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.

MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Ingrid Thornton, Massage Therapist since 1994

Bio above

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, Massage Therapist since 2018 & Esthetiican since 2006

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!

Anu Byal, Massage Therapist Since 2000

“I want to live in a world where love is the prominent emotion, peace is experienced in every moment, and laughter is the movement of the universe”.  Being born and raised in Denmark, I bring a different experience of life, a softer and more supportive approach. Spending many years in Los Angeles and Ojai, before moving to the Pacific North-West, I feel extremely lucky to have studied with some of the most talented teachers and enlightened beings, which is reflected in my work today.  I was born with a strong intuition and hold a close connection to spirit. Having close to 20 years of experience as a massage and cranial-sacral therapist as well as energy worker, I see myself as a catalyst and space holder for balance and remembrance”.

Ashley Puetz, Massage Therapist since 2014

I wanted to become a massage therapist because massage therapy has made a positive impact on my life and I want to do the same for others. I used to suffer from migraines and massage therapy was one of the few things that actually helped! I graduated Cortiva School of Massage Therapy in Seattle in 2014. I love to incorporate myofascial work into my massage therapy sessions- I find it very beneficial for creating space for the muscles to relax into. My family moved up to Skagit Valley a year and a half ago and I am so glad we did! I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I am a mom to two little boys and one on the way! I enjoy hiking, road trips, and photography. I am currently working towards finishing the Emergency Medical Technician program at Skagit Valley College- another passion for helping people. I love working at Bella Soul- the people, the mission, and the products are unbeatable. It’s a fantastic team to be apart of. I look forward to working with you soon!

Buddy Rogers, Massage Therapist since 2017
I studied massage therapy at Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts in Bellingham.  I made the transition into massage therapy and took a step back and analyzed my life.  At one point I realized that some fo the patterns in my life have become awakening and clear: I find purposed and identity in serving people.  In my first week of school my instructor made us take the Hippocratic Oath, the same oath the doctor takes in school.  I knew then, my life was headed in the same direction as my heart.

Maddy King, Massage Therapist since 2019

Growing up as a dancer, I have always felt a desire to learn more in depth about the human body. This path eventually lead me to studying massage therapy at the Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts. I find the movement of the body very fascinating, specifically how simple, daily movements create intricate patterns of our lives into the muscles and tissue. Incorporating myofascial release and deep tissue techniques in my work, I enjoy working to help others ease those tension patterns. Massage has been a beautiful journey for me and I hope to share that same beauty with others!

ESTHETICIANS

Tate Klein, Esthetiican since 2006

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.

Ryann Livingston, Esthetician since 2014

I attended The Euro Institute of Skincare and Wellness in Renton, WA. and have been a licensed Esthetician since 2013. I found my passion for skincare when I struggled with my own skin as an early teen. My esthetician helped and educated me on how to take care of my skin and I quickly decided I wanted to do the same for others. Although I love working in skin care, my number one passion is being a mom. I am blessed with both a daughter and son and I am married to my high school sweetheart. We were both raised in Skagit Valley and I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Ingrid through working in the community and owning my own clothing boutique, Ryann & Michele.  Bella Soul Spa has welcomed me with open arms and I am so excited to be a part of this team!