About Us

My name is Donna Lester, and I completed the Professional Massage Therapy program at Greensboro Technical Community College in August 2006, and received my license from the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy in January 2007 (License #6888).  I am also a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

I am certified in a variety of modalities, and enjoy providing my clients with a mixture of relaxation, deep tissue and trigger point therapy in order to relieve pain, stress and tension.  I have also completed Unit I Rossiter - a two-person stretching system, and use it to help people experiencing significant pain issues. 

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, riding my motorcycle, working out, dancing, listening to live music, antiquing, and spending time with friends and family.

NOTICE:  I WILL BE TAKING A HEALTH CARE LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM DECEMBER 2023 UNTIL APRIL 2024.  PLEASE CONTACT CHRIS PARDUE, RYAN SWINK, OR LYNN SATTERWHITE (7TH HAVEN MASSAGE) TO ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR MASSAGE THERAPY NEEDS DURING THIS TIME. 


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I would also like to introduce you to my colleague Chris Pardue.  He shares my studio with me, and is available for appointments as well.  Here's a little about Chris: 

He began a career in massage therapy in 1993 after leaving a successful career in firefighting and the medical field.  He taught in the Fire Science program at Davidson County Community College for six years before turning his sights on a career in massage.  Chris began teaching on the faculty of Blue Ridge Healing Arts Academy where he taught for 14 years.  He also taught continuing education classes throughout the southeast for the past 27 years as well, integrating real life situations as well as humor into his teaching.  He sat on the original steering committee that passed licensing for all North Carolina Massage Therapists.  Chris has been an NCBTMB Continuing Education Provider since 1997, AMTA member for 30 years and Certified Equestrian Coach for the Special Olympics for six years. He's been a massage therapist for Hospice of Davidson County for 16 years, as well as a member of their Board of Directors for six years.  He holds certifications in many modalities of massage, but specializes in integrated massage and applied kinesiology as well as deep tissue and activated isolated stretching. 

In his free time he enjoys playing the drums, scuba diving, photography, and is a nationally published poet.  

 

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Chris can be reached by phone or text at 336.250.5093.

 

We have also brought an additional massage therapist onboard!  Please welcome our newest colleague, Ryan Swink!  

Ryan (NC LMBT #21124) is a graduate of the Davidson-Davie Community College for Massage Therapy.  He learned that he can improve quality of life through the power of touch.  He committed his life to serving others with 27 years of Emergency Medical Services as well as 32 years as a volunteer and paid Firefighter.  Practicing relaxation through massage and bodywork, Ryan utilizes techniques in Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, medical massage, hot stones, active isolated stretching, and a variety of other techniques.  His philosophy is to integrate these types of massage therapy to optimize the overall effectiveness of massage. His work as an EMS provides him with a better understanding when it comes to working with clients concerning medical issues.  Ryan is also available for on-site massages as well.  In his spare time he enjoys driving sports cars and spending time with friends and family.  You can reach him by phone at 743.867.3242 or email at essentialmassagespecialist@gmail.com.

 

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We look forward to hearing from you!