Our Team Of Wellness Practitioners

The Dedicated & Caring Team of Botanica Wellness Sanctuary

Botanica Founder, Women’s Health Specialist, Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Debra Gerson, L. Ac., Dipl. OM, FABORM

Debra Gerson, L. Ac., Dipl. OM, FABORM

Debra Gerson, L. Ac., Dipl. OM, FABORM

Debra Kuhn Gerson, L. Ac., Dipl. OM, FABORM, is a leading authority in women’s wellness, natural beauty, and fertility. As the founder of one of Colorado’s largest holistic medical spas, Botanica Wellness Sanctuary, she has counseled thousands of women on how to lead healthier, empowered, and more fulfilling lives.

Debra is board-certified in Oriental Reproductive Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and a well-known integrative provider. Debra Gerson graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University before training in both Eastern and Western Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She moved to Colorado in 2007 and opened her thriving wellness sanctuary shortly after. Debra commonly works with most of the Denver Metro Area Fertility and OBGYN clinics. In addition, she was one of the first acupuncturists in the country to complete a preceptorship under a Reproductive Endocrinologist, and her own three-year personal fertility struggle years later provided invaluable knowledge to the level of pain, confusion, and devastation so many women and couples face.

Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Theresa Ugalde, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M

Theresa Ugalde, LAC

Theresa Ugalde, LAC

Theresa Ugalde received her Master’s of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. This four- year program consists of 3,045 hours of education including 1,140 hours of clinical practice. She was certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in August 2010. This includes certification in Clean Needle Technique and Chinese Herbology.

Theresa has taken course work in functional medicine and brain chemistry with Dr. Kharrazian. She completed a 5 year internship in cancer support, auto-immune illnesses, infertility, pain and Japanese acupuncture techniques, known for its gentle approach. In Addition, she has extensive training in anti-aging protocols through the use of acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, supplements and skin care regimens.

Theresa is fluent in Spanish and very passionate about educating others about the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She believes strongly in the optimum benefits achieved when integrating eastern and western medical approaches.

Our Team of Experienced, Licensed Aestheticians

Jennifer Alvord – Lead Licensed Aesthetician

Jennifer Alvord - Licensed EstheticianJennifer has been working in the Spa & Wellness industry since 2002, gaining experience in Hotel/Resort Spas such as Charleston Place Hotel and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. In 2014 she became a licensed esthetician, quenching her thirst for knowledge of product ingredients and how they work together to remedy skin issues. Blending modern technology with ancient wisdom to create personalized services is her philosophy for skin health.

Jennifer loves engaging with clients from all over the world, learning about new products, and sharing her passion for skincare are things Jennifer loves about her position at Botanica.

Alana Nuñez – Licensed Aesthetician

Alana Nuñez - Licensed EstheticianA graduate of Aveda’s prestigious esthetics program, Alana’s passion for skincare started in her teens when she learned the benefits of a solid at-home regiment coupled with regular professional treatments. Alana feels strongly that helping others achieve beauty from within is her life’s calling. Her philosophy on skincare is that it does not need to be complicated to be effective! She takes pride in helping her clients feel comfortable during their sessions with her and confident in their skincare routines at home.

Originally from San Diego, CA, Alana found her way to Denver by way of New Orleans, LA! She was drawn to Colorado’s incredible outdoors and friendly vibes. Her simultaneously outgoing and warm personality has helped her make friends wherever she goes, and she is looking forward to spending lots of time with new friends in the mountains during her first Colorado winter.

Michelle Bray – Licensed Aesthetician

Michelle joins Botanica as a dual-licensed Massage Therapist and Aesthetician. She began her wellness and beauty journey in 2003 when she completed Massage Therapy training from The Crestone Healing Arts Center. After practicing massage for years and working in a variety of spas and clinics, she realized she had a true passion for Skin Care as well. Michelle then attended The Aveda Institute of Denver for Esthetics and loves to combine her knowledge of body-work and skin care together.

Michelle often combines a variety of modalities throughout her treatments to customize each massage for her clients. Her strong, yet gentle and effective techniques help to bring even the most sore, stressed, and over worked bodies back into balance and harmony. Trained in various styles of massage, she specializes in Deep Tissue, Relaxing Swedish, Hot/Cold Stones, Ashiatsu, Pre-Natal, Passive Stretching, and Reflexology.

During Aesthetic Treatments, Michelle’s love for skin care shows in her therapeutic, results and detail oriented facials. She believes in using high quality, natural products in conjunction with anti-aging and clarifying treatments to achieve optimum skin health. Some of her favorite services include Facials, Epidermal Leveling, Chemical Peels, and Brow Services.

Originally from New Jersey, Michelle moved to Colorado in 2000 and lived in Breckenridge before moving to Denver in 2015. She loves spending time with her family, husband, and dog doing anything outdoors. In her free time, she will most likely be out hiking, snowboarding, gardening, camping, or traveling.

Ashlee Daigle – Botanica Esthetician & Lash Artist

Ashlee, a native to New Orleans, Louisiana, moved to Colorado after graduating from LSU in 2011 to pursue her true passion in the beauty industry. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Ashlee realized that the business world was not where she would thrive and enrolled in the School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics in Denver. Upon completing the Aesthetics program and struggling with adult acne for many years, Ashlee took an interest in holistic, plant-based skincare as a means to treat problematic skin, and found a love for Eminence Organics. The love for Eminence Organics would take Ashlee to many spas including The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, and Blue Sage Spa in Breckenridge.

After many years in the skincare sector of esthetics, Ashlee shifted her focus to eyelash extensions. Ashlee has been trained by some of the most well-known names in the lash industry such as Minkys, Bella Lash and, most recently, received her Mega Volume certification from LashBoxLA in 2019. Ashlee has been successfully building and maintaining a loyal lash clientele since 2015 and specializes in Russian Volume, as well as Hybrid and Classic Lash Extensions, and her style can be best identified as “soft glam”.

In her spare time, Ashlee loves hanging out with her cat Aspen & enjoying everything the Colorado outdoors has to offer including hiking, camping, paddle-boarding, and trail running.

Lindsay Wilson – Aesthetic Nurse Injector

Lindsay WilsonLindsay Wilson has recently joined Botanica after eight years of experience in cosmetic injections. Her experience began working in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery offices before expanding to Med Spas across Colorado. Lindsay attended Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BS in Human Performance and Sport before going to nursing school at the Denver School of Nursing in 2008, where she earned her BSN.

After a few years of nursing, Lindsay started a job as an aesthetic nurse and feels blessed to have gained the experience that started her injection career. She loves the art of injecting and helping to enhance each patient’s unique and individual needs. Through consistent training and seminars through the years, Lindsay is always expanding her knowledge and can confidently address a wide variety of aesthetic concerns. She demonstrates a warm and welcoming demeanor that will make you feel confident and trustworthy. Patient education and understanding is the most important factor in the final outcome and Lindsay will help you achieve your goals. In her free time Lindsay stays busy with her 2 year old daughter Evelyn and 4 year old son James, enjoys spending time outdoors and staying physically active through group fitness classes and running.

Our Team of Certified Massage Therapists

Lily Kutzuba – Certified Massage Therapist / Lead Massage Therapist

Lily is originally from New York where she began her professional life in the fashion industry. Her inspiration to become a Massage Therapist began after a move to California. She graduated from Massage School in Santa Barbara and shortly after, moved to the small town of Ojai, CA.

Lily worked for eight years at the prestigious Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. She felt a calling to Denver after a few visits, and she moved with her dog in June of 2019. She has been exploring the mountains and meeting lots of new friends since then.

Lily believes that the most important step to giving a great customized treatment is simply listening. She also believes in providing thorough follow up care for continued repair and maintenance of body, mind, and spirit.

Pandora Cole – Certified Massage Therapis

Pandora Cole, Massage TherapistPandora “Panda” Cole was born and raised in Colorado. She trained at the Aveda Institute Denver in prenatal, hot stone, Swedish, and deep tissue massage modalities. She loves to help people relax and simply feel better. She believes that humans can heal through touch, and she is always striving to learn more ways to help her clients feel their best.

Pandora believes that bodywork is a necessity and that everyone should have access to it. She promotes connecting body and mind through touch and breath and then disconnecting from any outside energy. When not working, Pandora loves to travel, read, and spend time with friends.

Robert Rewkowski – Certified Massage Therapist

The “Gentle Giant,” Robert Rewkowski has joined Botanica after his move from sunny Florida. He was inspired to become a Massage Therapist after he saw firsthand how therapeutic massage can change one’s life during his own recovery from low back surgery. He completed an 800-hour course from Sarasota School for Massage Therapy and has a passion for helping his clients have a better quality of life through massage. Rob eases into a massage to make sure his clients receive the proper pressure during their sessions with him. He incorporates a mixture of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Work, and stretching into his sessions.

Robert loves to travel the world and experience different cultures, especially culinary delicacies. He also enjoys hiking, concerts, spending time with friends and family, and just about anything that makes a good story to tell in the future.

Autumn Falconer – Certified Massage Therapist

Autumn was inspired to go to massage school during her time volunteering at St Jude’s Children Hospital in Memphis, TN. She felt that massage and energy work would be helpful to show parents who often feel helpless in not being able to help with their child’s pain and recovery. Autumn moved from Memphis to Colorado in 2009. She graduated from the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in 2013 after completing a 900 hour program with certifications in Swedish, Deep Tissue, NMT, Reflexology, Reiki, and Hospital-Based Massage. Other modalities she provides include Silicone and Vacuum cupping, Lomi Lomi, Hot Stone, and Prenatal Massage.

Autumn combines a variety of modalities throughout her treatments to customize each massage. Her Lomi Lomi style allows clients to release energy and go into meditation during sessions. Her philosophy is that massage does not need to hurt to be effective. She works from the most superficial to the deepest muscles as the body allows, and never pushes her clients past their limits. Very intuitive, she allows the client’s body to tell her what it needs energetically and anatomically.

Autumn’s other passions include photography, live music, and hiking. She finds Colorado to be a great place to feed all of her passions and hobbies!

Michelle Bray – Certified Massage Therapist

Michelle joins Botanica as a dual-licensed Massage Therapist and Aesthetician. She began her wellness and beauty journey in 2003 when she completed Massage Therapy training from The Crestone Healing Arts Center. After practicing massage for years and working in a variety of spas and clinics, she realized she had a true passion for Skin Care as well. Michelle then attended The Aveda Institute of Denver for Esthetics and loves to combine her knowledge of body-work and skin care together.

Michelle often combines a variety of modalities throughout her treatments to customize each massage for her clients. Her strong, yet gentle and effective techniques help to bring even the most sore, stressed, and over worked bodies back into balance and harmony. Trained in various styles of massage, she specializes in Deep Tissue, Relaxing Swedish, Hot/Cold Stones, Ashiatsu, Pre-Natal, Passive Stretching, and Reflexology.

During Aesthetic Treatments, Michelle’s love for skin care shows in her therapeutic, results and detail oriented facials. She believes in using high quality, natural products in conjunction with anti-aging and clarifying treatments to achieve optimum skin health. Some of her favorite services include Facials, Epidermal Leveling, Chemical Peels, and Brow Services.

Originally from New Jersey, Michelle moved to Colorado in 2000 and lived in Breckenridge before moving to Denver in 2015. She loves spending time with her family, husband, and dog doing anything outdoors. In her free time, she will most likely be out hiking, snowboarding, gardening, camping, or traveling.

David Joyner – Certified Massage Therapist

Originally from Newport News, Virginia, David graduated from the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in 2013 and was originally inspired at a young age to aid people in a natural way. At the start of 2018 he had entered the spa industry looking to work with as many people as feasible. Then in 2020, in an effort to further refine his skillset, he joined Botanica.

David maintains a strong focus on Swedish though he integrates several modalities including deep tissue, myofascial, sports massage and joint manipulations. Quality of life is of the utmost importance to him; being able to positively affect quality of life is his favorite part of massage therapy and continually learning how to do so better is a constant drive.

David appreciates a nuts and bolts approach as he works within parameters set by clients while adhering to the principal that pain isn’t therapeutic. Knowing that there’s a difference between service and hospitality, he strives to excel at both.

David’s hobbies and passions include producing music, sewing and learning about sciences pertaining to biology and engineering.