Managing Partner

Rachel Hogancamp is the co-founder of Rasa Spa, in partnership with Cayuga Medical Center and Island Health & Fitness. Rachel’s career in wellness began in 1994 when she attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She went on to be an instructor of many massage modalities, myology, communication skills, and business until 2012. She ended her own practice in massage therapy in 2016.

Rachel’s interest in serving her community through volunteer service began as a student on the Ithaca College campus in the late 80’s. Over the years she has put much of her energy toward serving the needs of those with particular health challenges as a long-time supporter of the STAP AIDS Ride, as well as the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. In recent years she became a committee member of the Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund, a board member of Family & Children’s Services, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Tompkins Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau. An avid and accomplished photographer and supporter of the visual arts, everywhere you look at Rasa you will see the work of local artists. Her own nature photography can be viewed on her personal website,

When the opportunity came to open Rasa at the Cayuga Wellness Center in 2006, Rachel was eager to create a full-service spa, dedicated to serving the whole person, and for the spa to be not simply a place of luxury, but a fully-integrated part of the health care offered at the Center. It is Rachel’s singular vision to communicate her passion for achieving whole body health to the greater Ithaca, regional, and nationwide spa communities. As the years have gone on, she has been thrilled to bring the healing energy of Rasa to the Watkins Glen, Aurora, and online communities. Rachel’s overarching hope is that the spa will be able to serve the needs of the widest possible array of people who are on the path to achieving their best health. She can be reached at:

Massage Therapists

Brian Alexander (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a 2018 graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. He enjoys using his knowledge of kinesiology and an array of massage modalities to create a deeply therapeutic session that addresses his clients’ needs. As an active person, Brian is passionate about learning how the body moves and functions. He believes good communication is foundational to everything we do, and welcomes feedback from his clients.

Katie Barnes (Licensed Massage Therapist) moved to Ithaca in September 2010 to start massage school at FLSM. On the first day, she knew she had found her new love. She was in awe of the art of massage and fell in love with FLSM and the Ithaca area. Her interest in massage stems from two different people in her life: The first, her grandmother. Her feet were always cold and achy. She didn’t like for anyone to look at her feet, but would let Katie soak and massage them. The simple soak and rub drastically improved her circulation and they felt warm again. The second is her father, a Navy SEAL who lost his left leg in the Vietnam War. Katie watched him struggle with pain her entire life until her family figured out that an hour of massage leaves him pain-free for almost a week. Katie believes in a wide variety of modalities in her practice and is an excellent deep tissue practitioner. Her main focus is to center her sessions around each client’s needs.

Julianne Brower (Licensed Massage Therapist) describes her work as integrative. Her motives are to improve the quality of life for each individual she works with, whether that means relieving them of chronic muscle pain, or stress that can manifest into pain. She is trained in many modalities, including cupping, and uses a combination of techniques to address each individual problem. She enjoys doing medical massage and working with injuries or pathologies to improve quality of life. She is also trained in and enjoys doing myofascial release work.

Lisa Dalton (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a 2016 Graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She has had 10+ years of experience in the medical field, is very knowledgeable about body kinetics, and able to pinpoint abnormalities and adjust accordingly to each individual’s needs. Born and raised on a farm in Ithaca, Lisa grew up with a great work ethic which she has brought to becoming a healer. Lisa feels it is a gift to have a talent and true passion in therapeutic massage, and is happy to be able to share in our wonderful community.

Wendy Day LMT Rasa Spa

Wendy Day (Licensed Massage Therapist) came to Ithaca and graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2017 on a new path of #RESET. Having her own nails business for 23 years, she felt she needed a change of pace. Learning many new skills and talents through carpentry, cabinet making, fine furniture, and coal sculpting, Wendy ultimately realized she missed the human touch. From years of hands-on experience, she loves how intuitively she is able to find “the spots.” Clients are often surprised by her strength, yet her creative touch. Wendy guides her sessions guest by guest, to their individual needs and desires of that day. Pulling from her modality tool box of Swedish, Connective Tissue Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Points, and her personal favorite – exploration – Wendy’s aim is to provide you with your own unique massage encounter.

Randi DeMichiei (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a 2016 graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She describes her work as integrative, using many different techniques including Swedish massage, sports massage, connective tissue therapy (deep tissue work), trigger point therapy and myofascial work. With a background in energy work, including shamanic reiki, Randi works with both the physical and energetic body to bring alignment and relief for whole body healing and relaxation. She approaches each session with mindfulness and a goal to help relieve both physical pain and emotional stress.

Daniell Dubord (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. Having taught yoga previously she has attained nearly 5 years of bodywork experience. Today, Daniell’s massage is inspired by movement, play, and knowledge of the human body. She practices methods from modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, connective tissue therapy, range of motion, and energetic therapies. She is eager to continue helping others reach their fullest potential and self care goals.  With knowledge of the many functions of the body and muscle motions through yoga, a massage with Daniell is an integrative and creative full body and mind experience.

Diana Evensen (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a 2018 graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage and is excited to begin her professional career as a massage therapist at Rasa Spa. She has always been interested in helping and serving people, including previous work as a physical therapy aide and certified nursing assistant. Diana cannot wait to develop her own unique approach to massage therapy and provide the best care for her clients. Her favorite modalities are Connective Tissue Therapy, Swedish, and relaxation massage. She is always looking for something new to learn to add to her growing set of skills.

Patrick Fuller (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a native of central New York and has worked in the health and wellness industry for over a decade. Patrick received his initial bodywork education at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2005. Since then he has broadened his expertise to include a wide range of therapeutic and movement modalities including Craniosacral therapy (Upledger) and Functional Range Conditioning. After years of practicing yoga, Patrick (RYT200) became certified to teach yoga in 2014. Expanding on his love of movement, he has also explored the dynamic practice of partner acrobatics which drove him to complete an apprenticeship with the Lift School of Acrobatics in 2017. In 2018 a passion for anatomy and teaching lead Patrick to develop the IllumaWorx School of Yoga and Movement which offers 200 hour Yoga teacher trainings and workshops based in Yoga, Partner Acrobatics, and hopes to add continuing education for massage therapists in the future. Using a combination of techniques for recovery and injury mitigation Patrick’s therapy sessions are focused on relieving deep seated tension that builds up overtime resulting in injury/dysfunction.

Katherine Gabelmann (Licensed Massage Therapist) graduated from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, and has been practicing massage for over 16 years. Katherine believes that massage plays an important role in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Her work experience includes 6 years in the medical massage field, where she worked in a thriving rehabilitation center alongside physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and osteopaths. Katherine then moved to Manhattan and transitioned to a luxury spa setting. She worked at the Trump International Hotel and Tower and the famous Waldorf-Astoria New York, where she had the pleasure of treating international business people, professional athletes, and celebrities. She then made a return to her upstate New York roots, choosing Ithaca to start her family. Katherine’s intention is to provide wellness with a combination of deep tissue and relaxation through therapeutic touch that is personalized to fit each client’s needs.

Shayna Grajo (Licensed Massage Therapist) is honored to serve the Rasa community and help maximize whole body health for her clients.  She draws enthusiastically from a background in dance, yoga, and meditation to provide focused, supportive and uplifting sessions that meet clients where they are.  Shayna enjoys shiatsu and Swedish modalities while incorporating stretches and range of motion.  As with dance, she invites clients to relieve stress, melt tension, connect with balance and creativity, trust the body’s wisdom, and move with greater joy, freedom, and clarity.

Claire Hawthorne, LMT, is deeply passionate about massage and takes pride in offering integrative, comforting, balanced, therapeutic care for each client’s body, mind, and spirit. Claire’s sessions are richly detailed, relaxing, deeply effective, and smooth- influenced by her training in deep Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, myofascial release, reflexology, abdominal massage, shiatsu, range-of-motion, sports massage, therapeutic stretching, and reiki. Claire brings her kind, caring nature, communication skills, her knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and pathologies, as well as her curiosity and her grounded presence to every precious moment of each session. Her practice of mindfulness, lifestyle, and optimistic attitude reflect her gratitude for the magnificent planet we all share and a resounding love for all of humanity. She’s very happy living in Ithaca, where massage therapy and holistic healthcare are among many celebrated aspects of our beautiful, flourishing culture. She is a proud alumni of the Finger Lakes School or Massage.

Sarah Jones (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a true massage artist. She puts her whole mind and body into each and every massage. This is Sarah’s way of working to improve the bodies and lives of her fellow community members. Sarah is able to feel the body’s needs. She finds problem areas and is able to address them through numerous techniques such as connective tissue therapy, friction, and other modalities. She offers smooth, flowing massage, working the body’s muscles into a relaxed state and allowing clients to accept the deep relief they require to function properly and allow for greater movement and overall wellness. Sarah is able to assess the individual needs of each person, listening to what they have to say (as well as what their body has to say). Book a massage with Sarah for a truly amazing and personalized massage.

Rosemary Joseph (Licensed Massage Therapist) offers intuitive and supporting massage. Always willing to listen and change pressure and technique, your session will be as unique as you are. She specializes in an integrated form of massage which treats the body as a sensitive and ever changing energetic being. Movement and light tissue therapies coupled with deeper contacts will be tailored to your bodily goals. Offering both energy boosting and relaxing sessions, Rosemary is happy to work with her clients to deliver their perfect massage.

Mary Kanoff (Licensed Massage Therapist) has been practicing massage therapy since she graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2012. Massage has been her calling, passion, and privilege. Mary’s practice is centered around aiding her clients on their journey to a healthier and happier life. Whether her client is recovering from an injury or simply wanting to relax, Mary caters each session to meet the goals of her client.

Meghan Kerr (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a 2011 graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage.  Meghan’s style is nurturing, intuitive, and client-focused. She tailors each session to the individual with the intention of providing deep relaxation and a space for the body’s innate healing ability to engage. Integrating structure and energy, Meghan’s sessions combine a variety of healing modalities to relieve areas of chronic pain and habitual tension.

JoAnn Kingsley (Licensed Massage Therapist) has always had interest in working with people. She graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2004. JoAnn is the Healing Arts Coordinator for the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. She  is also dedicated to her work in higher education as a part-time faculty member/mentor at SUNY Empire State College.

Joanna Krueger, MSAOM, MSA, LAc, LMT, graduated from North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, NY with an Associate in Applied Science of Massage Therapy in 2006. She then went on to Tompkins Cortland Community College for her Associate in Applied Science of General Studies, graduating in 2009. Later, she pursued dual degrees at Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College, graduating in 2013 with a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She also got her Bachelor’s in Professional Studies through NYCC while she was completing her acupuncture degrees. She integrates her understanding and vast knowledge of the human body through combining biomedicine or western medicine, energy work, traditional Chinese medicine, and metaphysics into each session. When addressing our bodies it is important to remember how every level of being, starting with the basics of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual/astral can manifest on all other levels, thus it is important to integrate all aspects of our being when creating a thorough treatment plan to fully address our whole being. Through this cross referencing amongst all of her experiences and knowledge she creates a uniquely tailored treatment for each client that individually addresses their needs. Her techniques tend towards slow and deliberate reintegration of the body’s tissues and accessing the body’s own innate healing response.

Kylie Miller (Licensed Massage Therapist) has been practicing massage therapy for over 15 years and describes her work as “relaxation deep tissue.” Originally from the Adirondack region, she attended massage school in Saranac Lake, NY at North Country Community College. While she is skilled at deeper work, she believes that her client’s comfort and relaxation are essential. Kylie is also a DONA trained doula and so caring for mothers in their prenatal and perinatal seasons is near to her heart. Her specialties include deep tissue, pregnancy massage, neck/jaw/scalp work, and hot stones.

Zackary Miller (Licensed Massage Therapist) moved to Ithaca to follow his dream of becoming a massage therapist. After graduating from The Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2017, he is interested in using each day to continue learning. Believing that massage is a great way to physically help others to feel more comfortable, Zack does his best work when communicating with clients about how day-to-day habits can affect the body. Massage is an extraordinarily effective way of both preventing and healing injuries. Zack believes having regular massage sessions is necessary to maintain a healthy and conscious lifestyle. He is an attentive therapist who welcomes in-the-moment feedback. He customizes every session to be within the needs of his clients.

Ellie Morello (Licensed Massage Therapist) has been practicing massage since 2017 after making the decision to leave her job at an outdoor retailer in town. She grew up as an athlete in Horseheads, NY and has continued to remain active spending time hiking in the gorges and finding new places to kayak. With these experiences, she has an expansive understanding of how the body moves, and also the discomfort that can come from an injury or chronic pain. Ellie strives to use her knowledge to help others feel more comfortable in their bodies and enjoy a better quality of life. She will provide an instinctual session of integrated styles that is catered to your wants and needs, leaving you feeling relaxed and taken care of. You will certainly be in good hands.

Emma Moyer (Licensed Massage Therapist) believes in holding space to awaken relief and empower your own inner healer, through serene sessions that allow you to come home to your whole body. Under her hands, she guides her clients to discover posture and motions that honor ease, peace, and great freedom from tension, aches, and physical manifestations of trauma. Through awareness, breath work, and intention-based strokes, she will gently work with the client’s areas where healing is called for. Emma’s style of integrative massage comes from tapping into deep tissue massage, Kinisthetic Awareness via Movement, energy work, relaxation massage—and her own inner child intuitively as needed. By addressing tension with a gentle, empowering approach to highlight more optimal, conscious posture while also hosting a tranquil meditative experience, a multidimensional level of healing for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies that she believes everyone deserves to feel is unlocked.

Amy Nappi (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a graduate of Finger Lakes School of Massage.  In her practice, she specializes in Connective Tissue Therapy, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Energy Work, and Sports Massage.  She is currently studying Craniosacral energy work.  Her goal as a Massage Therapist is to assist and invite clients to actively participate in their own health and wellness.  During her spare time she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, and canoeing.

Marie Parks (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. After searching and experiencing different avenues to help people, she has found where she’s gifted, impacting many as a massage therapist. She is interested in not only how massage relieves pain and decreases stress, but its overall holistic effects to promoting good health. Her heart is to be a vessel for healing and desires her clients to find relief physically, mentally and emotionally as she customizes each session to the specific needs of the individual. Marie intuitively integrates massage modalities, such as deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and stretching along with Swedish, to stimulate the body to function at more optimum levels, minimizing pain, stress and discomfort. She believes the practice of bodywork can play a significant part in escorting people to a more peaceful state of being.

Valerie Potter (Licensed Massage Therapist) was born and raised in the Ithaca area. She graduated from Ithaca High School in 2000 and spent almost 20 years in retail. After a major change in her personal life she decided she wanted to do something that helped someone directly instead of just a company’s bottom line. She enrolled in the Finger Lakes School of Massage and found her calling.  She was told from the beginning that she had intuitive hands. Her love for deep tissue, connective tissue, and shiatsu work all came together to give her a new outlook on personal and professional lives. Valerie enjoys all areas of massage and believes it is the new way to heal the body from the inside out. She is excited to be back in the unique Ithaca atmosphere after two years out of the area. She believes that sometimes you have to leave a place in order to appreciate all it has to offer. Valerie embraces each session with a positive outlook that if you can heal the body you can heal your life.

Deirdre Prince (Licensed Massage Therapist) specializes with people who are experiencing chronic pain issues and/or emotional stress. Every massage she does is individualized to the clients particular needs on that day. She uses a combination of Swedish, neuromuscular release, movement, and stretching. All treatments are directed towards providing relief and space for healing. It is a holistic approach. Deirdre treats the mind, body, and spirit.

Piers Sharman(Licensed Massage) Piers was educated at both the Oregon School of Massage and FLSM. He likes to integrate Swedish, deep tissue and Shiatsu massage methods to help his clients relax, and to address some of the patterns of tension that people develop through habit and the demands of modern life. Piers believes that easing stress and allowing freedom of movement makes life better, and hopes to convince his clients of this through his work.

Amy Stofenberg (Licensed Massage Therapist) moved to Ithaca in 2017 to pursue massage therapy in a place with abundant natural beauty. With a background in sustainability, photography, yoga, and gymnastics, she sees endless connections between the patterns of the natural world and our embodied experience. Amy strives to bring the peace, beauty, and intelligence of the natural world into the feeling of each massage session, leaving each client feeling vital, deeply relaxed, and free to move. Her technique is flowing, connective, and deeply effective, combining Swedish, Connective Tissue Therapy, Kinesthetic Awareness through Movement and more to creatively and thoughtfully meet the needs of each client.

Viviani Tillett (Licensed Massage Therapist) worked in retail for seven years before deciding to try a different career. She has always been passionate about providing service to people. When looking at career options, she never considered massage therapy until someone floated the idea to her. After touring the Finger Lakes School of Massage, she knew the environment and energy was for her. Vivi fell in love with massage, taking in the different modalities and learning to connect with clients on an energetic level. In a word, she believes massage is beautiful.

Leo Vazenios (Licensed Massage Therapist) is motivated in his bodywork to create a deep sense of relaxation while targeting deep muscular and connective tissue  through an amalgam of styles. He has been most influenced by the principles of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, deep Swedish, Connective Tissue Therapy, and Shiatsu. He graduated from the School of Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2017.

Leslie Vincent (Licensed Massage Therapist) works with intention, presence, and without judgement while aiming to help people understand, respect, and feel comfortable in their bodies. She is a 2007 graduate of the revered Body Therapy Institute in North Carolina, and aims to care for the whole person. She also specializes in prenatal care as a massage therapist and birth doula. Having been in private practice for eight years, followed by four years at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, she feels a peaceful sense of home returning to New York in 2019, and finally planting roots in Ithaca.

Jacinta Whitcome (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a calm, centered, and self-motivated graduate of Finger Lakes School of Massage. With empathy and sensitivity, she approaches the whole human understanding that bodily pain and dysfunction can be outcomes of, as much as, sources for emotional pain and dysfunction, be it stress, grief or any other negative emotion. Jacinta’s explorative and responsive approach is focused and integrates various massage modalities to coax a connection between body and mind. She strives to understand the needs of her clients as well as to warmly support each client in their path to wellness whether the goal is relaxation or pain management.

Dex White (Licensed Massage Therapist) graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage and has been working as a massage therapist since 2000. He was an instructor at FLSM for 15 years, teaching Swedish, movement-based work, energy work, deep tissue techniques, medical massage, and communication skills. His sessions usually draw from all of these approaches, based on his client’s preferences and his own deep listening to the body’s responses to the work. Dex truly enjoys following his intuition and responding to his client’s needs in the moment, and he places great importance on laughter and play.

Sienna Whitmore (Licensed Massage Therapist) attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She specializes in neck work, and is happy to bring relief to the body as a whole. Sienna is proficient in multiple modalities of the medical healing art of massage, each developed to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (relax & rejuvenate). She integrates and tailors these modalities into sessions that best fit her clients’ physical and psychological individuality.


Kaitlyn Bobik (Licensed Esthetician) found her love of skincare after a trip to the dermatologist in high school. After some research, and trial and error, she was able to successfully balance her own skin. Wanting to pass on the confidence boost that came with clear skin, she discovered the wide world of esthetics. Kaitlyn is a graduate of the Esthetics Program at GST BOCES. Her favorite part of being an esthetician goes beyond skincare. She enjoys creating bonds with her clients and making their day better.

Angie Carlin (Licensed Esthetician) is a graduate from the Continental School Of Beauty. Angie has made skincare her passion, and enjoys making everyone feel and look their best. With a wide range of expertise, from age corrective treatments to problem skin, Angie has the experience and knowledge to help everyone with any and all skincare concerns. It is her objective to fulfill your needs. Skincare is a top concern for most women and it is her priority to deliver results and make sure everyone leaves understanding the proper way to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. Angie enjoys spending time with her two daughters while she is home and traveling to different areas of NY to capture special moments. It is her passion to build great relationships with her clients. She has worked in the skincare industry for 17 years and enjoys educating women about skincare and treatments for all skin types.

Angela Cole (Licensed Esthetician) has a love to skincare that stems from years of personal trials with skin issues. A graduate of the BOCES esthetics program in 2018, Angela believes that beauty, both inner and outer, stem from nurturing one’s body, mind, and spirit. A lover of organic skincare, she believes the earth holds everything we need in order to have beautiful, radiant skin. Other than skincare, Angela’s other passion lies with horses as she has been an avid equestrian for over 20 years.

Ariel Corl (Licensed Esthetician) is a graduate of the Health & Style Institute in North Carolina. She considers herself a Skin Therapist because she is passionate about not only treating the skin but also educating her clients on how to achieve the best possible results through home care and lifestyle adjustments. She believes in treating the skin internally and externally for lasting, holistic results. She is also very active in coaching and encouraging her clients throughout their personal skin care journeys.

Jessica Decker (Licensed Esthetician) graduated from FLSM in 2000 and went on to work as a medical massage therapist before making the transition to skincare exclusively. She was drawn to facial massage, skin sensitivities and allergies, and attending to the skin’s health. She attended Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics in Manhattan to study skincare and offers a gentle and aware touch.

Phyllisa (Philly) DeSarno (Licensed Esthetician) was trained at Continental School in Rochester. She specializes in mature and aging skin. She has studied all types of health and wellness techniques starting at a young age and incorporates them while working with her clients. She has used only the most natural and pure products and loves that Rasa uses only organic product lines! Philly recently retired from a long career in economic development. But, since 2002 has practiced skincare as a sideline in her home studio.

Wendy Field (Licensed Esthetician) comes from a background of years of nursing and education experience. She completed her esthetician training at GST BOCES in 2018. Wendy recognizes the importance of healthy skin for both beauty and well-being. She has always enjoyed the study of science and its effect on an overall healthy lifestyle. She applies her knowledge of science to the use and effects of ingredients and techniques when providing your personalized care.

Heather Leary (Senior Licensed Cosmetologist) has a background in Human Biology, Nutrition Science, and almost a decade of working in the skincare and beauty industry, then went on to become of graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. Her foundation in esthetics and anti-aging massage help to rejuvenate. Heather believes that there is beauty in helping those who wish to find comfort, refreshment and vibrancy, and is passionate about using her skills to create balance and joy.

Leana Love-Fabian (Licensed Esthetician) attended Continental school of Beauty in 2004 and has loved being an esthetician ever since. Her love of skincare started long before when she was a little girl with face masks, bubble bath and makeup. She promotes good skin care practices, not solely to benefit the look of your skin, but also for the fulfillment that caring for yourself brings. Leana brings her broad spectrum of knowledge and experience to each session and tailors the treatment towards the clients desires and needs. Most of all she shares her love and warmth with the sincere intention to uplift and inspire.

Kalika Osgood (Licnsed Esthetician) is a 2018 graduate of the GST Boces Esthetics program and discovered her passion for skincare after helping friends and family resolve common skin concerns with skin care guidance and at home care.  After recognizing that her true passion lay in Esthetics, she dedicated herself to getting an education in the field. During her time in Esthetics school, Kalika discovered that health and wellness goes deeper than the skin and encompasses the mind and body. Her hope is to utilize her passion and knowledge to enrich the lives of her clients through education and guidance in their skin care needs and by giving quality services to put you in a relaxed state of mind with a gentle, soothing touch. During personal time, Kalika enjoys engaging in social activities with loved ones, spending time with her pets, reading, and meditation.

Sarah Scheiber (Licensed Waxing Specialist and Reiki Master) consciously works to affirm self understanding and self value. As a waxing specialist, Sarah’s work offers refined, cared for beauty. Likewise, her energy work cultivates a space to connect with your experiences and your authentic self. For Sarah, the intuition to define individual beauty through waxing and to care for energetic beauty are linked; this relationship guides Sarah’s compassionate hands to help clients radiate their grandest self actualization. Her attunement as a Reiki Master Teacher and ARCH practitioner, education in health and wellness, and her passion to co-create with clients make Sarah an able console to all wellness routines.

Yoga Instructors

Daniell “Dani” Dubord (Certified Yoga Instructor & Licensed Massage Therapist) has a passion for yoga that began at an early age, coming with an almost immediate recognition that yoga was a pathway to connect with the beauty and complexities of her own body.  As her dedication to yoga grew, so did her desire to share this powerful form of embodiment with others.  Driven by her love and passion for this scared practice, Daniell, at the young age of 15, went on to complete her 200-hour yoga teacher training course under the nurturing instruction of highly respected Hudson Valley teachers Jacqui Nash and Leigha Butler.  Under their guidance, Daniell studied extensively both the anatomy of each pose and the fundamental philosophy of the ancient practice of Ashtanga Yoga.  In the ensuing years Daniell has added to her skills with knowledge in Kinesiology as well as other movement practices.

Today, Daniell practices Yoga in a creative, fun loving, and spiritual way.  Each private yoga session with her is specifically tailored to her individual clients needs and abilities. Her skills as a massage therapist compliment her yoga sessions as she provides extra luxurious, hands-on adjustments to help her clients find balance and peace in each pose.

Sessions are available with Daniell Sunday and Tuesday evenings at our Ithaca location, as well as Thursdays and Fridays at our Watkins Glen location.

Astrid Jirka (Certified Yoga Instructor) is a certified advanced Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga teacher. She has been teaching since 2004 in many different venues, including wellness and fitness centers, yoga studios, and private settings. She teaches with a well-rounded focus on the physical, mental, and spiritual levels of the yoga practice in order to achieve positive health and well-being. The physical aspects include the goal of creating a balance between strength and flexibility an overall balanced and healthy lifestyle. Essential to this concept is deep awareness and control of the breath and the ability to look inward while remaining connected to the outside world. She is interested to assist people at any level who are looking to heal or enliven their bodies and lives through increased awareness and mobility.

Eleanor Liebson (Certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Occupational Therapist) is also a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor. She brings 25 years of rehabilitative experience and ongoing continuing education to her yoga therapy practice. Eleanor has taught numerous specialty yoga classes for pregnancy, breast cancer survivors, Parkinsonism, arthritis, osteoporosis, senior chair yoga, special needs children’s yoga, and also provides one-on-one yoga therapy for persons with unique orthopedic and neurological conditions such as those with spinal issues, stroke, MS, CP, chronic pain, and emotional dysregulation. She incorporates stress management into her outpatient occupational therapy (OT) practice where she works for Cayuga Medical Center at the Brentwood PT clinic and has taught stress management workshops at TC3 and yoga in the Physical Therapy Department at Ithaca College.

Melinda Matzell Grannan (Certified Yoga Instructor) is a Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, certified Sivananda Yoga teacher, and has been leading classes for more than 11 years. Her traditional Sivananda teaching continues to evolve, and integrates the influence of her course work and training with wonderful teachers such as Anodea Judith, Joseph Le Page, Erich Schiffmann, Paulie Zink, Paul Grilley and Leslie Kaminoff. Incorporating traditional breath work, mudras, chakras, and clear alignment cues, Melinda encourages self discovery and leads students to a greater sense of awareness about not just their physical bodies, but also about themselves. She believes a yoga practice can benefit the practitioner, their community, and the world, by guiding us to a place of deeper compassion and mindfulness.

Gabriella Rosetti (Certified Yoga Instructor and our Sunday Meditation class leader) completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in December of 2018. Yoga and meditation have become a huge part of her personal healing through both physical and emotional obstacles.  After practicing yoga and meditation for some time, she realized that she wanted to share just how healing the two can be with others. That is when she made the decision to become a yoga teacher through the Mindful Journey Yoga Teacher training under the instruction of Jeannie O’Neill.  Gabbi hopes that through holistic nutrition, meditation guidance, and yoga instruction, she can help those that work with her return to the healthiest version of themselves.

Guest Services & Administration

Abigail Funk-Gifford strives to help create amazing experiences for all of Rasa’s clients and a great working environment for all of Rasa’s staff. Abby graduated from Ithaca College in 2004, decided to spend the summer in Ithaca, and never left. An athlete and sports junkie at heart, she spent more than eight years as a writer and editor at a local sports publishing company before arriving at Rasa. She has been to spas across the country and is pleased to say that Rasa’s massage therapists, estheticians, and guest services team members are among the very best! She can be reached at:

Sondra Hartmann is the Educational Coordinator for the Massage Therapists at Rasa. Licensed since 1991, Sondra has practiced massage and been on the faculty at the Finger Lakes School of Massage for over 25 years where she has taught many of the massage modalities, as well as offering Continuing Education classes.  Her private practice focuses on Women’s Health.  She is a Master Instructor of Reiki and Intergraded Energy Therapy which promotes wellness of Body, Mind and Spirit.  Her passion for teaching fuels her dedication to supporting the practitioners at Rasa to fulfill their goals in the profession. She can be reached at:

Wendy Houseworth is an Ithaca native. After some years living in Wilmington, NC; Boston, MA; New Zealand and Manhattan, she has happily declared Ithaca her home once again. Wendy received her massage certification in 2001 while living in Wilmington. After two years of operating a private practice she realized that her potential could be more fully met on the administrative, marketing and public relations side of the business. She began fulfilling this role for a spa/health club in Wilmington and continued practicing massage privately. After moving back to Ithaca, Wendy changed career directions and moved into restaurant/business management (Stella’s, Inlet Island Cafe, Serendipity Catering & Gimme! Coffee) and then found her way back into wellness, and Rasa. Over the years, she has acquired an eye for detail and organization, marketing, graphic design and management.