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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.

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/

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.

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.

Mary Nadenik

Facial Specialist

Mary is from Villa Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a double major in psychology and zoology. Mary has worked in medicine and education in the cities of Chicago and Detroit, before moving to Florida. After moving to Florida she focused on raising her three children Ben, Alex and Sophie. While raising her three kids, Mary worked for a local facial plastic surgeon performing full facial aesthetic services. Mary is a graduate of Puttin’ on the Tips school of Cosmetology. She graduated with her esthetician license and focuses on full facial aesthetic services.

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.

Shaun Howell

LMT MA31283

Shaun graduated from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.  He enjoys all aspects of massage therapy, from Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage to the Relaxing Swedish Massage.  Shaun believes our bodies are the most over used and under appreciated pieces of our lives and massage shouldn't be a luxury, but rather a necessity.  Shaun's goal is to help repair, educate and restore bodies so that we can better live in harmony.
Shaun manages & works out of the Hands of Grace SW office.

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.

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