Our Therapists

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Lynda Hopkins - Owner (Boise)

Massage therapist since 2003
Esthetician since 2005
Licensed practical nurse since 2011

Our Mission Statement

Idaho Massage is owned and operated by massage therapists. All of our therapists are independent contractors. This means that each therapist at Idaho Massage is able to independently provide professional services based on their unique expertise and to customize services that exactly meet our clients' needs. There is no large corporation getting in the way here by telling us how to do our jobs, what to wear, and stifling our ability to give you exactly the kind of massage you want.

Each therapist specializes in different modalities of massage, and offers a different range of services and massage types.

Teresa Steele (Eagle)

Originally from Philadelphia, P.A., I have lived in Idaho since September 2003. I've traveled all over the world as that's what happens when your in the military! We loved Idaho so much, we decided to stay! After my military commitment, I went back to school to pursue my nursing career. I currently am a Licensed Practical Nurse. Although I love nursing, I decided to further my career in a way I feel I can help the whole person, both physically and mentally. I graduated from Milian Institute as a licensed Massage Therapist. I'm able to use my medical background knowledge in Massage Therapy that I feel benefits the ultimate outcomes of why many people get a massage. It's so rewarding to see someone leave with less pain and stress than when they first walk in the door. My goal is help you! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, camping, fishing, running, exercise, and pretty much anything that involves being outdoors enjoying this awesome state we live in!
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Jon Buffington - (Eagle)

Hello!

I've been a licensed massage therapist for over 7 years.  I graduated from the Milan Institute in 2012, and I'm a member of ABMP, as well as a credentialed provider for Regence Blueshield of Idaho.

I am a great deep tissue, structural and rehab massage therapist.  I like using heat and medi-cupping to help maximize results for clients. I can help you relax, but my main goal is to get results. The majority of my clients would describe my sessions as 'hurts so good'.

It's important to me that I work with clients to customize sessions and devise treatment programs for them. I make it a priority to ensure clients feel listened to, and to make sure I understand exactly what is needed in each session.

When I'm not doing massage, I hang out with my family, work out, and follow sports. I also do stand up and improv comedy to blow off steam.

Katelyn Van Loo (Eagle)

I graduated from the prestigious school of Utah College of Massage Therapy in Lindon, UT with over 900 hours of schooling and clinic hours and a 4.0 GPA. I customize my modalities and technique to fit each and every client. Every person is different therefore no two massages will ever be the exact same. My favorite modalities are medium to deep tissue and Trigger Point while still having a relaxing Swedish technique.

My goal for every session is to make you feel better than when you came in. Your pain probably didn’t come overnight and it won’t be solved overnight but if you allow me the chance, I would love to see how I can help you to relieve your pain and discomfort. Whether you’re looking for pain relief, relaxation or would like to experience your first massage, I would love to be a part of that experience. Let’s start a new you today!
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Suley Giddens (Eagle)

Relaxation, Tranquility, Progress
 
   Wether you want to ease your mind or work out the knots that are replacing your shoulders with your ears - I can do them both.

 With a mixture of Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Swedish, and other various techniques, we can achieve balance. I have the gentle, intuitive, calming touch, and the precise firmness required to aliviate and manage muscle aches and tension.

   Since graduating from the Insitute of Therapeutic Massage (Bloomfield,NJ, 2015) it has been extremely rewarding to have been able to bring individuals the care and wellness one deserves; both physically and mentally.
 
   In this busy, hectic world, take the time to slow down time, feel rejuvenated, and ready to take on what's next. 
 
   Outside of massage you can expect to find me lost in music, in the outside world, and daydreaming about the ocean.
 
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Rachele Kershner (Eagle)

Everyday I get to go to work and do what I'm passionate about. I get to help people work through pain, old and new injuries, recover from surgery and even preventative health. With the knowledge I have obtained and the skills I have learned, I get to help people feel better. Not only do I remember each of them for their ailments, kind words, and their stories; I get to meet people who go through transformations. I see people when they are having good and bad days. I am always growing and learning and becoming better so when someone comes to see me, they get the best massage I can offer for their needs. 

I would describe my technique as deep tissue and incorporate trigger point when it's necessary.  If you come to me and ask me to work neck, back and shoulders, that is what you are going to get. When you are uncomfortable with having your feet worked on, I won't go near them. I want you to feel comfortable and listened to. Massage therapy has always been my passion. I graduated from Milan in Boise, Idaho in April 2008 and am lucky to have found my purpose and be able help others. 

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James Beall (Eagle)

I was born in Salt Lake City and spent most of my life in Utah. I am well traveled, having driven trucks in  the 48 continental states. Several challenges led me into this pathway as a bodyworker.

One of my most difficult challenges was being my mother’s full-time caregiver. She was displaying signs of Alzheimer disease, and needed to be looked after. In the space of three years I learned that it’s possible to love and care for someone who doesn’t know who you are, who doesn’t often appreciate you, and does not have the will or the capacity to express thanks.

I met my wife in Boise and when she was struck with some physical challenges, we spent lots of time with physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, and specialists. At home, I found myself rubbing her sore spots, providing temporary relief. My wife decided that I had a healing touch, and suggested I could develop it, as a profession.

I attended Milan Institute Of Massage Therapy in Nampa, Idaho. I passed the MBLEx, and received my license as a Massage Therapist in 2015. My bodywork specialties are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Chair, and Prenatal Massage.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and baby boy.

Danika Lewis (Eagle)

I’ve been practicing as a licensed massage therapist in Texas since 2007 and I’ve been a licensed massage therapist in Idaho since 2017. I have a bachelors in Fitness Instruction from UC Santa Barbara and graduated massage school at Rivercity School of Massage Therapy in San Antonio, TX. I’m also certified as a Yoga teacher through YogaFit.

I’ve been passionate about natural health from an early age and I enjoy being a part of the massage profession because I like to make people feel better. My specialties include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Prenatal, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Stretching & individual Hatha Yoga sessions.

When I’m not working I enjoy exploring the outdoors, hiking in the foothills with my Yellow Lab and Golden Retriever, attending yoga and Pilates classes and hanging out with my extended family.
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Jamie Testin (Eagle)

  • deep tissue •neuromuscular therapy •Swedish •sports massage •myofascial release

In my practice, all these techniques are used with an integrative approach to restore optimal function and movement throughout the body. I like to approach massage as an art form that must be tailored to the specific needs and requests of each individual. No two clients are ever the same and neither are their massage needs.

My massage therapy career began over 16 years ago in Denver, CO. I graduated from the Heritage Institute of Massage with 1,200 hours of massage training including a 12-week intensive neuromuscular therapy certification. My education has centered around stress-relief, injury rehabilitation, and chronic pain management. A majority of my experience comes from working in conjunction with chiropractors and physical therapists in a clinical setting. 

As the mother of 3 children, a marathon runner, and an avid outdoors enthusiast, I recognize how much we need our bodies to be ready to take on our goals in life.

Always with an open mind, I welcome a diverse clientele and love helping my clients find relief from pain and stress through massage therapy.

Stephanie (Eagle)

            Hi, I'm Stephanie. I was born and raised in California. My husband and I moved to the Treasure Valley in 2016.  I have been practicing massage since 2009. I attended National Holistic Institute located in San Jose, Ca. It is currently ranked the number two school in the nation, so I learned a lot and was taught by the best!

            Prior to practicing massage, I was a full time gymnastics coach, and I also served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 6.5 years. I was a Corpsman (medic) working along side the Marine Corps. I have lived all over the United States, and traveled quite a bit.

            My client base ranges from experienced athletes to grandmothers and every body in between. I enjoy performing Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, and Trigger Point. I also love cupping therapy, as well as cupping for cellulite reduction. I specialize in a Swedish-style massage know as “Esalon Massage”. Esalon is known for its healing and nurturing touch; it combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, sculpting of deep musculature and the precision of acupressure. However, EM goes beyond the physical result of bodywork by focusing on energy exchange and psychological well-being. Esalon literally translates to “waves”.

            When I'm not practicing massage, you can find me in the gym working out, or behind a computer or book(s), working towards my Criminal Justice and Law degree.

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Amaya (Eagle)

Amaya was born in Canada but has lived the majority of her life in and around Southern Idaho. Amaya is a nationally certified massage therapist through NCBTMB and has been practicing since 2012. She received her initial training at Milan Institute of Massage Therapy in Boise, ID. Amaya believes that therapeutic massage is a vital part of body maintenance because of its a positive impact on your overall well-being and she loves educating people about its benefits. She specializes in therapeutic Swedish/Deep tissue massage, Reflexology, and Warm Bamboo massage. In addition to massage, Amaya is also is a certified Reiki Master, Theta healing and Infinity Healing practitioner and is passionate about energetic medicine and nutrition. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, camping, photography, writing and is currently developing her own modality of energy healing.

Amaya began her journey with massage searching for her own healing and has found great joy in helping and healing others.  Her intention in every session is to create a better quality of life for all her clients!

Ken McManus

A 2011 Graduate of Healing Mountain Massage School and one who walks a Shamans path. Ken helps you heal your deepest aches and pains.

Ken incorporates many modalities into each session: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point and Myofascial release, Reflexology, Cranial-Sacral, Stretching and Movement based release techniques. All while incorporating techniques commonly found in spas. Each session gives deep therapeutic relief and relaxation.

With extensive experience in many areas, Including: Fibro Myalgia, Cushings Disease, Scoliosis, injury recovery, emotional disturbances, repetitive motion stresses, working with athletes, as well as the regular maintenance massage, he is sure to become a valuable asset in your healthy lifestyle.

Aromatherapy, Cupping, Hot Stone Massage, and Reiki Energy Work can be added into your session!

Massage is an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle. By giving yourself the time to let go of everything, relax the body and calm the mind… this gives you great opportunity to refresh your soul. Enabling you live your life to the fullest. With each session relieving stresses, freeing one to explore their passions.

On a personal note, Ken is an avid outdoors man: enjoying camping, hot springs and traveling. An experienced cook, he loves spending time in the kitchen concocting yumminess! He also enjoys the companionship of our animal friends.
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John (Eagle & Boise)

"My name is John and I am originally from Texas. I grew up outside of Houston area and moved to Idaho Summer 2018. I have lived in a couple different countries and have traveled around much of the world as a backpacker. Some of the reasons I moved up to Idaho were the beauty and the friendly faces. 
 
I come from a Personal Training background and am a Certified NASM trainer. I have been involved with fitness training since 2015. I have been in the Massage Therapy field since 2017 and have a specialty certification in Sports Massage through NCBTMB and American Massage Therapy Association. I enjoy all types of body work and working on all types of people. Each person and each session are never the same and I use a variety of techniques and styles in my work pulling from things like Deep Tissue, Sports, Trigger Point, stretch therapy, etc". 

Marita (Eagle)

Able Body Massage Therapy--Biography for Marietta (Marita) Kerby www.ablebodymassagetherapy.com

Marietta (Marita) Kerby has over 30+ years experience graduating from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and a member of AMTA since 1990.

Marietta's specialties include:
--Trigger Point  
--Sports Massage
--Orthopedic Massage
--Myofascial Release and other deep tissue modalities incorporating
      stretching and movement in her work.
--Relaxation and pregnancy massage

Also offering:  Cold Laser, Ionic Foot Bath

Marietta has extensive injury and chronic pain experience:
--automobile
--sports injuries
--Multiple Sclerosis
--TMJ, Fibromyalgia, etc.

15 years on Ride the Rockies Massage Team, Bicycle Tour of Colorado Massage Team, Right Touch Chair Massage for Taste of Colorado and People’s Fair.

On a personal note she spends a lot of time in the gym and on her bike.  She enjoys reading and theater and is a volunteer mediator for Boise’s small claims court.
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Katie Focht, LMP (Eagle)

Since becoming a massage therapist back in 2003, my focus and greatest strength as a therapist has been deep tissue, therapeutic and treatment work. I have run my own business, worked in the chiropractic setting, as well as contracted out of several massage practices over the years. I feel massage is a key component to wellness.

My goal with each treatment is to decrease pain, tension, breakdown scar tissue, release lactic acid (knots), lengthen shortened muscles and leave my client feeling that each area of concern has been addressed.

To accomplish my treatment goals, I use different levels of deep tissue techniques as well as different tools when needed, such as cupping, hot stones and bamboo. Each person is different, therefore
each treatment is tailored to the clients likes and dislikes in terms of pressure and style.

My family and I just recently relocated to to the area from Washington. Our 2 kids keep us busy with football, lacrosse and cheer. We love to be outdoors with skiing and snowboarding during the winters and out on the lake during the summers. We look forward to all the beautiful sights and adventures Idaho has to offer.

Both my husband and I played sports in college, so with my own experience as an athlete and raising 2 athletes, I understand the need to recover quickly from injuries, pain and discomfort. When you have an active lifestyle, the last thing you want is for your body to hold you back.

I look forward to working with you and helping you get back in your feet and feeling good again!

Maureen

My name is Maureen and I’ve recently made Idaho my new forever home. I’ve dedicated the last 23 years of my life to being a full time mom to 3 beautiful boys while pursuing my once desire to become an RN. In conjunction I took courses to become certified as an EMT, a Phlebotomist and a Massage Therapist. It wasn’t until I received my Massage Therapy license that I truly felt like I found my calling. I find true purpose in utilizing all I have learned in the medical field and Massage Therapy to help my clients achieve a perfect balance of relaxation and therapeutic value in every massage I give. My approach to healing and rehabilitation is an all encompassing one, focusing on the mind, body and spirit. I find great reward in knowing I have the ability to help people manage pain, achieve relaxation and have an overall harmonious wellbeing through the power of touch.
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Lindsey

"My name is Lindsey and I am a licensed and insured massage therapist. With over 5 years of experience in both spa and clinical settings, I pride myself in providing a client-centered, relaxing, and therapeutic massage treatment.

I believe that massage is beneficial for mind, body, and spirit. Whenever I work with a I client I view them holistically and see that mental, physical, and spiritual health is all interconnected. I believe in the healing power of massage and it's impact to all areas of life and view massage as more than a luxury but as a holistic therapeutic treatment. I love providing this therapy to clients so that they may feel more relaxed, grounded, and with less pain and tension.

When I'm not doing massage I'm hiking the Boise foothills, walking my Pomeranian named Buster, doing something creative, or providing energy healing for clients. I also provide energy healing in my massage sessions as an add on. So be sure to ask if you are interested!

I look forward to working with you and being a part of your self-care routine!"

Jacqui

I have been a licensed esthetician since 2014. I love skin care and i love to educate my clients on their own skin care. I have a passion for gaining knowledge in the ever-changing skincare/beauty industry. I am always looking to further my education to keep up to date on current skin care techniques. I love taking continuing education courses and traveling to skin care conventions. I believe beautiful healthy skin shouldn’t cost a fortune, my goal is to provide affordable, luxurious treatments that pamper and help my clients to look and feel their best without breaking the bank.

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Morgan Alexis

My name is Morgan and I am from Seattle.  I graduated from the Cortiva Institute in 2016.  Massage Therapy has saved my life and changed my relationship with health and wellness.  It has taught me that my body is something that needs love and patience, and is to be nurtured.  I strive in excellence to provide that for others through positive human touch.

I utilize injury treatment, neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, swedish, cupping, sports, passive stretching, myofascial, and other techniques to create you a customized experience. Through therapeutic and relaxation techniques I assist my clients in meeting their wellness goals.

When I’m not at the clinic I enjoy my education at Paul Mitchell the School and hanging out with my fabulous dog.  Her name is Molly and she is an 11-month-old female Parti-Poodle.   I enjoy blues music and going on hikes.  I’m quirky and compassionate and brownie points if you make me laugh.   Look forward to working with you!
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