Alexis McKeown, ND, DPM
Dr. McKeown was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, She completed a 3-year residency in reconstructive food surgery at Atlanta VA Medical Center. A sports medicine fellowship brought her to the Pacific Northwest. She is a graduate of Bastyr University of a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. McKeown is interested in integrative medicine, combining the most effective way to heal with the most natural. During her free time, Dr, McKeown enjoys shopping, hiking and traveling.
Anna Graklanoff, ND, EAMP
Anna has wanted to study medicine since she was a child. However, it was during her last few weeks of undergraduate education at Colorado State University when she realized natural medicine was the path for her. Anna wanted to treat the root cause of problems, not just cover them up. Her passion brought her to Bastyr University in the PNW, where she earned a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. Now, Anna brings her specialties of pain management, cranial sacral therapy, kinesis taping, and visceral manipulation to guest at Serenity.
Anne Wheatley, ARNP
Anne wants to be your health advocate. It’s her calling to make healthcare understandable and functionally fit in your life. It will only take one moment with Anne in her soothing room to feel valued and genuinely cared for. Anne’s authentic love for her guests grows from her passion to connect with people. When you first meet Anne and share your medical history, it’s her favorite part of the job because it’s a chance to connect with guests and hear their stories. A fearless storyteller herself, Anne will make you feel comfortable, safe and in a space free from judgment during your Serenity service.
Annelise Powell, LMT
Annelise has been helping people reach their health goals since 2012. But before she was involved in healthcare, she sailed historical tall ships, cared for the mentally ill, made great coffee, raised money for Doctors Without Borders, and a lot more. Her mission at Serenity is to help every guest that walks through her door thrive in their lives and especially in their bodies. Annelise thinks everyone deserves compassionate, high-quality care and the change to feel incredible every single day. Her most effective way to make you feel good? Cupping! She loves how effective cupping is for a variety of muscle complaints. She is able to do more in a hour with a guest if cupping is added to the treatment.
Bethany Gehrke, MMP
Medical Massage Practitioner, Bethany Gehrke, thrives on personal connections to the body. Her advise to all is, know your body well. But for the length of your massage, Bethany will learn your body well. Self-care brought me into the massage industry which continues to thrive through my personal growth with my own connection to the body. Bethany adds, "I am continuously working beside close mentors who have been practicing bodywork for 12 to 15 plus years. Working beside them is not only a personal inspiration, but an example of how I want to continue to grow with the approach to the body Allopathically."
Cassandra Childs, LMT
Licensed Massage, Therapist Cassandra Childs, has been zenning out Serenity guests since 2011. If you are looking for the most excellent quality of care as well as an education in long lasting pain management, look no further than Cassandra. Cassandra is currently a student at the University of Puget Sound, getting her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. After receiving her B.S., she wants to continue onto physical therapy school to enhance her knowledge of the human body and expand her scope of practice. In her free time, you'll catch her dancing.
Lisa Gainey, LMT
Lisa Gainey has been working as a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1992. Her mission at Serenity is to create long lasting relationships with her patients. Lisa loves practicing medical massage and cupping therapy. Her favorite aspect of working at Serenity is the relaxed atmosphere of our spa. As a Tacoma native, she has found ways to give back to the community she cherishes and is a long time volunteer for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital: Festival of Trees and Bridges. She is also a Camp Erin grief and loss volunteer. When she’s not hard at work giving back, Lisa likes to run, read, and spend time with her husband, kids, and dogs.
Maddie Franco, LMT, LE
Massage Therapist and Master Esthetician, Maddie Franco, will leave you glowing inside and out. Her passion for esthetics started when she was a teenager and has grown into her career. If you’re looking for a healthy massage or a comfortable waxing experience, Maddie can provide both. Maddie enjoys being apart of Serenity because it allows her an opportunity to empower women and make them feel beautiful. Her favorite service to provide is a Brazilian Wax. While scary to some, Maddie is a veteran esthetician and can be trusted to provide you with a relaxing environment and excellent results.
Marina Shipman, LE
Oncology Trained Master Esthetician, Marina Shipman, is on a mission make guests feel pampered and beautiful, both inside and out. If you’re looking for younger & tighter skin, cleaner & healthier skin, or just some time to relax, let Marina be your guide. Marina’s favorite services are signature facials and chemical peels because she loves getting her hands on people. While tools are great, she feels her hands are more loving. As someone who has personally experienced the grief of cancer, Marina truly identifies & listens with the health challenges of guests.
Michaele Flynn, EAMP
Michaele Flynn has been a Licensed Acupuncturist for over a decade. In her early life, Michaele worked in an Infant Learning program, as well as Head Start Grantee program support in Alaska. Her experiences in Alaska lead her towards Massage Therapy and eventually Asian Medicine. After she received her first acupuncture treatment, she knew the care of ‘mind, body, and spirit’ was what she wanted to do. At Serenity, Michaele strives to provide gentle, effective care for each of her patients; to have fun and be loving all within the short amount of time she gets with each person she meets. Micheale also loves being able to add a few minutes of cupping and or guasha to enhance the supportive and relaxing qualities of her treatments. Outside of Serenity, Michaele loves yoga and Zumba, hanging out with friends, walking around beautiful Tacoma, and playing with her recuse animals.
Petra Torpey, LMT
Petra has been working in massage since 2012. Before deciding on a career in massage, Petra worked as a CNA in a nursing home. Her passion for people shines through at Serenity. She makes it her mission to put her all into every appointment and to have her clients leave feeling relaxed and ready for anything! She likes to give her guests a mix of relaxation and treatment, blending the best of both worlds. Petra feels lucky to work at Serenity and be surrounded by such an amazing team. When Petra's off the clock, she enjoys spending time with her family, loving on her dogs, and reading a good book.
Priya Walia, ND, AP
Dr. Priya Walia was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Walia embarked on her path to becoming a healer after her life-changing illness, knowing that she didn’t want to practice medicine the way allopaths did. Coming from an East Asian background, and knowing about Mother Nature’s wisdom to heal thyself, she explored where she could best learn healing to employ not only for herself but for others. She recognized health as being inherent, but just that we need to be guided at times. She completed her undergraduate studies in Human Biology and Health Psychology from Bastyr University where she further understood the mind-body-spirit connection. Her thirst for holistic healing and health promotion led her to naturopathy, where she attained her accredited doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She further followed her passion for East Asian Medicine, Ayurveda, and pursued an accredited Master’s in Ayurvedic Sciences, also at Bastyr University, becoming a graduate of the very first inaugural class. She has also studied extensively in India and completed an accredited residency position to enhance her knowledge and practical skill set in Naturopathic Medicine and Ayurveda. Dr. Walia continues her passion for learning, teaching and healing by keeping up with latest research findings in natural medicine, attending conferences, writing and reading.
She combines the 5,000 + year old wisdom of Ayurveda, naturopathic medicine, and other physical medicine modalities such as yoga and breathing techniques, IV therapies, craniosacral therapy and kinesiotaping to help her patients attain and maintain the health that they are rightfully due.
Rebecca McCormick, DPT
Our expert in physical therapy: devoted to crafting individualized & effective rehabilitation plans for our guests. Throughout her career, Becky has worked primarily in orthopedics, focusing on manual therapy and muscle re-balancing. She has years of experience treating pelvic floor disorders including pelvic pain, incontinance, & lumbosacral dysfunction. She loves caring for the pre & post-natal community, helping women prepare and recover from childbirth. If you’ve experienced ineffective physical therapy in the past, Becky wants to work with you!
Sheila Strecker, LMT
Sheila Strecker is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been working as a massage therapist since 2014. A beautiful free spirit, Sheila spent her years before massage adventuring around the world. She was an Au Pair in Ireland, worked at an art museum, a pizza parlor, and was even a farmer! She caries this creativity into her work and blends it with professionalism to always find the perfect care plan for each of her patients. Her goal at Serenity is to educate all of her patients and create a space for people to feel they can unwind and forget their troubles for at least an hour. Sheila enjoys being able to feel relaxed with her clients and says working with supportive coworkers always help her feel at ease. Her favorite way to treat guests is the Scalp Treamtment Enhancement. It smells amazing, and who doesn’t like having their scalp massaged for 10 minutes?
Taylor Booth, LMT
Don’t let Master Esthetician and Massage Therapist, Taylor Booth, fool you with her sweetness, this gal gives a mean massage. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or in need of some serious stress release, Taylor can get the job done. While Taylor is very skilled as a therapist, she also shines as an esthetician. Taylor’s favorite service at Serenity is the Ultrasonic Facial. Perfect for just about everyone, this treatment reveals youthful glowing skin with no downtown. She loves getting guests ready for big events, or just the weekend!
OUR PATIENT CARE COORDINATORS
Patient Care Coordinator, Kate Sandoval, has been in customer service since 2007. While healthcare is new to Kate, exemplary service is something she's well versed in. From her experiences scooping gourmet ice cream and then selling fine art, Kate has the savvy to help guests with whatever they need. Whether you want a steaming cup of tea, or just a warm smile, Kate's mission at Serenity is to make guests feel at home. While there are plenty of ways to relax and unwind at Serenity, Kate's favorite treatment is an eyebrow wax from Marina. "She's so gentle!" Kate exclaims about Marina's technique. When Kate's not at Serenity, she's off on adventures, big and small!
Patient Care Coordinator, Katrina Arjona, has been working in spa's since 2015. Her experience is evident and her customer service is excellent. It's her goal at Serenity to being each any every guest's experience with ease and relaxation. From offering a cup of tea, a neck wrap, or a foot soak, she feels guests truly appreciate the effort she puts forth. If there's a way Katrina can add to someone's experience, she'll try her best to make it happen. Katrina's favorite aspect of working at Serenity is being surrounded by the amazing staff she works with. Together, the team creates a very warm and welcoming space which guests feel and enjoy as soon as they enter the space. Katrina likes to recommend different services to guests, insisting that trying new services is a great way to spice things up and have a little fun! When Katrina's isn't taking care of guests at Serenity, she goes to college, advocates for self love, practices mediation, and dances. If someone's playing salsa, merengue, or bachata, she'll be there!
Patient Care Coordinator, Phoebe Winnett, joined the Serenity Team in March of 2017, but has always worked in position where customer care was the top priority. At Serenity, Phoebe strives to create an environment of relaxation for guests as soon as they walk through the door. No matter what kind of day they’re having, or what service they’re in for, Phoebe wants their time with us to feel like a weight off their shoulders. Phoebe loves the people she works with. She describes the team as welcoming and passionate and says it’s an empowering feeling to be a part of our team. Outside of Serenity, Phoebe is an outdoor enthusiast. She loves hiking, backpacking, painting, and solving puzzles.
OUR BILLING TEAM
Here to help navigate the intricate world of insurance billing. When nothing seems to makes sense, Kristy will hear your needs and assistance you in understanding your bill. Kristy prides herself in being able to truly listen to customers, and provide outstanding customer service. Kristy has 12 years experience in medical billing, and still gets excited at the, “Ah ha!” moment, as she calls it. Nothing makes her happier than helping Serenity guests. With a heart overflowing with compassion, Kristy truly cares, and is here to take care of you.
Billing Specialist, Elaina Clauson, has been working in billing for 12 years. Over a decade of billing has been hard work, but helping patients and contributing to their understanding of insurance has always been her reward. She has found Serenity to be a comforting place to work, and she immediately felt like she was part of the family. Outside of work, Elaina likes to hang out with her friends and family, go to the movies, and watch her son play sports.