Meet the Professionals

Mary Szegda, MA, LPC, CEIM, RYT 200

Specializing in Body Based Psychotherapy & The John Barnes method of Myofascial Release
Spa Room Founder,
Licensed Counselor, Yoga Teacher , Mindfulness Instructor

I’ve enjoyed many years of working and training in the field of mind-body studies. These days I’m happily integrating my experience as a dance movement therapist, professional counselor and yoga teacher at The Spa Room. This work is informed by a MA in applied psychology, intensive study of rehabilitation counseling,  certification as an Infant Massage Instructor, intensive study of drama therapy , teaching creative movement in Montessori schools and supporting people with brain injuries in their rehabilitation. I’ve been a licensed massage therapist since 2003, and a certified yoga instructor since 2012. I’m also a practitioner of the John Barnes Method of Myofascial Release at the intermediate level and am continuing to advance my skills in the fields of dissociation & PTSD through enrollment in the level 1 sensori- motor psychotherapy training.

My goal is to create a healing community based on the concepts of simplicity, authenticity and self-expression. There are so many ways to find happiness and learn about ourselves. The Spa Room is a place where artists, yogis and healers can advance their skills, try out new projects and practice their art forms in a supportive environment. It is also meant to be a place where people from all walks of life can come to experience the original intention of spa- healing through connection to nature, physical body and community.

While some people experience temporary symptom relief from deep tissue massage, there is a growing body of research to suggest that methods  which address the nervous system and the fascia in combination with mindfulness skills have a more powerful and lasting healing effect. I work best with clients who are open to being active participants in their own healing journey. I also believe strongly that each human has within them everything that they need to heal themselves, and my role is to assist you in discovering your best self.  While I do still accept clients for relaxation and general therapeutic massage, each session includes an intake, education, and clinical discussion.

I offer the following service at The Spa Room.

  • Massage 101- Private Massage Instruction
  • Infant Massage Instruction
  • Body-Based Psychotherapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Mindfulness Sessions for Anxiety, Depression & Stress Reduction
  • Myofascial Release for Lactation
  • Integrated Reiki & Swedish Massage Sessions
  • Mindfulness Instruction
  • Private Yoga Sessions for Self-Awareness & Stress Reduction
  • Therapeutic Massage Sessions -Combination of Manual Therapy/Myofascial Release
  • Private Movement Therapy Sessions (Authentic Movement & Dance Therapy Based)
  • Ayurvedic Bodywork
  • 30 Min. Complimentary Wellness Consultations

When I’m not in the massage room, I enjoy choreographing and performing post-modern dance.



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Mary has a rolling schedule, and currently accepts appointments between 12 & 7  M, T, W and between 5:00 and 9:00 Thursday. Weekend appointments available between 12 and 5:00.  Onsite work may be considered for lactation massage only for clients residing in the district who have childcare concerns. Other times may be available by request.

Michelle Deslauriers, PT, DPT, OCS

Michelle is a physical therapist who specializes in manual techniques to help improve function and eliminate pain.  She is a board certified specialist in orthopedics and strongly supports the integration of physical therapy and wellness.  Whether you have chronic pain or want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to achieve perfect posture, Michelle can help.

 Michelle is a graduate of The George Washington University and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where she earned her doctorate in physical therapy.  Since that time, she has furthered her education by studying additional hands-on techniques such as dry needling and the John F. Barnes approach to myofascial release.  Michelle’s objective is to provide the highest quality of care so that your physical therapy experience exceeds your expectations.

Michelle has participated in a variety of other sports including tennis, volleyball, yoga, ballet, weight training, ballroom dance, running, cycling, and ultimate Frisbee.

Michelle keeps a regular schedule alternating Mondays from 2:00-6:30. Other times may be available upon request. For more information or to schedule an appointment at her Cleveland Park office click here.


Abby Davis, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist

Having been raised in a family full of doctors, nurses, and therapists, I was exposed at an early age to the importance of self care. I remember giving my my parents shoulder rubs at the dinner table, at an early age.

The world of medicine does not always focus on the mind-body experience and I wanted to explore that. Studying theatre at UMass-Amherst helped me get in tune with my body through acting, singing, dancing, and using the Alexander Technique.   It was after college and moving to DC that I became reacquainted with the study of massage. I graduated from the Potomac Massage Institute and am certified in Swedish massage and Deep tissue. I am also trained in prenatal, hot stone, and employ some Trager tools within my work. I am also certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Basic Level, through the Vodder School International.

When I am not at the spa room, I work as a floor auctioneer, sing, make jewelry, and love to do strength-training.

Abby sees clients Tuesday- Saturday.


Patricia Bonnard
Energy Worker & Aromatherapy Practitioner

I’m a Master/Teacher/Practitioner of a number of forms of Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). I’m also a certified Professional Aromatherapist, registered with the Aromatherapy Registration Council and a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). I’ve been practicing complementary healing for seven years. I offer sessions, full certification and short classes in aromatherapy, energy work and combining healing modalities and I make all kinds of handcrafted and custom aromatic products. My goal as a healer is to support self healing and self actualization in others (see more at

I also hold a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. I have worked in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia on poverty alleviation, economic empowerment of small-scale farmers, food markets and famine early warning for over 25 years. I continue this work on a part-time basis through Starchaser Consulting where I am increasingly focusing on opportunities for smallholders in aromatics, medicinals and natural products.

For me it’s important to surround myself with other healers in order to exchange, grow and create new services and products that everyone can benefit from and enjoy. When I’m not giving healing sessions or working in my aroma lab, I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, running, yoga and learning about Ayurveda, intuitive healing and vibrational medicine.


Patricia sees clients by appointment only. To schedule, please email the spa and we will connect you.