  Specializing in deep tissue massage, Kim uses a blend of techniques , pressure, and stretching to get further into the muscle tissue for optimal release.

Micaela received her aesthetics training at the Spa Tech institute in Westboro, Ma.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy from Anna Maris College.  Micaela specializes in various facial treatments and waxing.  She loves working with people, and helping to make them look and feel their best.

Michele B. first started working at the front desk at the spa in February 2017 and has since completed her Aesthetics training at Spa Tech Institute in Westboro MA.   She also has an associate's degree in Applied Sciences from Mt. Ida College.  Michele enjoyed being a stay at home mom for 17 years and is very thankful that Essential Therapies came into her life.  It's never too late to start something new!  Michele does facials and waxing and enjoys sharing her passion for wellness and self-care.

Michelle M. is our Spa Manager. She received her aesthetics training at Assabet Valley Tech and has a nail technician license from Rob Roy Academy. Michelle is also certified in Reiki I. Michelle does facials, waxing, wet room treatments and pedicures. She is also trained to do microdermabrasion and laser hair removal. She loves her job, and she enjoys helping people relax. Michelle brings a warm personality & a wonderful sense of humor to her sessions.

Pam is a licensed massage therapist, Structural Relief Therapy practitioner, and certified Emotion Code practitioner.  Pam's background in cosmetology, in which she worked for almost 20 years, has given her a closer insight into her clients' lives.  Helping people look and feel good about themselves was rewarding, but listening and watching people suffering over the years  with pain and emotional issues made her want to do more.  She went back to school in 2008 and graduated from The Massage School in Acton, MA.  She has taken many classes over the years incuding Structural Relief Therapy, Craniosacral Fascia Therapy, and The Emotion Code.  She has a deep commitment to helping others with physical pain and emotioinal struggles.  Pam has always felt a calling to somehow make a difference in this world.  Finding out what that was has been her journey.  Knowing what it was like to be in pain herself, having years of muscular/skeletal pain, made her feel even more empathy toward her clients.  It gave her inspiration to keep searching for answers and modalities until she could find what worked best.  What she realized is that everyone is unique.  Different modalities helped different people.  Pam tries to help her clients find that right combination.

Peter, founder of Essential Therapies, retired from doing massage in January 2016 but will continue working part-time as an administrator at the spa. 

Phoua is an honors graduate of Salter College in West Boylston. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2008 and enjoys helping her clients achieve their goals through massage, whether for relaxation or rehabilitation. She is skilled in many massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, and prenatal massage. She uses a variety of these techniques to tailor the massage to the client's needs.

Tina is a recent graduate of Spa Tech Institute and graduated at the top of her class. After spending 20 years in the corporate world Tina decided to listen to her own words of advice and to live her best life, which led her to Massage Therapy. She strives to bring relief to those who are in pain, relaxation to those who are stressed, and restoration to those who are struggling to find balance. Tina is dedicated to providing clients with nurturing treatments to promote self-healing and specializes in Swedish massage with medium to heavy pressure.

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