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 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. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University in 2003. Leigh specializes in Pre- and Peri-natal Massage as well as fertility massage. She received her certification as a labor and Postpartum Doula from the Center for the Childbearing Year. As a tier 1 Therapist, she also specializes in pain relief therapies such as Craniosacral therapy, Wholistic Manual Medicineand Swedish massage. She has completed the following continuing education seminars: Healing Touch, Thai Massage, The Rossiter Technique, Two Thumbs Up Kinetic Massage, Stretch your Clients, The 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.
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. 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 and Myofascial Release, Pharmacy in your kitchen: medical and medicinal foods. Lisa specializes 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.
Michael Bulger completed his massage schooling at Central Pennsylvania School of massage, graduating in 2010. As a tier 3 Therapist his continuing education classes include aspects of Shiatsu/Tui-Na, dynamic stretching - linked to fitness, athletic performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and Reflexology. He has also completed training in kinesiology & fascial movement taping. Michael specializes in sports massage, deep tissue massage, and an array of relaxation techniques.
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, as well as myofascial release courseswhile also performing chair massages at different businesses. She has taken continuing education courses on aromatherapy and on massage therapy for osteoarthritis. Dawn offers a general Swedish massage with focus on relaxation and pain relief.
Rebecca is a recent graduate of Orion Institute (Formerly known as Healing Arts Institute) of Perrysburg, Ohio. During her time at school she has perfected the art of Relaxation and General Body Massage. She has also elected to take 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 plans to continue to broaden her skills in this area of expertise.