Meet Our Professionals!
Lisa Lahm has been a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist for over 20 years and since 2007 has established a thriving practice in Lawrence,KS. She is the founder/owner of Body Specific, which has fulfilled her dream of owning her own company and has since, with the help of her business partner, Leah Henderson, created a Whole Health Center to include a large diverse massage therapy team, chiropractic care, acupuncture, skin care and waxing.
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. Continuing her education, Lisa received specialized training in Oncology Massage allowing her to work safely and with a greater understanding of needed modifications on individuals that are currently being treated for cancer, survivors, or cancer patients in the final stages of life.
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. Being a professional fitness competitor herself, 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. Erin received specialized training in Oncology Massage allowing her to work safely and with a greater understanding of needed modifications on individuals that are currently being treated for cancer, survivors, or cancer patients in the final stages of life.
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 18-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 Community Outreach Coordinator.
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.
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.
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 2016 graduate of Wellspring School of Allied Health and is formally trained in swedish massage, prenatal massage, both fire and vacuum cupping, and integrative massage. She is looking forward to 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 frequently delivered.
Stacie is our Marketing and Social Media Manager. As a graduate of Washburn University, with a Degree in Communication, Stacie worked in non-profit services for nearly 12 years before joining 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 can be found working at her other part-time gig at Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. She also enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering with BabyJay’s Legacy of Hope, at her church, and for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Alissa Dundes Schmidt
Alissa 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.
Brittany moved to Lawrence in 2012 to pursue her dreams as a massage therapist. She graduated Pinnacle Career Institute in Lawrence in 2013. She has been working as a massage therapist in the Lawrence/ Kansas City area since. Her goal as a massage therapist is to provide a client specific massage to reach the body’s full functioning potential. Her specialties include deep tissue, sports massage, prenatal, trigger point therapy and relaxation techniques. She enjoys working on the every day athlete to help her clients reach their full potential in their daily life routines. One of her passions is to educate her clients on the muscle groups and help them achieve appropriate range of motion. She is eager to meet clients and help them understand the benefits of regular massage therapy. She is also knowledgeable and progressing in prenatal massage. She hopes to create a comfortable environment for all clients to receive the best bodywork possible.
In her spare time, she loves to be outside enjoying nature, hiking, spending time with family and friends, kayaking and working out. Her passion for exercise has expanded her knowledge for massage by helping others stay physically fit through regular massage therapy.