The Staff at the Abbott Center

Christina Abbott: Director
Neuromuscular Therapy Specialist, Energy Healing Practitioner, Stretching Practitioner

Education & Certifications: BFA Degree, Certification in Neuromuscular Therapy, Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, completed 17 post-graduate courses in the sciences, psychology and theology.

Licensed in Massachusetts

Continuing Education: Active Isolated Stretching, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Cadaver dissection (2), Energy Medicine (2), Pain Perception and Management, Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Neck Head and Facial Pain, Foot and Ankle Pathologies, Harvard Alternative Medicine Symposium, Harvard/Spaulding Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Rehabilitation Symposium.

Experience: 27 years (started 6/89)

Professional Membership: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)

Licensed in Massachusetts

For more information about Christina, click on this link to read a news article written about her story.



Annie Schwab: Neuromuscular Therapist, Massage Therapist, Pregnancy Massage Specialist

Education and Certifications: BS degree in Family and Community Services

Certified in Massage Therapy from The Muscular Therapy Institute (now Cortiva)

Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy

Licensed in Massachusetts

Continuing Education: Neuromuscular Therapy

Experience: 21 years in massage (started 9/96) and 18 years in NMT


MELISSA ROWELL: Certified Pilates Instructor, Classical Pilates method.

Vivacious and naturally charming, Melissa also brings a lot of knowledge and years of solid experience to our center. Recently the mother of a darling boy, she is enthusiastic about being here where she can teach the way she knows best, that is to identify the imbalances in her clients' bodies and instruct them through Pilates exercises to correct them. She enjoys working with students of all levels from beginners to advanced as well as those with physical challenges.

Melissa is trained in a variety of exercise forms from Yoga to Gyrotonics and strongly believes in cross training. She continues to learn by studying information that expands her knowledge and effectiveness. She is very motivated by finding new ways of working with all clients to improve how comfortable they are in their active life and how they look and feel in their bodies.

Livia Fontes: Massage Therapist

Education and Certifications: BA degrees in Education and History,

Certified in Massage Therapy from Palmer Institute of Massage 2002

National Certification for Therapeutic Massage

Licensed in Massachusetts

Continuing Education: Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Hydrotherapy Massage

Neuromuscular Therapy

Livia is also available to do therapeutic massage in your home.

Professional Membership: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)

Experience: 15 years in massage


Jennifer Lord: Massage Therapist, Esthetician
Education & Certifications: Certified in Massage from North Eastern Institute of Whole Health in Manchester NH

Massachusetts State Licensed Esthetician

Graduate of Catherine Hinds Institute

Certified Opthalmic Assistant with sub specialty in Surgical Assisting

CPR Certification, First Aid Certification, Reiki Certification I & II

Licensed in Massachusetts

Continuing Education: Neuromuscular Therapy I-IV, Active Isolated Stretching, Hot Stone Massage, Hydrotherapy Massage

Professional Membership: American Massage Therapy Association

Experience: 16 years as massage therapist (graduated 11/01), 9 years as esthetician (graduated 2/95), 18 years as opthalmic surgical assistant


CHARLES STEELE: Massage Therapist

Education and Certifications: BS degree in Geology from Purdue University

Certified in Massage Therapy from Boulder School of Massage with twice as many hours of study as required by Massachusetts.

Nationally Certified

Licensed in Massachusetts

Charles has come back here to his hometown after ten years in Denver and Seattle. His ten years of experience there in therapeutic and sports massage makes him well qualified to join the excellent therapists at The Abbott Center.

Charles hasbeen here now for 6 years, making every evening available for massage appointments, a service we have not been able to offer until now. He is also on call during the day when other therapists are not available.

On a personal note, his father was a scientist and his mother a Veterinarian. His interests include kayaking, snowboarding and tending his large vegetable garden.

Sandy Williams: Registered Physical Therapist. Certified Pilates Instructor

Pilates Certifications: Balancepoint Pilates and Pilates Method Alliance

Degrees: Boston College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1995

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Master of Science in Physical Therapy 1998

Sandy came to us recommended by one of our students. We are delighted to have her here teaching Wednesdays and Fridays. Sandy is a Registered Physical Therapist interested in the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates. In her lessons, she gives modifications and educates students about their anatomy and proper postural alignment. She is a patient, sweet and bubbly personality, but is serious about her teaching. She has been an educator as a faculty member at MTI teaching Anatomy, Kinesiology and Physiology, so she knows the body and will help you to understand yours. She is especially good helping less experienced students and those with restrictions to feel confident and successful as they explore the experience of feeling their bodies perform with greater efficiency and less pain.

Leslie Hallowell: Licensed and Certified Pilates Instructor

Here's what you'll want to know about her professionally:

- 25 years experience teaching athletes, 6 years concentration on Pilates

- Graduate of The Pilates School of Boulder

- Classical Pilates training with 2nd Generation Pilates Elders

- Certified with Pilates Method Alliance,

- Licensed Instructor in Pilates for Buff Bones for osteoporosis

- Teaches Pilates for Rehabilitation, renewal and well-being

- Has developed a discerning eye for detail in movement and anatomy

And a bit about her personally:

- She's a Colorado girl! Her mother is still a Mountain Mama

- Has a Degree in Theatre from Colombia and Off-Broadway experience

- Married with three children the last one just out of college

- Equestrian with high level formal training in Sweden

- Ballet dancer, First Level of the Majors at the Royal Academy

- Has done intense physical training

The Abbott Center
323 High Street Westwood
MA 02090-1103

TEL (781) 326-3841
FAX (781) 326-4344