Island Spirit Team
Meet Our Spa & Healing Center Team
Experienced, Caring Practitioners Here in Kona
Christine A. Bevis, Lic. Massage Therapist, NCBTMB, MS Health & Education
Christine is originally from Switzerland and worked with people for as long as she can remember. She holds a Masters Degree in Health Education from the prestigious University of Zurich. She worked at the Olympic Sports Therapy Rehabilitation in Zurich and owned a dance studio. When she moved to Hawai’i, she received extensive training in Hawaiian Lomilomi and Pohaku Wela.
She is trained in Medical & Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Therapies, Prenatal Massage, Reiki, Reflexology and many other modalities. Her passion is to support people on their jouney to balance and wholeness and nurture the healing process through loving touch, massage and energy work. She feels honored to live on this amazing island and realize her dream to be part of this beautiful sanctuary spirit.
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Ken Bevis, Lic. Massage Therapist, NCBTMB, Hypnotherapist
Ken is a licensed massage therapist trained in Medical Massage, Swedish, Lomilomi, Sports Massage and Myofascial Release Techniques. He also offers Energy Work, Hypnotherapy, and personal Meditation. He also specializes in Core Distortion Release — call for details. Ken graduated from The Hawaiian Islands School of Massage (HISM) where he received a solid background in medical massage therapy. His focus is tailoring your healing session to meet your needs
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Jessie Brader, Lic. Massage Therapist,
Jessie is a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist. She graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For massage therapy, she attended the East West School of Massage and The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage.
Jessie’s practice has taken her from Hawai’i to the Ten Thousand Waves Spa in New Mexico and back to Hawai’i again. She feels that her skills fit in at Island Spirit. Jessie uses acupuncture to relieve pain, treat & prevent disease and promote general good health. She also does a special laser treatment using acupuncture points for vog and other allergies. In her free time, she enjoys ocean sports, snorkeling and scuba diving.
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Susie Fryar, Licensed Esthetician
Susie came to Hawaii from Las Vegas, Nevada where she was the head esthetician at the top organic day spa for twelve years. She then went on to start her own skincare and facial business where she created each product used from fresh herbs, fruits, and essential oils.
Susie received extensive training from all the top organic/holistic skincare lines on the market. She is able to pinpoint why a client is having skin issues using her training in Chinese facial diagnosis and her in depth consultations. Known as a perfectionist with an artistic touch when it comes to brow shaping/waxing.
She is trained in Reiki and Chakra Crystal Balancing that she likes to incorporate into her facials. Susie’s passion for organic and holistic skincare and her soothing touch is what clients remember most. A Raw Vegan chef and yogini in her spare time, Susie believes Island Spirit Spa to be the most beautiful and serene spa she has worked for.
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Toshie Takahashi-Ruiz – Licensed Massage Therapist & Esthetician
Since 2002, Toshie has been trained over 2000 hours in Hawaiian Lomilomi, Deep Tissue, Medical, Swedish, Thai, Shiatsu and Sports Massage Therapy, Spa and Facial Treatments. Her healing touch is deep and penetrating as the warm Hawaiian sun. Feel the spirit of Aloha, relax and release.
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Kathryn Miller – Licensed Massage Therapist
Kathryn was a member of Island Spirit’s first massage class and graduated from the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage. She has a BS degree in nursing from the University of Evansville in Indiana, is also a Reiki Master and practices and teaches Raja Yoga meditation. She enjoys working at Island Spirit Spa because it’s so amazing and beautiful to see how much of a difference massage can make in one’s life.
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Shannon Velazquez, Lic. Massage Therapist, NCBTMB, BA
Shannon was first licensed as a Massage Therapist in Louisiana in 2002, NCBTMB since 2003. Graduated from University of North Texas with a BA in Sociology and minor in Psychology in 2007. CPR- Emergency Responder Instructor since 2008, PADI scuba Instructor since 2008 helping guide people into the amazing underwater world.
Shannon deeply believes we can find peace and heal ourselves by looking inward with positive humble direction. Therapeutic practices like massage are amazing tools to help find our own space for tranquility and healing. Relax and feel life’s flow, “be like water” Bruce Lee.
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