Our Team

Rachel Hogancamp (she/her) is the co-founder of Rasa Spa, in partnership with Cayuga Medical Center and Island Health & Fitness. Rachel’s career in wellness began in 1994 when she attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She went on to be an instructor until 2012.

Rachel’s interest in serving her community through volunteer service began as a student on the Ithaca College campus in the late 80’s. Over the years, she has put much of her energy toward serving the needs of those with particular health challenges as a long-time supporter of the STAP AIDS Ride, as well as the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. In recent years she has served as a committee member of the Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund, and continues to serve as a board member of Family & Children’s Service and the Tompkins Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as the New York State Spa Association. An avid and accomplished photographer and supporter of the visual arts, everywhere you look at Rasa, you will see the work of local artists. Rachel’s nature photography can be viewed on her website, www.rachelhogancamp.com.

When the opportunity came to open Rasa at the Cayuga Wellness Center in 2006, Rachel was eager to create a full-service spa dedicated to serving the whole person and for the spa to be not simply be a place of luxury but a fully-integrated part of the healthcare offered at the Center. It is her singular vision to communicate her passion for achieving whole-body health to the greater Ithaca, regional, and nationwide spa communities. Rachel’s overarching hope is that Rasa Spa will be able to serve the needs of the broadest possible array of people who are on the path to achieving their best health. She can be reached at: rachel@rasaspa.com.

Massage Therapists

Brian Alexander

Brian Alexander

LMT

Brian Alexander (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a 2018 graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. He enjoys using his knowledge of kinesiology and an array of massage modalities to create a deeply therapeutic session that addresses his clients’ needs. As an active person, Brian is passionate about learning how the body moves and functions. He believes good communication is foundational to everything we do, and welcomes feedback from his clients.

Katie Barnes

Katie Barnes

Senior LMT

Katie Barnes (Licensed Massage Therapist) moved to Ithaca in September 2010 to start massage school at FLSM. On the first day, she knew she had found her new love. She was in awe of the art of massage and fell in love with FLSM and the Ithaca area. Her interest in massage stems from two different people in her life: The first, her grandmother. Her feet were always cold and achy. She didn’t like for anyone to look at her feet, but would let Katie soak and massage them. The simple soak and rub drastically improved her circulation and they felt warm again. The second is her father, a Navy SEAL who lost his left leg in the Vietnam War. Katie watched him struggle with pain her entire life until her family figured out that an hour of massage leaves him pain-free for almost a week. Katie believes in a wide variety of modalities in her practice and is an excellent deep tissue practitioner. One of her favorite services to do is massage with cupping. Her main focus is to center her sessions around each client’s needs.

Celia Bakaitis

Celia Bakaitis

LMT

Celia Bakaitis (Licensed Massage Therapist) brings warmth, groundedness, and a spirit of learning to her practice. She loves massage because of its ability to touch the intersection of mind, spirit, and body. Two decades of agricultural work, landscaping, and demanding physical labor have given Celia a keen appreciation of occupational injury and the value of massage in treating injury. Her early training in dance has given her a strong intuitive relationship to the body, which she draws on to bring sensitivity, perceptiveness, and communication into her work. She equally enjoys delving deep into chronic discomforts through connective tissue and trigger point work and providing nurturing relaxation massage.

Julianne Brower

Julianne Brower

LMT

Julianne Brower (Licensed Massage Therapist), loving referred to as Jules, has been practicing  as a Licensed Massage Therapist since graduating from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2013. She has experience working in many different settings, including spas, hospitals, chiropractic offices, and wellness collectives. Her varied experience has allowed her to work with many different clients and pathologies, furthering her knowledge of the human body and the health benefits of Massage Therapy. Julianne’s style of bodywork is an integrative approach, using a combination of modalities and techniques to effectively meet the needs of each individual she works with. She has continuing education training in Myofascial Release Therapy, Oncology Massage, Reiki, Cupping, Mayan Abdominal Massage, and Integrative Energy Healing. Jules is very grateful she is able to offer this kind of healing to the world. Her intention in every session is to improve each client’s quality of life through physical and/or energetic release.

Christy Carpenter

Christy Carpenter

LMT

Christy Carpenter (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a 2012 graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage and believes that her purpose in life is to be a vessel to help individuals on their healing journey. Her love for helping and healing people has played an important role in her own journey to therapeutic massage therapy. Her heart feels full when she can help ease pain or provide much needed relaxation. Every session Christy’s clients receive is unique to what is going on in their bodies on that day. She addresses both physical and energetic issues of the whole body through modalities like Swedish Massage, energy palpation, trigger point therapy, Shiatsu, deep tissue, and stretching. Her ultimate goal is to leave you feeling better in your mind, body, and soul.

Sarah Costonis

Sarah Costonis

Acupuncturist & LMT

Sarah Costonis (L. Ac, LMT) weaves a deeply nurturing space for her clients, expertly treating from the superficial fascia and lymph passageways down to the deep muscles, nerves, and brain. Sarah loves to unpack layer after layer of tension, leaving you floating out of the room, and creating a deep memory of relaxation that your body can return to as a new baseline. With acupuncture, craniosacral therapy treatments, and Lymphatic Drainage Technique, Sarah can treat a range of physical and emotional disorders. She specializes in working with headaches and neck pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, women’s health, and immune system and digestive health.

Anna DiPilla

Anna DiPilla

LMT

Anna DiPilla (Licensed Massage Therapist) uses a trauma-informed approach, weaving together decades of experience, training, and education in healthcare and healing arts with a mindful, nurturing touch. Her style integrates deep listening and a blending together of philosophies and techniques from Trigger Point Therapy, Ohashiatsu (accupressure), Polarity Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Usui Reiki, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais Method. Anna is a student of Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book and Stalking the Wild Psoas, and founder of Core Awareness(™). She has worked closely with chiropractors, physical therapists, and psychotherapists over her 16 year career as a bodyworker, observing the body’s wisdom and intelligence from a holistic perspective. Anna is a Somatic Therapies Practitioner, Shiatsu Practitioner, Reiki Master/Teacher, Infant Massage Educator, and a certified TraumaWise Yoga Instructor (RYT200) through Devalila Yoga in Frenchtown, NJ.

Kate Eldredge

Kate Eldredge

LMT

Kate Eldredge (Licensed Massage Therapist) graduated from the Great Lakes institute of Massage in Pennsylvania in 2006 and the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2019. She has always had a passion to help care for others and improve their wellbeing in life. She is very passionate about massage therapy and specializes in many different modalities. Some include swedish massage, pregnancy massage, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular facilitation, and myofascial release. She is very excited to continue her massage education adding other modalities and techniques to her range of abilities. Kate loves to meet new clients and working with them to improve their health. 

Katherine Gabelmann

Katherine Gabelmann

Senior LMT

Katherine Gabelmann (Licensed Massage Therapist) graduated from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, and has been practicing massage for over 16 years. Katherine believes that massage plays an important role in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Her work experience includes 6 years in the medical massage field, where she worked in a thriving rehabilitation center alongside physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and osteopaths. Katherine then moved to Manhattan and transitioned to a luxury spa setting. She worked at the Trump International Hotel and Tower and the famous Waldorf-Astoria New York, where she had the pleasure of treating international business people, professional athletes, and celebrities. She then made a return to her upstate New York roots, choosing Ithaca to start her family. Katherine’s intention is to provide wellness with a combination of deep tissue and relaxation through therapeutic touch that is personalized to fit each client’s needs.

JoAnn Kingsley

JoAnn Kingsley

LMT

JoAnn Kingsley (Licensed Massage Therapist) has always had interest in working with people. She graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2004. JoAnn is the Healing Arts Coordinator for the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. She  is also dedicated to her work in higher education as a part-time faculty member/mentor at SUNY Empire State College.

Ellie Morello

Ellie Morello

Senior LMT

Ellie Morello (she/her), Licensed Massage Therapist, has been practicing massage since 2017 after making the decision to leave her job at an outdoor retailer in town. She grew up as an athlete in Horseheads, NY and has continued to remain active spending time hiking in the gorges and finding new places to kayak. With these experiences, she has an expansive understanding of how the body moves, and also the discomfort that can come from an injury or chronic pain. Ellie strives to use her knowledge to help others feel more comfortable in their bodies and enjoy a better quality of life. She will provide an instinctual session of integrated styles that is catered to your wants and needs, leaving you feeling relaxed and taken care of. You will certainly be in good hands.

Sara Morganti

Sara Morganti

LMT and Esthetician

Sara Morganti (Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician) is a Finger Lakes native, and has recently moved back to the area from South Carolina. She completed her massage training at the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY in 2005 and esthetics training at The Aveda Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2015. She also holds a BA in Complementary and Alternative Healthcare. Sara offers a holistic approach to both skincare and massage, and has worked diligently to learn and offer minimally painful techniques while providing maximum results. Sara has studied a variety of massage techniques and found her niche in neuromuscular work and relaxation techniques. She is certified in prenatal and perinatal massage. Sara has also completed manual lymphatic drainage training, oncology massage, and oncology skincare. Her area of interest with esthetics is centered around improving overall skin health, particularly with immune compromised skin and rosacea. When she isn’t at work, Sara is working on restoring the farm she and her husband own, hiking, or spending time with her rescued pitbull named Jammin Mugs. 

Marie Parks

Marie Parks

LMT

Marie Parks (Licensed Massage Therapist) is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. After searching and experiencing different avenues to help people, she has found where she’s gifted, impacting many as a massage therapist. She is interested in not only how massage relieves pain and decreases stress, but its overall holistic effects to promoting good health. Her heart is to be a vessel for healing and desires her clients to find relief physically, mentally and emotionally as she customizes each session to the specific needs of the individual. Marie intuitively integrates massage modalities, such as deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and stretching along with Swedish, to stimulate the body to function at more optimum levels, minimizing pain, stress and discomfort. She believes the practice of bodywork can play a significant part in escorting people to a more peaceful state of being.

Valerie Potter

Valerie Potter

LMT

Valerie Potter (Licensed Massage Therapist) was born and raised in the Ithaca area. She graduated from Ithaca High School in 2000 and spent almost 20 years in retail. After a major change in her personal life she decided she wanted to do something that helped someone directly instead of just a company’s bottom line. She enrolled in the Finger Lakes School of Massage and found her calling.  She was told from the beginning that she had intuitive hands. Her love for deep tissue, connective tissue, and shiatsu work all came together to give her a new outlook on personal and professional lives. Valerie enjoys all areas of massage and believes it is the new way to heal the body from the inside out. She is excited to be back in the unique Ithaca atmosphere after two years out of the area. She believes that sometimes you have to leave a place in order to appreciate all it has to offer. Valerie embraces each session with a positive outlook that if you can heal the body you can heal your life.

Piers Sharman

Piers Sharman

LMT

Piers Sharman(Licensed Massage) Piers was educated at both the Oregon School of Massage and FLSM. He likes to integrate Swedish, deep tissue and Shiatsu massage methods to help his clients relax, and to address some of the patterns of tension that people develop through habit and the demands of modern life. Piers believes that easing stress and allowing freedom of movement makes life better, and hopes to convince his clients of this through his work.

Leslie Vincent

Leslie Vincent

LMT

Leslie Vincent (Licensed Massage Therapist) works with intention, presence, and without judgement while aiming to help people understand, respect, and feel comfortable in their bodies. She is a 2007 graduate of the revered Body Therapy Institute in North Carolina, and aims to care for the whole person. She also specializes in prenatal care as a massage therapist and birth doula. Having been in private practice for eight years, followed by four years at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, she feels a peaceful sense of home returning to New York in 2019, and finally planting roots in Ithaca.

Rena'te Walls-Boyle

Rena'te Walls-Boyle

LMT

Rena’te Walls-Boyle (Licensed Massage Therapist) graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2004. She honors the mind, body, and spirit connection while integrating many modalities into holding space for each individual on her table.

Dex White

Dex White

Senior LMT

Dex White (Licensed Massage Therapist) graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage and has been working as a massage therapist since 2000. He was an instructor at FLSM for 15 years, teaching Swedish, movement-based work, energy work, deep tissue techniques, medical massage, and communication skills. His sessions usually draw from all of these approaches, based on his client’s preferences and his own deep listening to the body’s responses to the work. Dex truly enjoys following his intuition and responding to his client’s needs in the moment, and he places great importance on laughter and play.

Skincare

Christine Combs

Christine Combs

Licensed Esthetician

Christine Combs (Licensed Esthetician) has been passionate about health and wellness and helping others feel good her whole life. Christine is a 2022 graduate of the Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics. Prior to esthetics school, she was a health and wellness educator at the secondary and college levels in upstate New York for over two decades. As an esthetician at Rasa Spa, Christine offers her clients a peaceful experience in relaxation and skincare rejuvenation through her sensorial and healing touch, caring heart, and knowledgeable skincare practices. When not at Rasa with her clients or learning about new skincare best practices, Christine also enjoys tennis, hiking, cooking, playing with her black lab, and spending precious time with her family. Christine is very happy to be a part of the wonderful professionals at Rasa Spa and she is truly motivated and passionate about being of service to her clients to help improve the quality of their lives through great skincare practices.

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Leana Love-Fabian

Leana Love-Fabian

Senior Licensed Esthetician

Leana Love-Fabian (Licensed Esthetician) attended Continental school of Beauty in 2004 and has loved being an esthetician ever since. Her love of skincare started long before when she was a little girl with face masks, bubble bath and makeup. She promotes good skin care practices, not solely to benefit the look of your skin, but also for the fulfillment that caring for yourself brings. Leana brings her broad spectrum of knowledge and experience to each session and tailors the treatment towards the clients desires and needs. Most of all she shares her love and warmth with the sincere intention to uplift and inspire.

Sara Morganti

Sara Morganti

Licensed Esthetician and LMT

Sara Morganti (Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician) is a Finger Lakes native, and has recently moved back to the area from South Carolina. She completed her massage training at the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY in 2005 and esthetics training at The Aveda Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2015. She also holds a BA in Complementary and Alternative Healthcare. Sara offers a holistic approach to both skincare and massage, and has worked diligently to learn and offer minimally painful techniques while providing maximum results. Sara has studied a variety of massage techniques and found her niche in neuromuscular work and relaxation techniques. She is certified in prenatal and perinatal massage. Sara has also completed manual lymphatic drainage training, oncology massage, and oncology skincare. Her area of interest with esthetics is centered around improving overall skin health, particularly with immune compromised skin and rosacea. When she isn’t at work, Sara is working on restoring the farm she and her husband own, hiking, or spending time with her rescued pitbull named Jammin Mugs. 

Kalika Osgood

Kalika Osgood

Senior Licensed Esthetician

Kalika Osgood (Licnsed Esthetician) is a 2018 graduate of the GST Boces Esthetics program and discovered her passion for skincare after helping friends and family resolve common skin concerns with skin care guidance and at home care.  After recognizing that her true passion lay in Esthetics, she dedicated herself to getting an education in the field. During her time in Esthetics school, Kalika discovered that health and wellness goes deeper than the skin and encompasses the mind and body. Her hope is to utilize her passion and knowledge to enrich the lives of her clients through education and guidance in their skin care needs and by giving quality services to put you in a relaxed state of mind with a gentle, soothing touch. During personal time, Kalika enjoys engaging in social activities with loved ones, spending time with her pets, reading, and meditation.

Caitlyn Riegal

Caitlyn Riegal

Licensed Esthetician

Caitlyn Riegal (Licensed Esthetician) is a graduate of the esthetics program at GST Boces. She spent several years working in the cosmetics industry, then realized her true love was skincare and she yearned to learn more. Caitlyn loves treatments that boast real, visible results while also allowing her clients to relax and unwind. After her first visit to Rasa as a client, she immediately knew she wanted to join the team and be a part of the welcoming and relaxing environment we have here.

Sarah Scheiber

Sarah Scheiber

Licensed Esthetician & Senior Waxing Specialist

Sarah Scheiber (Licensed Esthetician, Senior Waxing Specialist, and Reiki Master) consciously works to affirm self understanding and self value. As a waxing specialist, Sarah’s work offers refined, cared for beauty. Likewise, her energy work cultivates a space to connect with your experiences and your authentic self. For Sarah, the intuition to define individual beauty through waxing and to care for energetic beauty are linked; this relationship guides Sarah’s compassionate hands to help clients radiate their grandest self actualization. Her attunement as a Reiki Master Teacher and ARCH practitioner, education in health and wellness, and her passion to co-create with clients make Sarah an able console to all wellness routines.

Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

Licensed Esthetician

Sydney Smith (Licensed Esthetician) is a graduate of the New York Beauty & Barber Academy.  She began her skin care journey while trying to navigate and solve her own skincare concerns.  Sydney believes that every person is unique and complex in their own way and our skin is no different.  She enjoys customizing each facial to your specific goals and skincare needs. Sydney is passionate about Esthetics and helping others love the skin they’re in.  When she isn’t at work she enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to music and running a youth group and basketball training program for teen girls.
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Yoga Instructors

Astrid Jirka

Astrid Jirka

Certified Yoga Instructor

Astrid Jirka (Certified Yoga Instructor) is a certified advanced Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga teacher. She has been teaching since 2004 in many different venues, including wellness and fitness centers, yoga studios, and private settings. She teaches with a well-rounded focus on the physical, mental, and spiritual levels of the yoga practice in order to achieve positive health and well-being. The physical aspects include the goal of creating a balance between strength and flexibility an overall balanced and healthy lifestyle. Essential to this concept is deep awareness and control of the breath and the ability to look inward while remaining connected to the outside world. She is interested to assist people at any level who are looking to heal or enliven their bodies and lives through increased awareness and mobility.

Eleanor Liebson

Eleanor Liebson

Certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Occupational Therapist

Eleanor Liebson (Certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Occupational Therapist) is also a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor. She brings 25 years of rehabilitative experience and ongoing continuing education to her yoga therapy practice. Eleanor has taught numerous specialty yoga classes for pregnancy, breast cancer survivors, Parkinsonism, arthritis, osteoporosis, senior chair yoga, special needs children’s yoga, and also provides one-on-one yoga therapy for persons with unique orthopedic and neurological conditions such as those with spinal issues, stroke, MS, CP, chronic pain, and emotional dysregulation. She incorporates stress management into her outpatient occupational therapy (OT) practice where she works for Cayuga Medical Center at the Brentwood PT clinic and has taught stress management workshops at TC3 and yoga in the Physical Therapy Department at Ithaca College.

Melinda Matzell Grannan

Melinda Matzell Grannan

Certified Yoga Instructor

Melinda Matzell Grannan (Certified Yoga Instructor) is a Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, certified Sivananda Yoga teacher, and has been leading classes for more than 11 years. Her traditional Sivananda teaching continues to evolve, and integrates the influence of her course work and training with wonderful teachers such as Anodea Judith, Joseph Le Page, Erich Schiffmann, Paulie Zink, Paul Grilley and Leslie Kaminoff. Incorporating traditional breath work, mudras, chakras, and clear alignment cues, Melinda encourages self discovery and leads students to a greater sense of awareness about not just their physical bodies, but also about themselves. She believes a yoga practice can benefit the practitioner, their community, and the world, by guiding us to a place of deeper compassion and mindfulness.

Taryn Thompson

Taryn Thompson

Certified Yoga Instructor

Taryn Thompson (Certified Yoga Instructor) has studied and practiced yoga for over 15 years, with teachers from the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Kripalu traditions. Taryn’s classes are characterized by thoughtful alignment instructions that promote safety while building strength and body awareness. She offers adjustments and modifications for people of all levels, and aspires to create a safe space for self-exploration. She believes the grace, fluidity, and integrity that yoga demands can help build self-inquiry, self-respect, and mindfulness.

Guest Services & Administration

Abigail Funk-Gifford

Abigail Funk-Gifford

Director of Operations | Spa Director, Ithaca

Abigail Funk-Gifford (she/her) strives to help create amazing experiences for all of Rasa’s clients and a great working environment Rasa’s staff. Abby graduated from Ithaca College in 2004, decided to spend the summer in Ithaca, and never left. An athlete and sports junkie at heart, she spent eight years as a writer and editor at a local sports publishing company before arriving at Rasa in 2013. She has been to spas across the country and is pleased to say that Rasa’s massage therapists, estheticians, and guest services team members are among the very best! She can be reached at abby@rasaspa.com.

Sondra Hartmann

Sondra Hartmann

Education Coordinator

Sondra Hartmann is the Educational Coordinator for the Massage Therapists at Rasa. Licensed since 1991, Sondra has practiced massage and been on the faculty at the Finger Lakes School of Massage for over 25 years where she has taught many of the massage modalities, as well as offering Continuing Education classes.  Her private practice focuses on Women’s Health.  She is a Master Instructor of Reiki and Intergraded Energy Therapy which promotes wellness of Body, Mind and Spirit.  Her passion for teaching fuels her dedication to supporting the practitioners at Rasa to fulfill their goals in the profession. She can be reached at: sondra@rasaspa.com.

Wendy Houseworth

Wendy Houseworth

Graphic Designer

Wendy Houseworth (she/her) joined our team in 2009 and enjoys combining her strategic thinking with her visual mindset. As our in-house photographer, graphic designer, e-commerce and social media manager, she guides the Rasa Spa brand direction, visual identity, and creative marketing. She can be reached at: wendy@rasaspa.com.