Commitment to your health
A key strength of International Therapeutic Massage is the breadth and depth of experience our therapists bring to each client and each session.
Many of our therapists have over a decade of experience providing therapeutic massage, and several have over two decades' experience.
Additionally, most of our therapists have continued their education with specialized training -- some in multiple specialties and in multiple countries. This helps them blend a variety of techniques to better meet each client's changing needs from one session to the next.
Our therapists are encouraged to educate -- both inside and outside the office -- to help clients better understand the health benefits of regular therapeutic bodywork.
Learn more reviewing about our team by reviewing their biographies below.
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More about our team
Countries where our therapists have studied & worked...
- •Cranial-sacral therapy
- •Reiki / therapeutic touch
- •Manual lymph drainage (MLD) & complete decongestive therapy
- •Hot-stone massage
A graduate of the Everest Institute, Jasmine Ware still finds herself in awe of what massage can accomplish and describes herself as being invested in helping to increase the overall health and well-being of her clients. She loves to use all the tools of massage to help people feel better, including Reflexology, Energy (Reiki), Craniosacral therapy, Swedish massage, Lymphatic Drainage, and Trigger-Point therapy. She will adjust her pressure when needed and where requested. By using a combination of assisted joint movement and stretches, massage can also help improve the body's ability to move without stiffness or pain. Outside work, Jasmine enjoys reading, singing, and taking walks in nature. She also loves spending time with her children, her cat, Reily and her beagle, Joy. She works hard to ensure her children continue to be successful in school by leading by example.
Karen Ann Smith
Karen Ann Smith is a licensed therapeutic myomassologist (LMT). She carefully designs each massage session for you, as each week you have different needs. Her techniques include pre/postpartum massage, medical massage, sports massage, myofascial release, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, energy balancing, deep tissue, acupressure, shiatsu, aromatherapy, and trigger-point. She has 25 years of comprehensive experience in the field and is a recipient of 3 state service awards and 1 presidential award for her community outreach and educational efforts. She welcomes weekend warriors, business people, golfers, runners, bicyclists, construction workers, carpet cleaners, and pretty much anyone else who is interested in healing to her table. Her interests outside massage include Native American herbology, meditation, and just plain quiet time to incorporate all that she has learned into her busy life.
A graduate of Irene's Myomassology Institute, Michelle Brown has over 14 years' experience and listed in the Who's Who of successful business people in the 2002-2003 edition. Her goal is to improve her clients' quality of life by decreasing muscular pain and discomfort through the art and science of therapeutic massage and body work. She understands that everybody and every session will be unique, so tailors her techniques and touch (light to deep) to each client's needs at the moment. She offers sports massage, Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot-stone massage, chair massage, Reiki or energy work, and pre-natal massage. She also has lots of experience treating arthritis, carpal tunnel, and providing stretching and muscle mechanics work, especially related to back, neck, and shoulders. Before joining the ITM team, she worked for chiropractors, nursing homes, and spas. When she's not at work, she loves to quilt, sew, swim, take nature walks, go antiquing, and spend time with friends and family.
Shogang Bian studied privately with a Shiatsu master in the early 1980s where he learned Shiatsu using traditional Japanese healing therapy techniques. He has worked as a Shiatsu therapist since 1987 and is considered to be a highly experienced practitioner of this modality. As such, Shogan can help a wide range of specific injuries as well as improve the general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience that can relieve symptoms as well as help prevent the build up of stress and energy blockages. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist in Michigan, Shogang also has studied Thai massage therapy, studied at the Japanese Therapeutic-Shiatsu Institute in Yokohama, Japan, and studied Asian bodywork therapy in Tian Jin, China.
Oresta Dobosh-Shemberko has extensive experience in therapeutic massage working at spas in the Ukraine, Moldova, and the U.S. She worked at the Ukrainian Recovery Spa for 11 years as a nurse and massage therapist. She then worked for 5 years at the Moldovan International Beauty Spa. Moving to the U.S. she worked at Tamara's Spa from 1999 to 2013 before joining International Therapeutic Massage. Oresta provides many different treatment options.
Natalia Tikhonova is our licensed skin care therapist. She graduated from the Michigan College of Beauty and offers a number of skin care services by combining many different techniques with organic skin-care products to achieve the best results. Treatments vary from a calming and relaxing personalize facial -- which will cleanse, detoxify, and refresh your skin -- to services that treat many types of problems and skin conditions -- from acne and rosacea to scaring and pigmentation. She also provides waxing, cellulite reduction, and body countering treatments.