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: 22 years (started 6/89)

Professional Membership: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)

Licensed in Massachusetts

 

Introducing Dawn Snow: Pilates Instructor, Classical and Power Pilates methods

Easy-going and friendly with a warm smile, Dawn is a teacher from the heart. She holds a BS in Child Development and Early Education and has used her education and years of experience to make her a superb Pilates teacher. Her practice of the Pilates method began more than ten years ago as an athlete. Having experienced its many benefits for herself, she was inspired to share the method with others. She completed her classical training and apprenticeship with Power Pilates and has now been teaching for more than 7 years.

Dawn's philosophy is that movement heals the whole person, so she is well-attuned to the mind-body connection of Pilates. She passionately shares her attention to detail, tailoring each session to maximize the benefits of the Pilates method for each individual to decrease pain and increase flexibility, mobility, strength and stamina. She beilives those benefits will spill over into every aspect of your life. Stretch to a new limit, go on the endless journey to wellness within ... Pilates is for every body!

Dawn has studied with two Pilates elders and 12 senior teachers and attends the annual congerences. With a thirst for knowledge, she has taken 22 continuing ed courses to hone her skills and refine her knowledge.

MELISSA HOCH-ROWELL: Pilates Instructor, Classical Pilates method.

Vivacious and naturally charming, Melissa also brings a lot of knowledge and eleven years of solid experience to our center. Recently married, 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 all levels of students 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 in courses that expand her knowledge and effectiveness and is 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.

Lisa Carusone: Pilates Instructor

We are very proud to have introduced Lisa Carusone two years ago last summer and are excited that she is continuing with us!

Lisa is classically trained and certified on the advanced level (600 hours) by Power Pilates, an industry leader and international provider of educational programs honoring the Method of Joseph Pilates.
She continues learning from internationally recognized instructors including students of Pilates himself and works weekly on the advanced/super-advanced level with her own instructor.

Lisa's students describe her as an enthusiastic and encouraging instructor, concentrating on correct position and precise, flowing movement. She teaches all ages and fitness levels on the mat and equipment from beginners to advanced students and takes special interest in progressing her students forward. Her specialty is Pilates for equestrians!


CHARLES STEELE: Licensed (State and National) Massage Therapist

Trained at Boulder School of Massage, the best training program for therapists in the country, with twice as many hours of study as required by Massachusetts, Charles has come back here to his hometown from 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 has come on board to make 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, Charles graduated on the Dean's List at Purdue University with a B.S. in Geology. His father was a scientist and his mother a Veterinarian. His interests include kayaking, snowboarding and tending his large vegetable garden.

Help us welcome this very talented and super good guy!

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:10 years in massage


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 in Cambridge,

Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy

Licensed in Massachusetts


Continuing Education: Neuromuscular Therapy

Experience: 16 years in massage (started 9/96) and 11 years in NMT


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

 

 

 

 
 
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323 High Street Westwood
MA 02090-1103

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FAX (781) 326-4344

 
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