Meet Our Staff
Ashley Posey Watkins, LMBT #13223
Ashley is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with 8 years of experience. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and specializes in deep tissue with training in relaxation, taught band, and triggerpoint therapeutic massage.
Ashley attended Haywood Community College from 2008 to 2010 and was among the first graduating class of their therapeutic massage program. She has since practiced in Georgia and North Carolina, where she gained valuable experience in both Chiropractic and spa settings.
Ashley’s quality of touch and flow are superior, she does a wonderful, fluid, deep tissue massage and we are grateful to have her at Somatic healing Clinic.
Jessica Virtue, LMBT #12804, NMT – NCBTMB is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist who brings over 16 years of experience in both medical massage as well as deep relaxation.
Jessica is a second generation therapist as well as an Instructor of Massage from 2009 – 2012. She was a lead therapist and director of Massage Heights in Leawood Kansas. Her work is diverse and she offers people a natural alternative to healing their body.
Jessica graduated from the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts (“Harvard of Massage Schools”) in 2001. She has worked with chiropractors, physical therapists and occupational therapists. She has worked in group practice, retreats and spas. Now she has settled into a private practice two blocks off Main Street in Waynesville, NC.
Jessica is not only a licensed therapist and instructor she is also Nationally Board Certified. At an International Convention Massage Heights awarded Jessica with Massage Therapist of the Year in 2009.
She has worked with children, adults, injured athletes, joint replacement patients, various spine surgeries, old and new rotator cuff injuries, old and new whiplash and TMJ patients.
Jessica has provided soothing relief to cerebral palsy children. (Moist heat, medical massage and stretching sooth and calm hypersensitivity.
Jerri-Anne Barkha McDermith, RN, MSN-Ed, Healing Touch Certified Practitioner
Jerri-Anne has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years. With 15 years of practice in Cancer Treatment, as well as Hospice and End of life care, she is an expert in pain and symptom management.
Jerri-Anne became certified in Healing Touch in order to add holistic healing skills to her extensive nursing practice. She works with both humans and animals to help relieve pain and other symptoms related to imbalances in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms. The practice does not replace but is complimentary to traditional as well as other holistic medicine.
Jerri-Anne is certified through Healing Touch Program, a nationally recognized program for energy medicine which is used in hospitals, clinics, hospices, and homes. She has her Masters in Nursing Education from Liberty University and has taught Nursing here in Haywood Community College as well as in rural Missouri before moving to Maggie Valley 3 years ago.
We have found her work to be relaxing at a whole new level, her medical knowledge and background extensive, and her love of and passion for healing a welcome addition at Somatic Healing Clinic.
See more about Jerri-Anne’s practice at www.HealingTouchRiver.com