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, CMT
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.
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. In order to maintain her balance Kristin enjoys the simple to extreme; her activities of interest include snow boarding, wake boarding and skydiving. When she is not jumping from planes you will find her enjoying her family, meditating or enjoying a yoga 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 journey which led her to the life of alternative medicine.
Co-Founder of The Sanctuary, Licensed Esthetician
Jessica has been working in the Esthetics Industry since she was 16 years old. Fortunately her destiny was waiting at a little private day spa in Orinda, CA where her love for the wellness industry grew and she realized there was no other environment she would rather work in. Jessica attended Deloux Cosmetology College to become a Licensed Esthetician in 2003 and the Academy of Micro-Dermal Aesthetics. Following esthetic training, she attended Sonoma College in San Francisco to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2004. On her journey to building a successful practice, she co-founded The Sanctuary in Pleasant Hill in 2010! A beautiful place she can call home.
Mastery levels of continuing education are important to Jessica so she can achieve the best results. She has extensive knowledge in multiple skin care treatments such as:
•Advanced Peeling techinques •MicroDermabrasion •Light Therapy with Celluma ™ •MicroCurrent LED •Skin Resurfacing •MicroPigmentation •Dermaplaning •MicroBlading •Waxing
Jessica stays immersed in the most progressive and new levels of training to bring you the very best and innovative skin care options available worldwide.
Jessica proudly uses Lira Clinical™ skin care line.
In her spare time, there are many hobbies and activities she likes to do. She enjoys singing, salsa dancing, cooking healthy vegetarian food, and spending time with her loving friends and family. Jessica's love for world travel has brought her to many beautiful places! Although my heart will always be in Bali, Indonesia, she has had the pleasure to explore many countries in Europe with favorites being Italy, Spain, and Germany. She plans to make it to India, South Africa, and Iceland in the next few years!
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.
Certified Massage Therapy Team
Contact us today and begin revitalizing yourself at our healthy destination.
Phylicia Avila, CMT
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, CMT
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.
Krystina Smith, CMT
Krystina, an esthetician and massage therapist is experienced is the use of multiple modalities in the spa and wellness industry. As a skilled massage therapist she is highly intuitive and has great navigational skill while seeking out where the body is holding any restricted pattern.
Krystina has worked in spa atmospheres in the past, which allows her to guide you into a deep relaxing state as she is able to provide excellent quality of service.
Krystina has a personal understanding of pain, which translates into deep compassion for her clients who suffer from pain regularly, allowing her to nurture and educate her clients through their experiences.
Krystina provides a fluid, well rounded massage that will for sure have someone completely in bliss when the session is over.
Krystina loves music and is actually a DJ when she is not in treatment rooms with her clients. This makes life fun and interesting to keep the energy balanced and vibrant.