Our Team – Therapists and Aestheticians working with The Retreat
Services provided by North Carolina Licensed Massaage and Bodywork Therapists.
Swedish | Trigger Point | Sports | Prenatal
(Available in our So Durham Studio)
Prenatal | Deep Tissue | Reflexology
Relaxation | Chemical Exfoliation
Hard Wax | Acupressure Facial Massage
April TerlizziApril’s passion for massage therapy began early in her life with a desire to help family members and friends who were hurting. She has been a licensed therapist since 2015. April enjoys connecting with her clients on a real level and discovering how she can help them achieve a better quality of life. She specializes in Swedish, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Lomi Lomi, Prenatal. Embracing a holistic approach to self-care, her twelve years of strength and endurance training and lifestyle nutrition add depth to her ability to serve the whole person.
August CutraraAugust is a graduate of Miller Motte College and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2006. He joined the team at The Retreat in 2016. He is a soft tissue specialist and 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. He specializes in Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Oncology, and Prenatal massage techniques. August’s focus is on helping his clients reduce pain, increase range of motion, and recover from injury.
Carla SwansonCarla has been a licensed skin therapist since 2005, graduating from The Aveda Institute. She has a holistic approach to skincare with her clients, and her skills include lymph stimulation, aromatherapy, and massage. She is also trained in Galvanic Therapy, Facial Cupping, and offers Relaxation Facials, Waxing and Brow/Lash Tinting. Carla understands the importance of educating her clients on how to maintain the positive outcomes of each treatment. Her primary goal for her clients is to provide ultimate relaxation while achieving individual skincare goals for her clients.
Caroline BrownCaroline is a licensed skin therapist. She believes skincare is an essential part of overall self-care. She has been servicing clients at The Retreat since 2012. She listens closely to each of her client’s skincare concerns while evaluating their needs and combines those to come up with an individual plan for each person. Caroline specializes in various styles of Facials, Peels, Microdermabrasion, Brow/Lash Tinting, and Waxing. She enjoys seeing the changes in her clients’ skin over the course of treatments.
Jace KerrinJace has been a licensed massage therapist since 2007. She joined The Retreat in 2019 and describes her style as intuitive, empathetic, results-oriented, and on the lighter side of pressure. Jace has pursued her continuing education in many areas that support her as a massage therapist. She is trained in Reiki (Levels I and II), Oncology Massage, Fibromyalgia, and Compassionate Touch techniques. In addition, she is trained as a Doula and has a special understanding of women during their pregnancy. She specializes in Relaxation, Therapeutic, Prenatal, and Cranial-Sacral Therapy. Jace’s experience and approach to massage bring a unique dimension to The Retreat massage team.
Jennifer RozyckiJennifer has had a curiosity in the mind-body connection since she was working on her bachelor’s degree. She went back to school and became a licensed massage therapist in 2013. She has training in Swedish, Therapeutic, Hot Stone, and Prenatal massage modalities. She utilizes her training to help relieve her clients from the impacts of stress, chronic pain, and repetitive use injuries. Clients have described feeling relaxed and invigorated after her massage. It is important to her that each of her clients feel heard. She understands the importance of the mind-body connection and finds great joy in helping her clients to eas any discomfort.
Kiah WellsKiah has been aware of massage and its benefits since he was very young. Having done so, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a licensed massage therapist. He has been at The Retreat since 2018. His movements are strong and intuitive, working in response to his client’s needs during the massage.
Kiah is trained in Therapeutic, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Myofascial Release, and injury recovery. Kiah has a wealth of knowledge and builds a rapport with clients that allows for an exchange of information, including useful tools clients can use to continue the benefits they receive from their time during the massage.
KT ChildressKT 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.
Lauren DirgoLauren became interested in massage, body alignment, and biomechanics after her husband returned from a four-day cross country drive with pain in his leg. After many specialists, they learned massage helped him in becoming pain-free. She became a licensed therapist in 2015 and has training in Swedish, Trigger Point, Prenatal, Myofascial Release, and Reflexology. She has a light to medium pressure with a focus on myofascial work. Lauren believes results can be achieved by working with the body, rather than a “no pain, no gain” strategy.
LB WilkinsAfter many years working in gyms, LB decided to broaden his knowledge of how the body works, thus began his study of massage therapy, becoming licensed in 2011. He worked Ironman and Marathon events for over six years, deciding he wanted to focus his massage practice on athletes and better mobility. LB’s style is one of a firmer pressure with assisted stretching. He is certified in Deep Tissue, Sports, Therapeutic, Cupping, and Swedish massage. He enjoys helping his clients meet their goals, whether they are training/performance-oriented, injury recovery, or more general therapeutic.
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.
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Lori GlennLori 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
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Paula WaldPaula decided to become a massage therapist because of the powerful effects of massage she experienced as a client. She graduated from Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC, in 2015. 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.
Pascale FernandezPascale began her career as a skin therapist in France more than 30 years ago and has been working with clients at The Retreat since 2015. She gives a deep cleansing and relaxing facial so that you can forget your daily stress. During her facial treatments, you will receive an Ayurvedic facial massage that will increase the glow of your skin. She offers Facials, Peels, Microdermabrasion, Brow/Lash Tinting, and Waxing. She was featured in SELF magazine for eyebrow shaping and things 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.
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Shannon HesterShannon has been a licensed massage therapist since 2006. With many years in the industry he has honed his skills and practices in several different massage modalities such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Warm Stone, and Trigger Point. Through his continuing education, he has recently added Aroma Therapy and Cupping to his resume. Shannon specializes in deep tissue with an emphasis on injury rehab and deep assisted stretching. He is a firm believer in the philosophy that to feel better you must first move better and that regularly scheduled maintenance is key to combating repetitive stress and strain injuries.
Shelly DetersShelly has been a licensed skin therapist since 2006 and has been serving clients at The Retreat since 2014. Shelly specializes in Relaxation Facials, Peels, Microdermabrasion, Brow/Lash Tinting, and Waxing. She loves to see the changes in her clients’ skin after a series of treatments. Shelly’s goal after a treatment is that you leave with your skin looking refreshed and your mind and 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.
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