Why We’re Different
Voted “Best Massage Portland 2017” by the Willamette Week reader’s poll. Thank you for this honor!
Our massage therapists have unmatched skills and experience in a wide array of advanced massage techniques. Collectively, we have thousands of hours of training. On average, our massage therapists have twelve years’ experience, with some as many as twenty years.
Clare Katner LMT - Founder
For over twenty years, Clare Katner has been an intuitive and holistic facilitator of healing. A licensed massage therapist since 1995 and a certified hypnotherapist since 1998, her professional scope is truly mind-body, and her long-term enjoyment of this work comes from witnessing transformation in her client’s lives.
While living in England and working at Cambridge University, Clare had her first massage and it was life-altering. Its value as a healing art was immediately evident to her, and curiosity lead to her first acupressure class while at Cambridge. In further travels around Europe, she became exposed to and learned about many other healing modalities.
Upon her return to the United States, she completed her training in massage therapy. Among her teachers was Sandy Fritz, one of the first inductees into the Massage Hall of Fame, from whom Clare took valuable lessons in assessment and an understanding that each patient needs customized care. She received additional training in myofascial release at the John Barnes Institute, and her continuing education in the field has focused on injury recovery, deep tissue, muscle testing, structural integration and ashiatsu.
A graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s of science degree in education, Clare quickly developed a massage practice fusing her interest in teaching with her love of bodywork and has become a teacher and mentor to other massage therapists. She is a founder and owner of her dream clinic, East Bridge Massage.
When she’s not working, Clare enjoys being a fitness and food nerd with her young son and husband. Having always enjoyed an active lifestyle, she grew up with gymnastics, track, soccer, mountain biking, and “two big brothers,” the latter from whom Clare light-heartedly says she learned many lessons via “real-life experiences in the pain and recovery department.”
Sumuki Sweesy LMT
Sumuki graduated from Everest College and became a nationally certified massage therapist. She is licensed to practice massage in both Oregon and Washington. With her natural ability to do deep tissue, trigger point, prenatal, myofascial release, and sports massage, she found herself working alongside some the most skilled doctors and massage therapists in the Portland area. Since then, she has helped people recover quickly from auto injuries, sports injuries, stress related pain, and general discomfort. She is a results-oriented person who goes the extra distance for everyone, deeply caring about the final outcome. She is a driving force at East Bridge Wellness, encouraging everyone to keep learning and collaborating.
Before beginning her career as a massage therapist, her journey began with the study of Hatha Yoga in which she became a certified instructor and taught for fifteen years. She maintains a daily meditation practice that provides her with a sense of balance, a compassionate heart, and the desire to help people. Sumuki is always seeking to learn more about healing the body. Her many years of experience in the field of wellness are quite evident in her dynamic approach to massage.
Phoenix Liu LMT
Phoenix attended East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland and became licensed in the summer of 2012. As her education progressed and her understanding of the benefits of massage deepened, she discovered that her passion lies in therapeutic massage.
Inspired by the knowledge of Structural Integration and Eastern medicine, her massage is a blend of deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point, Tui Na, and movement therapies. With each session she strives to provide her clients with an effective, therapeutic treatment to help release holding patterns and increase range of motion and circulation, bringing relief from discomfort whether it be caused by injury, chronic pain, repetitive movement or the stress of daily life.
She is a Portland native, having graduated from the Portland Waldorf School. Every chance she gets she escapes to the beautiful deserts and forests of the Pacific Northwest and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, camping, dance, language and travel!
Anne Tegtmeier LMT
Anne began her professional life as a modern dancer. After growing up in Denver and then receiving her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, magna cum laude, she went on to dance in New York and perform with a number of small companies in New England. Since she had experienced firsthand the benefits of massage and other bodywork on athletic performance, she decided to become a massage therapist herself, graduating from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2001.
Since then, her career as an LMT has led her to explore a variety of complementary modalities in addition to her foundation of deep tissue work. She has training in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, hip flexor and subscap release, sports massage, pregnancy, diaphragm release and Ashiatsu barefoot massage. Specific areas of intensive training include anterior neck and jaw, shoulder girdle, and the iliopsoas.
Along with massage she continues her life in movement by teaching dance as well as yoga and Pilates mat classes. Anne is also a theme party caterer, certified lactation consultant, writer, author of two cookbooks, and mom to the spectacular character known as Lily.
Clayton Stuhr LMT
Clay first became interested in massage when he was running competitively in high school, participating in track and cross-country teams that proved grueling. Following several injuries, his running career was cut short. Like so many in pain, his search for a solution led him to a career in advanced bodywork techniques.
Following his graduation from Everest Institute, Clay began working with patients and honing his skills in various modalities. He found his most passionate interests in deep tissue, sports massage, and injury recovery techniques such as myofascial release and trigger point therapy. He often incorporates non-traditional techniques such as cupping and ashiatsu to achieve the most effective and individualized massage experience for each person.
Physical health is a priority in Clay’s personal life, as well. Much of his time away from massage is spent pursuing physical fitness and hiking with his two dogs.
Danielle Dorman LMT
Danielle has always had a passion for bodywork and helping others. Growing up in Alaska, she would give massage to her family and friends, feeling rewarded through their relief. She sought a career where she could work with people daily while following this passion, leading her to advanced massage training at East West College.
In her practice, Danielle loves to work with clients experiencing persistent pain from daily life, big transitions, or traumatic injuries such as motor vehicle accidents. Especially skilled in relieving headaches and neck pain through cranial sacral and trigger point therapy, she also specializes in deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and prenatal. Her clients report feeling pain relief, improved mood, and a “floaty” feeling after her transformational sessions.
Outside of work she loves to read, dance, spend time with her friends, and enjoy the outdoors. She recently adopted and began raising a tuxedo kitten, Juniper.
Ann Marie Mullen, LMT, CLT
Ann-Marie is a licensed massage therapist and a certified lymphedema therapist in practice since 2003. Some of her most advanced massage skills include deep tissue targeted therapeutic bodywork, trigger point, myofascial release, auto injury recovery, relaxation massage, and manual lymphatic drainage. Ann Marie’s highly specialized training in Lymphatic Drainage allows her to work with people with many inflammatory conditions, positively affecting immune system health while reducing edema and improving the quality of life of her patients. She is able to get beneficial results where there would otherwise be few options for complete recovery.
Ann values excellent communication, the importance of ethical standards, and has a dedication to providing high quality, compassionate client care. She is committed to providing bodywork for the benefits of the mind, body, and soul of her clients.
Although originally from Illinois, Ann attended the University of Oregon as an anthropology major. Post-graduation, she worked as an archaeologist with the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology, but eventually decided to return to her home state where she enrolled as a student at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. After working as a massage therapist for several years in Illinois, Ann decided to make her way back to Oregon. In her free time, Ann enjoys experiencing live music events and exploring the beauty that Oregon has to offer by hiking along its many trailways.