Regardless of your reason for coming to Sage Wellness, perhaps chronic pain relief, muscle tension, injury rehabilitation or prevention, stress or anxiety, grief or depression, or simple relaxation - you deserve a break from the physical and emotional stressors of life.
We are a collective of licensed massage therapists, licensed acupuncturist and class instructors with various specialites and years of experience, but we all share a common goal. We are here to help you find balance and aid in your healing process. We have created a peaceful environment with caring, knowledgeable wellness practitioners to allow you to do just that.
Janjira White, LMT is a recent graduate of the therapeutic massage program at Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook. A native of Thailand, massage was always an integral part of her family life as she grew up. Her recent training has certified her in deep tissue, prenatal, myofascial, hot stone and Thai massage. She has also earned a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Siam University then moved to the US in 2012 to pursue other endeavors, eventually leading her to the health and wellness field. We are thrilled to welcome her as part of our team!
Briana Coffin, LMT, APP is a lifelong resident of Maine and a graduate of holistic massage from Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook. She is thrilled and honored to be working in a field that recognizes the importance of a healthy body for a healthy mind, and vice versa. Using a blend of modalities, ranging from therapeutic massage to energy-based body work, she will co-create individualized sessions that are goal-oriented and heart-centered. Briana graduated with a bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Maine, Orono in 2006. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life and varying backgrounds. In her spare time, she relishes life with her two children and husband in Cumberland, reads, runs, and makes frequent visits to the ocean.
Devan Wojcik, LMT started her massage therapy career in Scottsdale, Arizona where she trained at RainStar University’s College of Therapeutic Massage in 2000. Originally from upstate New York, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Photography from State University of New York at Potsdam. She later moved to Maine and has honed her skills by working in many settings including chiropractic offices, prestigious Kennebunk inns/spas and Portland day spas. Whether you need to unwind and relax or need help with a certain ache or pain, Devan will customize your massage to individually meet your needs. She is committed to providing quality professional massage therapy and excels at this.
Karen Deyesso, LMT started her training in 1999 at the Heartwood Institute in northern California focusing on therapeutic massage and nutrition. In 2002, she continued her education in Portland, Maine at the Polarity Realization Institute (currently known as Spa Tech), where she completed the Therapeutic Deep Tissue Program. Her current massage modalities include: Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Result-Based Therapy, Pregnancy Massage and Reflexology. Each of Karen's massages are unique to the individual client, combining full body relaxation with detailed therapeutic deep tissue. She excels at delivering pain relief from headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, back injuries and muscle knots. She is passionate about her work and it shows in every massage she gives. When Karen is not working with clients, she spends her time completing her doula certification, running half marathons and being at home; either in the kitchen or in her garden with her three children and chickens.
Kate Somerville, LMT became licensed in the state of Maine after graduating from the 600-hr program in Holistic Massage Therapy from Namaste Institute in Rockland, Maine in 2011. Through her studies, Kate was exposed to many bodywork modalities, gaining expertise in Neuromuscular Therapy, Traditional Thai Massage, Prenatal, Hot Stone and Swedish Massage techniques. She excels at listening to your body’s needs and incorporating a variety of techniques, such as deep tissue massage, stretching and gentle rocking, thus making each massage experience unique and effective for you. Kate’s massage will calm busy minds and bodies, relieve aches and pains and help support your immune system, so you can stay vibrant and healthy all year long. Kate has lived in Portland her whole life, except for a winter away in Lake Tahoe, California and four years in Montreal, Quebec where she received a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Asian Religion and Environment. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, going to live music events and trying all the new restaurants Portland has to offer in any given week! In addition to being an amazing massage therapist, Kate is also our assistant manager and the friendly voice you hear on the phone when you call us. If you need help choosing the treatment or class that is right for you, just give her a call!
Melissa L. Walsh, LMT is the owner and manager of Sage Wellness LLC and considers herself extremely fortunate to work with a group of such gifted, extraordinary wellness practitioners. Her goal is to create a safe, soothing environment where you can take a break from the physical, mental and emotional stresses of daily life and release the built-up tension in your body. She graduated from the Downeast School of Massage at the top of her class in 2004 majoring in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage and Polarity. She continues to further her bodywork education annually through seminars and conferences. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in 2001 in Environmental Geography and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has traveled abroad extensively. Melissa is originally from Maine and is thankful to have a career caring for and supporting the community that once helped raise her. She is humbled by and grateful for these practitioners that surround her and the way her dream has grown.
The following therapists are currently inactive during COVID-19 but may be back in the future!
Jill Smith, LMT pursued the path of massage therapy after using both massage and acupuncture to heal an injury. She is a graduate of Acadia School of Massage in Bar Harbor, Maine. Prior to massage therapy, she received a BA in Health Arts & Science from Goddard College with a focus in Nutrition based Psychology with Kinesthetic Communication as well as an AOS in Culinary Arts from New England Culinary Institute. Jill’s ability to integrate 26 years in the culinary field with a more holistic approach to mind, body and nutrition enhances her practice. Her main intentions are to help others heal from injury or overwork and experience deep relaxation. She believes in tailoring a massage to the individual needs of each client by using multiple modalities to get the best results possible. When Jill isn’t working in the healing arts, she can be found hiking or exploring the ocean.
Adriana Rouquayrol, LMT has been practicing massage therapy since graduating in 2011 from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Groton, CT. Her passion for massage and healthcare has been inspired by the natural world. Believing that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, Adriana uses her skills and knowledge to facilitate and encourage that process. Spending three years living in the Pacific Northwest, Adriana attended Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC where she studied western herbal medicine. She then moved to Washington where she furthered her education in myofascial techniques and visceral manipulation. She also became an instructor, teaching massage therapy at the Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of settings from busy wellness centers, to medical massage facilities and doctor’s offices. She has worked closely with both chronic and acute pain, always catering to the individual needs of each person. She uses a combination of techniques and modalities including deep tissue, swedish, trigger point, myofascial release, neuromuscular and hot stone. She has since moved back to the east coast with her partner and dog to be closer to family. When not practicing massage, Adriana enjoys hiking, gardening, wildcrafting, medicine making, traveling, woodworking, and reading.
Alison Marsh, LMT previously attended Maine College of Art, studying the fields of Printmaking and Drawing. It was at MECA where her initial desire to study the human figure and form came into being. Alison found the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, CT and dove into the intensive 1100 hour clinical program. There she was schooled in a myriad of therapeutic massage techniques and given extensive education of the physical body inside and out. She graduated in 2013 and is continually crafting her experience and knowledge in order to meet clients where they are, while on a mission to support and guide individuals towards balance.
Rachel Horton White - Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting
A spiritual practitioner, teacher of metaphysics, and professional coach, Rachel Horton White supports those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives through her business, Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal and teaching English in Guadalajara, Mexico. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine.
Susannah is a psychologically-informed yoga instructor, who has practiced yoga for over 20 years. She was stunned by the power of her grief when her father unexpectedly passed away and her family fell apart. Her yoga practice has been a major component of her grief process.
Alison Kamar – Svaroopa® Yoga Instructor
Alison had been practicing various yoga styles for many years prior to her introduction to Svaroopa®Yoga. She was instantly enamored with it after the first pose! The combination of muscular release and mental relaxation created in this practice propelled her to immerse herself further in the knowledge of this style. She began her training in 2010 and became a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher in January 2013. She is continually amazed by Svaroopa®’s ability to soothe the nervous system and create softness and ease throughout the entire body. She feels so lucky to have been introduced to it!
Mischa Schuler - Clinical Herbalist of Wild Carrot Herbs
Mischa Schuler is an herbal practitioner and medicine maker offering herbal consultations in Portland, Maine. She specializes in anxiety support, as well as women's reproductive health and children's digestive, respiratory and skin health. Her herbal studies have been through apprenticeship with Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals, in Rockport, Maine and clinically at the Tai Sophia Insitute in Laurel, Maryland where she earned a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine during a three year course of study. Mischa offers herbal apprenticeship programs and classes locally. Her herbal apothecary on State Street is stocked with powders, tinctures and teas, which she formulates specifically to individual needs with the intention of healing the vitality of underlying tissues so that acute and chronic conditions resolve without recurrance. Her greatest teachers are the plants and she feels tremendous gratitude that she is able to share their gifts through teaching, gardening, and in consultation with extraordinary people.
Melora Gregory - Yamuna Body Rolling® Instructor
Melora Gregory, RYT 500, has been passionately studying and teaching yoga since 1993 in Maine. Her main influences are BKS Iyengar Master Teacher Patricia Walden of Boston, Gabriel Halpern of Chicago and Doug Keller of Maryland. She is registered as an instructor with the Yoga Alliance and joyfully incorporates her continuing education into her alignment based classes. In 2009 Melora certified in Level II Yamuna Body Rolling® and certified in Foot Fitness in 2011.
What's being said about us:
"I am 68 years old...never thought I'd be seeing a massage therapist regularly, but that's exactly what I have been doing for the past year. Devan is excellent at what she does - deep tissue massage. For months, I was unable to turn my head - even just to back-up my car. After 2 sessions, full range of motion returned. I continue seeing Devan for a chronic shoulder problem...nothing but praise for her and for the benefits of therapeutic massage." -- Tony Scucci, Organizational and Clinical Consultant
“Karen Deyesso is a healer. About two years ago I was referred to her for deep muscle therapeutic bodywork because of a calf muscle injury and I’ve been seeing her every other week since. As a very active woman sliding into 50, I have found my body doesn’t heal as quickly nor does it particularly care for what I ask of it. Karen has helped me and my body through a series of chronic muscle tension issues. She has a gift that I am grateful she shares.” --Martha Scott, Administrator at USM
“Kate Somerville is the most naturally gifted massage therapist I have known in my 20 plus years of working with many others. She combines a working knowledge of anatomy/physiology with an artist's touch and creativity, not to mention her personal warmth and playful sense of humor. Every massage with Kate is different, and somehow just right for what I need at the moment. The proof is that my treatments with her almost always yield immediate and lasting results, leaving me looking forward to the next one!” -- Steve S., Psychologist
"As the owner of the Body Architect, my expectations of delivering the highest level of health, fitness and wellness services have been far exceeded by my relationship with Melissa. She demonstrates professionalism, responsibility and exceptional skill as a massage therapist. I view massage as an integral part of living a healthy life style and Melissa’s services are perfect for integrating body, mind and spirit… a truly balanced experience." --Stephen Anderson, Owner of The Body Architect Fitness Center
"Devan is instrumental in healing my lower back. The deep tissue massage is a tremendous relief of pain in these muscles as well as completely relaxing my overly tight neck, calves and hands. I don't know what I would do without her!" -- Bill Doukas, Structural Bridge Engineer
"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Melissa as a colleague and as a massage client. She is the most skillful massage therapist I have worked with and I do not hesitate to refer my clients and friends to her."-- Larry Risigo, PT, OMT, Co-founder of Saco Bay Physical Therapy
How this all started....
“Don’t be afraid. You can touch her.” Those were the words whispered by the ICU nurse as I stared at my Mom in her hospital bed. Over five nightmarish days I held her hand while her brain aneurysm slowly paralyzed then killed her. This is how I learned the profound power of touch. When words cease to be enough, so much can be communicated through simple, meaningful touch.
During that first year of mourning in 2003, I received regular massage therapy and it was one of the only things that kept me going. In a time of shock and depression, massage was instrumental in reminding me that I was still alive and could feel something other than pain. Grief has a way of bringing clarity, if you let it, about the things that really matter to you. I decided to quit my job in Boston, move home to Maine and start massage school.
Over the years my practice grew and I hired my dear friend and gifted massage therapist, Karen Deyesso, LMT, to help me when I became pregnant with my first daughter in 2008. The energy of a multi-therapist practice was so refreshing and positive that our clientele blossomed and we have steadily grown, adding more and more therapists since then....now even venturing into the world of other wellness modalities.
Honestly I am quite picky about the practitioners who join Sage Wellness. Not only do they have to be knowledgeable and excel at their chosen modality but also their heart must be in the right place.
Because every time you lay down on a treatment table or yoga mat you are in need of care. You deserve to be treated with kindness, respect and empathy from a practitioner who is truly present and amazing at what they do!
Though I will always have extreme empathy for those in the throes of fresh, intense grief, I love the variety of clientele that Sage Wellness now attracts. Being the mother of two young daughters, I also have great empathy for the exhausted parents of young children and the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy. Among other influences, the birth of my daughters has helped to heal my broken heart….my husband may have played a small role too! But children create an expansion of one's heart in a way that is unfathomable until it is experienced. I am so grateful for this life that I live and for the fact that I get to work with extraordinary people every day.
I invite you to join us.
~ Melissa Lamb Walsh, LMT