Our Therapists

Bruce Corns LMP

massage therapistBruce is a Tacoma native who has been practicing massage for 10 years. He currently owns and operates Northwest Therapeutic Massage. He studied massage at Ashmead, where he graduated with honors, and then continued his education by completing both their Sports Injury program, and the Aromatherapy and Spa program. Various continuing education classes Bruce has taken since then include Hot Aromatic Stone Massage, Structural Integration, Treatment of Neck Injuries, and Practical Business Management. During the early part of Bruce’s career he had the opportunity to share office space with a chiropractor, work with one of the regions top high end spas, work with the 2002 US Olympic Boxing team, Cuban National team, University of Puget Sound swim team, and was a “preferred” massage therapist for several of the top hotels in Seattle and Tacoma.

 

A. Amon Greene, LMP

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Amon has been a practicing therapist since 1996has worked on clients ranging from professional athletes, to pre-natal, to hospice.  He traveled to Thailand in 1999 to study at Wat Po in Bangkok, the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, and to Shanghai in 2011 to further his understanding of Asian bodywork. As an instructor at the N.W. School of Massage for nearly 15 years, where he was lead instructor for both the Asian studies and Injury treatment programs, he both deepened his learning and taught several modalities of massage including: Shiatsu, Thai massage, Neuro-Muscular Therapy (NMT), Deep Tissue, and many more. He has also worked as a therapist in several settings over the years, from a variety of spas (retreat, resort, day etc.…) to a variety of clinics and hospitals. Amon recently graduated with two degrees and with honors from S.P.S.C.C. in Olympia and will be continuing his education at the U.W. Tacoma in the fall of 2015. Prior to his career in massage, Amon was involved as a competitor and instructor in the martial arts and now practices Tai Ji Quan regularly. “I love what this career can do for people’s health, both mentally and physically.” Amon is a Washington native who provides a one of a kind massage experience.

Tomas “Itsa” Shash, BS-Bio, LMP# MA60566787

itsaItsa, as he is known to friends and family, was raised in southern Colorado and has fallen deeply in love with the Pacific Northwest since moving here in 2012. Truly passionate about the healing arts, Itsa’s understanding of the mind-body-spirit comes from professional education, interdisciplinary studies, and personal experience in overcoming chronic pain. Itsa received his Reiki II certification in 2006. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in biology, which he received in 2010, Itsa took multiple internships to study Oriental medicine and Touch for Health Applied Kinesiology. He received his massage certification from Clover Park Technical College in 2015, where he graduated at the top of his class. He is currently pursuing advanced study in myofascial therapy and injury rehabilitation. Itsa enjoys time in the garden, wildcrafting, and is a level three Balintawak Escrima practitioner. “True health comes from within; my joy comes from the empowerment of those seeking to realize their greatest vision of health and well-being.”

 

Bethany French, LMP

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Bethany French graduated from Ashmead in 2005 at the top of her class. Upon completion of massage school, she returned to her home town of Tacoma. Bethany has owned and operated a private practice the majority of her career; specializing in treatment based modalities; such as, injury treatment, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point release, pregnancy massage and Swedish gymnastics. Bethany has taken continuing education courses in aromatherapy and Thai massage. Bethany has a nurturing spirit that comes through in her massage, Taking time for herself with family in the outdoors is part of how she nurtures that spirit.

 

 

Mary “Kristina” Gonzales, LMP

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Kristina was born and raised in Western WA, Kristina has 3 teenage children and a new baby is coming spring of 2017. She first became inspired by the field of massage in 1998 when she was brought to Ashmead college’s student clinic for her first massage. Kristina was then faced with the uphill battle that chronic pain plagues many people with. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia came in 2010, and the best relief came from massage- further fueling her desire to help others with chronic pain management.

Kristina graduated from Clover Park Technical College’s Massage program in April 2015 at the top of her class and took a primary role in rehabilitation for her mother-in-law after her diagnosis of breast cancer. Scar tissue mobility treatment during and after radiation therapy, and edema reduction went hand in hand with the oncology surgery recovery. Researching and learning about conditions is something she finds fascinating, and enjoys doing in her own free time. Any time that Kristina comes across a condition or disorder that she hasn’t treated, or has not heard of- she researches it thoroughly. Learning about the best ways to help her clients, she feels, makes her a better therapist. She strives to help each client leave their sessions feeling better than when they came in. Besides oncology treatments, Kristina specializes in upper back, neck and shoulder treatments- from repetitive motion injuries & motor vehicle accidents. She also has experience with joint replacement scar tissue manipulation and helps clients regain range of motion that many had not realized they lost over time. Kristina routinely uses: deep tissue, myofascial release, cross-fiber friction, neuromuscular, passive-positional release, active isolated stretching, pin-and-stretch & trigger point release techniques in her unique treatment processes.