Ingrid Thornton, Founder of Bella Soul Spa 1995, Massage Therapist 1994
My vision for Bella Soul Spa is to educate others about natural health, wellness and beauty with a holistic approach to mind and body. I am blessed to have an amazing staff of educated and like minded professionals who share the same approach. As a massage therapist and former pilates and exercise specialist I enjoy working with others to achieve their optimal level of health both physically and mentally. I have suffered my own challenging journeys through debilitating low back and neck injuries and specialize in those areas of treatment. My goal for you as our guest is to completely enjoy your experience at Bella Soul Spa as well as to take away tools to use on your own journey in achieving optimal health and wellness. As our mission statement since 1995: “To nurture, support, heal and encourage one another on our own personal journeys to achieve optimal health, balance and joy.”
Jill Pickering, Assistant Manager since 2018
I joined Bella Soul Spa in 2018 through a friendship with Ingrid, and a mutual love of health and wellness. With the multiple roles of business owner, mother, yoga instructor, and community volunteer; self-care is an essential part of my life. I believe that wellness is about finding a balance for the mind, body, and spirit. We must take time to give back to ourselves. This can be in the form of a spa service, meditation, yoga or anything that helps us rebalance and feel happy. Bella Soul Spa’s focus on holistic health, with the use of organic and natural products honors these beliefs.
Dena Straub, Guest Services & Makeup Artist 2019
I was born and raised in Skagit Valley to a family centered around holistic and metaphysical health and healing. With a nurse for a father and a massage therapist for a mother, I developed a love for caring and providing for others. It truly brings me joy to support individuals with a space and tools for self-care and relaxation. As I got older, I discovered a love for art, music, and theater, which transformed into a passion for makeup. My love and passion for makeup and beauty has sent me on a path towards freelance makeup artistry. I am so happy to be a part of the Bella Soul team and look forward to being a part of your journey to holistic healing and beauty.
Lisa Marie Graham, Massage Therapist since 2001
I graduated from Spectrum School of Massage in 2001. A desire to learn more about treating chronic pain and injury led me to becoming a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist. My passion for health, fitness, people, the human body, and receiving massage treatments for injuries sustained from a car accident at a young age inspired me to become a massage therapist.My goal is to facilitate and promote healing, health and well being for each of our clients from both a body and mind perspective. I love to be a part of the healing process and helping people achieve their goals. I feel that with good communication, team work, giving a treatment plan, and self care your goals can be reached. I use several modalitities including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy/Trigger Point Therapy, Posture and Gait Analysis, Range of Motion and Stretching. I am also trained in Stott Pilates and encourage core strength excercises as an essential part of self care.
Tate Klein, Esthetician since 2006 & Massage Therapist since 2018
I have been an Esthetician since 2006. I attended the Academy of Nail, Skin, and hair in Billings Montana and then went to The Skin Science Institute Of Lasers and Esthetics in Salt Lake City Utah. Although I am very passionate about skincare I have always felt a calling to do Massage Therapy. I went back to school in 2017 for the Massage program at Whatcom Community College. I believe in providing our clients with treatments that use holistic and quality products. Naturopathica is my favorite! All of their products are eco certified and provide amazing results! It’s a lifestyle brand that I can stand behind. I love providing our clients with excellent treatments and also enjoy hiking, exploring new places with my daughter, thrift shopping, making jewelry, traveling, going to live music events and crocheting.
MaryRose Denton, Massage Therapist since 1992
I am very honored to work with you. My journey in bodywork began in 1992, after spending many years as a dancer and studying dance. As a massage therapist, I focus mostly on deep tissue and structural therapies, combining these with various healing arts. I am intrigued with how the body moves and hope to facilitate better movement capabilities for each client as well as support their health and well-being. I owned my own massage school from 2002-2018 and am thrilled to leave a positive legacy for future therapists. I am a freelance writer and traveler. I love words, to explore, connect with new people, and of course, I still love to dance. I am the mother of two amazing children, who have grown up into two beautiful and amazing adults. They are my inspiration, and my heart. I look forward to working with you.
Kerry Shasserre, Massage Therapist since 2004
I became a massage therapist because as a young athlete I struggled with chronic pain, which was an anchor that held me back. Playing sports and being active is a part of who I am and while it doesn’t define me, it certainly is my way of life. Chronic pain can drown out passion and as I entered adulthood, I sought a way to be in control and live without sacrificing what I love. I found my solutions through bodywork, yoga and nutrition. I am still on that journey today, as an aspiring runner and physical therapy student, always seeking optimal health and the joy and strength that accompanies it. I have trained in modalities such as sports massage, Thai yoga massage, shiatsu and trigger point therapy. I seek to support my clients’ wellness program, providing the relaxation and pain management that strengthens the individual and empowers the spirit. I am so excited to be part of this team because Bella Soul represents what I love in life–self-care, natural living and good bodywork!
Amy Unger, Massage Therapist since 2018
I have always been drawn to a career in massage therapy. As a young athlete, I came to appreciate it’s healing properties first hand. In 2012, I graduated with a business degree from MSUN in Montana. After a few different job paths, I knew I had to be true to myself and become a massage therapist. I completed the massage program at Whatcom Community College in 2018. Although I’m still new to this field, Ingrid and the rest of the team at Bella Soul Spa have welcomed me with open arms. I am honored and excited to get the chance to work with this team and most of all, the guests of the spa.