Our Therapists are simply the "best of the best" and truly the cream of the crop in Sarasota!
We should know; we’ve interviewed many since we opened on Siesta Key more than 25 years ago! At Hands of Light, we work only with fully licensed, qualified, and insured individuals with no less than 10 years experience in the art, with most of our Therapists having more than 15-25 years experience. All of our colleagues maintain a semblance of their own practices, including practices at other spas in town, and some are alumni of the most celebrated spas in the country, including the award winning Ritz Carlton in Sarasota and The Four Seasons Resort in Las Vegas.
They have interesting stories and have lived interesting lives, not only as Healthcare Practitioners, but also as Parents, Teachers, Architects, Bankers, Dancers, Designers, Baristas, and Artists. We know them very well. They possess the utmost integrity and they are our friends. We hope that you enjoy their complete dedication to the craft the way we do.
*Pls. Note: All Therapists are extremely proficient in most any type of service we offer, running the gamut from relaxation massage to modalities of more intense, demanding & specific work. We like to say that "The Greatest Therapists Wear Many Hats!"
Bev Smith, BS, LMT
Bev is a Veteran Therapist with 25 yrs experience @ Massage. Well versed in most massage modalities @ this point, Bev holds certification in Medical Massage, specializing in focused rehabilitation of the hip, low back, and neck.
Bev is the longtime Owner and Operations Manager of Hands of Light Massage Therapy and loves the tranquil and peaceful energy of her tropical oasis on Siesta Key.
Gina McLaughlin LMT
Gina is our amazing find from chilly Princeton! Gina has a strong background in Yoga Instruction & fitness, & has extensive background in both spa work & private practice. Here is yet another LMT we cannot say enough about! Try her out yourself! A WOW!
License - #75663
Melinda Cole, LMT
Melinda's graceful demeanor transfers right over to her bodywork! We love to say that Melinda's massage is "like a Ballet!" Skilled to handle many different massage modalities, Melinda will have you floating out the door, & that's a promise she def. keeps
License - #57560
Shaunna Cox, LMT
Shaunna joins us from the Great Salt Lake! Mild mannerisms belie strong capabilities! Dually licensed as a facial Esthetician, Shaunna excels at Ashiatsu - a type of deep therapy in which the therapist walks on a client's back using bars for support.
License - #65110
Y'all, Danielle arrives by way of Nashville with her Summa Cum Laude BBA in Economics from the University of TN! Here is a very versatile Therapist with a great attitude, whose happy spirit is completely contagious!
Danielle jumps into virtually any bodywork challenge with great gusto, and plays a winning hand with her hands (& possibly feet) every time! Danielle handles all of our services offered with true client satisfaction at the forefront of every session. With a background in Yoga instruction & Active Isolated Stretch Technique, Danielle is also certified in and can easily add to your session if desired, the optional dynamic of Ashiatsu Bar Therapy. Ashi, as it is nicknamed, is a deep tissue therapy in which one massages with the feet, using overhead bars as support.
Most Therapists doing Ashiatsu deep tissue therapy also mix in the basics of more traditional massage techniques to your session, so it becomes a well-rounded "best of both worlds" experience! Do this!
We luck out yet again! Naomi comes to us via Orlando/Lakeland with a background in the luxury spa resort industry as a well-trained massage therapist and manager. With an undergrad BS Degree in Hospitality Mgmt., Naomi is going to personally see to it that you receive a 5 Diamond Standard of Service each and every time you are lucky enough to receive a body treatment with her! Small stature belies a powerhouse of deep tissue medical massage rehabilitation capability, sports massage background, Swedish, Hot Stone, Trigger Point, PreNatal, & Reflexology.
This LMT rocks and having a massage with Naomi is like trying to consume 1 Potato Chip. Good Luck with that!
We are fortunate to have Julie join our Team by way of NJ and California!
Julie is a Veteran Therapist in our field, with over 18 years experience in the "Big Spa Industry", as we refer to it! Julie's calm, great listening demeanor is reflective of her Rutger's University undergrad Psych degree, and this LMT will DEFINITELY take you down 5 notches, no question!
Julie's forward thinking on health led her to take the plunge fearlessly as a creative Entrepreneur in the Nutritional Smoothie business, where she built an amazingly successful grassroots organic nutritional company in California in recent years. Julie's expertise now also lies in her unique style of deliciously detailed bodywork, while paying close attention to exactly what it is the client is asking for. Julie believes communication is the absolute best policy between Client and Therapist.
Be prepared to float out the front door on a cumulus cloud of cotton if you are fortunate enough to book a session with Julie!
We call her Atlanta Alissa! Alissa comes to our little powerhouse location at Hands of Light Massage with unlimited tools in her toolbox! With 18 years experience, Alissa brings a myriad of highly useful knowledge & unlimited capability to the table. Alissa's background modalities include general Swedish work, Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Prenatal work, & Oncology Massage. Alissa is an avid health enthusiast w/ a strong background in dance, Yoga Instruction, and Personal training.
Alissa is a go-getter who sees a strong need for more substantial course curriculum in the Wellness Industry. To that end, Alissa created a successful quality continuing education company nation-wide that services Oncology Centers, Chiropractic Centers, PT Offices, Spas, Gyms, and Sports Training Facilities. This is a highly knowledgeable & energetic LMT who can handle anything we throw at her. You want to snore & relax? Alissa! You need major Athletic Rehab? Alissa!
Angela Fox, LMT
"Foxy" is our newest energetic addition/Marathon Runner from the East Coast of FL! Angela is proficient in many modalities including Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue work, PreNatal, & LomiLomi. She also has strong interest in Thai, Sports, & Medical Massage
License - #52274