About our Therapists

David Greenhouse David Greenhouse
Meditate. Relax. Heal.

These words embody the experience David Greenhouse wanted each client to experience when walking into Greenhouse Holistic, a hybrid wellness center that is part yoga center and part massage spa.
After graduating from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in 2000, David noticed that the Williamsburg area had nowhere to practice yoga or to receive the healing benefits of massage.
"Yoga practice and massage therapy are the perfect complement to each other,” said Greenhouse. “We all suffer from some form of stress in our lives. Massage and yoga are [forms of] preventative healthcare, which is very important."
David's Signature massage incorporates hot stone and deep tissue applications. Together the two approaches of heat and pinpoint acupressure help to alleviate muscle tension, loosen gnarly knots and trigger points and provide an overall sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. Hot towels are used throughout the session to pamper and center the client.

Amanda Grovenor
Inspired by the effects of manual muscle manipulation at the age of ten, I dedicated my life to massage therapy. Now as a graduate of The Swedish Institute College of Health Science I have mastered the therapeutic craft of Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofacial Release, Hot Stone and Sports Massage. With these modalities I have gained the knowledge of promoting harmony within clients bodies with each session. Growing in this profession is my passion, and I look forward meeting you in my journey.

Elaine Ryan
I graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in April of 2009 and have been at Greenhouse Holistic since then. I use a variety of different techniques including swedish, hot stone, connective tissue therapy, reflexology, trigger point therapy or NMT, sports massage, shiatsu, KAM, aromatherapy and polarity and energy work. I provide a massage which promotes relaxation by matching the techniques to the specific situation and needs of the client. I intend to harmonize the communication within the musculature so that the client feels more unified and relaxed, with less distraction from specific muscle tension. I value starting "where the client is," and working to relax the muscles, whose tension was caused in the past, freeing energy for use in the present moment. In addition to my education in massage therapy, I have taken weekly health and nutrition classes for many years, including Gary Null's course at the University of Bridgeport. I am also an artist and designer. I enjoy running and have completed two NY City Marathons.

Lorraine Penaloza
My training at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences developed my technique of combining the most enjoyable and effective elements of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Chinese Tui Na to tailor every treatment to each individual’s needs. I use gentle stretches, acupressure points and the firm therapeutic pressure of myofascial release. My massage is deeply restorative, nurturing, and refreshing.

Rebecca Ellsworth
I'm a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage, one of the most reputable massage schools in the country. FLSM is known for its open-minded and creative approach, where students learn everything from medical massage to chakra balancing.

I practice integrative massage, which means I combine techniques from different massage modalities based on each client's needs. Massage can be an effective way of treating chronic pain, injury, stress, anxiety, depression, sluggish circulation and lymph drainage, and much more. I am especially interested in the connection between the emotional and the physical, and how massage can help process emotions through the body.

I'm probably not as crazy hippie as that makes me sound, but I did go to a school that encouraged the liberal use of glitter and clay, so who knows. A common remark I've had from clients after a massage is, "I feel taller!" My job is all kinds of awesome.

Shyama Chapin
I've been a massage therapist since 1993 when I graduated from Twin Lakes College of Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, California and began my private practice there. Since then, I've worked to restore and support the optimal health and well-being of clients from the San Francisco Bay Area to Martha's Vineyard, to the Berkshires, to Brooklyn! With the passing years and much continued study (I graduated from Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2009), I've refined and deepened my approach, which features strong deep tissue work combined with gentle and powerful energetic balancing. I've studied with master teachers on both coasts, and utilize techniques from many modalities, including swedish, sports, deep tissue, trigger point, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, John Barnes Myofacial Release, reflexology, polarity and Reiki (level III), to create sessions for clients that support deep relaxation and freedom in the body. I'm also a poet and a singer: I lead kirtan chanting in yoga studios all over NYC and teach harmonium for chant practice to private students.

Rachel Wiener
Rachel has been a Massage therapist since 1994, when she graduated from The Swedish Institute in New York City. Her work is an intuitive combination of Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, myofascial release, Hot Stone and sports massage techniques. She has also received training in Lomi Lomi, Thai, and Rosen method. Rachel spent 3 years in a Zen Buddhist monastic community and believes that the most important thing a therapist can offer, which is beyond any technique, is a mindful and compassionate presence which can facilitate the innate healing ability within the recipient.

Josh Rubin
Josh Rubin is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. His style blends deep tissue and myofascial release techniques with focused breathing. Add hot stones to that and watch out. Josh’s regular clientele range from p dancers, marathon runners and fitness professionals, to senior citizens, artists and Alzheimer’s patients. He has a special place in his heart for helping people recover from injury and surgery and helping to bring them back to a pain-free life.

Seungman Park
Seungman Park practiced Asian bodywork in Korea and Thailand, where he also trained in and worked with martial arts, physical training, and sports injury care. He attended Swedish Institute in NYC to expand into Western techniques, and he practices a dynamic approach integrating ancient and modern techniques. He strongly believes that massagee is more than just a way to relax; it is a profound method of healing. He has specialized training in Medical Massage, Trigger Point Release, Deep Tissue, and Thai Yoga Therapy.

Seungman is currently pursuing further study at Tri-State Acupuncture College of Acupuncture.

Julie Simpler
Julie graduated from The Swedish Institute in 1996 and has been practicing here in NYC for over 15 years. She specializes in client-specific massage treatments employing general Swedish strokes, deep tissue, myofascial release, and trigger point work, with the goal of facilitating symptom relief and enhanced range of motion.

William Holahan
After graduating from the Swedish Institute, I became a massage therapist in 2002.

In my work as therapist, I know that my client wants my full attention for the entire session.

In deep tissue work, I go directly to the problem areas, working gradually from light weight to depth. I will stretch the body to position it for optimal access to the deep muscles. Within a deep tissue massage there should be moments of pinpoint accuracy. When I find the trigger points I stay with them until they dissolve. I incorporate large areas in my steam rolling effleurage, going slowly and thoroughly with deep to deeper pressure. At the same time I can shake tension away with jostling, but will follow through with deeper strokes. I prefer to give the full amount of time to my client, whether it be a thirty, sixty, ninety, or one hundred twenty minute session.

Depending on the immediate concerns of the client, I vary my techniques. Sometimes a lighter touch is necessary. But I follow the instructions of my client. I conduct a complete interview without using up valuable massage time. I have good rapport with my clients, most of whom are repeat clients. I enjoy meeting new people and put them at ease as soon as they enter the room. I always listen to their complaint and I always remember the special area, and will check in with my client to make sure I am doing enough to solve the problem.

Melissa Guerrerros
Melissa Guerrero crafts a massage session based on her client's needs, drawing upon Swedish technique, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point therapy, and Shiatsu theory. Her passion is to help relieve pain, to restore homeostasis within the body, and to extend the invitation of living with more ease. A graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, she is also an avid meditator, a certified yoga teacher, and a contemporary dancer having performed internationally. From athletes to desk-job workers to new or expecting parents, Melissa approaches her work with presence and compassion, and the intention to support her client's deepest healing.

Tabitha Aponte
Tabitha is a licensed massage therapist who graduated from Queensborough Community College Massage Therapy Program, Bayside, NY (2014). During her time in the program she also went to north shore hospital to work on staff and oncology patients. She is committed to using the most effective modalities to provide focused bodywork for preventative and rehabilitative therapy. She is trained and practiced in Swedish, shiatsu, myofascial release, deep tissue, reciprocal inhibition stretching, hot stone, and aromatherapy.Tabitha has polished her skills at chiropractic offices, wellness centers, and fitness clubs, spas, along with maintaining her private practice.

Fernando Aguirre
An artist from Bogota, Colombia, Fernando recently graduated from Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in 2015. His studies at Swedish Institute included Swedish/western massage, Sport massage, Therapeutic(medical)massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Chair massage, Deep tissue and Trigger point techniques. He also treated the public in a 12 week internship at the PH Ling medical clinic of the college.
As professional therapist, Fernando views his massage work as a reflection of his life as an artist and brings the same passion, dedication and concentration to his sessions as he does to his art.

Jill Posner
Jill Posner is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Health Coach. Additionally, she holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Education.
An avid yoga practitioner and teacher in training, Jill has dedicated her life to the Healing Arts.
With a comprehensive understanding in anatomy, massage, myology and nutrition, her work offers a unique blending of Western and Eastern modalities.
She believes by combing a variety of techniques she can help guide and support clients to experience more joy in their minds, bodies, and hearts.

Mariko Tsuda
Mariko was born in Fukui, Japan and raised up in traditional Japanese family until she entered Tokai women's university. She received a degree in cultural anthropology and relocated to New York. Mariko began her healing journey upon applying to Swedish Institute as she found massage therapy a perfect healing modality for chronic migraines.
She graduated Swedish Institute Collage of Health Science in 2015. Mariko is skilled in many modalities including swedish massage, deep tissue therapeutic massage, myofascial release and trigger point therapy, shiatsu and reflexology.

Alecia Ayala
I graduated from Swedish Institute College of Health and Sciences earning an Associate Degree in Occupational Science and Massage Therapy. I am committed to providing a massage experience distinctly tailored to each individual's needs. I specialize in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Reflexology, and Shiatsu. I encourage every individual to explore the benefits of Massage as I believe the power of touch makes all the difference in healing when used with the right intention and the right technique.

Isauri Camejo
Isauri Camejo graduated from Swedish institute. She's very passionate about massage therapy. She prides herself on her ability to care and listen to the needs of others. USA is well versed in anatomy & physiology and pathology. Her specialties include Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, joint mobilization, sports massage and shiatsu.

Angela Doria
Angela is a licensed massage therapist with an associates degree in Occupational Science and Massage Therapy from the Swedish Institute.
Angela specializes in deep tissue/trigger point/myofascial technique as well as prenatal and hot stone massage. Angela has honed her skills working in chiropractic offices and for Equinox gym. Angela is very passionate about her practice and is committed to providing massage which caters to the individual needs of others.
In 2013, I decided to return to school and change my major. I decided that I wanted to be a Massage Therapist instead. I recently graduated from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in December 2014. I took the one year accelerated program and graduated the following year. I received my NYS Certification in March 2015.
After my graduation, I immediately went to work at Equinox, the Graybar building. While at Equinox, I worked part time hours with Dr. Melissa Kanes, a Chiropractor on and 127 East 56th St, 6th Floor, Manhattan, NY 10022.
After Equinox I started working for Greenhouse Holistic and have been with Greenhouse Holistic ever since.

Alexandra Staley
I graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage and am a NYS licensed Massage Therapist. With a focus in Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Sports, and Swedish massage, I utilize my ballet background and kinesthetic knowledge to help clients achieve higher states of comfortability and self awareness in their daily lives. I am committed to improving my practice through continued education and my passion for holistic care grows with every client.

Samantha DeSantis
"Practicing life with awareness, compassion and joy in my heart"

Born and raised in NY, Samantha has always wanted to give back to the city that continues to inspire her daily to follow her dreams. Her personal journey towards massage began when she had some health concerns of her own. This enlightening experience led her to study at The Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in NYC. While there, she began to realize the true power and complexity of the human body and the role she plays in helping others achieve balance and alignment in their bodies and in their lives. “I remind clients that we all carry powerful healing abilities, and when they’re tapped into they can promote greater health and well-being,” she explains. "We should treat our bodies like an instrument and fine tune them to perform.”

She believes in tailoring each massage session towards the individual needs of her clients to get the most effective results. During a typical session with Samantha, clients will experience a range of modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu and trigger point therapy to correct imbalances and promote tranquility. “I enjoy my work because it comes from the heart,” says Samantha. “A person’s body is their sacred space, and to invite another into that sacred space is courageous. I feel I must honor that the only way I know how: with love, compassion and respect.”

Samantha is a also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Samantha is thrilled to offer her unique services to the Brooklyn community and to be practicing at Greenhouse Holistic!

Aleksey Volkov
Being a massage therapist is more than just a profession for Aleksey. It is a passion that he strives to perfect and loves to share. With a comforting, engaged and intuitive touch, Aleksey takes pride in providing his clients with a supportive, therapeutic experience that allows them to relax and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Having earned his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience before finally graduating from the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Aleksey’s deep understanding of the human body can felt in his touch, especially when dealing with pain. In his time off, Aleksey enjoys listening to music and reading science fiction, or pursuing the art of fencing and archery.