Our Team Of Wellness Practitioners

The Dedicated & Caring Team of Botanica Wellness Sanctuary

Our Team of Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalists

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.

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jenelle Girard, L.Ac

Jenelle Girard, LAC

Jenelle Girard, LAC

Jenelle Girard received her training at Yo San University of Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles. During her graduate studies she had the opportunity to complete externships at Being Alive, an HIV outreach acupuncture treatment center in West Hollywood, as well as at Venice Family Pain Clinic, the nation’s largest free clinic specializing in chronic pain conditions. Jenelle attainted a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine in 2010, shortly there after becoming California and nationally licensed. Aside from working on a cruise ship as the onboard acupuncturist in 2011 and then living and working in Mexico from 2011-12, Jenelle moved to Nashville in 2013 where she worked for 8 years at Encircle Acupuncture, one of the country’s biggest and busiest community acupuncture clinics. She has treated thousands of patients with a wide range of ailments including emotional stress, reproductive and gynecological conditions, autoimmune and immune compromised disorders, specific and generalized pain, arthritis, allergies, and more. Jenelle absolutely loves her job assisting people on their personal journeys toward healing and wellness. She recently moved to Denver with her beautiful daughter, Coralie, and is loving life in Colorado. She is honored to be a part of the team at Botanica Wellness Sanctuary.

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 began her journey into the Wellness and Spa Industry in 2003 when she completed her training as a Massage Therapist. After practicing massage for years, she shifted her focus to Skin Care and obtained her Esthetician License from the Aveda Institute of Denver.

During Michelle’s Aesthetic treatments, her passion for skin care shows in her therapeutic, results and detailed oriented facials. She believes in using high quality, natural products in conjunction with anti-aging and clarifying treatments to achieve optimum skin health. Michelle’s specialty areas include custom designed facials, dermaplaning & microdermabrasion treatments, as well as brow services and hydra-facials. She loves providing her clients with knowledge and an individualized skin care regimen to help them reach their skin care goals.

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.

Morgan Riss- Licensed Aesthetician

Morgan’s love for Esthetics began years ago during her own struggles with adult acne. Over the course of the last several years, as she received facial treatments, Morgan developed a curiosity and passion for skin care. After overcoming her own skin challenges, Morgan decided she wanted to help others. She is focused on results-driven skin care and helping people to feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. She loves how the Cosmetics Industry can have such a positive effect on the way people feel about themselves and is fascinated with the technology that is available today in the industry. Morgan carefully selects all products and treatments to address her clients’ skin and concerns.

When not performing Esthetics, Morgan enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, the outdoors, exploring restaurants and food venues, and spending time with her fiancé and dog.

Misha Sweet- Licensed Aesthetician

Misha began her journey into skincare when she started experiencing adult acne in her early twenties. She sought help with a Dermatologist who set a treatment plan that included regular facials. Her love of the industry grew as she began training at the Euro Institute in 2003. She then studied at Greenwood Academy, and continued on for Advanced classes at the International Dermal Institute.

Misha specializes in acne facials, anti aging, microneedling, chemical peels, waxing, hydrafacial, and includes relaxation techniques into every treatment. She enjoys getting to know her clients and helping them achieve optimal results through products, lifestyle, and treatment. When she has downtime she enjoys hot yoga, hiking, traveling, her kitties, family, and friends. New to Colorado she is excited to be a part of the Botanica family.

Taryn Kaye- Licensed Aesthetician

Taryn received her training at Avalon Academy in 2019. She is a passionate skincare professional licensed to make flawless skin possible. She is dedicated to improving every client’s individual needs by creating glowing, healthier skin.

Taryn will customize facial treatments and provide recommendations for at-home care to create a collaborative approach to her client’s skincare goals. She is not just an advocate for healthy skin, but is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle too. She loves Colorado and thinks it is the perfect environment for herself and her two incredible children. She feels honored to be a part of the Botanica team.

Kim Hackett- Licensed Aesthetician

Kim has over 10 years of experience in the Spa and Wellness Industry. After several years as a massage therapist and acupressure practitioner, she found a new love for skin care.

In 2015, she began working in Medical Aesthetics. She was impressed by the results of combining aesthetic treatments, quality skin care products, and a regular home care routine. Kim loves helping others keep their skin balanced, moisturized, and protected from the harsh Colorado climate. She also loves to include relaxing massage techniques into her facial treatments. Kim received her training and certifications from the School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics, Westland Beauty Academy, and Rocky Mountain Laser College.

Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga, belly dancing, and hiking with her fiancé Nick and their dog Coconut.

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.

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.

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.

Julie Monahan – Certified Massage Therapist

Julie believes our bodies are blueprints of experiences and emotions and she is constantly amazed that we as humans can facilitate healing. Julie has been a full-time highly sought after massage therapist since graduating from Chicago School of Massage in 2003. Her healing experience includes luxury spa settings, special needs children, alternative health clinics, chiropractic offices and marathon training groups. Julie fuses together a variety of nurturing techniques to individualize each session to your unique needs. Her intuitive skills and training include myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, reiki, reflexology, cupping, zero balance, swedish and deep tissue massage. When not working you can find Julie strolling around Denver petting other people’s dogs.

Veronica Holguin – Certified Massage Therapist

Veronica specializes in a wide variety of massage techniques thanks to the last 14 years of her career in Denver! From her experience she has perfected her technique in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, and Hot Stone Massage.
She customizes each massage to the client making sure they leave feeling rejuvenated. Above all else she enjoys the opportunity to make people happy! She will make sure you are well taken care of for your next massage with Botanica Wellness.

Jessica Lee- Certified Massage Therapist

Jessica Lee

After getting involved with Kundalini yoga at an early age, Jessica fell in love with all things healing. She knew the body, mind, and soul connection was vital to our overall quality of life. After receiving her first massage, she knew that would be her way to spread healing to others. In 2014, she attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego to study massage.

Jessica combines many eastern techniques and philosophies with western modalities in order to customize each session. She enjoys looking at the meridian theory to move qi throughout the body to remove stagnation and blockages. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, Tui Na, and energy work, but always listens to what the client is seeking from a session. Massage therapy has allowed her to connect with clients and reveal the true healer within us all!