Becky graduated from the Aveda Institute in 2017 after studying graphic design and psychology at Grandview. She has been a lifelong dancer which helps her to better empathize with people who have hobbies or careers that are hard on their bodies. She offers massages that can be both relaxing and flowing as well as focused and deep. Becky loves travel and cycling and has participated in RAGBRAI before! Click here to read her blog and learn more!
Cyerra is a graduate of the Nail Technician and Esthetics program at PCI Academy in Ames and joined us in 2015. Cyerra has a passion for helping people maintain beautiful nails and at PCI was a go-to girl for Brazilian waxing. She is one of our nail technicians who LOVES nail art! She's also a great choice for a thorough facial and skin care advice. Cyerra is a mom of 3 and we always know when Cyerra is in the spa because we can hear her infectious laugh carry through the halls. Clickto learn more. Cyerra will be on maternity leave in September-October 2017.
Camille joined us in 2012 and is a our managing esthetician. She has both esthetics and cosmetology licenses and provides facials, waxing, body scrubs, and nail services at the spa. Her clients adore her and even our massage therapists are impressed with her skills during the massage portion of her facials and scrubs! A recent facial client from out-of-town gave her the highest praise stating "I wish my massage therapist was that good at neck massage!" Camille is popular with wax clients as well and provides all non-massage services except for french tip polishing. Camille and her husband are "parents" to two dogs and she's always planning her next trip to Hawaii. Click to learn more.
Julie has been a licensed massage therapist since 2014 and brings many years of experience as a registered nurse to our team. She has worked as an ER charge nurse and currently works as a home care nurse for children with disabilities. She provides part-time massage therapy at the spa, specializing in both relaxation and massage for specific concerns. Her nursing patients are blessed to enjoy her therapeutic massage while in her care and we're thankful she joined our team! Click here to learn more about Julie!
Cori is a licensed cosmetologist who has also graduated from massage therapy school. She has been providing excellent nail care for our team since 2016 and in June 2017 transitioned to a full time position as a receptionist on our team because of her excellent customer service skills. Cori still sees nail care clients on a limited basis and soon she will join Cassie and Kelly filling in for massage therapy sessions on occasion as well!
Massage Therapy Team
Licensed Massage Therapists from Left to Right: Tiffany Jackson, Jamee Williams, Julie Accola, Dawn Knutson, Kristiana Moore, Justin Behanish, Cassie Sampson (Owner), Tisha Knight (Also an esthetician), Camdine Cox, Kelly Parker (Manager)
See more images on individual blog posts in each bio.
Licensed Skin and Nail Care Professionals from Left to Right: Cyerra Kemp (skin and nail care), Camille Arbegast (skin and nail care), Cassandra Lacina-Griffin (skin and nail care), Tisha Knight (skin care and massage therapy), Hannah Bates (skin and nail care), Cammie Tran (skin and nail care), Cori Huggins (nail care)
Jamee received her massage therapy training at Body Wisdom School and joined our team in 2015. She provides both relaxation and deep tissue styles of massage and infuses acupressure techniques into her sessions. Jamee has a long history in health care where she has worked as a certified nurse aide for over 10 years and she's mom to a baby AND a teenager. Jamee loves to travel and can't wait to continue her massage education around the world. She's our master of unique modalities like cupping and Shiatsu, book with her to learn more about what she can do in a future visit! Click to learn more.
Justin has been providing massage full time since 2007 and joined our team in 2013. He was voted Des Moines' Best Massage Therapist in 2014 AND 2015! Justin is very active with Capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) and Jiu Jitsu, hockey, and weightlifting so he really understands his active clients. His massage style and knowledge of assisted stretching is perfect for athletes but he can also provide an incredibly nurturing massage and has a large base of aging clients so he is a great fit for men and women with a variety of pressure preferences and health concerns. Click to learn more.
Cassie Sampson, BA/LMT, opened East Village Spa in 2008. With the spa's growth through the years (from 3 to 10 treatment rooms!) she primarily oversees the general day-to-day operations of the spa. She occasionally fills in for our massage therapists as needed and does an annual charity "massage-a-thon" in February. In her free time you'll find her teaching, running, biking, swimming and snuggling her old hound dogs. Cassie also designs jewelry to raise money for animal charities (check it out at the spa!) She's a member of the Des Moines AM Rotary Club and serves on the South Suburban YMCA board and the Iowa Massage Therapy Board. You'll usually find her at our front desk as she loves getting to know everyone's clients (and because that's where we keep the chocolate!)
Conny came to the US from Germany where she first studied reflexology and massage techniques and brings a unique perspective of health and wellness to the spa. She and graduated from Body Wisdom School in Iowa in 2017 to receive her professional license. Conny has an intuitive style and enjoys incorporating elements of acupressure and reflexology into her massage therapy sessions. Conny has family all over the world and loves traveling. Fun fact, before her massage career, Conny worked as an engineer in the German Environmental Protection Agency! Learn more about her here.
Cammie graduated from the Aveda Institute with cosmetology and esthetics licenses. She provides incredibly relaxing and gentle manicures and pedicures and is sensitive to her clients' needs. Cammie's Aveda training has helped her cultivate a very relaxing facial technique as well. Cammie is a mother to two boys, a cat and a rabbit and is passionate about parenting and natural wellness. She has served as a surrogate mother in the past and truly cares about others and their families. Click to learn more.
Camdine (pronounced Cam-den) graduated from the Iowa College of Natural Health and received her Massage Therapy License in 2009. She has taken a variety of sports massage and deep tissue continuing education courses since graduation. Camdine has worked full time in massage clinics and chiropractic offices, specializing in sports, deep tissue, prenatal, and hot stone massage since 2013 and is passionate about helping her clients find relief from pain so they can continue to pursue the activities they enjoy. Camdine loves spending time with her son and is an excellent cook. Click to learn more.
Kelly joined our team for 4 years in 2009 as our managing massage therapist. Kelly's travels took her to a position with the Four Seasons where she further fine-tuned her massage and customer service skills and became an expert in the Farmhouse Fresh product line. Kelly returned to Iowa to rejoin our team in 2014 as our desk manager (and Cassie's "Life Manager.") Kelly loves live music and is often seen dancing at concerts and promoting local bands. She's active in the community, spearheading fundraising efforts for an annual food bank fundraiser and as a member of the Historic East Village board. Kelly is also a massage therapist and like Cassie, doesn't accept regular appointments, but loves helping when we need her to fill in!
Molly K. is our assistant desk manager. She is a delight and can help you with your appointments and is great at making sure our guests remember their appointments! She is also an esthetician who has trained in our Rhonda Allison line so she's a great resource for questions you might have. In addition to her many talents at the desk, she's happy to help our guests finish the crossword puzzles in their magazines!
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Dawn has been a member of our team since 2011, filling in as needed and providing great, nurturing massage therapy to our guests. Dawn specializes in relaxation massage including our signature, hot stone, and prenatal services. It is always a good day when Dawn's at the spa! When she's not working at East Village Spa, she's a busy mom to 3 boys and avid crocheter with "Yarn over Matter" Click to learn more.
Cassandra joined us in 2013 after 5 years at the Winding Stream Spa in Tama. She is popular with guests looking for french tip manicures and great skin care advice. Her clients with skin concerns have enjoyed awesome skin improvements from Rhonda Allison peels, which she loves to do. She and her husband are parents to 4 rescue pets and Cassandra is a weekly volunteer at Animal Lifeline of Iowa and an animal foster mom for Fluffy Butts Animal Rescue. Click to learn more.
Lindsay is a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician. She graduated from PCI in Ames and provides nail, waxing, and skin care services for our guests. Lindsay brings sunshine and warmth wherever she goes. Her first month on our team she was voted employee of the month for her incredible attitude and passion for the industry. When she isn't nurturing her guests at the spa, she's watching her kid's softball games, leading a girl scout troop, and spending time with her husband. Lindsay has Alopecia and is a great resource for anyone dealing with hair loss. Get to know more about Lindsay here.
Kristiana has been a full time licensed massage therapist since 2007 and joined our team in 2012. Kristiana is popular with clients who appreciate her quiet approach to her work. She is a good fit for people looking for light to firm pressure relaxation massage and also has training in Craniosacral Massage and provides great neck work! She especially enjoys giving hot stone massage and also provides a relaxing prenatal massage. She's a mom to an awesome baby girl and Kristiana and her husband love hiking and traveling. Click to learn more.
Heather joined our team in after graduating from Body Wisdom School in 2016. She loves to customize services, blending relaxation and specific spot work into one unique session. She has volunteered her services to assist animals, children, and senior citizens. Heather is a genuinely caring person and is interested in truly getting to know her clients and their needs. When she isn't at the spa caring for her guests, she loves nature, travel with her teenage sons, and spending time at the YMCA! Learn more about Heather here.
Hannah graduated from Body Wisdom school where she specialized in sports and deep tissue massage. Prior to joining our team she worked at a clinic primarily working with men and she enjoys seeing more client diversity at East Village Spa. Hannah was born and spent most of her childhood (through age 14) in Ghana, West Africa. Because of how massage has helped with her own physical pain, she is passionate about helping others who experience pain. Click here to read her blog and learn more!
The friendly crew at the front desk: Kelly Parker (our fearless manager!), Molly Kinsey, Assistant Manager, and Cori Hugins, Receptionist, Cosmetologist, and Soon-to-be LMT!
If you wish to request a specific team member, you must indicate in the DROP DOWN menu that it is for a specific therapist or our scheduling system may reassign your appointment.
Brandi graduated from the Aveda institute in 2015 and started her massage career at a busy chiropractic clinic. She was a social worker prior to her massage therapy career. In additional to being a licensed massage therapist, she is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. Brandi loves to incorporate energy work into her massages and guests appreciate her quiet, peaceful approach. Learn more about Brandi here.
Skin and Nail Care Team