About Us

Lena DeGloma
Lena DeGloma
Founder & Owner, Red Moon Wellness
Licensed Massage Therapist ~ Clinical Herbalist ~
Certified Birth Doula ~ Certified Lactation Counselor ~ Certified Childbirth Educator

Lena DeGloma, M.S., is an expert practitioner and instructor of therapeutic massage. She specializes in prenatal, postnatal and labor support massage as well as therapeutic deep tissue (myofascial and trigger point) therapy for chronic pain, tension, and injuries in men, women and people of all gender identities. She approaches her clients from a holistic perspective and regularly integrates herbal medicine, essential oils, hydrotherapy and cupping therapy (fire cupping) into her work. She also offers private infant massage instruction sessions for parents. She is currently a part-time faculty member at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in Manhattan where she teaches courses on herbal therapuetics for the musculoskeletal system and women's reproductive health. She has also supervised student massage clinics, taught massage courses and written prenatal massage curriculum at Queensborough Community College in Bayside and the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca. She currently teaches holistic childbirth education, newborn care and breastfeeding classes at Bend and Bloom Yoga in Park Slope. Lena currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan NY (CEA/MNY) and also teaches classes on Perinatal Nutrition and Labor Suport in CEA/MNY's Teacher Certification Program. Before moving Red Moon Wellness to Park Slope in 2009, she and her husband lived in Ithaca, NY, where she originally opened her practice.

Lena studied massage therapy at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY where she was also trained in hydrotherapy and essential oils. She began studying herbal medicine a decade ago, first through two apprenticeships (at Alba Nueva herb farm in Costa Rica with Dr. Ed Bernhardt and the Heartstone Herbal School near Ithaca, NY) and then went on to receive a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly known as Tai Sophia Institute), where she also completed a one-year post-graduate clinical internship at the university's Natural Care Center Clinic. Lena was certified as a birth doula by homebirth midwife and educator Susanrachel Condon of Niara Healing Arts and has been attending births at homes, hospitals, and birthing centers for nearly a decade. She also completed an advanced doula training with legendary midwife, Ina May Gaskin and renowned doula instructor and director of the film Orgasmic Birth, Debra Pascali-Bonaro. She was trained as a lactation counselor through the Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding and is certified through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. Lena is certified as a childbirth educator through the rigorous 2-year certification program offered by the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan NY (CEA/MNY). Prior to obtaining her master's degree, she completed a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey. While at Rutgers she also studied French language and literature in Paris, France and regional politics in Zagreb, Croatia.

Before she opened Red Moon Wellness Lena worked as a coordinator of a community education program on gender-based violence as well as on a domestic violence response team in New Brunswick, NJ. She also directed a variety of community-based campaigns in New Brunswick where she worked on issues relating to human rights, education, peace work, and a number of local community issues. She lived and worked on several different organic farms and eco-villages in Costa Rica where she studied tropical herbal medicine, organic gardening and permaculture principles, holistic health, nutrition, massage therapy, and Spanish language.

    Kelly Hoffman
Kelly Hoffman
Licensed Massage Therapist

Kelly is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. Licensed in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, Kelly has been practicing in various locations focusing on different areas of health and wellness, which helped her develop a wide versatility working with clients. Ranging from oncology, prenatal, and injury recovery to relaxation and stress relief, she is well versed in many modalities of massage, bodywork, Reiki, and cupping therapy (fire cupping), with an affinity for integrating focused deep tissue work. Kelly was trained as a birth doula in 2009 and offered pro bono labor support to women in need with mental illness or lack of support in Springfield, MA. Also trained as an herbalist, she has studied with many well-known teachers including advanced work at Sage Mountain, under Rosemary Gladstar. She worked at a New York based herbal apothecary for over five years and enjoys integrating essential oils into her practice. She has a firm understanding of anatomy and the systems of the human body as well as techniques to maximize health and wellness by combining the different fields of her knowledge. Kelly is a creative person with a particular ability to focus on the specific needs of her clients and work with chronic issues. Her calm energy and spiritual connectedness help create an ideal atmosphere for effective results.

  Cindy Samantha
Cindy Samantha
Licensed Massage Therapist

Cindy Samantha, M.A., is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She practices pre- and post-natal massage, holistic, and deep tissue massage as well as Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Deeply influenced by holistic healing models which see the mind, body, and spirit as interconnected and essential to health, she works to awaken and develop her clients' own innate healing capacity to create long term and lasting change. She also works with visceral manipulation, which helps to balance internal organs through gentle palpation. She loves treating all clients, and especially loves working with clients who are working through chronic illness, trauma, people new to bodywork, and people experiencing anxiety and depression. She also works with people in supporting gender identity work, and specializes in helping to affirm clients who are living across the gender spectrum. In addition to bodywork, she holds an M.A. in Geography, with a focus on the relationship between illness and poverty. She is currently practicing in a few locations in the city and is thrilled to be working with Red Moon Wellness!

  Kari
Kari Schmitt
Licensed Massage Therapist

Kari Schmitt is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and proud graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. As a native of Southern California, she earned a B.A. from California State University Dominguez Hills where her focus was on Sociology and Psychology. Kari is passionate about the therapeutic effects of massage therapy and its profound benefits on the human body and spirit. Having studied both traditional Western techniques and ancient Eastern modalities, she is able to blend a variety of approaches to healing and provide a one of a kind massage experience for every session. Based on the clients needs, individualized treatments are crafted by drawing upon Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Sports massage, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Thai massage, and Tui Na theory. She is also certified in Prenatal massage therapy and enjoys working with women at any stage of their pregnancy. Whether clients are seeking massage for pain management, rehabilitation, or relaxation, she has the knowledge, passion for healing, and skill set to help them achieve their goals. Kari works especially well with people who are dealing with high levels of stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her unique and customized sessions also include a brief postural analysis along with self-care suggestions for the client to take with them and incorporate into their day to day wellness routine. 

  Latiana
Francesca Marini
Office Manager

Francesca Marini, M.A., CD, RYT, keeps our office running smoothly. She first discovered the power of mind-body medicine through Yoga after spine surgery as a teen, which influenced her search for effective care in her struggle with reproductive health issues.  This search brought her to the study of ancient healing modalities as well as n​utrition, herbal medicine and energy work. Francesca has a master’s degree in Integrative Health Studies with certification in Guided Imagery and Wellness Coaching. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki practitioner, and certified Labor and Postpartum Doula. Francesca is devoted to studying and sharing fertility and perinatal wellness. She offers a calm, intuitive and unbiased presence, and is passionate about facilitating positive reproductive experiences by connecting people to practical information as well as their own inner wisdom. She is so grateful to support the Red Moon Wellness community!

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