Brenda Stebbeds – Massage Manager
Brenda has a special skill that we are thrilled to have at Overleaf Lodge & Spa. With deep experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), she also has an extensive background helping other massage therapist succeed in our common goal of serving clients.
“Massage is not just a ‘back rub’ that anyone can do,” says Brenda. “Professionally trained and skilled therapists perform magical work that you cannot experience at the massage chairs in the mall. Massage is unique, in that it takes strong focus to set aside one’s personal agenda each day and meet each client where they are at, in that very moment.”
Brenda began her journey over 13 years ago with an initial goal of helping others feel better. Today, she is an adjunct instructor for the massage therapy departments at both Lane Community College and Rogue Community College. She is also the owner of Urban Therapeutic, a wellness and therapeutic products boutique in downtown Eugene, Oregon.
Brenda lives in Eugene, with her family and dogs, Waldo and Frida. Several times each month she travels to Yachats to breathe the fresh air, enjoy the beautiful views and work, here at Overleaf Spa.
Helping, guiding, encouraging people’s bodies to release tension and heal, thanks to intentional touch, is what Licensed Massage Therapist Kandice Allen brings to the massage tables here, at the Overleaf Lodge & Spa.
A licensed massage therapist since 2013, her experience is wide-ranging, with 20 years in health care and expertise in a variety of modalities, which she adapts to meet clients’ needs. She practices a Swedish-based massage “very intuitively.” She also has studied or attended workshops for acupressure, trigger points, Hawaiian lomilomi, Thai massage, cupping, aromatherapy and myofascial release.
Allen has practiced massage in chiropractor offices, spas, a park recreation center, in private practice and care facilities, even at music festivals.
Born in Alaska, Allen moved to Gold Beach, Oregon, when she was 7 years old. She has lived in Eugene since 2006 and is thrilled to be practicing massage therapy at the Overleaf Lodge & Spa.
“Yachats has always been my favorite Oregon Coast town. I love the vibe, the architecture of the homes, the artsy feel, the views and the beaches,” she says, adding, “I love being in nature, hiking in the mountains and walking on the beach.”
Throughout the course of his life, Jesse Burlingham has been a student and an athlete, a leader in the U.S. Army, a retail manager, a recruiting manager, and has also worked in law enforcement. More recently, Jesse became an Oregon Licensed Massage Therapist—what he calls his best career decision ever! All of those experiences, he says, have two things in common: the desire to help others and teamwork.
Jesse has owned his own massage practice since earning his license in 2018. About his clients, Jesse says, “I love hearing that they feel relieved of pain, feel relaxed, that they can bicycle, run, hike longer and with ease.”
Although he currently lives in Eugene, Jesse loves his time working in Yachats, which he calls “a special place that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.” While on the coast, he loves to hunt for agates and check out the tidal pools.
When he’s not providing massages, you can find Jesse either fly-fishing, working out at CrossFit, hiking or biking. He and his wife enjoy being active together and spending time with their new puppy.
As both a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Energy Healer, Maria Erskine values being able to help people heal and relax. Maria utilizes a variety of techniques to release tension, increase circulation and promote overall well-being.
She is passionate about the connection between the mind and the body and what bringing these two into harmony can do in our lives. She shares, “Too many people are unaware of what this harmony truly feels like, which is why I’m so dedicated to and excited about the work I do every day.”
Maria recognizes massage as a tool for easing pain, healing injuries, and restoring you to your core self.
A resident of Eugene, she has always been drawn to the ocean ̶, its mesmerizing waves and the peace and tranquility of beautiful coastal towns like Yachats. For Maria, exploring the coastal trails is one of her favorite ways to enjoy nature and observe the variety of vegetation.
Leslie Gibbons, Esthetician
In her early years, Leslie had very sensitive skin, which instilled a desire to understand the ingredients in products and their effects on skin, particularly those with healing benefits. Becoming an Esthetician LFT was a natural life path, along with the wellness and healing arts. She enjoys creating beauty with her hands and heart and stays balanced through creating art and as a Reiki Practitioner.
Drawn to helping people take time for self-care, healing and renewal, she deeply values being a part of the transformative process as people allow themselves to slow down and receive healing touch.
Leslie has practiced in health and wellness for over 20 years, and in Esthetics for nearly seven years. Before coming to the Overleaf Spa, she worked in the Rogue Valley at wellness spas. “I love being here at this inspiring spa on the Oregon Coast, surrounded by the majestic beauty of ocean and forest.” She enjoys taking long walks by the sea and in the woods and breathing deeply. She and her partner recently moved to the Oregon Coast and are loving living here. In her free time, Leslie likes to visit the art galleries and crabbing with her partner, which is her favorite pastime and fascination.
When she was in high school, Essie Mathieson experienced multiple traumatic injuries and sought pain relief through regular massages. The benefits she felt from massage drove her interest in learning more about the science behind the practice.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the anatomy and physiology of the body. I’ve also been told I have a very warm and healing presence and touch, so I thought I should explore the world of body work and alternative medicine and found that helping people in this way is one of my passions.”
She is trained in a variety of techniques and modalities, including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Prenatal Massage. She is also experienced at working with geriatric and oncology patients.
“I see massage as a way to remind your body, mind and spirit of its potential to relax, refresh, heal, balance and move freely,” she says.
In her downtime, Essie loves to explore Yachats and go hiking, collecting shells and rocks when walking on the beach. Also an artist, she paints, sculpts and draws “anything I can get my hands on,” she says.
Nurturing people has always been at the core of Diana Piwetz’s work.
Before she became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 1995, she owned a bakery/café in Bend, Oregon. She enjoyed feeding people but when ready for a career change, she chose massage therapy to continue helping people feel good.
“I have the best job around,” she says. “I get to help people feel better or just relax and be calm for a while.”
With 25 years of experience, Diana knows that not everyone relaxes in the same way, but she truly loves the variety of people she meets through her work. She recalls how one client talked and laughed through the whole session.
Not only does Diana give massages at the Overleaf Lodge & Spa, but she also works at a day spa in Cottage Grove and at a chiropractor’s office in Eugene.
When at the Oregon Coast, Diana loves to walk on the beach and trails. She enjoys watching the waves and incoming storms, often from the beautiful Overleaf Lodge property.
“The environment brings me peace and helps me to recharge.”
A Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) since 2003, Karen enjoys her profession where she can be physically active and work with clients who look forward to receiving her care. Karen always wants her clients to feel they can direct their massage experience. “I ask my clients if they would like more or less pressure, or if they would like the table to be warmer or cooler. I hope by asking what they want they will find the voice to let me know what they are wishing would happen.”
As a resident of Newport, Karen enjoys walking on the beach and seeing boats enter and exit Newport Bay. Watching wildlife play, especially birds and seals, is centering for her, and she enjoys going to plays and listening to live music. Her favorite thing to do, however, is hanging out with her two grown sons.