Meet our Team
Working Toward Your Wellness
We are a highly motivated team of specialists who strive to understand and meet your relaxation needs. Our work would not be made possible without our incredible team, who collaborate together to make each client feel unique and pampered just how they should be. We are waiting to treat you — book your appointment today.
Kristin Kohs, CMMT
Owner & Founder of The Sanctuary, Licensed & Certified Massage Therapist, Health Educator, TRX & Pilates Instructor, Rehabilitation Therapist
Kristin studied massage and health education at the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville. In 1999 she opened Just By Touch Massage Therapy and Health Education. She is proficient in Western massage modalities, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy, Foot Reflexology and Hot Stone Massage, as well as Eastern modalities, including Shiatsu, Acupressure Thai Massage and Energy therapy. She is certified in pre and post natal massage as well.
With Covid-19 Kristin became certified in Infectious Disease Control, received Blood Born Pathogen training and became a Certified Medical Massage Therapist.
As Kristin pursed her career in the healing arts, she became a personal trainer and fitness manager for 24 Hour Fitness in 2000. By 2002 she received her Mat Pilates and Apparatus Pilates Certifications through The Physical Mind Institute.
Kristin targeted her expertise toward Functional Movement and spent 7 years as a Rehabilitation Director/Therapist at a Chiropractic Rehabilitation Center in Walnut Creek which specialized in Functional Movement and Naturopathic Medicine.
Over the years, Kristin has combined all her knowledge of massage therapy and movement services and created a system of techniques which she calls restorative bodywork. It allows you to develop synergistic energy and restored movement you will enjoy for years to come.
Kristin is an active member of a BNI chapter; CCBRN, and served as part of the leadership team, including a term as the chapter president. She is a member of Associated Body workers and Massage Professionals (ABMP), and is certified by the California Massage Therapy Council. She was a student The Referral Institute now known as Asentiv and became a Certified Networker. She is also Alumni of National Holistic Institute and is a site provider for student massage therapists.
One of her most valued beliefs is balance, finding the balance within the body not only physically but energetically. Kristin used to enjoy snow boarding, wake boarding and skydiving. Her goal is to one day resume those activities, but meanwhile enjoys rv road trips with her family, meditating or enjoying a yoga/Pilates class.
Kristin has many skills which have allowed her to be successful in her career. She provides communication and honesty to all those around her. Kristin has a heightened intuitive touch and reads the body through her touch. She is caring, nurturing, compassionate and understanding. Kristin has had a wonderful, yet painful journey which led her to the life of alternative medicine.
As the Director of Massage Services, Kristin will help fit your needs to the therapist on her team that can help you achieve your goals.
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Thomas Kano has been a licensed Chiropractor since 2000. Born and raised in San Diego, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Diego State University. He became interested in Chiropractic after a sports injury prompted him to seek the care of a Chiropractor. He discovered that Chiropractic was about whole-body wellness, rather than just the treatment of back pain.
Having found a greater purpose, Thomas went back to school and graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in San Lorenzo, CA. Dr. Kano uses a combination of several methods, including Applied Kinesiology, to suit the individual needs of each patient. Whether you are 2 or 90 years old, an athlete or sedentary professional, his combination of hands-on care with rehabilitation exercises and physiotherapy can help you reach your full physical potential.
Dr. Kano is committed to offering clear explanations of treatment and care, because those who know what a chiropractor does and why, seem to get the best results in the shortest amount of time.
Licenses and Certifications
California Chiropractic License #DC27100
Qualified Medical Evaluator, California Department of Industrial Relations, License #966174
Medicare Authorized Practitioner
Certified Applied Kinesiology
Team Chiropractor, Vanderkitten professional women’s cycling teamDr. Kano treats and advises individual cyclists, enabling each to realize her full potential.
Medical Director, NorCal Lawmen AAA minor league football teamDr. Kano’s responsibilities include managing a team of medical trainers; managing on field injuries including determining if player can return to play; taping, stretching players; and advising coaches on well-being of individual players.
Skin Care Professional
Tiffany has been working in Esthetics for over 20 years. Starting her career at a small day spa in Pleasant Hill, CA where I was able to gain hands on experience and knowledge in esthetics and spa management. I attended Paris Beauty College to become a Licensed Esthetician in 2000 and continued her education with The International Dermal Institute becoming a Dermalogica Skin Expert.
Tiffany received advanced certifications in waxing, chemical peels, acne therapy, skin aging, sensitive skin, microdermabrasion, and electrotherapy. She continues to hone herskills and techniques through advanced training to ensure her clients are receiving the best possible treatments. Proudly Tiffany uses Dermalogica Professional to ensure result driven treatments. Tiffany's heart has always been in the beauty and health of the skin and looks forward to sharing her passion with all of you...
Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist
Gregory Willis LAC, DAOM
Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Dr. Greg Willis is a licensed acupuncturist in California. Greg earned a Master’s degree (MSTCM) in San Francisco at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that he earned from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has had externships at California Pacific Medical Center treating stroke patients, Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine treating AIDS, HEP-C, and fertility, Henan University in Zhengzhou China’s affiliated hospitals treating stroke, musculo-skeletal disorders, hepato-biliary disorders and pediatrics. Dr. Greg’s doctoral research focused on the inhibition of prostate cancer growth rates in-vitro and in-situ with medicinal herbs.
Dr. Greg is a long time student of taiqiquan in the Kai Ying Tung Academy. He has experience teaching qi-gong and is a massage specialist focusing on positional release, cranio-sacral osteopathy and post-isometric relaxation therapies. Greg utilizes different acupuncture techniques such as dry needling, 5 Element acupuncture, Zang-Fu acupuncture and research-based medicine. He has focused experience in alleviating symptoms of disorders such as the common cold, flu, hay-fever, rash, bodily injury, pain, stroke, digestive disorders, women’s disorders, chronic fatigue and psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, P.T.S.D. and addiction. Dr. Greg has experience in gynecological disorders like cycle regulation, fertility, fibroids, PCOS, and pregnancy. Dr. Greg has done extensive research on prostate health and wellness.
In his free time Dr. Greg has spent his time dancing salsa, swing, argentine tango, jazz, modern, ballet and African dance and has studied various martial arts such as Kung-Fu, Aikido, Kickboxing, and Tai Chi.
Certified Massage Therapy Team
Contact us today and begin revitalizing yourself at our healthy destination.
Phylicia Avila, CMMT
Phylicia, a skilled massage therapist practicing massage since 2011, has a very intuitive nurturing touch. After graduating from the National Holistic Institute she worked at a massage chain not only as a massage therapist but as an esthetician as well, holding dual certifications.
She has experience working in the chiropractic wellness industry as well, where she communicated with the doctors about alignment and function of the body working side by side to get clients optimal results.
Trigger Point Therapy is a favorite modality that Phylicia finds to be most successful with her clients receiving relief from their pain patterns. Her pressure can vary from light to heavy, all while providing a smooth consistent flow allowing clients to relax, restore and rejuvenate from their physical and mental stress.
Her goals are to have a steady consistent career in massage therapy, buy a home and enjoy the company of some dogs. She loves music and concerts, relaxing with good Netflix shows and most of all trips to Disneyland!
Vince Yutangco, CMMT
Being an athlete growing up, Vince was fortunate enough to receive massage work to aid in recovery from sports he played.
With a passion to help others, and with what he knew to feel good and give relief Vince decided to that becoming a massage therapist was the direction for him.
Vince graduated with 720 hours from National Holistic Institute in 2006. I am often told my massage is different from a traditional massage. Over the years Vince developed his own style using various techniques such as Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Swedish, and Sports. His sessions are in tune with the body and its needs instead of just a patterned out sequence.
Vince has a wide variety of clients from those with high stress jobs to professional athletes. Gathering client information and using intuition Vince creates a plan to address the tissue.
Vince still enjoys sports and is currently training to stay in shape through boxing.
Malissa Barr, CMMT
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Kassaundra Espindola, CMMT
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