Get to know our 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 doesn’t keep regular clients but will fill in for an employee in a pinch!

In her free time you’ll find her running, biking, swimming and snuggling her “trash hound” Eddie. 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 as the chair of the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy. 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!)

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 Experience Manager, Aunt to the spa team dogs.

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 has a few openings in the afternoons and evenings, plus she’ll 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.

Kii Davis Guest Experience Assistant

Kii (pronounced like “Key”) is originally from the Bronx, then moved to Atlanta and landed in Des Moines. She’s an incredible hair braider with her own business (check out #slayedbykii on Instagram to see her work) Fun fact: Kii was a national double dutch champion in 2009!

Anne Llewellyn Guest Experience Assistant

Anne is a long-time friend of the spa, providing delicious baked goods for our Spalloween events and parties over the years from her business Shade Tree Bakery. She joined our guest experience crew in 2019, but don’t worry, we’ll still be serving up her baked goods…this just makes it WAY too convenient for us!

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 Corrie, LMT and Esthetician

Corrie Mitchell is a licensed massage therapist and licensed esthetician who joined our team in 2019. She has her BFA in Theater from Avila University, graduated from the Aveda Institute Esthetics Program in 2014 and from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School early in 2018.

What are your specialties?

For massage therapy, I specialize in deep tissue, hot stone therapy, relaxation massage and a technique called “positional release” therapy. I really enjoy the relaxing elements of facials.

Why did you choose the field you are in?

I love helping people look and feel their best. I love that people are realizng the health and wellness benefits of massage therapy.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Attentive, Accommodating, Caring

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to give?

The body scrubs and the EV Signature Massage

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to receive?

All of them are fabulous!

What is your favorite product that we carry?

The Farmhouse Fresh body oils smell amazing!

Tell us some fun facts about yourself!

Singing has always been a passion of mine. I have a dance background in tap, ballet, and jazz and I love to do Zumba. I also enjoy baking and cooking.

Why should guests visit YOU?

I have a passion for helping people look and feel their best. I love providing services that meet their needs.

Want to book with Corrie? Click here and be sure to select “Specific Provider” and her name from the drop down menu!

Resolve to avoid these 3 skin health mistakes

New Year’s Day is always a good time to set goals. People often focus on nutrition or fitness goals, but neglect their skin’s health when creating a wellness plan for the year! We’ll make skin care resolutions easy with 3 common skin health mistakes to resolve to avoid this year.

From Camille Arbegast, Managing Esthetician at East Village Spa:

Resolve to exfoliate properly: That might not mean using an actual “scrub.”

Many people think that to exfoliate you need a scrub, any scrub. But more often than not, a manual scrub is not appropriate for your skin. Some scrubs are really aggressive and will damage your skin. For people with acne-prone skin, scrubs can cause inflammation, spread bacteria and increase breakouts. People think that Clarisonics exfoliate the skin but they really don’t (slightly, but not enough). They’re great for deep cleansing but that’s about it.

A serum exfoliates with acids instead of “grit.” The benefit of using a serum to exfoliate is they will likely have multiple benefits for your skin along with exfoliation.

From Lindsay Crowe, Licensed Esthetician at East Village Spa:

Resolve to stop getting skincare advice from social media celebrities.

People may use the wrong products because of social media influencers. They see what they are using and want to look like them or have their skin, but the products that work for the Instagram or You Tube celebrity may not be appropriate for the person watching the video. That’s a new thing happening in our industry and I have started to see it with my clients this last year… they see it on YouTube and they want it!

For example, you may see someone raving online about a clay mask, but those are only for oily skin or spot-treating blemishes. If someone with normal to dry skin uses that mask, it can lead to irritated dry skin and breakouts.

Getting the right products for your skin starts with an esthetician so we can talk and map out your personal needs. That’s why our facials and products are customizable, which I love!

Cassie Sampson, BA, LMT, Owner, East Village Spa

Resolve to quit picking at your skin!

2018 was a stressful year and stress translated to breakouts for me. Breakouts translated to stress relief in the form of “picking” my skin to try to do my own extractions. It was a vicious cycle that caused some scarring on my cheek and chin. I work with 7 licensed estheticians, so WHY I felt the need to try to extract my own skin is beyond me. (This is a lie, I did it because it was satisfying.)

Now I’m in repair mode to minimize the scarring. I use Rhonda Allison Perfection Clay to spot treat when I get a blemish to make it easier to extract if I feel compelled to try to do it, and I properly treat my skin before and after. Mostly, I’ve made it a goal to get a facial or Hydrafacial when I’m stressed. The services are incredibly relaxing which helps to reduce my stress and anxiety that causes my blemishes (and my desire to pick) AND they help with the scarring. Win-win.

East Village Spa Facial with Mask

Need help achieving your new year skin health resolutions? We’re here for you! You can book a facial online here. Not sure where to start? A Wellness Facial is a great option for people who are totally new to professional skincare. Want more stress relief with your facial? Book the EV Signature Facial which has all of the benefits of the Wellness Facial, plus lots of extra TLC. If you’ve tried facials before and want something that packs more punch, I strongly suggest the Hydrafacial. It is a game-changer!

You can also stop into the spa and see if one of our estheticians is free to consult with you about the best service or products for your needs. Cheers to healthy skin and a low-maintenance routine designed for YOUR needs in the new year!