About Us

 
Lena DeGloma
Lena DeGloma
Founder & Director
-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 with 15 years of experience. 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 for people of all genders. She takes a whole-person approach with her clients and regularly integrates herbal medicine, essential oils, hydrotherapy and cupping therapy (fire cupping) into her work. Lena's integrative approach to inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions is illustrated in her case study that was published in the Spring 2018 edition of the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild titled "The Link between Gut and Autoimmunity: Treatment of Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Colitis with "Weeding and Feeding" Approach." She is currently a part-time faculty member at... Read more

ASSOCIATE MASSAGE THERAPISTS
  Burcu Parlak
Burcu Parlak
Licensed Massage Therapist

Burcu has been passionately pursuing her career in holistic healing since 2007 after graduating from Helma Institute of Massage Therapy. Receiving regular massage therapy sessions herself at school and seeing the benefits and healing from her own injuries, Burcu wanted help others with their chronic pain and stress. In addition to being a Licensed Massage Therapist with over a decade of experience, she is also a Birth Doula, Infant Massage Educator, Reiki Master,  and ACE Massage Cupping Practitioner. Burcu is trained in many modalities of massage therapy, including deep tissue, prenatal & postnatal massage, acupressure, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, joint mobilization, and spontaneous muscle release technique (SMRT). In her sessions she integrates multiple massage techniques to treat a variety of disorders including whiplash, tension headaches, repetitive strain injuries, chronic stress, postural dysfunction, insomnia and more. She offers expert massage therapy for pregnant clients and has trained as a Doula with DONA International to expand her prenatal care knowledge. Burcu is a firm believer that the best therapies are those that support and work in harmony with each being’s natural ability to heal itself and maintain wellbeing.

Pronounces name: BUR-dju
Gender pronouns: she/her
 

  >Noriko Yoshida-Dubins
Noriko Yoshida-Dubins
Licensed Massage Therapist

Noriko is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist. She was born and raised in Japan and moved to NYC in 2002. She graduated from Swedish Institute College of Health & Science in 2007 and has been a full time LMT for the past 15 years. She was a well-loved massage therapist for nearly a decade at the former Sage Spa and is excited to be seeing new and established clients at Red Moon Wellness. Noriko’s clients say that her massage sessions are never exactly the same. She listens to your body carefully and communicates thoughtfully in order to customize each session to your needs, which she understands may change from session to session. She applies a mixture of deep tissue, myofascial release, Trigger Point Therapy, Shiatsu (or acupressure points), Swedish massage, stretching techniques, and sports massage with therapeutic touch. She is highly experienced in pre/postnatal massage, hot stone massage, intra-oral massage for TMJ, and techniques for alleviating headaches and neck/shoulder tension. Noriko is also a mother and empathizes with the physical & emotional tension that women deal with during and after pregnancy. She helps mothers ease their stress, especially recovering from birth, as well as for those that are caring for small children. Her client’s happy smiles after a massage session always increases her energy and motivation for her work.

Pronounces name: no-LEE-ko
Gender pronouns: she/her
 

  >Agnes Dagnicourt
Agnes Dagnicourt
Licensed Massage Therapist

Agnes is a Licensed Massage Therapist with more than a decade of experience. She is passionate about her work and strives to form a connection with all of her clients. She is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and specializes in prenatal massage, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, shiatsu (acupressure), and also offers Reiki and Vortex Healing. Originally from France, Agnes has been a long time Park Slope resident who is actively involved in her community. Agnes was a popular massage therapist at the former Sage Spa for many years before joining Red Moon Wellness. Agnes is an avid practitioner of Pilates and her own body awareness translates into massage sessions that are incredibly effective for improving postural issues as well as deeply relaxing.

Pronounces name: ahn-YEZ
Gender pronouns: she/her
 

  >Tippy Matusevich
Tippy Matusevich
Licensed Massage Therapist

Rungtip (Tippy) Matusevich is a New State Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. Originally from Thailand, she has been living in Brooklyn for nearly 20 years. Tippy’s advanced training includes certification in prenatal massage, Thai Massage training from Wat Poh Thai Medical school in Bangkok, as well as training in Taylor Techniques Myofascial Release at Swedish institute. Her bodywork modalities include classic Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Sports massage, Myofascial Release, Prenatal massage, Shiatsu (acupressure) and Thai Massage. Tippy’s massage sessions are individually tailored to each client as she integrates her various bodywork specialties. Her work effortlessly blends highly effective therapeutic techniques with a deeply relaxing style.

Pronounces name: TIH-pee
Gender pronouns: she/her

  Rebecca Clark
Rebecca Clark
Licensed Massage Therapist

Rebecca is a graduate of Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and is licensed in the states of New York, New Jersey, and California. In addition to being certified in prenatal massage, she is also a recently certified birth and postpartum doula. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, prenatal, aromatherapy, hot stone, and sports massage. She has experience treating specific musculoskeletal syndromes such as Achilles tendinitis, TMJ syndrome, and patellofemoral syndrome. She listens carefully and tailors each and every session to the client’s needs, offering a massage that is simultaneously effective and deeply relaxing.

Gender pronouns: she/her
 

  Vanetta Harris
Vanetta Harris
Licensed Massage Therapist

Vanetta is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of New York College of Health Professions in Manhattan. With years of experience working as a medical massage therapist in a chiropractic office and for the US Tennis Association as a sports massage therapist, she can effectively choreograph a session to address the needs of any client. She was blessed with the gift of touch and through massage it became her passion for supporting clients in their healing journeys. She's certified in Dynamic Cupping (specially trained in Fire Cupping), Graston Technique (Gua Sha), Facial Rejuvenation and Lymphatic Drainage. As a mother herself, Vanetta loves supporting clients during their pregnancies and is trained in prenatal massage. Additional modalities Vanetta is trained and proficient in include Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu and stretching. Vanetta often gives her clients homework to enhance the effectiveness of their session. Her motto is, "It's not enough for me to understand your body, you need to understand it as well." Vanetta’s love of humanity and spirituality is reflected in her touch. She is passionate about continuing to hone her craft and advance her knowledge in the ever-evolving fields of massage therapy and holistic wellness.


Gender pronouns: she/her
 
  Richard Lugo
Richard Lugo
Licensed Massage Therapist

Richard is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of the New York College of Health Professions with over 19 years of experience. He is trained in trigger point therapy, sports massage, medical massage, prenatal/postnatal, Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, myofascial release, and hot stone massage. Richard has perfected his integration of effective medical massage with a deeply relaxing flow. Before joining Red Moon, he had years of experience providing medical massage in a chiropractic office, as well as in a luxury spa environment during his more than 15-year tenure at the well-loved d’mai Urban Spa in Park Slope before they closed in September 2020. In his medical massage work he treated patients with herniations, subluxations, slipped discs and other injuries pertaining to the central nervous system and spinal cord. An athlete himself, Richard especially gets joy out of working with people involved in all types of athletic activity, from the elite professional athlete to the novice just beginning a walking program for general health. Richard loves to support all clients in achieving optimal health and wellness.


Gender pronouns: he/him
 
  Veronica Dye
Veronica Dye
Licensed Massage Therapist

Veronica is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of Cortiva Institute of Massage in Seattle, WA as well as Pacific College of Health and Science in NYC. She has a passion for learning the intricacies of pain relief, injury recovery, and increased somatic awareness of her clients. Her modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Sports Massage, and Cupping. Veronica volunteered at Seattle Home Maternity giving prenatal massage, working alongside the midwives and doulas to form treatment plans. Her style is confident, compassionate, sensitive, and intentional. She incorporates slow deep myofascial release techniques with guided breathing to release trigger points and improve clients’ ease, quality, and range of motion in their bodies. Veronica is also a certified Yoga teacher and teaches weekly Yin Yoga classes online. Her favorite form of exercise is Muay Thai and Boxing. Veronica is excited to be a part of the Red Moon team and Park Slope community.

Gender pronouns: she/her
  Abbey Hurlbert
Abbey Hurlbert
Licensed Massage Therapist

Abbey is a graduate of the massage therapy program at Pacific College of Health and Science in New York City. She is passionate about the profound healing that can happen when people allow their bodies to relax, and the importance of touch in modern society. Abbey also graduated with a BA in Dance from the University at Buffalo. As a professional dancer, Abbey was introduced to how powerful touch can be; touch is an integral part of learning and developing body awareness in dance, an artistic and storytelling device, and beneficial for injury recovery and prevention. After retiring from dance, Abbey acutely felt the absence of touch in her life and its effects on both her physical and mental health. This pushed her toward practicing massage therapy, where she can use touch every day to help people move more comfortably. She meets each client where they are at, while using a blend of Western and Eastern modalities including Swedish, Tui Na, Thai, Shiatsu, deep tissue, myofascial release, stretching techniques, and sports massage. Abbey also has a certification from The Institute for Structural Integration. She loves using Structural Integration sessions to help dancers, athletes, and other movers to discover deeper connections and more spaces within their body in order to move more intelligently.

Gender pronouns: she/her
  Valeska Fajardo
Valeska Fajardo
Licensed Massage Therapist

Valeska is a graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences Massage Therapy program. Originally from Ecuador, Valeska has been in New York City since 2013. Valeska’s work is deep, focused, and specific, expertly targeting and working through problem areas, while integrating a soothing and deeply relaxing flow. As a trauma-informed and LGBTQIA+ affirming practitioner, her approach to working with clients is based in making sure they feel comfortable, safe, and heard. She is trained in prenatal and postnatal massage, deep tissue and myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, medical massage for injury recovery, as well as reflexology, shiatsu and acupressure. Passionate about holistic health and the mysteries of birth and death, Valeska intends to become certified as a full spectrum birth doula and an end of life doula. She loves spending time in nature and meditating, and she is honored to be able to use her hands as a tool to help people heal.

Pronounces name: Vaa-LEH-SKaa
Gender pronouns: she/her, they/them
  Selina DiPronio
Selina DiPronio
Licensed Massage Therapist

Selina DiPronio is a graduate of the Pacific College of Health and Science Massage Therapy program in New York City. Her work integrates both Eastern and Western traditions including certification in prenatal massage, as well as a focus in deep tissue, trigger point, and myofascial massage, Swedish massage, shiatsu and acupressure. Prior to her career in massage, Selina received a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida and worked professionally as a choreographer and performer throughout the country. Given her nearly two decades of experience in the performing arts, Selina is well-acquainted with the physical demands of working performers and has developed much of her therapeutic work around those needs. Selina also spent ten years working in child development and education, teaching students between the ages of three and seventeen. Having a passion for nurturing relationships with youth provides her work with a family-oriented insight that caters to parents and children alike. Selina aims to help her clients achieve optimal functional movement in their bodies alongside mental and spiritual well-being.

Pronounces name: seh-LEE-nuh
Gender pronouns: she/her
  >Tara Chase
Tara Chase
Licensed Massage Therapist

Tara is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Science. She began her practice with a deep focus on how massage can impact the pregnant body and childbearing cycle and was certified for pre/postnatal massage with home birth midwife and educator Susanrachel Condon. She has also completed continuing education in osteopathic deep tissue and myofascial techniques, and brings a blend of approaches to each session in order to address injury treatment and prevention, postural deviation, chronic pain management and other aspects of mental and physical wellbeing. Tara has a compassionate and intuitive approach to bodywork and an affinity for science and research. She believes that massage can be a powerful tool in supporting each individual’s relationship to their own healing and wellness. Away from the studio, you can find Tara chasing after her own young children and fostering community support for area families, because it truly does take a village.

Gender pronouns: she/her

  >Ellen Henry
Ellen Henry
Licensed Massage Therapist

Ellen is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences where she gained advanced knowledge in Swedish massage, deep tissue, Shiatsu, myofascial release, sports massage, trigger point release, and assessment techniques. Ellen’s massage sessions involve focused, deep work to effectively release points of tension with precision, while deeply relaxing the body and mind. She graduated summa cum laude and had the privilege of holding massage therapy externships with the Hospital of Special Surgery and the NYC marathon. Ellen earned her bachelor's degree in Dance at Point Park University, where she first dove into anatomy, kinesiology, and an extensive understanding of functional movement in our bodies. Since moving to New York in 2014, she has expanded her knowledge of the body by pursuing dance professionally, and taking a multitude of yoga, Pilates, cycling, and other strength training classes, all of which inform her multifaceted approach to massage and bodywork.

Gender pronouns: she/her

  >Kaitlin Kaufman
Kaitlin Kaufman
Licensed Massage Therapist

Kaitlin is a graduate of CUNY-Queensborough Massage Therapy Program and a 3rd generation Brooklynite. Her bodywork modalities include Swedish massage, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, prenatal massage, sports massage, hot stone therapy, myofascial release, and shiatsu & acupressure. Her interest in working with pregnancy and childbirth led her to volunteer as a birth assistant at the Brooklyn Birthing Center and pursue continuing education in prenatal massage. Prior to her career as a massage therapist, Kaitlin worked professionally as a pediatric hospital clown in NYC; she strives to bring a similar joyful levity to her massage practice. Through her hospital clowning and performance work, she has cultivated deep and easeful listening skills that allow her to meet her clients where they are. In her bodywork, she aims to create a judgement-free space for clients to unwind, center, and reconnect with themselves. Kaitlin received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Barnard College and speaks fluent French. She loves graphic novels and taking naps with her pups, Eddie and Nico.

Gender pronouns: she/her

  >Emily Fontana
Emily Fontana
Licensed Massage Therapist

Emily is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. She is a native New Yorker who has always had a passion and curiosity for science. Emily has detailed training in Swedish massage, therapeutic deep tissue work including myofascial and trigger point therapy, shiatsu (acupressure), medical and sports massage, and mobility and stretching techniques. Her work can be described as deep & thorough, focused, compassionate, and intuitive, approaching each session with the specific goals of the client in mind and paying close attention to the body. Emily loves integrating different modalities to create an effective, renewing, and relaxing massage experience. Emily has a background in biology and interdisciplinary science and outside of her work as a massage therapist, she studies the human microbiome at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her research looks at ways the microbiome impacts cancer treatment and recovery, infectious disease, and many aspects of health from childbirth throughout different stages of life and disease. Emily has extensive knowledge of anatomy, neurology, and pathology. She is especially interested in the ways massage can be a transformative tool in overall health from pain and stress management, pre- and postnatal support, injury and illness recovery, to grief, anxiety, and depression. Emily loves movement in many forms including yoga, exploring the city on her bike, strength training, and swimming. She believes being in touch with and knowledgeable about your own body is incredibly powerful. Emily is excited to be a part of the Red Moon team and is always advancing her knowledge and skill set in bodywork and adjacent fields of holistic therapy. She believes every body is unique, beautiful, and can benefit greatly from massage therapy.

Gender pronouns: she/her

  >Holly Ledbetter
Holly Ledbetter
Licensed Massage Therapist

Holly Ledbetter (they/them) is a NY state Licensed Massage Therapist, reiki practitioner, and yoga teacher from Seattle, currently based in Brooklyn. They received their Massage Therapy training from Pacific College of Health and Science in Manhattan. They bring an integrative approach to massage combining breathwork, restorative yoga, Thai massage, shiatsu, reiki, and Swedish techniques. Holly is certified in prenatal massage and has extensive experience as a yoga teacher working with many populations including prenatal clients and folks with Parkinson’s disease. They take a client-centered approach, listening to each person’s unique needs and choosing the appropriate tools to address them with gentleness, presence, and patience. As a trans practitioner, their gender-affirming work is based in a well-informed practice of not making assumptions. Holly’s 20+ years as a dancer/performer, as well as history with injury and chronic pain, informs their knowledge of bodies - how they move, and how they heal. Outside of practicing bodywork, Holly enjoys spending time surfing and adventure cycling.

Gender pronouns: they/them 

  >Mallory Boylston
Mallory Boylston
Licensed Massage Therapist
Front Desk Manager

Mallory is a graduate of the Pacific College of Health and Science Massage Therapy program in New York City. With an intuitive and trauma-informed approach, she tailors each massage session to your individual needs, integrating Eastern and Western modalities including Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, tui na, acupressure, reflexology, Thai massage, and sports massage. Inspired by her own pregnancy and birth, she became certified in prenatal massage and loves supporting other parents through the varied experiences this phase of life brings. Mallory enjoys helping individuals from all walks of life find relaxation, pain relief, and increased body awareness.

A Brooklyn native with a hotel hospitality background, Mallory also manages our front desk at Red Moon. She has a strong passion for creating nurturing relationships and she works to ensure our front desk provides a welcoming and smooth experience while fostering connection with our clients and community.

Pronounces name: MAL-uh-ree
Gender pronouns: she/her
 
  >Luce Cook
Luce Cook
Licensed Massage Therapist

Luce is a Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of Pacific College of Health and Science. They are certified in pre- and post-natal massage and incorporate trigger point, myofascial release, dermoneuromodulation, Swedish, shiatsu, and acupressure into their work. They are a queer, neurodivergent, and trauma-informed practitioner whose bodywork focuses on safe and affirming techniques that encourage a deeper connection and presence in the body. They focus on integration and interconnectedness, reminding the body (and brain) that each of the different parts are both connected and a part of the whole. Luce got their BA in Spanish and English literature, and they are also an a cappella singer, cyclist, and have been practicing yoga for over 10 years.

Pronounces name: loos
Gender pronouns: they/them 

  Lisa Finnerty
Lisa Finnerty
Licensed Massage Therapist

Lisa is a graduate of Pacific College of Health and Science in New York City where she completed her massage therapy training. She was born and raised in Colorado, studied musical theatre at Carnegie Mellon University, and worked as a professional actress and singer for over 20 years. She moved to New York City 8 years ago which eventually led to her career in massage therapy. Having dealt with chronic pain and an autoimmune disorder since her teenage years she decided to follow her other passion and to go back to school to become educated in the human body, health and wellness, and become a massage therapist. She is trained in a wide variety of massage modalities including Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, prenatal massage, Thai massage, reflexology, Shiatsu, acupressure, sports massage, dermoneuromodulation, positional release, and stretching. Her personal experience with the impact and importance of touch therapy influences her approach to bodywork that she tailors to your individual needs by creating a relaxing and safe environment to help you get back in touch with your body.

Gender pronouns: she/her
VISITING MASSAGE THERAPISTS
  Amanda Miller
Amanda Miller
Licensed Massage Therapist

Amanda studied massage therapy at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NYC and The School of Healing Arts in San Diego, and she has taken additional courses in massage for people with cancer and hospital-based massage. Amanda is also a certified yoga instructor, trained on an ashram in India. Her interest in mind-body healing was sparked while studying physical theater at NYU. Amanda has worked as a massage therapist for 15 years in a range of settings including wellness centers, gyms, spas, and personal residences. Additionally, she is a writer, performer and Jewish educator, inspired by the ways her varied practices inform each other. She is in awe of the profound benefits of massage therapy on both her clients and herself. She hopes every client leaves her table feeling a sense of release and renewal.

Gender pronouns: she/her
 

APPRENTICE MASSAGE THERAPISTS
  Sal Masangkay
Sal Masangkay
Apprentice Licensed Massage Therapist
Front Desk

Salvador (Sal) Masangkay (they/them) is a graduate of Queensborough-CUNY's Massage Therapy program. They are an American-born Pilipinx trans person who was born and raised in New York City. Sal's (informal) massage training began in childhood as they would often massage their parents, aunts, and uncles. Even as a child, Sal learned the art of intentional, healing touch. Since then, Sal has been fascinated by the human mind and body and its ability to heal itself, especially when given a safe space with loving support. Eventually, this led Sal to formal massage school where they were trained in various Eastern and Western modalities including trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, myofasical release, prenatal and postnatal massage, medical massage, Swedish massage, Zen shiatsu, and acupressure. As a trans-nonbinary person and a trauma-informed massage therapist, Sal prioritizes creating and maintaining a safe space for their clients while taking the time and care to accommodate their needs. Through their detailed and intentional work, Sal aims to not only facilitate healing on a physical level, but also to help strengthen their client's mind-body connection. Driven by their genuine passion for learning, facilitating healing, and empowering others to take care of themselves and their communities, Sal is continuing their education at CUNY-City College of New York, working towards a Bachelor's in Social Welfare. They aspire to become a social worker who integrates physical and psychological healing into their practice.

Outside of massage, Sal continues to work on an administrative level at Red Moon’s front desk. They thoroughly enjoy warmly greeting clients and contributing to the relaxing atmosphere in small, yet impactful ways. They also love to witness the relationships cultivated between our experienced therapists and clients. They are proud to be part of the Red Moon Wellness team and to be serving the community in these ways. In their free time, Sal likes hanging out with their dog and loved ones, connecting to their Pilipinx culture, practicing Pikiti Tirsia Kali (a Pilipino fighting art), bouldering, writing, and playing the Sims 4.

Gender pronouns: they/them
  
OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
  >Melissa Ainley
Melissa Ainley
Front Desk

Melissa has resided in Brooklyn for over 20 years and is passionate about nature, fitness, and natural healing. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach and Aromatherapist with a background in the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. In her spare time she enjoys physical activities including yoga, hula hooping, and is an endurance cyclist. She is thrilled to be a part of the Red Moon Wellness team, and aims to provide you with exceptional service to ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable experience while at Red Moon.


Gender pronouns: she/her
  >Nicole Darmanin
Nicole Darmanin
Front Desk

Nicole is a Brooklyn native who has a long history of work in the wellness and beauty industries. She is a consultant, aromatherapist, and energy worker who studies Buddhism and adores her circle of loved ones. She is proud to be part of an organization that works to foster wellness in her local community and aims to help facilitate a good experience for all who visit Red Moon Wellness.


Gender pronouns: she/her
 
  >Amber Epps
Amber Epps
Front Desk

Amber is a Queens native and an Acupuncture student at Pacific College in process of earning her master’s degree in Oriental Medicine. She has a passion for helping others, and upon graduation she plans to help her community by opening a studio serving Black and Brown communities. Outside of school and work she enjoys traveling, reading, visiting museums, going for walks in nature, and spending time with her family and friends.


Gender pronouns: she/her
 
  >Kimber Erskine
Kimber Erskine
Front Desk

From food to beauty, Kimber has been in the business of customer service across several industries for 15 years. Artist by nature, animal enthusiast and Brooklyn native, Kimber finds joy in working in communal wellness focused spaces. Kimber is pleased to help Red Moon clients have the best experience possible.


Gender pronouns: she/her
 
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