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Our Massage Therapists


Melanie Hansen



Melanie graduated from Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences in 2005, with training in Medical Massage and in 2006, with training in Manual Therapy. She worked in a clinical chiropractic setting for 2-1/2 years before making Healthy Balance Bodyworks her full-time career and focus. Melanie specializes in “problem-focused” massage: TMJ Disorder, Frozen Shoulder, Plantar Fasciitis, Sciatica, Migraine Headaches, Tendinitis and Fibromyalgia, to name a few. She incorporates both soft tissue and deep tissue compressive massage (always within your comfort level) along with joint mobilization, stretching and active isometric muscle contraction to eradicate knotted muscle fibers, restore mobility, increase range of motion, and decrease pain levels and/or inflammation. She suggests tips, stretches, and activities believed to be helpful based on soft tissue and structural findings. Whether for Relaxation, Pregnancy, Sports, Medical or Deep Tissue, Melanie customizes your massage to achieve desired results.

Jessica Hunter


Jessica is an intuitive, compassionate massage therapist practicing for over 10 years.  She has been licensed with the State of Michigan since November 2014.  Jessica specializes in therapeutic and trigger point massage to release muscle tension, calm muscle spasms, relieve pain and increase range of motion.  She is also passionate about Swedish and hot stone massage with relaxation and stress relief a main focus.  With an ability to adjust the pressure to just what you need, you're sure to leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.  


Alyssa Stirling

Alyssa graduated the massage therapy program at Blue Heron Academy in February of 2018 and started the manual therapy program in May. She has worked in the healthcare field for 7 years and is comfortable treating clients with any kind of health issue. She will work with you on your "problem areas" and can focus as much time as you need on the targeted area. She is skilled in treating TMJ, neck issues, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, among other issues you might have. She is able to do a light touch or deep tissue massage based on your preference and comfort level. 

Alyssa has completed her Doula training and is working towards certification through DONA international. She is specializing in pre-natal and post-natal massage and will be offering package discounts for massage to Doula clients leading up to their labor and in the post-partum stage.



Our Aesthetician

Deanna Johnson



Deanna graduated Douglas J Aveda institute in July of 2018. She specializes in corrective facials that will target your specific skin concerns and needs, while also giving a relaxing experience. Anti-aging, dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, hyperpigmentation, age spots, acne/acne scars, congestion/clogged pores, and other skin concerns CAN be treated and corrected with regular facials and the proper at home regimen. She possesses a special talent for analyzing skin, performing extractions, and determining a successful plan of treatment for the best result. A skin consultation and a look under the UV skin scanner, you will see the progress being made.


She also offers affordable waxing prices, and a discount for returning guests. She recently added eyelash lift and tints to her list of services as well! She is eager and excited to give the best results and quality to every guest at Healthy Balance Bodyworks!









Our Yoga Instructors

                                                   Melanie Hansen

Melanie completed 4 weeks of yoga teacher training in Ashville, North Carolina in the summer of 2016. She is the owner of Healthy Balance Bodyworks and also a massage therapist with over ten years experience. She found a passion in yoga after experiencing amazing personal results and she wanted to continue to help others through teaching in her own style. Her knowledge and experience as a massage therapist transfers into her yoga teaching. Her extensive knowledge of the human body aids in a lot of her deep stretching poses.


Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Dr Kathryn Kilpatrick has been a chiropractor for over 20 years.  She is a woman who always follows her heart and her heart led her to India to train in yoga and meditation. The experience completely transformed her life and she now shares her wisdom with others. Kathryn teaches classical yoga, an ancient technique that is not just an exercise, but a process for transforming your mind, body, and spirit.  Her journey through life has been unique and she shares her life lessons from the heart with an honesty and openness that is both rare and touching.