Our Therapists

Allyson Cook Metell, LMT

  • Swedish

  • Deep Tissue

  • Orthopedic/Injury

  • Pregnancy

  • Sports

Allyson Cook is a certified and licensed massage therapist who is fully insured by the American Massage Therapy Association. From 2000-2002, she attended one of the top massage therapy schools in the country, The Muscular Therapy Institute located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has completed over 900 hours of classroom and hands-on practice, including extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, massage technique etc. In addition, Allyson has taken specialized training and is certified to provide services in massage for pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. She also has been trained in treating specific shoulder, neck, low back, and thorax injuries. In August 2002, Allyson became nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. This demonstrates the highest level of professionalism in the field of bodywork.

In addition to the above training, Allyson received her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from Springfield College in 1998.

 
 

Megan Kershaw, LMT

  • Swedish

  • Deep Tissue

  • Relaxation

  • Esalen®

 
A native of Cape Cod, Megan is thrilled to be working with clients on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. Her work in organic farming and yoga ultimately lead her to pursue a career in bodywork, viewing these passions as the perfect triad intersecting body, mind and spirit­ the whole health package! Megan received her 200 hour YTT from the Asheville Yoga Center in 2014, and, inspired to learn more about anatomy, healing, and the transformative power of touch, continued on to receive her massage therapy education at the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga.
 
Megan views every session as an opportunity to help you quiet the mind and put you in touch with your body. Her intention is always that of promoting well­being by way of total relaxation, believing it is in this state that the body’s innate ability to restore and heal itself is supported. Her sessions will leave you feeling both relaxed and energized; able to step back into your life in a more balanced and embodied way
 
 

Brittany Golding, LMT  

  • Pregnancy Massage

  • Lomi Lomi

  • Deep Tissue

  • Sports Massage

  • Myofascial Release

  • Neuromuscular Therapy

  • Aromatherapy

  • Reflexology

  • Swedish

 
 
Brittany is an experienced licensed massage therapist and a member of ABMP Massage Association.  In 2010, Brittany earned her massage therapy training through Cortiva Institute in Boston, MA.  She traveled to the west coast and was immediately empowered by the focus on eastern medicine.  She furthered her education in San Diego, California and earned a certification in the Hawaiian Temple Bodywork, Lomi Lomi.  While in California she worked within luxury hotels practicing massag eon a variety of clientele.  She traveled back to the east coast to practice within impressive established spas and private clubs, both in Boston and Martha's Vineyard, and continued her education in Shiatsu and Cupping.  Brittany brings four years of experience from both coasts into her practice and offers a therapeutic massage blending swedish, deep tissue, and lomi lomi.  Brittany is very interested in the mind/body connection and has a deep understanding of physical diseases’ as they manifest from our emotions. She intentionally creates a massage that will suit your specific needs.  Her serene approach offers harmony, balance, and comfort.  Living a happy and healthy life is a key component to provide great service to others.  Brittany lives this philosophy daily through yoga, running, and long beach walks with her beloved golden retriever.
 

Diane Welch, LMT

  • Swedish

  • Deep Tissue

  • Reflexology

  • Massage Cupping

  • Reiki level II

  • Oncology Massage

  • Positional Release

 

Diane Welch studied at the Polarity Realization Institute, at the Plymouth, Ma campus,
and graduated in 2002. Diane is fully insured through Associated Bodywork and
Massage Professionals and Nationally Certified since 2002. She has been practicing
individualized massage therapy for over 14 years, here, on Martha’s Vineyard. Each
session is customized to her client’s needs trusting her intuitive nature and knowledge
to guide her through areas of concern. Diane’s interest began with Reflexology. After
completing those studies, she wanted to increase her knowledge of anatomy and
physiology and decided the best place to do so was at Massage Therapy School. Diane
fell in love with the work and stayed to obtain her degree. Since then she has taken
numerous courses, expanding her knowledge and deepening her interest in her work.

Betsy Ansara, LMT

  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports
  • Myofacial Release

Betsy received her certification in massage therapy through Boulder College of Massage Therapy. There she studied a variety of modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Normalization of Soft Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, Myofacial release, CranioSacral Therapy, Shiatsu and Special Populations. Betsy would most closely label herself as an integrative massage therapist in that she uses a combination of all of these styles and energy work to create a customized session for what the individual needs in that particular moment. She works holistically and believes that mind, body and spirit are connected. Betsy holds space for her clients by being present and working mindfully and intuitively from a place of acceptance. She believes that healing comes from within and helps clients access that with a wide range of focuses including pain relief,stress reduction, postural correction, emotional relief, body awareness and relaxation. Betsy works from a very creative space and her bodywork is truly an art and experience. Betsy is also a yoga teacher, completing her course of study in 2017 from Yoga Sanctuary in Northampton, MA. She is excited to be able to share her work on Martha's Vineyard.

Malinda Mayer, Manual Therapist

  • CranioSacral

  • Visceral Manipulation

Manual Therapist Malinda Mayer began on-going training with the Upledger Institute in 1990, receiving instruction in CranioSacral Therapy, Somato Emotional Release, CST for Pediatrics, and Mechanical Link Technique. She began studying Visceral Manipulation in 1993 with what is now the Barral Institute. She is a teaching assistant for both CST and VM techniques and is an instructor for the ShareCare workshop. Malinda is in the office on Tuesdays.

 

 

Dr. Iris Gold, LAc, OMD (Returns June 2019)

  • Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

  • Hormone Support for Men & Women

  • Gynecological Issues

  • Acute & Chronic Pain Management

  • Cardiovascular Conditions

  • Disorders of the Spirit- Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia

  • Weight Management

A summer residents for many years, Iris brings 35 years of experience to the island community. In the office starting June 25th, 2019 until September 20th. Using Acupuncture, herbs, nutritional supplements, and bio identical hormone replacement, Iris specializes in women's health issues, especially menopause, and fertility. She offers a very effective and rapid weight management program and extensively treats all types of pain problems, adrenal imbalances, headaches, and fatigue.