Our Team – Therapists and Aestheticians working with The Retreat
Allison discovered her love of therapeutic massage at an early age. She grew up in Durham and completed her initial massage training at Medical Arts Massage School in 1998, at age 20. She moved to California in 2000 and continued to learn new techniques through continuing education and maintaining a private practice. In 2005, Allison became one of the first massage therapists at Google, Inc. She spent over seven years helping to build a massage program that’s well-established and indispensable to the overall wellness program at Google today.
She’s a big fan of receiving massages herself and understands the importance of taking care of ourselves through stress management, massage, and self-care. Allison’s work combines a caring touch with individualized and detailed treatments. Her style is focused and deliberate, paying attention to the needs of each client. She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point Therapy and is certified in Pregnancy Massage.
She and her husband have recently moved back to Durham to be near family. She’s enjoying being a tour guide, showing her husband all the old and new in Durham. She loves hiking with her dog, eating good food with friends, and designing jewelry in her spare time.
April TerlizziApril’s passion for massage therapy and bodywork began early in life through her grandmother’s influence and the desire to help family members and friends who were hurting. She enjoys connecting with her clients on a real level and discovering how she can help them achieve a better quality of life.
A graduate of The Medical Arts School in Raleigh, North Carolina — Massage and Bodywork Therapist NCLMBT #8887, April has five years experience in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Sports Massage. Also, she holds special certifications in Low Back Pain, Lomi Lomi, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Pre-Natal Massage.
In 2011, April joined the opening team at The Retreat at Brightleaf. She has worked at Structure House for five years and previously employed as a personal trainer and nutritional coach. Her twelve years of strength and endurance training and lifestyle nutrition add depth to her ability to serve the whole person. April’s mission includes a commitment to achieving balance in health, wellness, and life. She believes one should seek a holistic approach to health and take ownership by doing one’s part. Living each day to the fullest and maintaining a positive outlook on life defines her philosophy in word and practice.
Since 1999, she has resided in North Carolina but considers Chicago, Illinois home. In her free time, she enjoys an active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy body, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
August CutraraAugust has been a massage therapist for over ten years. He is a soft-tissue-specialist; working with his hands to manipulate soft-tissues of the body, facilitating change within its many systems. He works at a slow, smooth pace, rarely breaking contact and emphasizing the unity of flow from one technique or area of the body to another.
August focuses on helping patients reduce pain, increase range of motion, and recover from injuries and specializes in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Sports Massage, Oncology Massage and Pre-natal Massage.
Restoring the body to health and helping people live more fully in their body is his passion and he has invested himself in the study of human movement. Since becoming a therapist, he has explored various forms of Martial art including Wing Chun and Taiji Quan, both of which have been instrumental in shaping how he understands the human body and the relationship between his hands and the clients on the table.
Blake MoriartyAshley Blake Moriarty is a North Carolina Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and a Certified Massage Cupping Therapist. Since graduating from the Carolina School of Massage Therapy (Carrboro, NC) in 1998, she has been practicing in the Triangle. Blake has completed many continuing education classes for advanced training in several modalities such as Reflexology, Warm Stone Therapy, Chronic Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, Aromatherapy, Fijian Massage, Pre/Post Natal, Fertility Massage and Massage Cupping. She is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
Blake works with a wide variety of clients and enjoys helping them achieve their goals with massage in whatever facet may be necessary. She is deeply interested in helping her clients obtain the knowledge to receive and maintain a healthy balance between the mind and body. In addition to providing quality massage and bodywork, she works with many local body workers to stay well educated and informed in the latest techniques, so her clients receive the best care available.
Caroline BrownCaroline is a graduate (summa cum laude) of the Medical Arts School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Upon graduation, she completed her Neuromuscular Therapy Certification and utilizes the in-depth knowledge and practical skills to serve her clients better. With a background in health and fitness, Caroline is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and uses her education to bring a relaxing, professional and therapeutic atmosphere to promote overall health and well-being for each client. Her goals are both mind and body oriented, and she is committed to providing her clients with a safe, restorative and tranquil experience.
Emily Ryan MacGregorOur head aesthetician, Emily, Graduated from the International Academy of Aesthetic Arts in 2000. She has trained with Yon-Ka, Decleor, Dermalogica, Sanitas and RX systems and as a result, of this breadth of experience, is highly skilled at identifying effective regimens for her individual clients.
Emily’s specialties are Brazilian waxes, enzyme and acid peels, acne + rosacea treatments, brow shaping and tinting. She is passionate about helping her clients to look, and feel, their best every day, not just after she sees them.
Hayley BooterbaughHayley graduated from the Body Therapy Institute in 2015, immediately after studying Global and Asian Studies at UNC-CH, and completing her degree in May 2014. Her research there on alternative health practices around the world and the importance of touch in the healing process inspired a shift in career path towards massage therapy and bodywork. While at the Body Therapy Institute, she worked with people who have experienced domestic violence and trauma, witnessing the empowering effects of somatic awareness firsthand. She practices both Swedish and Myofascial massage, deeply valuing open communication and feedback during each session so that she can continue learning and growing every day, effectively helping clients do the same.
Hayley most recently worked at the Schoolhouse of Wonder, an outdoor camp at the Eno River and Umstead Park, spending every day trekking through the woods, teaching children about native plants and animals, as well as how to be respectful and kind to all things. When she is not at The Retreat, she is tromping around in the wild, reading books, running trails in Durham, or creating new recipes.
Jennifer is compassionate and has an approachable demeanor. Clients have described feeling relaxed and invigorated after her massage. It is important to her that each of her clients feel heard, and all specific issues concentrated on with a whole mind-body approach. She sees and understands the importance of mind and body connection and finds great joy in helping her clients to ease any discomfort.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a BA in Communications and Media Studies, Jennifer began exercising her curiosity for the mind-body connection and began her study at The Medical Arts School in Raleigh. A year later Jennifer became a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist in 2013 and began work in Durham, NC. She utilizes her training to help relieve her clients of the impacts of stress, chronic pain, and repetitive use injuries. Jennifer has completed continuing education in hot stone and pre-natal massage.
When Jennifer isn’t talking about, thinking about or practicing bodywork, you might find her at a local coffee shop or on a hike around the triangle area, backpacking with her dogs. If she’s lucky, she might be traveling to the beaches or the mountains of NC, taking in new beautiful views. If all else fails, she’s probably home, curled up on her couch with a cup of hot tea and her iPad.
Jennifer would love to help you achieve your goals for better health and wellness.
Jess ShellJess brings over a decade of experience to the table. Her specialties include deep tissue, pain relief techniques, sports massage, and pre-natal massage. She believes in the healing therapeutic benefits of massage therapy and would love to share them with you.
KT has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 12 years. She graduated from massage school and went on to study the bodywork of Ortho-bionomy, which is a gentle, non-invasive, osteopathically-based form of body therapy. It is based on the principle that the body innately moves away from pain into comfort and ease. Though you may move through discomfort, it is not necessary to cause pain to release pain. Her biggest thrill is how the face and body change so dramatically over the course of a service – and to see someone’s relief.
Lee GalbreathLee escaped an extremely stressful job as a legal secretary in Chicago when she moved to Durham in 2007. Unwilling to resume her fast-paced career, Lee went back to school and graduated from the nationally respected Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, North Carolina. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2008 with further training and certification in hot stone, fertility, and prenatal massage techniques.
Currently, Lee has found a good balance by working both as a legal secretary (part-time) and as a massage therapist at The Retreat. You might also see her make use of her degrees in vocal performance when she occasionally sings in local theatrical productions, primarily with The Durham Savoyards.
Lee’s goal as a massage therapist is to treat every client as a whole person worthy of care and respect. She puts great emphasis on working to meet each client’s needs and expectations, whether that be to relax simply with gentle, soothing strokes or to work on specific areas of concern using deeper, more therapeutic techniques.
Lori is certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She is a graduate of the Medical Arts Massage School in Raleigh and is licensed in North Carolina since 2003. She has received training in massage methods such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Hot Stone Massage and Reflexology. Lori has completed training in Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy and is currently working toward her certification in Visceral Manipulation with The Barral Institute. She has provided chair massage for ten years in corporate settings, working to improve her clients understanding of their body while sitting at a desk daily. She has held certificates in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® and has been fortunate to study with many master trainers since 2007. Teaching this movement has deepened her understanding of the body and how it moves. Lori also teaches educational workshops to couples and groups in massage and movement.
Megan Davenport Brandenburg
Megan specializes in a combination of Swedish and Myofascial Massage to create relaxing, therapeutic bodywork sessions tailored to each client’s needs. Massage therapy and the healing power of touch have been longtime passions for her. When her path brought her back to the Triangle, she found herself led to massage therapy school.
She is a graduate of the Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has found these two areas of study to pair well in somatic psychology, a field which emphasizes the connections between the state of mind and the state of the body. This mind-body connection is a central part of her focus in the practice of therapeutic massage.
A native of Washington, in eastern North Carolina, she now lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Rich, and their cat, Maceo. In addition to her love for massage therapy and holistic well-being, Megan enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and enjoying the abundance of live music the area has to offer.
Paula WaldAfter enjoying a long career as a copyeditor of scholarly books, Paula decided to become a massage therapist because of the powerful effects of massage that she experienced as a client. She saw that as touch releases physical restrictions, it can help unlock the potential for personal growth. “Until the body feels something different, it cannot act differently” (Deane Juhan). After completing the massage therapy diploma program at Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC, Paula began a lifelong exploration of her expression of massage. Her approach combines Swedish massage, myofascial release, passive stretching, and mindfulness to create a safe space for clients to listen to their bodies and embrace their capacity for self-healing. Besides practicing massage, Paula enjoys listening to music, baking pies, and spending quiet time with her husband and poodle.
Pascale FernandezPascale has over 30 years of experience in skincare, having studied and graduated in aesthetics in France, where she began her career.
She gives deep cleansing and relaxing facials so you can forget your daily stress. During your facial treatment, you will receive an Ayurvedic facial massage that will increase the glow of your skin.
She was featured in SELF magazine for eyebrow shaping and thinks that nothing frames the face better than meticulously waxed, tweezed or tinted brows.
Rich BrandenburgRich has been practicing massage since 2009 after graduating from the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC. He enjoys providing result-based, client-centered massage therapy, specializing in deep tissue, prenatal, warm stone, reflexology, and sports. He believes that therapeutic bodywork contributes to a healthier, happier community. As an active member of the UNC community, his work also includes volunteer bodywork for the health and academic campuses.
Shannon HesterShannon is a North Carolina licensed massage and bodywork therapist with eight years of experience. Born and raised here in Durham, he is a true native with deeply planted roots to the city. Shannon graduated with honors in 2006 from Miller-Motte College in Cary North Carolina. He practices a number of different massage modalities such as Swedish, pre-natal, warm stone, trigger point, sports, hydro and aroma therapies, spa therapy, and cupping have just been recently added to his resume. Shannon specializes in deep tissue, injury rehab, and deep assisted stretching.
Shannon is a firm believer that to feel better you must first move better and to do so, he enjoys sharing his gift of massage with his clientele. He believes that regularly scheduled maintenance is key to combating the repetitive stress or strain injuries that can occur on a daily basis.
Shelly DetersShelly has been a licensed aesthetician since 2006, graduating from Miller-Motte College. She recently moved from Wake Forest and is excited to live in and be a part of Durham’s diverse community. Shelly specializes in relaxation facials, waxing and loves to see the positive changes in her clients’ skin after a series of treatment facials. Shelly’s main goal when you see her is for you to leave with your skin looking refreshed and your mind & soul at peace.
Traci BairdTraci is a native of Durham and has been a practicing massage and bodywork therapist in the area since 2006. She graduated with honors from The Medical Arts Massage School in Raleigh. Traci is also a certified massage cupping therapist and has completed continuing education in warm stone, Indian Head Massage, and Lomi Lomi massage as well. She enjoys working with all types of clients, from those looking for relaxation to the client who seeks a more therapeutic approach.