Get to know Camdine Cox, LMT

Camdine CoxWe are happy to introduce you to our newest team member, Camdine (Pronounced “Cam-den,” she also goes by “Cami”) Cox, Licensed Massage Therapist.  Camdine joined our team in February 2016, but her massage career started long before we were fortunate enough to cross paths!

How long have you been in the industry?

I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2009

Why did you go into massage therapy?

I have always loved helping people and making them feel better.  When I was little, I used to massage clients’ hands at my grandmother’s beauty salon  while their hair dried.  I love cooking and took a year of culinary school at DMACC but realized I’d be working odd hours in the culinary field.  I got my massage license to help work my way through college, but I fell in love with it!  I love being able to take away someone’s pain and get them back to what they love doing.

What is your favorite service to give?

My favorite massage to give is the sports massage.  I have learned a technique from Dr. James Mally that he refers to as “pin and stretch.” It allows me to work with tight, shortened muscles using range of motion and pressure.  I have found this approach very effective.

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

My favorite massage to receive is the hot stone massage.  One stroke with the stone is equivalent to seven with the hand.  It allows the therapist to work deeper faster and without having to use as much pressure.

What is your favorite retail product?

The Farmhouse Fresh honey glaze.  It smells amazing and works great on dry skin.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

I love to get lost in a book or listen to music.

What are your favorite suggestions or tips for clients?

Drink your water and stretch everyday.  You should drink your body weight, divided in half, in ounces of water daily.  Every night when you sleep, your body builds additional connective tissue over your muscles.  This binds you up and makes you stiff.  Stretching and massage helps to break this up.  You should stretch when you wake up and before you go to bed, ideally.

Do you have a special talent people might not know about?

I like to make jewelry and I can speak Spanish and French

Why should clients visit YOU?

I focus on relieving the cause of pain and stress through sports, prenatal, and hot stone massage.

To book a massage with Camdine, click here!

2015 Highlights

The 2015 spa year wraps up in 3 hours and like always, I’m a sap for reminiscing.  The year has seen more growth, which means more people in Central Iowa are experiencing some much-needed stress relief!  It is always good to have a year with far more ups than downs (I’m sparing you photos of the ceiling collapse and floor drain explosions of 2015). I thought I’d share 10 memories from the year that make me smile.

  1. Early in 2015, I had the honor of presenting my friend (and super cool human) Dr. Chris Lorang with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the East and South Des Moines Chamber.


I also got to enjoy a fun evening with some of our team at the chamber’s annual dinner.


2. I love teaching and I had the privilege  of teaching TWO amazing classes of students at Body Wisdom School this year.  So many great massage therapists entered the profession in 2015.image16


3. Our team celebrated many “Best of Des Moines” wins again in 2015.  We truly appreciate your vote and we aim to live up to our “Best Spa” designation every day.


4. Maybe the coolest thing we did in 2015 was provide free facials and skin care products to 12 women from the Beacon of Life Shelter during the spring and summer.  One of these awesome women chose to share her story with Channel 13 news.  I’m forever moved by the power of human touch and the confidence boost of proper skincare.image10

5. We got to enjoy Allison dancing with EVERY SINGLE MASCOT at the SW 9th Open Street Event that the spa volunteered for.

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6. Kelly and I had a great educational experience at ISPA conference and returned invigorated and full of ideas.

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7. Adding Rhonda Allison Skincare to our spa services and retail was the best decision we made in 2015.  Our skin looks and feels amazing and our clients are thrilled.  rhonda-allison-2

The Rhonda Allison line also allowed us to incorporate more corrective peels to our menu and I personally loved the results from mine!  Check out my blog post on it here.

Rhonda Allison Vitamin A Peel Before and After

8. We raised almost $2500 for Fluffy Butts Animal Rescue at our annual Spalloween fundraiser and had a record turnout!  The funds helped to cover several surgeries for the dogs in the rescue, like my new buddy Linus (pictured) who found a brand new “fur”ever home shortly after the event.

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9. We celebrated our 7th birthday!  I spent the day choking up because I get emotional at the spa’s birthday.  I just lost it when my dear friends at Ephemera posted this sign in their window.  It reminded me of over 7 years ago when we just had 2 itty bitty baby businesses across the street from each other.  We used to post cheery signs in the windows to say hello.  My how we’ve grown!

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10. We closed out the busiest year yet with this delightful little view of the capitol from our nail care suite last week.

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Thanks for everything, 2015.

Get to know Cyerra, Licensed Esthetician and Nail Technician

FullSizeRender(1)Cyerra Kemp is the newest member of our team, joining us in October, 2015.  She studied cosmetology nearly a decade ago and after taking time to care for her children, Cyerra returned to school to study nail technology and esthesiology.  We are so happy to have someone so enthusiastic about her career on our team, her passion energizes all of us!

Why did you get into this industry?

I love making people’s nails beautiful.  I get joy from helping others relax after a long day.

What is your favorite service to give?

I enjoy performing manicures with nail art.  I have also grown to love waxing.  I enjoy giving facials too because it is such a relaxing service.  I guess you can say I love everything.

What is your favorite service to receive?

EV Signature Pedicure and EV Signature Manicure with Shellac.

What is your favorite retail product?

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

What are your favorite ways to de-stress?

Turn on some music and practice nail art techniques

What advice do you have for clients?

Solar oil cuticle oil and sunscreen are your best friends.  Don’t forget to take time for relaxation.

Why should our guests visit YOU?

I can provide a relaxing experience at the spa.  And, for nail art, I’m your girl!

To book an appointment for a manicure or pedicure with Cyerra, click here!  If you want to add nail art, please add an upgrade for french tips or Rockstar Nails so that ample time is allowed.



Get to know Jamee

JameeKoopmanMassageJamee Koopman, LMT, joined our team in 2015.  She is a graduate from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School and Cassie’s former student.  We could not wait to recruit Jamee to join our team when she graduated because we knew our clients and colleagues would love working with her!  We are glad you are taking a moment to get to know her better and we know once you do, you’ll see why we just had to have her on the team!

How long have you been in the industry?

1 year

What are your licenses?

Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, and Licensed Massage Therapist

Why did you go into the field you are in?

I have spent 20 years in healthcare and I feel that massage therapy is a more hands-on approach to reach people on varied levels.

What is your favorite service to give?

Sports massage, though I’m open to integration of different techniques to tailor massage to specific needs.

What is your favorite service to receive?

Hot stone massage

What is your favorite spa retail product?

The Pure Inventions Tranquility Tea

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Meditation, Qi Gong, and spending time outdoors

What are your favorite tips for clients?

I like to suggest stretches and acupressure points for my clients to use for self-care after their massage.

What are your favorite wellness resources?

I like to use every resource available, but my favorite is that gathered from getting treatments by my fellow massage therapists.

Do you have a favorite relaxation quote?

“When angry, count to four.  When very angry, swear.” ~Mark Twain

Do you have a  unique hobby people might not know about?

I find that the more coffee you drink in exotic locales, the more the human experience sinks in, and skills and knowledge evolve from there.

Why should clients visit YOU?

I understand that everyone’s circumstances and dispositions are extremely unique.  I simply wish to meet you where you are and provide the best therapy for what you need in your moment.

To book a massage with Jamee, click here!

Get to Know Hannah Bates!

Hannah Bates SmallOur newest team member is no stranger to the industry!  We’re excited for you to get to know licensed esthetician and nail technician, Hannah Bates, who joined East Village Spa’s team full time in July 2015.  Hannah joined us in anticipation of our long-time esthetician/nail technician Lydia’s upcoming move to California this fall.


How long have you been in the industry?

4 years, unless you count the million manicures I tried at home as a kid 🙂

Why did you go into this field?

I studied nail technology because nails are a fun creative outlet.  I studied esthesiology because as a teenager I had a ton of trouble with my skin.  Mostly because I had no idea how to take care of it.  I always hated it and my skin gave me a lot of image issues.  I wanted to be able to help women with the same concerns.

What is your favorite service to give?

Waxing, nail art, and peels

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

Massages!  But I also love to get my nails done for a change.

What is your favorite spa retail product?

I’m a product junkie, but I love the Derma-peel from Rhonda Allison and the Farmhouse Fresh Splendid Dirt mask smells so good and makes my pores so tiny!

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Yoga and meditation, also coloring and journaling

What are your favorite suggestions/tips/tricks for clients?

Don’t listen to Pinterest!  Ha ha, just kidding.  Truly, self care and wellness can change your life if you let it.  Have an open mind and take care of yourself.

What are your favorite wellness resources?

Anything by Louise L Hay, Ram Dass.  Lots of Aveda training has gotten me in love with the books of their founder, Horst Rechelbacher.

Do you have a favorite relaxation quote?

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” Ram Dass

Do you have a special talent?

I can lick my elbow (Just joking, but I bet I made you try it!)

Why should clients visit YOU?

This is Cassie, I’ll answer this one for Hannah:  Since joining our team just a couple of weeks ago, our clients have LOVED Hannah!  So have her co-workers.  She works hard, loves learning about treatments and the science behind ingredients, and truly cares for her clients.  She makes services fun.  For Lydia’s regular clients looking for a new nail technician with a similarly creative spirit, Hannah is a perfect fit!

Click here to book with Hannah!


Get to know Teresa Sage!

Teresa Sage, LMT at East Village Spa

Many of our clients have had the privilege of working with Teresa Sage for their massage therapy visits since she joined our team 3 years ago in March 2012.   If you haven’t met Teresa, you should!  She’s a gifted massage therapist and her clients (and co-workers!) are lucky to be able to enjoy her enthusiasm for massage and life at East Village Spa.

When did you start your massage career?

This is career #2, and I am fairly new to the industry.  I began taking classes at Body Wisdom at the end of 2009 and received my license in February of 2012.  The next month I was lucky enough to start “living the dream” as a Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa!

Why did you go into this field?

I’ve been an avid massage client for many years; it is the best stress reliever!  After 25 years in the corporate airline industry, I was ready to pursue my passion for holistic healing full time, beginning with massage therapy and reflexology.  This path has also led me to learning about and learing to give CranioSacral Therapy.  It is not massage, but another powerful healing tool.

What is your favorite service to give?

I love giving people a CranioSacral (CST) treatment.  I love seeing their calm, peaceful faces afterwards.  I love that CST can be incorporated into a regular massage session too.

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

How to narrow it down…I love them all!  I love getting a long therapeutic massage, not to mention how pampered I feel during a facial or pedicure.

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Right now, I’m torn between Derma E’s Vitamin A Retinyl Cream for the face and the new Kneipp arnica cream for sore muscles and joints.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

A glass of red wine and dark chocolate, getting a massage, long walks in the woods, hot aromatherapy baths, and of course, going home to kitty cuddles!

What are your favorite wellness resources?

I love the magazine Massage and Bodywork and I think everyone should read Dr. John Upledger’s book, Your Inner Physician and You.

Do you have a favorite wellness quote?

“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.” ~Satchel Paige

Do you have a special talent people might not know about?

I make delicious apple pies (editor’s note: Her co-workers have yet to be treated to one of these delicious desserts!)

Why should clients visit YOU?

I love what I do, and I can tailor your session to whatever you tell me you need at the time…pampering, therapeutic, deep tissue…we can talk or we can be quiet (quiet allows for more healing, though).  I follow your lead, it is your session and I hope I can help.


Get to know Dawn Knutson, LMT!

EastVillageSpaDawnDawn Knutson has been a part of the East Village Spa team since 2011, seeing clients around her busy schedule as a mother to 3 great boys.  Dawn is a great fit for clients looking for a very relaxing and nurturing style of massage.  We are excited for you to get to know her better.  You an schedule an appointment with Dawn by clicking here!


How long have you been working in this field?

I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 15 years

Why did you go into this line of work?

My dad has always had headaches as long as I can remember, and always had me massage his neck while growing up.  After traveling for a while and not knowing my next step, my Dad checked out some massage schools, without me knowing, and he told me I had an interview with a massage school.  The next day I went to the interview and my gut told me to go with it.  I hadn’t even had a massage before starting school!

What is your favorite service to give?

60 and 80 minute EV Signature Massages and pregnancy massage.

What is your favorite service to receive?

Two Feet Deep and 75 minute Wellness Massages, plus the EV Signature Facial

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Our bath salts and Zoya nail polish.  I also love the Derma E Microdermabrasion scrub.

How do you get involved in your community?

I volunteer weekly at my children’s elementary school and am also on the PTA.

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Get a massage every other week and take a bath with Kneipp bath salts.

What are your favorite suggestions or tips for clients?

Relaxing is a huge takeaway for guests.  Working out, taking a bath, stretching…these will all help your body feel better longer!

Do you have a special talent or unique hobby?

I like to hoop dance

Why should clients visit YOU?

I feel that I give my clients my entire attention. I listen to your needs and like to tailor my massage to fit with what you are seeking for your end result from your session. I like connecting with people and feel that I can help make a difference in helping others to relax.