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Leyea RisleyLeyea Risley is Board Certified Polarity Practitioner, Level 3 RYSE Practitioner and instructor at Spa Tech Institute. During her formative years, her mother, Nancy Risley, was growing Polarity Realization Institute (now Spa Tech Institute), developing the RYSE Tools for Life program to help clients and others manage their own energy systems and creating the BCPP (Board Certified Polarity Practitioner) Program. Leyea was truly submerged in Polarity therapy throughout her childhood.

Sue LeveilleSue Leveille is a 2009 graduate of the 600 hour evening aesthetics career program here at Spa Tech Institute. Sue stays very busy working within the health and wellness industry. She is an instructor in our aesthetics career program, she works as an aesthetician and nail tech at Diva Professionals in Salem, NH and she is currently enrolled full time in Spa Tech Institute’s therapeutic massage program.

Steve BaglioniSteve Baglioni, a 2008 massage therapy graduate from Spa Tech Institute, works closely with well-known sports chiropractor, Sheri Russell, providing her clients with massage. Dr. Russell treated the 1998 Olympians in Nagano and continues to treat professional athletes at Russell Center for Chiropractic and Sports Medicine in Beverly, MA.

Ellen ODonnellLove Your Face, a holistic skin care business in Amesbury, MA, is owned by Ellen O’Donnell. Ellen is a 2012 graduate of Spa Tech Institute’s 600 hour Aesthetic program. Years ago Ellen majored in graphic design because she had a passion for art and color. She also had a passion for working with her hands. She has had many creative businesses such as cake decorating and quilt making. She has also taught many classes like jewelry construction and stained glass.

Brandon LavackNorth of Boston lies Beverly, a city referred to as the “Garden City” with its lush green open spaces and miles of coastline. It is a city with a little bit of something for everyone. There you will find Beverly Athletic Club on Reservoir Road and 2013 Spa Tech Institute therapeutic massage graduate Brandon LaVack.

Lisa PageNewburyport, a small coastal city full of quaint shops and eateries, is where you will find Lisa Page – a 2013 Spa Tech Institute Aesthetics program graduate. Lisa splits her time between Hair Spray Salon and Spa on Liberty Street, owned by Stacey Robinson and Riversong Plastic Surgery at 21 Highland Avenue in Newburyport.

Michelle BakerHoused on the banks of the Powwow River in the quaint town of Amesbury is Guaranteed Fitness & Bodyworks. Michelle Baker, a vivacious, energetic Spa Tech Institute graduate, is the owner where she is a personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. Michelle began her career 25 years ago offering personal fitness training

Stephanie Hassel2Emily came to Spa Tech Institute with a love for makeup and a strong desire to learn skin care. She graduated May of 2015. One of her instructors, also a graduate of Spa Tech Institute, Sue Leveille said Emily ‘was an awesome student, always willing to help out. A team player with a beautiful conscious touch.’

Stephanie Hassel2Stephanie Hassel, a July 2015 massage therapy graduate, recently opened her own business, SLH Skincare and Massage. It is located within Kiki Pilates Studio, 10 Elm Street, Danvers. Her friend Kiki Hanson had been in the massage business for years and opened her own studio where she offers Yoga, Barre and Pilates.

April SuretteIn downtown picturesque, historic Ipswich, MA is Nails Etc. Day Spa on Market Street owned by Margaret Taylor. Nails Etc. offers manicures, pedicures, massage, acupuncture and aesthetic procedures. Nails Etc.’s motto is “Relax and Pamper Yourself”. There you will find recent Spa Tech Institute aesthetic graduate April Surette who gave us some insight to her education.

Nancy and Kris were interviewed by Dr. Sheri Russell and graduate Stephen Baglioni, LMT on Northshore 104.9 in Beverly, MA, "On Your Game". With a focus on prevention and performance, Dr. Russell of Russell Center for Chiropractic and Sports Medicine in Beverly and Stephen Baglioni of Massage Therapy Unlimited, are educating the public on a variety of subjects to enhance personal health and performance. The interview with Nancy and Kris begins at 12:20 in the podcast and focuses primarily on Polarity Therapy as well as the healing arts in general. Many thanks to Dr. Russell and Stephen Baglioni, LMT for the great work they are doing educating and healing the public.


Your clients look to you for guidance on wellness. The challenge is to pass on information for consideration while simultaneously educating your clients to listen to their body and trust its wisdom. The recent findings on supplements is a great example of the challenge. After decades of attention on increased exposure to calcium and anti-oxidants by health professionals of different traditions, it's now coming out that there may be significant risks.

It's no secret. We have learned a lot from growing Spa Tech Institute together since 1988. We recognize that there are other people who idealize the concept of working with a spouse while there are others who say "No Way!" Our advice is, it depends on who you are. It can be the most rewarding and the most challenging experience of your life.

The relevancy of Facebook or other social media for business is a constant question. The bigger question is what are you trying to accomplish and what platform works best. There are many to choose from. If you are building a professional network LinkedIn is probably the best one to use. Facebook and Twitter can be valuable as a place to post specials and last minute appointment openings but for the most part, unless someone has very few friends, they won't see what you post. Facebook keeps changing it's formula for what gets shared. If you have a fan page with lots of friends and you post something, the chance of them seeing it is very low.

As the skin care industry rushes forward with new scientific advancements and state of the art products, my curiosity is frequently piqued by new research, in this case, Stem Cell research. In my search for new stem cell facial technologies I made an appointment with Jonathan Douglas, who is giving stem cell facials. Jonathan is co-owner of the Jonathan Douglas Salon. Surprise! I didn’t just get a great facial. I got an awesome massage along with it in a beautiful large treatment room pleasing to all senses.

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