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Abby Skidmore

Director, Serenity Spa
Founder, North Star Healing Institute & North Star Scholarship Fund Corp.
Certified Massage Therapist
Yoga Instructor
Marconics Certified Recalibration Practitioner


A Bennington, Vermont native, Abby received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2011, where she also studied Business and Spanish. 

After taking some time to travel, Abby came home to start massage school at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland, Vermont in 2012. There she was attuned to Reiki and her whole world opened up. She became a Certified Massage Therapist by the end of 2014. She completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Heart of the Village Yoga in Manchester, Vermont and was certified to teach in 2017. Abby went on to study Shamanism in Pownal, Vermont and in an apprenticeship at The Roost.

Abby has worked at daycares with children, in nursing homes with the elderly, and in respite care for people with special needs and trauma. She uses this experience and knowledge to create a safe, comfortable space for her clients. She may be called a “healer” but believes she simply helps open the window of opportunity for her clients to do their own personal healing. 

In early 2019, Abby became a Reiki Master Teacher, and completed extensive coursework in Florida in 2020, in preparation for launching her reimagined healing practice and school, North Star Healing Institute.  Abby continues to offer massage, body wraps, and energy work at Serenity Spa's two locations as well as teaching and hosting other healing arts providers and teachers.

Since November 2021, Abby started training with a new energy modality called Marconics. She is excited to offer this ascension energy for those feeling called.

Book a session with Abby at both Serenity Spa locations in Manchester and Wilmington Vermont.


Massage Therapist

Jennifer Bryan

Jennifer is a native Vermonter and has been a certified massage therapist since 1995. Receiving her training from Touchstone Healing Arts in South Burlington, Vermont. Jennifer also incorporates energy work into her practice after receiving her first degree of Reiki from the Diowanahowa sanctuary and School in Shusan, New York. “Massage is a powerful mind and body healing art, relieving the body of stress mentally and physically. Stress is the main cause of illness and massage is the perfect preventive modality.”


Emily Heyer

Massage Therapist

Meet Emily Heyer, born and raised Texan, who recently moved to Bennington with her husband Chris, and son Cory! She graduated from The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in 2012, in Austin, Texas and worked as a Licensed Massage Therapist outside of her corporate job until she became a Certified Integrative Life Coach in 2019.  Through the transition of becoming a busy Mom AND business owner, she learned that true self-care is of the utmost importance.  Since then she has specialized in helping fellow moms and healing practitioners to create the life and business they want through integrative coaching and authentic online marketing services, and is now ready to incorporate bodywork for women in the Southern Vermont area. Full of creativity, desire and passion to serve, Emily is excited to work with you on your healing journey - Mind, Body and Spirit.

Massage Students

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