Our Team

Willow Bittner

LEAD LMBT #16810  My Schedule | My Reviews

My practice of bodywork began in 2001 with a year-long internship in therapeutic touch and energetic listening. After moving to Seattle Washington I realized I wanted to deepen my understanding and approach to the body and subsequently attended and graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in 2003. I found myself particularly inspired by the physiology classes and Brenneke and went on to attain a degree in molecular biology from the University of Washington and later to teach anatomy and physiology at Cortiva massage school in Seattle. It is my continual goal to develop and refine my skills of listening, treatment and connection in order to meet each client and their body where they are and facilitate greater ease on a holistic level. While my practice draws influence and inspiration from a wide array of modalities, I often gravitate towards an integrated blend of trigger point, positional release, craniosacral therapy and Swedish and my style is often described and flowing, connected, deeply gentle, nurturing and intuitively effective. Ultimately, I find the greatest effect comes from a present, heart-centered massage that is firmly grounded in the science of the body. I look forward to working with you!

Heather Parmley 

LMBT #19842  My Schedule | My Reviews

I was born and raised in the Appalachian hills of southern Ohio. I came into this world with a love of adventure, nature, and dance.

I first attended college for Ecotourism and Adventure Travel. After graduation I traveled around the USA as a tour guide for around 8 years, pursuing my love for the world by getting out and experiencing it. This lifestyle led me to my passion for the world of holistic wellness, yoga becoming my first interest. After diving into my yoga practice for almost a decade I finally decided to continue my education in Bhakti Yoga in 2019, obtaining my 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Costa Rica, deepening my passions for Ayurveda, meditation, various types of breathwork, and kinesiology. After teaching yoga and leading wellness retreats for two years I was fascinated with the body and how it works. Trillions of cells came together to create your body, that’s a miracle to me. All of this led me to Massage Therapy. Diving into anatomy, pathology, physiology, and musculoskeletal classes, I became a 600 hour LMBT in 2021. I truly feel I have found my calling.

My passion as a massage therapist lies in listening to the client and what they need, then creating a safe space to cultivate that desired healing. I am passionate about helping others, the way others have helped me. I am well versed in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Relaxation massage. I love specific, detailed work for troubled areas and often add in stretches during my sessions. My goal as a therapist is to never stop learning, slow down and keep listening. I look forward to working with you!

T.J. Grant

LMBT #15103  My Schedule | My Reviews

I grew up in Michigan where I earned a BA in Philosophy.  The travel bug bit me and I made my way down to South America where I lived for 4 years.  While there I worked on social projects in the communities, along with seeking adventure!  When I came back to the US I worked in wilderness therapy for at-risk youth.  I discovered yoga while living in Argentina, which led me to a serious meditation practice.  Working in the wilderness got me more interested in shamanism, and I have studied that tradition for 5 years.  My active life led to my shoulders becoming increasingly injured.  I saw a physical therapist, but didn’t finally get the full use of my shoulders back until I went to massage school.  I graduated from the Therapeutic Massage program at Mayland Community College in 2015.  I was astonished at how much massage was able to do for me that neither yoga, nor physical therapy had been able to accomplish in 4 years!  I completed a Reiki 2 course, and continue to be interested by how trauma, stress, and energy can get lodged in peoples’ muscles and posture.  My starting point for massage is the relaxing Swedish techniques.  But I also love doing deep tissue work, and like doing detailed work around an injury or trouble area, if that’s what people want.  I use combinations of relaxing strokes, and trigger point release, as well as myofascial release.  I like using some Trager techniques to release and relax muscles, and Shiatsu to invite in altered states of consciousness and profound relaxation.  I look forward to working with you.

Michael Hernandez

 LMBT #16597  My Schedule | My Reviews
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas growing up playing all sports. I continued playing sports through my mid 30’s and of course I had my fair share of injuries. But it wasn’t till I moved to Santa Monica, CA and met my partner at that time, who was a massage therapist, and was introduced to the healing powers of massage that I realized what massage could do for mind, body, and spirit. Fast forward to 2017, after many different careers and lifetimes, when I decided to pursue a more in-depth knowledge of this sacred healing practice so I could help others realize this art to help themselves. Because of my background as a competitive athlete I understand the healing properties of a relaxing massage with therapeutic focuses. My focus is relaxing Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Dry Cupping. I can integrate these different modalities for natural healing and relaxing sessions. Whether you’re looking to relax the mind and body or want to go deeper for therapeutic sessions or a combination of both, I look forward to collaborating together to find the perfect balance.

Becca Burd

LMBT #16875  My Schedule | My Reviews

I was born and raised here in Asheville and have a deep appreciation for the richness of Appalachian culture and all that these mountains offer. This place has long been a retreat for those seeking to be well. And so naturally, I was drawn to the healthcare field from an early age. I spent many hours of my youth assisting my mother in elder care homes and attained my CNA licensure at the age of 17. While attending to my residents, I recall being fascinated by the Massage therapists who brought relief to those in rehabilitation and hospice care.

In fall of 2017, I acquired licensure as a massage and bodywork therapist. I tailor my sessions to meet each individual’s needs whether that be relief from chronic and acute pain or to find a deep sense of peace within. I incorporate the use of Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, and passive stretching to create space for the body to heal and the mind to regulate.

In my spare time I enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle full of hikes with my family, dancing and lots of time in the water. It is my passion to help you achieve an active and vibrant quality of life as well and I look forward to meeting you.

Bri Garolla 

LMBT #14661  My Schedule | My Reviews

I grew up on the water in League City, Texas, where I became interested in natural healing at an early age. I received my massage license in 2007 and, after practicing massage in the area for several years, I moved to North Carolina to study herbal medicine. I continued to practice massage, and as I bring more of my intuitive gifts into practice as well as formal studies in shamanism, I have learned to incorporate them into my bodywork.

When practicing massage, I like to bring my focus towards the type of healing my client is desiring to achieve.  Whether it is Swedish massage, reflexology, prenatal, trigger point therapy, or deep tissue work, my goal is to bring a feeling of a deep inner peace to each session.

In addition to massage therapy, I love enjoying lots of sunshine, spending time with my son, exploring the mountains, watching my plants grow, and doing intuitive consultations.

Willow Card

 LMBT # 16974  My Schedule | My Reviews

I’ve been working professionally in the healing arts for more than a decade. I’ve practiced bodywork, dance, percussion, yoga and Qi Gong throughout the United States. I started my journey at a very special massage school here in Asheville called North Carolina School of Natural Healing back in 2007. We were introduced to the importance of a personal cultivation practice which provided a beautiful path to learning about myself as I transformed into the healer I knew I wanted to become. In my training, I began to understand the power of presence and intention. 

Through those beginning years I’ve been trained in Swedish, reiki, Thai, myofascial release, lomi-lomi, cranial sacral as well as deep tissue massage. In 2016, I continued my training with a more therapeutic approach to massage. I received 464 hours of training in Trigger Point Therapy with Jim Freeman at Asheville- Buncombe Technical College. That is when I started getting people out of pain. Since then I started a four year Masters program in Chinese Medicine. I’m studying Acupuncture, Tui-Na, Herbalism, Food Therapy, Fire Cupping , Moxibustion and more. 

My journey has led me to recognize the importance of therapeutic massage to all who are in need. I am currently working with horses at a local stable in Fairview. I work with the horses on structural imbalances that occur in the head, neck and shoulder and lumbar region. These issues are due to overtime saddle wearing. They say a horse has five hearts; their four legs and the heart in the chest. Stretching and massaging the legs is a crucial part of a healthy, strong horse. It is truly magical to release trigger points in the lower lumbar of a horse friend. They have their way of showing you gratitude and loyalty. 

Through the practice of meditation, touch and a spiritual education, I found passion in the art of healing. I’d love to be a part of your healing journey.

Jenna Shaw

 LMBT # 19841  My Schedule | My Reviews

I was introduced to massage at age 16 when I began receiving regular bodywork. I had been in a couple car accidents by this time and my body hurt! I quickly fell in love with not only how massage was healing my body but also how easy it was for the rest of the world to melt away each time I was on the table. Anxiety, stress, and time all seemed to be put on pause. I would drop into a deep state of mediation long before I really even knew what mediation was. From age 16 I would occasionally have thoughts that massage therapy could be something I was interested in pursuing in my life, but just wasn’t sure when. My massage therapist quite literally changed my life from a very early age!

After years of deepening my spiritual path and self-healing, I finally took the leap in 2021 and graduated from the Center for Massage and Natural Health. I am very passionate about this field of natural healing and hope that I can provide a safe space for you while playing a role in your journey. My style is a blend of relaxation massage, deep tissue, and trigger point therapy. I believe that it is important to calm the nervous system down in order to get the deep work done.

I also am currently working on getting fully trained in Ashiatsu (barefoot massage). This form of massage can potentially be up to three times deeper than regular hand massage. Soon I will be able to offer this service to you here at Wild Rose. My hope for each client is that they leave feeling a sense of wholeness, spaciousness, and awareness of self. I truly believe that through massage and self-healing we can create a better world. I hope I can be a vessel in providing you what massage has provided me over the years and look forward to working with you!

Sierra Parsons

 LMBT #15635  My Schedule | My Reviews

Massage and bodywork is a wonderful way to relax and recharge.  The body is so marvelously intelligent, and it is my honor to facilitate health and healing.  I sincerely enjoy listening to the body and allowing it to guide my work.  I tailor every treatment to your individual needs and do my best to take in the whole picture for maximum benefit.  Studying the body and healing has been a lifelong journey that began with yoga teacher training in 2011 which led to my decision to study massage in 2012.  I have been a licensed massage therapist in Kentucky, Colorado, and now North Carolina.  On the eve of ten years of practice I am filled with gratitude for my training.  My work is therapeutic while being deeply relaxing. I love doing slow deep work as well as range of motion stretching.  I have studied Thai Massage, trigger point, and fascial release.  I look forward to inspiring you to gentleness and compassion within.

Ren Minish

 LMBT #19991  My Schedule | My Reviews

Growing up in Florida, I was able to be a part of the Raw Vegan Culture.  I was a chef for two years at a wonderful café in Jacksonville called Shakti Life Kitchen, where I continued my endeavors into the world of healing.  This space helped me dive deeper into the intricate understanding of food as our medicine.  I became quite fond of herbal medicine during this time and was deeply encouraged by my self-guidance to acquire more herbal knowledge.  So, in September of 2010, I embarked on my biggest move yet to Asheville, where I started a nine-month program for Herbalism that became a cornerstone for the pathway into my healing journey.  At the French Broad Food Co-op, I worked for eight years honing closely on my herbal skills and learning from the local community around me as I worked in the Health and Beauty department, along with the largest bulk herb room in our region.  During this time, I also worked with the American Herbalist Guild for four years, a Non-Profit Organization which gave me a broader aspect of Professionals and Healers in the larger community of herbal medicine.  And in the mix of it all I felt called to broaden my horizons even more, wherein 2013-2014 I began my journey into massage and bodywork therapy during an amazing yearlong program at AB Tech.  My teacher was an Ayurvedic practitioner who also taught us the art of Thai Massage, along with many other modalities including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Rhythmic Jostling, and Swedish Therapy. I am currently working toward acquiring all of my Thai Massage Certifications.

I would like to invite you to take a journey with me into this healing realm as I offer you my own therapeutic techniques.  I can help you unravel the stresses of your daily life, allowing you to move forward feeling deeply nourished and harmonious within your being.  I am honored to share with you the ability to thoroughly and consciously connect into your reality, to tap deeper within your own self divinity, and to recalibrate to your true nature.  My work is one of many connections to the divine dive within us.  To be with touch therapy is a gift for your entire being, not just the physical self, but also the mental-emotional-spiritual oneness. We seek and need healing each day whether we are conscious of it or not.

I take an intuitive integrative approach to Massage Therapy, working with the Holistic forms of Thai Table Massage, Deep Listening to the Tissues ( Deep Tissue ), Nourishment of the whole mind body emotions & spirit through relaxation techniques, and gentle rhythmic touch and movement.  I have been practicing massage therapy for 8 + years as well as herbalism and a holistic diet for the past 12 + years.

Shea O’Brien

 LMBT #20778  My Schedule | My Reviews

Apprenticeship style education found me promptly upon leaving the wooded northern lake region of New Jersey as a young man. Indigenous folk medicines, primarily of Peru and China, flooded and informed my life from then on. I have been studying and practicing massage and bodywork for over a decade, originally with an emphasis on Shiatsu (with Thai influenced stretching) and the applied wisdom and knowledge of four years alongside classical and Japanese acupuncturists in the classroom and clinic. This began an endeavor to see the body’s ability to heal through the lens of qi, the Japanese word for ‘energy’. I witnessed people’s ability to change and experience more vitality and freedom through holding points and watching my mentors needle.

After pursuing additional education to diversify my skills, I returned to the field with a kinetic chain recognition of the body, and a passion for specific, deep,  resolution-based massage. Although I appreciate my strengths in this area of the field, I have dedicated much of my time to the diversity of the healing arts and wish to meet you where you are each day, whether that is light or deep pressure, an invigorating or relaxing experience, general or specific work.

Outside of time offering massage and bodywork, I am a traditional ceremonialist, and you can find me plunging into the coldest and cleanest water I can find, practicing Systema, a Russian martial art, working with kettlebells, drinking gongfu tea, and most always consuming a bounty of medicinal raw foods. 

Suki Bauer

 LMBT #18556  My Schedule | My Reviews

A forever learner and closeted science nerd, I have studied a variety of bodywork therapies including Swedish, Deep tissue, Myofascial, Craniosacral, Shiatsu, Hot stone, Sports and Prenatal. The vast benefits of therapeutic touch as well as the continuous discovery of the healing potentials of our human bodies drives me forward on my path of evolution. For me, sessions are one of a mutual partnership with my client- I enjoy crafting an integrative experience, aiming to pair requested areas of focus with the body’s innate knowing.

My work is intuitive and comprehensive to creating nurturing, relaxing and productive treatments. I love to delve into the nooks and crannies of your tissues, freeing the bound stagnancies, and facilitating more ease and joy within your body. As a therapist, I bring the values of compassion, allowance, professionalism, healthy communication and grounded presence into my practice. I look forward to working with you and catering to your body’s needs!

Stephen Lefebvre

 LMBT #15918 My Schedule | My Reviews

My healing journey began when I started Massage Therapy school in 2015 at Isothermal Community College in Columbus, NC. I was excited to learn about the body and ways to ease physical discomfort.   Our training included Craniosacral Therapy (CST), and one day the instructor used me for the demonstration. Afterward I felt more grounded, and more present in my body than I had in a long time. In March 2013 I experienced a grand mal seizure due to alcohol detox.  Since the seizure I had felt something I could only describe as being “disconnected from myself “. I realized that I was beginning to heal from this after one small CST session, and a completely new world of healing opened  for me.  I began studying Crainiosacral Therapy in 2018 and it has added an energetic,  accepting and compassionate element to my practice.

Each session is uniquely about You. My technique is a blend of slow detailed strokes, Myofascial stretching, Trigger Points, Deep Tissue and compressions. I also offer full CST sessions for a deeper intuitively internal experience. These sessions are typically done wearing comfortable clothes and laying flat on the table, with whatever accommodations you need. My role is to facilitate You and Your journey with gentle hand placements, holding a space for you to quietly go within. Generally one experiences a deep sense of relaxation and well being.

Besides my passion for the Healing Arts, I really enjoy being out in nature. The WNC area is amazingly beautiful.  My favorite hikes are on any of the balds. Being up there and experiencing the complete openness is a wonderful feeling and I love it!

I look forward to meeting and working with You all, both local residents and those visiting this unique area.

Alea Krug

 LMBT #15145 My Schedule | My Reviews

Everyday we may experience stressors that accumulate in the body. The body holds memories of this with the potential to contribute to dis-ease, pain, tension, and discomfort. I believe with a consistent massage regimen we are able to listen to the body and begin to create a path of wellness towards harmony within.  

As a massage therapist and reiki practitioner, since 2011. I’ve been able to discover layers of integrated healing techniques that allow each session to be tailored to your needs. Nurturing your senses and allowing for a safe container of healing.  My approach is based on PNF/MET, Lomi lomi, trigger point therapy and reflexology. With previous experience working alongside great physical therapists and yoga instructors.  

I am certified in Reiki Level II, Prenatal, Intuitive Food Reader and forever a student.
In my free time you may find me with my nose in a book, mountain biking, hiking, dancing and playing with my doggo and chickens. My heart is filled with gratitude for being able to share these gifts with you and I look forward to helping you on your journey.

Allison Stenhouse

 Owner / LMBT #8098  My Schedule | My Reviews

I was raised on a Tennessee plateau, and moved here in 2005 after being drawn in by the mountains, the culture, and the people of WNC. I am a graduate of the North Carolina School of Natural Healing, the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism, and the Asheville Yoga Center. A fundamental belief in the power of natural healing and a profound respect for the body’s wisdom has drawn me to the world of healing arts and its wealth of applications. I believe that if we can find freedom in our physical bodies, we can lend our focus to other things besides our stiffness and pain…and actualize our fullest potentials!

I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2008 and am so happy to have found such a true calling and passion. What I love the most about it is the amazing people I have met and had the privilege of helping. It’s so rewarding, and I’ve learned so much along the way. It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you into our beautiful healing house. I look forward to working with you and assisting you on your healing journey.

Duncan Reuning

 LMBT #18042  My Schedule | My Reviews

At age 16, I had my first opportunity to participate in a wilderness immersion program; it lasted for nine months and it woke me up. This awakening showed me that life is about connection and community, that nature feeds my soul, and that I could find purpose in helping others. Before becoming a massage therapist, I spent four years as a therapeutic guide for one of the area’s top wilderness rehab programs. Helping others heal from their trauma and addiction taught me the value of intuition, clear intentions, and empathetic listening. Turns out these skills have all transferred well and now serve to guide my massage practice.

 In 2015 I graduated from Asheville’s Center for Massage and Natural Health, a solid foundation but just the starting point for what I continue to learn about bodywork. My approach begins with careful listening to you; whether you need deep trigger point work or a lighter more energetic flow, I tailor the session to meet your needs. I draw from different massage modalities, including Gua Sha, cupping, deep tissue or energy work when indicated. In each session I seek to create an opportunity for you to tune in to your own body more fully. Whatever pain you feel, be it physical or emotional, is a message sent from your body; my job is to help you listen to that message. I may not be the most articulate massage therapist in the world, but knowledge comes in many forms, far deeper than words. We humans know more than we can ever say and my greatest fluency is in the kinesthetic language of touch.

Chelsea Silla

 LMBT #15017  My Schedule | My Reviews

I was born and raised in North Carolina with a magnetic draw to these stunning mountains where I’m now happily rooted. My journey in health and wellness began in 2014 when I became a Certified Personal Trainer, which provided structural knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology. One evening, I realized I was able to put my dog in a trance by massaging her. This seemingly simple realization changed the course of my life; I wanted to know if that response would translate to humans as well (turns out, it does!)

By 2015, I earned my Massage and Bodywork License through the NC School of Massage in Cornelius with a specialty in Neuromuscular Therapy. Since then, I’m thrilled to have witnessed my clients benefit greatly from soft tissue work, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. I’ve earned certifications in Cupping, Fire Cupping, table Thai, Hot Stone, and spent a year immersing myself in Ayurvedic practices. I provide fluid and intentional touch to each individual client, whether you are looking to relax with therapeutic massage, reduce pain with medical massage, increase range of motion with stretching, or an integration of these modalities. My goal is always for my clients to consistently walk out the door feeling like they are living in a much more comfortable body.

Healing is my passion and I truly believe it chose me. I look forward to the opportunity to assist you in your healing journey.

Violet Hays

 LMBT #11111  My Schedule | My Reviews

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Randi Nicole Nelle

Front Desk Associate 

LMBT #4931

Originally from the Midwest. I moved to Asheville in 2003, having been drawn to the comforting mountains and unique community.

As a massage therapist since 1995 and educator since 2013, I am always searching for great therapists.  Grateful to have found consistently high-caliber practitioners at Wild Rose and Blazing Lotus.

I am honored to be part of this magnificent crew who bring exceptional skills and whole hearts to their practice.

Jade Nelle

Front Desk Associate 

Coming Soon

Samantha Carl

Front Desk Associate

Hi, I’m Sam! I’m originally from hot, sunny, Florida. I moved up to Asheville with my partner and pup 3 years ago. It’s hard not to spend all my free time exploring all the lovely scenery Asheville has to offer. I’m constantly taking the little one on new hikes, to different waterfalls, and beautiful grassy fields to lay in. So if you’re looking for a good spot, I’ve got you covered! If I’m not outside, I’m making all kinds of art in my little studio. My goal is to make everyone I meet laugh or at least smile, so come say hi so I can see those beautiful pearly whites! 

Lauren June Butler

Front Desk Associate

I’m Lauren June or you can call me “LJ!”

I’ve lived in multiple southern states, but I found my forever home in the Asheville area over ten years ago.

I’m a Realtor full-time, but I truly enjoy spending a couple of days a week in the peaceful atmosphere of Wild Rose. My previous work in technology and veterinary medicine molded my dedication to integrity, critical thinking, hard work, and client hospitality.

I’m a wife to a musician and mother/stepmother to 3 two-legged children and many four-legged children. I have two wonderful sisters; I’m the middle child. Always remaining faithful to my nature, I’m an animal advocate, outdoor enthusiast, and artist. I’m a houseplant addict; let’s just throw it out there and be honest.

I’m a member of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, advocating and supporting people of all identities and all diversities. Most of all, I have a sincere passion for connecting with people. I look forward to seeing you at our beautiful front desk!

Spencer Driscoll

General Manager 

I grew up in the evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest and relocated to the Asheville area in 2019.  I have a background in spa management as well as in small-scale local organic agriculture. These two lines of work, though they may appear different at first glance, both feed my passion for healing — healing of people, and healing of the earth. I believe that self-care is our first line of defense in the chaos of the modern world, and that self-care looks not only like giving ourselves the gift of relaxation and restorative therapies, but also like taking care of our bodies through ethical nourishment that aligns our needs with the needs of our Mother Earth.  I believe in the positive ripple effect that massage therapy creates in our community by reducing stress and allowing people to feel nurtured and soothed.  In my spare time, I hide out on the family farm with my husband and daughter and enjoy reading copious amounts of sci-fi and fantasy fiction.

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