About Our Team
- » Generalist Practitioners
- » Tricia Chicka, LMT
- » Meg Griffin, LMT
- » Ellie Conrad, LMT, RYT
- » Advanced Practitioners
- » Dan Bradley, LMT
- » Naïka Gabriel, LMT
- » Angela Jacobs, LMT
- » Kenneth Lewis, LMT
- » Master Practitioners
- » Elizabeth Shrader, MPH, LMT
- » Nicole Maisel, LMT
- » Emily Tellez, LMT
- » Administration and Operations
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.
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).
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).
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).
Naïka Gabriel, LMT
Naïka (She/Her; DCLMT #2397) believes in the power of a healthy, vibrant community, and supporting its capacity to thrive. She is devoted to sharing her passion for facilitating healing and joyful education. "I believe that each and every one of us has the innate capacity to heal ourselves. As a facilitator of healing, I believe in honoring each person's story and where they currently stand to help co-create a safe and healing experience. I am humbled and honored to be a Licensed Massage Therapist who infuses each session with deep intention, presence and purpose."
Training and Education: Naïka was trained in western and eastern massage modalities at the National Holistic Institute in Santa Ana, CA. While there, she also studied Pranic Healing, a no-touch energy healing modality that promotes relief from physical, emotional and psychological stressors. She has worked as a massage therapist and energy healer at several wellness centers in the metro DC area. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University (GWU), a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from John Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from GWU. Most recently, Nakïa completed her training as a Holistic Doula with the renowned Matrona program, allowing her to further honor the process of birth, birthing persons and their families.
- Swedish and Deep Tissue
- Postpartum Massage
- Usui Reiki
- Pranic Healing
- Registered Nurse
- First Aid/CPR
Work experience: For over 10 years, Naïka has engaged with organizations and community members alike as a public health practitioner/researcher and registered nurse to ensure that all people in various communities gain access to the resources and care they need to thrive. She is excited to share the knowledge she holds in a more holistic environment to promote health and well being.
What clients are saying about Naïka:
"Naïka is a true healer. She deeply cares about others in every way. She is highly intuitive [and] guides those that seek her help. Working with her has been a life changing experience. I felt healing through clearing of my chakras; it was not until my first Reiki session that what seemed like a mere concept (chakras) became a reality. With her help, I have become more in tune with my spirituality and intuition." - J.L.
"Truly a divine being of light! I had the pleasure of receiving Naïka's healing gifts for a few months ... Her energy is kind and compassionate, her touch is gentle and loving, her spirit is bright and humble. You will not be disappointed!" - S.O.
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).
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 and wellness entrepreneur is to provide high-quality services that promote my clients’ health and wellbeing, ease their tension and stress, while helping 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 & 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.) along with 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 & 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 & Maria Mathias through the International Institute of Infant Massage.
- Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner designation with Gail Tully, Lorenza Holt and Deb McLaughlin at Spinning Babies
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 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. "
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.
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.