Our Staff Our Heart and Soul is Our Team of Therapists
Established in 2000, the modest practice of one therapist has evolved into a source of healing for thousands of patients. We have several therapists on staff that serve our clients Monday through Saturday 8am-8pm.
All therapists at Back to Basics Massage therapy, Inc. are licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board. Through years of extensive continuing education seminars, they have developed specialized skills in various services of therapeutic massage.
Owner, Kimberlee Kristof, is a 2000 graduate of Northwest Academy of Massotherapy, Inc. Her honed skills and experience throughout her career have produced remarkable results and have birthed what we are in the process of trademarking as IPDT. Interactive Postural Distortion Therapy is therapy done “with you not just to you”. IPDT addresses the whole body and how your life practices have “wound you up” creating a torque on muscles and tendons, ligaments, nerves, organs and bones thus producing postural distortion and discomfort. Together we unwind you with a combination of different manual therapies, breathing and interactive releases to produce a more comfortable “balance” to your body. This therapy also involves educating you on what to do at home until your next in office session. Her extensive training from the St. John Neuromuscular Therapy Seminar group is in the following areas: therapeutic massage for cervical injuries, postural analysis, pelvic stabilization techniques, pain relief mechanisms for the shoulder, upper torso, low back, spinal column and extremities, cervical stabilization and atlas-axis mobilization, neuromuscular components of cranial decompression and scoliosis, and pain relief techniques for TMJ dysfunction as well as neuromuscular therapies for the eyes, hands and feet. Other specialized training includes Massage Masters for Golf Injuries and Balance Therapies, Effective Examination and Treatment Techniques for the Foot and Ankle, and the Rossiter Method of Deep Tissues Pain Relief Techniques. The most current seminars attended were Better Bodies/Better Brains, offered through the Institute for Natural Resources, and Integrated Neuromuscular Re-Education, Muscle Energy Therapy and Positional Release Techniques. As well as the following: The Pharmacy in your Kitchen - Medical and Medicinal Foods, Dynamic Stretching - Link to Fitness, Athletic Performance, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. “We strive to be the best therapists providing the highest quality of therapeutic massage to honor and utilize the gifts we have been given”.
Leigh Beining completed her massage schooling at The Healing Arts Institute in Perrysburg, Ohio in 2004 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University in 2003. As a Tier 1 Therapist, she has focused her training in various pain relief modalities from seminars including but not limited to Integrated Neuromuscular re-Education Muscle Energy Therapy & Positional Release, Neuromuscular Therapy for Cervical Strain & Sprain, Neuromuscular Therapy for Low Back & Hip Pain, and St. John's Neuromuscular Therapy for Cervical Injuries, Postural Analysis, & Pelvic Stabilization. Leigh is passionate about working with moms from conception to delivery. She is certified in Pre & Peri Natal Massage and Fertility Massage through the Claire Marie Miller Seminars as well as Mercier Therapy; gynovisceral manipulation for a variety of women's health issues including c-section recovery and fertility. She also has trained as a Labor and Postpartum Doula at the Center for the Childbearing Year. She added to this training with the Spinning Babies seminar; education in easier birth with fetal positioning. Most recently Leigh completed training in Craniosacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release through the Upledger Institute and also trained at the Academy of Wholistic Manual Medicine. Because of her diverse experience, Leigh is excited to provide her clients with an integrated style of massage therapy.
Lisa Morrissey completed her massage schooling at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio in 2008. Lisa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Ithaca College in 1994. Lisa specializes in Myofascial Release JFB Approach. Lisa has completed MFR I, MFR II and Fascial-Pelvis Myofascial Release. Her continuing education classes include: Pharmacology and school of Nursing Sciences, and The Integrated Neuromuscular Re-Education Muscle Energy Therapy & Positional Release Releasing the Rotator Cuff, Orthopedic Massage Techniques for Cervical Pain, Pharmacy in your kitchen: medical and medicinal foods and Myofascial Cupping. Lisa has training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, relaxation & pain relief massages as a tier 2 therapist.
Susan Cole completed her massage schooling at Healing Arts Institute in Perrysburg, Ohio graduating in 1999. She received her Associates Degree in Applied Business with an Accounting Major from Owens Technical College in Toledo, Ohio in 1978 then spent nearly twenty years in the corporate world. As a tier 2 Therapist, Susan has continuing education in Deep Tissue Techniques, “Where it is – It Isn't”: Successfully Treating Lower Back Pain, Effective Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Use Injury Therapy, Massage for People Living with Cancer, Ethics, Orthopedic Massage Techniques for Cervical Pain and Effective Treatments for Sciatica. She has also provided professional massage therapy services for chiropractors and physicians in the Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio area for patients having work related injuries filed and approved through the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. In 2014 Susan completed classes in Headaches: Types, Triggers and Treatment as well as Back Pain: Breaking the Cycle. Susan specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, pain relief therapies, relaxation and chair massages.
Dawn Schankin completed her massage therapy training at the Orion Institute of Perrysburg, Ohio in 2016. Since graduating, Dawn has been practicing Swedish massage in a spa setting prior to Back to Basics and is experienced in performing chair massage therapy at corporate events. She has taken continuing education courses in aromatherapy and massage therapy for osteoarthritis. She has also received specialized training in myofascial release for the upper and lower body, specific release methods for lower back pain and general soft tissue release. Dawn is a Tier 3 Therapist and offers a general Swedish massage with focus on relaxation and pain relief.
Rebecca Ward completed her massage therapy education and training at Orion Institute of Perrysburg, Ohio. She has also attended a Neuromuscular course during school for further education where she received her Certificate in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy of the Shoulder and the Thoracic Spine. Rebecca is a Tier 4 Therapist and has a variety of techniques and pressures ranging from light to deep for a therapeutic, relaxation or Swedish massage.
Bianca Harris completed her massage therapy education and training at Stautzenberger College of Maumee, Ohio in 2011. Since graduating she has continued her education and earned her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2018. Bianca is a Tier 4 therapist with a focus on Swedish Massage. She looks forward to continuing her education and gaining experience in Lymphatic Drainage.