your dream team.
Talented and down-to-earth, creative and inquisitive, the team at West Side Wellness is unique. Each therapist brings different skills and perspectives to the table, but we all work together as a team. You can't go wrong! Read our core values.
jen raimondi, owner + director
Now limiting her clientele to auto accident case intakes, Jen started West Side Wellness in January 2011. Prior to studying massage, Jen earned a BA at Wesleyan University and a MFA at Rhode Island School of Design, where she’s also been a faculty member. Many experiences steered Jen towards adding a massage therapy license to her credentials, including being a volunteer patient companion at RI Hospital. Jen completed her massage therapy training at the Santa Fe School of Massage (formerly the Scherer Institute) in New Mexico in 2007. Since then, Jen has studied myofascial work with Andraly Horn, myofascial massage with Howard Rontal, and cadaver anatomy with Dianne Polseno. One winter, Jen went back to Santa Fe for a three-day intensive with Cathy Black, called "Healing Presence: The Intuitive Pathway." Jen is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. NCBTMB Board Certified.
rhode island state license MT01476
myofascial bodywork, medical massage, LGBTQ+ sensitive
"Jen and her fellow therapists have always taken into account the unique needs of different massage clients. They remember details about each individual. The therapy can be both energizing and relaxing. There are no promises of "cures" for major conditions, but there's plenty of short term relief, important coping mechanisms, and most importantly: expanded body and motion awareness."
Aria´s involvement in somatics began in the worlds of reproductive health/justice and the arts. She self-designed a degree in ´Citizen Arts´ at New School University, then worked as a full spectrum doula with the Doula Project, providing emotional, physical, and informational support across the full range of reproductive experiences. She began her journey towards massage practice via an informal polarity therapy mentorship, completed Level 1 Reiki, then went on to complete two massage programs: Costa Rica School of Integrative Massage and the Newport Massage School.
Aria´s massage style is gentle, intuitive, patient: she believes in the body and mind's ability to find their own balance when given space, time, and loving attention. She attempts to empower choice and voice in her clients, encouraging an attitude of open awareness and curiosity about themselves and their own bodies. She believes these embodied healing/learning processes can begin to mend the effects of individual & collective trauma, and she hopes to situate her bodywork practice in a larger social justice context. Aria is excited to be practicing at WSW!
rhode island state license MT02524
therapeutic + relaxation massage, medical massage, prenatal massage
Kei found his passion for bodywork in 2012 when he began teaching viniyoga. His love for personalized instruction, alpine zones, and working with his hands led him to study at Green Mountain Massage School in Vermont, where he graduated in May 2015. Since then, Kei has become a dedicated student of the subtle, yet deep approaches of myofascial release and craniosacral therapy under the wings of Andraly Horn, Michele Fava, and the Upledger Institute.
Once a philosophy major and often a farmer, Kei finds great fulfillment in helping folks better understand their body as a self-regulating ecosystem in harmony with gravity and the natural world.
rhode island state license MT02275
therapeutic + relaxation massage, myofascial bodywork, medical massage, craniosacral therapy, prenatal massage, LGBTQ+ sensitive
"Kei was amazing, thoughtful and thorough with the right balance of deeper massaging on the problem areas but maintaining focus on the rest of the body as well. I felt wonderful after! Peaceful and whole."
"Kei is the most supportive massage therapist I have had the pleasure to work with. He has thorough knowledge of the body and combines it with a heart centered approach."
Meralise graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2012. From 2012 – 2014, she worked at WSW, where she discovered her passion for therapeutic massage, and trained with Jen Raimondi in myofascial work. She was also certified in structural integration by Rob Martin of Rolf Bodyworks. In 2015, Meralise opened her own practice working with a chiropractor and his patients, which was was a great learning experience as she continued her focus on myofascial and structural bodywork.
In 2017, Meralise had her son, Charlie! Since his arrival, her whole life has changed. She decided to close her practice and focus on being a full time mommy. Meralise feels so fortunate to be returning to West Side Wellness. Here she can continue her journey with helping and healing people. Other than massage and being a mommy, she loves spending time with family and on the ocean.
rhode island state license MT01981
therapeutic + relaxation massage, medical massage, myofascial bodywork, prenatal massage, cupping
"Meralise is fantastic. She knows just which muscles need the right poking and stretching. I always feel better after a session on her table."
A practicing massage therapist since 2003, Jennie attended the East West College of Healing Arts in Oregon, following that up with over 200 hours of advanced bodywork instruction in orthopedic massage, Zero Balancing, reiki, and more. Jennie has trained in craniosacral work at the Upledger Institute, and she has a degree in biology from Dickinson College.
Using gentle holistic therapies, she creates an environment to strengthen the vitality and body intelligence within a person by promoting internal balance. She has developed a deep level of compassion, from working in the massage field and from working with children with special needs for many years. In her time off, she is likely exploring an undiscovered corner of beautiful Rhode Island, biking, or meditating in nature.
rhode island state license MT01047
zero balancing, craniosacral therapy, LGBTQ+ sensitive
"Zero Balancing brings me back to a place where I feel clear and in line with myself, not scattered or tangled. My body feels complete and at peace — like I have received a full body massage — though Jennie’s touch is always gentle and specific and never too intense."
Born and raised in Providence, Muggs is a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute’s massage therapy program and is very excited to be working within the West Side community. Before studying massage, Muggs attended The New School for Literature and is currently a co-director of Providence Poetry Slam and a writing mentor at New Urban Arts. Muggs is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and was certified in cupping techniques at the Ganesha Institute. Muggs believes in the power of self-care and that everyone deserves the time and space to heal!
rhode island state license MT02337
therapeutic + relaxation massage, medical massage, cupping, LGBTQ+ sensitive
"Muggs has been a big force for healing and personal growth in my life this year."
"I've had many massages with Muggs who I think is the best massage therapist ever!! Muggs has such a warm and loving energy that I really appreciate."
"Muggs is such a comfort to visit! They bring such grace and wisdom to their practice. So grateful for their time and healing attention."
A Rhode Island native, Jenny graduated from The Newport Massage School in January 2016. With the background in ayurvedic bodywork gained through this unique education, it became natural for Jenny to see a person as mind/body/soul; not separate in any way. Attracted to treating the subtle body, Jenny therefore trained to be a reiki practitioner. From there, the door opened to study the John Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release; she's done a number of trainings in the Barnes method. Why does Jenny love this work so much? Because she finds value in being the facilitator for a client's own body's healing wisdom.
rhode island state license MT02285
therapeutic + relaxation massage, myofascial bodywork, prenatal massage
"Jenny was amazing and super adaptable to my needs due to chronic illness."
"Wonderful experience. Jenny is a skilled and intuitive therapist – her treatment really helped me with an acute pain flareup."
A Providence native, Luis graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Lincoln Technical Institute in 2007, and has been working at Rhode Island spas and clinics continually since then. He's also enjoyed working at a variety of sports events. Luis is an anatomy nerd, and he finds real joy in learning more about the human body every day. Luis is trained in neuromuscular therapy techniques, and has completed Level One certification in craniosacral therapy. Adept at sports massage techniques, Luis also plans to become a reiki practitioner, because he has found it rewarding to incorporate energy work into his sessions. Luis habla español.
rhode island state license MT01627
therapeutic + relaxation massage, myofascial bodywork, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular therapy, reiki, LGBTQ+ sensitive
"I had a great session with Luis yesterday – very much needed!"
After 33 years of teaching health education, Donna went back to school for massage therapy, adding a 2017 Lincoln Tech massage certificate to her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from URI and her Masters in Health Education from Rhode Island College. Plus, she's a certified yoga instructor to boot.
Donna's interest in health and well being is obvious when you look at what she does for fun: swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, spin, boot camp, and Zumba. She'll be "trekking the Himalayas in November" (no biggie). When she's not doing any of that, she's reading historical fiction, gardening, and hanging with four legged friends.
rhode island state license MT02433
therapeutic + relaxation massage, cupping
"Donna has a very nice touch. Her hands are warm and healing."
Jenny graduated CCRI Newport with a Certificate in Therapeutic Massage in January 2015. She's been studying energy work and reflexology since 2011, and she feels an affinity for eastern therapies that assist the body in clearing blocks and balancing the body's energetic system. Jenny's massage style is a mix of relaxation and energy work, enabling her to address her clients' issues in a unique way.
Jenny recently completed Level 1 Oncology Massage Training, working directly with clients receiving chemotherapy and radiation. At WSW, Jenny is now offering oncology massage to clients undergoing cancer treatment. Jenny is excited to be a member of the West Side Wellness family, because her ethos is a good match: she believes massage is a form of healthcare that should be accessible to everyone who is in need of it. NCBTMB Board Certified.
rhode island state license MT02196
therapeutic + relaxation massage, myofascial bodywork, medical massage, prenatal massage, cupping, reiki, oncology massage, LGBTQ+ sensitive
"Jenny asked about my intention for our session and she took a deep interest in providing healing. When something is tender, Jenny tells me what it is, what it connects to, etc., and I laugh to myself because I could never pronounce those words, let alone remember them or their purpose."
"My philosophy of healing is simple: healing starts from within, and as a bodyworker, my work is to facilitate healing. My intention is to provide space for the client’s personal journey towards well-being. The simple gesture of touch can open the door to a world of change." Jen Raimondi, owner
"I am completely in love with the space. You feel a sense of relaxation and peace even as you open the door. The high ceilings, low lighting, warm tones, and gorgeous natural light put you at ease instantly. It's remarkable."