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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. 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 six 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 demonstratied skill and expertise in skin care, waxing, and various other specialized aesthetics services. 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

Massage Therapy Education: LifeStream Massage School in Napa, California in 1997
Credentials: Tennessee licensed, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue massage

In 1997, Emily began her massage career in some of the premier day spas in the Napa Valley, California. Later Emily studied wellness, business, and psychology at Southern Adventist University. After spending a year doing massage at a health retreat in Norway, Emily’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to expand her massage practice to offer spa services, and in 2010 she hired another therapist to work with her and founded Poplar Creek Spa.

Massage Therapy Education: Miller-Motte Technical College, Chattanooga, TN
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed, Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
Specialties: neuromuscular therapy, prenatal massage, reflexology, deep tissue massage, Raindrop Technique®, reiki I

Massage Therapy Education: Atlanta School of Massage, Atlanta, GA
Credentials: Licensed Massage Therapist
Specialties: neuromuscular therapy, reflexology, deep tissue massage

Massage Therapy Education: Weimar College, Weimar, CA in 2012
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist, member of AMTA
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, Raindrop Technique®

Massage Therapy Education: Massage Institute of Cleveland
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master
Specialties: Swedish massage, hot stone massage, prenatal massage, reiki, cupping

Massage Therapy Education: Miller-Motte Technical College 
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue massage, reiki, lymphatic drainage, hot stone massage, spa services

Massage Therapy Education: Miller-Motte Technical College in 2012
Aesthetics Education: Miller-Motte Technical College in 2014
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist, Tennessee Licensed Aesthetician, Member of AMTA
Joined our team: August, 2018
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, spa services, facials, waxing

Aesthetics Education: Chattanooga State Technical College in Chattanooga, TN
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Aesthetician
Specialties: facials, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, waxing, spray tanning

Acupuncture Education: Seattle Institute of Chinese Medicine
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist
Specialties: acupuncture, cosmetic facial acupuncture, cupping for pain relief, injury/surgery recovery, and cosmetic enhancement

Rhonda's background in social work means she cares deeply for people and their well-being. Rhonda managed our front desk for more than four years, then moved on to a social work position. She returns now to fill in for us as needed. Rhonda joined our team in March, 2014.

Ashley learned exceptional customer service skills working at Chick-Fil-A. She covers our front desk Sundays and weekday evenings. Ashley joined our team in April, 2018.

Kristin's history of medical receptionist work helps her balance the varying needs of our practitioners and guests. Kristin attends nursing school full time and covers our front desk a few evenings a week. Kristin joined our team in May, 2018.

After an accomplished teaching career, Cornelia decided to switch gears. We value her caring spirit and enthusiasm for your best experience at Poplar Creek Spa. She practices interior design on the side, and covers our front desk Monday through Friday. Cornelia joined our team in July, 2018.


10am - 6pm
Monday - Friday
10am - 7pm

Friday evening hours are shortened during the winter.

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