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What’s a Healwell therapist?

People often ask, “How do you find your therapists?”

The simple answer is, “We don’t find them. We cultivate them.”  Healwell therapists come from a variety of backgrounds within and beyond healthcare and from various forms of practice within the discipline of massage therapy. Many of the members of our team come to us with years of experience. All of the therapists who work with Healwell have hundreds of hours of advanced training beyond their foundational massage education. They have learned and share our commitment to clinical excellence, deep humanity, and the willingness to travel the path of the people we serve in a capacity that goes beyond what is typically expected of massage therapists.  We are partners in the healing process, whether that is an end of life process, recovery from an acute injury, or the management of chronic illness.

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Tamao Albert, LMT

Tamao believes in ease, comfort and respect for the healing process.  Through Healwell, she studied end of life care and hospital-based massage. The experience guided her into a deep understanding for those who are nearing the end of their journey. For Tamao, it is always an honor to ease the physical and emotional pain that may face those preparing to move into the next phase of life. She has built her repertoire to include Oncology Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Scar Release, Pre/Post Natal Massage, and Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy®.  In Japan, Tamao studied Seitai, Reiki, and Reflexology. She is a Reiki master, and her lineage is 5th from the founder of the Reiki.  She has been a licensed massage therapist in the USA since 2003.  Tamao’s  approach is gentle, subtle, and effective.  She uses her experience to respond to the needs of each individual and is committed to always improving and finding the best way to support the healing process.

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Laurel Bryant, LMT

Laurel was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY but now calls Maryland home. She has always had a passion for health care and received her first degree in Respiratory Care; followed by both a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Arts in Healthcare Administration. Deciding to follow her calling for massage and to be more “hands on”, she then attended and graduated from Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage in the early Spring of 2018. She’s worked in different massage settings including spa, private practice (to include her own), and corporate locations. She loves learning and most of all connecting with people. Laurel is excited about the opportunity to serve the oncology community with massage and provide comfort wherever possible.


Ken Brown, LMT, BCTMB

Ken Brown is a Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist and Level 3 Reiki Master with more than a decade of experience. He is board certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Ken studied at AKS Massage School in Herndon, Virginia. While in school, he participated in a Sports Massage program and began his Reiki training. Ken continues to explore new modalities of bodywork. His studies have included John Barnes’ Myofascial Release, cranio-sacral therapy, and reflexology. In 2014, he took his first course in oncology massage. This training allows him to adapt the techniques he uses to the specific needs and restrictions of patients going through oncology treatments.

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Laura Bryant-Earner, LMT, CMLDT, S4OM

Before becoming a licensed massage therapist, Laura taught English in Japan for 19 years. Upon returning to America, she graduated from massage school in the spring of 2018. It was in school that she heard of something called “oncology massage” and felt drawn to it. Passionate about learning, Laura has continued her advanced training in the fields of oncology massage, scar tissue manipulation and manual lymph drainage. She has provided massage in a variety of settings including corporate, private practice and spas. Because of her own massage experiences, Laura appreciates how massage can play a supportive role in health care and the journey that is being human.

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Cal Cates, LMT

Cal served as the Clinical Supervisor for Hospital/Oncology Massage at The Teal Center at Virginia Hospital Center from 2005-2009 and was a founding director and president of the Society for Oncology Massage from 2007-2014.  A 2005 graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute and a 2008 graduate of Metta Institute’s 9-month End of Life Care Practitioner Program, Cal continues to serve Healwell as a member of its therapist team when they* can get away from their duties as Healwell’s Executive Director.

*Cal identifies as gender non-conforming and uses the pronouns they, their, and them when being referred to in the third person.


Carole Dean, LMT

Carole Dean is a native Washingtonian and graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, D.C., with over a decade of experience in the field of massage therapy.

She has over seven years experience practicing in a chiropractic, medical massage environment; working in conjunction with chiropractors and physical therapists in treating patients with acute and chronic physical pain, trauma and dysfunction. Carole spent six years in a holistic wellness clinic where she specialized in helping clients with chronic health conditions, detoxification and oncology related support, work and stress related physiological and emotional tension. She worked closely with other integrative health practitioners to create bodywork protocols that supported her clients overall wellness and needs.

Carole combines a variety of modalities in her bodywork to relieve muscle tension, stimulate circulation, improve flexibility, promote relaxation and reduce stress. Carole has extensive training in Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, medical and prenatal massage. She is also experienced in oncology massage, craniosacral therapy (CST), shiatsu, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and reflexology.

Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Carole worked for Marriott International Headquarters in Bethesda for 15 years as a systems administrator and administrative assistant. Additionally, she spent several years working for federal, city and state governments in an administrative capacity. Carole is very family oriented and enjoys spending her downtime with family and friends, or curled up with a good book and a glass of wine.


Leah Dick, LMT

Leah is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been practicing therapeutic massage with a wide array of clients at the Teal Center in Arlington, VA as well as providing massage to patients with varying medical conditions within a hospital setting. She is a 2013 graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute and has achieved advanced training in oncology, hospital-based and pre and perinatal massage. Having witnessed her brother after he received a massage amidst his journey with cancer, the power of informed touch became evident. Leah is honored to be able to offer such care and presence to the individuals to whom she provides massage.

Lucille Eddy

Lucille A. Eddy, LMT, S4OM

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Lucille graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in February of 2004. Lucille works with a wide range of clients and issues employing her extensive training in advanced courses for Manual Lymph Drainage, Strain Counter Strain, Prenatal and Oncology massage. Lucille has served as the Clinical Supervisor for Hospital/Oncology Massage at The Teal Center at Virginia Hospital Center since. Her continued commitment to training and interacting with healthcare professionals helps her to stay current and to enhance her work.


Stacey Heavenridge, LMT, CLT

Stacy is a licensed massage therapist and a certified lymphedema therapist. Stacy graduated from massage therapy school in 2016 and has worked in various settings including private practice, clinical settings and spas.

Stacy uses a wide range of techniques and has advanced training in oncology massage therapy, lymphatic therapy, scar tissue management, hospital/medical massage and caregiving at the end of life. She specializes in working with people who have cancer or are recovering from surgery and pretty much anyone dealing with pain.

Stacy is a preferred practitioner with the Society for Oncology Massage, as well as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the National Lymphedema Network

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Kerry Jordan, LMT

Kerry’s distinctive massage style blends techniques from many massage traditions, both east and west, which address the body in a variety of ways. Her work is focused and fluid with an acute attention to breathing and a profound understanding of anatomy. She specializes in working with people who have been affected by cancer, those who have a history of trauma or chronic pain, and individuals who are in the midst of gender transition. Kerry received her foundational massage education at the Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork in Salem, MA. She has advanced training in oncology, prenatal, and hospital-based massage.

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Julie O’Keefe, LMT, CMLDT

Julie is a graduate of the Northern School of Therapeutic Massage. In 2015 she became certified as a Complete Decongestive therapist in Manual Lymphatic Drainage with the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. Through the Healwell organization she continued her studies and received her certification in Oncology, and Scar Tissue Mobilization.  During her Oncology studies, Julie was accepted into a stewardship program with Healwell, at the Virginia Hospital Center. This hospital-based massage program gave her a greater depth and appreciation working within the clinical environment. She feels her journey is just beginning, with lots of encouragement and guidance, she is becoming a better practitioner and human. Julie is a member of the ATMA, American Therapeutic Massage Association and National Lymphedema Network.

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Cynthia Rocca, LMT

Cindy graduated from the Medical College of Virginia with a degree in Radiologic Technology and certificate in Radiation Therapy in 1979. During her 31 years as a Radiation Therapist she saw the importance of touch to cancer patients and enrolled in the Baltimore School of Massage, graduating in 1996. In 1997 she started a volunteer program called Gentle Touch for Cancer patients at the Arlington Hospital. In 2011 Cincy retired and started Medicine Hands on Wheels. She provides massages at Life with Cancer  in homes, hospitals, and hospices. In 2016 Cindy trained as an End of Life Doula, and is a member of INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association).

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Kitty Southworth, LMT

Kitty Southworth’s passion has always been to create a safe environment for people of all ages who are simply trying to navigate life with joy and dignity while coping with a life-threatening illness.

Kitty spent 25 years working in healthcare where she worked in multi-specialty offices. Since 2000 she has been a massage therapist working both in private practice (with a special focus on elders) and for a small healthcare and wellness company (Bethesda Newtrition Wellness Solutions).  This has given her a unique appreciation of the value of both traditional and complementary modalities.

She has been a volunteer for hospice doing comfort touch massage for the last 10 years and is an End of Life Doula and member of INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association). She is a Reiki-Master, certified in Geriatric Massage, and has specialized training in lymph drainage, scar release, soul lighting acupressure, and oncology massage.

Kitty is a graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute and a licensed massage therapist.

Brandy Stajkowski

Brandy Stajkowski, LMT, S4OM

Brandy graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2002. She is a licensed massage therapist who is also a member of the Society of Oncology Massage (S4OM). During the early days of her practice, she focused on taking continuing education coursework that specialized in working with women before, during, and after their pregnancies, and of course, the wonderful bundles of joy that came along with them. Over the past decade, she’s taken extensive coursework that focused on working with individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer, the geriatric community, and those nearing the end of life. She finds deep fulfillment in providing comfort and caring touch to these individuals. Three years ago, her own father was diagnosed with cancer, and while it was an incredibly difficult path, she was so grateful to have the knowledge and ability to team with hospice in providing him with care and comfort in his final months. Brandy considers it such an honor to work with folks of all ages along life’s spectrum, but finds it especially sacred to work with those entering the world and those nearing the end of their journey.


Tipsukon (Noi) Yingviriya, LMT

Noi (Tipsukon) has been a certified massage therapy professional since 2005 and traveled to Thailand to study traditional Thai massage and advanced Thai medicine massage to increase her ability to help people heal. She currently practices a combination technique of Thai stretching yoga and Eastern massage to provide better result for her clients. In addition, Noi has completed oncology massage intensive training and Healwell’s Hospital Massage Therapy Stewardship Program training. As a cancer survivor, she has a personal understanding of the physical and mental pain experienced by cancer patients. Noi is deeply commited to improving the lives of others on their journey to health, healing and comfort.