Meet The Team
Born and raised in Colorado, I spent most of my free time in the forest or on the river, fostering my passion for nature. On my walk-abouts, I would fill my pockets with native herbs and flowers for reference and study. Many times, I would use my finds and knowledge to blend teas or create salves and tinctures for friends and family.
I've always loved experimenting with different ingredients to find balance and purpose. Each experiment only pushed me further into my quest of wanting to heal naturally. Thankfully, I was fortunate to grow up in a family and with friends where bodywork and natural health was encouraged, giving me a great foundation into the art of touch - and people to practice on!
My progression into Massage Therapy was a natural one and in 2009, I began training at The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in beautiful Santa Fe, NM where I was able to study under many masters, learning to treat the body holistically. It is with great pride and an enormous sense of gratitude that I take myself and my products public and share them, I encourage you to stop by anytime! namaste.
Brett grew up in various parts of the country, from Dallas, to Chicago. He attended college in Austin, where he was a fine arts major and from there, grew his skills in Redondo Beach, CA where he successfully ran his own raw juice business while studying the benefits of fasting and clean dieting.
Brett has been practicing massage for five years and brings a style that pulls from Tui Na, Shiatsu and deep tissue.
He incorporates Gua Sha (IASTM) into many of his sessions, bringing lasting relief from major and chronic injury. His skills as a fine arts major have been profound in adding to the design and function of our spa.
Julia Stockemer, MT
I am a licensed massage therapist who has been in practice since graduating from Stone Clan School of Massage in Montrose, CO - 2005. I set up my own massage studio in Cedaredge, CO and ran a successful massage business for ten years. During that time, I also began apprenticing with Josh Geetter L.Ac. at the Hotchkiss Community Acupuncture Clinic for five years. There, I learned some basic Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupressure, Chinese massage techniques (Tui Na) and cupping are some of the therapies I integrate with my more Western massage styles to facilitate healing and relaxation. Every client is a teacher, and I learn something new from every interaction.
Experience of nearly twelve years has taught me a lot, but I’m still far from knowing everything...Recently, I’ve added Ashiatsu to my repertoire, so I am looking forward to offering another modality.
I’ve worked at Body Therapeutics since early 2017.
Colleen Gallagher, MT
Hi I am Colleen Gallagher! I have been a massage therapist for 6 years. I moved to Grand Junction two years ago to be closer to family and have practiced massage in Golden CO, Sedona AZ and Tucson AZ.
I graduated from ASIS Massage School in Clarkdale, Az. I have worked in day spas, a chiropractor office and a hotel resort spa.
I love doing massage and bringing peace to the mind and body. I am trained in Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Prenatal,Massage Cupping, Lymphatic, Myofascial. I am licensed in Arizona and Colorado, and I am board certified.
Jeannine Donahoe, MT
With 30 years of experience in the Massage Therapy field, I am honored to be part of the BTMM team.
I graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, where I went on to teach Shiatsu and Professional Ethics for 13 years.
Having trained in several modalities from Eastern to Western, I bring an integrative approach to every session, tailoring the massage to the specific needs of the client. I believe the role of the therapist is that of a facilitator.
The most important thing I can do to help my client is to remind their body to do what it already knows how to do. I recognize that the physical body is directly linked to all aspects of our being. Bodywork can be beneficial to many life changing events such as loss, illness, injury and stress. Being a cancer survivor myself, I am particularly drawn to assist others moving through life threatening challenges. I am grateful to be working here at BTMM along side other highly trained and experienced therapists, in such a beautiful and healing environment.
Kori Frieling, MT
As a Colorado native, Kori has lived, worked, and studied all over the state. After graduating from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs in 2012, she has worked in chiropractic offices, spas, and resorts.
Her style is a blend of several different modalities including; deep tissue, Swedish, neuromuscular therapy, and trigger point work. She enjoys helping people facilitate healing and relaxation. She is currently studying Craniosacral therapy from the Upledger Institute.
Christa Forsythe, MT
I have been a massage therapist for over 40 years and a shiatsu therapist for over 30 years. Working in two very different modalities has been an interesting blend of Western and Eastern approaches to health and working with the body. I started off my career studying bodywork in Hawaii and San Francisco while working as a professional modern dancer, and quickly became the resident bodyworker for the dance company, helping with injury recovery and prevention.
I moved to Colorado to go to The Boulder College of Massage Therapy and continued my training in an excellent program that offered an East/West approach to hands-on healing. After graduating I ended up staying at the school to teach for 25 years, and later to be the Director of Education. Sadly, the school closed in 2013, so I decided to move to Grand Junction last year after 30+ years of living in the Front Range area. I love hiking with my 2 dogs in this wild and interesting landscape, my new home in Grand Junction.
As a massage therapist I have worked in many venues with a diverse clientele. Besides being in private practice, I have also worked in chiropractic offices, athletic facilities, spas, healing centers, and clinical settings. My years of study and experience have trained me to approach each client uniquely and to offer a variety of techniques to facilitate the best outcome. In this fast-paced world, receiving a massage can offer therapeutic relief for the body as well as stress relief and deep rejuvenation for the heart and mind. I feel fortunate to be working in this beautiful spa and using Megan’s proprietary blends of oils and aromatherapy and high-quality homemade health products. I look forward to working with you in the near future!
Cheryl Ann Godwin Javid, MT
Cheryl Ann Godwin Javid is an all American girl. She has lived all over the United States, and spent most of her adult life in Colorado, where she became a massage therapist 20 years ago.
She attended Boulder College of Massage therapy. And Pickens Technical College.
She has a strong passion for people to look and feel their best. As a massage therapist and an esthetician she provides exceptional skin and body care to everyone.
Charlena Vollmering, MT
Hi, I’m Charlena. I was born and raised in small town Moab Utah but have lived all over Colorado and in south Texas as well. We recently moved to Grand Junction where we have truly planted roots and are incredibly excited about what is in store for us here. I am a lover of all things outdoors! My most favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. I am a mom to two incredible children; they and my husband are my whole world. In our free time you will usually always find us camping, hiking or swimming somewhere exploring nature.
Next to being a mom, one of my greatest passions is my career. Being a massage therapist brings so much joy into my life and has always come second nature to me. I have been practicing massage therapy for approximately 12 years. I initially studied in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2007 where I learned many different modalities and found my true passion for helping people through bodywork. Over the years I have expanded my knowledge and education by taking courses and workshops to explore more venues of massage therapy and to remain current and up to date in the massage world. While I am able to offer a large variety of techniques and modalities, my heart is most happy when I am able to help those who are struggling with prior or current injuries or are pregnant. There is no better feeling than to provide relief to someone who is in pain or experiencing discomfort.
DAOM (Cand), L. Ac. NCCAOM Board-Certified Acupuncturist
Tara D. Malhotra, DAOM (Cand), L. Ac. NCCAOM Board-Certified Acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner. She has over 26 years experience in the healthcare field and pain management, and 12 years of formal education. Tara is a registered researcher with the NIH, the National Institutes of Health. Before Tara entered Oriental Medicine in 1999, she completed an Ayurveda internship in 1998, and Iyengar Level I Yoga Certification in 1999.
Tara began her career as a Primary Care Provider in the state of Florida from 2002-2008. Her initial residency began in 1999 in Austin, Texas, including an internship with a neurologist specialized in treating stroke and concussion with Chinese Scalp Acupuncture, a technique discovered by a neurosurgeon in China, who refined the technique on over 400,000 patients, and then it became standardized in the first congress in China in the 1980’s, standardizing the unique “zones” on the scalp that, when stimulated with acupuncture, can restore functions such as speech, walking, balance, cognition, and executive functions in various types of traumatic brain injury, as well as Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, and genetic disorders. Tara interned in Chinese Scalp Acupuncture again from 2015-2018 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM.
In Tara’s residency years from 2000 to 2002, she largely served a geriatric population, and through this she gained valuable experience not only with the elderly, but also in understanding complex disorders, and treating a lifetime of injuries and health issues when modern medicine has done its best, and now, the only place left to turn for relief and healing is Oriental Medicine.
Tara volunteered in Nepal and India from 2004 to 2006 traveling across the countryside, living amongst the villagers, primarily treating arthritis, difficult childbirth, and infectious diseases, as well as learning the languages. Tara continued to work in India annually for it’s winter season from 2008 to 2017, where she was trained in Arabic cupping methods to treat traumatic injury, and deep, persistent disorders unresponsive to all other treatment methods including acupuncture, and continues to the study and practice this healing methodology. Mosquito born disorders, typhoid, and infection-induced arthritis were the focus of these years, where Tara faced these diseases herself in the way of service.
Tara was a professor of Oriental Medicine, specializing in Chinese Herbal Medicine from 2005-2006, where she pioneered effective methods of teaching Chinese medical terminology, botany, Latin, diagnosis and treatment with Chinese herbal Medicine to the next generation of Acupuncture Physicians in Florida.
Tara brought her diverse background to the Western Slope in 2010 when she purchased Serenity Acupuncture and Herb Clinic from its Iranian national owner who wanted to spend more time studying Ayurveda in India, while Tara wanted to leave India and practice in Colorado.
Tara brought private practice in Fruita, CO to closure in 2014 until 2019 to pursue continuing education, service, and PH D studies in India, New Mexico, and Texas before returning to the Grand Valley. She is eager to share what she has learned to benefit the community from these enriching years!
Medical Billing/ Records
Born and raised in Western Colorado, Mary appreciates the outdoors and all it has to offer. When not at work you will find her spending time with family and friends. As her daughter says, “hiking, camping, fishing and fun”.
Mary came to us with years of experience in the western medical industry. She brings an extra element of customer service for our office as she works to identify insurance coverage, from commercial insurance to auto insurance and workman’s compensation. If you have coverage, she will work to make sure you do not have to worry about your insurance as you obtain restoration through our therapeutic sessions.
But the place she enjoys the most is working at the front desk, giving each guest a smile and quietly encouraging them in their journey of healing. Her greatest joy is to see a client leave with a big smile. She has a genuine interest in helping others and hopes she will be able to assist you in scheduling your next appointment.
Concierge, Marketing & Social Media
Martha has been part of Body Therapeutics since 2019, she graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Management. Martha wanted a career that involved her degree and experience in management alongside with her passion for skincare and the medical field. Martha has managed and coordinated in the hotel industry, dermatology and laser aesthetics industry. She loves this industry because she loves patient outcomes - “having a happy and healthy friend or client is the most rewarding experience you can have!” Martha also enjoys social media and marketing.
Outside of work, Martha loves to shop, float the lake and spend time with her Yorkie, Mila. Martha also speaks Polish fluently. She believes that having a good sunscreen, lots of laughter and a good group of friends is the best recipe for a happy day!
Rebecca Long, MT
Rebecca graduated from Intellitec College Massage therapy program in 2012. Licensed in the state of Colorado her focus has been Sports Medicine and Injury recovery with an emphasis on deep tissue massage. From hundreds of hours of continuing education and experience Rebecca has learned to utilize Cupping techniques and Gua Sha (Scrapping) in tailored sessions for each person's individualized need
It's a great pleasure to be a massage therapist. Working with clients and helping people feel better is incredibly rewarding!!
Janet Copelle', MT
Hi to all of you! I am Janet Copelle’ and I am new to the Grand Junction area as
well as the Body team. I moved here in May 2019 to become a director of a local
massage therapy program. I am excited to continue my 20 year massage career
here at Body Therapeutics. I have a bachelor degree in education and a master
degree in human movement. I have always been in wonder how the body works
and in search of how best to correct muscle imbalances. I liken body work to
being a private eye of the body since I am always trying to determine the original
cause to peoples’ pain and movement dysfunctions. My foundation has been in
Swedish massage with adding to it the concepts of neuromuscular therapies as well
as joint mobilizations. I look forward to working with you and helping you get
your pain free movements back so you can enjoy all that Colorado’s great outdoors
has to offer.