About Us

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Credentials

Our massage therapists are licensed/certified through The Missouri State Board of Therapeutic Massage and are members in good standing with The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and/or The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and (MMIP) Massage Magazine Insurance Plus.

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Laurie Knowlton, Zen3 owner, LMT, AMTA
Laurie graduated from professional massage training in 1999 and began her journey in massage therapy at Pickwick Place in February 2000 in a small room at 617 S Pickwick. Following her intuition as new space presented itself, she rented what is now Tea Bar and Bites and formed a co-op known as Zen3 Bodywork Studio with several therapists and Tea Bar. In 2007, a larger space opened up at Pickwick Place and Zen3 Spa and Bodyworks was born. With Laurie’s leadership and ability to recognize talent, Zen3 has grown to be one of Springfield’s premier spas featuring some of the most gifted, experienced and intuitive massage therapists. She developed a culture where her staff thrives with support, opportunities for self-development and independence to grow in their profession. Laurie’s latest venture, Zen3 Yoga Studio, opened in March 2018 in the same space where Laurie began her business. Zen3 Yoga Studio offers classes taught by talented yoga teachers focused on sharing a love of yoga, a sense of community and a commitment to wellness.

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Stephen Penn, LMT, ABMP
Stephen is committed to providing the utmost in relaxation and therapeutic massage. His skills in Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage allow him to customize each massage and provide individualized service for each client.

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Ashley Budd, LMT, ABMP
Ashley Bud always knew she wanted to work in a healing profession.  Her specialties include relaxation, prenatal and deep tissue massage.  She is also certified in Thai massage.  She customizes each massage by incorporating Reiki Level 2 and Quantum Touch to maximize the therapeutic value of her massages.  Ashley is passionate about therapeutic bodywork and the healing power of intentional compassionate touch.  She combines intuition and technique to bring relaxation, balance and a sense of well-being to her clients.

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Ashley Smith, LMT, AMTA
Ashley Smith has been a massage therapist for over four years.  She started her massage career at Zen3 in 2013 after graduating from Professional Massage Training Center in Springfield.  Ashley enjoys all types of bodywork but specializes in relaxation massage using moderate pressure and long strokes.   She is a certified Thai massage therapist and is also a certified yoga teacher.  When she isn’t at Zen3, she enjoys spending time with her young son and traveling.

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Garrell Herndon, LMT
After years of getting “Rolfed”, Garrell began his training in Structural Integration at the Guild for Structural Integration (GSI), Boulder, Colorado in 2004. The classes were set up in much the same way as Dr. Rolf had originally organized them and Garrell’s teachers had been students of Dr. Rolf. After completing the basic training, he moved to Boulder and mentored with Jeff Linn, an instructor and long-time assistant to the primary instructors. Jeff invited Garrell to assist in the basic training he was leading. “Here I found being in a teaching role is the best learning experience”. Garrell brings his passion, experience and talent in Structural Integration to assist his clients in moving towards a more balanced and comfortable body.

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Lindsey Smillie Galloway, LMT, AMTA
Lindsey's goal is to tailor your relaxing and therapeutic session to meet your health and wellness goals.  She does so by assisting you to deeply relax and heal from within.  Her focus and expertise involve a combination of modalities including deep tissue, therapeutic, relaxation and prenatal

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Sunni Fine – LMT, RYT 200
Sunni is an experienced clinical massage therapist, with background in Neuromuscular Therapy and Thai massage. She is also a yoga instructor with an RYT200. When coming to the mat or table, her goals are to honor the body of the client and help them release old patterns in order to create space for new energy to come in and build. It is her joy to help clients move out of pain and into a new dynamic.

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 Christine Madar, Tibetan Cranial Practitioner, Massage Therapist
Christine brings a unique set of skills to her clients. Trained in both Eastern and Western types of bodywork, she has integrated the two approaches during 25 years as a therapist.  Christine has practiced concentration and meditation for over twenty years and credits this cultivation of presence with the deep calm that people often feel when they receive her work.  “When we relax mentally and emotionally, we can relax physically.  I try to create the space where people they can step away from the constant chatter that seems to rule their waking mind.”  Christine’s love of people is evident in the quality of attention she gives to each person.  Her main focus at Zen3 is as a Tibetan Cranial Practitioner.  She has completed a three-year apprenticeship under the guidance of Shar Lee and was released as a Practitioner in 2014.

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Hollie Keesling Rhodes, LMT, Esthetician
Hollie is known for ability to make her clients feel welcomed and individually cared for with her warm, comforting personality as well as her attention to detail.  Hollie has been practicing massage since 2010.  Seeking to deepen her understanding of self-care, she decided to become a certified esthetician.  Hollie specializes in Swedish relaxation massage, luxurious and therapeutic body treatments and personalized facials.

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Darby Trask - Receptionist
As a receptionist at Zen3, Darby aspires to help cultivate an environment that is calming and welcoming to everyone who walks through the doors. Using her passions for wellness, kindness, and community, Darby helps facilitate a “home away from home” for the clients of Zen3. Darby is also a RYT-500 certified yoga instructor and is currently attending Wellspring School of Allied Health as a student of massage therapy. Darby truly believes that regular massage and bodywork should be embraced in everyone’s journey to overall wellbeing.

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 Susan Mattheis, Spa Manager
Susan brings her love of making people feel welcome with her to the spa each day.  She takes great delight in making sure every client has a relaxing experience. Living a healthy lifestyle is what gives us all a beautiful feeling of wellbeing and it’s something we like to share.