East Village Spa's team has specialists in sports and deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, hot stone massage, prenatal massage and more. Because our therapists have built a loyal clientele and space out their services to ensure their guests receive their full attention, some have limited availability. We suggest finding 2-3 therapists you enjoy to increase your scheduling opportunities.
Our licensed estheticians and nail care providers are experienced, safe, and skilled. They offer customized Rhonda Allison and Farmhouse Fresh facials, CBD facials, Hydrafacial, waxing, and natural manicures and pedicures. Their focus is on the health of your skin and nails. They are happy to customize a skincare routine that best fits your lifestyle and skincare goals.
This is the crew that answers your calls, e-mails, texts and greets you at the spa. They've got a yummy beverage to start your visit and chocolate to send you back into the world. Please show them photos of your pets, talk about podcasts, and don't judge them if they're snacking on the job.
L-R: Jess, Shekendra (they/them), Cassie (she/her) Maddie (she/her), Vianey (she/her)
We have a diverse team of providers and welcome all genders on our team. If you have a specific provider you wish to book with or a specific gender preference, you must indicate this at booking as logistically we cannot make provider or gender changes upon arrival.
Justin (he/him) is our lead massage therapy mentor. Licensed since 2007 (IA 004736), Justin is a great choice for athletes and people recovering from surgeries or facing chronic injuries and pain. He works with moderate to very firm pressure and may incorporate some stretching or massage tools if appropriate. He's also able to provide a great relaxation massage for people who want to zone out. He has practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for years, has a passion for cooking really involved dishes (and posing pics to make everyone jealous) and driving his co-workers crazy with puns. (Justin does not offer body scrubs, prenatal massage, or foot reflexology)
Conny (she/her) is a native German who loves to hear about your European relatives and travel. She has been licensed since early 2017 (IA 086019). She offers a combination of relaxation and focused work, using light to fairly firm pressure, varying speed and techniques. She includes a bit of trigger point work and techniques like Craniosacral Therapy a into her work. She especially loves focused neck and foot massage. Conny used her background in engineering into creating allergy-friendly recipes. She owns an in-home bakery, Sunrose Bakery, and you can purchase some of her gluten/egg/dairy free breakfast cookies at the spa!
Klay (he/him) has been licensed since January 2018 (IA 094557) and works with more moderate to moderate-firm pressure. He loves helping people with neck pain and general relaxation. Klay came to this field from social work. Massage blends two things he's passionate about: physical activity and helping people. Dogs make him smile, he loves tiny versions of things, and is a pretty good woodworker who has custom built things for many co-workers! We jokingly refer to Klay as the "spa handyman"
(Klay does not offer prenatal massage or reflexology)
Jamee (she/her) came to massage after 17 years in dementia care and a desire to seek alternatives to conventional Western medical treatments. Licensed in 2015 (IA 077705) she is our Eastern massage specialist. She's taken a deep dive into studying techniques from Thailand and China like cupping, acupressure, and Shiatsu. Her focus is helping to remove mental, emotional, and physical blockages to facilitate the release of pain and discomfort. She offers a "custom Eastern massage" (call to book) in addition to being able to provide every massage we offer. She's not the best choice for someone looking for a light Swedish massage. Jamee has lived and traveled extensively with the stories to go along with that! She's also a got a collection of "stray kids" whom she loves.
Hannah (she/her) found massage after it helped her recover from a car accident as a teenager. She's been licensed since 2018 (IA 087014). She's a good choice for people looking for specific work for pain or injuries, using more moderate to firm pressure. She can also incorporate massage tools or assisted stretching as appropriate. Hannah competes in aerial fitness and lifts weights so she truly empathizes with people who have shoulder injuries. She's passionate about finding the cause of pain. She was born in a truck in Ghana, West Africa, and lived there for 14 years. She and her husband have 4 rescue animals (Hannah does not offer prenatal massage or foot reflexology)
Anna (she/her) became a massage therapist to help people's bodies feel better and help people feel better about their bodies. She has been licensed since 2016 (IA 082550) and is primarily a relaxation therapist, using slower, flowing massage techniques with light to moderately firm pressure. She's perfect for a meditative relaxation experience but not the best choice for someone looking for super aggressive work. She loves hot stone massage, our seasonal features, body scrubs, and providing a quiet session all about her guests. She has a *slight* addiction to baking to both the delight and detriment of her coworkers. She's a plant parent and loves the arts in general.
(Anna does not offer Targeted Sports Massage or super heavy pressure.)
Trevor (he/him) has been licensed since January 2019 (IA 095153) and during school he developed a passion for Thai style massage. Clients love his positive energy and genuinely kind nature. He's a great fit for people looking to relax, with a diverse and evolving set of techniques from assisted gentle stretches, acupressure holds, flowing relaxation work and deep tissue techniques. Trevor says he often wakes up in the morning feeling so happy that he's doing what he loves, ESPECIALLY on days he has barefoot bars massages on his schedule! He is a true professional and incredibly respectful of all who schedule with him.
(Trevor does not do targeted therapy massage or super deep pressure unless you book the Two Feet Deep)
Kirstie (she/her) is a licensed massage therapist (IA 096678) who returned to Des Moines to join our team after working for years developing a great clientele at a wellness clinic in Waterloo, IA. Her former clients have even driven to Des Moines just to book with her again! She's a deep tissue and orthopedic massage specialist, but can provide a great medium to firm pressure relaxation massage too. She feels she truly excels at helping people with migraines or headaches, hip pain, and pregnancy aches and pains. Kirstie is a member of the LGBTQ community (she identifies as queer) and advocates for bodily autonomy and the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals.
Gloriose (she/her), or "Glo" is a licensed massage therapist (IA 112637) Glo has lived in 4 countries and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines before attending Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School. Glo spent many years caring for aging adults as a certified Nursing Assistant and she has a passion for helping people, especially pregnant women, through massage therapy. Glo loves creating poetry and art. She's a perfect fit for people seeking a very relaxing light to firm pressure massage, pregnant women, seniors, or people who enjoy a bit of stretching with their service.
Holly (she/her) is a licensed massage therapist (IA 107908) Holly sees herself as a deep tissue therapist with the intention of "untying a knot" rather than digging in with hard pressure. She became a massage therapist because she knew she wanted to be in the medical field, but in a way she could help people feel their best. She fell in love with the massage program at Body Wisdom school. In addition to massage, Holly is a Reiki master. She feels she's best for people seeking deep relaxation. Holly is a mom and understands the needs of parents. She is also an avid disc golfer who has competed in tournaments.
Jackie (she/her) is a licensed massage therapist (IA 116229). She trained at an Eastern style massage therapy school in Portland, OR before opening a massage practice in Lincoln, NE. Jackie is a perfect fit for the East Village Spa team and guests. Her style blends Swedish, deep tissue, Ashi, Acupressure, and other techniques like cupping and gua sha. She brings a new perspective and techniques that are relaxing, effective, and harder to find in the midwest!
If you hear contagious laughter in the spa, it's Cyerra (she/her)! She's been a licensed esthetician and nail technician since 2015. Her facials are equal parts relaxing and results-oriented and she's our go-to for amazing artistic Shellac manicures. We even have a special service just for her nail art! Check out examples of her work on our Instagram account and follow her at @allnails_by_cyerra on Instagram. She's a great fit for people nervous about their first Brazilian wax because she keeps them distracted through the service...just get her laughing. She's a mom to 4 awesome kids and a spoiled dog, experience that has helped her be a natural leader for our team. She finds peace and happiness making other smile.
Cassandra (she/her) is a super experienced esthetician and nail technician who has been licensed since 2006 and on our team since 2013. She is an excellent choice for guests who have specific concerns with their skin, including acne or rosacea. Cassandra's nail care guests appreciate her safe and thorough services, like Shellac manicures. When she's not paddle boarding or at her second job at Jett and Monkey's Dog Shoppe. She and her husband are parents to several rescued cats and dogs and she'd love to visit with you about your fur kids and warm-destination vacations!
(Cassandra doesn't offer most body waxing.)
Blaire (she/her) is a licensed esthetician who is known for very relaxing yet effective facials. Blaire loves treating acne prone or congested skin. She also adores brow shaping and body waxing. She's fast, respectful, and thorough at waxing and has quickly become a favorite for Brazilian and other body wax services. We joke that she's our "old soul" and is great for anyone who is anxious about trying skincare or waxing and she instantly puts guests at ease. Blaire loves travel and spending time with her rescue cat!
Desiree (she/her) is a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician. Desiree offers nail, waxing, and facial services at the spa. Waxing and corrective facials are her absolute favorite services and she loves the Rhonda Allison product line because she's personally had great results from it. She originally joined our team in 2019. Her guests appreciate her thoughtful and respectful nature and can tell that she truly cares about them. Outside of work, you'll find Desiree cooking and reading. She loves to chat about dog, the latest TV shows and great restaurants with her waxing and nail guests.
Dee (she/her) is a full time Licensed Nail Technician who provides skilled natural manicures and pedicures to our guests. After studying Equine Sciences and caring for horses (how cool!) Dee attended LaJames to become a licensed Nail Technician and care for humans. Her foot massages are phenomenal. She danced for 18 years and now channels her creativity in beautiful nail art. You can follow her on Instagram and see her creations at deeznails2022. Iowa fans beware, Dee is a die hard Iowa State fan!
Kanika is a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, and massage therapist. Kanika's guests always tell us they feel the "good energy" flow when enjoying a service with her. Kanika is a reiki master and fertility and post partum doula. Kanika seems to know everyone in town, so it is always fun hearing Kanika chat with her nail guests. While Kanika no longer offers massage therapy, you can feel the natural healing come through in all of the services she does offer.
(Kanika does not offer body waxing services)
Cammie (she/her) joined our team in 2014. Cammie works part time around her busy family schedule so might not be the best fit for someone seeking a new regular provider. She offers every type of nail care, waxing, and skincare service we offer at the spa and is also a licensed massage therapist! Cammie's facials are both relaxing and she especially enjoys working with people who feel they have sensitive skin. She's known for very gentle nail care and loves our tension headache relief massages. As the mom of three children, she understands fluctuating hormones and learning to love your changing body, as well as stresses of parenting. Her experience as a gestational surrogate gives her a unique understanding of the painful and often silent struggles of creating a family.