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Massage Therapists, Teachers & Instructors

Licensed Massage Therapists

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Heather Muszynski LMT #12875, RYT

Heather is a 2014 graduate of Blue Sky and has been with Balance for over two years. She has prior experience in salon and spa environments and has found a personal fit for her work in this healing and spirituality space. She has found through creating and holding healing space for others that it begins with her and enjoys a variety of practices outside of the massage room and in the massage room that help to focus and deepen her therapeutic connection with her clients.
She has been passionate about health and wellness since 2001 when she began her Weight Watchers journey. Through this process of significant weight loss she began to understand the importance of self-care and self-love and how they relate to making healthier choices in all areas of life. She has found for herself that when we take the time and care for ourselves first we are in a better space to care for others and handle the tasks and responsibilities of daily life. We are not just healing or relaxing the person on the table. That person leaves and brings this more calming and peaceful energy into everything they do and relate to beyond these doors. Her goal as both a Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher is to create and hold a nurturing safe space for her clients and students to release, heal, and grow through their own personal journeys. Massage and Yoga have been connected for her since the beginning. Since coming to Balance on Buffalo she has grown her therapeutic healing modalities, energy techniques, and spiritual practices. Her intention is to offer and share these healing practices and tools as a way to help others move forward through life experiences with greater awareness, happiness, and lightness. Clients have found her sessions to be a deeply relaxing experience as well as healing or "fixing" specific concerns they came in with. Reiki and Hot Stone sessions are her favorite sessions to give as they have been a way for her to connect and bond to something bigger then herself.

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Wendi Franz, LMT #12847

Wendi has been a practicing massage therapist since 2014. Graduated from Blue Sky School of Massage and Bodywork. Previously worked in a factory for many years brought the understanding of repetitive movement injuries and the stress the body takes on a regular basis. Having a very active family and friends with martial arts, school sports, runners, and mountain bike racers has created the passion of helping people achieve their goals.

Present and focused attention is brought to every session along with the customized use of different styles of massage. Cupping, Triggerpoint, PNMT combined with Swedish techniques help relax the body and stop the pain cycle and allow your body to start healing itself.

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LeeRae Groth, LMT #1992, COMT, CMLD, CCAP

LeeRae comes to Balance with 16 years of full-time massage therapy experience. LeeRae is the definition of a well rounded/ well grounded massage therapist. She is focused, knowledgeable and always the epitome of professionalism. Her passion for her craft shines through as she weaves therapeutic techniques into one of the most nourishing rejuvenating massages you have ever experienced.
What LeeRae loves most about her work, is the connection between herself and her clients. This deep connection goes beyond the table, but within the therapeutic relationship. Knowing what is important to her clients, maximizes the benefits felt during a treatment.
LeeRae customizes each session by utilizing a variety of skills she has acquired, providing a unique experience, whether you meet weekly, monthly, or once a year.
LeeRae's heart is in providing nurturing and healing care, that meets each person where they are it. She believes that "every body" needs the benefits massage provides.
LeeRae has received extensive training in working with cancer patients, and has a heart that desires to bring supportive and nurturing touch to them. She's certified in Oncology and Post-Mastectomy Massage, as well as Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
LeeRae also specializes in using hot and cold stones, as indicated, in her therapeutic approach.
LeeRae is a 2000 graduate of Blue Sky School of Massage Therapy. She is also on faculty at Blue Sky as an instructor.

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Gina Armstrong LMT #2572, CST

Understanding the connection between body, mind, and spirit is key to healing and well-being. This is something Gina Armstrong firmly believes, and it is what she bases her practice of massage and sound therapy on. Gina helps co-create a safe haven with her clients in order for them to heal and empower themselves on the pathway of quality health. As a 2002 graduate of the Blue Sky School of Massage Therapy, Gina is board certified, state-licensed, and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Gina’s unique style of massage is guided entirely by the needs of the individual and incorporates Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy (NMT), John Barne’s MFR, and Myoskeletal alignment. Her technique is also influenced with an infusion of Peter Hess® Sound Massage and Fabian Maman’s Sound, Color, and Movement Modality; Tama-Do.
Gina’s clients come from every walk of life: athletes, executives, acute and chronic pain sufferers, and even babies. Her aim is to first provide them with pain relief and then set them on a course of self-healing. She hopes you can join her on this journey toward a better life built on the solid foundation that exists in the harmony of mind, body, and spirit!
As the owner and operator of Therapeutic Massage Works, LLC since 2002 and Balance on Buffalo LLC since 2009, Gina offers, along with her team of highly trained therapists, the very best in massage therapy, yoga, classes, and workshops.


Registered Yoga Teachers


Heather Muszynski LMT, RYT

I have always been a seeker. Learning has always kept me inspired in my own personal growth. School and teachers were always very important to me from very early ages. When I began as a student at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee my intention was to be a teacher because so many were role models and inspiring guides along the way for me. Within the first year of the Education program at the school I had to take a required course called Search for Meaning which first opened me up to spiritual life topics and further course studies in Theology and Philosophy. I lived in the dorms and joined in for Campus Ministry work and community events at the school. I changed majors finishing a little later with a degree in Theology. Teaching in elementary schools did not feel right for me at the time and for many years I was not connecting myself to these studies with the work I was doing. In 2012 I found myself at a crossroads with a significant job loss and decisions to make. I had already been practicing Yoga and found it was the only place I wanted to be. I did not care what it cost. I knew it was more important that I be there. I came to decide on Massage School at the time with a goal of connecting at a Yoga studio. What does this all have to do with Yoga? I am a teacher now and the Yoga room is a sanctuary, it's a playground, it's a safe space, it's where both myself and each student are able to grow, feel, release, heal, explore, fall, cry, laugh, and a whole lot more. It is my ministry that I always thought I quit, was missing, or was in some way not fulfilling. I am a guide. I am still learning and growing along with students in the space. I still fall out of poses just like I fall in life outside of class. I still have comfort zones on the mat just like I do in life outside of class. I consider myself to be someone who lives my Yoga. It is my intention. I fail and I strive. It is my practice and my heart is fully invested even if I mess it up sometimes. I invest in continuing education for both my own personal growth and for the knowledge and inspiration that I am able to bring back to share with students. I spend a lot of time on my own reading always finding meaningful things to share with students. Yoga heals, it transforms, and it brings new life. Yoga is a journey of self-discovery, it is about our own search for meaning, on and off the mat. It is about being yourself and allowing everything that does not fit your real self to fall away. It is the best thing I have ever done and also the hardest, even scary sometimes but always worth it. This is what I teach and it is also why I teach. I am a 200 hour trained Yoga teacher through Wild Abundant Life, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance, and I have been practicing Yoga seriously for six years with a variety of teachers and on my own. I am looking forward to continuing this journey of learning and growing together!

Niccole Muhowski RYT, RD

Niccole was first exposed to yoga in college and began to practice regularly in 2011. Niccole has had three knee surgeries and a shattered ankle and has felt her body realign by doing yoga. In 2015 she completed her 200 your Teacher Training Program through Wild Abundant Life.
Niccole has learned to balance her life, improve her physical health, and incorporate the principles of yoga into all that she does. The Yamas and Niyamas of Yoga are particularly inspiring to her. Examples of these include basic life practices such as;
  • Ahimsa which means not to injure and to show compassion to all things and in all actions
  • Asteya which means not to steal including not to steal others time
  • Santosha which means to be content and satisfied with what you are given in all situations. 
These life guides help Niccole to live a life of bliss and help her balance what would be consider strengths and weaknesses in life. Through these principles Niccole has been able to be more accepting and less judgmental about herself, her body and other people in her life.Using the four most basic alignments, Niccole is able to teach to beginners as well as advanced students. It is her goal to ensure beginners feel good and knowledgeable in any of the classes they attend with her.
Niccole is a practicing social worker. She enjoys running, biking, gardening, cooking and especially her role as a wife and step-mother. Yoga helps her do all of these things in the healthiest way possible.  
Niccole is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS).

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Kathy Alby RYT

Kathy has been practicing yoga for 40 years and teaching for 17 years. Although Kathy comes to us from Sheboygan, she has taught yoga classes and has lead drum circles at Balance before. Kathy calls her yoga eclectic because she weaves her 40 years of yoga experience into this class. Seasoned veterans of yoga will appreciate the depth of which she teaches and those starting out will find her knowledge helpful in forming a solid yoga practice
Kathy is a Massage Therapist at Lighthouse Therapy Services in Sheboygan and believes that “although massage work is demanding, I am able to maintain my own health and well-being because of my yoga practice.” Kathy has been certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.
Beth Steimle | Balance on Buffalo

Beth Steimle

Beth has been in the forefront of the alternative medicine movement. She has taught multiple modalities including Yoga and Tia Chi. She consistently shines her light for herself and others.

Suzanne Zipperer | Balance on Buffalo

Suzanne Zipperer Tai Chi

Suzanne Zipperer has studied Tai Chi Chuan since 2001 first with the Tai Chi Chuan Center of Milwaukee and then under Wesley Miller, Milwaukee. She is certified to teach. Tai Chi has different "forms" traced by lineage to the grand masters who developed them. Suzanne teaches the Yang style short form developed by Cheng Man Ch'ing for the Taiwanese military. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that yields surprising health benefits including muscle toning, skeletal alignment, and improved balance. It requires no special clothing or equipment and can be done by people with limited physical ability as well as the athletic. Suzanne has taught both beginners and those with previous training. Her teaching style is to provide the basic moves first and then refine the postures as the student grasps the subtleties of the form. As the student becomes stronger, she provides tips to enhance the physical benefits.Suzanne returned to her family farm near Manitowoc in April 2014 to operate a small organic farm specializing in produce and pastured chicken.


Jessica Kohn CRYT

Jessica Kohn comes to us from the Sheboygan area where she has been teaching for over five years. She began her journey with yoga over 20 years ago as she searched to find relief from headaches. She is now a 500-hour CRYT and in February 2016 completed her E-RYT of 1000 hours teaching to yogis of every level. Jessica says, "What an incredible journey it has been! I found much more than headache relief with yoga. Yoga has helped me to find an honest heart, a healthy body, and a happy mind. Yoga has been a gift in my life and I'm blessed to be able to share it with others." Jessica enjoys teaching gentle yoga, vinyasa, and leading meditation groups. She loves to teach yoga to children and those who are young at heart.
Outside of the yoga studio, Jessica focuses on her two lovely children and her wonderful husband who continue to support her with every step. "I love to cook, read, and laugh. I know how to weave but haven't for a few years. I have currently taught yoga in three different states and look forward to adding more to that list."
Jessica’s favorite quote “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama

Special Guest Teachers


Sara Beaupre

Psychic Medium, Teacher, Healer
for more info please visit www.sarabeaupre.com

Gary Dischler | Balance on Buffalo

Gary Dischler

Gary is a teacher, counselor, and healer. His background includes a degree in education and training in Psychosynthesis, an integrative healing technique to heal and balance our physical, mental,emotional and spiritual selves. A Reiki Master and intuitive counselor, Gary has studied many of the Ancient Cultures, their healing methods, and Spirituality. A native of Sauk County, Wisconsin, he has traveld to many of the world's Sacred Sites and has studied the Ageless Wisdom of Masters. He attends national and global conferences on spirituality, personal development, and growth of human consciousness. He continues to study with a group in Madison where he strives to learn, grow and evolve along with the rest of us. Gary is committed to doing his part on the Earth at this critical time by sharing his insights with people in private and group sessions, as well as teaching groups whenever he is called.