Our Staff

Kristy Beverage

Owner, Massage Therapist
Kristy Beverage grew up on North Haven. She has been a massage therapist practicing in Rockland since 2004. A 1998 Bowdoin College graduate, she spent four years living in Japan where she developed a deep love of snowboarding and mountain biking. She jumped in head first (sometimes literally) to these activities, causing a few major (and many minor) injuries. Recovering from these injuries led to Kristy’s initiation into non-surgical methods of healing – primarily massage therapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture. Her experience was nothing short of miraculous. Within two years of returning home to Maine, Kristy attended the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro. Since graduating in 2004, her pursuit of continuing education has been constant.

Kristy originally opened Synergy Massage & Bodywork with her former business partner in 2008. On January 1, 2016 Kristy became the sole proprietor of Synergy. She viewed this as an opportunity to restructure and turn Synergy into a learning center for herself and her staff. Kristy strongly believes in the power of working as a team for the good of the clients – both with her staff and within the community. Employment at Synergy now includes monthly (if not more!) mandatory scheduled staff trainings. They pool information, create lesson plans and pinpoint objectives, present information and practice on each other. Synergy’s constant collaboration with local physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and healthcare providers also directly reflects Kristy’s dedication to this model. Kristy is grateful for the support that Synergy receives from her amazing family (including her first baby, black lab Echo), hard-working & dedicated staff, loyal clients and the amazing mid-coast community.

Training

Erika Manning

Massage Therapist
Erika Manning began her exploration of the healing arts over 20 years ago after a bicycle accident left her in excruciating back pain. She turned to Therapeutic Yoga to help ease the constant pain, and eventually went on to study massage and Polarity therapy, as well as Yoga Therapy. Erika is a state licensed massage therapist, certified Polarity therapist at the 650-hour level, and a Reiki Master. She is a certified Yoga therapist and taught group Yoga classes to specialized populations for over 15 years. Erika is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals. As a past faculty member of Namaste Institute of Portland, Maine she helped build the Yoga Teacher Training program and taught Yoga Kinesiology classes in the massage therapy program.

In all her healing work Erika is deeply influenced by the beautiful web-like fascial structure that is the human body. She is interested in creating balance not only on the physical level, but on the mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic levels as well. Erika is passionate about furthering her education and has studied myofascial therapy in the Bob King tradition as well as under George Kousaleos (CORE Myofascial Therapy), RYSE (Raising Your Sublime Energies) with Nancy Risley, Vipassana meditation, and therapeutic Yoga in the Viniyoga tradition with Gary Kraftsow.

When she isn’t working with clients or in the Yoga studio, Erika enjoys creating several very different bodies of art (sometimes simultaneously), hiking, reading, mountain biking and taking long naps.

“I empower my clients to create and maintain optimal health, reduce stress and to live their lives in the most balanced, inspired and vital way possible.”

Training

Leila Percy

Massage Therapist

Leila Percy graduated from the Downeast School of Massage in 2004. Since then, Leila worked fulltime at a local bakery. While she loved working with her hands, she found being around pastries all day long to be hard! Thus Leila’s fitness journey began, and she explored the possibilities of the human body outside of the classroom.

Exploring different kinds of exercise led Leila to the Rock Coast Rollers as a founding member. In addition to loving being around a group of strong, fun women playing a fast-paced sport, she finds it a great way to connect with the community through the team’s volunteer work in the community.

In the fall of 2013, she found her way to Synergy where she combines her interest in the human body, love of movement and strength, and thirst for knowledge to understand the body more and to help clients heal themselves. She strives to create a safe, trusting space where she can customize client’s sessions to meet their needs. Leila completed David Lauterstein’s Deep Massage Method Levels 1, 2, and 3. Additionally, she completed Lauterstein’s Heel & Sole-Heal & Soul: Anatomy & Deep Massage for the Feet. She also attended Ken DiPersio’s Advanced Concepts for Treating the Head, Neck, & Shoulders. Most recently, Leila took the 24 hour class with USA Pro-Sports Michael McGillicuddy to receive her Kinesio Taping Certification. She is already amazed at the difference it has made for clients and teammates already. Leila is just awaiting her test date!

Training

Ginnie Fanelli

Massage Therapist

Since graduating from Boston University, Ginnie has spent the majority of her 36 year nursing career as a registered obstetrical nurse. Along with the knowledge and experience that such an impressive health-care career imports to a new career in massage therapy, Ginnie also brings the human connection she had with her patients to her massage practice. She has always been passionate about providing hands-on therapeutic care while utilizing and constantly adding to her knowledge of the human body. Ginnie is deeply grateful to have been able to pursue these passions both in nursing and in massage therapy. A 2015 graduate of the The Downeast School of Massage, Ginnie was trained to help clients unwind their interconnected muscles for balance and pain reduction. She strives to personalize each individual’s massage to provide the optimum experience. She tailors her massage, ranging from gentle to deep pressure, and strives to help soothe the mind as well as the body. Ginnie loves working with pregnant women (naturally) and loves to provide “first time” massage to those who have not yet experienced how magical massage can be.

Darcel Niles

Massage Therapist, Certified Polarity Therapist

We are thrilled to welcome Darcel Niles to the team at Synergy! Darcel comes to us from outside Hallowell, ME and has been a massage therapist since graduating from Spa Tech in Westbrook in 2012. Darcel began her career in Lewiston at a busy practice where she was one of many on a strong team. Often requested, she began to be known for her deep pressure. Darcel assures you, however, that versatility is one of her greatest strengths. Her full bio is soon to follow!

Kristine Rytky

Office Manager

Kristine grew up in the Winslow area and has always had a passion for health, wellness, and self care. She prioritizes being outside, whether it is connecting with nature in her garden, out on the lake (fishing!), or on the mountain with her snowboard. Kristine’s strong family ties to the Midcoast area brought her home seven years ago.

Working in the service industry for 14 years, Kristine has gained impeccable customer service skills. Her warm personality helps set the tone here at Synergy. As our Office Manager, Kristine assists clients with our menu of services, matching them with the massage therapist that might best suit their needs. Her exceptional organization keeps Synergy running smoothly both in the front and the back of the house. She is mindful of returning clients’ preferences and consistently provides unparalleled customer service.

Aja Stevens-Belle

Receptionist

Aja has been a receptionist at Synergy for three years. Having grown up in Berkeley, California, she now calls Midcoast Maine home and loves being a part of its rich and vibrant community. Aja can often be found enjoying the beautiful outdoors – eating at amazing restaurants with wonderful friends, enjoying local events, and attending concerts are her norm. Between working at Synergy and her shifts at Suzuki’s Sushi Bar (yes, you do recognize her from somewhere else!), she considers herself lucky to be part of two of the most caring and positive businesses around. With an interest in health and wellbeing, Aja loves talking with clients and matching them with therapists and services that will best fit their needs. She enjoys being able to help them on their path to actualizing their best selves! Both the clients and the staff at Synergy are consistently soothed by Aja’s calm and nurturing demeanor no matter how hectic it gets.

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