Meet Our Staff
At the Center for the Healing Arts, we encourage people to experience a massage from the unique perspective of each therapist. All therapists are graduates of a state licensed school, and members of a professional organization, nationally certified, plus licensed by the State of Michigan, verifying their education and credentials as professional massage therapists. They are independent contractors and their schedules may vary. Please check with the center for availability of service.
Our Administration Staff:
Jennifer is our office manager and available during the day Monday through Friday to answer any questions. Jean, Michelle and Jillian are also our day/evening receptionists are also available to help you with all your appointments and questions.
The practitioners include:
Charlotte Irwin (Owner):
1992 graduate from Health Enrichment Massage school. Her specialty is Lomi Lomi massage. She has over 2000 hours of advanced studies in Hawaiian Lomi- Lomi massage, Hawaiian culture, and Esoteric healing. Charlotte is licensed by the state of Michigan and a 15 year member of AMPB. She is also a certified reflexologist, developer of Charlotte Irwin’s Reflexology Program. Charlotte is also a business coach for Holistic Health Businesses and the author of Massage Your Business, with Purpose, Passion and Perseverance. She is also the director of Guardian Massage & Reflexology Program l, an approved 650 hour state licensed program. Charlotte is available on Tuesday through Thursdays 12-4 for Lomi-Lomi massage.
Gosia: 1999 graduate of Irene’s Myomassology, nationally certified, city licensed. She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Goscia specializes in deep tissue and myofascia release. In the last 10 years, Gosia has taken numerous courses in body works since she is passionate about learning new modalities, as well as helping her clients, to enhance their well being. Besides offering a deep tissue and therapeutic massage, Gosia specializes in Lomi Lomi massage, Reflexology, and Lymphatic massage.
Christopher: 2004 graduate of Michigan Myomassology Institute, nationally certified and city licensed. Christopher is a professional member of AMBP. Christopher's speciality is deep tissue work, problem solving using clinical approach to release muscle restrictions.
Shannon: 1999 graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute. Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and city licensed. She is a professional member of AMTA. Shannon's specialty is deep tissue massage.
Mary: 1999 Graduate of New York State College for Holistic Medicine, New York State Licensed massage therapist, and physical therapy training. Mary is nationally certified, city licensed and a certified reflexologist. She is a professional member of AMBP. Mary is an instructor for Guardian Massage school and also specializes in pregnancy massage and doula support.
Carla: 2004 Graduate of Michigan School of Myomassology. Carla is a National Certified Massage Therapist and member of ABMP. She specializes in therapeutic and deep tissue massage.
Tammy: 1995 graduate of Michigan Myomassology Institute and state licensed. She is a professional member of AMBP. Tammy has been doing massage for 19 years and specializes in relaxation and therapeutic massage. Tammy is also a certified reflexologist.
Kim: A 2004 graduate of Oakland Community College Massage Therapy Program. She has been doing massage for 7 years. A professional member of the AMBP. Kim loves to do relaxation massage, and believes in the healing power of touch through massage. Kim also is interested in reflexology and how it has helped her autistic son and would like to share this with others who face this challenge.
Brenda: A 2015 graduate of Guardian Massage School, Brenda is a state licensed a certified Reflexologist and a ABMP member. She specializing in relaxation and therapeutic massage.
Karen is a 2015 graduate of Irene's Myomassology Institute. She is a state licensed massage therapist and a member of ABMP. Karen specializes in hot stone therapy, relaxation, therapeutic, pregnancy and deep tissue techniques.
Marlene is a 2014 graduate of Guardian Massage and Reflexology School. Marlene is a state licensed massage therapist and a member of ABMP. She specializes in relaxation, therapeutic, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, Shiatsu/Thai massage and also reflexology. Marlene is also trained in lymphatic drain massage and reflexology for plantar fasciitis.
Lucile Palancher is a highly-skilled licensed massage therapist with more than 16 years of experience in a wide range of healing modalities. She excels at developing innovative wellness strategies while blending Western massage therapies with Eastern principles for increased therapeutic effectiveness. Her specialty is “The Spectrum Method” where she combines Thai massage, aromatherapy, craniosacral, myofascial release and yoga therapy into one treatment to relieve the most painful areas and establish deeper balance within the body. Her sessions are uniquely designed and can include add-ons such as cupping, hot stones and foot scrubs based on individual needs. Lucile completed the 900-hour massage therapy program at Dorsey Schools in Madison Heights, MI in 2019. She is a certified Thai massage practitioner & reflexologist since 2003; she received her first training in Thai massage in Montreal, Qc with Lotus Palm. She is also an experienced yoga teacher and graduated from Forrest Yoga, Santa Monica, CA in 2003. Over the years she has helped hundreds of people free up from pain, trauma & limitation including athletes, seniors, spinal-cord injured and wheel-chair bound clients.
Laura is a graduate of Guardian Massage and Reflexology School at the Center for the Healing Arts. She is a member of ABMP and her specialties include, relaxation, therapeutic, deep tissue, pregnancy, plantar fasciitis, energy facials, aroma therapy and couples massage. She also uses therapeutic stretching along with her massage techniques to help relieve muscle fatigue and alleviate strain on the joints. Laura offers the aroma of lavender to enhance your relaxing experience and peppermint to help clear and relieve the sinuses along with hot towels to enhance the overall experience of the massage. Laura spends her spare time reading the latest health and wellness books and keeping up to date on the best uses for aroma therapy oils. Laura combines her knowledge, education and personal experiences to customize each clients session to fit their individual needs.
Michelle is a licensed esthetician that graduated from Elevate Salon Institute. She is a member of Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP) and The Michigan Association of Beauty Professionals (MABP). She specializes in the beautification of the skin. She performs facials, chemical peels, body treatments, and full body waxing. She also is a certified lash artist skilled in classic lash extensions and lash lifts. Michelle has received a certification from Make-Up Designory (M.U.D.), completed the BARBICIDE®️ Covid-19 Certification for the Professional Beauty Industry Training, and the Committed to Health & Safety Certification for Infection Control through Milady.
At The Center for the Healing Arts, Michelle offers Lily of Colorado Energizing Facials, Eminence Organics Custom Deep Cleansing Facials, Back Treatments, Teen Facials, Body Scrubs, Organic Green Sea Clay Body Treatments, Eye-Lash Lifts, as well as Photo Light Therapy.
Associate Health Practitioners
Diane Simmons, owner of Total Health Colon Care, along with Karla, Shannon,Laurie are the colon therapists. Colon hydrotherapy is a safe effective method of removing waste from the large intestines without the use of drugs. Colon Health emphasizes prevention rather than a cure. It is the most important step in maintaining or regaining vital health. If the sewer system in your house is backed up, your entire home is affected. Should it be any different with your body?" Norman Walker,D. Sc., health expert who died at age of 109. For more information on colonics and a picture of the equipment visit Diane's website at www.totalhealthcoloncare.com