About Our Practitioners
Shea Daignault, LMT
FL MA #58779
Shea is a graduate of MTI as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She specializes in sports massage and posture rebalancing. In her practice, she uses modalities such as Active Isolated Stretching, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, Deep Tissue and Orhopaedic Massage to relieve acute and chronic pain. Shea has studied under world renowned instructors including Aaron Mattes (Active Isolated Stretching), Erik Dalton (Myoskeletal Alignment Technique), Whitney Lowe (Orthopaedic Massage) and Art Riggs (Advanced Deep Tissue Massage).
A Florida native, Shea makes her home in Sarasota with her two sons. She is passionate about improving the lives of others and is dedicated to continuing her education to become a better resource and therapist for her clients.
Nancy Strand, LMT, CEIM, CRT Practitioner
FL MA #59580
Nancy is a graduate of Manatee Technical Institute's Massage Therapy Program and has also earned a B.A. in Physical Education. In addition, she is a Certified Bellanina Facelift Massage Specialist, a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM), and a CRT Practitioner (Cranial Release Technique). Her previous experience includes working as a Physical Education teacher and a Physical Therapy Assistant in pool therapy. Nancy is a proud member of the Florida Massage Therapy Association and an ABMP Certified Therapist (Associated Bodyworks & Massage Professional).
Nancy specializes in a relaxing Swedish Massage but she can also incorporate Positional Release, Neuromuscular Techniques, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue work, Trigger Point Therapy, or Cranial Release Technique into any session. She also loves teaching infant massage to moms, dads and caregivers and says nothing is quite as pampering and relaxing as the Bellanina Facelift Massage!
Nancy is originally from the Philadelphia area but has lived in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for over 30 years after moving here from Indiana. She believes strongly in the importance of massage for better health and loves the opportunity to help her clients live a healthier life.
Sarah Rodriguez, LMT
FL MA #52387
Sarah graduated from Sarasota School of Massage Therapy. She has been a Physical Therapy Aid as well, so she is very aware of the importance of the whole body approach. Sarah incorporates stretching into her Swedish, Deep Tissue and Healing Touch Massages, upon the request of the client. She has owned her own practice for two years, and also worked in a chiropractic setting as well as a Physical Therapy office.
Sarah Rodriguez was born and raised in Maine, but has resided in Florida for 13 years. She is very dedicated to helping enrich the mind, body and spirit of all of her clients. Her goal is to provide a relaxing environment, with the use of aromatherapy, as well as uplifting words, music and healing touch.
Jen Houghtaling, LMT
FL MA #53686
A resident and Sarasota native, Jen brings a unique insight to her client care, surviving a pedestrian vehicle accident where she was run over from behind as a young teenager. Jen has expereinced the healing therapies needed for her own recovery and the knowledge to maintain mobiliy and pain management.
After earning her license at the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, she is able to give back to the industry that has given her so much.
Jen has built a reputation for her ability to deliver theraputic relief and recovery to clients through understanding from her own injury experiences and a bonding relationship with those she helps, through empathy, compassion and professionalism.
She believes strongly in giving back to the body what life seems to take away.
Allison Sieloff, LMT
FL MA #57129
Allie is a true Florida native, born and raised in Bradenton! She graduated from Lakewood Ranch High School and the Manatee Technical Institute accredited massage therapy program (August 2009). Allie studied Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point therapy as part of her initial training. Since then she continues to study with additional courses and specialty classes including Asian Fusion Foot Massage [Orlando, Florida] and Thai Yoga Massage [Miami Beach, Florida]
Allie began her career working in a fast paced Chiropractic Office, accumulating a lot of experience for pain management. She also worked in a Spa atmosphere for over a year, where stress relief and relaxation massage helped many clients. Inspired by her son Justice James who was born in February 2012, she is studying to become a Massage Doula by attending the “Institute of Somatic Therapy” for the certification of Prenatal Massage, Labor & Birth Massage, Postpartum Massage, Infant Massage and Fertility Massage. Currently, Allie is in the process of completing the hands-on experience and expects to graduate in the fall of 2012.
Allie loves to spend time with her family. Her goals include helping people maintain great health, and to take each client into their own personal oasis.
Kim Kent, LMT
FL MA #50889
Kim is a graduate of the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy and the Kansas College of Chinese Medicine, with over 13 years experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She is a member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association. Prior to joining Massage Therapy Connections, Kim worked at Massage Heights-University Parkway from 2009 to 2012. She has also worked with several Chiropractors in the past, helping her patients achieve maximum benefits.
Kim’s modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point and Sports Massage. Along with her regular patients, she works with the Pro Golfers of the PGA Web.com Tour (formally the PGA Nationwide Tour) every year for the past 10 years.
Kim is originally from Wichita, Kansas, and moved to Florida permanently in 2006. Kim’s massage practice is based on the belief that her patient’s needs are of the utmost importance, and as a result, a high percentage of her business is from repeat clients and referrals.
Susan Klein, LMT
FL MA #46001
Susan has been a licensed massage therapist for six years, having graduated from Manatee Technical Institute in both massage therapy and dental assisting. She has had training in Swi-Thai Massage, Body Massage Cupping and Face Lift Cupping, Swedish, Deep Tissue and Hot Stone Massage. Susan is very active in the local chapter of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, serving as the Hospitality Chairperson for the past three years. She is also a member of the Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals organization.
After working in many different health-oriented professions, including as a CNA at Manatee Hospital and the Med-plex Rehab Center and as an assisted living counselor at Easter Seals, Susan found her true passion with massage therapy. As a young girl, Susan remembers rubbing her mom's tired feet from a long day of waitressing and loves the healing powers of massage therapy that she discovered even back then!
Maria Patt, LMT
FL MA #63813
Maria Patt is a graduate of Manatee Technical Institute's Massage Therapy Program. She is a proud member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association. Prior to studying massage therapy, she became a certified master in Kundalini Reiki Healing System, and studied the secrets of natural healing in the mountains of the Altai Region of Eastern Siberia.
Reiki is a non-invasive and deeply healing energy treatment that positively influences a person's energy field, body, mind and spirit. Maria's speciality is a relaxing Swedish Massage but she can also incorporate Reiki into any session.
Maria is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia but has lived in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for the past seven years. Her belief is that every person's body is capable of healing itself and naturally able to benefit from massage and bodywork. Although Maria initially engaged in Reiki for her own healing, she is passionate about sharing its benefits with others.
Cameo Ewing, LMT
FL MA #69229
After receiving her B.S. in the field of Health Science at University of South Florida, Cameo graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Manatee Technical Institute with honors and exceptional reviews from her clients. Cameo specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Thai Massage Stretches, while she continues to expand her skill set to serve her clients with the highest respect and honor. Cameo supplies a mindful touch that supports the balance of body, mind, and vitality. A Reiki background of compassion and intuitive knowledge serves as the foundation that leads Cameo’s quality bodywork.
As a native born Floridian, spending the past 20 years in Bradenton, Cameo appreciates the importance of a balanced state of relaxation. She believes that a path toward enlightenment is served through helping others and deepening personal awareness.
Dr. Maritza Kerekes
Dr. Maritza Kerekes is a Board Certified Acupuncture Physician and Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Kerekes graduated Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Psychology. She went on to obtain a Masters degree in School Psychology followed by a Doctor of Psychology degree in Community/Clinical Child Psychology. Throughout those programs, she again received Highest Honors and graduated her Doctoral program among the top of her class. Dr. Kerekes has gained invaluable experience treating and evaluating individuals from infancy through later adulthood. She has worked in multiple settings including public and private schools, clinics, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, as well as in the private sector.
After many years in the field of mental health, Dr. Kerekes decided to pursue her growing passion in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine once again at the top of her class in 2011. Dr. Kerekes has now brought her dream of holistic wellness and healing to fruition. She holds advanced certifications in AcuPoint Injection Therapy, Mesotherapy, Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation and Contemporary Cupping Methods. Dr. Kerekes’ combined degrees, extensive experience, and advanced training undoubtedly make her uniquely qualified to facilitate the healing of mind, body and soul.