About Our Team
Generalist practitioners have been in practice for 1-3 years, with at least 650 hours of professional training and more than 500 table hours.
Tamara Breuer, LMT
Tamara (DCLMT #2151) views massage therapy as a tool to facilitate healing and 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 an avid athlete and currently practices weightlifting, CrossFit and 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 and Thai massage, consisting of pain management for the general population and improving mobility for athletic performance.
Training and Education: Tamara graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2015 and is licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She also holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland.
- Deep Tissue and 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 and 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, and 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:
"My first time at The Well will not be my last! Tamara was an excellent therapist with the skills and intuition of a master. Having long suffered from spinal issues and years of pain and surgery, I had a specific debilitating complaint. I contacted The Well at the suggestion of a friend. Tamara was able to 'read me' well through her compassionate touch and manipulation. A real success story in a restful and rejuvenating venue on Metro!"
"Best massage ever. I had a 60 minute massage with Tamara and it was excellent. I came in without a lot of pain and discomfort in my right shoulder and neck and she was incredibly thorough. She approached the area from a number of angles and used active release, which I'd never had before. I left feeling so much better and I plan to go back."
You can find Tamara at The Well on Tuesdays (3pm-9pm), Wednesdays 11am-6pm) Thursdays (3pm-9pm), Fridays (11am-6pm), and Saturdays (11am-5pm).
Brenda Tracy, LMT
Brenda (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 and spirit to decompress on its own time." Brenda excels at identifying specific areas of stress and applying appropriate techniques to help the body relax. Brenda has three children and 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 and deep tissue work, myofascial release, and stretching techniques. Brenda also holds a Bachelor’s degree in German and History and a Masters of Business Administration.
- Swedish and Deep Tissue
- Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
- First Aid/CPR
Work experience: With 25+ years’ experience in Human Resources and three teenage children, Brenda truly understands how stressful and 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, and her first clients have offered glowing reviews and booked their repeat appointments on the spot. Book yours now and 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!"
You can find Brenda at The Well on Sundays (10am-7pm).
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.
Angela Jacobs, LMT
Angela Jacobs (DCLMT #0508) has a passion for being of service to others and 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 and 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 and downs' of daily life," Angela notes. "Massage therapy allows the body to reset and recover, bringing a sense of peace and wellbeing." For Angela, massage therapy is a tool of compassion and service.
Training and Education: Angela is a 2002 graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute and, in addition to private practice, has worked at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and NAVA Health and Vitality. Prior to her career in massage therapy, Angela earned an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from New York University.
- Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage
- Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
- Sports Massage
- Hot Stone Therapy
- Geriatric/Medically Fragile Massage
What our clients are saying about Angela:
"Finally, relief. Sitting like a pretzel at a computer every day has left my back and neck in knots. Angela untied them in our first session and I cannot wait to return. What a relief."
"Rejuvenating massage from Angela. I had an excellent, rejuvenating hour long massage from The Well's new massage therapist Angela yesterday. It was everything I could have hoped for. I arrived feeling very stressed both mentally and physically, with chronic neck and upper back issues from life sitting at a keyboard. In a friendly and caring manner she was able to use deep tissue massage powerfully to restore my sprits and vigor and soothe and free up my neck and shoulder issues. I will definitely be returning to Angela!!"
You can find Angela at The Well Tuesdays (3pm-9pm), Wednesdays (3pm-9pm), & Saturdays (11am-6pm).
Dan Bradley, LMT
Dan Bradley (DCLMT#0542) works with physically-active adults to maximize their performance and reduce injury in and around training for athletic events. “I have been trained in and focus on sports massage and active release technique. I help my clients enhance their athletic performance through sports massage techniques that include deep tissue work, fascial stretch therapy and active release technique. By integrating these modalities, I’m able to help my clients excel by minimizing acute and chronic injury and promoting faster recovery." From cyclists to runners, swimmers, ballers and 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 and 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 and dental offices; day spa settings; and private practice for general pain management and 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 and 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials in Oregon, and 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:
"Great Experience. Welcoming staff and atmosphere. Friendly, professional, and tranquil. I had been in severe pain for 2 weeks due to a knot in my glute. I couldn't lift my left leg, use the stairs, roll over in bed....etc. Dan listened to my description, and worked on the problem area the entire session. I am happy to report that I am almost 100% now. He worked the knot out, and recommended some stretches and ice instead of heat. I will definitely be back. THANK YOU! "
"Pain gone! I had a deep muscle massage with Dan last week. I came in with significant hip back and shoulder pain, all in my right side. After 45 minutes of deep, and admittedly uncomfortable, massage, Dan was able to release the spasms that were plaguing me. I slept pain-free for the first time in weeks. Still good 4 days later. BRAVO!"
You can find Dan at The Well on Mondays (3pm-9pm) and Saturdays (1pm-6pm).
Kenneth Lewis, LMT
Ken (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 and more than seven years of massage therapy training and professional practice. He has significant experience helping serious athletes and office workers to address chronic pain and repetitive stress injuries.
Ken has worked extensively with triathletes, distance runners and other athletes in managing pain and boosting performance. He skillfully applies different techniques adjusted for the athlete's sport and 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 and activating muscles is therapeutically useful) and because "Thai massage feels so good to receive!"
Training and Education:
As an undergrad, Ken double-majored in Natural Sciences and 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 and Zen Shiatsu Chicago (Trigger Point). Ken's specialties include:
- Swedish and Deep Tissue
- Sports Massage
- Thai Massage
What our clients are saying about Ken:
"Ken really listens! The staff members at The Well were helpful and patient in assisting me with my first visit, which made for a comfortable experience complemented by a warm and relaxing studio atmosphere. Ken Lewis was of tremendous help by first taking time to ask pertinent questions in gaining a better understanding of which massage areas would best help relieve specific back and neck pains I have been experiencing. The session was well executed and I would highly recommend this business to others."
"Fabulous experience. As soon as I stepped in the door for my first massage I felt welcomed and relaxed. The environment was lovely and the staff extraordinarily kind. Ken, my massage therapist, had a very caring energy and I felt that he was truly interested in what was going on in my life (I came in because of hip pain). He made me feel so comfortable that it was like getting a massage from an old friend. At the end he had tips to help keep the pain away, and days later I'm still pain free, and much less stressed."
You can find Ken at The Well on Wednesdays (3pm-9pm), Fridays (4pm-8:30pm), and Sundays (1pm-7pm).
Elizabeth Shrader, MPH, LMT
Elizabeth (DCLMT#1379) is the founder and owner of The Well: "My goal as a massage therapist and wellness entrepreneur is to provide high-quality services that promote my clients’ health and wellbeing, ease their tension and stress, and help them find peace and 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 and 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 and medically fragile populations, etc.) and the full range of maternity (prenatal massage, birth doula, postpartum massage) and pediatric bodywork, including teaching partners and 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 and 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 and women's health.
- National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and 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 and 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" and 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 and Maria Mathias through the International Institute of Infant Massage.
Work Experience: Elizabeth built her solo massage and doula practices as Mount Pleasant Massage Therapy before opening The Well and joining DC Birth Doulas. She taught infant massage at The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington for many years and was a clinical and an academic instructor at PMTI. Before becoming a massage therapist, Elizabeth worked for international health and development organizations throughout the Americas. She has over 30 years' experience in clinical and community settings working as a women's health advocate and educator, primarily among immigrant and low-income populations. Fluent in Spanish, Elizabeth lived and worked in Mexico and Central America for 15 years and maintains ties with the region through family and 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. "
You can find Elizabeth at The Well on Tuesdays (9am-9pm), Wednesdays (10am-3pm), Fridays (9am-2pm), and Saturdays (9am-1pm).
Emily Tellez, LMT
Emily (DCLMT#1407) practices her own unique style she calls East Meets West: "I combine Swedish circulatory massage, deep-tissue focused techniques and trigger point therapy with Eastern acupressure energy points, following my client's verbal and non-verbal cues. I find integrating these styles in a holistic session is most effective for relieving tension and stress. I find that 90- to 120-minute sessions are ideal for addressing focus areas and connecting the whole body, head-to-toe." Along with her studio skills, Emily has a thriving mobile massage practice, ready to come to your home or office with massage chair or table.
Training and Education: Emily graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2010 and is licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She also holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from the University of Arizona.
Certifications: Emily has over 1500 hours in professional massage training and 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 and spirit, both for herself and 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. "
You can find Emily at The Well on Mondays (4pm-10pm) and Thursdays (5pm-10pm).
Rae Johnson, RN, LMT
Rae (DCLMT#1069) is a life-long educator and advocate for wellness promotion: "I am dedicated to providing therapeutic massage with an integrative and holistic approach. I utilize Swedish and deep tissue techniques along with myofascial release and Reiki to foster each individual’s natural ability to restore, heal and find balance in their body, mind and spirit. It is an honor to be present and provide space for this collaborative work.”
Training and Education: Graduated in 2007 from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, D.C. Received a Masters in Integrative Health and Nutrition in 2013, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Nursing in 1987.
Certifications and Licensure:
- National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB)
- Certification in Reiki, Levels I and II
- Registered Nurse
- Licensed Nutritionist
Work Experience: Rae continues to work in public health as an RN after nearly three decades. Her passion to provide holistic and integrative health services to the underserved led her to pursue education in the arts, bodywork and nutrition. She helped to start a Chronic Pain group and Massage Therapy program in her community-based public health clinic. Operating since 2007, it provides patients with massage and education to support their own pain relief and healing. Rae has also lived and worked in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. She is an exercise enthusiast and practices and encourages time connecting with nature as an avenue to health restoration and balance.
What our clients are saying about Rae:
"Rae Johnson -- the best! I don't usually review my massages, but I thought I'd put in a few words about Rae this time. I couldn't ask for a better massage therapist! She has mastered the art of massage therapy, is sensitive and caring, and is a good listener when I compulsively talk when I'd do better to receive the benefits of the massage! "
"Excellent massage by Rae. She understood my needs and the massage was 'just what the doctor ordered.'"
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.
Nicole Maisel, LMT
Nicole has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the health and 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, and build lasting relationships with them. With massage, there's always something more to learn and always something new to discover. Massage therapy allows me to add value to my clients and 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 and neuromuscular therapy. Mirroring her own personal path to parenthood, Nicole has found new horizons through fertility, prenatal and postpartum massage and, 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 and 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 and Postpartum Massage with Kate Jordan
- Bliss Born Childbirth Education
- Holistic Healthcare
Nicole has a deep commitment to her practice and 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, and 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:
"Nicole is a pro. Had my first appointment at the Well. Nicole was very skilled: she assessed the source of my neck and back pain, gave me tips on how to manage it after the session, and worked her magic to help ease the tension in my muscles. I walked away feeling refreshed and most importantly slept better with no neck pain. I'll definitely book another massage appointment with Nicole!"
"Wonderful and attentive therapist! I had a massage with Nicole a few days ago. I was feeling a little low when I arrived but I was positively floating when I left The Well. Nicole provided a much needed lift to my week. Thank you."
You can find Nicole at The Well on Mondays (4pm-9pm), Tuesdays (10am-3pm), Thursdays (4pm-9pm), Fridays (10am-3pm), and alternating Sundays (10am-3pm).
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.
To schedule an appointment with Katy, send an email to katy.cribbs.licsw[at]gmail[dot]com or telephone (202) 455-6856.
Administration and Operations
Karyn Cassella, Practice Manager
As The Well's Practice Manager, Karyn makes sure everything runs smoothly in the front and back office, helping to create the space that allows healing throughout The Well.
Kay Kerimian (They/Them) works at The Well as social media maven, farmers market manager, & admin extraordinaire. When not at the front desk, Kay is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Mt. Pleasant. A proud Actors' Equity member, their work has been featured at The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, Shakespeare Theatre Company, & Marvel Comics. Kay is also a creative facilitator, mentor, & advocate, serving the queer & differently-abled by promoting radical self-love, mental health awareness, & community-based growth. Kay strives to champion wellness for all & is grateful to work in an environment that supports these principles.