About the Practitioners

Massage Therapy
Chiropractic
Acupuncture

Massage Therapy

Creative Wellness has a variety massage therapists on staff offering a wide range and style of massage therapies.

Our therapists are graduates of accredited schools and many are nationally certified by the NCBTBM -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  Most have graduated from massage therapy schools in the Mid-West. Others have come from as far as Europe and South America.

Creative Wellness has a unique philosophy where we encourage you to explore different therapists and different modalities to help you achieve your goals. Each therapist is a unique person and has developed their own style and approach to bodywork. As you will read below, each therapist determines their own career path and decides which modalities to pursue for supplemental training and certification. We feel this is a great advantage for our clients.

Amanda

Amandagraduated from Irene's Myomassology Institute of Southfield in 2012, and began her massage career in Southeast Michigan before moving to the Greater Lansing area. She then joined the Creative Wellness team in 2013. Employing a therapeutic and healing approach to massage, she believes that massage allows her to positively connect with people as well as aid them in achieving a better quality of a life.  Since joining Creative Wellness, Amanda has undergone additional training in Thai Yoga Massage and offers this as an alternative to her other modalities which include Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Swedish Massage. In serving her clients, Amanda always seeks to create a calm space where individuals can receive both the therapeutic and relaxing benefits of massage.   In her free time, Amanda likes to walk her dog, play video games, read, and watch Netflix. She is also a big advocate for Yoga to help improve flexibility and balance- both physically and mentally.   Amanda hopes you'll allow her to meet with you, assess how massage could improve your life and health, and apply her education and experience to give you the best possible experience.

Analise

Analise has an outgoing personality and she uses this trait to connect and learn about her clients lives and experiences to better help them maintain a healthy and comfortable life. It is said that the turtle symbolizes determination, persistence, emotional strength, and understanding and this is exactly why Analise’s spirit animal is the turtle. Analise has brought this caring, helpful and positive attitude to the Creative Wellness family since she joined us in January of 2011. After her best friend injured his back in a skiing accident, Analise helped comfort him by frequently massaging his neck and back. Her friend constantly raved about how effective her massages were, helping him cope with chronic neck and back pain, and this lead Analise to Lansing Community College where she enrolled in the therapeutic massage program. Analise graduated from the college in 2010 and has been helping clients live healthier lives ever since. Now Analise is known as a neck, back, and shoulder master as well as a nationally certified Ashiatsu practitioner and energy healer. Analise has future goals of teaching massage therapy and sharing her experiences and knowledge with the next generation of massage therapists. In her free time Analise enjoys kayaking, hiking, swimming in her pool and cuddling with her dogs.

Ann

Ann R. has been enlightening our clients at Creative Wellness since 1995, and we’ve been lucky to have her as one of our original massage therapists. Ann’s goal is to integrate therapeutic and clinical massage techniques with Energy modalities, according to the client’s needs in order to achieve optimal healing outcomes. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Sienna Heights University, majoring in Massage with a minor in Biology. She is trained in Swedish, Myofascial, Neuromuscular Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Active Isolated Stretching, and Acupressure Massage. Additionally, she has certification in Reflexology, is a certified Esoteric Healer thru the National Association of Esoteric Healers, and is a Reiki Master.  It was because of her own healing experience with massage therapy for a shoulder injury that she was inspired to pursue a career in the field. She is passionate about the importance of the Mind/Body connection. Ann maintains a daily meditation practice and is also a musician and composer of music. She loves to swim in Michigan’s fresh water lakes and greatly enjoys gardening. It’s a wonderful thing to share ourselves with other people, and Ann has the ability to share herself with others in the most meaningful ways. Even the smallest interaction with Ann will leave you richer.

Anna

Anna is our special gift from Poland! Anna has been dedicated to serving the clients of Creative Wellness since 1997! It was in Poland where she gained valuable experience working as a Social Worker. During this time Anna became a master listener and this now allows her to give her massage clients a very personal experience. Listening to her clients concerns and life experiences allow her to better serve them and help them improve their health. Knowing of Anna’s experience as a Social Worker and as a Massage Therapist, we know that she greatly enjoys working with people, helping them feel better physically and emotionally. Anna’s is enthusiastic about providing clients with health, relaxation, and wellness through Reiki (of which she is now a Reiki Master, the highest level of training to complete), Reflexology (of which she is a Certified Reflexologist), Esoteric Healing (having completed all levels of training), Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Craniosacral therapy, and Manual Medicine Therapy, which she likes to incorporate with other modalities. Pregnancy Massage and Relaxation Massage are also skills Anna enjoys sharing with her clients. On a personal note, Anna truly enjoys reading, watching good movies, cooking, gardening, animals, traveling, spending time walking outside, and her love for people is inspiring! Even after a cloudy day, you’ll feel the sun shining after Anna treats you! 

Annie T.    Coming Soon!

IMG 0700

Jim’s strong hands are as big as his heart. He has a wide range of massage methods and techniques that he has used on clients through the years. He’s a native of West Virginia and has a BA in Anthropology from University of Michigan – Flint. He speaks with a subtle southern drawl as he will tell you about the benefits of the various types of complementary health and wellness services that he both provides and practices. He’s traveled the world on archaeological digs and has a found special love for China. He is a certified tea herbalist and can educate you on everything about the various teas in the world and the corresponding health benefits. He has years of Tai Chi and QiGong practice, which helps him to be centered in his work and his life. He specializes in deep tissue, neuromuscular, relaxation and sports massage.

Jason

Jason has been with Creative Wellness since 2000. He’s been at the center for so long, that he is a walking, talking procedures manual, and is the go to man for company history.  He worked as a social worker for the geriatric community before pursuing a career in Massage Therapy. He attended the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and received advanced clinical training through the Orthopaedic Massage Education and Research Institute. He specializes in Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Oncology Massage and is one of our few therapists trained in Lymphatic Massage. If you ever have the opportunity to book a massage with Jason, take it, as his schedule tends to be packed with his loyal clients. Jason is a family man, an amazing therapist and is the chief entertainment officer at Creative Wellness.  Jason has the ability to not only heal through his trained hands, but through his words as well. To know him is to know his quick wit, and to know his quick wit is to love him.

Jessica

Jessica was born and raised in rural Michigan. She was bit by the travel bug early and has lived in a number of cities in the U.S. including Boston, MA, Portland, OR and Boulder, CO. In 2008, she decided to come back to Michigan where she had a deeply meaningful experience with massage in a hospital setting. She decided to embark on a new career and entered the Massage Therapy program at Lansing Community College where she acquired a thorough understanding of anatomy and how to treat neuromuscular dysfunction in a clinical setting. After graduating and acquiring her license, she continued on to complete the 100-hour Clinical Oncology Massage program at Beaumont Health Systems in Royal Oak, MI. She has been a therapist at Creative Wellness since 2014. Through Creative Wellness, she has also been able to provide her services to brain injury rehabilitation facilities and hospice care settings. Jessica is skilled in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, scar tissue and joint mobilization, lymphatic drainage techniques for lymphedema, empathic listening and relaxation massage. Jessica spends her free time exploring the forests of Michigan, lifting weights and caring for her garden.

John

John joined Creative Wellness in 2015 after studying massage at The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy in Denver. Here John learned Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Hot Stone Therapy. John also attended the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Colorado where he learned to use herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to bring a person’s body systems back into balance. Additionally, John has attended a workshop in traditional Mayan healing where he learned to use Abdominal Massage. During his time in Colorado, John found out how helpful massage can be for creating a peaceful mind; he loves seeing how powerful touch can be in helping people to take care of and respect themselves. John is very interested in working with people with nervous system conditions such as chronic pain, migraines, and insomnia, and he values staying present and connected to the body as he gives massage. He loves foraging, gathering, and growing his own food and medicine as well as going for walks in the woods, swimming and kayaking. John’s personal goals are to continue to learn how to live closer to the Earth and to respect all things in a deeper way.

 

Kathleen

Kathleen an Advanced Certified Rolfer® and board certified Structural integrator, comes to us on Mondays from her office in Southfield.  She completed her training at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado in 1987 and her advanced training with the Guild for Structural Integration in1993. In 1990, she met Richard Rossiter, creator of The Rossiter System, (TRS) a method of facilitated stretching which helps clients avoid carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion disorders. Through that system, a client can also avoid problems affecting shoulder, back, or knees. She became Richard’s first informal assistant. She has also completed Earle Timberlake’s “Somatic Release in Clinical Massage” and other massage courses. After graduation from University, she completed a law degree, practiced in the field of workers’ disability compensation, and experienced frustration at workers merely receiving monetary compensation, but not healing injuries. With TRS® she saw workers not only become educated and the function of their hands and arms protected, but also empowered to make other decisions to improve their health and well-being. If a person is ready to change, Kathleen can help them create profound changes in their body and in their life.

Lucy

Lucy's range in life is great. She is gifted with great hands, an operatic voice and as her name means, light. A native of the Lansing area, having spent time crafting her life skills around the country, she is now back home to share her skills. She is a graduate of the Lansing Community College massage program, is nationally certified and is additionally certified in Swedish, Myofascial, and Neuromuscular massage and Ashiatsu techniques. Lucy is also a certified yoga instructor and enjoys bringing balance and optimal health through the symbiotic relationship between these two complementary modalities.

Makenna

Makenna greatly enjoys being in nature with her husband and dog-daughter. She joined Creative Wellness in November of 2014 after completing the Massage Therapy program at Lansing Community College. As soon as she attended a massage therapy workshop at LCC she fell in love with the practice and has not changed her mind about it since! Makenna believes that every massage therapist is special, offering a specific set of skills to their clients, and she believes her skills and interests best serve clients with chronic pain. Personally, Makenna enjoys staying healthy and fit by occasionally lifting weights, back packing, hiking and geocaching. Some of Makenna’s personal and professional goals and aspirations include becoming further educated in additional massage modalities including Reflexology. As the shirt says, “I’m not just a massage therapist; I’m a big cup of wonderful covered in awesome sauce with a splash of sassy and a dash of crazy.” That’s our Makenna!

Marilu

Marilu is a Spartan and holds two BS degrees in Zoology and Psychology, both from Michigan State University. Marilu then graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Lansing Community College and has been with Creative Wellness since February of 2012. Marilu has also earned her Neuromuscular Therapy certification from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy.  Her Grandmother studied Reiki and introduced Marilu to the health and wellness field at a very early age. At Creative Wellness Marilu enjoys working with clients who have suffered a trauma or who have a post-traumatic stress disorder. Emotional stressors that cause physical symptoms allow Marilu to combine her relaxation skills with her clinical work abilities, giving her a great professional challenge. Running, weight lifting, and hiking are fun activities that keep her busy outside of her workplace and she strives to run several 5K races per year. Marilu’s professional goals are to add modalities to her professional “tool box”, such as Reiki and Craniosacral work. You’ll feel her warm heart from the first moment you meet her. 

Mark

Mark began his work with Creative Wellness in October of 2013, Mark was transitioning from a successful career in retail sales into massage therapy. Mark completed the Massage Therapy program at Lansing Community College and is also certified in Neuromuscular Therapy from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy. Mark purchased his first book on Acupressure during his sophomore year in High school and his interest in providing therapeutic healing has continued since. Now, in his "Encore Career", he is healthier and happier than ever. Specifically, Mark performs Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Sport Massage, Maternity Massage, Couples Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy treatments.  Mark also helps lead a frequent class at Creative Wellness, "Partner Massage”. During this workshop Mark shares his therapeutic techniques with attendees, helping them to benefit the people they most care about. Mark is also a certified instructor of Jazzercise and teaches in DeWitt. In the last 2 years this fitness regimen has helped Mark lose over 55 pounds and he has become a stronger, healthier person. When Mark is not providing therapy to his clients he enjoys healthy home cooking with his wife of 33 years, playing golf and caring for his 2 Boston Terriers. Mark looks forward to increasing his knowledge of additional therapeutic skills, allowing him to help everyone he meets at Creative Wellness.

      

Maurice   Coming Soon!

Monika

Monika is a graduate of The Chicago School of Massage Therapy and has been with Creative Wellness for over five years. She has received training in Thai Bodywork, Sports Massage, and Neuromuscular Technique. Monika also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Columbia College in Chicago. Monika was first interested in massage therapy when a friend decided to attend massage school; she thought this might also be a good opportunity for her to apply her Kinesiology and Anatomy classes from her dance training. Although this was supposed to be a temporary gig, Monika has been helping her clients for 15 years! Monika has a special interest working with dancers since she can relate to their injuries. Additionally, as a mother of two, Monika has interest in prenatal massage and, more recently, focuses on neck, shoulder and back injuries. Gardening and knitting prove to be very meditative for Monika and she has said her work as a therapist is her relaxation since she has two young children at home. Monika loves to travel, learn new languages and she truly believes dancing is movement that heals her body. Every Friday night you can find her teaching Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance, at Creative Wellness. Monika remains in the massage therapy profession because she experiences a rewarding high each time she helps a client feel better and happier. Monika is fascinated with the effective, non-invasive healing power of Acupuncture and plans to study the treatment in her future. 

Sarah

Sarah is new to Creative Wellness, she has been practicing massage therapy for nearly two decades. She graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy and enjoys helping people feel better. Sarah gives an amazingly deep tissue massage and is also certified in Aroma Touch Technique. She strongly believes that we can impact our community; clients come in with specific issues and we have the opportunity to help lessen the issue or repair it completely.  Sarah has worked on a diverse group of clients from infants to elderly, factory workers to desk workers, and weekend warriors to professional athletes.  She loves living a sustainable lifestyle with gardening and canning as well as raising her own meat. Regularly using essential oils helps Sarah keep her and her family in a great state of health and wellness. Sarah is an outdoors person, if she’s not gardening, she outside biking or playing sports with her children.   Sarah has fingers of steel, and has yet to meet a person who hasn’t asked her to back off the pressure. She also has nerves of steel as she raises her 5 children, with a seeming laid back presence about her. 

shawna

Shawna graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage after a woman who was like a second mom to her inspired her to help people, not just physically but in all ways. She saw first-hand the impact that massage therapy had on people and knew that it was her calling. Shawna has been with Creative Wellness since 2008, has met some beautiful people within this profession and has developed some friendships-all of which have enriched her life. Shawna enjoys meeting and working with clients who have varying issues and particularly enjoys helping heal neck and shoulder concerns. Shawna works diligently to adapt her massage to match the issues her clients come to her with. In her free time you’ll find her camping, hiking, kayaking, playing volleyball, cooking and spending time with her family. She says that her kids are her heart.  We love her heart and know that if you meet her, she’ll steal your heart away.

Chiropractic

Mark Poletti, D.C.

Mark Poletti - Doctor of Chiropractic and Ayurvedic Medicine specialist in Lansing, MichiganDr. Mark Poletti has been practicing Chiropractic Medicine since 1986. He is a graduate of Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia. He has also received advanced training in pediatric adjustment and applied nutrition. Dr. Poletti specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disc disease, which reduces the necessity for any likelihood of surgery. He relies on his skill in palpation of the spine rather than x-rays to diagnose and treat vertebral subluxation. In addition to chiropractic manipulation, Dr. Poletti's treatments often include herbal and nutritional counseling, suggestions for yoga exercises, and recommendations for lifestyle changes.

Dr. Poletti also specializes in Ayurvedic Medicine, the oldest healing system in the world, which was brought to the U.S. forefront by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Dr. Poletti has been practicing Ayurvedic Medicine since 1991. His esteemed instructors have included Deepak Chopra, M.D., Vivek Shanbhag, M.D. of Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine, and Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute, among others. Dr. Poletti has also received training in Ayurvedic Marma Transdermal Therapy and pulse diagnosis from Dr. Rama K. Mishra.

 

Megan Patrick, D.C., CCSP, CKTP

Simone Ranes - Doctor of Chiropractic MedicineDr. Megan Patrick has been with Creative Wellness since 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and her Doctor of Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. After graduation Dr. Megan worked for 2 years as an Associate Chiropractor in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) as well as a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP). The techniques utilized in her practice include Specific Diversified, Thompson Drop, Cox Flexion-Distraction and Activator. Helping her clients feel better naturally and allowing them to continue to do the activities that bring them joy are the motivators that keep her in this profession. Dr. Megan enjoys working with athletes and other sports enthusiasts as she is a national level NPC figure competitor and dedicates a lot of her time to bodybuilding. She has been a gymnast since she was ten years old, has been coaching gymnastics since the age of 14, and was a former sprinter. Working out, spending time with family and friends, reading and gardening are all hobbies of Dr. Megan’s. She loves watching documentaries about true crimes with her dog Pickles.

(back to top)

 

Acupuncture

Annie Haas

Annie Haas - Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine specialist in Lansing, MichiganAnnie Haas is a native of East Lansing and graduate from East Lansing High School. She is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - San Diego where she earned a Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. She also holds a National Certification in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Haas earned her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, where she majored in Anthropology. Annie is also on the Michigan Board of Acupuncture and is Board Certified in Chinese Internal Medicine and uses and prescribes Chinese Herbs.   Annie has experience in a variety of clinical settings, including holistic health centers, community clinics, and homeless shelters.

Additionally, she has treated patients with a wide range of ailments, including hypertension, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, stress, PTSD, depression, menstrual disorders, urinary track infections, vertigo, digestive disorders, IBS, herpes zoster (shingles), infertility, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, neck pain, addictions, and iatrogenic effects of chemotherapy.

Annie also treats pediatric patients.   Annie also has experience with Tui Na and Qi Gong, and is interested in promoting health and well-being through diet, lifestyle and the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  After years of feeding her co-workers her healthy cooking, she now offers classes in Plant-Based recipes every quarter at Creative Wellness. Annie enjoys reading, knitting, being outdoors, spinning, running, and spending time with-and cooking for-her family and friends.

Go to top