About Our Team
- » Master Practitioners
- » Elizabeth Shrader, MPH, LMT
- » Nicole Maisel, LMT
- » Emily Tellez, LMT
- » Advanced Practitioners
- » Dan Bradley, LMT
- » Tamara Breuer, LMT, NASM-CPT
- » Angela Jacobs, LMT
- » Kenneth Lewis, LMT
- » Generalist Practitioners
- » Tricia Chicka, LMT
- » Ellie Conrad, LMT, RYT
- » Meg Griffin, LMT
- » Brenda Tracy, LMT
- » Psychotherapists
- » Katy Cribbs, LICSW
- » Kristen Lundquist LGPC, NCC, RYT
- » Nick Szubiak, MSW, LCSW
- » Administration and Operations
- » Karyn Cassella, Practice Manager
Master practitioners have been in practice over 10 years, with 2000+ hours of professional training and 3000+ table hours. They are also nationally certified and have advanced certification in at least two specialty areas.
Elizabeth Shrader, MPH, LMT
Elizabeth (She/Her; DCLMT#1379) is the founder & owner of The Well: "My goal as a massage therapist & wellness entrepreneur is to provide high-quality services that promote my clients’ health & wellbeing, ease their tension & stress, & help them find peace & balance in their lives. For clients living with chronic or acute pain, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing their faces after a successful session where they realize that moving through the world pain-free is a possibility for them." Elizabeth specializes in acute & chronic pain management (i.e. migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, scar management, post-surgical recovery, TMJ disorder, etc.), complex medical conditions (i.e. multiple sclerosis, oncology, aging & medically fragile populations, etc.) & the full range of maternity (prenatal massage, birth doula, postpartum massage) & pediatric bodywork, including teaching partners & caregivers how to prolong the benefits of massage through in-home sessions.
Training and Education: Elizabeth graduated in 2010 from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, D.C. She also holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from UCLA, specializing in Reproductive Health/Maternal Child Health & a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Latin American Studies from Yale University.
Certifications: Elizabeth has over 1000 hours of advanced bodywork training, primarily focused on pain management & women's health.
- National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB) #585986-09
- Integrated Positional Therapy: Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Lee Albert at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health combining neuromuscular technique & strain-counterstrain to help clients live pain-free without drugs or surgery.
- Restorative Hot Stone Therapy with Shoshanna DiBetta at Stone & Spa Ayurvedic Healing Arts.
- Prenatal/Labor/Postpartum Massage through Kate Jordan Seminar's "Bodywork for the Childbearing Year" & Carol Osborne's "Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy Workshop
- Birth doula training with Katie Daly through Doulas of North America (DONA), to help clients achieve their desired birth experience.
- Certified Infant Touch and Massage Instructor with Wayne & Maria Mathias through the International Institute of Infant Massage.
Work Experience: Elizabeth built her solo massage & doula practices as Mount Pleasant Massage Therapy before opening The Well & joining DC Birth Doulas. She taught infant massage at The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington for many years & was a clinical & an academic instructor at PMTI. Before becoming a massage therapist, Elizabeth worked for international health & development organizations throughout the Americas. She has over 30 years of experience in clinical & community settings working as a women's health advocate & educator, primarily among immigrant & low-income populations. Fluent in Spanish, Elizabeth lived & worked in Mexico & Central America for 15 years & maintains ties with the region through family & friends.
What our clients are saying about Elizabeth:
"Amazing experience! Elizabeth Shrader's knowledge of the human body and massage technique is clear through the way she gently and methodically works each kink out of your body, massaging the tension from beginning to end of the muscle. I am always impressed by the attention she gives to my individual needs and preferences, as she therapeutically eases my aches and pains. No other experience is quite like her work. Wholeheartedly recommend."
"Splendid post-partum massage! I just had a post-partum massage with Elizabeth, and it was simply divine. She is extremely skilled at body work. After carrying my baby around for 4 months, I had shoulder, neck and lower back pain. She was able to help relieve the pain and recommend better postures for nursing and carrying my baby. I highly recommend The Well. "
Nicole Maisel, LMT
Nicole (She/Her; DCLMT#0833) has enjoyed a long & illustrious career in the health & bodywork field. "I've been aware from a very young age that I wanted a career that was of service to people. Massage seemed like a good fit in terms of being able to learn a craft, spend focused time with individuals, & build lasting relationships with them. With massage, there's always something more to learn & always something new to discover. Massage therapy allows me to add value to my clients & my community."
Training and Education: Following her 2005 graduation from the Ben Benjamin Muscular Therapy Institute (now Cortiva Institute) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Nicole deepened her training in sports massage, injury recovery, myofascial release, structural integration, & neuromuscular therapy. Mirroring her own personal path to parenthood, Nicole has found new horizons through fertility, prenatal & postpartum massage &, most recently, childbirth education using self-hypnosis to help clients achieve their desired birth outcomes. Nicole also earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in dance & movement from Curry College is Milton, Massachusetts.
- Active Isolated Stretching
- SEVA Acupressure System
- CranioSacral Therapy with the Upleger Institute
- Fertility Massage with Claire Miller
- Prenatal & Postpartum Massage with Kate Jordan
- Bliss Born Childbirth Education
- Holistic Healthcare
Work Experience: Nicole has a deep commitment to her practice & keeping current on recent developments through continuing education. She has built a fulfilling career working in some of the DC region's premier wellness centers, including Still Point Wellness Spa, Washington Institute of Natural Medicine, Pulling Down the Moon, Ohana Wellness, & Foundation Fitness, among others. Nicole appreciates the flexibility afforded by massage therapy, which has allowed her to step away from the table for longer stretches to raise two beautiful boys.
What our clients are saying about Nicole:
"Third trimester relief. Nicole was so attentive, kind, and knowledgeable. She listened to my needs and her massage gave me so much relief from the pain I'd been feeling in my hips and pelvis. She even gave me some other useful tips for things I could do at home! And she didn't judge me for falling asleep on the table. What a wonderful and vital service to help me in my last weeks of pregnancy."
"Total R&R. I had a wonderful experience at The Well. I saw Nicole for a combination of myofascial release and craniosacral therapy, which is exactly what I was looking for. I used to really enjoy traditional deep tissue massages, but found more recently that the 'pressure' didn't help me to relax and let go of emotional and physical tension I was carrying around. With myofascial and craniosacral therapies, the work is still deep in the tissue, but when I leave I feel relaxed, open, and at peace. Great!"
For Well Mama, Well Baby and/or Work/Life Balance massage therapy services, you can find Nicole at The Well on Mondays (3pm-9pm), Thursdays (3pm-9pm), Fridays (10am-3pm), & alternating Sundays (10am-3pm).
Emily Tellez, LMT
Emily (She/Her, DCLMT#1407) practices her own unique style she calls East Meets West: "I combine Swedish circulatory massage, deep-tissue focused techniques & trigger point therapy with Eastern acupressure energy points, following my client's verbal & non-verbal cues. I find integrating these styles in a holistic session is most effective for relieving tension & stress. I find that 90 to 120-minute sessions are ideal for addressing focus areas & connecting the whole body, head-to-toe."
Training and Education: Emily graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2010 & is licensed in Maryland, Virginia, & the District of Columbia. She also holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from the Maryland Institute College of Art & a BFA from the University of Arizona.
Certifications: Emily has over 1500 hours in professional massage training & is nationally-certified through NCTMB. She is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, currently serving on the DC Chapter Board.
- Clinical Acupressure with Aminah Raheem at Soul Lightening Acupressure
- SEVA Acupressure Stress Release
- The STRAIT (Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) Method with Marjorie Brook at Marjorie Brook Seminars
- Restorative Hot Stone Therapy with Shoshanna DiBetta at Stone & Spa Ayurvedic Healing Arts
- Geriatric Massage: Level One with Sharon Puszko, Ph.D. LMT at Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute
Work Experience: With her MFA, Emily works part time as an art handler for a private company that services local art museums. She sees massage therapy as a holistic art form that serves the mind, body, & spirit, both for herself & her clients.
What our clients are saying about Emily:
"Muscle Whisperer. I have a lot of problems, lower back, neck pain and stiffness, DDD. Emily has given me new life after a 90 minute massage! She chases down my muscle knots and eliminates them with comfort and precision! Looking forward to next month! "
"Emily rocks! I have been seeing Emily whenever my schedule permits for more than a year. What had once been a persistent ache in my upper back has gone. She's also been great at helping deal with my plantar fasciitis. She has a great knowledge of anatomy that really helps when you can't figure out the exact source of a pain. She has a kind manner and really listens to what you need. And the massages are awesome! I can't say enough good things about Emily or The Well. "
For World Traditions and/or Performance & Resilience massage therapy services, you can find Emily at The Well intermittently as she recently moved to Guatemala & will travel back & forth to the States. To reserve a spot on Emily's waitlist, please call us at (202) 436-1279.
Advanced practitioners have been in practice 3-10 years, with 1000+ training hours and 1500+ table hours. In addition, advanced practitioners hold advanced certification in at least one specialty area.
Dan Bradley, LMT
Dan Bradley (He/Him; DCLMT#0542) works with physically-active adults to maximize their performance & reduce injury in & around training for athletic events. “I have been trained in & focus on sports massage & active release technique. I help my clients enhance their athletic performance through sports massage techniques that include deep tissue work, fascial stretch therapy & active release technique. By integrating these modalities, I’m able to help my clients excel by minimizing acute & chronic injury and promoting faster recovery." From cyclists to runners, swimmers, ballers, & everything in between, Dan is our in-house sports therapist.
Training and Education: A 2003 graduate of Washington D.C.'s Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), Dan earned his Level One Certification in Fascial Stretch Therapy from the Stretch to Win Institute in Tempe, Arizona. Dan’s areas of expertise include:
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Sports Massage
- Active Release Technique (Full Body Certified)
- Fascial Release Therapy
Work Experience: Dan's breadth & depth of knowledge in bodywork is reflected in the wide range of settings where he has worked as a massage therapist: medical locales including chiropractic & dental offices; day spa settings & private practice for general pain management & stress relief. As an expert in the field of sports massage, Dan has brought his magic hands to the 2009 U.S. Track and Field Championships, the 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming Championships, the 2012 & 2016 Olympic Track & Field Trials in Oregon, & most recently at the 2016 Capitol Hill Volleyball Tournament. When not at The Well, you can catch Dan at Skyline Wellness in Arlington, Virginia.
What our clients are saying about Dan:
"Get your stretch on. If you want to get ready for any major physical or endurance event, Dan is your man. I tried Active Isolated Stretching for my first time in prep for a long running performance contract & it was just what I needed. Dan is super knowledgeable. Trainer to the stars. Thanks, Dan!"
"Dan is great. I've seen Dan twice now and both times were terrific. He has a great knowledge of anatomy and his experience with athletes and sports-related injuries was invaluable, even for some issues caused by more sedentary activities (like being hunched over a computer too often). He has a gentle manner that made the massage very relaxing but therapeutic at the same time. I'd definitely recommend him to others."
For Performance & Resilience massage therapy services, you can find Dan at The Well on Mondays (3pm-9pm) & Saturdays (1pm-6pm).
Tamara Breuer, LMT, NASM-CPT
Tamara (She/Her; NASM-CPT, DCLMT #2151) views massage therapy as a tool to facilitate healing & self-discovery. Her favorite part of giving massage is helping her clients take charge of their own healing journey. In addition to massage therapy, Tamara is a certified NASM personal trainer & currently practices weightlifting, CrossFit, & yoga. Due to her athletic passions, she has a deep understanding of how the muscles are affected by different movement patterns, which she applies to her sessions with clients. Tamara specializes in deep tissue & Thai massage, consisting of pain management for the general population & improving mobility for athletic performance.
Training and Education: Tamara graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2015 & is licensed in Virginia & the District of Columbia. She also holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. Tamara earned her NASM Personal Trainer certification in 2019 from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
- Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage
- Traditional Thai Massage
- Sports Massage
Work experience: Tamara first encountered bodywork while training in theatre in New York. During this time, she used yoga & different bodywork modalities to deepen her body awareness while performing onstage. Soon she found that her interest in healing arts outweighed her passion in theatre, & she moved to Washington D.C. to pursue massage therapy. Upon the completion of her training, Tamara worked in several different massage environments, from a gym setting to a spa. In addition, she spent six months in Thailand learning Thai massage. She has had experience running her own practice for a year before joining the Well in September of 2018.
What our clients are saying about Tamara:
"Best Thai massage. As a competitive weightlifter who also works a 9-5, I constantly experience muscle tightness and knots all over. Tamara's Thai massages are an absolute lifesaver! All of my best athletic performances over the past year have come within a few days of one of Tamara's massages. She's been crucial in enabling my body to perform at its best. Highly recommend."
"Fabulous Massage! For my second visit to The Well, I met with Tamara Breuer, and she was amazing. She was friendly and approachable, and her massage was one of the best I've received. I think this may be in part because of her wonderful energy and strength, and perhaps she's just naturally good at what she does. I won't be going anywhere else but The Well going forward. I highly recommend Tamara!
For World Traditions and/or Performance & Resilience massage therapy services, you can find Tamara at The Well on Tuesdays (3pm-9pm), Thursdays (3pm-9pm), Fridays (11am-6pm), & Saturdays (11am-5pm).
Angela Jacobs, LMT
Angela (She/Her; DCLMT #0508) has a passion for being of service to others & a love of alternative health care through touch. Even after 16 years of practice, these aspects of the profession renew Angela's commitment to her clients' wellness through massage therapy. With careful listening & keen observations, Angela deftly applies various holistic techniques to help each client achieve balance. "Each individual presents their own set of challenges -- whether it's chronic pain, old injuries or traumas, or balancing the 'ups & downs' of daily life," Angela notes. "Massage therapy allows the body to reset & recover, bringing a sense of peace & wellbeing." For Angela, massage therapy is a tool of compassion & service.
Training and Education: Angela is a 2002 graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute. Prior to her career in massage therapy, Angela earned an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from New York University. In addition to private practice, has worked at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, NAVA Health & Vitality, & the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, where she worked for 14 years, building a loyal clientele base.
- Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage
- Prenatal & Postpartum Massage
- Sports Massage
- Hot Stone Therapy
- Fragile Populations: oncology, geriatric, hospice, high risk obstetric
What our clients are saying about Angela:
"Prenatal massage. I had an amazing massage with Angela. She was so caring and supportive. She did an outstanding job working on my achy back and neck muscles. The overall atmosphere at the Well is very calm and inclusive. I would highly recommend Angela, and I will definitely be back throughout my pregnancy, as well as afterward for many future massages.
"Magical. After my first experience with Angela, I knew I would be her returning client. I felt like I was with an old friend, completely cared for, and energetically charged. I highly recommend everyone I know to come to The Well to see Angela."
For Well Mama, Well Baby and/or World Traditions massage therapy services, you can find Angela at The Well Tuesdays (3pm-9pm), Wednesdays (3pm-9pm), & Saturdays (11am-6pm).
Kenneth Lewis, LMT
Ken (He/Him; DCLMT #2428) is excited to be part of a wellness center that values integrative therapies to improve the quality of life for its clients. A recent arrival to DC, Ken brings a personal passion for yoga & more than seven years of massage therapy training & professional practice. He has significant experience helping serious athletes & office workers to address chronic pain & repetitive stress injuries.
Ken has worked extensively with triathletes, distance runners, & other athletes in managing pain & boosting performance. He skillfully applies different techniques adjusted for the athlete's sport & goals. While in massage school, Ken developed a keen interest in Thai Massage both because of its holistic approach to bodywork (a recognition that stretching & activating muscles is therapeutically useful) & because "Thai massage feels so good to receive!"
Training and Education:
As an undergrad, Ken double-majored in Natural Sciences & Humanities. In 2011, he graduated from the renowned Massage Therapy program at East West College of the Healing Arts, an 800-hour program in Portland, Oregon. Ken has completed additional training with East West College in Chiang Mai (Thai Massage), Thailand, the Chicago School of Thai Massage, & Zen Shiatsu Chicago (Trigger Point). Ken's specialties include:
- Swedish & Deep Tissue
- Sports Massage
- Thai Massage
What our clients are saying about Ken:
"Ken the Magician. I was in agony and called to schedule a "first available" appointment for my screaming back pain. Luckily, Ken was available. We had never worked together, but I was suitably impressed with his command and compassion for what was likely the root cause of my pain. I know it will take patience and work on my part, Ken took the time throughout the massage to explain muscular connections and cautions. Plus, after the massage, he sent me home with tips for stretching and exercise.
"Excellent Thai massage. As an athlete, I find that Thai massage improves my movement in a more immediate way than deep tissue. Ken’s style is very intuitive and effective. I would highly recommend to all my athlete friends!"
For Performance & Resilience and/or World Traditions massage therapy services, you can find Ken at The Well on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Sundays (3pm - 9pm).
Generalist practitioners have been in practice for 1-3 years, with at least 650 hours of professional training and more than 500 table hours.
Tricia Chicka, LMT
Tricia (She/Her; DCLMT #2344) wants to help aid clients in seeking reduced pain & stress in their lives. Her philosophy on massage is still being discovered, but she likes to disprove the notion that deep, effective work somehow has to be painful. “It seems somewhat incongruous that it takes more pain to relieve pain.” She welcomes any BODY on her table, & continues to learn how to be a more welcoming ally to persons of diverse gender identities. In her future studies, she hopes to learn more about the mind-body connection & how therapeutic touch can affect the whole person, as well as incorporating more gently effective modalities.
Training and Education: Tricia graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy in 2015 & is now licensed in the District of Columbia. She also holds a B.A. in Media Arts & Theatre from Chatham College (Pittsburgh, PA).
- Swedish Massage
- Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular
- Sports Massage
Work Experience: In addition to the hours of clinic training received at school, Tricia has had some experience in part-time private practice as well as in a spa setting. She participated in her school’s voluntary internship program in summer 2005 providing sports massage at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Training Camp at Saint Vincent College. For two years, she also participated as a massage therapy provider at the MS150 Escape to the Lake bicycle rides. Having worked other jobs in both an office setting as well as in grocery, & being a sometimes-athlete, Tricia is well-aware of the musculoskeletal strains both inaction & action, as well as general stress can have on the body.
What our clients are saying about Tricia:
"A wonderful massage. I went in for a session with Tricia last week. She provided a wonderfully relaxing massage I really needed. Her excellent technique paid attention to all of the right places. I practically floated out of The Well. I'll definitely be back soon."
"So invigorating & nurturing was the massage I recently had with Tricia from The Well. She not only addressed my tired & tense shoulders, but put my total body in such a relaxed state of bliss & ease."
For Work/Life Balance massage therapy services, you can find Tricia at The Well on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (10am-3pm). Tricia is also available for $1/1 minute chair massage services during these times/days.
Ellie Conrad, LMT, RYT
Ellie Conrad (She/Her; DCLMT #2503) strives to create a calming environment in which clients can release deep-seated tension and awaken feeling revitalized. "As a practitioner, I believe I am a conduit of healing and maintaining health." As a massage therapist, Ellie is client-focused, crafting each session specifically to a client's needs at any given moment. Throughout her rigorous education in massage therapy, she has been continuously drawn to modalities that promote relaxation and provide support for the mind, body, and spirit.
Education and Training: Ellie graduated from the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in April, 2019 and is licensed in Washington, DC. She also holds a BFA in Textile Design & Art History from the Rhode Island School of Design. Ellie received her Yoga Instructor certification in 2015 from Integral Yoga Institute Hatha Teacher Training.
Work Experience: Before becoming a massage therapist, Ellie worked in textiles, sales, & visual merchandising. As a yoga instructor, Ellie has taught in a variety of settings from private sessions and yoga studios to corporate settings & community organizations in Asheville, NC as well as Philadelphia, PA.
- Deep Tissue,
- Swedish Massage
- Sports Massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
What our clients are saying about Ellie:
"An Excellent Massage with Ellie. Ellie’s careful and soothing massage was just what I needed after a very active and stressful week. I appreciated her attentions very much. Ellie was able to focus on just the right areas. She helped center me before the weekend. Thanks Ellie!"
"Highly Skilled Massage by Ellie. I was really happy with the massage I got from Ellie. She's got a great understanding of anatomy and is highly responsive to feedback. Ellie's got a wonderful soothing energy, I felt very relaxed and renewed after our session. I will absolutely schedule with her again."
For Work/Life Balance and/or Performance & Resilience massage therapy services, you can find Ellie at The Well on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays (9am-3pm) and Tuesday evenings (3pm - 9pm).
Meg Griffin, LMT
Meg Griffin (She/Her; DCLMT #2442) thinks "it is an absolute shame that daily life can hurt so much!" Meg wants to show people that through preventative care, life doesn't have to be a pain. Her practice is motivated by her commitment to help clients move through their days with less discomfort & far more flexibility & joy.
Before coming to DC this year, Meg had been an in-house massage therapist for a busy chiropractic practice in Chicago. She worked extensively with clients seeking help with alignment issues & back & hip pain. Meg is enthusiastically committed to diversifying her bodywork skills through training & skillful practice.
Training and Education: Meg graduated from the clinical massage program at The Soma Institute in Chicago, IL in 2017. She also earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Drew University in Madison, NJ where she studied theatre technology.
Work Experience: Meg has long been a creative, hands-on worker. She spent years behind the scenes for various theatres & studios as a carpenter, welder, & project manager. As a bodyworker, Meg has enjoyed working in a variety of settings including a yoga studio, a chiropractic practice, & in the field supporting athletic events.
- Swedish & Deep Tissue
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Sports Massage
What our clients are saying about Meg:
"Great Break in the Day. The ability to make a quick 45 minute appointment in my neighborhood for a reasonable price was such a gift to my work from home day. I relaxed right away with Meg & she went right to work working through knots in my body. I can not wait to go back again."
"Excellent massage. Meg focused on Trigger Point. She made sure that the pressure was comfortable for me and I had a wonderful experience overall in terms of feeling comfortable and yet invigorated at the same time. I look forward to returning."
For Work/Life Balance and/or Performance & Resilience massage therapy services, you can find Meg at The Well on Wednesdays (3pm-9pm) & Sundays (12pm-7pm).
Brenda Tracy, LMT
Brenda (She/Her; DCLMT #2397) brings a personalized approach to the table. "Each clients carries stress differently," says Brenda. "Massage therapy is an excellent way to allow the mind, body & spirit to decompress on its own time." Brenda excels at identifying specific areas of stress & applying appropriate techniques to help the body relax. Brenda has three children & works full-time as a talent acquisition specialist.
Training and Education: Brenda graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), with 625 program hours. A generalist practitioner, Brenda specializes in Swedish & deep tissue work, myofascial release, & stretching techniques. Brenda also holds a Bachelor’s degree in German & History & a Masters of Business Administration.
- Swedish & Deep Tissue
- Prenatal & Postpartum Massage
- First Aid/CPR
Work experience: With 25+ years’ experience in Human Resources & three teenage children, Brenda truly understands how stressful & challenging life can be. You'll find she has a calming, patient presence that contributes to a relaxing experience at The Well. Brenda joined The Well in June 2018, & her first clients have offered glowing reviews & booked their repeat appointments on the spot. Book yours now & find out for yourself!
What our clients are saying about Brenda:
"Time for self-care. I had an amazing (and much needed) 90 minute massage with Brenda this weekend. She listened to my concerns and issues and focused on therapy (both Deep Tissue & Swedish) that addressed them all. I would highly recommend and look forward to booking more regular massages with her. It was a great reminder that this mama needs to take some time for SELF CARE!"
"Excellent Massage. I had a 60 minute massage with Brenda. She was AMAZING. She not only checked in with me about areas of concern/pain prior to the massage, but also talked with me afterward about what she noticed during my massage. It was much needed and SO much better than I had anticipated. I made a follow-up appointment and can't wait!"
For Work/Life Balance and/or Well Mama, Well Baby massage therapy services, you can find Brenda at The Well on Sundays (10am-7pm).
Katy Cribbs, LICSW
Katy (DCLC #50079982) is a licensed independent clinical social worker practicing in DC since 2011. Katy practices psychotherapy with a commitment to bringing deep presence, insight, and support to her therapy clients as they find the courage to heal. She is excited for the chance to offer psychotherapy at The Well and believes in the importance of holistic and integrated wellness for body, mind, and spirit. “We all carry wounds, big and small, which affect our inner well-being, our relationships, and our ability to engage with the world. By facing our own pain and suffering with compassion, we have the power to transform it into strength. Often, we cannot do this alone. Therapy is not a quick fix, but rather a journeying together to discover your own capacity for resilience and strength and healing into your deeper, truer self.”
Katy's approach to psychotherapy uses the therapeutic relationship built on deep trust and incorporates mindfulness, internal and cultural narrative awareness, strengths-based insight building, cognitive restructuring, and attachment theory. She works with clients from a spiritual perspective to focus on what gives meaning, purpose, and connection. Katy specializes in working with adults facing grief and loss, dealing with illness, coping with caregiving for an elder or a new child, and those facing depression, anxiety, and other symptoms arising from life transitions and adjustments. She believes in finding ways to mark life’s endings and beginnings as sacred spaces. As the mother of a toddler, Katy is particularly passionate about supporting other parents to make meaning and pursue balance in their family role. Katy also has experience providing clinical supervision to social workers wishing to pursue clinical licensure in DC.
Training and Education: Katy graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 2011 from Catholic University’s National Catholic School of Social Services in Washington, D.C. with a joint concentration in clinical work and social change. She is licensed in Maryland and DC. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College.
Specialized Training: Katy has an advanced certification in hospice and palliative care from the National Association of Social Workers. She is also a 2013 graduate of the Metta Institute’s End-of-Life Practitioner Program, a sixteen-month course which integrates personal and professional mindfulness and presence practices into work at the end of life. Katy was selected to participate in the ExCEL in Social Work program, designed to educate and empower oncology social workers to engage in research opportunities. She has provided trainings to care facilities and faith communities on end-of-life issues and advanced directives. Katy values her ongoing clinical education, and she is currently focusing in perinatal mental health. She most recently completed the PSI Certificate Program in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, focused on mental health for pregnant and post-partum women and their families.
Work Experience: Katy moved to DC to participate as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Joseph’s House, a home for homeless men and women with AIDS and cancer, where she continues to serve on the Board of Directors as well as to provide clinical consultation services. She has worked as a clinical social worker at Capital Caring, providing home hospice services, family therapy, clinical supervision, and bereavement counseling since 2011. Katy also has experience working in inpatient substance abuse treatment, homeless services, and with survivors of human trafficking.
Katy sees patients on Mondays 3pm-8pm and by appointment. To schedule an appointment with Katy, send an email to katy.cribbs.licsw[at]gmail[dot]com or telephone (202) 455-6856.
Kristen Lundquist LGPC, NCC, RYT
Kristen (DC LGPC00462) is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), practicing in the DC metro area since 2017. Through her practice, Kristen offers a compassion-focused, client-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and solutions-focused approach. Kristen is passionate about working with clients to help them cultivate hope in the midst of difficult seasons of life, and to feel empowered in their journey of healing. During sessions, she works to build trust in order to create a safe space for each individual’s unique story and goals, and to cultivate understanding with her clients as a foundation for a strong counseling relationship.
Acknowledging that each person’s journey is unique, Kristen offers many integrative wellness practices to her clients, including mind-body practices, spiritual meditation, fitness and nutrition. Kristen is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance's 200-hr Teacher Training Program, is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Council on Strength and Fitness, and holds a Certificate in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. Kristen emphasizes the principles of holistic wellness, as she empowers her clients to move toward mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical healing.
Training and Education: Kristen is a graduate of Messiah College with a Master of Art’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kristen also holds the National Certified Counselor (NCC) designation through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Work Experience: In addition to serving clients through The Heights Counseling and Wellness, Kristen serves as the Program Director for the Center for Women, Faith & Leadership (CWFL) at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) in Washington, D.C., and serves as a psychotherapist under supervision at The Women’s Center in Washington, D.C., and a TeleHealth therapist through the Grace Wellness Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Through her work, Kristen has cultivated a passion for working with individuals from many different backgrounds and cultures; and she regularly aids individuals struggling in difficult contexts around the world. To further support this work, Kristen holds an M.A. in World History from Eastern Illinois University, a B.A. in Theology and a B.A. in History with a focus on Near East Languages from The University of Northwestern - St. Paul, and a certificate in Religion and Conflict Resolution from Nyack College.
Kristen sees clients on Wednesday evenings from 3pm to 8 PM by appointment. To schedule an appointment with Kristen, please email her at KLundquist[at]TheHeightsWellness[dot]com or call (202) 957-7108.
Nick Szubiak, MSW, LCSW
Nick Szubiak (DC LC#50081644) has worked in the behavioral health and wellness field for over 20 years and specializes in individual, couples and family therapy. His areas of expertise include life balance, stress management, mood and behavior challenges, chronic health conditions, chronic pain, as well as optimizing performance and leadership. His holistic technique integrates traditional evidenced based practices, current neurological research, mindfulness and meditation.
Nick’s individualized approach focuses on cultivating personal empowerment, eliciting internal resources of resiliency, and providing clients with tools and skills to achieve their goals.
Training and Education: Nick earned a Masters of Social Work in 1999 from Rutgers School of Social Work in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is also a 1996 graduate of Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Social Work.
Work Experience: In addition to his work as a licensed psychotherapist, Nick provides personal and leadership development coaching for professional athletes in Major League Baseball (MLB), as well as CEOs and executives. Nick’s expertise also extends to the development and facilitation of wellness and recovery programming. As Director of Balanced Living Programming at Miraval Wellness Resort, Nick developed and facilitated guest health and wellness programs such as healthy weight loss, restorative sleep, grief and loss, and stress management. He has also led staff development trainings at Canyon Ranch in the areas of addiction treatment and chronic pain.
Nick encourages inquiring clients to contact him for a brief conversation to connect and mutually determine if working together will be a good fit. If cost or scheduling is an issue, he has a sliding fee scale, a flexible schedule, and is happy to work with you on accommodations.
Nick sees clients on Thursdays between 3pm - 9pm (beginning June 13th). To schedule an appointment with Nick, please email him at Nick[at]nsistrategies[dot]com. Or, feel free to call or text him at (808)-895-7679.
Administration and Operations
Our amazing support staff come from all areas of expertise & walks of life. Meet the friendly folks from the front desk & learn how they can help you get the most from your bodywork experience at The Well.
Karyn Cassella, Practice Manager
Karyn (She/Her) makes sure everything runs smoothly in the front & back office, helping to create the space that allows healing throughout The Well.