Our Staff

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Suzanne Robertson

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Lic #000885

Suzanne has been a massage therapist since 1994 after graduation from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in December 1993.  She currently enjoys working at Art of Touch on Thursdays specializing in Swedish, deep tissue, warm candle, pregnancy, and hot stone massages.  As well as, head cradling and foot massages.
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April Merrick

  • Certified Aesthetician
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Lic #003506

April first began her journey in the healing arts by pursuing massage therapy in the early 2000s after graduating from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and becoming licensed in 2002.  After working a few years in a spa setting, she became inspired and decided to expand her skill sets by including skincare and body treatments.  Since then, April has studied numerous forms of alternative healing including Reiki, yoga, kung fu, qigong, as well as, eastern and guided meditation.

A massage therapist for over fourteen years she is trained and skilled in swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, and body treatments.  As an aesthetician, April specializes in hair removal and beautification, eyebrow shaping, Yonka facials, and microdermabrasions.  She is a true believer in the mind, body, and spirit connection.  It would be her pleasure to offer you a unique and customized experience.  April looks forward to working with you.
 
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Melissa Gran

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Lic #003993

Melissa is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master.  She graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2004.  She began her Reiki training in 2001 and attained her master certification in 2005.  She is continuing her education in anxiety and stress reduction techniques

Melissa will listen to your needs and customize each session utilizing her knowledge of various massage techniques, energy work, acupressure, and use of essential oils.  She is experienced in deep tissue, Swedish, and hot stone massages.  Melissa is also trained in Japanese holistic anti-aging facial massage.
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Shauna Keenan Pinkham

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Lic #004266

After graduating from the Wellness Program at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2004, Shauna gained experience working at several locations including a full-service day spa, chiropractic office, and at a private practice.  She believes in integrating many different massage techniques into each session including:  deep tissue, stretching, and trigger point work catering the massage to each individual client.

In the eight years she has been practicing at Art of Touch, she has also honed her skills working with warm candle and hot stones, which is a very soothing massage that is very popular during the colder months. 
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Aleksandra Urbanowicz

  • Certified Aesthetician

Aleksandra came from Poland where she mastered her aesthetician skills after graduating in 2004 from the School of Cosmetology in Gdansk.  She is a warm and caring individual who is passionate about skincare.  Aleksandra enjoys educating her clients on the benefits of therapeutic skin care treatments.  She takes the time to listen to each of her clients' needs and customizes a treatment that will achieve desired results.  Aleksandra has a very calming personality and likes to leave her clients refreshed and peacefully renewed.

Aleksandra believes that staying informed with the latest technologies and treatments are essential for every aesthetician.  She attended several training workshops at Yonka Paris, an internationally recognized pioneer in skin therapy.

Aleksandra specializes in facials, microdermabrasions,hydra facials, chemical peels, whole body treatments, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, and hair removal.
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Shannon O'Connor

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Lic #007330

Shannon is a graduate of Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.  At Art of Touch, she brings her skills of Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, pregnancy massage, hot stone massage, and head cradling.  She is capable of releasing tension from the body leaving clients with a sense of well-being.

She personalizes each massage by listening to the needs of each individual client.  She has developed a style to bring total relaxation to the mind, body, and spirit.
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Melissa Rekas

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Lic #008780

Melissa is a passionate massage therapist who strives to adjust both pressure and technique to meet the needs of her clients.  Using methods such as myofascial work, stretching, and movement techniques geared towards relaxation.  Melissa aims to address chronic muscle tension and postural re-balance.

Melissa is also trained in warm bamboo massage, which can be used both for deep and light work.  For those aiming towards a more relaxing massage, she can also incorporate Reiki into her work.
 
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Justyna Bak

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Lic #008371

Justyna Bak, licensed massage therapist, is a 2014 graduate of Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Newington, CT and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.  She is trained in Swedish/relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and pregnancy massage.  

She has a caring touch and focuses on the needs of each individual client by incorporating firm and fluid techniques to provide a thorough, soothing, and effective massage.
 
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Lucy Partyka

  • Certified Aesthetician
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Lic #004046

Art of Touch owner, Lucy Partyka, welcomes clients to a luxurious spa that feels like home. Her experienced staff balance professional expertise with an artful touch that soothes and nurtures clients.

Lucy is a CT licensed and nationally certified Massage Therapist, Certified Aesthetician, and Professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.  Lucy brings tremendous technical skill to her work as a massage therapist.

Lucy’s warmth and concern for her clients' well-being sets her apart, as does her desire to keep growing as a practitioner since receiving her training in Medical Massage from the Galen Institute in 2000.  In 2006, she completed her aesthetician certification from the New England School of Aesthetics.  Since then, she has continued her education with Yon-ka Paris, Dermaware, and Edge Systems.  She specializes in chemical peels, hydrafacials, microdermabrasions, as well as, classic deep cleaning facials.  Lucy creates a personalized facial experience for each and every client.

Lucy looks forward to giving each of her clients the time and space to nurture themselves outside-in.

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"Where the spirit does not work with hands, there is no art"

—Leonardo DaVinci