Day Spa Academy


Teresa L. Cook, L.M.P., Licensed Esthetician

Teresa L. Cook has been in the day spa industry for 25 years holding both a Washington State Massage Practitioners License and Esthetics License as well as a certificate in Neuromuscular Therapy.  Teresa served on the Board of Directors for the American Massage Therapy Association, Washington Chapter for five years.  Four of those years as the Government Relations Chair where the AMTA successfully passed three pieces of Legislation in four years, creating fair and uniform licensing requirements, removing retail tax that had been placed on massage therapy treatments and protecting the scope of practice for Washington State practitioners.  One year was served as President of the Washington State Chapter in which Teresa was presented the State Meritorious Award for her volunteer work. Through her service on the Washington State and the National Sports Massage Team she had the opportunity to treat athletes in the 1990 Goodwill Games as well as spending three seasons as a therapist to the Seattle Super Sonics. After relocating to Yakima in 1996 Teresa founded Spa Naturelle.  Spa Naturelle continues to strive to providing the best skin and body care that Central WA has to offer. Day Spa Academy was a natural result of the many years in the Day Spa Industry.  Founded in 2011, Teresa is looking forward to continuing her work toward improving the standard in the health and wellness industry.


Vincent P. Hood, LMP, CMMP

Vincent has made it his personal goal to offer the best treatment based massage therapy available in the Yakima Valley. Vincent, a graduate from Ashmead School of Massage, operates Muscle Release Medical Massage Therapy and offers a variety of techniques designed to more effectively penetrate the muscles and fascia, loosening them and releasing tension. Vincent, well versed in massage therapy techniques, also has an uncanny ability to understand and explain the human body and is Day Spa Academy’s primary and very dedicated Instructor of the Science's,   


Kathleen Green, LMP

Kathleen Green has studied the use of herbs in healing for the last 25 years, specializes in wildcrafting.  She holds a liicensed as a Massage Practitioner, focusing on medical massage, aromatherapy and cupping.  She is in private practice at Spa Naturelle and has significant experience in day spa services of all types. 


Bruce Samuels, LMP, Equine Massage Therapist

Bruce Samuels graduated from the Don Doran Equine Sports Massage School in 2000 and began his career as an Equine Massage Therapist, treating Thoroughbred horses at a racing stable.  He later attended the Yakima Massage School, graduating in 2012, for massage therapy on humans and focuses his career on treating the horse and rider.  Bruce's class on Equine Massage is both informative and inspiring.


Carrie N. Murphey, LMP

Carrie received her education at Day Spa Academy, receiving the highest grade point average in her class.  Currently in private practice at Evolve in Yakima WA, she specializes in medical massage, cupping and spa body treatments.  Carrie has owned and operated her own business for years prior to becoming a massage therapist and is Day Spa Academy’s newest faculty member.


Kari Ann Marquis LMP

Kari Ann has held her Massage Practitioners' License for 17 years and is in training to receive her esthetic license as well.  She is in private practice at Spa Naturelle and has significant experience in day spa services of all types.  Kari Ann is currently specializing in relaxation massage and rain drop therapy.  Kari Ann’s enthusiasm and energy is contagious and her classes, in addition to being informative, are fun filled.


Tamera Schliemann LMP

Tamera has a private practice and specializes in Geriatric Massage and Cancer/Oncology Therapy.  Currently she is a volunteer with Yakima Wellness House, treating individuals and families facing the diagnosis of cancer and other life challenging illnesses.  Tamera also volunteers with Yakima Memorial Hospice.

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient's last days by offering comfort and dignity. Tamera’s passion about her work and her compassion for the dying and bereaved not only creates a learning atmosphere but touches the lives of her students.


Cindee Hudson, Healing Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master in Metaphysical Science.

Cindee Hudson received her certificate as a Healing Practitioner from the Academy for the Healing Arts.  Following her certification, she had the unique opportunity to spend the next two years at the Academy as an assistant instructor, sparking her desire to teach. Cindee continues her studies, further advancing her skill level as she works towards a Doctorate in Metaphysical Science.  Cindee is now in private practice.  She is the founder of the Enlightenment Institution, offering a variety of classes for all levels of healer, from beginners to those more advanced.