Welcome to Sweet Serenity Massage and Salt Therapy, where we aim to relax the world - one client at a time. We are a Holistic Health company driven to help our community have a natural, clean, relaxing environment to heal and breathe easy. Whether you are looking for physical or mental healing, we have something for you. So, come get salted with us!
…And who we are.
"Sweet" is defined as pleasing, fresh, and gracious, and "Serenity" is defined as serene, tranquil, and calm. Our name shows the focus and direction of our facility. By offering salt therapy and therapeutic massage, we take a holistic approach to good health and wellness. Salt therapy provides our clients with a drug-free alternative - for better respiratory/skin health.
While salt therapy, is not meant to be a replacement for medical treatment, the salt room's peaceful setting encourages healing tranquility. With the use of precise therapeutic massage techniques, our educated therapists: clear the body and mind of unwanted stress, improve circulation and promote relaxation. With every massage uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each client. Our goal is to make each client feels rejuvenated, renewed, and refreshed.
Fran Hasekoester - LMT
Fran Hasekoester received her training from the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage and has been a massage therapist for 18 years. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is licensed in both Kentucky and Ohio. Fran is certified by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation as a BWC provider. Along the way, she has acquired additional training in Precision Neuromuscular Techniques, Prenatal Massage, Cold Stone Therapy for Migraines, and Craniosacral Therapy. Fran is also certified to teach "Baby's First Massage". This program teaches new parents basic massage techniques that will help improve the parent-child bonding that is so important in the early stages of life. In addition to this, for fun and relaxation, she likes to treat her clients to salt body scrubs, hot salt stones, facial toning massage and now introducing a body contouring technique called lypossage.
Patty Toolen - LMT
Patty studied massage therapy through the Myotherapy Institute of Utah. Her hands-on trainers were Peggy Roberts and Nora Hale in Hebron, Kentucky. She specializes in Swedish massage, Craniosacral Therapy, and Reiki. Patty's training with these have taught her that the body will tell you what is wrong if you let it. She says massage therapy is the best to get the body back on track and gain some insight as to what it may need to be for future care. She calls this Body Awareness. When you schedule with Patty you probably won't hear anything you don't already know, but it's confirmation of what you may have been thinking.
Ashley Taylor - LMT
Ashley originally went to Gateway earning her Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. She went on to be a Medical Nanny for years. She wanted to make a bigger medical impact - she returned to Gateway. In 2014, she graduated with a degree in Massage Therapy. Since graduating her continuing education classes have lead her to work in special fields such as oncology, cupping, and manual lymphatic drainage. She works with the Cancer Family Care providing oncology massage to cancer patients and survivors.
Donna LaDu - LMT, CMLDT
Donna LaDu has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2015. Her experience has taught her to customize the session to a client’s needs whether the need is therapeutic, relaxation, or a combination of both. Her specialized therapeutic skills include: Prenatal Massage, Oncology Massage, Neuropathy Massage, Reiki, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD). To enhance a client's relaxation, she enjoys offering salt scrubs and facial toning massages. She received her massage training(s) in MI, her MLD certification of the Vodder technique in KY, is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and loves to fulfill her passion of helping others through touch modalities.
Kristie Bach Parnell - LMT
Kristie obtained her massage certification from Cumberland Institute in Brentwood, TN. Some of the modalities were Swedish, Acupressure, and Cranio-sacral therapy. Since graduating in 2014, she has taken continuing education classes including; Sacred Lomi, Deep tissue, Fascial freedom, Reiki, and Himalayan Salt Stone. In 2018 she completed a 100-hour certification in Esalen Massage®. This certification, in particular, has helped to define her style of massage, which combines slow, nurturing, long strokes along with more specific work for areas in need of attention, allowing her to incorporate active and still work as needed into customized sessions. Kristie attended Lexington Healing Arts Academy and completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2020. She is a licensed massage therapist in KY and a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
Karen Weber - LMT
A member of AMTA, holding licenses in Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, and Maine, Karen has worked as a therapeutic massage specialist in several states across the US for the past seven years. After retiring from competitive gymnastics and coaching, she became a Mother to four children, who are now creative young adults living in various places across the nation. A lover of dogs and horses, gardening and outdoor activities including hiking and cycling, she is a newly published author of two books:
Crossing America Finding Home and