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 Milk Thistle 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
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 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.
Emily Smith, massage therapist
Emily is a certified prenatal and labor inducing Massage Therapist as well as specializing in deep tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish, hot stone, aromatherapy, sports, and chair massage. With nearly ten years experience, Emily has worked with chiropractors and salon and spa professionals and is now thrilled to be a part of the MilkThistle team in the beautiful city of Bozeman, Montana.
“Let me help you take control of your health through medical massage” -Emily Smith
Ashley Grulke, esthetician
Omowunmi Sanya, massage therapist
Omowunmi (Omo-woo-me) Sanya is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, New York. She grew up in a household of chiropractors and has been adjusted since the age of two. An athlete in her youth, she played volleyball and basketball in highschool, and went on to play college basketball at Brooklyn College for two years. After graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Creative Writing, she went straight into the publishing world working at a children’s books publisher in the city. Though she enjoyed the creativity it allowed, she wanted to interact with people, and to be more active. She decided to become a waitress. It was then, with the encouragement of a fellow waiter who noticed her affinity for advising waiters on their posture, stretches for leg and foot pain, and a hand or shoulder massage here and there, that she discovered her natural love for bodywork, and assisting her fellow human. With a held-in-high-esteem recommendation from a chance meeting with a current student at the time, she decided to enroll in Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
A nationally licensed massage therapist, she specializes in relaxing, therapeutic massage, but also practices myofascial release, acupressure, trigger-point therapy, Thai, Shiatsu, energy work, tui na and reflexology. She also finds ways to keep herself involved with movement therapies, such as physical therapy and personal training, enhancing her understanding of the body so she can be effective with focused treatments for sport and chronic injuries.
Blaire Hall, massage therapist
Blaire takes a holistic approach to understand what is going on before approaching the body with touch. Blaire’s goal is to create comfort, calm, and healing at the level to which you are ready. She is responsive, and helps clients to be as body aware as possible during a session.
A former division II student-athlete at Mississippi University for Women, outdoor enthusiast and graphic artist, Blaire has had her share of varied working environments. She became a teacher in the public school system in northwest Florida for nine years. In 2016, Blaire began her education in massage therapy in Texarkana, AR.
After graduating and obtaining her massage therapy license, Blaire began her massage career in northwest Montana in November 2017. Blaire has continued to expand her training and work experience focusing on head, neck and shoulder issues, energy healing in the form of Reiki and hot stone massage.