Meet Our Therapists

Here are some of our therapists and their specialties

South Location



 Lori has been a licensed massage and bodywork practitioner for over 18 years in a variety of settings.  She has worked with Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Medical Doctors, Naturopaths, and Athletic Trainers.  Along with a thriving massage practice, she has also taught anatomy, nutrition, ethics, and all topics associated with therapeutic bodywork at a few accredited massage schools in Arizona.  She took a little time off from active participation in massage, and has returned with a whole different outlook on the profession.

 “Most of my practice has incorporated a lot of deep therapeutic work.  I have found over the years, it is the more subtle work that creates the biggest and most long-term changes within individuals.

With the use of various styles of bodywork, energy, and essential oils, I hope to assist my clients in reconnecting with the health they once knew.”

Modalities include but are not limited to:  gentle myofascial release (John Barnes method), deep tissue, Energy Work, Reflexology, integrative, Shiatsu, doTerra oils


Tonya Hughes   Tonya Hughes

 Tonya Hughes has been a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist for 4 years. Her strengths include listening   and honoring what her clients express as their concerns, needs, and desires for the massage session. She uses her skills to listen to the body of the client to facilitate releases of constricted tissue and to nurture an overall sense of relaxation and expansion. Her foundation for providing massage and bodywork is honoring the inherent connection of body, mind, and spirit.  Her clients often express gratitude for her peaceful, nurturing, and flowing style.  Tonya is very personable and authentic in her relations with others which aids in putting others at ease and greatly enhances the relaxation response.


Gary Wirkkala, NC License # 12213


Gary’s massage method involves a dual approach. A parasympathetic relaxation response is encouraged to allow letting go from within, and then reluctant muscles are given deep work to promote letting go by external means. He provides massage that integrates Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and Esalen massage modalities. Gary is an avid cyclist and has a daily yoga practice.







Selene’s :
Selene Briggs is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist who graduated for the therapeutic massage program at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College.  Her mom, Caroline Briggs has practiced for 20 years and owns The Neuromuscular Massage Center in Boone, North Carolina.  Selene’s mom has influenced her greatly and has taught her many things about massage.  Selene specializes in neuromuscular therapy, swedish and hot stone massage.



Cosmic Groove NORTH Therapist

Rose Ortiz

Rose has been a licensed  massage therapist for over 4 years. Her massage is intuitive and nurturing. Rose’s massage starts of light and slow, then gradually deeper. Her strokes are long and flowing like a dance. Rose likes to give an over all, full body, therapeutic massage.


-1Melissa Rosenberger

Melissa’s massage is relaxing and intuitive with just the right pressure and just where the body needs. In addition. Your massage experience with Melissa will be relaxing and therapeutic.



CarlieCarlie Kowalk

In 1997, Carlie fell in love with the mountains and moved to the Asheville area. Since moving to the mountains, Carlie’s private studies have included yogic practices, natural remedies, nutrition, and massage therapy.

In 202, Carlie graduated from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. She has been a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist since 20033. The last 10 years has proved to be a rewarding practice of providing therapeutic massage and education to hundreds of families and children across WNC.

Carlie’s professional background includes a certification in Infant Massage instruction and further training in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Thai Bodywork, Lymphatic, Reiki, Reflexology and Aromatherpy. Carlie has an intuitive approach that can and will induce deep states of relaxation, promote natural healing, and improve an over all sense of well-being. Each session is tailored to meet specific needs and may include a wide range of techniques as appropriate.

Diana Brake (North and South Office)

Diana’s massage is intuitive and integrative. She uses different pressures and strokes tailored to fit the client’s  needs. Her massage is detailed and focused. Diana specializes in working deeper into the muscles to provide deeper relaxation.

Adam Caddick

Adam’s massage is deep, focused and specific for working into and helping release knots and trigger points. As well, Adam combines longer and integrative strokes to promote deep relaxation.

We have around 20 therapist at the Cosmic Groove. We are in the process of posting all their pics and bios, so keep checking back for updates.


Pressley graduated from The Center for massage and Natural Health in downtown Asheville in 2013. He is specialized in deep tissue therapy and Swedish. His massages can be part of a client’s pain management as well as relaxing. He approaches each massage as unique and structures each treatment around an individual’s needs.



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