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
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
KJ was born and raised in Montana, and grew up in the small town of Arlee. Helping people was instilled into her as a child. Her step-sister is a body worker and she has always been inspired by her. However she didn’t realize that was something she wanted to do until 2010, when she spent a season living in Big Sky and working at Moonlight Spa. Watching the therapists work, along with letting them practice on her at times, she knew that massage was something she would love to do.
She graduated from HealthWorks of Bozeman in March 2019. She specializes in combining modalities to meet each client’s health and healing goals; from deep tissue to Swedish/ relaxation, Myofascial, trigger point therapy, hot stone, and cupping.
“I am passionate about my work as a massage therapist. I look forward to meeting each client, and assisting them in their journey towards a better self.”
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.”