East Village Spa Hours: 10 -7 M/W 9 -7 T/Th 10-6 F 10-5 Sat +1.5153092904
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!)
Hannah joined our team in 2015. She received her Nail Tech and Esthetician Licenses in 2011 and has been working full time in Iowa spas and as an instructor at the Aveda Institute since. Hannah is a certified master painter by CND (manicures and pedicures) and loves creating unique and detailed nail looks. Hannah also enjoys waxing and providing facials and learning about skin care ingredients to better assist her clients to achieve their goals. In her free time, Hannah enjoys her 2 dogs and cat and doing yoga. Click to learn more.
Kelly Parker 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!
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.
Casey Melhus is not only a fun woman to chat with at the front desk, but she's a talented designer who has been working on spa graphic design since September 2016. When she's not at the spa, she's a doting mom to her 3 guinea pigs who are the social media stars behind the @3pigsinaloft instagram.
Massage Therapy Team
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)
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.
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. Kristiana and her husband love hiking and traveling. Click to learn more. Kristiana will be on maternity leave in April-August
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 and is studying to become a registered yoga teacher. Brandi loves to incorporate energy work into her massages and guests appreciate her quiet, peaceful approach. Learn more about Brandi here.
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.
The friendly crew at the front desk: Molly Kinsey, Casey Melhus, and Kelly Parker (our fearless manager!)
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!
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.
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. Learn more about her here.
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.
Molly Kinsey 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 has also graduated from esthetics school so has a passion for the spa industry and guest service.
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. Jamee loves to travel and can't wait to continue her massage education with a long "wish list" of classes around the world. Click to learn more. Jamee will be on maternity leave in February and March.
Tisha (pronounced Tee-sha) joined our team in March, 2016. She received her massage therapy training at the Aveda Institute and got her massage therapy license in 2014 and deep tissue continuing education in 2016. In addition to her massage license, She is also a licensed esthetician. Tisha worked in a chiropractic clinic before joining our team. She's a busy mom and loves to relax with Yoga. Tisha must have always known she'd be a massage therapist because when she looked back at a childhood "What do you want to be when you grow up?" assignment, she saw that she'd included "Massage Therapist" on her list! Click to learn more.
Molly graduated from the Aveda institute in 2015 and started her career specializing in deep tissue and blended massages in a busy chiropractic clinic before joining us in 2016. Her favorite massages are the sports massages but she also loves relaxing services like the Gong Fu Chai Body Scrub. Molly spends her free time with her fiance and her dog. She's also an avid runner! Learn more about Molly here.
Skin and Nail Care Team
Cori is a licensed cosmetologist who has found that her talents and passion lie in the nail care side of the industry. She provides gentle and safe manicures and pedicures, including CND Shellac services. Cori graduated from cosmetology school in Cedar Falls and recently moved to Des Moines. Prior to Cosmetology school she attended massage therapy school so her hand and foot massages during nail services are AWESOME! Cori loves taking time to listen to her clients and adores helping her aging clients feel great and getting to know them. Clickto 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.
Tiffany is our longest-time employee, and has been with us since just after the spa opened. After many years as our incredible front desk manager, she joined our massage team and we couldn't be happier! She is an incredibly talented prenatal massage therapist, and her background in Reiki and naturally calming personality makes her a great fit for anyone who finds it hard to "zone out" and quiet their mind during massage. She can use light to deep pressure for relaxation massages and is also a great choice for hot stones and body scrubs. 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.
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.
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)
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