Meet the Center for Wellbeing Family

Zenana Center for Wellbeing is the culmination of the dreams and goals of several incredible women who came together to create a place that captured the spirit of these dreams.

 

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Zenana-Renée Rose

Owner

Zenana has been working with childbearing families since 1998. In 1997 Zenana graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. From there she launched her 8 year career as a labor and delivery and mother-baby nurse. She very much enjoyed providing unconditional love and support to all of the families she worked with and felt incredibly honored to witness not only the birth of the new baby but also the birth of a family.

In 2002 Zenana attended the lactation educator course at Evergreen University in Kirkland, Washington. That very summer she sat for the exam and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Zenana practiced as a lactation consultant with Beyond Birth Lactation Services and at Zenana Spa and Wellness Center.

Zenana  lives in Southwest Portland with her husband and Toy Manchester Terrier, Sadie.  Her daughter married the love of her life last year at her home in Portland and Zenana looks forward to being a grandmother soon. Zenana enjoys being in nature, traveling, going to spas wherever she travels, cooking and spending time with her family.

As the founder of Zenana Spa and Wellness Center, It is my dream that every woman and her family find our center a place where they receive the compassionate support, truthful guidance and loving community that are so valuable in life in general but especially when growing a family.

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallace

Acupuncturist & Naturopath

Dr. Liz Wallace received her Bachelor of Science degree at University of Oregon, where she majored in biology and dance.

After graduating, Liz became a certified Pilates instructor, teaching clients efficient movement patterns to gain strength and grace.

In 2003, Dr. Liz graduated from the National Collage of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon, with a doctoral degree in Naturopathic medicine and a Masters in Classical Chinese Medicine. She traveled in China and Tibet, studying the ancient healing practice of Qi Gong.

Liz has professional training in Holistic Pelvic Care™ , bodywork that physically and energetically realigns the pelvis. She works with women pre- and post- pregnancy, releasing tension and trauma, awakening the root of the body with awareness and breath.

Dr. Liz teaches classes and workshops and is a facilitator of Maiden Spirit workshops, a program dedicated to supporting young girls as they transition to womanhood. Dr. Liz has a family practice located in Southeast Portland, specializing in Fertility, Pregnancy, and Women’s Health. Treatments incorporate the physical dynamics of nutrition and natural supplementation (including herbs, homeopathy and vitamins) with energetic healing (acupuncture and guided meditation) to create the tools and environment for a life-long healing journey.

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Lindsay

Assistant Manager

Lindsay Mallon has been working at Zenana Center for Wellbeing since the fall of 2015 when she started as a receptionist. Lindsay is from Seattle, Washington and has lived in Portland, Oregon since 2012. She married her husband in 2014 and they now live with their beautiful twins and cat in Southeast Portland. Lindsay is passionate about kindness, education, and caring for women and children. When she is ready, she plans to finish her prerequisites for nursing and begin her path to becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife so that she can passionately serve pregnant and birthing women. You might see her around the spa helping at the desk or catching up with the regular clients she has come to know and love through her time here at the spa.

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Hannah

Guest Services

After high school Hannah set off to Vancouver, British Columbia to study the tricks and the trades of the Fashion and Film Makeup Industry. After years of working as a freelance makeup artist, she decided that a more Holistic route was a better path for her. Continuing her education in B.C. she enrolled in a two year aesthetics program. Upon graduation Hannah had the opportunity to work as an Aesthetician in one of Vancouver’s longest established day spas, Beverly’s the Spa on 4th. When her working visa expired, Hannah returned to California where she spent a year traveling, hosting art shows and planning her next move. In 2016 she moved to Portland where she found herself at home with the lovely family of Zenana Center for Wellbeing.

Rachel

Guest Services Team Lead

Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Rachel came to Portland to go to school at Multnomah University for a degree in Global Studies where she met her husband who studied the same. She loves traveling to other countries, learning about culture, and meeting people where they’re at. Rachel is currently taking classes at Western Seminary for a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Leadership that she hopes to use in her future work overseas. She enjoys being a part of the Zenana Center for Wellbeing family and loves to look for ways to serve, love, and take care of people in her role as the lead receptionist. Rachel is a firm believer in treating people with kindness, hospitality, and above all, love, and is dedicated to bringing light to the world in whatever ways she can.

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Niema

Guest Services

Niema “Lightseed” Wilson is a poet, yoga teacher, and feminine mystic seeking to weave the world towards healing through medicinal words and experiences of embodiment. She has been a healing arts professional since 2004. As a full-figured woman of color, she understands the myriad expressions of oppression and strives to transform them through awareness, heart-centered action, and art. Originally from Chicago, Niema has called Portland home since 2013. She is delighted to bring lovingkindness and a commitment to cultivating joy to the Zenana team.

Erika

Guest Services

Erika Hurth graduated from Reed College in 2016 and has since been following a path dedicated to the wellbeing of others. Erika is an outdoor enthusiast who believes in the healing powers of nature; she has led various youth groups on long wilderness excursions and is currently on track to pursue a degree in Ecopsychology. Erika loves working with young children and is excited to revel in the maternal environment of Zenana. She is a caretaker of the earth and the human spirit.

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Massage Therapists

Grace

Licensed Massage Therapist

Upon graduating from the East West College of the Healing Arts in 1996, Grace began her path in the spa world. Working for a number of high end Portland spas has given her a variety of treatment knowledge, including hydro-therapies, wraps and Ayurvedic modalities, which soon evolved into training other spa technicians in body treatments, spa menu planning and many quality assurance and managerial tasks.  Knowing the spa world from the foundation up helps to ensure that each guest will have the most gratifying spa visit possible and that each person leaves feeling like royalty.

Grace will work with each guest to personalize each treatment to their specific needs using her abilities to listen and respond with an intuitive, methodical and strategic approach.  She has been trained in Clinical Deep Tissue, Hydrotherapy, Swedish, Ayurvedic Body Treatments, Myopathic Muscular Therapy and La Stone, hot stone massage, and many other spa therapies including wraps and scrubs.

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Anna

Licensed Massage Therapist

After graduating OSU in 2000 with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in pre-therapy and psychology, Anna relocated to Portland and pursued a life long passion in massage therapy. Since a child, and after a climbing accident, she developed a profound interest in massage and all the wonderfully positive effects it can have on ones health and well-being. Examples include: pregnancy, post-injury, during times of grief, stress/anxiety, depression, pre-post sport, and to simply relax and recharge! Anna is highly trained in several modalities: deep tissue, swedish, pre and peri-natal massage, medical massage, trigger point, and myofascial release. In combination with healthy compassion, effective listening and an intuitive touch, her goal is to provide a highly nurturing massage leaving the client feeling respected, relaxed, and rejuvenated!

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Anasuya

Licensed Massage Therapist

I am committed to helping you uncover the spark of your soul, to awaken the self healing energy within you to live fully, heal deeply, and serve others in more profound ways than you ever thought possible.

I graduated from massage school in 1998 during that time I became pregnant with my first child. Massage, meditation and mothering have gone hand in hand for me.

I love to work with new and expectant mothers helping to facilitate relaxation, awareness and healing during one of the most transformative times in a woman’s life. Trained as an energy healer, I offer a unique and special blessing that can only be received during pregnancy.

I have studied a multitude of modalities in the field of body work and energetic healing in the USA and in India. My style is intuitive and intentional. I will skillfully guide you into deep states of relaxation, rejuvenation and healing. You will feel your tension naturally dissolve and leave the massage table renewed and pain free.

My specialties include; Modified Swedish, myofascial and trigger point release, Cranio-sacral therapy, Sai Shakti energy healing, and pre and peri- natal massage. I teach Meditation for Busy Lives and other classes at Zenana Center for Wellbeing and around Portland. I am the founder of The Parashakti Way -A study and practice in the enlightenment stages for women and healers. Find out more at AnasuyaHealer.com

At home with my two children and life partner we play jokes on each other, cook delicious food, express and visualize a future where kids are respected and adults are relaxed, we materialize this future by walking our talk…but of course we bring the dog along too.

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Sarah

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sarah joins our team of massage therapists after recently relocating back to Portland from Northwest Montana. She graduated in 2006 from the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute and went on to receive her esthetics license in 2007 in Los Angeles. Sarah began her bodywork career working for the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara and after relocating to Montana opened her own thriving wellness center and has worked with private clients for the last 5 years. She is excited to be back in a nurturing spa setting and brings with her lots of training in the pre and post natal massage field. She is a certified Doula and has worked with countless pregnancy clients and also those struggling with infertility. While she specializes in pregnancy massage, she also enjoys working with all sorts of massage clients using deep tissue therapies, trigger point work and reflexology. Her goal is to combine nurturing therapeutic work tailored to the individual needs of her client. As a single mother Sarah understand the importance of taking the time to nourish your body and mind through therapeutic touch and relaxation. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and their dog Gracie exploring all the wonderful corners of the PNW.

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Julia

Licensed Massage Therapist

Julia is a highly trained and experienced massage therapist with over 8 years of experience. Originally hailing from sunny Florida she now has found her home in Portland. We are very grateful to have Julia bring her extensive skills in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, and Hot Stone techniques to us. She has a very therapeutic approach that is also very nurturing and grounding. Weather you have recently suffered from an auto accident, are about ready to give birth or just stressed out and in need of some great bodywork, we know Julia has you covered.

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Jacqueline

Licensed Massage Therapist

Before graduating from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland Oregon, Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She brings to her massage practice an acknowledgment of the inextricable link between the mind and body to provide a more holistic type of massage. She not only takes into account the physical pain of the body, but also each individual’s life style and goals for massage.  The modalities she incorporates into her massage include Thai Massage techniques, Myofascial Release, Deep tissue, and Swedish massage.

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Hara

Licensed Massage Therapist

Aimee “Hara” Thompson has been studying the Healing Arts since the age of 17.  She is a top-rated massage therapist who has worked in a wide range of environments, from high-end Resorts to Osteopathic offices.  Her techniques are gentle yet therapeutic, relieving pain while relaxing body, mind, and soul.  These may include: Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Swedish/Circulatory, Positional Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Shiatsu/Tui Na, Thai, and Reflexology.  Whether you have tight shoulders, headaches, or low back pain, or just want to de-stress, Hara is here for you.

Victor

Licensed Massage Therapist

Víctor has been fascinated by the human body and it’s interconnected workings from a very young age.  This passion led him to a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. After years of working in different realms of healthcare as a Physical Therapist and Massage Therapist in Europe, he became a Watsu professional in 2012 (www.iswatsu.com) and eventually a Licensed Massage Therapist in Oregon in 2016.

Becoming a father in 2010, Víctor discovered a new passion for the power of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.  It is his most sincere belief that we can make this world a better place by better caring for pregnancy and birth. In each session with Víctor, his clients can depend upon his full presence, intuitive touch, and connection to their specific aims and needs, creating harmony while reducing pain, tension, stress, and anxiety.

He has been practicing bodywork, massage and manual therapy for 13 years and his training through the years has been extensive (+2500h) with different schools around the world. Víctor seamlessly combines a wide variety of techniques, including Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Maitland Australian Manual Therapy, and Ayurvedic Massage. With the knowledge gained from studying pregnancy and birth alongside his wife, a Full Spectrum Doula, Víctor offers his wisdom and understanding during Prenatal Massage and Bodywork sessions. Ultimately, he is deeply drawn to supporting life from the very beginning and hopes to share his passion for a natural and healthy approach to birth and parenting.

Skin Care

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Stacy

Licensed Esthetician

Stacy Serrins has 15 years of experience in the esthetics industry. From 5-star resort spas in Beverly Hills to intimate day spas in Laguna Beach, she has been featured in Allure, E! entertainment television and other local magazines. Her main objective in the treatment room is to approach skincare from a holistic view point, treating the person not the symptom. She believes in educating her guests not just about healthy skincare choices, but also about healthy life choices. She has spent years learning different massage modalities and is always incorporating relaxing, anti aging, detoxifying massage techniques into her treatments to make them as effective as possible.

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Angela

Licensed Esthetician

In 2005, Angela received her first wax and immediately knew she had found her passion and purpose in life. Since then she has diligently studied and honed her craft, working well with any type of skin concern. She addresses clients with compassion and is determined to understand how our skin behaves.   Angela’s career took some twists and turns before landing in Portland (including juggling knives as a Hibachi chef in Oklahoma). After working in customer service at a local boutique hotel, she knew she wanted to focus on improving the quality of life for her guests. Her core belief is to make others feel welcome, at home and nourished. She has a zeal for life and new experiences.

Angela is committed to creating a welcoming space for her clients. Whether the need is anti-aging, acne or simply to relax and unwind, she will allow you the space and time you need.

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Skincare

Kelly strives to provide an environment for her clients to relax, unwind, and leave feeling and looking their best. After traditional dermatology failed to help her during her teenage years, she found the answer in a holistic approach to skincare. Kelly weaves in an inside/out approach to addressing skin inflammation by looking at the whole person and troubleshooting to the root of the problem. Her background in biology and holistic health modalities help to inform her in providing a treatment that best suits each client.

Nail Care

Valerie

Licensed Nail Technician

Valerie has been performing nail care services for almost 20 years. With a wealth of experience and the compassionate approach she gives to each client, we know you will be very please with your natural nail care received by Valerie.

“I have lived in or around Portland my entire life. I can’t imagine not living here. When I travel (occasionally) I’m always shocked that it’s not green every where else.

While being a stay at home mom in my early 20’s, I decided to go to school for nail technology. I soon discovered that what I loved most about my career choice was that people came in to enjoy a service, relax and get a little pampering. Being here at Zenana has been my most favorite place to work. Who needs some pampering more than a Mama or a pregnant Mama? I love that our focus is taking care of mothers and using the safest products available. We all deserve a little pampering.” —Valerie

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Jenny

Licensed Nail Technician

Jenny came to Zenana with 2 years of experience as a nail technician. Her attention to detail and natural artistic abilities  make for a meticulous nail service. Her passion for her work keeps her on trend for the latest nail designs. Jenny has a sweet and nurturing demeanor which ensures a connection to guests of all ages.