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. In 2020, Lisa received her certification in Personal Training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine with a focus on postural strength training.
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.
In her free time, Alissa enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two dogs at their new home in North 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 seeking maintenance in their overall health.
In 2019, Ashley acquired her certificate in personal training through The National Academy of Sports Medicine. She currently offers small group and one-on-one training at Kondition Haus. She also teaches indoor cycling and group exercise at The Jayhawk Club.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Jake is a Douglas County Native, and has lived in the Lawrence area most of his life. He started his Wellness Journey in 2012, after losing a significant weight he went to the WellSpring School of Allied Health and completed their Personal Training Wellness Program , and as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Weight Loss Specialist, he taught group fitness and offered personal training at punch boxing and fitness.
In 2016, Jake went back to WellSpring and completed the Massage Therapy and Wellness Program, with a 4.0 GPA and Associate Degree in Applied Studies. Since completing the program, Jake has focused completely on massage.
A lifelong Martial Artist, Jake has recently started teaching a small Okinawan Kenpo karate and Kobudo class. He likes to spend his time exercising, practicing martial arts, reading, long walks listening to audio books, and playing video games. He also likes making his friends and family laugh.
Kathie Williams is a Licensed Massage Therapist, graduating from Omaha School of Massage Therapy in 1992. She has developed her skill with continuing education in multiple styles of massage including Neuromuscular massage therapy, Repetitive Use/Injury Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Reiki, Table Thai, and Chakra energy work. Kathie even developed her own massage technique, Invertassage. Kathie was also a Massage Instructor at Heritage College in Denver, CO from 2006-2009.
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.
Mindy Mies & Shadow
At an early age, Mindy had to learn to navigate life without sight. Using touch and her other remaining heightened senses, Mindy has accomplished many things in life. She has conquered black diamond ski slopes in Colorado, completed half marathons and always enjoys a good challenge. Mindy enjoys walking and spending time with her family and her many animals. One important animal for Mindy is Shadow, her Seeing Eye Dog. Shadow was bred and professional trained at The Seeing Eye Inc. located in Morristown, New Jersey. Shadow not only provides independence for Mindy, but her clients often report experiencing a therapeutic/calming effect having Shadow around. After many years as the “family therapist”, in 2018 she decided to formalize her training and provide her services to the public.
Mindy is a Lawrence High School graduate, attended the University of Kansas earning a Bachelors in Human Development with a concentration in Gerontology. She earned her Associates of Occupational Science, Massage Therapist from Wellspring and earned academic honors. In addition to the common massage modalities, Mindy has received additional training in sports injury, medical conditions and movement modalities.
Alexus is a Licensed Esthetician that is passionate about skincare and focusing on each individuals skin type and condition. She graduated from Entourage Institute of Beauty and Esthetics in Lenexa, KS. Alexus completed 1,000 hours 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 before joining the Body Specific team in 2016.
Alexus is a Colorado Native who now resides in Lawrence, KS. in her free time, Alexus finds great joy in spending quality time with her family, new daughter, good friends and two dogs.
Sarah Fuentez is a Licensed Esthetician. She graduated from Mitsu Sato Academy in Overland Park, KS in 2020. Sarah is extremely passionate when it comes to making sure all her clients are taken care of and are happy with their skin, and providing the best service whether it’s a custom facial or a waxing. Sarah’s goal at Body Specific is to meet as many new faces as she can and be their go-to person for skincare and waxing.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her dog, Sadie.
Dr. Cheyanne Morris-Evans
Kamie works as our Front Desk Support. Born and raised in Nebraska, Kamie has made Kansas her home. She has spent many years in various positions within the healthcare industry and enjoys working with people.
Kamie and her husband Scott have 9 grandchildren. They range from 1-15 years of age. Three in the Lawrence Kansas City area and 6 more split between Texas and North Carolina. The older ones are all involved with sports so traveling is becoming more of a hobby.
In Kamie’s free time she enjoys sewing and spending time with her hubby.
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 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, playing with her dog Stevie, and working with clients with disabilities.
Ruthie works as our Front Desk Support on Saturdays.
When Ruthie is not at school or working at Body Specific, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Ruthie loves working with kids who have special needs and disabilities, both at school and at Camp Barnabas. She loves to do puzzles and watch TV in her free time.
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 Relay For Life, at her church, and advocating for childhood cancer awareness.
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