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.
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.
Ashley has been practicing massage therapy since 2010. She graduated from The Aveda Institute Minneapolis with training in deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal and sports massage. Early in her career, she had the pleasure of working on numerous University of Minnesota athletes before transferring to Lawrence. She continues to work with those recovering from injury or who are maintaining their overall health.
In 2019, Ashley acquired her certificate in personal training through The National Academy of Sports Medicine. She currently offers small group training at Body Specific and Dance Gallery. She also teaches indoor cycling and group exercise at Crunch Fitness and The Jayhawk Club.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Josey is a 2018 graduate of Wellspring School of Allied Health and is formally trained in swedish massage, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports massage, pre-natal and reflexology. She is a very intuitive, focused massage therapist with a goal of restoring quality of life and balance through the art of body work. Josey enjoys using essential oils, hot stones and Cbd in the healing process.
When she’s not at Body Specific, Josey love being outdoors spending time with her son and other family members, gardening, and cooking yummy food!
A massage therapist since 2010, Kayla graduated from the Pinnacle Career Institute with a focus in trigger-point therapy, PNF stretching, and sports massage. While living in Lawrence for the past eight years, Kayla has had many great opportunities to work with the KU track and field, KU women’s tennis team, and many other collegiate and recreation athletes. She helped develop the KU’s health center to include massage therapy for students and faculty. Also, as a certified personal trainer, her training includes specific muscle targeting and stretching to achieve the muscles’ maximum potential. She is currently attending KU for exercise science.
In her free time, Kayla enjoys camping in Yellowstone, hiking in the Colorado mountains, and taking her energetic German Shepard puppy to the dog park.
Lisa moved to Lawrence from Bartlesville Oklahoma in 2017. Already being an Occupational Therapist, Lisa wanted to add Massage Therapy to the list of her healing methods. Graduating from Wellspring School of Allied Health in early 2020, Lisa was formally trained in Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Sports Massage.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family.
Maria Black has been a therapist since 2008. She completed her training in Las Vegas at Nevada School of Massage Therapy. Her skills are vast and span from relaxation to injury/sports massage. She has experience in high end spas, such as Four Seasons Las Vegas and Canyon Ranch, which has given her the ability to pamper every guest. She has worked alongside chiropractors helping to aid in the relief of injuries and muscle group issues. She is a certified Thai Yoga Therapist which is her favorite modality which she refers to lazy mans yoga. Thai can be used within a normal session or can be an entire session where your entire body will be stretched, lengthened and relieved afterwards. She loves to help and “fix” people. Every guest is special to Maria, her only goal is to have a hand in healing others.
Maria moved to the Lawrence area in March 2020 with her two young kids and Border Collie, Snoopy. In her free time you will find her at the park with her kiddos. She is kind, a bit goofy and has a heart to serve others.
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.
Sheryl works to fulfill client expectations within their comfort levels and has successfully treated chronic stress, headaches, nerve pain, neck and shoulder pain, and inflammatory discomforts.
Formally trained in Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Pregnancy Massage, she also offers clothed modalities: Positional Release and Comfort Touch. Her current studies and specialties are Geriatric Massage, Medical Massage with Dr. Ross Turchaninov, DC, Medical Massage (clothed and side lying) with David Morin, and Pain Patterns and Solutions with Amy Bradley Radford.
Sheryl can enhance your massage experience with: Mother Earth (herb infused flaxseed heated) Pillows, PAINless Essential Oils (Inflammation and Autoimmune, Fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue, Stability, Depression Relief, Anxiety Relief), CBD, and Hypervolt Percussion.
Upon completion of the Carmel School of Massage Therapy and Healing Arts, Carmel, IN, she has practiced massage therapy in clinical, franchise, and independent settings. She is currently licensed by the City of Lawrence and is certified by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Sheryl began as a nurse assistant giving back rubs to hospital patients as part of daily care. Patients loved that! She has a BS degree in Behavioral Science, including pre-nursing coursework. As a mother, she turned to massage therapy and found that beyond the initial calm there were health benefits lasting for days. Pleasantly surprised, she wanted to study and learn more of what potential massage had to offer and pass these benefits on to others.
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. Cheyanne Morris-Evans
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.
Lydia is our asssistant manager. Originally from Ohio, Lydia came to Lawrence to swim at the University of Kansas until she graduated with a degree in Biology in May of 2018. She has been in Lawrence for 6 years and has been with Body Specific since the summer of 2018.
When Lydia is not greeting you with a smile, she spends her time reading and volunteering at the Lawrence Public Library and working with clients with disabilites.
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.
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