At Sanctuary Spa we pride ourselves on delivering the best possible services for every guest we encounter. The starting point is ensuring we have highly qualified and skilled team members who care about each and every guest. Each technician at Sanctuary Spa is licensed and certified according to industry standard. We also strongly believe in continued education and support our team in these endeavors. Each of our technicians provide a consultative approach to evaluate your health history, challenges and lifestyle to ensure we provide the ultimate service that is right for you.
CourtneyBrow Specialist, Licensed Lead Esthetician
Courtney is a licensed esthetician who found her love of spa culture and skin care while spending time in Indonesia. After moving to Houston in 2009, she graduated from the Aveda Institute of Esthetics and began working as an Esthetician. She excels at red carpet ready facials such as our Oxygen or Microcurrent Facials and waxing services. She decided to further her education with training in Microblading and then Nano Brow services. Courtney excelled in the precision hair strokes and shading necessary to create gorgeous, natural eyebrows!
RudyLicensed Lead Massage Therapist
Rudy Medina has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 10 years. He received his training at Memorial Hermann Massage & Spa Therapy School. In 2010 he acquired his license to teach Massage Therapy and presently teaches at the first internationally accredited CIDESCO School in the United States. His passion of the massage and spa profession has led him to continuously learn and adapt new techniques and services to enhance mind, body and spirit. Whether its pain or stress that has brought you into the spa, Rudy tailors your visit to best accommodate your needs. In 2019, he accepted the role as Lead Massage Therapist for Sanctuary Spa. In this role, he enjoys coaching and supporting his fellow massage therapists. He is excited to work with them and continue to uplift the massage program overall.
JillLicensed Senior Esthetician
Jill is a Licensed Senior Esthetician that graduated from Ogle Hair, Skin and Nails at the top of her class. She is very passionate about skincare which came from dealing with her own skin issues. This experience gives her great insight and empathy for those struggling with their own skincare concerns. She loves to continually research new products, ingredients and cutting-edge modalities and how they work on the human body to heal and correct the skin. She strives to help her guests treat, relax, and heal by incorporating self-care into their busy schedules. Her goal is for her guests to leave happy and refreshed with a better knowledge of how to care for their skin. She develops a professional relationship with her guests on their skincare journey. When not working or researching she loves to travel, attend live concerts and spend time with close friends and family.
KimLicensed Senior Esthetician and Massage Therapist
As a well motivated Esthetician and Licensed Massage Therapist, she feels blessed to have the pleasure of making people feel beautiful, confident and relaxed from the inside out. She is a native of the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to Texas to further her education and career in this amazing industry we call Beauty Therapy that she is truly so passionate about. She was eager to complete her International CIDESCO course with the premier Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics and Massage. She is proud to be a CIDESCO diplomat and share her knowledge, skills and techniques with the people who appreciate what Estheticians do. She believes in making her clients feel like a brand new person when they walk out of Sanctuary Spa.
TinaLicensed Senior Massage Therapist
Tina is a Licensed Senior Massage Therapist and Esthetician who recently moved to the Houston area from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is skilled in several modalities of massage which include hands on techniques that relieve tension, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, reduce pain, and promote relaxation throughout the entire body. She is a 2007 graduate of the Aveda Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana where she studied Esthiology and also a 2016 graduate of Medical Training College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she studied Massage Therapy. She has 10 years experience in the Spa industry and is excited to focus on Massage at Sanctuary Spa. As a mother of four adult children, her life has been centered around the nurture, care, and healing of others. She takes this nurturing into every session to care for and heal her guests.
Tamara, a Licensed Esthetician, is a graduate of the Esthetics program at Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails. She was born in Corpus Christi but identifies as a proud Houstonian who has spent most of her life living here in Houston. Her passion for skincare and the science behind it began with an interest in makeup and how its use can affect a person both emotionally and physically. Combine that with an unending desire to help others, led her to pursue a career as an Esthetician. She appreciates the diversity of each of her guest's skincare needs and loves helping develop a unique skincare program to keep them looking and feeling their absolute best. She is passionate about everything she does in both her professional and personal life. She is eager to learn more each day. When not at the spa, Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband Brian, and three children Justis, David, and Keira.
EricLicensed Massage Therapist
Eric has been a licensed massage therapist since 2009. Eric first became interested in massage when he was looking for a career that would give him the maximum amount of time with his son, who was a baby at the time. His passion for helping and serving others seemed like a perfect combination to becoming a massage therapist. He didn’t realize how life altering massage could be until he started. Then, he saw how he could change a person’s life in the course of just an hour massage. Eric loves the before and after experience a person has from a massage and how they literally seem like a new person. Their eyes are brighter their posture is straighter and there’s a deep sense of peace that they didn’t have before. Knowing you caused that is one of the best feelings you can experience. He really loves what he does and it shines in the eyes of the people he touches with this powerful modality and gift. Some of the skills he’s trained in are Cranial Sacral, Reflexology, Deep Tissue,Sports Massage, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, and Myofascial Release. When he’s not doing massage, he enjoys writing poetry, working out, listening to great music, watching movies, cooking and serving God.
ErnestoLicensed Massage Therapist
Ernesto completed his initial training in massage at the Phoenix School of Massage in 2002 with an emphasis on holistic healing. He has also taken seminars in Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques with Teri Dalton, has completed training in Thai Massage, Ashiatsu and is attuned to Reiki I / II. Ernesto continues to study additional techniques and modalities. His massages are active and intense. He specializes in fixing shoulders, hips, and can open the body. When you leave you will be relaxed and ready to face the world.
JennyLicensed Massage Therapist
Jenny is a massage therapist whose mission is to help others achieve lasting health, healing and wholeness. She is also studying to become a registered dietitian. Following a career in communications, Jenny transitioned into the fields of health and wellness to follow her passion: Empowering others to establish and nurture a healthy relationship with their bodies. She became a massage therapist because she believes massage can play a transformative role in one's physical, spiritual and mental health. An avid runner, Jenny has completed 9 marathons and 20 half-marathons in the U.S. As an athlete who deeply understands injury prevention and recovery, she loves working with those who want to experience the ease of an energetic and pain-free body. Jenny enjoys incorporating myofascial release, reflexology and acupressure in massage therapy — but her favorite way to help is neck, shoulder and back massage. In every session, Jenny's intent is to fuse the comfort-driven spa experience with muscle-specific techniques that bring about body alignment, relaxation and restoration.
AnnieLicensed Senior Esthetician and Massage Therapist
Annie is a native Houstonian, who pours her heart into her clients. In 2011, she graduated from The Aveda Institute with her esthetic license and a passion for the industry. Returning to school, in 2013, Annie attended Avalon School of Massage. Annie is skilled in advanced facials, facial massage, all body waxing, body treatments, and several modalities of massage. She is extremely passionate about holistic practices and products. Her journey has been influenced by some amazing pioneers in skincare, including Brea Gratia and Kim Chang. Her journey at Sanctuary Spa began in 2013; and has been truly transforming for her. A few brief absences included a move to Wyoming in 2014, and the life changing birth of her precious daughter in 2017. Her love for Sanctuary Spa has never faded! She cares deeply about her clients and their entire experience. When Annie isn't at the spa; you can find her living her life to the fullest with her family.
LaurenLicensed Massage Therapist
Lauren, a Native Houstonian, has over 15 years experience in massage therapy. She began her training in the highly rated William Institute in 2004. She is trained in Manual Lymph Drainage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, Reflexology, Myofascial, and Aromatherapy. Growing up with parents that traveled internationally for business sparked Lauren's interest in cultures and customs around the world. In 2010, she completed a Double Degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Along the way she has participated in urban anthropology conferences to solve urban issue such as safe play space for children and child obesity issues and participated in archeological digs on southern plantations to help give more accurate and updated information for future school textbooks. Lauren enjoys working with her hands, whether it be massaging her clients, making silver and natural stone jewelry, or crocheting gifts for family, friends, or for donation.
It's always nice be greeted with a smiling face. You'll get more than that with our personable and amazing guest services team. They'll assist you with getting your appointment booked and your questions answered. They'll help you get settled in our relaxation lounge and pour you a nice chamomile tea. Plus, they'll get you checked out and on your way as you float on cloud 9.
ReginaSenior Guest Care Associate
Regina, a freelance writer who has written for local and national publications, recently moved back to Houston from New York City. While in NYC, she worked for nonprofits and received an RYT-200 Yoga Certificate, focusing on vinyasa and pranayama (breath control) through meditation. She loves learning about holistic healing through various channels, in and out of the spa.
TeresaGuest Care Associate
Teresa loves the spa life, nurturing others, and meeting new people. At Sanctuary Spa, Teresa is our Guest Care Associate. She enjoys caring for the experience of every guest that visits and providing the Yoni Steam service. Teresa has fun hearing about everyone's day and building relationships with all that come to the spa.
XimenaGuest Care Associate
Ximena is currently a senior at The University of Houston studying Broadcast Journalism. Some of her hobbies include singing, working out and skincare. Two of her favorite things are music and entertainment. Her interest in entertainment and pop-culture has led her to pursue a career as an Entertainment News Journalist. She hopes to one day reach her goal of working for the E! network. She loves all things spa and enjoys helping guests enjoy their experience at the spa!
SydneyGuest Care & Social Media Coordinator
Sydney recently completed her bachelor's degree in Public Relations at the University of Central Arkansas. While in Arkansas, she discovered her love for strategic communication, as well as being on the guest care side of the beauty and wellness industry. Once she moved to Texas, she knew she wanted to combine those two things and continue her career in that industry while helping others and meeting new people. Sydney is able to use her PR and communication skills to provide the best care to each guest.