Our Practitioners

All Brunswick Massage & Wellness practitioners are fully licensed and qualified in their respective specialties.


Staci Groves, Owner, graduated from Polarity Realization Institute in September of 1999. She specialized in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Swedish, pregnancy, and positional release.

The work she does during a typical session is usually a combination of many styles, tailored to each individual's needs. As a result, her work continues to be fresh and interesting.

She is always eager to learn new massage techniques and approaches.




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Sarah Cunio, Owner, is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education. She received her massage training from the Downeast School of Massage, graduating in 2004.

Sarah specializes in deep tissue techniques and has completed many continuing education courses, including topics in craniosacral therapy and in-depth explorations of head, neck, and shoulder pathologies. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage.

"I believe massage therapy is a core component in enhancing the body's innate ability to restore and maintain good health. I truly believe in the many benefits of massage therapy and feel so fortunate to have a career I love and am passionate about."

Diane Ford, a school teacher for over 25 years, explored acupuncture hoping to help children with ADHD. She has been a practicing acupuncturist since graduating from the Tai Hsuan School of Acupuncture in Hawaii in 2000. She holds master's degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine (which includes Acupuncture, Herbs, and Qi Gong), and Educational Psychology. Her company, Acupuncture Center, LLC, has offices in Brunswick and Lewiston.

Acupuncture was first thought of in America as a treatment for pain, and is very effective in that area, but does much more. When your body is out of balance due to age, trauma, medications, diet, heredity, etc., pain and sickness can appear. Acupuncture is designed to restore that balance. It also is very good for pre and post surgical procedures, stress, shingles, back pain, menopausal symptoms, detoxification from drugs and alcohol, arthritis, headaches, fertility issues, side effects from cancer treatment, and other ailments.



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Hillary Belanger Ware graduated from Polarity Realization Institute in 2001 after completing a 600 hour state accredited curriculum that included Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Swedish, Sports, Trigger Point, and Deep Tissue courses.

Since then, she has been practicing results-oriented massage and brings to her practice several years of knowledge in the medical field, along with a deep commitment to assist others in leading a pain-free and limitless lifestyle.

Melissa Parr graduated in 2007 from the Central Maine School of Massage Therapy. Using a variety of techniques, she provides stress relief and pain reduction, injury prevention, deep tissue massage, and relaxation massage. She practices with a holistic, client-focused approach that values open communication between therapist and client. Each session is tailored to the client's particular needs.

"It is my feeling that our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves. Sometimes, they just need a little nudge."

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Kathy Paul specializes in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, but also draws from training in Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports and Prenatal Massage as well as Zen Shiatsu bodywork. She began training for this career at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2000.  Kathy balances her work schedule with being a mom for twin boys. 

“When I began receiving regular and effective sessions, I discovered that massage could be much more than a 'feel-good luxury', but could profoundly facilitate improved health and well-being. Whether supporting injury recovery or increased comfort and body awareness, I am honored to work with my clients to meet their individual goals and needs.”


Melissa Jones is a 2015 graduate from the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine with a concentration in Energy Quest program.  The Energy Quest program allowed me the opportunity to learn an introduction into Polarity Therapy, Shiatsu, Energy Healing Techniques and Craniosacral Therapies.  Some of the in-depth classes I took while there were: Therapeutic Massage, Anatomy, Kinesiology, Dimensional Massage, Deep Tissue, Children Massage, Elder Massage, Static and Motion (Postural Assessment) Analysis, Self Care, Ethics and Centering.  Since then, the continuing education classes I have taken include: Zen Shiatsu, Core Shamanic Healing, and Hospice Care Training, and I am currently enrolled in Intuitive Spiritual Coaching. 

I have a Master-Teacher Certificate in Kundalini and Ethereal Crystal Reiki, and I am a Master Level Usui and Shamballa Reiki Practitioner.  I offer Reiki service with massage or alone, Chakra Massage (90 minute only), intuitive bodywork and often use Zen Shiatsu (Acupressure) and Shamanic healing when working with energy. In addition to being a Licensed Massage Therapist, I am also a Licensed Cosmetologist.


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Sarah Lawrie is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minor in Human Development (Early Childhood).  She graduated from Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington DC in 2005. 

Sarah takes an integrative approach to massage and bodywork, focusing on the whole person. Beyond neuromuscular and Swedish techniques, Sarah has extensively studied craniosacral therapy, myofascial bodywork, nervous system regulation, pre/perinatal bodywork and eastern healing modalities. She seeks out the source of constrictions in the body and works in concert with the body's innate messaging and healing systems to optimize restoration and health.  Sarah welcomes clients of all ages, backgrounds and orientations- newborns, children, teens, mamas/papas-to-be and adults.  


Emily McDorr is a 2016 graduate of the Therapeutic Massage Program at Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook, ME. Since graduating, Emily has also become a Certified Medical Massage Practitioner and specializes in deep tissue, myofascial release, cupping, and Swedish massage. Emily holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University, and is an Advanced EMT and Yin yoga teacher.

"I believe in the healing benefits of massage therapy for the mind, body, and spirit. My mission is to provide a peaceful atmosphere that honors you for taking the time for rest, relaxation, and self-care. I am dedicated to building relationships with clients that are centered on trust, understanding, and professionalism."






Catherine Welch is a 2018 graduate of the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute where she completed a three-year masters degree in acupuncture. Her clinical work at the public clinic on campus focused on the areas of acute and chronic pain, women’s health, anxiety, and digestive complaints. She also participated in an off-campus clinic that was offered weekly at a retirement home for nuns, which provided valuable experience learning about and addressing the particular needs of the geriatric population. Catherine is thrilled to be back in Maine and is looking forward to helping people in our community feel their best.