Meet Our Professionals!
Lisa Lahm has been a practicing Certified Massage Therapist for the past 16 years with the last eight years practicing here in Lawrence. She is the founder/owner of Body Specific, which has fulfilled her dream to own her own business with the long term goal of expansion to include multiple therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and naturopathic services. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, she graduated with honors from the nationally renowned Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Boulder, CO. Specializing in Neuromuscular and Trigger Point Therapy, she has successfully treated various conditions including chronic neck and back pain, tension headaches/migraines, Fibromyalgia, low back and sciatic nerve pain. Lisa has worked with a multitude of active individuals that range from Professional and Olympic athletes, triathletes and runners, as well as individuals that like stay physically active but do so on a more moderate level. Lisa leads a very active lifestyle which is a passion for her outside of her work as well as spending quality time with her husband and son and traveling as often as she can.
Leah is the Co-Owner and Marketing Director of Body Specific. Leah has been in Lawrence since 1998 when a softball scholarship brought her to the University of Kansas. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and decided to settle down in Jayhawk country. Right after graduation Leah worked for 24 Hour Fitness personal training and marketing. Leah is fond of the idea of being able to help people feel better, so when the opportunity arose she decided to pursue a business with a great friend that solely focuses on her passion. On her free time, Leah loves to hang out and travel with her husband and son.
Ashley has been practicing massage therapy since 2010. She graduated from The Aveda Institute Minneapolis with training in deep tissue, sports massage and reflexology. Early in her career, she had the pleasure of working on numerous University of Minnesota athletes before transferring to Lawrence where she continues to work with those recovering from injury or maintaining their overall health.
Ashley also teaches indoor cycling classes at Free State Ride. In her free time, she enjoys time with her family and catching up on Minnesota sports.
Erin started her journey as a healer early in life, beginning her massage training as a teenager. She earned her Reiki certification in 2002, received a degree in Body Somatic Therapy from the Midwest Institute of Bodywork and Somatic Therapy in 2003, and has practiced bodywork as a full time career in Lawrence, Kansas since 2008.
Erin specializes in deep tissue myo-facial release, Reiki energy healing and chakra balancing, reflexology, trigger point release and essential oil therapies.
A woman of many interests, Erin finds great joy as a mother, professional musician (cowgirlstrainset.com), writer and freelance editor (holding an English degree with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in women studies), organic flower farmer and yogi.
Alexus is a Licensed Esthetician that is passionate about skincare and focusing on eachindividuals skin type and condition. She graduated from Entourage Institute of Beauty and Esthetics in Lenexa, KS. Completing the 1,000 hour course of hands on training in facial procedures and hair removal, and academic requirements including skin anatomy & physiology, advanced skin treatments, client consultations, and skin analysis. Alexus is continuing her education with training from Image Skincare, the product line she uses and full heartedly believes in. She will be a Certified Image Specialist by the fall of 2016. Image is a global pharmaceutical skincare brand that is the fastest growing in the industry.
Alexus is a Colorado Native who now resides in beautiful Baldwin City, KS. When not working she finds great joy in spending quality time with good friends and family outdoors, and spoiling
her bloodhound, Copper.
Dr. Josh Stevens
Dr. Stevens is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in both Kansas and North Carolina. He’s certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist (PAK) with the International College of Applied Kinesiology in Kansas City, MO. A 15-year member of The International College of Applied Kinesiology, he’s taught nationally to other chiropractors, dentists, and medical doctors the Brimhall method with Dr. John Brimhall, a world-renown chiropractor whose ‘6 Steps to Wellness’ include: structural balance, electromagnetic balance, nutritional support, allergy relief, stressful emotional re-patterning, and whole-body detoxification, also known as the Six Interferences to Health. Dr. Stevens has also completed advanced training with The William Glasser Institute in Reality Therapy, Choice Theory, and Quality Management. He utilizes this training in his patient care and business practices. Dedicated to ongoing community education, Dr. Stevens present seminars both in office, at local organizations.
Here in Lawrence, he aspires to continue his professional work as a chiropractor, nutritionist, and acupuncturist and serve this wonderful community and it’s residents.
Jalon is our Marketing and Personal Relations Director
Although Jalon has lived in eleven states, she has resided in Lawrence for twenty years and has fallen in love with our community. She can’t imagine anywhere more perfect to raise her three daughters.
After receiving her Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska, Jalon was an elementary school teacher in Nebraska and Florida. She then stayed home to educate her own children for ten years. Upon resuming her career, Jalon has taught preschool, group fitness classes, and gymnastics. She has also been a Gymnastics Director, Personal Trainer, Childcare Director and Fitness Director. She is currently a Recreation Programmer for the City of Lawrence overseeing the gymnastics program.
Helping children and adults lead healthy, active lives is Jalon’s passion. She is excited to attend events and educate our community about all the services Body Specific has to offer.
Alison began her study of hands-on therapy through the martial art of Ki-Aikido in 1988. She graduated from the Massage Therapy Training Institute, Kansas City, in 1991 and the Florida School of Massage, Gainesville, in 1994. She has been a teacher of massage and anatomy and physiology since 2006 and is a volunteer writer for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
Alison’s quarter-century of massage experience is a portrait in finding the edges, leading her from her Zen Bodytherapy (structural integration) roots in 1993 to her Passive Fascia Restoration certification in 2013. Alison seeks to promote harmony, balance, and well-being for each of her clients through her integrative approach to bodywork. She believes that given the right inputs, the intelligence of the body can heal and balance itself. Alison is a Level II Advanced Reiki practitioner and a certified yoga instructor at the 200-hour level.
When not doing bodywork, Alison works seasonally for local farms, is a strong advocate and community activist for healthy food access and defeating our local food desert, travels to her beloved mountains and hot springs of Colorado as often time allows, and is always on the hunt for more typewriters to collect and restore.
Melissa received her formal training from Massage Therapy Training Institute, Kansas City in 2007. She specializes in pre and post natal massage, as well as deep tissue and energy work. Melissa is a Seichim Reiki Master/Teacher. She brings movement with intent to her work, and encompasses spirit, mind, and body to restore health. Melissa enjoys working with crystals and stones, and also essential oils to bring forth balance.
In her spare time Melissa enjoys listening to and creating music, and skateboarding. Most often, she can be found on adventure with her seven children. They enjoy fishing, camping, skateboarding, and nature walks in unknown places.
Julie is a recent graduate of Wellspring School of Allied Health. She is excited to begin her journey in bodywork. Formally trained in swedish massage, both fire and vacuum cupping, and integrative massage. She is looking forward to building a career on a dream of helping people live better through relaxation and positive living.
Julie loves to spend her time with her husband and daughter, adventuring near and far, riding horses, crafting, and enjoying all the beauty that surrounds her wherever life takes her. As a long time Kansas resident she loves stopping to appreciate the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets that are so frequency delivered.
Stacie is our Marketing and Social Media Manager. As a graduate of Washburn University, with a Degree in Communication, Stacie first entered the working world as a Community Manager for the American Cancer Society, where she worked for nearly 8 years, and most recently worked for the Big Brothers Big Sisters as an Area Director for three years. With an opportunity to stay at home, Stacie left her career to spend more time with her husband and children, Quinn, Cade and Kai. Looking for a creative outlet, Stacie joined the Body Specific team to focus on marketing, outreach and social media.
When Stacie isn’t working on the next social media post for Body Specific, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in the community, at her church, and for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Alissa Dundes is a Southern California native who grew up playing a variety of sports and ultimately devoted her time to competitive swimming. Alissa moved to New Orleans in 2005 after earning a swimming scholarship to the University of New Orleans where she earned a B.S. in Psychology with a focus in Pre-Physical Therapy in 2009. She then earned a Diploma of Massage Therapy from Blue Cliff College, graduating with honors in 2011 before moving to Lawrence in 2013. After a short hiatus from massage therapy to coach for the Lawrence Aquahawks, Alissa returned to massage in November 2015 working at Salon Di Marco & Day Spa before moving to Body Specific in March 2017.
Alissa is working to become a physical therapist and brings the relevance of her studies into her massages. Specializing in deep tissue and trigger point therapy, Alissa intends to benefit her clients’ overall well-being through regular massage therapy, increased stretches and movement, and improved posture and biomechanics. Alissa’s movements are based in Tai Chi providing a rhythmic and undulating flow that brings periods of relaxation in more intense deep tissue sessions. Alissa lives with her fiancé and two dogs in South Lawrence.
Thomas E. Speers
Thomas E. Speers is a Kansas native who has spent time in Phoenix, Maui, and Portland, then settled in Boulder/Denver from 2007 to 2016. During his time in Boulder, Thomas attended the renowned Boulder College of Massage Therapy, graduating from their 1,000 hour program in June 2010. Though the idea of becoming a massage therapist was simmering for years, the impetus to undergo massage training came upon the passing of his mother, who worked as a massage therapist when he was a teenager.
The bodywork that Thomas offers is his own unique style; a firm and fluid blend of techniques borrowed from various modalities such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Myofascial, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Shiatsu, and Thai Massage. This seamlessly blended Integrative Deep Tissue work is likened to an improvisational dance that changes from client to client and session to session in order to meet the needs that each client has for each session. Thomas comes to the table with a balance of strength and grace; intuition and skill. He loves digging in and helping to soften the muscle tissues just as much as he loves providing a safe and nurturing energetic environment. As a former springboard diver and gymnast, Thomas understands the value of massage in helping to keep our bodies functioning optimally.
When not serving humanity through bodywork, Thomas spends his time collecting and listening to vinyl records, reading, writing poetry and prose, making art, spending time outside, bicycling, and yes, sometimes binge watching Netflix.