Meet our Staff
Kevin G. Hardman, LMT
Kevin graduated in 2002 from the Spectrum Center School of Massage in Lake Stevens, where his education was medically focused with advanced training in neuromuscular therapy. Since graduation, his focus has been on injury recovery treatment and enhancing athletic performance, and his continuing education efforts have been focused on furthering those skills.
Massage Works was established in 2002 upon Kevin's graduation from Spectrum. For five years, he practiced at the Family Heath Associates medical offices, where he treated mainly auto, work and sports injuries as well as chronic headaches. From 2008-2015 he shared space with Mt Shuksan Family Medicine and Advanced Sports Chiropractic as a multi-practice clinic. When he added other therapists to his practice and their clientele began to quickly expand, Massage Works moved to its own clinic space in the current office on King St, adding the Blaine location at the same time.
While Kevin's expertise remains in aggressive injury treatment, he also offers a full range of soft tissue treatment as preventative health maintenance. His assessment skills and treatment oriented mindset set him apart from other therapists; while many therapists treat injuries within the context of a full body massage, he treats only the involved muscles. This makes better use of clients’ time and insurance or cash resources, as well as reducing their overall treatment and recovery time. His techniques are uncommon in most massage environments and get results both more quickly and more reliably. Kevin's devotion to integrity and improving his clients' outlook on health, combined with his medical skill, puts him at the top of his field.
Kevin lives in Ferndale with his wife Karlyn and their kids Garrett & Amelia. When he's not in the office, you'll likely find him playing "crash" with Garrett in the backyard, joining in a pickup game of basketball or boarding Mt Baker, heading off on a road trip with Karlyn, or brewing a new batch of beer at home with his buddies.
Maureen d’Armand, LMT
Maureen (or “Mo”), came to massage from a background of outdoor endurance sports. Working for many years as a paddling, rafting and trekking guide in Alaska and Antarctica, she became keenly aware of repetitive use injuries and the need for long-term muscle maintenance as well as rehabilitation; when she found herself in severe pain after a 200-mile paddling expedition she thought her paddling days were over. Yet, after a few weeks of focused bodywork she was up and ready for her next adventure – and completely sold on the benefits of ongoing muscular therapy.
Mo began her massage training at the Heartwood Institute of Massage in 2005, continuing on to the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage in 2007. She launched her own wellness program aboard One Ocean Expeditions, offering massage and yoga for their fleet of ships exploring the Arctic and Antarctic.
She returned to Alaska in 2010, working at Southeast Medical Clinic in Juneau. There she had a small private practice called Momentum Massage Therapy, where she primarily worked with long-distance runners and skiers. Her interest increased in injury treatment and prevention as well as techniques to maintain muscle health, and she went on to complete trainings in trigger point therapy, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage and various orthopedic deep tissue techniques. Mo firmly believes that caring for your muscles, connective tissue, and joints is an integral part of your overall wellness. Her sessions center around goals of altering muscle restriction, alleviating pain, supporting soft tissue healing and promoting deep relaxation.
Mo and her husband Paulee recently moved to Bellingham with their son Beni, and together enjoy a life spent as much outdoors as possible. You will often find her on a trail run, out in a kayak or on a paddle board, or up at Mt Baker for a day of skiing. She has not given up on traveling, either; her favorite spot in the world is over in Austria where she gets to hang with her Oma.
Madison Emry, LMT
Madison’s passion in working with pain management and utilizing massage for injury recovery began when she was left in chronic pain after a car accident. Having experienced surprising relief with massage treatment, the spark was ignited and she decided to study massage at the Cortiva Institute of Federal Way. Upon graduation in 2014, she has worked nearly exclusively with chiropractors and physical therapists, focusing her skills on deep tissue, cupping and myofascial release techniques to treat both new and chronic injuries.
Her interest and passion has led her to study kinesiology at WWU, aiming always to improve her skills of understanding of the body and how everything works together. Feeling it extremely important to have a large “toolbox” of skills to utilize in treating a wide range of pain and injuries, Madison is also trained and licensed in Intra-Oral Therapy, a specialized technique that works with mouth and jaw muscles to deal with pain associated with TMJ, migraines, head or neck injuries, chronic ear problems, dental surgery recovery and many other medical issues. She uses a treatment-oriented mindset to bring her patients back to health as quickly as possible, believing strongly that no one should have to deal with chronic pain and immobility amid the daily stress of everyday life. The ability to reverse painful effects of injury on the body and improve overall wellness keeps her excited to come to work every day.
Madison and her boyfriend Garth recently moved to Bellingham in order for her to pursue her Kinesiology degree from WWU. Loving the outdoors, she immerses herself in hobbies of hiking, camping, archery, yoga and just plain exploring. But, she also enjoys all things musical -including playing the drums – and curling up with a good book.
Sydney Blackman, LMT
Sydney’s interest in massage as a treatment for pain, stress, tension and injuries began when she saw how skilled bodywork addressed those dysfunctions that inhibit quality of life. She graduated from the Cortiva Institute of Seattle in the fall of 2011, excited to focus her passion for helping people into a career that would be a catalyst for promoting physical and mental health as well as provide relief from unnecessary pain.
Believing that every person has control over their healing and that gaining body awareness brings personal strength, Sydney is convinced that massage has a valid place in modern healthcare. From her years of experience in the healthcare field she promotes natural therapies such as bodywork and nutrition as primary treatments, keeping surgery and prescriptions as alternatives. She has focused her career on working closely with other natural healthcare providers, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and hand specialists.
Her treatment-oriented mindset allows her to pinpoint a wide range of patient issues while conforming skilled medical techniques like deep tissue, trigger point and myofascial release to suit each individual case. She uses a slower pace which allows her to sink deeply into the affected tissues with a less invasive movement, focusing treatment on the injury and surrounding tissues. Having worked with countless car accident patients, she is particularly sensitive to the trauma and stress that accompany a person healing from such a situation.
Sydney and her partner John (along with their sweet cat Benzy) have recently moved to Bellingham while John works on his masters program in Chemistry at WWU. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, she looks forward to living in a place with the calming pace and positive vibes of Bellingham versus the busy-ness of Seattle. Her fascination with psychology, mental/physical health and philosophy drives her to frequent personal research projects, and you’ll often find her out jogging or dancing as a fitness outlet. She and John both enjoy exploring new music, nature spots, and nutrition ideas together.
Michael Larios, LMT
As a graduate of the Cortiva Institute of Seattle with prior training at The Brian Utting School of Massage, Michael has been practicing therapeutic and medical massage since 2010. Having worked primarily in clinical settings, the focus of his technique and training has largely been injury treatment and pain management; although, he is a strong believer in the systemic benefits of mindfulness and relaxation that are benefits of therapeutic massage. In addition to the hands-on treatment of each massage session, Michael believes that educating people about daily self care techniques for pain prevention is crucial to a well-rounded approach and to facilitate complete healing.
With an emphasis on neuromuscular therapy for the treatment of trigger points (commonly referred to as “knots”) using myofascial release and deep tissue techniques, Michael’s style is slow, specific, and tailored to each client’s goals. His treatment-oriented mindset allows him to assess and pinpoint clients’ issues with skilled precision. Once the plan for each massage session is established, the rest of the treatment is typically quiet and deeply calming. Being able to both comfort and aggressively heal the body is a skill that not many therapists possess, and Michael implements both excellently.
Michael moved to Bellingham in the summer of 2018 with his girlfriend Hilari and their two dogs, Edith and Shelby. Coming from Seattle, they’ve enjoyed getting to know Bellingham as a city with all the benefits of the Pacific Northwest in a smaller, less hectic environment. When the sun is shining they spend their time gardening, playing with the dogs, and hiking the many trails this beautiful town has to offer. In the winter they enter a state of dormancy akin to hibernation, surviving almost entirely on Netflix and soup.
Cheryl Dill, LMT
Cheryl was raised with massage therapy in her family, and from a young age she was fascinated by it. Through firsthand experience, she witnessed its benefits as a healing modality and capacity for reversing the negative effects of injuries. She went on to pursue massage as her career, graduating in 2019 from the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Haskell, NJ. There, she studied core training in deep tissue, myofascial release, and Swedish techniques, which are the main modalities that she bases her client treatment sessions on.
Having worked in spas as well as in athletic settings, she developed an intense interest in sports massage and reflexology alongside her deep tissue work. The opportunity to connect with people and gain an understanding of their unique experience is one that truly energizes her; her ability to listen allows her to design each session and successfully address specific unique needs. Utilizing a combination of intuition and knowledge, she is able to create a targeted healing treatment plan for each of her clients at the onset of their treatment. Being able to reverse someone’s pain and improve their overall health is really what fuels her passion and keeps her continually enthusiastic about her work.
Cheryl is a recent Bellingham transplant, having moved here from New York State. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest years ago and is really excited to finally be living here and building her own community in our little town. When she isn't working, Cheryl spends her time as a musician, a writer, and an avid outdoors-goer. In keeping with her passion for helping people, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and continues to seek out ways to improve the life experience of those around her every day.
Rhonda Steel, LMT
In 2017, Rhonda began her education at the Academy of Massage Therapy Training in San Antonio with the goal of learning how effective massage therapy could aid in self-recovery and self-care. Along the way she developed a passion for using massage to heal others as well, and today feels very fortunate to have found such a rewarding career. Her continuing education has focused on myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue massage, joint capsule release, and trigger point therapy.
Rhonda’s primary focus is neuromuscular therapy, which is a highly specialized form of manual therapy that corrects pain and dysfunction by treating trigger points, muscle adhesions, and fascia tissue patterns formed as a result of muscle trauma or repetitive movements. While she is skilled in focusing on acute concerns, she is also a strong believer in treating the body as a whole; therefore, she is able to offer her clients a range of deep and soft tissue treatments in both injury recovery and maintenance care sessions.
Rhonda comes from a diverse background made up of military, medical, business and education. As a child she grew up on military bases in Germany, Iran, Japan and Panama; she attended high school & college in the PNW, and after graduating from Central Washington University in 1994 she moved to Guam to teach elementary school with the Department of Defense. After returning to the states, she married her husband and together they founded the Administration for Advanced Cardiac Imaging Solutions, which they currently operate together. When she is not working in the MW clinic or with AACIS, she focuses on spending time with her family, doing personal or community-minded research, and pursuing her equestrian hobby. Although she loves the soothing sounds of rainfall and will never get enough of thunderstorms (which perfectly suits her to settle here in the PNW!), she also likes to spend any available time chasing down blue skies.