Leandra Jackson, LMT, LDMT, NMT, NT
In October of 2006 a dream was finally becoming real and for the next 2 years the education to become a Massage Therapist at The Colorado School of Healing Arts was extensive, fun, and healing in mind, body and spirit.
Ever since I can remember I have always loved massage, even though my experience with it was very limited. Maybe it was just the connection and the feeling that I was helping another person, mostly my parents, with a shoulder rub, or vice versa.
It was not until I was in the Army and stationed in Germany in 2002 that I finally knew I wanted to be a Massage Therapist. When I got out of the Army in August of 2006 my first mission was to find the perfect school and sign up.
I graduated in December 2007 at the top of my class as a CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) with a Certificate of 700 hours. April 2008 I began my AOS (associates of occupational studies) for continued education and three specific specialties. These specialties are Lymphatic Drainage, Neuromuscular Massage and Spa Arts and Sciences, also certified in Prenatal Massage, all completed September 2009.
My goal as a Massage Therapist is to help as many people as possible with injuries, muscular dysfunction, pain and disease, and education on healthy and natural living. My primary field is medical massage but I think we all need to be pampered as well so the Spa certification has many health benefits on its own.
Another dream yet realized when I graduated in November 2014 Summa Cum Laude from Kaplan University with a Bachelors Degree in Nutrition Science. Now I can effectively help people with their health from the inside out. By taking control of our health we are able to prevent disease, heal our bodies from disease and dysfunction and know that being sick is not a lifestyle but a choice. I love to educate people and to create a strong relationship of trust. I could not have done any of this without God, He is my rock through it all.
Andy Kissick, LMT, CNA
Andy is originally from the “Great White North” (Toronto, Canada). He and his wife, Barb moved to Colorado Springs more than 22 years ago. He graduated from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Canada) with a bachelors degree in Psychology.
Andy's mother was a Physical Therapist in Canada and inspired him to care for others and use his hands to relieve his patients pain. He completed massage training with Collinson Massage School in Colorado Springs in 2013. Since this time, Andy has continued his education in massage techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and sports massage. He is an American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Colorado Delegate representing Colorado therapist on local and national issues. He is also a member of the Colorado AMTA sports massage therapist event team which provides support to cyclists, runners and other athletes.
Some of Andy's hobbies include tennis, yoga, skiing and traveling. He is a certified USPTA Tennis instructor and teaches tennis with his wife at Widefield Community Center. He is married to a Personal Trainer who works at VillaSports and they have two cats, Jack and Sally.
Andrae Kovac, esthetician, cosmetologist
Andrae Kovac is a licensed esthetician in the state of Colorado. After completing coursework at the International Salon and Spa Academy and obtaining her cosmetology license, she was eager to learn more. When she enrolled for the second time, she earned microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and makeup certifications all while working towards her esthetics license. Andrae received a scholarship from the Beauty Changes Lives scholarship program after receiving a perfect 10 for her video submission. Impressed, BCL honored her as a special guest in Chicago where Andrae met personally with the industry leaders including Dr. Murad. Andrae's passion to provide the community with healthy skincare options drives her continued education. By sharing her love of the industry with people and building healthy habits, Andrae works tirelessly to make people feel more beautiful and most importantly, love themselves for who they are.
Christine Vigo, LMT
Christine graduated from IBMC college March of 2016. Although she has only been doing massage professionally since March 2016 she has an amazing touch for helping others with massage therapy. Her understanding of the body allows her to effectively treat clients with their massage therapy needs. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone massage. Her passion for the massage industry is nothing short of outstanding. Her work allows her to be close to others, while helping them.