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Meet Our Team

Posted January 4th, 2010 by Diana Boyle
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D. Boyle, HHP, Owner

D. graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2001 before moving to Berlin, Germany to teach English.  After living abroad for over a year and spending the summer backpacking around Europe, she returned to the states and began studying massage at San Diego’s Mueller College of Holistic Studies.  It was here that she was able to combine her love for education with her desire to help people.  Choosing to become a Holistic Health Practitioner allowed her to explore many different massage modalities and receive extensive training in Deep Tissue and Prenatal Massage.

After working for a few years for some of San Diego’s high-end spas, D. decided that she wanted to explore the long-term benefits of therapeutic massage.  By focusing her attention on the local community, she’s been fortunate enough to develop lasting relationships with people that she’s able to see over and over again.

Building these relationships and witnessing the physical and emotional improvements in her clients is why she continues to do what she does.  D. truly believes in the healing power of massage, especially when done regularly.  Her goal is to make it convenient and affordable so that it will become an integral part of her clients’ healthy lifestyle!

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Jade Nash, CMT

A San Diego Native with a life-long interest in physiology and psychology, Jade received her bachelors degree in Human Development from UC San Diego in 2006.  After graduation, she decided to pursue her interest in health and well-being at the School of Healing Arts in Pacific Beach. There she studied not only massage but also nutrition, herbology, exercise, and energy healing. 

She strongly believes the key to health–both emotional and physical–lay in an integration of all of these components.  She incorporates many modalities into each massage session including relaxation, deep tissue, stretching, cranio-sacral, and reiki.

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Julia Sage, Licensed Esthetician

Julia is a licensed Skin Therapist (Esthetician) and Make Up Artist who graduated with honors from Golden West College, in Huntington Beach, CA.

Julia is a caring individual who loves making her clients feel good about themselves, helping them reach their goals through skin therapy treatments and individualized home skin care.  She thrives to provide relaxing, result achieving treatments, and is dedicated to her clients’ well being.

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Kala Stutes, CMT

Originally from a little town in Northern California, Kala packed up her car and moved to San Diego right out of high school. She decided she wanted to do some traveling before furthering her education and discovered along the way that wellness and healing in a holistic sense was the right path for her.

Kala graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with 1000 hours of intensive training and focuses mainly on Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Thai massage in her practice.  She tends to use a collaboration of these modalities, depending on the needs and what is best suited for the client on her table.

Kala’s greatest passions in life are the healing arts and seeing the world. Both are incredibly rewarding, thrilling and fulfilling. She was able to travel to Thailand to further her education in Thai massage, which was a fantastic experience. She has always had a strong passion for helping others, and has found through massage, that she can have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of others, not only physically but emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Kala is always challenging herself to grow in her practice, as it is a never-ending adventure. She believes that connecting through touch has countless benefits and as she continues to learn, she is able to educate and give more to her clients, so that they are able to receive the best possible care. Seeing the transformation and progress within her clients ,as well as simply a satisfied face, is definitely the greatest reward!

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Kelly Rice, CMT

After studying psychology for two years at San Diego State, Kelly decided she wanted to learn a more hands-on approach to helping people and to go back toward her original intentions of doing something in the field of kinesiology, physical therapy or athletic training.

It was at Maric College in San Diego and in Riverside where she realized her passion for the healing properties of massage therapy. Kelly’s favorite thing is having regulars and being able to watch a transformation in her clients’ wellness.

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Nicole Williams-Butler, L.Ac, CMT

Nicole is originally from New York where she attended New York College of Health Professions, studying occupational science in Massage Therapy.  During this time, she saw her passion form helping others and bodywork come together with a focus on Eastern and Western modalities.  After getting licensed in the state of New York, in 2007, Nicole moved to San Diego to continue her education in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Wanting to continue with healing work in California, in 2009, she became a Certified Massage Therapist with the California Massage Therapy Council.  With over six years of experience, Nicole tailors bodywork sessions for each client utilizing various modalities such as:  Acupressure, Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage.  She believes regular massage is therapeutic not just for pain or discomfort in the body, but for healing to build a stronger mind/body connection.  Her goal is to help her clients begin a path for overall health and wellness.

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Sabrina Elise, LMT

Sabrina is a San Diego native and attended San Diego City College to pursue music and theatre. However, she has always had interest in alternative medicine and decided to change her career to Massage Therapy. In 2005, she attended Mueller College of Holistic Studies studying in both Eastern and Western massage modalities.

Sabrina has been practicing in the spa industry for over eight years now and is going back to college to pursue Theatrical Costume and Make up. She enjoys traveling internationally and learning different massage or spa body treatments from abroad as well as their benefits. Sabrina’s philosophy is to promote the values of Massage Therapy while also providing clients with a sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit.

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Susana Wolds, Registered Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master-Teacher

While earning her bachelor’s degree in International Spanish for the Professions at the University of Colorado at Boulder (2007), Susana was motivated to choose a self-made path of involvement with sustainable solutions for living. Her yoga practice began in Boulder, and evolved while traveling the world and documenting eco-tourism. Susana became a certified yoga teacher in 2009 through CorePower Yoga.  Since then, she has pursued independent study to embrace a holistic model of yoga instruction and embodiment. She founded Urban Yogi, a platform for her work as a teacher and mentor, in 2010 alongside D. Boyle of DCompress Downtown.  

Susana’s entrepreneurial spirit and desire to uplift her community inspire her with ways to reach people and support their growth. In addition to creating a 200 hour yoga teacher training program, registered with Yoga Alliance, she produces yoga classes for her virtual studio, Urban Yogi Online, and partners with local businesses to provide weekly classes and mentorship.

She has worked with reiki daily since 2012, and became a master-teacher in the Usui Shiki Ryoho & Ichi Sekai System of Natural Healing in 2014.  She offers reiki treatments and training courses for those dedicated to their own path of well-being.  Susana’s upbringing in Science of Mind philosophy gave her an understanding of metaphysics at a young age, which brings depth and purpose to her work and daily practice. She aims to empower her clients and community with tools for self-healing, and is honored to be a part of the wellness team at DCompress Downtown.