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.
Katelin Oliveira, LMT
Katelin was drawn to massage after graduating from Hope College with her BA in performance dance & choreography in 2010. She's always loved helping people, learning the "hows and whys" of life, and been fascinated by bodies in motion. She graduated the massage program at Whatcom Community College in 2014 and immediately started taking clients at Massage Works.
Katelin is focused on the immense health benefits of massage; there are so many people living with pain and discomfort, and she is passionate about helping them take steps toward healthy, pain-free lives. She is particularly passionate about the health benefits of prenatal and infant massage, finding it an incredible privilege to be invited into a little one's story in such a special way. For her prenatal clients, she utilizes a specialty table which allows pregnant women to lie facing down, increasing their comfort as well as the benefits of the massage. She 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.
Her skills and expertise in dance and kinesthesiology play a big part in her ability to assess and treat a wide range of injuries and problems. She offers a skilled level of treatment with aggressive techniques but a gentle touch. Her devotion to her clients' overall health, her treatment skills and her drive to always keep learning put her far and above the average therapist.
Katelin lives in Bellingham with her husband Jonathan and toddler son Judah, and in addition to dancing keeps busy with painting and knitting. She loves the outdoors; you could easily find her hiking, gardening, or exploring a new town somewhere. Give her a cup of coffee and a good book and she's a happy girl!
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.
Emily Benjamin, LMT
Emily graduated from Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts and has practiced therapeutic massage since 2018. In a world where consistent relaxation is not a commonly practiced health benefit, she has a passion for providing treatment that both heals and releases stress. Her commitment to her clients melds right into the client-centered mentality of the Massage Works family of therapists, and her ability to listen has allowed her to design each session to successfully address the specific needs of each client.
Emily’s treatment skills emphasize deep tissue work done at a slower pace, allowing her to sink deeply into the release of trigger points with a less invasive movement, focusing treatment on the injury and surrounding tissues. She makes sure to help each client with an overall view of their health and mental stress levels in order to encompass a deep healing strategy for each person. She is also currently immersed in a two-year Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy program, which is a modality used in trauma release and nervous system imbalance. This program lets her use her passion for overall body & mental health in learning the healing power that a trained subtle touch can have on the nervous system.
After moving to the Bellingham area in 2018, Emily has transplanted her interests in Ayurvedic herbalism, cooking, poetry and ecstatic dance to her life here. She’s found a wealth of community in the natural health arena and is excited to be learning more modalities & techniques for her massage practice. As a committed lifelong student, Emily plans to pursue somatic therapy, holistic healthcare and midwifery in the future. If not immersed in work or schooling, you’re likely to find her breathing her stress out near the ocean, her favorite place to be!
Lauren Vogt, LMT
Bio coming soon! A quick note from Lauren:
I learned early on how powerfully healing massage can be through working with friends and family via massage from a young age. As I got older, my interest in holistic health care and healing grew stronger and led me to study massage therapy. I am so happy to be in this profession, as I find endless fascination in tuning my skills and hands to each person's unique body. Whether I am working with people to help heal injuries or to maintain wellness, I love finding ways to soothe the nervous system. I believe our bodies heal most rapidly when we are able to access deep relaxation. I look forward to working with you!