Meet the team providing massage therapy, facials, waxing and nails

Back Massage at East Village Spa

Licensed Massage Therapists

Estheticians and Nail Technicians

Estheticians and Nail Technicians

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. 

Woman receiving a Hydrafacial at East Village Spa

Estheticians and Nail Technicians

Estheticians and Nail Technicians

Estheticians and Nail Technicians

Our licensed estheticians and nail care providers are experienced, safe, and skilled. They offer customized Rhonda Allison 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. 

East Village Spa administration team. Left to right: Anne (she/her), Cassie (she/her) Spa Owner, Kel

Administration Team

Estheticians and Nail Technicians

Administration Team

Left to right: Anne Llewellyn (she/her), Assistant Spa Director,Cassie Sampson, LMT (she/her), Spa Owner, Kelly Parker (she/her) Spa Director.


Cassie  opened East Village Spa in 2008.  She, Anne and Kelly  are here to assist you!  We value the relationships we have with our guests and are always happy to catch up! At times, you'll even see Cassie and Kelly jumping in to see our massage guests for services in a pinch. 

Massage Therapists

Justin Behanish, LMT

Justin Behanish, LMT

Justin Behanish, LMT

Justin Behanish, (he/him) Managing Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa

Justin (he/him) is our managing massage therapist. Licensed since  2007 (IA 004736),  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, loves snowboarding, his dog, and driving his co-workers crazy with puns.  

(Justin does not offer body scrubs, prenatal massage, Barefoot Bars massage, or foot reflexology)

Karen Ott, BA, LMT

Justin Behanish, LMT

Justin Behanish, LMT

Karen Ott, (she/her) Licensed massage therapist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

Karen (she/her) 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. She's great for athletes and works with more moderate to moderate-firm pressure, including using massage tools as appropriate.  Karen came to this field from social work. Massage blends two things she's passionate about: physical activity and helping people. Dogs make her smile, she loves tiny versions of things, and can eat her weight in chocolate. 

(Karen does not offer prenatal massage or Barefoot Bars massage)

Conny Beard, LMT

Justin Behanish, LMT

Anna Hornsby, LMT

Conny Beard, (she/her) Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

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 does not offer Barefoot Bars massage)

Anna Hornsby, LMT

Kristiana Moore, LMT

Anna Hornsby, LMT

Anna Hornsby, (she/her) Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

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 Two Feet Deep or Targeted  Sports Massage)

Kristiana Moore, LMT

Kristiana Moore, LMT

Kristiana Moore, LMT

Kristiana Moore, (she/her) Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

Kristiana, (she/her) licensed since 2008 (IA 004602) specializes in relaxation massages like hot stones, seasonal features, and scrubs. She is not the best choice for guests looking for super deep work or evening appointments as she only works earlier in the day. Clients love that her sessions are quiet and entirely focused on their needs. She's an outdoor enthusiast and loves going on hiking adventures with her husband and toddler.  (Kristiana does not offer Two Feet Deep or Targeted  Sports Massage) 

Jamee Williams, LMT

Kristiana Moore, LMT

Kristiana Moore, LMT

Jamee Williams, (she/her) Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

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 Reierson, LMT

Hannah Reierson, LMT

Hannah Reierson, LMT

Hannah Reierson, (she/her) Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

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 one of two therapists who offer the Two Feet Deep Barefoot Bars (Ashiatsu) massage. 

(Hannah does not offer prenatal massage or foot reflexology)

Trevor Grefe, LMT

Hannah Reierson, LMT

Hannah Reierson, LMT

Trevor Grefe, (he/him) licensed massage therapist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

Trevor (he/him) has been licensed since January 2019  (IA 095153) and during school he developed a passion for Thai style massage. He's a great fit for people looking to relax or troubleshoot, 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. Working at East Village Spa is the next best thing to his dream of doing Thai massage in an awesome tree house. 

(Trevor does not do prenatal massage or Two Feet Deep Massage)

Jennifer Phipps, LMT

Hannah Reierson, LMT

Julie Accola, RN, Massage Therapist (on call)

Jennifer, Phipps, (she/her) Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

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, assisted stretching, or Two Feet Deep Bars massage)

Julie Accola, RN, Massage Therapist (on call)

Julie Accola, RN, Massage Therapist (on call)

Julie Accola, RN, Massage Therapist (on call)

Julie Accola, (she/her) Registered nurse and licensed massage therapist at East Village Spa

Julie's (she/her)  been a massage therapist since 2014  (IA 075988) she is as a nurse for children with special needs and fills in for us a few shifts a month. It usually isn't possible to book in advance with her, but we can alert her fans when she picks up a shift. She offers light to firm  relaxation and targeted massage, and  specialized modalities like "Spontaneous Muscle Release" technique, cupping and acupressure. 

Julie doesn't offer prenatal or barefoot bars massage.

Estheticians and Nail Technicians

Camille Arbegast, Manager Esthetician, Cosmetologist

Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, Esthetician, Nail Technician

Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, Esthetician, Nail Technician

Camille Arbegast, (she/her) Esthetician and Cosmetologist at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

Camille (she/her) received her cosmetology and esthetics license in 2009 and 2010. She's known for super fast and professional Brazilian waxing and her facials are equal parts relaxing and results oriented.  Camille  has been on our team since 2012 and is our managing service provider and esthetics trainer. She is booked a ways out with her regulars, but loves seeing new facial and wax guests as she's able! She's not the best fit for anyone looking for a new regular nail care provider, but continues to see her long time clients for nail services or filling in as needed. She loves visiting with her guests about their upcoming trips as she's always dreaming of her next adventure.

Camille doesn't offer ear/nose waxing or French tip painting for nails.


Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, Esthetician, Nail Technician

Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, Esthetician, Nail Technician

Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, Esthetician, Nail Technician

Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, (she/her) Esthetician and Nail Technician at East Village Spa in Des Moine

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 achieve their skincare goals with advanced facials, peels, and hydrafacials along with the proper home care routine. Cassandra's nail care guests appreciate her safe and thorough services, like Shellac manicures. She works part time at Jett and Monkeys Dog Shoppe and has volunteered with animal rescues. She and her husband are parents to several rescued cats and dogs and she'd love to visit with you about your pets during services. 

Cassandra doesn't offer body waxing.

Cyerra Kemp, Esthetician, Nail Technician

Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, Esthetician, Nail Technician

Kanika Mayes, Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Cosmetologist

Cyerra Kemp, (she/her) Esthetician and Nail Technician at East Village Spa in Des Moines, IA

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 "Nail art  manicure with Cyerra." Check out examples of her work on our Instagram account. 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 of 4 kids and a spoiled dog and finds  peace and happiness making other smile.

Cyerra does not offer body scrubs, back or chest waxing, leg or arm waxing.

Kanika Mayes, Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Cosmetologist

Kanika Mayes, Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Cosmetologist

Kanika Mayes, Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Cosmetologist

Kanika Mayes (she/her), Massage Therapist, Esthetician, Cosmetologist at East Village Spa

Kanika (she/her) has been  in the beauty industry since 2002, following in her grandmother and mother's footsteps. She's a cosmetologist, esthetician, and massage therapist. She's also studying to be a post partum doula. Kanika offers primarily relaxation services at the spa and loves connecting with her guests, especially during nail services when there's time to visit. 

Kanika doesn't offer firmer pressure or targeted massages, French tip nail painting, and some kinds of body waxing.

Desiree Veigulis, Esthetician, Cosmetologist

Kanika Mayes, Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Cosmetologist

Desiree Veigulis, Esthetician, Cosmetologist

Desiree Veigulis, (she/her) Esthetician and Cosmetologist at East Village Spa

Desiree (she/her) has been a cosmetologist since 2014 and esthetician since 2019. She's focused on providing a super relaxing facial and nail experience as spas are her own go-to for helping manage stress. She's struggled with her own acne and stress related skin issues and knows her services can make a difference in her guests' quality of life. She grew up in Des Moines and is so proud to be a part of this community and watch it grow.  She enjoys self care and energy workshops and tending her plants.

Desiree does not offer arm waxing or French tips

Cammie San, Esthetician, Cosmetologist

Kanika Mayes, Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Cosmetologist

Desiree Veigulis, Esthetician, Cosmetologist

Cammie San, (she/her) Esthetician and cosmetologist at East Village Spa

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.

Sierra Johnson, Esthetician (on call)

Sierra Johnson, Esthetician (on call)

Sierra Johnson, Esthetician (on call)

Sierra Johnson, (she/her) esthetician on call at East Village Spa

Sierra (she/her) doesn't keep regular hours, but fills in as needed for our providers and receptionists. She's an expert with Rhonda Allison facials, waxing, and Hydrafacial. We're lucky to have such a skilled esthetician on call! While it is tricky to book out with her because she doesn't keep regular hours, we're happy to alert her fans when she picks up a shift.

Book your service now!

If you wish to schedule with a specific provider, select "specific provider" from the options and then select their name. Please keep in mind, our providers have limited availability. We all suggest finding 2-3 providers you enjoy so we can get you in at a time that's more convenient for you to relax.