About Our Massage Therapists
With a combined amount of over 10,000 hours of class work, clinical experience, fieldwork, volunteer experience and allied health training, the Massage On Main team brings a high degree of knowledge and professionalism as we apply varying techniques to address the individual needs of each client
*Please note that we do NOT offer prenatal massage treatments
Jay O'Connor, LMT RI license #MT00508
Jay O'Connor has been cultivating his skills and therapeutic massage techniques for over twenty years. He specializes in deep tissue and sports massage and is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association and National Therapeutic Bodywork Association. Locally, he has served on the board of the RI American Massage Therapy Association and served as Chairperson for the American Massage Therapy Association, the New England Regional Conference, and represented Rhode Island AMTA members as National Delegate to the AMTA. Jay has been locally and nationally recognized for his service to promote therapeutic massage, being awarded the RIAMTA meritorious Award twice, in 2001 & 2007. He was also inducted into the AMTA's New England Regional Conference Planning Committee's "Hall of Fame" in 2007.
Prior to his massage career, Jay earned his BS in Physical Education and Health at the University of Rhode Island. In the 1980's, he utilized his training by teaching Physical Education and Health to children in kindergarten through 12th grade on Block Island. A lifelong learner, he went on to gain his Masters of Science degree from Bridgewater State College.
Jay's experience includes ten years working with physical therapists, occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and orthopedic physicians in clinical settings. During this time he pursued and attainted certification as a massage therapist from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy (1996). He received valuable insight into caring for injured individuals while spending eight years as part of two physical therapy practices, where he combined his therapeutic exercise and massage therapy skills.
In 2001, Jay's career changed course as he accepted the directorship of the upstart Community College of Rhode Island's Therapeutic Massage Program. He led the program through the difficult state of 'start up', creating and teaching much of the curriculum.
Susan Mulvaney, LMT RI license # MT02355
We welcome Susan Mulvaney to Massage On Main as she begins her new journey as a RI licensed massage therapist. Susan comes to us with a background as a freelance designer specializing in print design and product development. As she gracefully leaves her design career behind, she welcomes the opportunity to connect clients, through massage, to mind, body and spirit to promote wellness.
As a graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island's prestigious therapeutic massage program, Susan has completed over 800 hours of education and hands-on clinical massage work. She has also completed 50 hours of externship at the Leon Mathieu Senior Center working with the elder population.
Susan offers integrative massage using a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Sports modalities, incorporating her advanced training in Enhanced Muscle Therapy, Sugar Foot Scrub and Aromatherapy.
Sara Whitney, LMT RI license #MT01315
Sara Whitney is a graduate of the prestigious Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Massachusetts. Sara joined our team with over 13 years of professional therapeutic massage experience. She brings compassion, knowledge and wisdom to each of the sessions that she tailors to every individual client. She is a member of the national American Massage Therapy Association and is Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Sara is currently studying for her nursing degree.
Ross LaBossiere, LMT RI license #MT00346
Ross LaBossiere is a licensed physical therapist assistant, a licensed massage therapist and a certified yoga therapist with over 35 years of experience in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
With an academic background in health education, exercise science, physical therapy, and massage, he notes that his real education has come from years of clinical observation and the application of several therapeutic massage, bodywork, and movement oriented techniques, to address a wide range of musculoskeletal pain disorders. In addition to this, he has also explored, studied, and practiced some of the more alternative, mind/body approaches to treatment.
His therapeutic massage/bodywork is anchored in Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapy. This, in combination with his clinical orthopedic massage experience, allows him to bridge the gap between the clinical and more wholistic approaches to treatment for the benefit of each individual client.
For those who want to take an extra step, Ross also offers his Mind/Body Health maintenance and Rehabilitation programs. These mindfulness-based programs are individualized for each client's specific needs, and can be booked separately or in combination with massage/bodywork sessions.
*Relaxation*Stress Reduction*Meditation*Mindful Movement*Therapeutic Exercise* Integrated Yoga*Yoga Therapy*
For more detailed information visit: lifewavesRI.com
Dana Lynn O'Neill, LMT RI license #MT01746
Dana Lynn O'Neill is a 2009 graduate of the therapeutic massage program at the esteemed Salter School in Massachusetts.
She is committed to continuing education as she expands her knowledge and experience in the massage field. With over 1000 hours of educational and hands on training in the massage field, she has acquired her Rhode Island massage therapy license and went on to further her academic committment to become a Nationally Board Certified massage practitioner. She has also achieved certifications in Craniosacral Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Myofascial techniques and Hot Stone techniques.
Dana brings eleven years of skill, knowledge and a diverse background to Massage On Main. She formerly held a certification as a nursing assistant and has used those skills in the medical and psychiatric fields. Other work experience includes work with chiropractors, wellness clinics, day spas and senior care centers.
Dana uses her holistic knowledge of the connection of the body and mind and is grateful to have found such a practical approach to the multitude of conditions that can effect our health.
Roenell Ponsonby, LMT RI license #MT02328
Roenell Ponsonby is a 2014 graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage. She has experience as a spa therapist with a massage style that is relaxing and soothing with a focus on areas that require more therapeutic attention. Her treatments are tailored to each individual clients needs. Roenell holds a certification in Hot Stone Massage and has also completed intense training to obtain her certification in Oncology Massage through the Community College of RI's oncology massage program. She has a long history of working as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) in the home care field. Roenell has worked hard to tie all of her experience, knowledge and expertise together to deliver her unique skills to each massage session.