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.


Alyssa has found her true passion in skin care!  She received her training at the Blaine Beauty Career School and the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics.  She has been in the beauty industry for over fifteen years now, and has been fortunate to have worked in some of the best salons and spas in the Boston area.  All of this experience is what has molded Alyssa into the Esthetician she is today.  She is always learning what’s new and up-and-coming to provide you with all she possibly can.  She knew at a very young age she loved artistic beauty and spent hours with her neighbor Lisa practicing, playing, and creating.  For Alyssa, she is living her childhood dream.  In fact, as a little girl she did all her dolls' hair, painted their nails, and put makeup on them.  She remembers a specific toy she got as a gift from her parents very clearly.  It was a framed pad with paper that had women’s faces, so she could do the make-up on different skin tones and choose from a pallet of shadows, blushes, and lipsticks.  She thought it was the best thing ever obviously!  She is very blessed today to deliver personalized and tailored skincare, make-up, waxing, and natural nail services to many clients of all ages with several different concerns.  She wants all who come to see her for any service to leave feeling not only relaxed, but educated on any questions you may have as well as a personalized regimen specifically for each individual’s needs.  Together Alyssa will help you achieve your desired goals!  She looks forward to meeting new clients and continuing to cultivate relationships with her existing clientele.  Alyssa wants to make you feel good inside and out, and put your best face forward!

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 is our Massage Manager.  She enjoys giving a quiet, relaxing massage. Dannielle's 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. 

Sarah graduated in 2013  from the Salter School of Massage Therapy in Tewksbury, MA.  Her massages range from relaxtion massage to deeper work and focus work.  She encorporates stretching into the massage treatments as well to help loosen and relax the muscles.  Sarah is trained in hot stone massage as well as prenatal massage.

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.

Vanessa is a licensed Massage Therapist through Spa Tech Institute. She takes pride in listening to her clients' needs and customizing sessions for the individual. Considering herself a generalist, she is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Trigger Point Therapy and is keen on using a combination of techniques to achieve the best result. Regardless of what you are looking for - deep tissue/injury work, relaxation, hot stone - Vanessa will be happy to take you on as a client!

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