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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

LMT, RYT MA0004082

Maureen founded Northcoast Yoga Center in 1986. In 2010 Maureen relocated to Ocala, FL and opened Hands of Grace Massage & Wellness Center in December 2012. 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 34 years of bodywork as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Maureen’s enthusiasm about yoga is evident in her teaching style and she welcomes students of any age and any level of fitness.

Karen Evans

LMT MA73663

Karen joined Maureen at Hands of Grace in July 2016. She received her training at the internationally known Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL.

Karen is dedicated to the massage therapy profession and enjoys educating herself with new massage therapy modalities.

Karen's specialty is in prenatal and postnatal massage. She has a 64 hour Advanced Prenatal Bodywork Certification. While most therapists refuse clients in their first trimester, Karen safely offers deep tissue massage while still recognizing risk factors that may contraindicate certain massage modalities.
Karen enjoys educating her pregnant clients. She can offer instruction on stretching and muscle resistant exercises to help relieve stressed muscles and to help prevent painful ligament strain.

She also has training in Oncology massage and can safely administer bodywork for all cancer patients.

Summer Sloan

LMT MA#90501

Summer is continuing her education to become a Physical Therapy Assistant. She grew up on the back of a horse, she was on a horse before she could even walk. For about 6 years she trained horses in a variety of disciplines such as Polo, Barrel Racing and she also worked with Carriage horses. Her favorite was starting horses under saddle. She discovered Massage Therapy from an Equine Massage Therapist who worked on her barrel horses when she high school rodeoed. She loved the aspect of "natural healing" and believes in it 100%. Summer went to massage school as a stepping stone into another career and that is what brought her to Physical Therapy. She also enjoys working at a Physical Therapy rehab as a Massage Therapist. Since she can relate to equestrians, she hopes to offer an "Equestrian Massage" specifically designed for horse back riders which will combine deep tissue massage & advanced stretching the equestrian can use to advance their riding skills.

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!

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Verona Shipley

LMT MA 73668

Verona began her Massage Therapy training at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida. She is recognized by the Society for Oncology Massage, (s4om.org), as a Preferred Practitioner in the State of Florida. She holds a MotherTouch™ Prenatal Bodywork Certification. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association Her intention in each massage therapy session is to provide a safe and relaxing environment while assisting the client within their personal journey of health and wellness.

Lylly Rodriguez

Reiki Master Teacher - LMT MA51366
National Reflexology Certification BO1240

Lylly is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Hand and Foot Reflexologist graduated at the Florida School of Massage with a National Certification by the American Reflexology Certification Board. Her areas of expertise include Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Deep Connective Tissue, Polarity Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, and Reiki. Lylly enjoys using both hydrotherapy and paraffin to enhance her massage treatments. Lylly is also a Professional Member of the Reflexology Association of America (RAA) - http://reflexology-usa.org/

Meg Ruotolo

Certified Pilates Instructor

Meg started her Pilates career teaching Aerobics in 1989. In 1999, she became a Pilates Mat Instructor & was certified by Power Pilates in NYC. In 2000, she began her extensive training in Pilates equipment with Kevin Bowen & Michelle Laarson, a 2nd generation Master Teacher in the Pilates Method of exercise. In 2010 she became a licensed Zumba instructor and is certified in Levels 1 and 2 Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumba Gold. In 2014, she became certified in 2 levels of Booty Barre. Meg offers classes around Marion County.

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.

Julie Jenkins


Julie received her 200­ hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga-Veda School of Yoga and Ayurveda in Alachua, FL in 2013 and has since led over 1,150 classes. Julie's intention is to provide the space where her students find flexibility, strength, and balance in the body, the mind, and the soul, allowing them to go deeper and to stay open to all possibilities and their own limitless potential. Although no two classes are the same, the themes remain the same: Love, peace, kindness, courage, and compassion.

Eden Nevarez

Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Eden Nevárez, MA IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, and the owner of Bonding with Baby Lactation, LLC.

Eden provides lactation care to families struggling with breastfeeding offering in-home and office consultations.

Her experience includes working in a NICU and PICU environment with preterm, fragile, and sick babies at Miami Children's Hospital; along with working in a private practice lactation consulting environment. Eden provides care and support for issues such as low milk supply, difficulty with latch/positioning, infant tongue/lip tie, breastfeeding the preterm infant or infant with congenital anomalies. She also provides consultations for parents returning to work, pumping guidance, and breastfeeding care and support for parents of twins.


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