OWNER & MASSAGE THERAPIST
Touch has always been one of my talents. Through massage therapy I enjoy the satisfaction of facilitating the body to heal itself. In addition to 14+ years as a licensed professional, I also have a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University which has given me an educational edge in the industry.
In working with my clients I strive to find the origin of your issues instead of merely rubbing where it hurts and treating the symptom.
I specialize in hot stone therapy, cranial sacral, essential oil therapy and prenatal massage.
As the owner of Palestra Boutique Spa and the founding therapist of Blue Heron Massage I am committed to raising the industry bar by providing a superior work culture for our therapists and unparalleled quality of care for our clients.
Native of Toronto, Canada, Colleen orchestrates daily activities for smooth operations and superb guest services. She is the friendly voice when you call to make an appointment, gives detailed attention to your needs and is dedicated to make your visit a long-lasting impression.
Her extensive experience in customer care goes back to the beginning of her career where she attended customer’s at a department store. Throughout her career she worked in various facets of retailing. Excelling in guest services is second nature to her.
It has been a true joy to be able to practice massage therapy for over 14 years. I found my way to Palestra through Greensboro, NC, where I enjoyed reaching as many individuals as possible with a well-balanced approach with the goal of both pain and stress relief.
Each massage is a new experience, tailored to meeting the client where they are in the moment. I have worked at massage centers, chiropractic offices, college universities, and a yoga studio. Along with deep tissue I specialize primarily in sports massage, essential oil therapy, Tui Na, and hot stone massage among other techniques.
I have a passion for helping people be their best self. This has led me to also achieve my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Science in the area of Nutrition. In the near future I aspire to become a dietitian to increase my ability to truly help people. I also love to cook and to teach others new culinary skills.
Debra has been a Licensed Massage Therapist & Body Worker since 2006. She graduated from New York College of Health Professions Syosset, NY. Debra holds a massage license in NY as well as NC.
She has worked in chiropractic offices, wellness centers, hotels and spas. She likes to reach as many individuals as she can to bring nurturing, holistic healing and well-being to those who seek it.
Debra customizes each massage session to meet the needs of her clients. Her specialties are Swedish, Amma, Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release and TP Therapy.
Besides her passion for massage therapy, Debra enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her interests include yoga, pilates, physical fitness classes, hiking, kyaking, skiing, reading and traveling.
Kathryn was born in Western Michigan and grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She moved to Charlotte in 1993 seeking opportunity.
She started her career in retail and quickly realized she was attracted to skincare and makeup. Kathryn has been a licensed cosmetologist for 20 years, but always had a special interest in skincare. Desiring a more in-depth education in esthetics, she went back to school and graduated from the Aveda Institute, earning her certification in Esthiology. Kathryn believes that to be the best in this industry you have to always be open to learning and growing.
In addition to offering her clients the best experience at Palestra, Kathryn believes that home care and lifestyle is the key to maintaining beautiful, healthy skin. She prides herself in taking an individual approach and customizes every service for each client. She is thrilled to be a part of the Palestra team.
In her free time, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and in-line skating.
Born and raised in Concord NC, Mariah is a native to the area. She is a mother and family person. Mariah enjoys traveling, learning, and spending time with her little one.
Mariah is fairly new to the industry but is extremely passionate about her career. She is excited to be part of the Palestra team.
Natia was born in an Eastern Europe, in the country of Georgia. She spent most of her adult life in dentistry, before she found her true passion for skincare.
She graduated at the Aveda Institute in Charlotte, with the Director ‘s Award and the Best Facial award. As a NC Board Certified Esthetician, Natia always has a smile on her face and takes great pride in having every single client happy and satisfied!
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Samantha was born in Knoxville, TN, and relocated to Charlotte in 2017.
Samantha graduated from the Aveda Institute with the highest GPA in her class. She also received the Best in Wax Award. Samantha is certified in lash extensions through Bella Lash, and she is passionate about enhancing your natural beauty.
Samantha enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her dogs. She believes in living a balanced life through proper diet, exercise and self care.