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Meet the Staff

Jenny Virivong

Licensed Massage Therapist MA00016538

With over 18 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 MA00022974

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 MA60875448

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 MA60822068

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 MA60504438

    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 lymphatic drainage, 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

     

    Casey Felt

    LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST MA60900366

      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
        • Premera Blue Cross
        • Aetna
        • Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO Networks

        Marissa Parks

        LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST MA60829381

          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
            • Aetna
            • Kaiser Permanente PPO/HMO Networks

            Elena Lieber

            LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST MA61121766

              Elena was first introduced to massage when she was a teen. Her mom recovered from a folium tube removal through massage performed by a folk massage therapist. Elena was deeply impressed by the healing power of massage and decided someday to become a massage practitioner. She graduated from Bodymechanics Myotherapy and Massage School in Tumwater, where she learned Swedish massage and injury treatment. Being a highly attentive, empathic person, she profoundly feels the body. Her soft yet firm touch relaxes and frees the body’s own healing energy providing emotional and physical balance. As a massage therapist, she believes in the therapeutic power of movement. She specializes in helping people with frozen shoulder, whiplash, shin splints, carpal tunnel, and piriformis syndromes and widely uses muscle energy technics. She also performs deep tissue, trigger points, and myofascial release massage to reduce muscular hypertension, increase flexibility and improve posture.

                Insurances currently accepted
                • Personal Injury/Car Accidents

                Saoirse Dunne

                Spa Manager

                  Saoirse is a Connecticut transplant. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies and has worked in the massage and wellness field since 2018. She is passionate about holistic & integrative health, especially healing through all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit. She finds great joy in being the first communication line for people starting their wellness journey through massage. Her goal is to be a dedicated facilitator of healing for our clients and ensure a pleasant experience from booking to check-out! Saoirse is on-point and team-oriented. She is an excellent problem solver and team leader. We are so fortunate to have her on our team!

                    Alison Waters

                    Insurance Coordinator

                      Alison has been delivering care and customer service in the field of healthcare for 20 years. She received her Medical Coding and Billing Certificate from SPSCC in December of 2019 and is AAPC certified. Alison’s primary role is billing and receiving payment from insurance for our medical massages. As a supporting staff member, she aims to serve as a compassionate liaison between our patients, insurance companies, massage therapists, and staff members. Alison plays a vital role in creating a smooth customer service experience for our clients and staff at the spa. We are so thankful for her here.

                        Megan Tyrrell

                        Spa Coordinator

                          Megan is a University of Idaho graduate with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in theatre. She has over 20 years of professional dance training and athletics. Megan has had a deep love for advocacy and storytelling through movement. She has been a coach and educator for Orangetheory Fitness at several studios up and down the I5 corridor for four years. Coaching has fostered her passion for creating space for others to feel safe, seen, and successful. Her goals at Ballaura are to help the community grow stronger and feel better from the inside out. We are incredibly honored to have her as a part of the Ballaura Team.

                            Nicole Chryst

                            Owner / Licensed Massage Therapist (Clinical) MA00022961

                            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

                            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.