Our Team 2017-11-08T17:57:51+00:00

Danielle Ratliff

LMBT #12394, RDN, LDN
OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY, PRENATAL MASSAGE & KINESIOLOGY TAPING

Danielle Ratliff is the owner of Serenity Now Massage Therapy, a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (#12394), and a Registered Dietitian. Her beliefs are based in holistic health practices and influenced by her education at UNC-Chapel Hill, Meredith College, and the NC School of Massage. As a survivor of sexual assault, she treats each client with compassion and respect. Danielle will use intuitive touch paired with a thorough knowledge of neuromuscular therapy to relieve your chronic pain and stress.

She believes in giving back to the Lake Norman community by partnering with local non-profits. Danielle is a member of the Young Elites LEAD Team and has volunteered with Safe Alliance. Young Elites creates confidence and opportunities for high school girls who aspire to lead, and Safe Alliance provides hope and healing to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Danielle was chosen as one of Mecklenburg Time’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2017, was named one of Lake Norman’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Huntersville Herald in 2015, and also received one of Lake Norman Woman Magazine’s 2013 Women of Will Finalist Awards.

Erin Vasquez

LMBT #14531
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

Erin is a graduate of the NC Massage School and is Certified in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy. Before pursuing a career in massage therapy, Erin worked as a Special Education Teacher and behavior specialist for at-risk youth.  Erin is passionate about Sports Massage and Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, but also believes in alternative methods of pain management via Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage.

Aida Sajuthi

LMBT #14648
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY, INTEGRATIVE REFLEXOLOGIST

Aida chose to be a massage therapist as her next career after having spent twenty to twenty-five years working in education and research; fields she loved, but had to leave. This decision came after a soul searching process, looking for a career that gives not only monetary compensation, but also peace and spiritual rewards. She is a firm believer in balanced lifestyle, and the importance of regular self-care. A good listener by nature, she believes that our body has its own way of telling us what it needs. “Listening to your body” is the basic principle of her regular self-care.

As a therapist now, she listens to the muscles through her hands, and provides treatments that will suit the needs of the muscles and the person. Growing up in Asia, she received massages as part of regular home care. She truly enjoys her work as a massage therapist. It helps her maintain her focus, balance, sense of curiosity, purpose, and the awareness of the connection between body and mind.

Aida is a graduate from the NC Massage School, certified in Neuromuscular Therapy & Structural Bodywork, certified in Integrative Reflexology, and licensed by the State of North Carolina. Her honest and serene approach offers balance, and helps put people at ease.

Julia “Jules” Wyatt

LMBT #14873
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY & PRENATAL MASSAGE, REIKI MASTER

Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, License #14873. Julia, who goes by Jules, is a graduate of the NC Massage School and is certified in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy & Prenatal Massage. She has trained extensively in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and stretching, Prenatal Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy. Julia also offers Energy Healing as a Reiki Master and Sound Healing Therapist. Specifically, she speciliazes in Reiki, Chakra healing, and using tuning forks to facilitate tuning of the Human Biofield. She is currently beginning training with Peruvian Shamans and plans to travel to Peru in the near future to complete her Shamanic training.

Julia has a background in the veterinary industry where she has worked as a technician, practice manager, as well as a marketing and sales executive for natural veterinary health supplements.

Julia realized years ago the importance and benefits of massage therapy while balancing an extremely demanding work schedule and challenging career. Massage and energy healing were her self-care techniques in conjunction with meditation.  

When asked why she loves massage, this how Julia responded:

“We have a tendency to become so busy with life, we are unable to see the toll it has on both our bodies and our mental state. Our lives and minds fill with clutter and unless we find an effective outlet, we are unable to clear ourselves and the noise and disorganization only become heavier. Massage and energy healing were the two elements that kept me sane during my busy corporate life and I was able to manage my hectic travel and work schedule in a much healthier way without feeling the constant pressure of my days ahead.

Once I realized the change in myself due to massage and healing, I felt it was time for me to leave corporate behind and start helping others the way so many massage therapists and energy healers helped me.

Each client and session is unique as we all absorb stress in different ways, and our bodies and Biofield try to tell us where the problem lies. I love being able to tune in and find where the issues are. I am truly honored to work with clients that have been suffering from pain and stress for some time, and I am able to help them feel relief and regain balance in their lives.”

Julia also travels twice a year to Vietnam and Nepal to work with severely disabled orphans by offering nurturing touch, energy healing and sound therapy through her volunteer organization, Buds to Blossoms.

Sharla Poling

LMBT #14952

CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY & PRENATAL MASSAGE

Sharla graduated from the NC Massage School in Cornelius and is Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy & Structural Bodywork. She trained extensively in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, and Prenatal Massage. Sharla is passionate about decreasing chronic pain, promoting relaxation, and achieving optimal health for others.

Sharla has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art Studio from Appalachian State University, and worked in the art industry for many years before growing her family. She has three children; active twin boys and a vibrant young daughter. It was during her pregnancies that she began to understand just how amazing the human body is and how massage can help to promote wellness and healing during all stages of life. She now enjoys working with pregnant mothers during their first or even ninth pregnancies. She is certified from the Claire Marie Miller “Nurturing the Mother” curriculum. Working with mothers from the first trimester up until delivery and then postpartum allows women comfort and support throughout their pregnancies and thereafter.

Sharla enjoys staying active through functional fitness and many outdoor activities. Her love for health encouraged her to specialize in sports therapy and Chinese cupping. She has been able to help many athletes and clients with physical lifestyles maintain flexibility, repair from competitions, and treat specific neuromuscular injuries.

Of course, she also loves to help others simply enjoy relaxation. Taking time to remove stress from your life is critical to wellness.

John Magers

LMBT #14819
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

John graduated from the NC Massage School and is certified in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy.  He has trained extensively in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and Neuromuscular Therapy, and has considerable experience treating spinal, neck, and shoulder pain. 

John is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, and has been training and teaching yoga classes for 14 years.  As a trainer and teacher, John has focused on the therapeutic aspects of exercise and yoga, and has worked with thousands of people to improve their health and well-being.  With such a deep understanding of the human body, and the desire to help people enhance their quality of life through therapeutic modalities, it was a natural progression for John to become a massage therapist.  In addition to running his own business as a trainer and teacher, John also works as a trainer/teacher at the Johnston YMCA. 

When asked why he loves massage, he says:

“The human body is a living miracle, each and every one of us is entirely unique and amazing.  The ability of our bodies to heal themselves, and to grow stronger is a transcendent force of nature, and being able to help people in this process is such a gift.  I love massage because of how much more depth it gives me when working with clients.  In addition to providing direct and immediate relief for muscular pain through massage therapy, I can also prescribe exercises and stretches that can improve the body’s ability to avoid injury or relapse – I can focus on the body as a whole, and not just its parts.  I believe exercise, flexibility and bodywork are the keys to a healthy and happy life.” 

Anne-Marie Parrish

LMBT #15361
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

Anne-Marie is a graduate of the NC Massage School and is Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy. She is trained in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage and will be pursuing her Certification in Prenatal Massage. Anne-Marie finds great joy in helping others escape from day-to-day stress as well as providing therapy to those who suffer from chronic muscular pain. She takes the time to understand each individual’s needs, and her outgoing personality is sure to put you at ease. A teacher by nature, she is known for providing clients with at-home stretching techniques to reduce tension in between sessions.

Before pursuing a career in massage therapy, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies from Columbia College University and Masters Certificate in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She worked exclusively with children for seven years as both a kindergarten teacher and a nanny to multiple families.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, cooking and traveling. Since her father’s passing due the Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), she has become an avid member of the ALS Association and actively participates in walks and fundraisers to bring awareness to this unfortunate disease.

Jeanne Weeks

LMBT #4252
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

Jeanne Weeks has been a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist since 2003 and has been teaching massage since 2005. She is currently the Director of the NC School of Massage in Cornelius, and in fact, has taught all of the therapists at Serenity Now. Jeanne is Certified in Neuromusuclar Therapy & Structural Bodywork, Thai Foot Massage, and was recently accepted into the Costa Rica School of Massage Asian Studies Certification Program.

She has been a martial artist for thirty-eight years and was a teacher of martial arts for ten years. Before becoming a massage therapist, she was a professional photographer for ten years.

Jeanne is a mother of two awesome sons and grandmother to an angel. Literally, her name means “angel with an angel heart”. 

When asked why she loves massage therapy, Jeanne replied, “Massage therapy is, to me, a beautiful and profound way to bring health and contentment to our clients. Each person is met with a clear intention to do good. I approach the body with awe and reverence each and every time with a prayer to help them find a healing balance within themselves. Massage Therapy is not the alternative health care; it is the first step toward health and balance within one’s own body.”

Jim Weiner

LMBT #15358
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

Jim is currently a Teacher’s Assistant at NC School of Massage in Cornelius, NC.

He is excited to be working with Serenity Now, a group of professionals marked by their cooperation, joy, a sincere desire to help others, and the know-how to bring healing to their clients. He is a graduate of NC Massage School, trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and certified in Clinical Neuromuscular and Structural Bodywork. He earned a BA and MA in Theology and was part of a spiritually aware community at his college. Aware of his Creator, he was trained in incorporating spirituality into healing: physical, emotional, and spiritual.

In his words: “As a survivor of sexual trauma, I am very aware of the sacredness of each person in their body and spirit. I always respect the sacredness of each person when I work with them, with special awareness of how much other survivors need touch that is healing. With my own history, I know that being a survivor of sexual assault can make it difficult to trust someone to touch one’s body. I am always respectful and aware to always intentionally provide nurturing touch to every individual.”

After working as a teacher, and then working in the corporate world, Jim knew he had to find a place of occupation that was a calling, not simply a paycheck. “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Jim has always been interested in Massage Therapy, even so far as massaging his mom’s feet for a dime a minute as a small child. He desires to use his training, compassion, and intuition to serve each and every individual with their healing, health and well-being. He is energized when an individual has decreased stress, decreased pain, and experiences relaxation from his work with them. “For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi

His mission in his words:

“My mission is to be a source of healing to others. I believe that receiving massage therapy can benefit a person’s body, mind, and spirit. I am dedicated to using all my abilities and focus to work together with each client to promote their participation in this powerful healing process. My education and experience in teaching also assist me in my service to educate individuals in bodywork goals and home self-care to continue their health and healing. As an expert communicator I seek to customize every session with every client, to make it a collaborative event where we seek together to meet their goals and needs. With my own history of surviving sexual assault, I am especially aware of always being respectful to the utmost and always intentionally providing nurturing touch to every client.”

Jim is a Certified member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and is fully committed to both continual personal growth and continuing education as a massage therapist. He has volunteered for about 7 years in total with various non-profits and other organizations in Charlotte, including RAIN and Presbyterian Hospital. He enjoys time with family and friends, playing the guitar, learning new songs, and anything and everything outdoors.

“Only in the giving of oneself to another, does one find true fulfillment.” – Unknown

Sarah Bilbrey

LMBT #15453
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

Sarah is a graduate of NC Massage School. She is trained in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage Therapy, and is also certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and Structural Bodywork. Sarah is passionate about helping others. Her professional knowledge coupled with her calm nature, joy of serving others, and sensitivity to their needs, makes a positive difference in the lives of her clients. 

Sarah looks forward to pursuing certifications in Geriatric Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Oncology Massage, and Prenatal Massage. She is also interested in learning about how to incorporate massage therapy into the healing process of those who are on their journey of dealing with past sexual abuse. Touch is an incredibly powerful force; and it is very important for people who are in this healing process to experience sincere, appropriate, and caring touch in a completely safe and nonjudgmental environment. 

Kelly Schneider

LMBT #14953
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY & THAI YOGA THERAPY

Kelly graduated from the NC Massage School with a certification in Neuromuscular Therapy & Structural Bodywork. She offers Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Prenatal Massage, Sports Massage, and Cupping in addition to Neuromuscular Therapy. Kelly recently studied under Brian Hoke and received her certification in Thai Yoga Therapy as well; this modality has allowed her to give clients a new level of flexibility and relaxation. Her work is intuitive, and deep with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, body structure and function. She tailors each massage to meet your needs, and can’t wait to be your partner on your journey to better health.

Melanie Morris

LMBT #16288
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

Melanie graduated from the NC Massage School and is Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy & Structural Bodywork. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Melanie spent thirteen years as a Nationally Certified Dental Assistant. Four of those years were spent working with a holistic dental practice. She is extremely passionate about spreading awareness of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders and helping relieve the debilitating jaw pain and headaches through massage. While her specialties are Neuromuscular Therapy and TMJ Massage, Melanie also offers Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage.

Melanie is a mother to a beautiful daughter and spends her free time with family. She loves being outdoors and her hobbies include crafting and DIY projects.

When asked why she loves massage, Melanie replied, “I have always had a passion for helping others, and I have seen and experienced the wonders of massage.”

Erika Siedlaczek

LMBT #16370
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

Erika is a graduate of the NC Massage School and is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and Structural Bodywork. In addition to Neuromuscular Therapy, she also offers Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage. Erika’s passion for massage therapy stems from her love of helping others maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, while feeling their very best. Erika is an avid CrossFit athlete and Olympic Weightlifter, and has a love for outdoor sports. This love for sports ultimately led her to utilize massage therapy for pain management, faster recovery times, and to treat injuries holistically. While Erika is passionate about helping others with pain management, she is also a firm believer in all other benefits of massage therapy, such as its ability to help manage stress and muscle tension.

Erika has a Bachelor’s of Science in Conservation and Resource Use, and will always take pride in her advocacy for sustainable management of ecological systems at a local, regional, and global scale. Erika is extremely goal oriented and is always excited to better herself through continuing education and additional certifications. In her spare time, she enjoys anything outdoors, as well as traveling, cooking, and hiking with her husband and dogs.

Amy Bassani

LMBT #11630
CERTIFIED IN NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

LMBT #11630. Amy is a graduate of the NC School of Massage and is Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy. She is a former gymnast who understands the importance of massage therapy for an active lifestyle. Her knowledge coupled with her desire to help others manage their pain and stress through massage therapy makes her an excellent therapist.