MEET THE PRACTITIONERS

Memi Vaughn
Founder & Principal Massage Therapist, CMT

Memi is a Certified Sports Massage Therapist and the Director of Bodywork at Download Wellness. When starting this journey,  Memi decided she wanted to have a wellness studio that was for all people and offered a variety of services under one roof with free parking. At the time, being a single mother of 3 (twins and a terrific toddler), she found that there wasn’t much time left in a day for self-care and relaxation. So Download Wellness was born. I wondered if other single mothers like myself struggled to find time for themselves or to even vacation.  Download Wellness gives clients the option to relax in a retreat type setting at the Embarcadero Oakland location and seasoned wellness practitioners to work in one location that allows for them to be sustainable in the Bay Area.

 

Memi has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management. Throughout Memi’s journey as a wellness practitioner, she has witnessed the transformative shifts in health that can occur when clients adopt a routine of bodywork, diet management, and breathing exercise. She has established a strong client base and has an excellent reputation for bodywork throughout the Bay Area.

Ola Powell
Head of Operations

Ola comes to us with decades of experience in the areas of HR, corporate governance, business development, employment law, pre-litigation, and litigation support, including investigation of claims and legal risk management. 

 

Over the past ten years, Ola has developed her consulting practice around building infrastructures and creating and implementing processes that would allow small and medium-sized businesses to form foundations that will support growing and blossoming businesses. Ola is here to help us all get to the next level.

 

Ola Powell is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and now lives in Oakland with her family and two furry friends Panther and Storm. In her free time, she loves to sing, attend cultural, art, fashion, and musical events, cooking farm to table and enjoying our beautiful bay area coastline for dog walks and playdates. Ola is also the founder of Family Keep Clean Company, a minority woman-owned and operated family business focused on bringing organic, freshly made products to the marketplace.

Dr. Clayton M. Johnson, M.A., Psy. D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Johnson is the founder of Better Choices Consulting Group and holds a Doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Management and Consulting. Dr. Johnson also has a Master's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy. With 10 years’ experience in assessing and diagnosing clients of all ages, Dr. Johnson has a track record of being an advocate for all ages and backgrounds while assisting said clients in getting their needs met. Dually, he works as a director of Training & Development, with 15 years of residential treatment experience, former Psychology professor, and currently serving as an internal consultant & leadership coach for growing & transitioning agencies.

Andrea Tyrrell
Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist

Andrea Tyrrell grew up in Canyon, a small town in the Oakland hills. She is a Bay Area native and feels fortunate to have found her passion in working with people as they go through life's transitions. With a deep respect for the human body, she loves giving back to others through her work as a Massage Therapist, Birth Doula, End of Life Doula, and Childbirth Educator.

She attended massage school at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, CA in 2014 to gain a more in-depth understanding of the body. She offers a personalized approach to massage with a foundation in Swedish massage and reflexology with further training in health transitions such as pre and post-natal, chronic health conditions, elders, and hospice. With over 6 years of experience in massage, Andrea has learned to meet her clients at their comfort levels and discover how to use massage therapy to facilitate them in healing and finding balance in their physical body. 

She has obtained two associate degrees from Diablo Valley College in Allied Health and Natural Science and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from UCSEB in 2018. In her free time, she likes to hike in the hills with her 13-year-old pit bull and relax in nature.  

Ryan Coolahan
Cranial Sacral Massage Intern

Ryan Approaches Bodywork with gentle, intuitive, and spacious energy that allows his clients to sink deeply into an ocean of relaxation and restoration. With a certification in Craniosacral Therapy, Biodynamic Stillness Touch, and a background in meditation/spiritual coaching, energy healing, astrology, and massage - he assists people to cultivate balance holistically and is deeply committed to helping others achieve wellness, rejuvenation, and transformation.

 

His approach to healing is simple: your thoughts affect your emotions, and your emotions directly affect your physical health. If the human body is placed in an environment that evokes peace and calm and is allowed to settle into a still state, it will intrinsically activate its internal healing process — easing or eliminating past traumas, as it begins to integrate all its systems, and comes into a state of balance — or what Ryan likes to see as a unified field of coherence. This field of calm stillness is available to everyone and to him is the key to nourishing the central nervous system and our sense of wellbeing.

 

Ryan has been passionate about helping people discover and experience this state of profound stillness for themselves and the health benefits that arise naturally and spontaneously from visiting it regularly. He has been assisting people in his local East Bay Area Community since 2017 and has been so excited to offer this work and create a positive impact in the world one person at a time. 

Elshia Vasquez

Certified Sports & Deep Tissue Massage Therapist

Elshia is from Los Angels, California. As an experienced and Certified Massage Therapist, her favorite modalities include sports, deep tissue, and myofascial techniques. Personally, she has and continues to remain physically active through training capoeira, running, swimming, and surfing. For this reason, she loves to practice deep work on clients because she knows how it feels to work your muscles hard and experience the incredible release of tension from knotty, tight muscles. Other modalities she employs include sports massage, lymphatic drainage, Swedish, and prenatal massage.

Patrice Johnson

Certified Massage Therapist

Patrice is a Certified Massage Therapist and has been practicing massage for the last 2 years amidst a Yoga Studio, a Kickboxing Gym, Chiropractic offices, and Private Home sessions. She is passionate about Self Care, Health, Wellness, and Pain Management. She wholeheartedly believes that a holistic approach to health and wellness is integral in optimizing wellbeing. Her massage skills are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, MediCupping, Body Contouring, and Clinical Massage. Patrice's intention with the bodywork she performs is to allow the body to relax, reset, and recuperate.​

Juan Alvizar
Certified Massage Therapist & Integrative Healer

Juan Was born in Southern California then raised in Washington state till after high school. He then moved back to southern California and worked as a machinist till 2008.  Juan was seeking a more meaningful career, so he decided to go back to school.  He attended Everest College to become a certified massage therapist.  He has learned different modalities such as deep tissue, sports reflexology massage, shiatsu, Swedish, pregnancy massage, and energy work.

 

After graduating, Juan worked at a foot spa in Calabasas while attending LAVC then he decided to move to Santa Cruz for a better educational opportunity where he started to go to Cabrillo College and signed up with their athletic program team through kinesiology classes to further his education in sports massage.  He also helped injured athletes on occasions after working at Santa Cruz core fitness and rehabilitation.  Juan’s main objective is for all his clients to reach optimal health.

 

Juan believes that educating his client about awareness of what is going on in their body and ways to avoid stress along with different stretches and self-home care will lead to a more balanced life.

Gianluca Ciulla
Certified Deep Tissue Massage Therapist

Gianluca has been doing massage and bodywork on and off since he graduated in 2006 from the Arcata School of Massage in northern California. At ASM he learned many different bodywork modalities including deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point, myofascial, shiatsu, cranial-sacral as well as somatics and trauma work. He also specializes in working with queer/ trans folks.

Gail Clemente

Certified Therapeutic Massage Therapist 

Gail, your Integrative Lifestyle Practitioner, has been practicing and sharing body-mind principles and exercises since 2007.  She graduated with honors from National Holistic Institute in 2009, with a concentration on combining eastern and western modalities and principles to assist you in your journey to better awareness of your body mechanics and enhanced lifestyle.

Her focus is to guide you to discover, activate, improve, integrate, and utilize your energy system through regularly scheduled bodywork, simple exercises, and personal coaching.  It is her integrative, intuitive, and holistic approach to wellness for the body, mind, and spirit.

Modalities she offers:

Bodywork:  Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Acupressure, Meridian massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Stone Therapy (Hot/Cold)

Mind-Body practice:  Meditation, Breathwork, Energy Yoga, Basic KiGong/TaiChi

Lifestyle change: Stress management, Goal setting, Guided Visualization.

Le Mon Harris

Certified Massage Therapist 

 

Le Mon is from Oakland, California, and has been a certified massage therapist since 2008.  He is passionate about helping people find relaxation and relief from the pains that show up in their bodies because of stress. His bodywork style is holistic and healing. With over 10 years of experience, Le Mon's skills and intuitive touch help powerfully unwind the unique tension in your body, while helping your mind and spirit deeply rest and unwind.

 

He is a certified member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). He is trained in various modalities of therapeutic massage and bodywork including myofascial release, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, reflexology.

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