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Meet our Staff

Nicole Chryst

Owner / Licensed Massage Therapist (Clinical)

Nicole personally knows how massage can change your life. After discovering how massage can turn your life around, she started Ballaura in order to share her passion for fitness, health, and healing. She’s an enthusiastic industry leader, providing exceptional service while cultivating an exceptional team. Her leadership style is similar to how she approaches massage: simultaneously strong and kind, compassionate and knowledgeable. She believes in uplifting the entire massage community for the benefit of all.

 

Certifications by Nicole
  • Crossit Level 1
  • USAW Weighlifting Coach
Insurances currently accepted by Nicole
  • Personal Injury/Car Accidents
  • Labor and Industries
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO Networks

Jenny Virivong

Licensed Massage Therapist

With over 17 years of practicing, Jenny loves assisting people in increasing their wellness in their daily lives. She’s especially amazed how massage therapy, or the expert manipulation of the muscular system, can impact overall health and wellness. Jenny practices many different types of massage, including: Swedish, trigger point, deep tissue, myofascial release, relaxation, prenatal, and sports massage. She also likes to include aromatherapy in her massage sessions to increase relaxation. She’s especially excited when she hears her clients report increased physical wellness after just one session with her.  

Insurances currently accepted by Jenny
  • Personal Injury/Car Accidents
  • Labor and Industries
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO Networks

 

Kalena Soares-Kakulu

LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Kalena is from O’ahu, Hawaii and uses her gifts of Lomi Lomi to bring healing and wellness to people. Kalena has extensive experience using both natural medicine and massage in her practice, helping her clients recover from strains, sprains, and injuries. She specializes in whiplash, pelvic floor, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, frozen shoulder thoracic outlet, carpal tunnel, hip and knee replacement (pre and post surgery), as well as myofascial release. She works with the body through deep tissue techniques to provide true relief to her clients.

Certifications by Kalena
  • Intraoral (great for TMJD)
  • CHABA (Cannabis Massage)
Insurances currently accepted by Kalena
  • Personal Injury/Car Accidents
  • Labor and Industries
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO Networks

 

Tara Knutsen

LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Tara has a deeply rooted passion for helping people heal. With the sudden illness and passing of her father, she became determined to help others. Tara began to study massage and the many therapeutic benefits that it provides. Trained in both Swedish and clinical massage, she values the holistic synergy that they bring when combined. Tara enjoys working on people from all walks of life, specializing in myofascial release, Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point work, neuromuscular inhibition techniques, and passive stretching. She particularly enjoys helping people with injury and pain relief.

Insurances currently accepted by Tara
  • Personal Injury/Car Accidents
  • Labor and Industries
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO Networks

 

Doug Hopkins

LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Doug was first introduced to massage after his own neck injury, which he recovered from through massage . He enjoys helping other people heal and recognizes that every healing journey is unique. He has a strong background in injury treatment as well as treating employees in the workplace to prevent chronic injury. He practices with a calmly focused sensitivity, using a variety of techniques such as: Swedish, myofascial release, passive and active stretching, deep tissue, and trigger point. He believes that part of the benefit of massage is increasing clients’ awareness and relationship with their own bodies.

Insurances currently accepted by Doug
  • Personal Injury/Car Accidents
  • Labor and Industries
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO Networks

 

Kelsey Knabel

LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST

    Kelsey is an old soul with a passion for healing. As far back as she can remember, she has always been drawn to the world of massage. She started practicing in 2014 and brings a calming atmosphere to the room, guiding her clients through their journey as they relax to her touch. Specializing in deep tissue, sports, and treatment massage, Kelsey creates a safe space to recover and heal.

    Insurances currently accepted by Kelsey
    • Personal Injury/Car Accidents 
    • Labor and Industries

     

    Joshua Valenzuela

    LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST

      Joshua has been practicing massage for eight years. He got his license in the state of Texas and went on to practice in California and now Washington. He also practiced under a physical therapist for three years. Joshua specializes in myofascial release, trigger points, reflexology, best modalities, deep tissue, sports, and Swedish massage.

        Insurances currently accepted by Joshua
        • Personal Injury/Car Accidents
        • Labor and Industries
        • Premera Blue Cross

        Casey Felt

        LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST

          Casey is passionate about wellness and loves sharing the profound healing potential of massage with people. After a low back injury, he discovered how incredible massage can be to bring lasting relief and overall wellness. Casey understands that every person has unique needs and tailors each session to meet people where they are at. He uses swedish, deep tissue, craniosacral therapy, and myofascial release to help clients find more ease and balance

            Insurances currently accepted by Casey
            • Personal Injury/Car Accidents

            Marissa Parks

            LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST

              Marissa is passionate about helping people reach their massage and overall health goals through a holistic approach. She became intrigued and enthralled with massage after she received her first service ten years ago and could not imagine doing anything else. Marissa is experienced with Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, trigger point, and cupping massage techniques and is highly skilled at engaging the parasympathetic nerve response to help people relax and de-stress.

                Insurances currently accepted
                • Personal Injury/Car Accidents

                Alison Waters

                Insurance Coordinator

                Amara San Agustin

                SPA Coordinator

                Natalia Ensminger

                Spa Coordinator

                At Ballaura Wellness Spa, our mission is to help everyone find their place in the world. That means we continually celebrate the diverse community different individuals cultivate. As an equal opportunity employer, we stay true to our mission by ensuring that our place can be anyone’s place.