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About Poplar Creek Spa

We specialize in customizing your spa experience with our wide array of services designed to relax and rejuvenate you in a body-positive environment. All of the products used in our spa services are handcrafted in-house, using all-natural and organic ingredients. Most are prepared just for you the day of your appointment, making them easily customized to meet your individual needs and preferences.

Most of our team of massage therapists has at least four years of experience in a variety of settings in both the United States and Europe: day spas, salons, chiropractor clinics, medical retreats, and health centers. Likewise our aestheticians have worked in day spas and speed-waxing clinics. Our acupuncturist comes highly trained from the Seattle Institute of Chinese Medicine.

We view a spa as a reset button. Indulgent? Not really. Self-care is a constructive stress management technique; an integral part of living a balanced, healthy lifestyle; and an essential element in being able to care for others in your charge. As the old saying goes, "You cannot pour from an empty vessel." We aim to invite calm into the lives of each of our guests so that they may be better able to extend peace and kindness to those around them. Whether you choose a massage, facial, acupuncture, or other spa service, we know you’ll leave the spa feeling better prepared to face the rest of your day.

Though we now operate out of a strip mall on busy Main Street in Ooltewah, our first location was surrounded by poplar trees with a creek running through the property. Our name pays homage to that humble beginning, as well as to our reverence for nature. We strive to conduct business in such a way as to minimize our ecological footprint.

About Our Team

Education: LifeStream Massage School in Napa, California in 1997; Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN in 2003
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist, BS in Corporate/Community Wellness Management with minors in Psychology and Business - Entrepreneurial Management, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal massage, applied aromatherapy, Bamboo-fusion®, and cupping

During her final years of college, Emily became enthralled with the idea of owning her own business and felt especially inspired by the goal of creating a positive, supportive, and fulfilling environment for her employees. Despite all the hard work involved in small business ownership, Emily has always felt most fulfilled herself when self-employed. While she still sees a couple of longterm massage clients (one since 2002!), Emily's focus has shifted over the years from honing her massage skills to honing her business and leadership skills. She still gives a great relaxation massage with a dash of deep tissue work, though, and enjoys doing Bamboo-fusion® massage.

Education: Miller-Motte Technical College, Chattanooga, TN in 2005
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and hot stone massage, reflexology,neuromuscular therapy, Raindrop Technique®, reiki I, cupping, Bamboo-fusion® massage, doula in training

Cherish joined our team in February, 2006. She especially loves doing relaxation massage, recently completed doula training, and is working to complete the requirements for her doula certification. Cherish also serves as our acupuncture assistant and covers a front desk shift one day per week. 

Education: Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN in 2005; Atlanta School of Massage, Atlanta, GA in 2006
Credentials: BS in Music, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal massage, reflexology, cupping, neuromuscular therapy, neurokinetic therapy, and Bamboo-fusion® massage

Kirsten joined our team in July, 2011. She takes a therapeutic approach to her massage and seeks to uncover the root cause. She's likely to give you some assignments to do at home to help correct what's causing your musculoskeletal pain. Kirsten splits her time between our Main Street location and our satellite location inside A Pattern Medical Clinic on Little Debbie Parkway.

Education: Weimar College in Weimar, CA in 2012, Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN in 2012 and 2014
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist, AA in Liberal Arts, AA in Education
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and prenatal massage, Raindrop Technique®, cupping, Bamboo-fusion® massage

Lauren joined our team in November, 2013. Lauren is especially passionate about Raindrop Technique® and using essential oils. She's driven by a desire to help her clients improve their health. Besides doing massage, Lauren arranges our fresh flower bouquets and cares for our live indoor and outdoor plants. 

Education: Miller-Motte Technical College in Chattanooga, TN in 2017
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist, Colorado Licensed Massage Therapist
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stones, cupping, and prenatal massage

Jillian originally joined our team in February, 2019 and returned in December 2020 after a brief stint in Colorado. She does an excellent deep tissue massage and covers our front desk one evening per week. 

Education: Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage, Knoxville, TN in 2019
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist
Specialties: Swedish and deep tissue massage, Bamboo-fusion® massage, spa services

Emily joined our team in January, 2020. She does an excellent relaxation massage with either a light or deep touch, as needed. Emily's background includes horse training, barn management, and volunteering with equine therapy programs. She has a side hustle training horses, and spends her spare time planning her wedding for May of 2021.

Education: Chattanooga Massage Institute, Chattanooga, TN, 2020
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist
Specialties: Swedish and deep tissue massage, Bamboo-fusion massage®, spa services

Sabrina joined our team in August 2020 and in addition to her role as a massage therapist, she recently took over as our spa trainer. She is passionate about maintenance of one's self and believes that massage therapy contributes to a person's overall well being for the mind, body and spirit. Her style combines a mixture of swedish and deep tissue techniques to provide a relaxing, yet effective massage. Sabrina was born and raised in Germany and speaks fluent German.

Education: Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, TN, 2020
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist
Specialties: Swedish and deep tissue massage, prenatal massage, reiki, spa services

MacKenzie joined our front desk team in June, 2020 and our massage team in September, 2020. She loves working with expectant mothers

Education: Urals State College of Beauty Industry, Ekaterinburg, Russia, 2002
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Aesthetician
Specialties: facials, waxing, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, nano-needling, chemical peels, medical aesthetics

Alyona joined our team in November, 2020. She has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of medical and spa settings in Russia as well as Florida, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. She loves finding natural ways to treat the skin and is constantly researching products, ingredients, equipment, and industry trends. Alyona loves hiking and animals in addition to skin care, and is fluent in Russian.

Education: Seattle Institute of Chinese Medicine in Seattle, WA in 2014; Chattanooga State Technical College in Chattanooga, TN in 2019
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate in Acupuncture, Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Registered Nurse
Specialties: acupuncture for pain relief, injury/surgery recovery, anxiety, fertility, and cosmetic enhancement, cupping, Tui Na

Kate joined our team in January, 2017. She quickly built a practice of loyal patients by providing attentive and nurturing care. As an RN in addition to being an acupuncturist, Kate enjoys the ways that her Western medical training will inform and enhance her practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Ashley joined our team in April, 2018. Prior to working at Poplar Creek Spa, she developed exceptional customer service skills working at Chick-Fil-A. She attends Cleveland State Community College and is looking forward to graduating this coming spring. Ashley recently took over nearly full-time hours at our front desk, and also serves as our front desk trainer.  

Education: Grand Canyon University in 2007, University of Phoenix in 2018
Credentials: BS in Psychology, Masters in Business Education, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Life Coach 
Specialties: life coaching, career coaching, resume building, private yoga instruction

Cyndi joined our team in December, 2018. With a full-time "day job" and a side hustle teaching yoga, as well as developing a life coaching practice here at the spa, Cyndi wears many hats--and she does it with grace and ease. Her 25 years of business experience have been focused in management, training, and recruitment. Cyndi believes that you hold the keys to unlocking your potential, and will coach you on your journey to reach it.

Stephanie's background includes court reporting and personal training, and is currently in school for aesthetics. At the recommendation of her daughter MacKenzie, she joined our front desk team in December 2020. As a personal trainer, she loves helping her clients feel good about themselves and their appearance, and she looks forward to expanding her ability to do so through skin care and aesthetics.


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10am - 8pm

Friday evening hours are shortened during the winter.

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