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About Us

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.

Jennifer Bryan

Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner

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Jennifer is a native Vermonter and has been a certified massage therapist since 1995. She received her training from Touchstone Healing Arts in South Burlington, Vermont in Swedish and Easlan Massage deep tissue massage and chair massage. 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.”

Rebecca Nenno

Massage Therapist

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Rebecca attended a 600HR course at The National Massage Therapy Institute of Philadelphia in 2008-09, graduating with a national certification and PA License. Since then, Rebecca has gained experience working for spas, chiropractors, and in wellness centers. She has been trained in Thai Bodywork by the Vedic Conservatory. With her extensive knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, her work has been best described as 'corrective', but her spa experience adds an element of comfort and luxury to each treatment.

Learn more about Rebecca

Shannon Tortolano

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Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Shannon graduated from The Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork in 2018, a specialized school of massage in Kauai, HI. This unique program integrated education in somatic psychology and trauma informed practices with Lomi Lomi, structural integration and traditional massage therapy. A lifelong student of health and healing, Shannon began her journey as a student of midwifery and holistic healing modalities; this education was widened as she journeyed through her own cancer diagnosis and path to wellness. She then earned a bachelors in psychology and neuroscience and became a yoga teacher. These paths all shared a common thread of compassion and helping people to connect with themselves and deeper well being. Her massages are unique and tailored to the individual. She seeks to hold a nurturing, healing space for her clients that leads to deep relaxation and relief from pain. Shannon also has a 500 RYT endorsement in Yoga.

Body Coaching & Pilates:

Pilates Instructor

Massage Students

Serenity Spa & Massage School's Therapists 

As student massage becomes available, we will post appointment times online!

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