Our Therapists

Bruce Corns, LMT #MA00014016

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, LMT #MA00010777

Amon has been a practicing therapist since 1996 and has 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, LMT #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.”

Stephanie Heckard, LMT #MA6055881

massage therapistStephanie first became interested in massage therapy while in high school when she got in a car accident with her uncle. After her first massage she fell in love with the profession and wanted to massage her whole family to alleviate any pain they had. Although at first Stephanie was doubtful because she did not know body mechanics or how to keep her hands from hurting, thus she did not pursue massage after high school right away. It wasn’t until another person had rear ended her and she went to massage therapy again that she realized that massage therapists do their best to take care of their hands and body so they are also not in pain. After finishing her sessions there, she signed up for school right away and enjoyed what came.

Stephanie went to Cortiva Institute in Federal Way, Washington. There Stephanie learned how to do full body relaxation massage, sports massage, and most important to her, treatment massage. Stephanie also learned a lot about the effects and benefits of massage on the body. Once graduated from the first program Cortiva had to offer, Stephanie decided to continue her education with their extended program. Stephanie was shown many different types of massages such as Thai, Lymphatic Drainage, Lomi Lomi, and hot stone. Stephanie also deepened her knowledge on treatment massage. After graduating, Stephanie started working with a chiropractor to help those who were suffering from pains of a car crash. Stephanie deeply cares about her patients and does everything she can do for them to feel more like themselves again. Stephanie wishes to go back to school to build her knowledge on the human body and how to continue using massage as a means to help others.


Mishon Wooldridge, LMT


Mishon chose massage as a profession out of a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of those around her. She completed 815 hours of massage training and certification from Peninsula College in 2010. Though she has worked in both spa and treatment environments, Mishon has mainly focused her skills on injury recovery. She has worked primarily with clients recovering from car accidents and work injuries, or suffering from pathologies related to chronic muscle tension such as headaches, TMJD, and reduced range-of-motion in the neck, shoulders, and low-back. She has safely seen many clients from acute injury back to normal life. Her specialties include intraoral massage (for TMJD related issue), pre-natal care, and cupping therapy. Mishon is a South Sound native, and lives with her husband, two daughters, and two fluffy cats in North Tacoma.

Payton Matherly, LMT


Payton is from the growing city of Tacoma, WA. She received her massage certification from the Cortiva Massage Institute in Federal Way, and since then, has been practicing massage. She became interested in the healing art of massage after it helped her heal from chronic, excruciating pain caused by a bizarre roller derby accident. An ad on Pandora, along with mentors in the field, helped her make the final decision to pursue massage therapy.

Payton is passionate about pursuing the holistic health and healing field of massage therapy. She believes it is important to make time for self-care and maintenance. After she performed her first few massages at school, she knew she had made the right choice. She has hands-on experience with accident and injury, geriatric, prenatal, and relaxation massage therapy. She enjoys helping people get back into their daily routines and healing from injuries the most. After experiencing her own healing through massage, she enjoys helping heal others. She is excited about the opportunity to fulfill her passion, providing healing to others. Payton plans to continue her education in massage therapy with courses in cupping and acupressure.