In addition to skin care specialist and massage therapist, Karen holds a number of titles: dog trainer, small business owner, woodcarver, and educator are just a few. She’s a true Renaissance woman for the modern age. Born and raised in western Montana, Karen moved to Idaho to pursue a career as an elementary educator.
But molding tiny brains apparently wasn’t enough to keep her busy and her aspirations lead her to build a small business from the ground up. If her multiple titles and impressive work ethic have made her sound like an “all work and no play” kind of woman, that would be a false impression! Like all of our staff, Karen’s got a well- developed playful side and, in case her titles didn’t clue you in, wide-ranging interests. Travel is a favorite, as long as it’s active travel. While some of us (ahem) see a full Kindle and someone bringing us cold beverages while we read by a body of water as the perfect vacation, not Karen. She’s walked from the west coast of England to the east coast and backpacked in Europe.
When she’s not actively exploring the wonders of far-flung locales, she’s actively enjoying the wonders of our own small corner of paradise. In summer you’ll find Karen running her dog through an agility course, riding her bike, or running the trails of Ponderosa State Park or Bear Basin. Once the snow falls (everyone do your snow dance for a good winter season!) she enjoys skate skiing and is an accomplished builder of snowmen. (Her record: 10’ 2”. So far. She thinks she can beat it this year.)
While her achievements have required hard work and dedication, she believes strongly that self-care is an essential ingredient for a successful life. How could this esthetician and massage therapist not have landed at Spa del Sol? It’s a perfect fit as she (and we) believe “beautiful skin starts from within” and you can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t care for yourself first. Exercise, a regular yoga practice, a sunny outlook, and a good skincare routine combine to make Karen one of the most radiant people we know. Let her talent and her joy help you create a glow that starts from your innermost self and radiates out.
Kara is funny, charming, smart, and a total badass. We’re sorry. We tried really hard to find a more family friendly word for it, but … she just is. You’ll understand why when we tell you that what pushed her in to massage therapy was the wear and tear on her body of rock-climbing in beautiful Bend, Oregon. She graduated from East-West College of the Healing Arts in Portland in 2002 and has been working on bodies ever since.
Kara tends to focus on the body’s connective tissue, fascia, in her work, and her work is AMAZING. She’s also a bit of lymphatic system nerd (nerds are cool!) and is certified in Manual Lymph Drainage as well as being a certified Lymphedema Therapist since 2014. For those who are looking for it, she loves performing abdominal massage. (She told us there are 600-800 lymph nodes in the tummy. See above re: nerd. ::heart eyes emoji::)
You don’t even understand how amazing it is that Kara lit like the beautiful butterfly she is in our little Idaho town. You see, she grew up in the beautiful Red Hills area of Dundee, Oregon as a fifth generation Oregonian. FIFTH GENERATION! And yet even with ties that run generations deep, after moving around that beautiful state, after owning her own business in Corvallis for seven years, she and her husband Jeff picked up their two cats and their entire lives and moved to our gorgeous little lake-side paradise in 2017. And then reader, one fateful day, Kara walked into our studio and spa and we did everything we could to make sure she stayed.
Kara LIVES for music and has a wide variety of interests outside the lymphatic system like nutrition, science, cooking, hiking, biking, gardening, drawing, wine tasting, road trips, animals, movies and popcorn, laughing, soaking up the sun – and currently floating on Payette Lake and yoga at Shanti Yoga Studio. (She hasn’t gone through her first McCall winter yet. Shhhh. Don’t tell her that the floating days are over.)
As an outdoor athlete, Hilary has found yoga and massage integral to her own healing and recovery. In 2012, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs. After attending an advanced yoga training in 2015 with Ana Forrest, and working in spas throughout Colorado, she was inspired to deepen her studies in hands-on healing by becoming a massage therapist. In 2016, she attended Denver Integrative Massage School to follow her calling to help people heal their bodies. She is trained in Thai yoga massage, myofascial release, and trigger point techniques, and is passionate about injury recovery and addressing chronic pain. She enjoys helping her clients find a deeper connection to their bodies through massage and yoga.
Emma, light of our life, star of our sky, moon of our Moonpie … wait. That got away from us a little. Let’s start over. Emma has been at Spa del Sol almost from the beginning and has grown into the kind of massage therapist that clients (and we) just can’t imagine living without. But wait! There’s more! Not only is she a magician at getting your body to release tension you didn’t even know you were carrying, she decided to continue her education and has turned herself into a miracle-working esthetician as well. Bringing her therapeutic touch to skin care was a logical next step, and her knowledge and experience make her treatments both clinically beneficial and relaxingly indulgent.
Whether she’s hiking, rafting, skiing, snow-boarding, or enjoying a yoga class in our own studio, Emma takes full advantage of living in this magical place. She knows our little town inside out and when she’s not making your skin glow and your muscles relax she can tell you the best place to have lunch with your grandchildren, find wildflowers in July, grab a beer with your bestie, or soak in a natural hot spring.
Tessa may be young, but there’s nothing tentative or naive about her practiced, healing touch. We are enormously lucky to have lured this talented massage therapist back to the wilds of McCall from the thriving metropolis of Boise.
In our favor, Tessa loves the great outdoors and, as you all know, there are few places better for appreciating them than beautiful McCall. She also enjoys the calm and healing atmosphere of working in a spa. It’s a perfect complement to the relaxation she promotes in a therapy room with her clients.
When she’s not making our guests feel better about their bodies, their lives, and the universe in general, Tessa can be found fishing, hiking, swimming, or horse-back riding.
We would never say that loving animals is a prerequisite for working here, but … it definitely doesn’t hurt. Like the rest of us, Tessa is gaga over her pets. Her two dogs, Layla and Rowdy, and two cats, Marley and Mr. Wilson, get a large share of her attention in her off-hours. And we’ve heard rumors that a fainting goat may soon be joining the household …