Focus Clinical Massage’s mission is to support employee health and wellness through massage therapy in the workplace We work with companies to create on-site experiences that help lower stress, reduce injury and increase employee satisfaction. We understand that every company has a unique culture and specific goals for their population — we work with you to design a program that meets your needs and can be tailored over time. Foundational to our service is the way our staff is trained in the art of on-site treatments. They are professional and reliable, but above all, skilled in delivering, through clothes, effective massage therapy. The goal of each therapist is to rehabilitate and stimulate natural healing processes in connective tissues and organ systems using manual soft tissue massage, joint physics, elongation techniques, and manipulation of joint capsules. Our key skill is the ability to isolate and identify the exact site of soft tissue dysfunction. Draping is used to assure patient modesty. Therapists provide their own table/chair, linens, and sanitizing supplies. We work with you to design a suitable environment for treatments to take place, including privacy, sound/music and lighting. All of our therapists carry malpractice insurance and follow the Hippocratic oath.
Matt Kelly, the owner, started FCM in 2006 to use his knowledge of manual therapy to help people find relief from stress and pain. Marrying his training in manual therapy with his undergraduate degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources, he focused on providing employer-based massage. He has been a sub-contractor to Spectrum Health since 2008 to carry out the goals of Spectrum’s Healthy Lifestyles program. He is now taking that experience to other businesses that are investing in their employees’ wellness. He has brought on four other like-minded therapists and imparted his experience to them to carry out FCM’s mission.
Matt has been doing primarily corporate massage therapy for the last 6 years. He has over 1200 hours of specialized training in Manual and Medical Massage Therapy from Blue Heron Academy. He has studied anatomy, physiology, pathology and rehabilitation sciencesin order to understand and treat chronic and acute musculoskeletal and vascular conditions. In addition to classroom study, hundreds of hours are spent in clinical training and apprenticeship. Matt has current a current Massage License through the State of Michigan. He is particularly trained to recognize postural, occupational, ergonomic and mechanical causes of chronic pain, repetitive strain, and muscle spasm.
I graduated from Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, Mi in 1994. I have always had an interest in working with injury rehab, particularly equestrian injuries. This work has taken me all over the country.
I have worked with many in the medical field, and my additional training has mostly focused on injury rehab, return of mobility, and pain reduction. Over the years I have expanded into working with professional athletes from other sports, pre and post surgery work, and general mobility issues. I spent several years working with physical therapy, chiropractic, and hospice.
Mostly I am fascinated with anatomy and physiology and how it all works and adapts to whatever we ask it to do.
Armand Watson is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and recent graduate from Loma Linda University. Armand has been a Massage Therapist for 7 years and previously worked for Massage Envy at 3 locations for 5 years and honored as the most request male therapist for 3 consecutive years. Armand served as a faculty member and Massage Therapy Instructor at Everest College.
Armand is a 17 year Army veteran who serve as both, an enlisted soldier and a Commissioned Officer. Armand served during Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Opposition Forces, training U.S. Forces for desert warfare at (NTC) National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA.
Armand was hired as an actor and Military Technical Advisor for the Feature Films, Crimson Tide and Courage Under Fire. Armand trained background and lead actors on the set of Crimson tide as well as technical coordination of several scenes under the direction of Tony Scott (Top Gun). Armand was specifically tasked to train Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Sean Astin by providing research of the military lifestyle and experience necessary for their character roles in Courage Under Fire.
My name is John Cassinerio and I represent the Focus Clinical Massage Team out here in the Pacific Northwest, where the skies are gray, but the forests are green and plentiful! We really are part of the “Lower 48” and not just a section of the Yukon Territory…even if we do happen to take pride in some weird sea bird! Go Hawks!
I have been a bodyworker for the last five years and am very happy to provide my skills for the hard working employees at Steelcase. Focusing on pain reduction and injury prevention is a very important component of my skill set and I feel privileged to be an integral component to employee success.
When I am not working on clients at Steelcase, I manage a team of therapists providing bodywork to employees of a fairly large aeronautic manufacturer out here in the Seattle area. I am involved with athletic endeavors, playing soccer in a co-ed league. I also spend my downtime with my wife of 27 years and our two four-legged mutts, take in a movie or two, listen to live music and enjoy the beauty of the Northwest whenever possible. We have two grown children doing their own thing and living life as well.
I am grateful to be part of an organization that values its employees and provides alternative care for the long haul. Here’s to a successful 2017!
Jared Wissner is a licensed medical massage and manual therapist with 4 years of experience. He practices out of the Complete Wellness Center where he also utilizes his Holistic Health Care Certificate. He also utilizes Exercise Science degree to teach proper movement mechanics and create functional movement patterns.
Mike Van Eerden
Mike is a licensed medical massage and manual therapist, trained at Blue Heron Academy. He is dedicated to the service of increasing well-being in his clients, and he brings an integrated understanding of how lifestyle, nutrition, and the body’s own self-healing mechanisms can together yield a greater sense of ease in one’s daily life. Mike is currently studying to become a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and is also a student of Tai Chi Chuan.
Leonard LaGarde III is a holistic health coach and massage therapist that has been teaching professionally for five years. Leonard entered the military at the age of 21 and was soon part of an elite group as an Airborne Ranger. The lifestyle of a Ranger was to go hard all day everyday and this began to take a toll on his body. He developed many injuries including a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus. As a young man at the age of twenty five years of age he had endured time in Afghanistan had a major knee injury, back pain, and a host of other injuries that could have easily cascaded out of control. Depression and frustration set in as this was the first time in his life that he was unable to run and move. This was a great gift as it sparked a fire to begin to learn how bodies function and to explore the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of healing.
Spending a year post surgery studying the human form and discovering his passion Leonard began at Grand Valley State University studying Clinical Exercise Science. This degree he begin to study and complete Certifications that would help him view health and healing from a completly different view. Paul Chek, Gray Cook, Gary Gray, Michael Boyle, and Scott Sonnon became his mentors, studying them and their methods. Leonard spent immense time studying anatomy physiology, diet and nutrition, emotional health and spirituality. Applying the holistic model to his personal life he became passioniate about teaching others to heal and reclaim the freedom we were all born to enjoy through movement. Learning and teaching holistic health is Leonards passion.
Abby has been a therapist for 2 years. She completed her certification in 2013 and is currently doing massage in the Grand Rapids area. She loves connecting with clients and helping them on their paths to feeling better.
Emily is licensed in the State of Michigan, and became nationally certified in 2005 after graduating from Blue Heron Academy. She enjoys helping to provide relief, maintain/improve range of motion, and offering relaxation to clients.