Jessica has been a practicing massage therapist for five years. She graduated from Lansing Community College’s massage therapy program and was part of one of the first classes to sit state board licensing exams.
She is currently serving as the Government Relations Chair for the Michigan Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association as a way to serve the massage community and the people who could be helped by it.
Jessica is driven to continue building her education so that she can specifically address the particular needs of each client that comes to her office and give them the best care possible. Her other professional goals include writing case reports for massage therapy research and helping to establish the legitimacy of massage therapy as a treatment method.
In her dubious amounts of spare time, Jessica enjoys coffee, knitting, reading dystopian fiction, the great outdoors (mostly the green bits), and sleeping.
Corey has been a practicing massage therapist for nine years. She graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage therapy in 2008. She has been a licensed therapist in Michigan for three years.
Corey studied opera and human biology at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. She attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU in 2016 where she realized that her true interest was focusing on possibilities of massage therapy.
Corey is currently serving her first year as an elected delegate for the Michigan Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.
When she isn’t working, Corey enjoys detailed cross-stitching (the kind that causes crossed eyes), watching all manner of movies and Japanese animation, reading cheesy romance novels, and attending nerdy conventions with her husband. One of her current ambitions in life is to own a dog (or three).
Who Should I See?
We started Mend together because of our complementary skills.
On the business side, Jessica likes numbers and Corey prefers words. We are each capable of both tasks, but life is more fun when you can focus on what you enjoy. The treatment side is less easily defined, but the principle is the same.
We have a few important things in common. We both ask a lot of questions, because the more information we have about you, the better we can tailor your experience. We both do a lot of education during treatment, because we feel that having an understanding of the issues makes them less frightening and empowers you to take an active role.
We can both treat the whole body, but we treat with different styles.
We encourage all of our clients to see us both at least once. Massage therapy is such a personal endeavor it is impossible to understand someone's style without experiencing it. We work on each other regularly, so you can be sure we know exactly what we are recommending.
Somewhat Vague Descriptions of Our Differences
She is an alumnus of the Beaumont Clinical Oncology Massage program, which includes a hospital rotation. During that rotation Jessica found her passion for rehabilitation massage and has pursued work with clients who have received a cancer diagnosis, have surgical scarring, been in car accidents, suffered traumatic brain injuries, or lost limbs.
Due to her active lifestyle (barbell training, wrangling children, hiking, and a misguided attempt at running), Jessica has been able to adapt her experiences with rehabilitation massage to athletic/activity-based injuries and maintenance. Much of her exposure to these types of injury comes from treating the disproportionate number of devoted trail runners and power lifters in her social circle.
She believes that muscles are like grumpy teenagers- they are responsive to change as long as they think it was their idea in the first place. Her style tends toward precise, methodical and coaxing. This fine-toothed comb method means her problem-solving massages are focused, slow and thorough.
This type of massage lends itself to the treatment of issues that require patience and meticulousness. This includes headaches, migraines, and fibromyalgia because they are large problems that are often made up of small ones. It also includes TMJ dysfunction and trigger points, because they involve tiny spaces and tiny movements.
Mend is first and foremost a safe space. All are welcome.