MEET OUR TEAM

We have a cohesive staff of  highly trained, dedicated male and female massage therapists who strive to achieve client satisfaction every day.  We never forget that you are why we are here. We welcome you to try various practitioners to discover who suits you best but, if you prefer, you may always request to see a specific practitioner.  We believe that trust and rapport with your therapist are key ingredients to achieving the greatest results from your therapeutic experience.  It is always our goal to deliver an excellent, satisfying wellness experience.  If you ever find that a particular practitioner does NOT suit your needs or preferences please give us the opportunity to match you with someone more suited to your needs.  It is our goal to achieve the best possible outcome for you.  We strive to set reasonable expectations then to meet or exceed them.

Collectively our staff delivers over 40 years experience in providing massage therapy, lymphatic care services and bodywork. We belong to national, state and local professional organizations to keep us involved in our community and on the cutting edge of what's happening in our profession.  We are well trained in the services that we offer and are constantly learning new modalities, therapies and techniques in order to better serve you.  We pursue continuing education courses on an ongoing basis to ensure we meet and exceed state and national board licensing requirements. When you are with us know that you are in good, caring hands.

MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Herman Heard

 

Title: Certified Massage Therapist

Education: Richmond Academy of Massage, 1993

Clinical Interests/Advanced Training: Herman specializes in Swedish/Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Reflexology, Hot Stone, and Sports Massage. He is focused on tailoring each session to meet specific client needs, should it be stress relief, sports injury relief or Myofascial Release.

Professional Memberships:  Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Massage Therapist since 1998. 

Herman is an avid golfer and also enjoys bike riding, working with the Richmond Raiders Arena Football team as the Team Massage Therapist and spending time with his six grandchildren.


Roxana Paduretu

 

Title: Certified Massage Therapist

Education:  American Institute of Massage, Inc. 2015

Clinical Interests: Roxana currently specializes in Swedish/Therapeutic, and Deep Tissue Massage and plans to pursue training for Oncology Massage and to become a Certified Lymphatic Therapist (CLT).  Roxana learned firsthand how therapeutic massage can relieve intense low back and hip pain resulting from a condition such as piriformis syndrome.  This experience led Roxana to pursue training as a massage therapist so that she could impart this same kind of relief to others.

Professional Memberships: Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Massage Therapist since 2015. FSMTB Massage and Bodywork Licensure Examination (MBLEx) certified since 2015. American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 2014. 

Roxana is also an excellent cook.  She enjoys sharing recipes with friends and lavishing them with mouth watering, homemade dishes. 

Temple Stewart

 

Title: Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, NLN 2014

BA Special Education, Virginia State University, 1979.  MS Learning and Behavior Disorders, Ohio State University, 1980.  American Institute of Massage Diploma, 2002.

Clinical Interests/Advanced Training: Temple specializes in Swedish/Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Doula (labor coach), Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Music Therapy.  

Temple became a Certified Lymphatic Therapist (CLT) including Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT) designation in 2014 and has been NLN certified since then.

Professional Memberships:  Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Massage Therapist since 2003. National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) certified since 2003. American Massage Therapist Association (AMTA) since 2003.  National Lymphedema Network (NLN) member since 2014.

Temple enjoys sharing her passion for music and playing saxophone in her band at church and in the community.  She also loves traveling, gardening, cycling, and spending time laughing with her family and friends.

 

Joan Woods

 

Title: Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Virginia School of Technology 2004, 

Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), NLN 2011

B.S. in Computer Science - Duke University 1981

Joan has 17 years' experience as a software engineer and manager for various Fortune 500 companies.  As a proud mother of two lovely daughters seeking a better work/life balance she earned her certification in massage therapy from Virginia School of Technology (now Fordiss College) in 2004. She has been an NCBTMB certified massage therapist and AMTA member since 2004.  To work with the ever growing lymphedema and swelling-disorder population Joan became a Certified Lymphatic Therapist in 2011. 

Professional Memberships:  American Massage Therapist Association (AMTA) since 2004.  National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) since 2004.  Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Massage Therapist since 2004.
Clinical Interests/Advanced Training: After finishing massage training, Joan worked 5 years in various physical therapy clinics sharpening her knowledge of anatomy and honing her manual skills.  In 2010 she opened a multi-therapist wellness center dedicated to making quality massage therapy more accessible to the Richmond community while providing a nurturing environment for massage therapists. Joan has built a strong, thriving practice continually seeking to marry client education with the best assessment and therapeutic skills to achieve excellent health improving results.  Joan never stops learning, and is always training with the country’s best bodywork educators, always reading the latest most compelling bodywork material available.  Joan typically attends four or more training classes/conferences each calendar year.

In addition to traditional Swedish/Therapeutic Massage Joan’s bodywork training also includes advanced training in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for Lymphedema, Integrative Cupping Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Integrative Reflexology, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Mobile Massage, Oncology and Palliative Care Massage, Orthopedic Assessment for Upper and Lower Body, Pre-natal Massage, Myofascial Release, Stone Medicine Massage, and Qi Gong.

 Joan also enjoys travel, reading, cycling, opera and theatre, and following the various pursuits of her two delightful, athletic, adventurous daughters.

Stacey Wright

 

Title: Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy 1998 

Stacey has 13 years of experience as a massage therapist.  She graduated from massage school in August of 1998 and shortly thereafter returned to Richmond, VA to be closer to her family.  In 2003, after working in the corporate world for 5 years, Stacey passed the NCBTMB certification exam for massage therapy and has worked happily as a massage therapist ever since.  Stacey has found that massage therapy has provided an excellent balance between family life and her interest in helping others. 

Professional Memberships:  National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) since 2003.  Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Massage Therapist since 2003.
Clinical Interests/Advanced Training: Stacey specializes in Swedish/Therapeutic MAssage, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Reflexology and Sports Massage.  Staces uses a variety of techniques to help reduce stress and facilitate pain reduction in the body. Stacey says,"Each client arrives with a different set of needs and expectations and it is my goal as a therapist to formulate a plan that will meet the needs, interests and requests of that client, whether it is solely for relaxation, preventative therapy or rehabilitative massage."

Stacey loves spending time, playing games, and having fun with her husband, David, their three children (Taylor, Baylee, and Calvin) and friends.  She also enjoys relaxing on the beach and hiking through the mountains.
 
OFFICE PERSONNEL

Tina Soles

Tina Soles (Small)

Title: Office Administrator

Tina comes to us with a BS in Information Systems that she earned at VCU in 1990.  She worked for a local software company for 21 years a a Senior QA Analyst.  She has two wonderful children, Kayla and Zach, and a delightful pug, Dexter.  She enjoys singing, teaching teens at her church, and spending time with her family and friends.