Therapist Bios

Each therapist brings something different to the table.  If you would like to learn more about any of our therapists or to speak with them in person before you book a session please feel free to give us a call or book a free consultation.

 

DAVID

PHILLIPS

OWNER

LEVEL 5

CHARLOTTE

David’s journey into bodywork began in 2002 as his passion for human anatomy and his interest in manual therapy lead him to bodywork and massage. After graduation, David began teaching the work and practicing full time at the age of 21. Over the first 5 years, David worked with Chiropractic physicians, Physical Therapists, Personal Trainers, and Yogi’s, honing his craft and learning from industry leaders.

  • M.S. (Master Of Kinesiology)- A.T. Still University

In 2013, David received his Master degree in Kinesiology from A.T. Still University. Still interested in maintaining his private practice, David began to explore the connection between bodywork and kinesiology.

  • B.S. (Bachelor Of Alternative Medicine)- Everglades University

In 2011, David graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University and continued from there towards his masters degree.

  • Graduate: Tom Myers KMI and Anatomy Trains 

In 2008, David graduated from Tom Myers KMI and Anatomy Trains program. Utilizing the foundation of the Rolf method of Structural Integration, David began to deepen his understanding of structural dysfunction and myofascial release technique.

 

In 2009, David returned to school to pursue a higher level of academic understanding of the human body and opened his own practice offering clinical and structural bodywork.

David has over 15 years experience as a Bodywork instructor expertly training, influencing and mentoring the next generation of therapists studying cutting-edge pain science and alternative medicine. 

Over this time period, David has had the pleasure of practicing this therapy in different environmental settings, such as traveling with a pro cycling team around North America and treating indigenous Aymara Indians in the Southern Antiplano of Bolivia.

 

While his roots are in Charlotte, David is always seeking opportunities to blend his passion for bodywork and his passion for adventure wherever it takes him.

 

RAGAN

WREN

CO-OWNER

LEVEL 2

CHARLOTTE

Born with an innate drive to understand the peak functionality and health of the body, Ragan Wren began his career as a professional chef which lasted for fifteen years. Seeking to understand the body and it’s own ability to heal and be healed, Ragan packed a backpack and spent two years traveling around the globe learning and training with healers and shamans all over South America and Asia. Upon returning to the States, Ragan enrolled and graduated from the North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork.


Believing that to be a good healer you must be a good student, Ragan took advantage of the school’s open door policy and attended the bodywork course three times (which is a blend of neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release work) and was then invited to come on as part of the faculty where he assists classes and leads study groups.


Ragan found himself working with high performance athletes and dove into learning innovative techniques to get peak performance outcomes. Still seeking to heal the body on a larger level he began training in Cranio-Sacral therapy which has become his main focus and greatest passion.


Ragan believes that to achieve balance in the body it requires not only manual therapy but an education in the movement processes required to facilitate neural repatterning leading to balanced alignment.

 

“More happens outside of the treatment room than on the massage table. Massage creates a window for change and we must capitalize on that change by integrating that work into the body with movement. Decreasing pain, improving performance and maintaining posture is a lifelong commitment.”

NAOMI

KUNZ

LEVEL 2

CHARLOTTE

One of Naomi's earliest memories was rubbing her mom's feet as a way to express care and to help relieve pain and stress.  From then on, Naomi continued through the years to massage the people around her.

 

Always seeking to bring good to the world, Naomi offered her time to a preschool, an after-school care program, and other programs in her previous community. After moving to Charlotte, she connected with some people who encouraged her to pursue her passion and talents in becoming a massage therapist.

 

Naomi received her education from North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork. Because of the school's open-door policy to allow graduates to return to audit classes for free, she continued to attend the clinical classes in order to deepen her understanding and to help the students who are currently enrolled. 

 

To better understand the issues effecting specific populations, Naomi has begun to work with several local companies to provide clinical relief to employees that are suffering from specific job related maladies.  In doing so she continues to develop her understanding of form, function and process.

 

Having completed a cadaver dissection class in January 2020, a new world of understanding and knowledge has opened up to her as she now sees the interrelationship of the body's tissues in a whole new way.  "That experience has deepened not only my understanding of the body, but the ability that my techniques have to improve the relationships of those tissues so that they can function the way that they were meant to." 

 

Naomi is always seeking new methods, techniques, and philosophies to be as helpful to the world around her as she can be. 

 

JIMMY

QUINN

LEVEL 1

CHARLOTTE

After having retired following a 27 year career in public service, it felt like a natural progression for Jimmy to continue down a similar path of public service by using massage and bodywork to help people get out of pain and find freedom in their body again.  The core of Jimmy’s training was completed at The North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork where he learned the skills and techniques necessary to bring about real change in people’s posture, pain and performance. 

 

Jimmy’s passion for massage and bodywork came from his own experiences of recovery from multiple sports related injuries and surgeries.  Because of those experiences he brings a deeper understanding of pain and recovery to the treatment room.

 

Through his education at NCSAB and through his own recovery, Jimmy has become a big believer in the link between pain, dysfunction and muscle imbalance.  The “release” of stuck tissue in concert with the strengthening of weak muscle can often result in a reduction of pain and an increase in movement that you cannot get with massage and bodywork alone.  To that end, he is nearing completion of his certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist so that he can bring balance, strength and freedom to the body.

 

In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys spending time outdoors as well as golf, running, weight training and any sport known to man!

 
 

SUSIE JOHNSON

LEVEL 1

CHARLOTTE

Susie is an LMBT dedicated in the pursuit of optimal health for herself and her clients.  She is an avid CrossFitter with an extensive background in yoga, meditation and holistic nutrition.  It is with an in depth understanding that our needs as people are constantly changing that she enjoys the side by side approach, working with her clients to reach their highest goals.

 

  • E-RYT:  Baptiste Level 1 & 2 trained, certifications in Ashtanga & Y12SR

  • Graduate:  Integrative Institute of Nutrition (IIN) holistic health coaching

  • Graduate: North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork (NCSAB)

  • Current:  Studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

 

JOSHUA

SEBRING

LEVEL 1

HARRISBURG

With an innate drive to serve and protect others, Joshua Sebring joins our staff of therapists after serving more than 20 years on active duty in the United States Air Force.  Over his lifetime, Josh has suffered from muscle pain and disfunction due to injury and rigorous use as a result of resistance training and the hardships of military service. During the later portion of his career he served in Special Operations which has given him firsthand knowledge of the rigors that our tactical athletes and first responders go through on a daily basis.  After retiring from the armed forces Josh wanted to continue to serve others and he has chosen to do so through bodywork and athletic training. Though the beginning portion of his new career he has focused on individuals who put their bodies through challenges both personally and professionally and he has seen these people positively benefit from bodywork and exercise intervention often fully recovering from chronic injuries and improving their quality of life which has been an extremely rewarding transformation for Josh to witness over and over again.

 

A lifelong avid athlete, Josh earned his CrossFit level 1 certification in 2017 so he could start training others.  He also has a degree in Exercise science and is currently working towards his certification as a personal trainer.  In his spare time, Josh enjoys an active lifestyle that includes hiking with his family, mountain biking, snowboarding, and skydiving.

 

If you are suffering from pain and limitations in mobility.  If you are active or used to be active and want to get back into an active lifestyle.   If you just want to feel good in your body.  Josh brings decades of life experience to the table which gives him the expertise to understand the struggles you are facing and guide you through winnable goals with his incredible bodywork and movement education. 

 

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapists, North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork, 2020

Bachelors of Science, Exercise Science, American Public University, 2020

CrossFit Level 1, 2017

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