Meet the Team
The Stable Spa at The Horse Shoe Farm employees the very best talent in all fields of massage work and other body therapies. Read more about our current team members below!
The Stable Spa at The Horse Shoe Farm employees the very best talent in all fields of massage work and other body therapies. Read more about our current team members below!
Wendy Morrison is a Sacred Sound Therapist and Certified Crystal Healer with a passion for Sacred space clearing, Crystal healing and Mother Gaia. With over 20 years experience in the holistic field, Wendy utilizes her knowledge, certification, and experience in Quantum energywork, Vastu (Indian Feng Shui), Intermediate/Advanced Dowsing, Sound Therapy, Numerology and Crystals to make her space clearings one of a kind. Wendy has created and managed two holistic centers in the Midwest and is excited to share her gifts at the Stable Spa and Sanctuary. Her vision is to create a transformative experience with each interaction, treatment and class.
Tesa’s intention is to provide completely customizable healing sessions by creating a balance between therapeutic specific massage while also supporting unwinding of the sympathetic nervous system. Her specialty is Deep Tissue while also able to incorporate Table Thai Stretches, Reflexology, Cranial Holds, Trigger Point work all resulting in a dynamic experience. As a avid mountain biker and yogini, she understands the importance of massage and how it integrates into a healthy lifestyle.
Kelly Bruce is a writer, forest therapy guide and nature connection mentor. Her passion is being outside and inspiring others to connect with the land and water. She lives and works in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where she guides the young and young at heart to explore their relationship with the natural world. Her mission is to help cultivate a deeper connection with nature, community and ourselves for enhanced mental and physical well being. Formal training includes the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Certified Guide, American Canoe Association Level 1-2 SUP Instructor, and Wilderness First Aid.
Nichole started her yoga journey in the early 2000’s. The first class she took was in someone’s home, all ages and levels. It was in Savasana that she feel in love with the practice, after moving her body around in many new comfortable and uncomfortable ways she was grateful to end in a deep relaxation. That was the beginning of the understanding that before there is peace there need to be release. Nichole has a natural ability to connect to people. It is her dharma, life purpose, to teach and heal. In a class or session with Nichole you can expect to begin the journey of self discovery and healing. Her magic tools are Ayurveda and yoga therapy. It is her passion to be a guiding light in the process of preparing and tending to the soil of soul. Nichole is the lead trainer in all of the YVC Yoga and Ayurveda programs. Nichole is a Nama Certified Ayurvedic Heath Counselor, 900hr Clinical IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, ERYT 500HR Teacher trainer.
Lindsay loves to go with the flow, dance with her breath, and to become a witness to her body and mind as she moves through poses, and finds stillness in meditation. Yoga is the tool she uses to seek balance and equanimity in her body, mind and soul, and she is passionate about sharing what she’s learned with others, so that everyone can move a little more gently and gracefully through their daily life. Lindsay received her RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certification after undergoing teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center. Lindsay is excited to continue her studies as she works towards further certifications this year. In addition to virtual classes, she currently teaches at local area studios. Lindsay teaches what she practices: Vinyasa flows of all intensity levels: from gentle through Power sequences. She enjoys all forms of yoga, so each class is different, and incorporates ideas from different traditions and lineages that may be helpful to the flow of life.
Angela Fuller is an experienced Psychic Medium who uses Tarot, Oracle cards, astrology and pendulum work to contact your guides, angels, spirit animals, and reads your energy field to gain the most empowering messages to help you on your path. She has a special gift for seeing your gifts and strengths that you may not realize you have in the present or from past lives. Angela is also a Medium and she’s able to connect with people and animals who have passed on. She connects with souls and spirits to deliver positive messages and gain insight.
Noam is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. He draws from his experience as a Bio-energetics & Feldenkrais expertise (movement). In addition, Noam coaches personal and interpersonal communication skills (Nonviolent communication) to individuals, couples and groups. He continues to support people from all walks of life dealing with deep seated resistance and feeling of overwhelm, as a result of trauma, injuries and simple everyday wear and tear. The tools and guidance Noam offers focuses on the gifts and talents each individual has. The treatments and tools are unique to every client, and may include hand on body / energy work, mindfulness, breathing techniques, sound & movement conversation. His approach helps clients release the resistance and interrupt habitual patterns, so you can move towards choice and possibilities.
Melissa Gelineau, LMBT is a 2018 graduate from Asheville School of Massage and Yoga. Having been a registered nurse for nearly 25 years, her nurturing, empathy, and her genuine love for people is palpable. This passion for helping others moved her to pursue a life- long dream of being a massage therapist. Having trained and raced triathlons, mountain bikes and endurance running, along with the extensive study of anatomy and physiology, massage and yoga training, Melissa uses this knowledge to help her clients find ease and harmony within their body. With every client, she offers her whole heart into every session she delivers. Melissa will be offering Medi-cupping, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point and Thai massage at The Stable Spa to nurture the mind, body and spirit.
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After practicing PT for about 10 years, Soulinee noted the importance of emotional/mental and spiritual healing that is necessary for total physical healing to occur. Earning a Master’s in Counseling / Psychology helped her gain the knowledge to understand deeper processes that affect the function of the body in various ways and how to address them for resolution. Her practice now is primarily manual based using a variety of techniques such as myofascial release, muscle energy, acupressure with a certification in process acupressure, craniosacral, visceral manipulation by Jean Barral D.O., strain counterstrain, zero balancing ( a series of points that balance alignment and energy in the body) and sound tuning. With a mind body approach, clients can discover more about their body physically, emotionally, and spiritually. By addressing blockages to open new pathways to build more empowerment and connection to the Divine.
Cori is a licensed and NCCAOM certified Acupuncturist who works with Eastern Medicine, ancestral nutrition, and lifestyle coaching to create the foundations for healthy and vital living. She utilizes many modalities including acupuncture, herbal medicine, stone medicine, massage, nutritional supplements, and health coaching. Her specialties include longevity, women’s health and digestive issues, however, she does have experience treating a broad range of health conditions.
She earned a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in 2015. Her comprehensive training
included the in-depth study of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na massage, channel palpation, moxibustion, cupping, nutrition, qigong, and meditation. Prior to Chinese Medicine school, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Asian Studies from Florida State University in 2009.
Her love has always been for “grandmother medicine”; recalling the wisdom and teachings from our ancestors about the ways that we evolved to live. She was
particularly attracted to the ancient healing traditions of China, because their system of medicine focused on a person’s entire wellbeing. In life, she is an avid student of Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction teachings, and enjoys an array of creative endeavors, cooking, and having adventures with her dog Daisy.
Gretta Grainger feels massage is a language without words; an energetic dance between she and her client. By keeping her heart open and remaining present, Gretta is able to meet, lovingly, each client where they are, creating a safe space to heal in whatever way their body, mind and spirit might need. Her integrative massage is Esalen-inspired and adjusted to meet each client’s needs, whether it be therapeutic massage, deep tissue, Reflexology, or Biodynamic Cranial Touch.
For over 25 years, Gail has devoted her life to expanding consciousness & transformation. She has traveled extensively to India, other parts of the world and around the U.S. to gain Mastery of her craft. Her current work is a result of her deep understanding of the connection of mind, body & spirit as it pertains to the New Earth. Gail holds a B.S. in Health Sciences and has experience, certifications & initiations in Crystal Healing, Shamanism, Energy Medicine, Reiki, Spiritual Life Coach, Living Foods, and Oneness Training directly from Spiritual Masters in India and Qi Gong. It is Gail’s passion to share her expertise and assist clients who are ready to expand their awareness of who they really are and create their lives on purpose. Gail’s compassion, gentleness and her intuition shows through everything she does. Helping clients heal as they Awaken to who they really are is the focus of her practice.
Erin Kennedy is a 200hr RYT certified instructor with a passion for bringing mindful movement to kids and families. Erin found her way to the mat in early 2000 and through her practice found strength, confidence, and a new connection to self and soul. The healing she experienced on the mat led Erin to complete her teacher training and begin to share yoga in 2019. Erin quickly learned that her passion was to bring awareness to kids and families through yoga, essential oil education, and the divine connection of Reiki. She loves empowering families to be their own healers through mindful movement and plant medicine.
Madelynn Marie comes to wellness from a space of healing and transformation. A massage and bodywork therapist since 2012, she has nearly a decade of wellness coaching experience. She carries numerous therapeutic certifications including Ayurvedic Modalities, Sacred Lomi Lomi, Esalen-inspired Massage, Pelvic Floor, Healing from the Core Energy Medicine: Distance Healing, as well as being an End-of-Life Doula.
Hanna’s yoga journey began in 2016 when she sought out alternative methods to cope with anxiety. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, her love for travel and for teaching inspired her to join a yoga teacher training program at The Mystical Yoga Farm in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This experience shaped her practice in a unique and unforgettable way. By living off the land and increasing her knowledge of yoga, ayurveda, the body, and meditation, she began to develop an even deeper understanding of the practice. Hanna is a WNC native and has worked in many studios in the Waynesville and Asheville area. In addition to teaching high school Spanish, she enjoys being outdoors in the beautiful mountains and soaking up all that Mother Nature has to offer. Her classes bring an authenticity to the mat that helps her students connect mind, body, and soul while bringing yoga to a personal level.
Allison has been a licensed massage and bodywork therapist for 9 years. She is certified in several modalities; a few of which are Thai Table Massage: Hot Bamboo Fusion, Upledger Cranio Sacral Therapy, Oncology Massage, and the wonderful Bellanina Facelift Massage. Allison feels that her years as a birthing Doula, and Occupational Therapy work with geriatrics and post surgical rehabilitation have culminated in her passion for massage therapy.
Jan has been practicing massage since 2008 and continues to love her work. Jan has specialty training in oncology, Thai Yoga massage, pregnancy, cranial sacral and reflexology massage. She also offers the Bellanina Facelift Massage which uses all natural products and focuses on lifting and toning the muscles of the face. She incorporates her specialty training into an unique massage experience for each client.
Bitsy Merriman, BFA, FRSA, E-RYT 200, is a certified yoga instructor from The Yoga of Energy Flow. She holds certificates in Yoga for Senior Citizens, Restorative Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. She is currently working on her 300HR in Yin from Summers School of Yin. Bitsy offers beginner yoga, and all levels of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, combining asanas (poses) and explorations of breath to enhance your energy. Additionally, she teaches Wall and Chair Yoga, incorporating poses and alignment using the wall and chairs for support. She also recently trained in Aerial Yoga so she could incorporate key floating poses within Yin/Restorative and Yoga Nidra. Bitsy is known for her classes combining Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra; a form of guided meditation.
Paula is a licensed esthetician and previous Spa & Inn owner. She converted an Inn with an 1879 attached barn to spa in southern Maine, the spa became a favorite retreat for locals and guests. Her passion is guest centered warm hospitality derived from years of working in luxury hotels. Her mission is to make you feel cared for, healthy, and rejuvenated. Working one on one she will strive to understand your skin and bodies special needs, and to ensure that each treatment is uniquely customized to you. She specializes in offering facials using the best Aryuvedic lines, body wraps to detoxify and destress, and relaxing foot therapies creating a warm glow inside and out. Paula’s interests include hiking, reading, swimming, and exploring places that connect with all five senses such as San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, Provence, France, Tuscany, Italy and Nantucket, MA. All destinations that feature nature, organic cuisines, and a culture of being well.
Demacy is a yogi, lover of nature, free-spirit and kind soul. She has been a steady practitioner of yoga since 2015 before recently beginning her teaching journey. She received her 200 hour certification from Asheville Yoga Center in 2019 and is extremely grateful to her teachers for bestowing their knowledge upon her. She believes that yoga is a healing, life changing practice that should be accessible to all bodies, cultures and backgrounds. She offers many styles including vinyasa, restorative, yin, post/prenatal and family yoga classes. She’s studied closely with the amazing Sierra Hollister resulting in Kundalini yoga being her absolute favorite class to teach. Demacy is forever a student with hopes to inspire others to start their own journey through the community and connections that yoga cultivates. She is excited to bring her love to yoga to The Horse Shoe Farm and Stable Spa.
Carol is your guide on a healing journey of enlightenment, uncovering your true nature and the wellness that is within you. By blending the timeless knowledge of Ayurveda and the modern spa experience, your experience will be as unique as you. Her endless dedication to the healing arts of Ayurveda, bodywork and massage started over 15 years ago. She is a nationally Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Panchakarma Technician and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. All of Carol’s in-depth study and years of experience results in a comprehensive and personalized mind, body, spirit experience.
After toiling in the film and travel industries, I set my sights on establishing a career in a beautiful place, helping people enjoy it as much as I do. I have found it here in the mountains of North Carolina and in particular, at The Horse Shoe Farm. My three pups are thrilled that I enjoy my job so much, and that I am balanced and happy with a place that encourages it. The only roots I’m showing now are my southern ones.
Dan has been offering integrative bodywork for over 30 years. In addition to helping clients live a more pain-free lifestyle through deep therapeutic bodywork and learning about self-treatment, he has a passion for helping individuals along their path of personal transformational work, facilitating and nurturing physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Dan blends a tailor-made approach to each client, skillfully integrating his intuitive touch with his background in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Energy Healing, and Structural Balancing. He is also available as a two-therapist team with his wife, Mariana, gracefully complementing each others talents for a rare and unique four-handed massage experience of profound bliss and balance.
Mariana’s has a passion and a natural gift for massage. Your session will soothingly guide her hands as she caringly integrates Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial work, Reflexology and Hot Stone treatments, to gently soften taut muscles and trigger points. She customizes each session according to the clients needs that day, allowing them to completely unwind and melt into the table. Mariana also offers a rare form of four-handed massage with her husband, Dan, providing a deeply profound, relaxed, balanced and blissful experience for their clients.