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 facials, Farmhouse Fresh and 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.
L-R: Kyisha, Front Desk Associate, Kelly, Spa Director, Maddie, Front Desk Director, Cassie Spa Owner(all she/her). Whether it's big picture creativity or troubleshooting a flooding washing machine, no job is too big or small for these ladies. Kelly holds down the fort for guests and providers while running a great retail shop and online
L-R: Kyisha, Front Desk Associate, Kelly, Spa Director, Maddie, Front Desk Director, Cassie Spa Owner(all she/her). Whether it's big picture creativity or troubleshooting a flooding washing machine, no job is too big or small for these ladies. Kelly holds down the fort for guests and providers while running a great retail shop and online store! Cassie loves getting out in the community on behalf of the spa. Maddie and Kyisha are here to greet you with a smile and cup of tea! We're happy to serve you!
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 trigger point work and techniques like Craniosacral Therapy and some Eastern modalities 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 is a "fixer-upper," looking for the best techniques to assist you with injuries or pain. He's great for athletes and works with more moderate to moderate-firm pressure, including using massage tools as appropriate. 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!
(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.
Hannah (she/her) found massage after it helped her recover from a car accident as a teenager and decided it was a way she could help others. 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. She's passionate about finding the cause of pain. Hannah is very active in aerial arts so understands the needs of guests with active lifestyles. (Hannah does not offer prenatal massage or foot reflexology)
Jennifer (she/her) has been a licensed massage therapist since 2007 (IA 004855) and is a popular "fixer-upper" for people with pain, injuries, or recovering from surgeries or dealing with scars. She works with moderate to very firm pressure, incorporating massage tools as appropriate. She is a great fit for people with specific issues, though not the best fit for people looking for a light, general relaxation massage. Jennifer has a passion for helping cancer survivors and also understands the needs of active people as she's a hiking enthusiast and trekked 800 miles across Spain! She lives in a tiny house and is mom to a rescue pup.
(Jennifer does not do prenatal massage)
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's got a rescue dog, Edgar and has a *slight* addiction to baking to both the delight and detriment of her coworkers.
(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. He wrestled until a sternum malformation forced him to stop. He knows the frustration of being sidelined by an injury. 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!
(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's a fantastic choice for people looking for heavy pressure or specialties like prenatal massage or sports massage. Kirstie loves travel and one of her favorite vacation spots is Paris.
Paige (she/her) is a licensed massage therapist (IA 098942) who sees guests evenings and weekends. She left her nursing career when she realized the power of massage therapy in helping the patients in her care. She's a graduate of Body Wisdom massage therapy school and specializes in lymphatic drainage massage, geriatric, oncology, and prenatal massage. Paige is a great choice for people who have complex medical needs and can work with light to firm pressure. Paige is a mom, a dog person, and is proudly married to a military veteran so understands the challenges that military personnel and their families face.
Allison (she/her) is a licensed massage therapist (IA 074091) who sees guests on Wednesdays and some Monday mornings. She's been licensed since 2014 and our guests have enjoyed seeing Allison float in and out of our team over the years, helping us cover maternity leaves, busy seasons and more. Allison is an expert at Two Feet Deep Barefoot massage, which is one of her specialties. She's able to perform every massage service we offer and loves to see clients with a diverse range of needs, from athletes to people looking for major stress relief. Allison keeps busy with yoga, latin dance, her rescue pups and the orchard she and her husband are growing on their acreage.
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. She helps people who have skincare goals with great home care recommendations and more corrective facials. Cassandra's nail care guests appreciate her safe and thorough services, like Shellac manicures. She is an excellent resource on our Jane Iredale cosmetics and color matching. Cassandra works part time 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!
(Cassandra doesn't offer most body waxing.)
Cammie (she/her) joined our team in 2014. She offers every type of nail care, waxing, and skincare service we offer at the spa and soon she'll be a licensed Massage therapist too! Cammie's facials are both relaxing and results oriented and she's known for very gentle nail care. 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. She feels blessed to help people take time out to care for themselves.
Blaire (she/her) is a licensed esthetician who is known for very relaxing yet effective facials (Her neck and shoulder massage is AMAZING-you'll look and feel younger from that alone!) She's fast, respectful, and thorough at waxing and has quickly become a favorite for Brazilian and other body wax services. She's 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!
(Blaire is not licensed to provide nail care services, but offers all of our skincare and waxing services)
Kanika (she/her) is a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, and massage therapist. Kanika's guests always tell us they feel her "good energy" just by sharing space with her. She is so much fun to chat with during nail services. Need to unwind? Book one of her nurturing facials. She no longer offers massage therapy, but in her skin and nail services her massage gifts come through! She also offers chakra balancing Reiki outside of the spa so she's a great person to connect with if you're curious about energy work.
(Kanika does not offer body waxing services)
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