Get to know Dawn Knutson, LMT!

Dawn Knutson has been a part of the East Village Spa team since 2011, filling in for us as needed while she raises three very busy (and awesome) boys and crochets beautiful pieces for her business “Yarn over Matter.” We’re fortunate to have an experienced massage therapist like Dawn to fill in when employees need time off for travel or maternity leave, or to help us accommodate a group bookings and special events..

How long have you been working in this field?

I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2000.

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?

Massages for relaxation including hot stone, body scrubs, our signature massages, and foot massages and pregnancy massage. I LOVE doing massage therapy during special spa events like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day!

What is your favorite service to receive?

Two Feet Deep massage and facials

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Our bath salts and Zoya nail polish.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words?

Nurturing, Supportive, Comforting

What do you do when you are not at work?

My family enjoys traveling, I’m active in my son’s activities, and I crochet for my business “Yarn over Matter.” I love hoop dancing!


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.

What are guests saying about Dawn?

“Dawn was wonderful! She put me at ease and her kindness and professionalism helped make my massage experience so relaxing.”

Note Dawn’s schedule varies. She works primarily on call for events and substituting for therapists who need time off. If you love Dawn’s style, we’d be happy to suggest a similar style therapist if you need in when she’s not scheduled. Just give us a call at (515) 309-2904 of e-mail


Get to know Kristiana Moore, LMT

Kristiana Moore is the managing massage therapist at East Village Spa and has been a member of our team since 2013. Her clients love that she’s quiet and lets them rest peacefully during their sessions. She’s a true professional and has been an industry role model for over a decade.

When did you become a massage therapist?

I graduated from La James in 2007 and became a licensed massage therapist in 2008. I’ve been working as a massage therapist ever since.

What are your specialties?

I specialize in relaxation, hot stone, reflexology, and prenatal massages. I have advanced training in myofascial release and craiosacral therapy, which I can incorporate into my sessions.

Why did you choose a career as a massage therapist?

I became interested in massage therapy when my sister was in a car accident and part of her recovery was receiving massage. She would come home from a massage and tell me how awesome the session was. I was always jealous I didn’t get to go as well!  I thought that having a job that you spend every day making people feel better would be such a rewarding career and I have not been disappointed by my choice.

Describe your massage style in 3 words

Calming, professional, and quiet.

What is your favorite treatment to give?

I LOVE giving hot stone massages. The heat of the stones is so comforting and calming. I can also work deep with the stones without using heavy pressure.

What is your favorite treatment to receive?

I love our EV Signature Facial. I fall asleep every time and my skin always looks and feels great afterward.

What are your favorite spa products?

I love using the Kneipp Juniper bath salts when I’m sore from a hard workout.

What do you do in your free time?

I love traveling with my family! We have traveled all over the United States and hav hiked in France as well. I love exploring our National Parks, we always find beautiful hikes whil we’re there. When we aren’t traveling, we find hikes and walks around the are to do with our baby. I also love baking and am always looking for new recipes. I’ll read anything I can get my hands on!

Why should clients book with YOU?

My massage is calming and nurturing. I listen carefully to your concerns and do my best to customize each session to your needs that day. You can truly relax and let your mind go with me.

What do clients say about Kristiana?

“Kristiana is the ONLY massage therapist I will use. My wife and I fell in love with her and we both love her professionalism and how she helps create a wonderful relaxing environment!”

“Kristiana provides a great massage. She is gentle, yet firm and her quiet manner is incredibly relaxing.”

“Kristiana has a quiet presence that welcomes you as you are in that moment. She lights up the room with her smile, and begins to calm your nerves long before she shares her healing touch. Receiving a massage from Kristiana is like enjoying a trip to a heavenly cloud of peace. ”


To schedule a session with Kristiana, click here and if you wish to indicate this is a specific request, choose “Specific Therapist” at the top of the page and select her name from the drop down menu of therapists!