Meet the staff at Optimal Movement in Rochester, Minnesota. With years of experience, we’re proud to tell you a bit about ourselves. Click each staff member to learn more about them and book an appointment.
Philip is a dedicated and passionate practitioner who combines principles of Eastern and Western Medicine practices with Movement Based Therapies to help individuals think, move, and feel the best they possibly can. His Studies Include Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Exercise Science, and a Doctorate In Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture. Philip specializes in the treatment of Sports and Orthopedic Injuries, Joint Function/Mobility Assessment, Athletic Performance Enhancement, Neurological and Receptor Dysfunction, Food and Supplement Therapy.
Marisa is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue and focused therapeutic massage. She creates individualized treatments and expertly assesses how tension in the muscles and surrounding tissue are impacting the health of the rest of the body. Marisa’s sessions include gentle to firm-pressure therapeutic massage, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and a variety of stretching & mobility techniques. Marisa also incorporates tool-based techniques such as cupping and gua sha with her clients’ permission. Marisa enjoys working and teaching from the heart, creating a safe, judgement and expectation-free zone in which clients can heal, achieve their personal health/wellness goals, and deepen their relationship with themselves. Marisa obtained an Associate in Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy in 2014, which consisted of 1200+ training hours. She also holds a 230-hour Yoga Instructor Certification and Advanced Reiki Certification. She has obtained continuing education in a variety of modalities including Reflexology, Mayan Abdominal Therapy, Thai massage, and (her personal favorite) Dermal Traction Method. Although massage is Marisa’s “big girl” job, she is also a certified yoga instructor and former pole fitness instructor/competitor. Bodywork, yoga, and dance have been a huge part of her personal journey and growth, and she is ecstatic to have the opportunity to share her passions and help create a community of health-conscious individuals.
La’Mika has a vast knowledge on anatomy stemming from her experience in the health & fitness industry. La’Mika approaches her massages with the focus of treating the root cause of pain and not just the symptoms. She masterfully blends her skills of Deep tissue, trigger point therapy, cupping, and myofascial release to ensure the best outcomes for your mind and body. La’Mika’s work can help those suffering from chronic pain, athletes looking to improve performance, or anyone seeking to improve overall relaxation and wellness. La’Mika has a passion for sports and loves to help with youth activities. She has a creative and entrepreneurial drive, working in massage therapy, sports, and clothing. She enjoys spending time with her son and loves to travel in her time off. She is passionate about helping others grow, find balance within their bodies, and mentally being their best selves.
Katie has always had a passion for holistic health care. While in nursing school she took a course on complementary and alternative therapies, sparking her interest in all things holistic. Growing up in the Rochester area, Katie has worked in allopathic medicine as a registered nurse. After a medical relief trip to devastated parts of Louisiana, after hurricane Katrina, she decided to pursue her degree as a Nurse Practitioner, wanting to be able to practice independently. With close to 20 years in the medical field as an RN and CNP, complementary therapies continued to pull at her heart and soul. She obtained her RYT200 and teaches Yoga; she firmly believes in the power of the breath. Her other interest include Hormone and peptide therapy, weightlifting, and other more holistic health and wellness modalities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two children; they are the light of her life. She is an avid weightlifter, loves sports and the outdoors; a true Minnesotan who embraces all seasons. Connection, a sense of wholeness, and helping people achieve their best health are her passions.
Pan comes from the original family of Thai Traditional Massage Healing Hands. Pan offers Deep Tissue and Medical massage. Her passion is helping people get out of pain through massage. Pan got into healing hands massage when she was 8 years old as a result of an injury that her mother suffered. Her mother taught her how to palpate and massage her injured hip and it worked like magic. Her mom was able to walk a short time after teaching her these traditional techniques. As pan was young, she ignored her calling and gift of healing through massage until she was injured in a car accident herself. Through chiropractic and massage therapy she was able to heal and felt that massage was her true calling. Pan has over 800 hours of training and has obtained her associates degree in Massage Therapy. She also went to the Thai Healing Therapy Massage School and is a level 2 practitioner in Thai Yoga Massage. Pan is very passionate about helping people to relieve their stress and pain. She has 15 years of experience as a licensed practitioner in the state of Minnesota. Pan is very skilled in trigger point therapy, pressure point therapy, deep tissue massage and in the treatment of chronic pain. Pan enjoys treating rotator cuff injuries, tingling and numbness in arms and hands, migraine headaches, sciatica, muscle strains, and low back pain.
Natalie is from Rochester, MN and embarked on her journey into the world of massage through the inspiration of her mother, who was a trained massage therapist herself. Her passion and dedication for massage therapy grew and eventually led her to the Massage and Spa Professional Academy, where she completed her hours in 2008. Her expertise lies in the realms of neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. Natalie emphasizes that stress, especially repetitive motions in the mind as well as the body are the cause for strain and injury, and by relaxing the mind, your body will follow. Having a wide variety of life experience was important to Natalie, so she made the exciting decision of moving to a warmer climate in her previous years. Here, she embraced a laid back lifestyle, basking in the sunshine while working on a snorkel boat and at a boutique hotel. Natalie enjoys expressing herself creatively. In her free time you'll find her exploring new recipes, skillfully baking both traditional and vegan meals, and taking on ambitious remodeling projects. She loves to think of herself as a Jane of all trades! Natalie's journey in the field of massage has been marked by both consistency and variety. She has practiced massage on and off over the years, and now, she is excited to be offering her services regularly.
Deb was first introduced to massage therapy while working at a jewelry company. While there, she developed chronic pain patterns from working long hours, performing detailed work with a bad posture. After getting a massage, she was amazed by the relief she felt from her chronic muscle tension. Ever since, Deb has been fascinated by holistic and natural approaches to facilitating wellness and balancing the mind-body-spirit connection. Deb combines Deep Tissue, Orthopedic, and Trigger Point Therapy as needed to treat each client’s specific needs while also incorporating relaxation techniques into her massages. Deb received her certification in massage therapy from the Minnesota Riverland Technical College in Rochester, MN and has been practicing massage therapy for the past seven years. In her free time, Deb likes to stay active. She has a passion for working out, spending time with her family, hiking with her dogs, collecting crystals and gems, and absorbing as much knowledge as she can.
Rick is a compassionate and dedicated practitioner of Yoga and is also a Somatic Yoga Therapist. Oftentimes our natural movement patterns are obscured by pain and injuries stemming from bad habits, trauma or overuse. Rick helps his clients find their bodies’ intended patterns through body awareness, breathework, muscle activation exercises, and muscle activation therapy liberating the individual from pain. He is a certified 500hr soma yoga therapy instructor and studies yoga therapy at Yoga North Soma Yoga Institute in Duluth, MN, where he focuses on Thomas Hannah clinical somatics, Buteyko breathing, therapeutic yoga, ayurveda and classic hatha yoga. He is also a AFPA certified holistic wellness coach and holistic nutritionist, as well as a French Culinary Chef.
Living along the water of the Mississippi River, Marissa has always called Minnesota her home & the ones who live in southern MN her community. An advocate for self-development & body positivity, she aspires to optimize her overall well-being while helping others do the same. Marissa completed a 700-hour program at Minnesota School of Cosmetology & believes the learning has just begun for her! Having graduated in September of 2022, Marissa is interested in myofascial release, advanced therapeutic techniques, & cupping therapy. She also loves the style of Swedish massage & the benefits it has to offer for her clients. Marissa values the power of solitude & surrounding herself with her loved ones (especially her dog Koda)— You can spot her cheering at sporting events, soaking up the sun or rereading the Harry Potter series. She is looking forward to working with everyone at Optimal Movement & is excited to learn more about the world of massage therapy from them. “relaxation is a practice, so whenever I give someone that space to truly relax it brings a lot of opportunity for healing… that means more than anything to me.”
Neuromuscular Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Swedish Massage, Massage Cupping, Active Isolated Stretching, Myofascial Release, Active Release Technique, Lomi Lomi Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Oncology Massage, Reflexology, Hospice Massage, Hospital Based Massage, Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), and many others. Ryan embarked on his journey as a massage therapist back in 1997 when he graduated from the Sister Rosalind School of Professional Massage. Since then, Ryan has consistently expanded his knowledge and qualifications, earning an associate of applied science in massage from Minnesota School of Business and a bachelor's degree in Health Studies from Siena Heights University. Ryan's contributions to the field of massage therapy extend beyond his practice. He has authored two books on massage, served as an instructor for over a decade, and taught massage not only in the United States but abroad through online platforms, too. His expertise has earned him the distinction of being a judge at the World Championship in Massage held in Denmark, a role he has held since 2017. Ryan has garnered numerous awards throughout his career and has been inducted into the American and International Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. In addition to his hands-on work and instructional activities, Ryan is the owner of the largest massage-related website, www.massagenerd.com. He also has the largest YouTube channel dedicated to massage, featuring a vast collection of instructional videos. Ryan's written works have graced the pages of many distinguished massage publications. His influence extends into the entertainment industry, as one of his massage videos featured in the Emoji Movie. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Ryan cherishes spending quality time with his wife and two daughters. He also has a passion for traveling the world to learn from therapists and practitioners from diverse cultural backgrounds, further enriching his expertise and dedication to the field of massage therapy.
Gunter grew up in Southeast Minnesota and graduated from Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School. He served for 5 years in the Navy before moving back here to Rochester where he pursued a career in the medical field as an EMT for the past 5 years. He has witnessed the positive influence of physical touch in the healing and rehabilitation process which piqued his interest in massage therapy. Gunter graduated from Riverland Community Technical College with his certificate in massage therapy where he learned Swedish massage, Trigger-point therapy, Deep tissue, sports massage, and cupping therapy. In his free time Gunter enjoys spending time in nature and loves camping, hunting, fishing, or tinkering on any number of woodworking projects for his friends and family.
Dr. Kyler has a deep passion for helping people. He got his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and was a board-certified Athletic Trainer before obtaining his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Kyler brings a unique combination from his Athletic Training background and pairs it with his holistic Chiropractic training to help people of all ages obtain their maximum potential. Dr. Kyler uses every appointment to fully understand the person in front of him and what their main complaints are in order to individualize each treatment making sure that all questions are answered, and all concerns are addressed. In his free time, Dr. Kyler enjoys spending time outside with his wife, Abbie, and two sons, Otto and Bodhi. He also enjoys playing basketball and golf.
Deeply rooted in the holistic traditions of energy healing, Renata Milosavljevic is a seasoned Reiki practitioner now gracing the rooms of Optimal Movement in Rochester, Minnesota. With years of experience channeling the universal life force energy to promote healing, balance, and wellness, Renata is a beacon of light and tranquility in the wellness community. Renata’s background consists of a long ancestral line of healers. She is originally from Bosnia and her grandfather she grew up with was known as a shaman in the village they lived in. Her grandfather helped countless people in their country before he passed in 1995 during the Bosnian War. Renata feels very connected with her grandfathers spirit and continues the tradition passed down from her ancestors. As a dedicated Reiki Practitioner, Renata enjoys being able to bridge the gap between holistic and western medicine while providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to heal. Renata is currently attending school for Massage Therapy. She is always looking to integrate new treatments and therapies into her practice and believes that continued learning is important for any good Reiki Practitioner. In her free time Renata enjoys being out in nature hiking, swimming, kayaking, walking and exploring the great outdoors. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, making Reiki infused candles, bath bombs and jewelry. She also likes practicing yoga, reading and cuddling with her two cats Luna and Zelda. Book a session with Renata and embark on a journey to align your energy, revitalize your spirit, and achieve optimal wellbeing
Marisol grew up in Southeast Minnesota, where she completed her high school education at Austin, MN High School. It was during her formative years at age 11 that Marisol's initial encounter with the world of massage therapy took place, as she observed her mother grappling with pain and discomfort. Witnessing the transformative power of physical touch in the realms of healing and recovery ignited a passionate spark within her for the art of massage therapy. In her pursuit of this passion, Marisol diligently pursued her educational goals, ultimately achieving a 600-hour certificate in massage therapy from Riverland Community Technical College in May 2022. Her skillful approach to massage therapy seamlessly weaves together a repertoire of techniques, including Swedish massage, Trigger-point therapy, Reflexology, and tailored upper body stretches, all thoughtfully applied to address the unique needs of each client. Additionally, Marisol's expertise extends to the incorporation of fluid relaxation techniques, enhancing the overall massage experience. Outside of her professional life, Marisol finds solace and inspiration in creative endeavors, indulging her love for drawing and painting. She also dedicates time to her personal well-being by engaging in physical fitness activities at the gym. Her interests extend to the world of fashion and shopping, reflecting a diverse range of interests that contribute to her holistic approach to life.
Brittany first learned of the mind-body connection while working at a mental health clinic. From there, Brittany discovered massage therapy and its positive effects on one's physical and mental health. Brittany graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2023 with an Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy. Through her 1250+ hour education, she has spent time working with various populations, learning techniques in Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, trauma-informed care, acupressure, cupping, and much more. Brittany prioritizes creating a safe space to assist her clients in releasing tension and finding balance. In her free time, Brittany enjoys crafting, hiking, working out at the gym, or simply spending time with her husband and their fur babies.