Get to know the Administrative Team!

Our front desk crew has years of experience and works together to ensure guests have the best visit possible and that our service providers have what they need to perform treatments that exceed expectations.

Cassie Sampson, BA, LMT, Spa Director, Community Relations, Misplacer of things

Cassie opened East Village Spa in 2008.  With the spa’s growth through the years (from 3 to 10 treatment rooms!) she primarily oversees the general day-to-day operations of the spa including social media and marketing. She occasionally fills in for our massage therapists as needed and does an annual charity “massage-a-thon” in February. In her free time you’ll find her running, biking, swimming and snuggling her old hound dogs. Cassie also designs jewelry to raise money for animal charities (check it out at the spa!) She’s a member of the Des Moines AM Rotary Club and serves on the South Suburban YMCA board and chair of the Iowa Massage Therapy Board. Cassie is passionate about elevating the massage therapy profession and educating the public about the benefits of licensed, skilled massage therapy. You’ll usually find her at our front desk as she loves getting to know everyone’s clients (and because that’s where we keep the chocolate!)

Cassie’s the best person to contact if you are looking for speakers for your organization.

Kelly Parker, LMT, Spa Director, Boss Lady, Knows where everything is

Kelly originally joined our team in 2009 as our managing massage therapist.  Kelly’s travels took her to a position with the Four Seasons where she further fine-tuned her massage and customer service skills and became an expert in the Farmhouse Fresh product line.  Kelly returned to Iowa to rejoin our team in 2014 as our front desk manager (and Cassie’s “Life Manager.”)   In 2018 she was promoted to Spa Director, since she’s truly the glue that keeps everything together. Kelly loves live music and is an active member of the Historic East Village board. She’s often out and about in the neighborhood working on fundraising projects and supporting local shops and restaurants. While Kelly doesn’t accept massage bookings, she will happily help out in a pinch so sometimes you’ll see her in the treatment room!

Kelly’s the best person to contact with inquiries about group bookings, non-profit donations, and general spa inquiries, or troubleshooting your online account or order concerns.

Molly Kinsey, Licensed Esthetician, Guest Services Manager

Molly will help you plan your spa day, make sure you remember your appointments, and become your best friend in the process. She’s a licensed esthetician and sees guests by appointment on Tuesday afternoons and fills in occasionally to help in an emergency.  She LOVES all esthetics services but especially waxing. She’s happy to make skincare recommendations at the front desk and knows our Rhonda Allison line in and out.

Molly’s a great contact for scheduling and changing appointments, troubleshooting your online orders, gift cards, and other general spa service inquiries. She’s also the best person at the desk for skin care retail suggestions.

Cori Hugins, Licensed Cosmetologist, Guest Services Assistant

Cori is a licensed cosmetologist who has also graduated from massage therapy school.  She has been providing excellent nail care for our team since 2016 and in June 2017 transitioned to a full time position as guest services assistant because of her excellent customer service skills and calming nature. Cori still sees nail care clients on a limited basis, you can book with her on Thursday afternoons and she fills in as needed to assist guests with safe, skilled manicures and pedicures.

Cori is a great person to suggest products for body, hand, and foot care and answer your questions about manicures and pedicures. She’s often the person who will help you schedule appointments and pick up gift cards.

You can reach our front desk team by:

E-mail us at EVSpaDesk@gmail.com. We check our e-mail frequently during business hours and will respond ASAP.

Phone: (515) 309-2904

You can also create an account and book online at www.EVDaySpa.com Let us know if you have questions or would like assistance with your account!

Get to know Karina Levy, Licensed Massage Therapist

Karina Levy joined the East Village Spa team in March, 2018 when we recruited her to fill an open position, knowing she was the perfect fit for our guests. Karina ‘s experience as a professional ballet dancer and founder of a non-profit that provides massage therapy to individuals who have ALS are two things that create her uniquely relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork.

Where and when did you receive your professional training?

I received massage therapy training at the Iowa College of Natural Health (Iowa School of Beauty) in 2012 in Ankeny. I have a BA from Iowa State in history and religious studies and I’m working on my master’s in history. I’ve taken several advanced trainings including Myofascial Release by John Barnes, Orthopedic and Sports Massage by James Waslawski, and cupping.

What are your specialties?

Orthopedic massage, working with people who have serious illnesses like ALS, prenatal massages. I love to give relaxing services like body scrubs and hot stone massages as well.

Why did you choose this field?

I was a professional ballet dancer for 12 years, massage therapy helped me with injury and maintaining healthy muscles through my career.

Describe your massage style in 3 words:

Therapeutic, Deliberate, Quiet

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to give?

Either the EV Signature or Athletic Edge Massage

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to receive?

Same! Depending on the day, either the EV Signature or Athletic Edge Massage

What is your favorite retail item?

I LOVE bath salts so I’d say the Kneipp salts or Rapid fire for injuries.

What are some fun facts about you?

I’ve lived, taught, and performed ballet in Denmark, New York City, Chicago and many other places. I love to read and I’m a history nerd. I love wine, cheese, and strong coffee.

Why should guests book with YOU?

I respect your life story and health needs, whatever they are that day. I do my best to listen to your body and cater to your needs every session.

What are guests saying about Karina?

“From the instant my massage started, I knew I was literally in good hands. Karina used a nice, firm pressure throughout the massage but her technique was so slow that it didn’t cause pain and was super relaxing. She let me rest quietly and my mind drifted away. Before my session I was stiff and achy from swimming, but I left the spa with greater range of motion and a much better attitude!”

To book a session with Karina, click here. Please select “Specific therapist” from the drop down menu, then select her name to see her availability. This will register your booking as a request for Karina.

Get to know JoLynn Evans, Licensed Esthetician and Nail Technician

JoLynn Evans joined our team in 2018, but her career in esthetics started long before. Prior to joining our team, she had experience working with Rhonda Allison Skin Care and was certified by Hydrafacial, and was a loyal fan of the type of wax products we use in services. She has quickly fit in with our team and our clients.

When and where did you receive your career training?

I studied Early Childhood Education and Performing Arts at Iowa State. I received my esthetics training at Capri College in Cedar Rapids and became a licensed esthetician in 2004. I graduated with my nail tech license from La James in Johnston in 2015, and attended Iowa School of Beauty for my Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Instructor license in 2016. I was fortunate to have a mentor in Dr. Kim Schulz in Coralville, IA. I worked at her Dermatology clinic right out of estthetics school and she was always willing to show me what she was doing with her patients and keep me up to date on the latest skin care information.

What are your specialties?

Brow waxing, skincare for highly pigmented skin, acne management, chemical peels, and Hydrafacial. I’m extremely passionate about skin cancer prevention. For nails, I love doing Shellac manicures and nail art (book extra time for that!)

Why did you go into this field?

Originally, to become a make up artist, then once I learned more about skin and skin care, I was hooked! Plus, the best foundation is great skin. I’ve always loved giving and receiving manicures and pedicures and I almost went to nail school before I even knew what an esthetician was.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Thorough, relaxing, safe

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to give:

Any facial (especially for acne management or highly pigmented skin)

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to receive?

EVERYTHING!

What is your favorite East Village Spa Retail Product?

Not fair…there are so many! I love anything with hyaluronic acid in it and I think people need to wear sunscreen every day of the year. A few specifics I especially love are Rhonda Allison’s Mandelic Argenine Serum, Ultra Hydration Cream, and C-Stem Cell Serum.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I love art, spending time with my twin daughters, watching and participating in theater products. I also love to sing. For fitness, I’m a fan of yoga and pilates. A few of my favorite TV shows are Grey’s Anatomy (still!), How to Get Away with Murder, and This is Us.

Why should guests book with YOU?

I’m going to take great care of you,  help you relax, and keep your skin and nails healthy.

What are guests saying about JoLynn?

“She did a great Brazilian wax! JoLynn was professional, her technique was comfortable, she got all the hair, and didn’t make me feel weird or awkward about getting a Brazilian. I’d definitely return to see her for another service!”

To schedule a service with JoLynn, click here. Select “Specific service” from the drop down menu and then click her name to check her specific availability and register your booking as a request.