Our Mission

Hands of Grace Massage & Wellness Center promotes wellness in the Marion County vicinity. Yoga classes, therapeutic massage, and holistic health information are offered with a personal flair. Hands of Grace Massage & Wellness Center empowers sensible, yet realistic choices for healthy living.

Meet Our Staff

Maureen Whitaker

Maureen Whitaker

LMT, RYT MA #0004082
Maureen has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1981 and is also a Continuing Education provider for Florida Massage Therapists. She founded Northcoast Yoga Center in 1986. In 2010 Maureen relocated to Ocala, FL and in December 2012, opened Hands of Grace Massage & Wellness Center in Ocala.

Maureen is passionate about movement and Yoga in particular. She teaches Iyengar-style yoga and has been studying yoga in the Iyengar tradition since 1980. Her knowledge of the neuromuscular system has been enhanced by 42 years of bodywork as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She offers Yoga Therapy as a component of her Massage Therapy practice. She is Registered with Yoga Alliance and is a Continuing Education provider for yoga teachers as well.

Maureen's enthusiasm for providing clients and students realistic tools for reaching optimal health goals is evident in the therapy she offers in the massage room and on the yoga mat.
Karen Evans

Karen Evans

LMT MA #73663
In her 10 years of practice, Karen's appreciation of massage therapy continues to grow. What she loves about her work as an LMT, is how the treatment provides a natural outlet to promote healing and the holistic effect of general well-being.

Through clear communication and her innate ability to understand pain, she uses an effective and focused treatment combined with a calming presence and quiet atmosphere. Her variety of techniques to achieve results include: myofascial release, trigger point therapy and deep tissue. Her goal is to reduce pain, restore function and encourage movement.

When Karen is not practicing, she enjoys the local beaches and springs, biking and finding happiness in the little things.


o Neck and Shoulder Pain
o Headaches, Sinus and Migraine Relief
o Plantar Fascitis
o Certified in Pre- Natal and High Risk Pregnancy
o Low Back Pain
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Kassie Herff

Kassie Herff

LMT MA #79154
Kassie was born and raised near Chicago, IL before attending school in Jacksonville, FL where she recieved her Associates degree in Occupational Science, specializing in Massage Therapy. She has always found herself in her element, when helping people create positive change in their lives. She has always been a believer in natural and alternative healing. Her purpose and passion are brought together in therapeutic massage. Self care is one of the ingredients for creating a better world, because when we take care of ourselves, we take care of each other. Kassie practices deep tissue massage for promoting change and healing in muscular tissue, relaxation massage for helping promote mindful meditation and stress relief. She also enjoys incorporating other modalities from sports massage, and trigger point therapy, to hot stone, and aromatherapy. She enjoys customizing massage for each individual. Kassie is a Wellness Advocate for essential oils and health products with the company Doterra. Follow “Kasandra Herff Licensed Massage Therapist” on Facebook for her monthly specials!
Katie Judd

Catherine (Katie) Judd

After over 15 years in physical therapy, Catherine decided to expand her knowledge and passion for helping people to be pain-free and healthy. She became a licensed massage therapist after graduating from the prestigious Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL.

She also holds a special certification in Advanced Sports Massage.

Catherine loves working with athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Sport-specific and deep tissue therapy are her favorite. She is also trained and experienced with Swedish, trigger point release, myofascial release, hydro therapy, cupping, and prenatal massage therapy.
LMT MA#95287
Rebecca Tate

Rebecca Tate

LMT MA #76313
Rebecca is a licensed massage therapist and certified reflexologist who has found her passion. Her goal for each session is to help you to deeply relax, creating an environment where the body may balance and begin to heal. She specializes in the art of reflexology and bringing focus to areas of the body that need attention. Rebecca graduated from the Florida School of Massage in the spring of 2014, and from the Academy of Ancient Reflexology in the spring of 2017. She has always had a desire to help, both human and animal. She and her boyfriend currently have three dogs and twenty-two chickens; roosters and hens of all colors and sizes. Her love for the great outdoors has deepened over the years, so when she is not practicing therapy, you will most likely find her out in nature.
Shaylynn Davis

Shaylynn Davis

LMT MA #100764
Shaylynn is a Central Florida native, and a graduate of Gainesville’s Florida School of Massage. She specializes in deeper, therapeutic work and intuitively uses a combination of other massage modalities to suit the client's needs. Shaylynn uses her previous work experience in the medical field as a surgical tech to provide her clients with specific, thorough work.

Shaylynn spends her time outside of the office practicing yoga, relaxing at the local springs, and spending quality time with her pup, Madi.
Sarah King

Sarah King

LMT MA#103462
Sarah has a passion for holistic healing and compassionate touch. She chose massage therapy as a profession because she felt strongly inspired to help others on their healing journey. Implementing Connective Tissue, Swedish massage, Neuromuscular therapy and Energy work, Sarah focuses on "Client Centered Care".
When she's not helping others, she keeps her bucket filled by connecting with nature, being out on the water and creating art in any form.
Stephanie Bryden

Stephanie Bryden

LMT MA #104836
As a recent graduate from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida and newly licensed massage therapist, I am passionate about collaborating with clients to explore paths to healing. During your massage therapy session with me, I will hold a safe space for clients to bring awareness to their body.

I believe deeply in the power of stillness, slowness and the incredible mystery of the mind-body connection. I've received training in Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, connective, tissue therapy, hydrotherapy, polarity and sports massage.

When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two adopted sons (both under the age of three).

Ocala is my beloved hometown and I'm excited to serve people of this city in a meaningful, impactful and compassionate way.
Mary Stevens

Mary Stevens

Mary Stevens owned a women's clothing boutique in downtown Ocala, Marketplace on Broadway, for 23 years. A car accident in 2009 forced her to change her workout routine from power yoga and weight training to something gentler. She began studying and practicing Iyengar style yoga with Maureen Whitaker in 2011 and found physical healing through this style of yoga.

Mary received a Yoga Teacher Certification in Vinyasa and Hatha Style yoga in 2017 and continues her study and practice of yoga. Recently she became certified in Holy Yoga, Senior and Chair Yoga.
Mary has personally experienced the physical healing that can result from practicing yoga and is enthusiastic about helping others discover the same benefits.
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