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Meet Our Therapists

  • Angela LaBorde

    Angela LaBorde

    Growing up a dancer, Angela has been intrigued with the human body and the way it moves her entire life. After graduating from Colorado College with honors and a dance degree in 2003, she went on to dance professionally with Ormao dance company out of Colorado Springs and then 3rd Avenue dance company out of Durango.

Like so many, after a personal crisis she found yoga and became certified to teach in 2008. She has been guiding students ever since in the practice of moving and breathing mindfully.

    Continuing her fascination with the body, Angela pursued massage therapy. She graduated in 2010 with honors and over 1000 hours of training in many modalites from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. After graduation, she started her own business and became a teacher’s assistant at BCMT. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to a core faculty position and leading curriculum development for the Shiatsu and Movement departments.

    Currently, Angela is the Director of SunWater Spa. You will occasionally find her on the therapy and yoga schedule as time allows. She enjoys hiking, gardening, a good book and spending time with her incredible husband and loving family.

  • Dhrsta Govinda

    Dhrsta Govinda

    LMT, NMT
    I was born in New Jersey on a beach and have always loved the ocean. Then growing up in Colorado I fell in love with the mountains. As a young man I played Lacrosse at Colorado College, was a high altitude yogi gardener in Crestone and Illinois, hand milked cows in West Virginia, and swam in big rivers in Tennessee after kirtana sessions.

    Met my wife at Govinda’s temple in Denver, got married in North Carolina at an ahimsa dairy yoga farm, visited my first kombucha bar in Hawaii, and cut my pony tail off in Costa Rica.

    I’ve lived in Colorado Springs over ten years all together, and while here have helped open breweries, deliver medical equipment to out patients, and done a lot more gardening!
    I got my Neuromuscular certification and Massage therapy training at Colorado Institute for Massage Therapy.

    As a massage therapist I hold true to the principle of self care and I often receive bodywork such as Rolfing, Marma therapy, Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, MELT, light work, and kirtana.

    Living up by Cheyenne Canyon, I love to hit the trails and explore the seasons; watch the sun set against the clouds, smell the trees and flowers, and sit in cold streams focusing on my breath and nature!

  • Alexis Whaley

    Alexis Whaley

    Born and raised in Colorado, Alexis is a loving wife and mother to two puggles and loves to hike, sing and read. She has been a skincare specialist since 2003 and continues to strive in the industry. Her passions are holistic healing and love of skin care. She is especially passionate about healing skin that needs extra TLC.

  • Georgi Gochis

    Georgi Gochis

    Georgi Gochis, RCST is the owner of Manitou Wellness Center for Alternative Medicine and Education, providing the practice and education in a variety of energetic modalities rooted in quantum science. Georgi is a certified teacher for Manitou Yoga School, a trauma sensitive 200 hour teacher training. Georgi certifications include Somatic Trauma Resolution Therapist and Teacher. She is currently working on a PhD. ND. in Natural Medicine. In March of 2016, she added a certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). She is also an Aqua Cranial Therapist for SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

  • Heather Klein

    Heather Klein

    I have always had an interest in the wonder that is the human body. I am fascinated by all of the creative ways our bodies work to support us. When I had the opportunity to learn the art that is massage therapy, it was clear I had found a perfect fit. Additionally, I am a 200RYT yoga instructor, and earned a certificate as a CrossFit coach in 2013, both of which have only enhanced my understanding of the workings of our physical bodies. My personal journey through health, wellness, and fitness has reinforced that I love working with clients to achieve their optimum level of health through therapeutic touch, and I have been providing excellent bodywork since 2002.

    My clients benefit from my considerable experience, my certifications in neuromuscular therapy and trigger point release, and my ability to customize their therapy with every visit. Those I work with generally report feeling profound peace and relief or complete resolution of their pain and discomfort. I am frequently humbled by exclamations of, “That was the best massage I have ever had”, ” Thank you for being so present”, and “I can tell you really love what you do”.

    If this sounds like the experience you are seeking, I would be honored to work with you.

  • Mitzi Pasternak

    Mitzi Pasternak

    Mitzi is the Lead Aquatic Therapist at SunWater Spa. She has a BA in Education, BFA in Dance, is a Certified Watsu Practitioner (1996), Waterdance Practitioner (1999), and a Watsu Therapist (2000).

    She was the owner of Manitou Watsu for a decade and now practices exclusively at SunWater Spa. She brings many years of experience to each session, with careful attention to client’s individual needs. The combination of warm water and Watsu movements creates a wide range of therapeutic benefits and often a deeply tranquil state of mind.

    Mitzi says, “By the end of a session clients frequently tell me, ‘I have never felt so relaxed in my life’. I am very grateful for the opportunity to silently connect with each of my clients in this peaceful and nurturing environment.”

    A mother, friend, dancer, gardener, hiker, and lifelong learner, Mitzi is currently in Thai Yoga Therapy training and ongoing Watsu trainings. She continues to grow the ways in which she brings this unique aquatic bodywork to our guests. She also enjoys working with and supporting the amazing aquatic staff here at SunWater Spa.

    For further information on Watsu, follow this link.

    For more even more info visit WABA.EDU

  • Rachel Luplow

    Rachel Luplow

    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

    I find immense joy in being of service to people and creating a safe, restorative, and beneficial environment where I can be a conduit for healing and help to guide you on your journey to physical and emotional health and well being.

    I graduated from Collinson School of Therapeutics and Massage in 2004 and I am versed in several modalities including Swedish massage, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, sports massage, craniosacral, reflexology, and lymphatic drainage massage. I may incorporate these and other techniques in to your treatment while I strive to be conscientious and mindful, allowing you a compassionate and nurturing space to connect with your body and affirm your vitality.

  • Kathleen Morrow

    Kathleen Morrow

    I enjoy working with and helping people live a fuller, healthier life, and have a passion for sharing and watching people “light up” when they get the depth of this beautiful work we call Biodynamic Craniosacral. In the water we call it Aqua Cranial.

    I have a BA in Business Administration and have been exploring the field of Health all my life.I am a Registered Craniosacral Therapist and Approved Teacher for the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Assn. of No. America (BCTA/NA), Touch for Health Instructor and Polarity Practitioner/Instructor. I expect to still be studying and “stretching my brain” when I’m ninety.

    In addition to working here at SunWater Spa, I have a flourishing private practice at Heart of Manitou. I founded the Manitou Springabouts leading health and history walking tours while we drink from these miraculous medicinal waters. I am also an avid outdoors woman, finding my solace in the mountains, and have completed my 10th Pike’s Peak Ascent and Marathon.

    I bring to my work an awe for the magnificent intelligence of the human body, and a deep sense of commitment and integrity in the search for underlying causes of illness and disease in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual phases of our humanness.

    I am honored to be included on the staff and bring my skills as a Cranial Therapist to these waters.

  • Robin Shankman

    Robin Shankman

    Robin Shankman has been doing Energy work since 1998 She is a Certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Phenomenal Touch Practitioner and Raindrop Therapist.  She has learned how to combine these modalities to bring the optimal care for each client. She has always been interested in Nutrition as well, and is a distributor for Juice Plus.  With her background she is able to take a holistic approach to bringing in the health and facilitating the body back into balance.  She treats every client with compassion reverence and respect and honors the needs of the individual.

  • Kiku Flores

    Kiku Flores

    Hello! I’m Kiku Flores and I have been a Therapist of many modalities for 18 years! I enjoy using Nueromuscular, Lymphatic, Myofascial, stretching and movement to aid in relieving discomfort in all bodies. I have been a licensed Esthetician for 12 years as well and am pleased to be able to address skin care concerns with a holistic approach.
    I love to help people on their journey through life, giving and sharing experiences in peace, health, happiness, and overall wellness. Whether addressing inner or outer beauty, from massage to facials to waxing, I am grateful to be able to share my passion for well-being with you in such a beautiful, healing place as Sunwater!

  • Sara Blanchette

    Sara Blanchette

    Sara Blanchette has been in the esthetics field since 2011. She has made it her life mission to show unconditional love in every aspect of her work and life. It first started when she set out on her own quest for understanding her body and the illusive concept of beauty. A proud graduate of College of International Esthetics, Sara has many product certifications ranging from microdermabrasion certification to microcurrent certification to sugaring skills. She brings extensive knowledge and experience with waxing and is a stickler for perfection.

    Sara is a self proclaimed student of life and is constantly involved in pursuing the newest advancements in her career field. Education is huge when we are talking about one’s future and health. Sara is known for deep relaxation, as well as, a deep connection. One never leaves her treatment room without a better understanding of the issues we face with our wellness and skin care.

    Helping her clients with relaxation, giving unconditional love, and being a vehicle for their self expression is what makes Sara so passionate about her career. SunWater Spa is a perfect home for her in it’s tranquil space filled with wellness opportunities and building of our community. We look forward to seeing you very soon.

  • Gabriela Silva

    Gabriela Silva

    Gabriela Silva graduated from Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida in 2009 and has since worked in both medical and spa environments. She is trained in Swedish and therapeutic deep tissue massage, traditional Thai massage, trigger point therapy, assisted stretching, cupping and myofascial release techniques as well as a variety of body scrubs and wraps, aromatherapy and herbalism.

    In 2016 Gabriela moved from Florida to Colorado. The wonderful people and breathtaking natural beauty of the state, along with the accessibility to hiking, kayaking, camping and skiing, harmonize perfectly with her sense of adventure and love of nature.

    Gabriela is passionate about the healing benefits of massage, and loves connecting with clients on a personal level by sharing her knowledge of homeopathic, integrative therapies to help them relax, decrease pain, increase comfort and mobility, and help them to achieve their personal goals in life, work and health.

    Gabriela is certified in traditional Thai Massage by the Shivagakomarpaj School in Chiangmai, Thailand and has studied Esalen® Massage as well as attended Personal Training workshops at the Cambrea© Institute in Gainesville, Florida and trained in M2T-Blade© myofascial tool.

  • Sue Buell

    Sue Buell

    Sue has been involved with learning Watsu since 2007.
    She learned from a few fabulous teachers in the Boulder area, including world renowned water therapist Peggy Schoedinger.  Sue is very excited to bring healing therapy into the water!

    She comes with a massage therapy career started in 1985.
    She has been teaching yoga since 2003.
    By bringing these forms of healing arts together and adding the water element ,
    she finds a different and expansive creative healing expression for
    each client.  She enjoys enmassing her knowledge from her other
    careers and putting them together with the possibilities of watsu into a whole new form
    of healing.

    For further information on Watsu, follow this link.

    For more even more info visit WABA.EDU

  • Dawn Boatwright

    Dawn Boatwright

    Dawn Boatwright has been blessed with the honor and privilege of being a massage therapist for over 37 years.  This experience compliments her Watsu training.  Each Watsu session begins by being embraced by the water and being held unconditionally in her arms. The experience is always unique. Some possibilities include:  freeing the spine from gravity,  moving beyond physical limitations, freeing the mind from the cares and tensions of daily life, reducing soreness and fatigue, awakening creativity,  experiencing the serenity of a womb, and the most fun of all…… joyfully playing – you know… the otter.

    For further information on Watsu, follow this link.

    For more even more info visit WABA.EDU

  • Erin Mader

    Erin Mader

    As a former ACSM personal trainer, I love anatomy and figuring out problematic areas on the body. I’ve been a licensed Massage Therapist for 13 years and specialize in Thai Yoga Massage and Deep Tissue/Sports Massage.  When I’m not massaging, I’m out enjoying all the beauty that Colorado has to offer! Never waste a sunny day!

  • Lesley VanDersarl

    Lesley VanDersarl

    Lesley is a dynamic, compassionate and intuitive body worker with over a decade of active experience and quality training. She graduated from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy, in Colorado Springs, CO, having completed the program with over 1,000 hours of training, resulting in an International Certification in NeuroMuscular Therapy. She since went on to become certified in Hot Stone Therapy and received training in CranioSacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release, under the Upledger Institute. She is also a Certified Reiki Master, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Yoga Nidra Teacher. Most recently, she completed a Thai Yoga Therapy Certification Program through Ritam Healing Arts.

    Her specialty is Integrative Bodywork (an intuitive healing process that allows her to use a combination of modalities within a session to provide the most effective healing for your body, mind, and spirit). Laughter and smiles come easily for Lesley. She enjoys hiking, yoga, art, spending time with friends and family, reading, movies, good food and exploring new places. Lesley’s calling is to be a passionate conduit for healing; to support her clients’ by holding space for them as their current obstacles in body, mind, and spirit shift, awakening their natural state of wellness, calling them back to their true essence.

  • David W. Armstrong

    David W. Armstrong

    M.Ac., L.M.T.
    David enjoys assisting people to relax and heal using the multiple massage options SunWater Spa has to offer. He has twenty plus years of experience in therapeutic massage and is happy to help people using many different modalities from deep tissue to lymphatic drainage massage.

    Within the flexible framework of the types of massage SunWater Spa offers, David works to relieve tension and stress, and help harmonize our hearts with our minds and our bodies. David is also educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine and continuously studies Tai Yi energetic medicine to more fully understand how energy works within, through, and outside of our bodies.

  • Catherine Lee

    Catherine Lee

    BA, LMT
    A background in medical equipment maintenance and repair may seem incongruent with a career in massage therapy but the common ground is both emphasize prevention; stopping a problem before it starts so that you can be fully engaged in life, or life support – as the case may be! Catherine’s keenest interest is in prevention of problems that compromise a healthy, happy lifestyle and connecting people with resources that make a difference in their wellbeing.

    Upon retirement from a 20 year military career, Catherine made the move to the healing arts after a massage experience permanently relieved her of a longtime painful condition and buoyed her feelings of wellbeing during an extremely stressful period in her life. That the right touch in the right places could be so healing was an incredible revelation. Catherine knew immediately what she wanted to do next; learn how to make that difference for other people.

    If Catherine could design the perfect therapy it would include insuring that each person came to their massage well hydrated to get the MOST benefit out of each session. Hydration is absolutely fundamental to good health, high energy levels and performance – before, during and forever after your massage therapy.

    A perfect day in Catherine’s world includes connection with family, community and nature and making a difference for the better in someone’s life.


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