About

Milk Thistle Skincare & Massage Studio is dedicated to providing the finest skincare & massage treatments in a relaxing environment. We provide our clients with effective, environmentally conscious products & services that utilize high quality plant based ingredients. Clients have the option to use our infrared sauna before & after treatments to fully enhance their relaxation. Schedule today to experience your own personal moment of bliss at Milk Thistle Skincare & Massage Studio, right here in Bozeman Montana!

 

Tera Graham, co-owner/massage therapist/esthetician

Tera combined her love for travel and the wellness profession while living in Washington State and the US Virgin Islands until 2009 when she fell in love with Bozeman, MT and planted her roots. Tera began working as a spa receptionist in 2001 at Big Sky Ski Resort and soon realized her excitement and interest in this summer job could turn into a fulfilling career. After attending the Aveda Institute for esthetics in Seattle Washington in 2005, Tera worked in medical and resort spas. While working as an esthetician, making the move to Bozeman helped Tera find a true home base and allowed her an opportunity to attend massage therapy school. While in school Tera learned various methods such as Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular techniques.

Since finishing school in 2010 Tera has completed continuing education courses in Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, Aromatherapy and Ayurvedic Massage. Tera now co-owns MilkThistle Skincare & Massage studio in lovely downtown Bozeman.

Being a massage therapist is so rewarding, helping clients along in their healing process through acute or chronic pain, injury rehabilitation or stress related tension is such an honor to be entrusted. I appreciate every opportunity I am allowed to help facilitate any pain relief for an individual or just help someone unwind or take an hour out of their day to relax. It’s truly an amazing feeling.”

Sunshine Welsch, co-owner/massage therapist/craniosacral therapist

Sunshine began her massage therapy training at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon in 2008. During her education, she fell in love with the art and science of massage therapy and began to understand what a powerful healing effect it has on the body. She became licensed in 2010 and has been practicing ever since. She enjoys taking continuing education classes such as myofascial release, hot stone, craniosacral therapy, barefoot compression and fire cupping. The more she practices massage and continues to learn new techniques the more she loves the field.

In 2006, Sunshine was attuned in Reiki healing. She utilizes this modality alone or in combination with massage to bring deep relaxation, speed healing and bring a sense of well being to her clients.

In her free time Sunshine enjoys spending time outdoors, playing with her dog, gardening, cooking, practicing yoga, cross country skiing and networking in the community.

Amanda Chase, massage therapist

Amanda was drawn to massage therapy by the joy she takes in helping others.  She graduated from Health works Institute in 2018.  During her schooling she discovered a deep love for helping those in chronic pain and was overjoyed to serve chronic pain clients as soon as she was licensed.  Since graduating she has taken continuing education for; deep work on ligaments of the sacrum, deep work for muscles in the torso (diaphragm, psoas, QL, and erectors), Quantum Touch energy work, prenatal massage,  and massage for PTSD clients.
 
In her free time you’ll find her playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends or curled up with a good fantasy book.
 
 
Julia Heid, esthetician
 
Hannah Kampf, massage therapist
 
As a former caregiver, Hannah found massage was a gift when it came to bringing relief to a terminally ill client. Inspired, she attended Health Works Institute in Bozeman and graduated in 2018. She brings to her table a history of working with athletes as a personal trainer and professional martial artist, as well as her intuition as a caregiver while treating those with illness and disabilities. Hannah believes in the power of the mind in healing ailments of the body, and that treatment work can be both healing and deeply relaxing. She uses movement and stretching to help the tissues of the body relax more fully, and encourages her clients to use breath work to take an active role in their treatment. She loves deepening her knowledge as a therapist by taking continuing education whenever she is able.

“I have a soft spot for working on the neck and shoulders.”

Carter Coleman, massage therapist

Originally from Virginia, Carter moved out West in 2014 to ride horses and ski. She fell into massage in a way, but has had the sense of touch her entire life. She was always the kid at family get togethers rubbing everyone’s shoulders and finding the knots. Her family would battle over who got shoulder rubs first.

She graduated from Healthworks Institute in June 2018. The continuing education she has taken, in Costa Rica and here in Bozeman, has fired up her passion for bodywork and natural healing. Adding Jade Hot Stone massage to her tool belt has given her the ability to achieve a new level of treatment or relaxation. She has a knack for neck work and getting into the glutes for hip and low back pain relief.

“With an active lifestyle and a life on horses I have become familiar with low back pain myself so it is something I like to help treat. I work with my clients to come to a common goal about their road to recovery or relaxation.”

Ashley Grulke, esthetician/massage therapist