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About Our Therapists

The therapists at Carrboro Massage Therapy are professional, knowledgeable, and capable. With over 25 years of experience among them, Ruth, Melina, Kim, Soleil, and Silvia are all Licensed by the State of North Carolina and Certified by the National Certification Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapists. The therapists at CMT offer a wide range of services, from deep tissue and relaxation massage, hot stone massage and polarity therapy, to sports massage and prenatal massage.

To have a therapist recommended to you, please contact with any relevant information and scheduling requirements.

ruth newnam

Ruth Newnam, LMBT | NC License #3342

919-593-1630 |

Ruth Newnam has developed a specialized blend of techniques to help heal chronic and acute pain issues and to maintain health and wellness in her clients. She blends deep tissue and myofascial techniques, Swedish and relaxation techniques, lymphatic massage and mind-body integration techniques according to each client's set of issues and needs. She works extensively with clients recovering from injury, surgery and illness, such as cancer, fibromyalgia, repetitive stress injuries, plantar fasciitis and more!

A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ruth received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and a M.A. from UNC-CH before attending the Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope, NC. Ruth has practiced as a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist in North Carolina since September 2002. She is also a trained Dr. Vodder School lymphedema and lymphatic massage therapist.

melina piluras

Melina Piluras, LMBT | NC License #4578

919-619-1416 |

Melina is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with a background in clinical herbal therapeutics. Her practice centers on the belief that the body is an infinite storehouse of wisdom. Massage and bodywork can unlock the potential for the body to heal itself of pain and injury, restoring and renewing itself from the effects of repetitive stress and injury. She offers deep tissue and Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, orthopedic and sports massage for pain management, integrative reflexology and holistic aromatherapy.

Melina is a graduate of the Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope, NC and of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe, NM, and has practiced as a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist in North Carolina since January 2004. She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has also certified in Nurturing the Mother, a pre-and peri-natal massage program.

silvia pahola

Silvia Pahola, LMBT

"My intuition and ability to fully listen to the body guides me in finding the best approach for each person".

Her great compassion and empathy for those dealing with pain, fatigue and illness arose from her own experiences of searching and walking the healing path to wellness.

A native of Vienna, Austria, Silvia arrived in Chapel Hill in 1991 and thrived in the culinary world of Franklin Street for 20 years.

A graduate of the Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope, NC, a NC licensed body work therapist, and member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Silvia applies her knowledge of Swedish, deep tissue and myofascial massage to achieve relaxation, tension and stress reduction, pain relief, and body awareness for those seeking wellness.

stephen mehalek

Stephen James Mehalek, LMBT | NC License #13657

919-265-7607 |

Stephen James Mehalek is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist who is skilled in myofascial release, deep tissue work, Swedish massage, and Active Isolated Stretching coupled with proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. As a native of North Carolina, Stephen feels a deep sense of community with the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities and firmly believes in the benefits and the curative powers of massage. He is passionate about using integrative medicine to keep his community healthy and working to alleviate stress, fatigue, and injury.

Stephen is a graduate of the Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope, NC and has been a licensed therapist since 2013. His goals include pursuing a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, completing courses in medical massage, and one day, teaching massage therapy.

Soleil Ananda Konkel, LMBT

321-684-1126 |

Kimberly Herold, LMBT | NC License #11198 / RYT 200

919.444.4699 |

I graduated from the Body Therapy Institure in Siler City in 2010 after completing a 660-hour training. I'm also a registered yoga instructor, and teach at Carrboro Yoga Company in Carrboro, NC.

My philosophy on bodywork is that we all carry a deep, innate wisdom of how to heal ourselves on all levels. Touch is one of the essential ways that we communicate, and compassionate touch such as massage can help the body "remember" how to heal itself.

I was drawn to practice massage therapy because I have always loved expressing care to others. When I found myself suffering immensely around the deep pain in my life, I sought a path to find internal strength. In an effort to consciously transform my own pain into joy, I decided to complete a yoga teacher training and then to attend massage school. The combination of these experiences has indeed changed my life!

Janne Groner

919-672-6708 |

Janne (say "Jan") brings to her work deep compassion, great respect, and intense curiosity for this experience of life as a human being. Janne is a graduate of the four-year professional training program at Barbara Brennan School of Healing, the two-year Advanced Studies in Education program and the two-year Brennan Integration Practitioner program. The Brennan Healing Science method is used effectively in conjunction with professional medical care to treat thyroid issues, cardiovascular disease, immune system disorders, as well as to reduce pain, surgery recovery time, and the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Janne's healing style focuses on how you relate to the world, to life, to yourself, and on discovering and following your deepest longings for your life. Janne grew up in Rochester, New York, and moved to North Carolina in 1984. She has two college-age children and a highly intuitive Portuguese Water Dog. Her totem is the turtle and she also loves birds.

Stacy Hewitt, Licensed Acupuncturist

919-960-1054 |

Stacy received his 4 year graduate degree in acupuncture at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. Taking the best from both Eastern and Western medicine, Stacy has post graduate acupuncture studies in both Orthopedic and Sports Medicine for pain and blends this with his Eastern training in both Dr. Tan and Master Tung's style acupuncture. He has also completed advanced acupuncture training in internal medicine; fertility; women's health and pediatric care. Stacy has trained in both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture methods and uses Japanese needling techniques, which are often called "pain free" needling.

In addition to his acupuncture education, Stacy graduated from the Carolina School of Massage Therapy in 1997, and has many years of medical massage experience. Stacy combines Tui Na, a form of Chinese medical massage, with his extensive knowledge of Western techniques. Stacy has post-graduate training in neuromuscular therapy; myofascial massage; structural body work and shonishen, a form of Japanese pediatric massage.

Stacy sees Chinese medicine and massage as an important part of everyone's health as they journey through life from their first week of birth to their golden years. Stacy looks forward to forming a partnership with you to help bring greater vitality to your body and to help you usher in the positive changes you want to make in your life.

Additional Services

Finding your path to wellness will likely involve more than massage alone. Carrboro Massage Therapy is pleased to offer complementary health services under the same roof. Also housed in the Ashe Street office are psychotherapist Margaret Rhee, LCSW, acupuncturist Stacy Hewitt, and aesthetician Amanda Martin. For more information on these health care providers, please follow the links to their websites here or on our Resources page.