Our Staff

Lavendera Massage and Spa located in Friday HarborRichard Davenport,LMT — Massage Therapist since 2009– Owner

Richard is a lifelong Washington native. He graduated from the Northwest Academy of Healing Arts in Tacoma, Washington in 2009. Richard spent time offering chair massage at SeaTac airport, seeing over 4,000 new clients.  Loves doing chair massage at the Farmers Market each week.

Richard excels in releasing the neck, shoulders, and hips. He teaches clients about the importance of movement and stretches for areas of concern.

I am proud to have been given the chance to own Lavendera Massage, it is a challenge and a joy to interface in this community in a new way.  My new project, Friday Harbor School of Massage started in 2016, is to give back to this island community.

Beth Drake, LMT– Massage Therapist since 2004

Beth was born and raised in Florence, AL and lived in the southeast until she came to San Juan Island by way of the Baja in 1987.

Beth graduated from Port Townsend School of Massage in 2003 and joined Lavendera Massage in 2005. She specializes in Structural Relief Therapy (SRT), which she has been practicing since 2005.  SRT allows her to relax muscles by shortening them and getting them to create new muscle memories.

It’s like magic! She just finished an SRT class on Thoracic Outlet Syndrom (TOS). TOS causes numbness and tingling in arms and hands and is sometimes misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrom.  She also does energy work with Reiki and Source Connection Therapy.

In her spare time she loves to bake and help people.

Jill Patten, LMT– Massage Therapist

Jill attended Acadia School of Massage and received her Washington State Massage License in 1978. She has since studied at the Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto CA to qualify for a California massage certificate and at the Oregon School of Massage for her Oregon massage license. In 2001 she completed a six week intensive in Shiatsu therapy at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA.  She particularly enjoys doing pre-natal massage, reflexology, and Reiki. She has practiced in such diverse settings as a corporate chair massage company, a beauty salon, private practice, and a Naturopathic clinic.  As well as practicing massage, Jill teaches the Anatomy and Physiology class at the Friday Harbor School of Massage.

Jill grew up in Seattle, and raised her two sons on one of the outer islands in the San Juans. After several years of city life, she finally returned to Friday Harbor, working at Lavendera since the summer of 2015. She has a deep and loving connection to her Pacific Northwest roots, especially to the beauty and serenity of the islands. She is deeply committed to living a healthy lifestyle and encouraging others to do the same. In her spare time she likes to dance, garden, draw, beach walk, and play with her extended family, especially her grandson.

Nancy Brickman, LMT– Massage Therapist

LIcensed Hypnotherapist
Jin Shin Jyutsu Practioner

I grew up in Seattle, Washington next to a wood that had a creek running through it and spent most everyday in this wood.  I bring this love for nature and the mystery of life to my work.  I view Massage and Hypnosis both as a time for restoration, much like a mini vacation; a time for a reset.  I believe that our health pivots around a poised and relaxed stance towards our lives.

I love to use my various skills to help lift the heaviness of pain whether it stems from emotional, physical or spiritual depths.   My goal is to help people live a more integrated, expressive and joyful life.

I am a graduate from Western Washington University and Brenneke School of Massage -1994-(Brenneke was absorbed by Cortiva) and also completed a Hypnotherapy Program with South West Institute of the Healing Arts. I recently completed Level 2 of High Touch Jin Shin Jyutsu- a Japanese healing art which focuses on harmonizing the meridian flows in the body using light touch on various points of the body.

In massage I have a  Myofascial System focus adding a blend of Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Structural Relief Therapy, Reiki and as well as various other modalities that I employ depending on what my client is asking for..  I can, if you ask, combine Hypnotherapy with Massage and often combine Jin Shin points in the massage, assisting the client to experience a still point.

Ken Atwell, LMT- Massage Therapist since 2017

Graduated from the Friday Harbor School of Massage in April 2017 and Licensed in May 2017.  Ken has started to build a following.

Michael O’Connor, LMT- Massage Therapist since 2017

Graduated from the Friday Harbor School of Massage in April 2017 and Licensed in June 2017.

Elizabeth Schwalbe, LMT– Massage Therapist ( on call/fill in)

Elizabeth Schwalbe, Licensed Massage Practitioner, is a graduate of Port Townsend School of Massage. Her original training was in animal massage; some  of her current clients are equine.

She has happily been part of the wellness team at Lavendera Day Spa for the last six years. Her specialties include Swedish massage, hot stone massage, and Reiki sessions.

These treatments she gives each client with an intention for nourishing touch and reduction of stress.


Vanessa Lee – Front Desk

Laura Bell – Front Desk

Laura graduated from the Friday Harbor School of Massage in April 2017.  She is currently learning the the front desk area, to be able to fill in at Lavendera Massage in two ways this next summer.



Ciely Ti Gray, LMT– Massage-Therapist (Founder Lavendera, has moved on)

It is through the love of dance that Ciely originally went to massage school in 1972 years to develop a deeper understanding for the body.  Prenatal and baby massage and coaching many births revealed the mind/body relationship.

After returning to Port Townsend School of Massage to acquire her Washington Massage license, she is now exploring how the emotions relate to injury using Cranio Sacral, EFT and quantum field techniques.  Ciely weaves a safe and sacred field for your healing.  “As the past  owner of Lavendera Day Spa my desire was to create an intimate island experience with island grown products.”

Katrien Danniau, LMP – Massage Therapist (on Sabbatical)

Katrien is a native of Flanders, Belgium. After a nature journey on the Big Island of Hawaii she decided to explore the San Juans and settle in the land of the Orcas. She graduated with the Port Townsend School of Massage in 2002 and has been part of Lavendera since 2010.

Relaxation massage is definitely her specialty, with a flair for finding the areas in the body which need deeper therapeutic work. Katrien also studied some reflexology and also became a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner in 2011. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a form of acupressure work for balancing the breath in the body and attaining a state of deep relaxation. Upon occasion Katrien has been able to help animals in a most touching way by means of Jin Shin Jyutsu and some flower essences.

Hawaii has forever stolen Katrien’s heart, where she loved swimming with the wild spinner dolphins and she hopes to some day in the near future introduce her daughter to the warm Hawaiian waters. On San Juan Island she loves to hike and take pictures in nature. She treasures spontaneous close encounters with wildlife, like the one time while she was driving a raven came swooping by so close she could hear its wingbeat.

Recently, she was offered a scholarship for an online course in Biblical Hebrew with the University of Jerusalem. She is looking forward as to what this course might bring, exciting new learning.