Meet The Team
Having started this practice as a solo practitioner in 2015, my goal was always to build a powerful team of therapists who were passionate about their craft and able to deliver highly effective therapies for my clients. As a recruiter in a past life, I know how challenging it can be to find the right talent. This is why my hiring strategy has always been to onboard therapists who I have significant experience with, both from an interpersonal and therapeutic technique standpoint.
I am proud of the team I have built and fully stand behind the professionalism and skill-sets each of them bring to my practice.
Read about Dustin’s 3 desert island books, the moment he realized he made the right career choice, and how he stays motivated in his blog interview!
Dustin Dreese | Owner / lead therapist
Having spent 8 years of my professional life after graduate school working in industries that yielded little happiness, I reached a point where I knew I needed to make a drastic change. Joy and happiness had become infrequent. I was overweight, unhealthy, and living in a perpetual state of stress. I developed depression, anxiety attacks, and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In short, I was on a quick decline... and I knew it.
I decided in the Fall of 2012 to quit my corporate career and take some time to heal and course-correct my life. It was during this period that I realized the answer was there all along.
Growing up, my father was a big believer in Massage Therapy. He used to send my mother and I to practitioners about once a month. Being exposed to massage as a teenager was a blessing and I remember discussing the profession with each of the therapists, hearing the many reasons they loved what they did. However, this was in the mid 1990's and the profession did not have the kind of social stature that I felt was expected of me. I quite intentionally ruled out Bodywork as a career and pursued more "acceptable" options.
Almost 20 years later, the field of Massage Therapy has evolved and proven itself among the health care community. Personally, I had evolved into a free thinker and self-motivated individual who was ready to revisit the work that captivated me at such an impressionable age.
Today, I am a Licensed Massage Therapist (L.M.T.), skilled in a range of therapeutic modalities. I strive to provide my clients with an individualized and goal-based approach to massage and bodywork. Whether you are looking for rhythmic relaxation massage, targeted deep tissue or sports therapy, fascial mobilization or manual lymphatic drainage, my personal mission is to be a meaningful partner in your wellness.
Life is good.
randy frank | Licensed Massage Therapist
During the day I am a high school English teacher, so I’m often asked how I got into massage therapy. My first experience with the healing powers of massage was when I volunteered to help a friend get her massage practice hours. A light bulb went off, which was further brightened when I met my wife who is a personal trainer and we talked about future careers and possibilities. With her encouragement, I found Irene’s and here we are 4 years later, in a career I love, with a company I can stand behind.
I believe in life-long learning and improving. This mindset helps me excel as a massage therapist because the field is always changing, and there are endless ways to improve my practice. I utilize my growing experience to provide well thought out treatment plans that may include deep tissue and relaxation techniques, sports massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and reflexology. I specialize in lymphatic drainage which aids in post-surgical and injury recovery, as well as immune health. Another specialty of mine is craniosacral therapy, which affects your nervous system and fascial mobility (the connective tissue surrounding every structure in the body), imperative to full body health.
My aim is to help you reach your wellness goals. Whether you are looking for long-term pain relief, restoring your range of motion, improving muscle performance, or in need of stress relieving relaxation massage, we can work together to make your goals reality.
In my free time I enjoy playing with my two dogs Mimi and Layla and kitten Jewel, listening to jazz music, and reading mystery novels. I graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in March 2014 and now I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Learn how Sarah keeps herself grounded, why her favorite season is Fall, and her 3 desert island movies in her blog interview!
Sarah Davis | Licensed Massage Therapist
My name is Sarah and I come from a small town in northern Michigan. I am one of the lucky ones that have always known what they wanted to do in life from a young age. Since I can remember I have always had this inner need to help people and throughout high school I became involved with the national honors society which entails multiple hours of volunteer work. I enjoyed impacting various groups of people's lives but it was around this time that I realized that I wanted to help people on a more individualized level. It wasn't long before I decided to attend school for Massage Therapy, participating in various volunteer events such as the Holistic Nurses Conference and the Diabetes Tour de Cure in Ann Arbor. Massage therapy is my niche that I am fully passionate about not only for its rewarding benefits but also because I believe massage helps facilitate the body's own healing on a natural level. Since deciding firmly on this rewarding career, I have not only learned about but witnessed the benefits massage therapy has to offer. I am now a licensed massage therapist that specializes in Swedish and deep tissue therapy on a neuromuscular level to decrease muscle pain, muscle tension, and improve range of motion. I can incorporate multiple techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial work, muscle energy techniques, and muscle firing patterns when necessary. Besides massage therapy I love to travel, in fact I recently crossed Paris off of my bucket list. I also enjoy hiking, especially in the upper peninsula, music, and theatre.
cassie floreno | Licensed massage therapist
I graduated from Art's Academy in the Woods in 2006 after switching high schools my senior year. This shift of environment turned out to be one of the best choices I've ever made. Here I learned to problem solve creatively, the importance of listening to my intuition, and what it felt like to enjoy school. My first passion was in psychology. The mind has always, and will always fascinate me. Pursuing traditional education wasn’t in the cards for me, though. I began working full time, loving life, and searching for where I fit in the world.
While massaging my now husband before a hockey game to help increase flexibility and loosen up, I had an epiphany! I LOVE giving massages. The lessons learned from my days at AAW were put to the test. Following my intuition, I found Irene’s Myomassology Institute. IMI melded my love of the mind with my newly gained knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Helping others make the same mind and body connection has become my passion, which I followed all the way to owning my own studio. When I realized that the business-owning business wasn’t for me, a career with Dustin Palmer Bodywork & Massage seemed to be handed to me from the universe wrapped in a beautiful bow, and I’m thrilled to be part of his team.
During a deep tissue session you may experience modalities such as myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, reflexology, stretching, trigger point therapy, craniosacral therapy. I utilize the body's own energy to correct muscular imbalance and disfunction, and to reduce pain.
My interest in the mind-body connection has helped me realize the powerful relief massage can provide against symptoms of anxiety, depression, grief, and touch deprivation. Swedish massage combined with craniosacral techniques, deep breathing, and guided mediations are used during sessions where our goal is to ease these symptoms.
I have been an Associated Bodywork and Massage Professional, and Licensed Massage Therapist since May 2013. In my free time I can be found reading, crafting all sorts of things, playing board games, or enjoying craft beer with my husband and friends.
Vanessa Wood | Licensed massage therapist
I grew up in a very holistic family so natural therapies have always been a large part of my life, between what kind of health care my family would receive to my family making natural personal care products using only the best ingredients and essential oils.
Since a very young age, when I knew someone wasn't feeling well, perhaps they had a bad headache, whenever I could I would work on their neck and shoulders, or back. I also would try to help them feel better through the use of reflexology when I knew they had something specifically more internal going on. I began hearing more and more people gratefully informing me that I had helped them. This made me feel so deeply good that I did not have to think about what I was going to do for my career. I was too young to go to massage school but I started looking into massage schools and found the one I wanted to attend. I called up the school and expressed my firm resolve to attend their school. The instructor/owner was on the Michigan board of massage therapy and licensing at the time and told me that if I could get myself to class, I could attend that school.
I began working little odd jobs like chores for people and babysitting so I could save up for a car and to pay my way through school and as soon as I was old enough I got my driver's license and bought my first car and immediately got myself enrolled into the Institute of Natural Therapies out of Houghton-Hancock.
I was able to attend the coming semester. I graduated at 16 years old and then accepted one of two job offers on graduation day, which was taking over a massage practice at a chiropractic office over an hour from home.
My parents encouraged me to take this job and I was able to find a very small home near my new job that I could afford to live in alone. I spent the next seven years working out of a chiropractic clinic and tailoring all of my massages to very specific needs of patients. Working in the chiropractic environment was like 7 years of continuing education because I worked so closely with the doctors and their patients.
I have continued to work with massage therapy clients to address very specific physical issues that they are experiencing, whether recent issues or chronic issues, tailoring each session to their needs. I feel that it is very important to strike a balance between therapeutic and still being able to relax. I specialize in deep tissue therapy mainly, but I have found that what this means is different for each individual and therefore I work on that level for each treatment.