Spa Organica® Sanctuary - Eco-Organic Day Spa
Meet the Spa Organica® Green Team!

Christina Conrad, Owner, BA, LE, CMT

A Berkeley native, Christina attended UC Berkeley, graduating Magna cum Laude with a double-major in the Classics and Scandinavian Studies. With her Honors Thesis entitled, “The Healing Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece,” her interest in health and healing was sealed. She holds certifications in Swedish/Esalen Massage from the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, in Acupressure from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA, in Cranio-Sacral Therapy from the Upledger Institute and holds a 3rd Degree Reiki Mastership, which she has taught at the former Acupressure Institute and at Spa Organica®. She has also received in-depth training in Hot-Stone Therapy, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Acu-Yoga, and Acupressure for Animals. To further her research into the body systems and personal care, she received her California State Esthetician License. However, while working for a major "natural" cosmetic company, she quickly discovered the inclusion and mis-labeling of highly toxic ingredients in the products - and in most personal care products sold at cosmetic counters and drugstores. This inspired her mission to help to change the industry. After working for several years as an independent product trainer and rep for various natural lines, Christina decided to open Spa Organica®, a sanctuary devoted 100% to clean and healthy products and services.

Susan Emmara-Klein, LE, CMT

Susan grew up in Southern California with a appreciation and curiosity for the colors, beauty, and scents, of the flowers and trees around her childhood home. As a young child she concocted flower petal potions and perfumes, staying outside into the dusk hours with the house cats as her companions. Her mother enrolled her in dance lessons at the age of 4 to strengthen her health, she continued her studies in classical ballet through high school pursuing a professional career as a dancer then dance teacher. Susan found another passion in the healing arts as a massage therapist. After retiring from dance she was privileged to have been able to study the Rosen Method Bodywork and Movement from Marion Rosen and Valerie Luoto. In 2000, Susan went to Provence France to receive certification in French-style aromatherapy, she also received certification in herbal medicine therapy from the American College of Health Sciences. While raising 3 children she worked at a herbal wellness shop in Prescott Arizona while apprenticing under Amy Heimlich in herbal medicine making and organic skin care for the family. In 2014 Susan moved to San Francisco to study esthetics at the Cinta Aveda Institute and landed at Spa Organica immediately after graduating and receiving her esthetics license. Susan enjoys working at Spa Organica® because she feels that natural organic vegan skin care is superior in helping clients achieve healthy skin while educating the community about responsible and ethical consumer practices. 

Patricia Paisley, BA, CMT

Since childhood, Patricia has been fascinated by healing arts that keep the body and mind connected and working together for vitality. She began doing yoga at age 5 with her mother, and at age 14 she began learning the asanas in a class taught specifically for teenaged girls where she learned about violence against women.This began a journey that led to a BA in political economics at the Evergreen State College with an emphasis in how narratives and our relationship to work shapes our relationship to the body and self. After graduating, Patricia continued her education by becoming licensed in Bodywork Therapy, as a way to help people reconnect with the deep intelligence of the body. She has now been able to combine her deep commitment to healing individuals and communities with her love of movement. Currently, Patricia is expanding her understanding of how ritual plays into healthy minds and bodies, and is delighted to be working at Spa Organica® where beauty, health and ethical sourcing flow together as the integral sphere that they are meant to be.

Nikola Kendis, BA, CMT

As a 3rd generation bodyworker, the healing arts have always been an integral part of Nikola's life; her grandmother was a bodyworker and her mother taught her about acupressure growing up. So attending the Gentle Healing School of Massage Therapy in New Jersey was a just natural extension of her life so far. Here, she furthered her education specifically in  Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy,  Reflexology, and Aromatherapy. After a taste of Thai in school, Nikola decided to take the plunge and go to the source of Thai bodywork in Chiang Mai, Thailand. To round out her education, she attended Rutger's University, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology. She is currently attending UC Berkeley to learn more about Development Studies. She balances out her studies and work with a daily Ashtanga yoga practice and personal growth seminars. She loves being in the vital, healing atmosphere of Spa Organica®, where she is able to put into use all that she has learned, while continuing to grow and thrive.