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Meet the Therapists

At Embody Wellness, we strive to bring you the most effective and talented massage therapists. Each therapist is CAMTC certified and upholds the ethical standards and practices of our wellness industry. Our therapists are always continuing their education to provide a variety of modalities that better serve our clients needs. Each therapist brings to the team a unique style and skill set and we are sure we can find the right fit for you.


Below you will find a short biography of each of our current therapists. If you have a specific issue or concern you are working with, please call our office at (805) 217-3307 and we can help find the best fit.


Abby Nielsen

Abby found her calling as a Bodyworker 16 years ago. She believes no one should have to live with chronic pain. Through her own experience she has found that consistent, advanced bodywork helps to maintain a pain-free lifestyle. She specializes in headaches, migraines, neck pain, shoulder pain, low back and hip pain. She strives to educate her clients on the importance of regular bodywork and prides herself on building a superior team of Bodyworkers. Abby has spent the past 12 years teaching massage at Kali Institute where she attended school and then later owned and operated for 5 years. She has since sold the school to return to her true passion of working with clients suffering from chronic pain.


Alvaro Bravo

Alvaro started his career as a certified Personal Trainer 9 years ago. He’s a National level bodybuilder, during that process of becoming a professional athlete had a few injuries that forced him to take a break to recover. While seeking treatment from a massage therapist, he gained interest in sports massage therapy.

Alvaro graduated from National Holistic Institute with a 900-hour certification. His mission as a therapist is to reduce pain, promote faster muscle recovery, and overall improved performance for active people and athletes of all levels.


Amber Laughon

Amber has been a massage therapist for 12 years. She loves providing personalized care to each client to address specific concerns and promote relaxation and healing. Amber specializes in therapeutic services including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, trigger point, and reflexology. In her free time, she loves receiving massage, reading books, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.


Carley Rosengren

Carley studied massage at Kali Institute, and has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 2011. Her experience as a formerly trained ballet dancer, and a former physical therapy aide has given her proficient knowledge on the body and effective modalities for increased mobility, healing and function. She specializes in relaxation, her pressure ranging from light, medium to firm. She incorporates gentle stretch and acupressure into her technique to alleviate stress, tension, and headaches.

Carley prefers to give full-body massages while focusing on any areas of the body that are in need of extra attention. Her approach to massage is to create a personalized safe space for clients to reset, recharge and rebalance so they can leave feeling fully restored and rejuvenated. Her passion to help others achieve their optimal wellness through massage shows through her nurturing personality and intuitive energy, making her job very rewarding when a transformation is witnessed from when clients arrive to when they leave.


Dana Garcia

Dana has been in the industry for 14 years. She has a broad range of skills in the massage and skin care realm. Her massage specialties include Swedish and deep tissue massage, incorporating tools, trigger point, myofascial release, Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Hot Stone.

Dana loves to mix her day with both massage, skincare, and hair removal services. You have your choice of 3 specialized facials with various enhancements available. In addition to making your skin glow, she can also shape, tint, and lift the hair you want, and get rid of the hair you don't.


Edyta Barylska

Edyta is passionate about delivering therapeutic massage to enhance wellbeing and provide relief from a combination of stress, tension, pain, trauma, grief & anxiety. She is attentive & compassionate with a main focus of supporting your body in wellness and healing. She is comfortable working with light to deep pressure.

She has studied Western, Thai, Neuro-Structural Bodywork, Lymphatic, Craniosacral & Pregnancy massage. She enjoys taking continuing education classes to improve her skills


Jamie McCurdy

Jamie is a Ventura native and a graduate of Kali Institute for Massage and Somatic Therapies. She spent the early part of her career as a Certified Massage Practitioner at Caress Day Spa in Capitola, CA. She is versed in Swedish, Thai, Neuro-structural Bodywork, Cupping, Prenatal, Warm Stone, Acupressure, Reflexology, Sports massage, as well as Reiki and intuitive energy healing. Jamie is always seeking to further her education in Anatomy and Bodywork and is currently focusing her attention on the study of Lymphatic Drainage. She is always happy to share information she gains along the way to aid clients in their continued healing process!


Jim Mansfield

Jim has been a massage therapist for over 30 years. He is a Ventura native and has spent his career working at various Ventura massage and spa locations and even worked on the set of Swordfish while they were filming downtown. Jim carries a chill vibe that you instantly feel when you meet him. He specializes in Swedish, sports massage, deep tissue, chair massage, and Shiatsu. On his downtime you may catch him playing a little blues harmonica or walking Surfer’s Point.


Karen Ankrom

Karen brings a multitude of skills to the team. She has a background in esthetics, personal training, and massage. She can give a gloriously relaxing swedish with light to firm pressure, or she can bring the works with her Ashiatsu set-up. With Ashiatsu she uses her feet while balancing with overhead bars to deliver deeper pressure while still delivering the flow & relaxation of a hands-on Swedish massage. If you’ve never had an Ashiatsu session, you gotta try it out.


Saul Castenon

Saul joined the Embody Wellness team in February of 2023. He attended Kali Institute for Massage and Somatics Therapies, where he graduated in December of 2021, and has been a Certified Massage Therapist ever since. Saul is a Neurostructural Bodyworker, incorporating Swedish massage, deep tissue, cupping, hot stone, Shiatsu (acupressure), Thai massage, and energy work. He values client communication, to better understand each client’s individual wellness goals. And if you have any pesky knots, he’ll track them down and work them out.


Tammy Skinner

Tammy has been a massage therapist since 2013. She instantly fell in love with the trade and is passionate about giving and receiving massage. Tammy specializes in therapeutic, deeply relaxing, corrective Swedish massage that leans towards a medium-firm pressure with deep tissue if needed. She also offers prenatal, hot stones, cupping and aromatherapy that can be incorporated into any session. Tammy's goal is to offer clients a place to escape from the stress, pain and wear and tear from everyday life.


Nikita Bhakta

Nikita embodies the essence of healing through her massage practice of three years. With a foundation deeply rooted in holistic healing and Eastern modalities, she is a beacon of warmth and comfort for those seeking mindbody balance and restoration.

Trained in an array of ancient healing arts including Ayurvedic therapies, Thai massage, Lomi Lomi, and Energy Healing, Nikita's intentional touch seamlessly blends with her intuitive understanding of the body's innate wisdom; she incorporates the soothing strokes of Swedish massage to the gentle yet profound techniques of Shiatsu and Craniosacral therapy.

Outside the studio, Nikita finds joy in the rhythmic movements of Capoeira, the fluidity of dance, and the serenity of meditation. These passions infuse her practice with a dynamic energy that deeply resonates with those on their journey to wellness.

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