Brenda Schwartz

massage therapist - lmbt #11969

Brenda has been a resident of Mount Airy for over 20 years. After co-owning and running a local medical practice with her husband, she decided to study esthetics and massage therapy at Wilkes Community College. She is a licensed therapist in both practices in North Carolina and Virginia. She’s received training in various massage modalities including  Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, hot stone, myofascial, Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), and medical massage.
Brenda has owned her own massage and facial practice in Mount Airy previously. She has most recently been employed as the lead therapist at Primland Resort Spa in Virginia as a massage therapist and esthetician, where she was featured on a blog for Enlightened Spa and Trip Advisor. She is focused on natural and holistic approaches to health and previously worked with a physician in that field. Her desire is to provide clients with intuitive and comprehensive professional services in a relaxing atmosphere.

Brenda is a homebody when time allows and enjoys spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and friends. Being a native of Mount Airy, she has a large friend base that she enjoys exploring the area with and its many attractions. She loves the hometown environment of Mount Airy. She is also an avid outdoors fan and boating at the lake.

Machelle McCann

Founder, YOGA INSTRUCTOR, and MASSAGE tHERAPIST  - lmbt #5891

Machelle has come to the world of wellness by way of the chaotic corporate world. Having graduated from Appalachian State University with a BSBA in Management Information Systems, she was a project manager for 17 years with Bank of America in Charlotte NC. Understanding that world was making her toxic in mind, body, emotions, and spirit, she switched gears and created an escape plan. She went back to school for massage at Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Charlotte in 2004 and graduated with honors and licensure in NC. She also received her Registered 200 hour Yoga teacher certification with Yoganand Michael Carroll through his Pranakriya practice from Kripalu in 2006. That same year, she moved with her family to their home in Fancy Gap VA just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

She previously owned Mountain Angel Spa at Olde Mill Golf Resort in Virginia and Infinity Day Spa in Mount Airy, where she also served as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. She is a licensed massage therapist in both Virginia and North Carolina. She has also taught yoga at Carroll Wellness Center in Hillsville VA and Sacred Space yoga studio in Mount Airy.

Machelle works with clients utilizing both massage and yoga techniques with the primary focus of teaching clients to listen to themselves. Our bodies want to be well - we just many times get in our own way of that healing. She frequently assigns "homework" to clients in taking care of themselves away from the massage table.

In trying to support her own sense of balance, Machelle has a very active home life pursuing numerous creative outlets. She has been married to Tony since 1985 and has three wonderful children, oldest daughter Jennifer and her husband Paul, and youngest daughter Cassidi. She loves all things nature, and as a nurturer, her greatest desire is to help others.

Yvette Ladd

Yoga therapist

Yvette’s love and curiosity of the human body has long inspired her pursuit of personal wellness. This passion fuels her current teachings and service offerings to her clients. She believes that when provided the appropriate resources, individuals have extraordinary potential for a vibrant and fulfilling life.

Yvette’s integrated health programs are a fusion of her education and experience in the health and fitness professions and offer her clients a customized healing path with regard to the whole person. Utilizing modalities such as movement practices (exercise/yoga), conscious nutrition, nurturing routines and a supportive environment, Yvette works with clients to reestablish equilibrium and create optimal, lasting health.

Yvette is a Registered Pharmacist & a Certified Yoga Therapist via Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy as well as a Phoenix Rising Group Facilitator. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer & a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200hr level with Yoga Alliance and holds an additional certification in Vinyasa Yoga​.

When not at MAMAW, her yoga & fitness classes and consultative services are offered in The Soul Asylum at Wellness Pursuits- a beautiful space to explore your health and well-being in private consultation or in group classes and workshops.​

Zach Groff

massage therapist - lmbt #6803

In pursuing his own health and wellness, Zach entered the field of therapeutic massage in 2005. He graduated from Natural Touch School of Massage in Greensboro and has been licensed in North Carolina since 2006.

Zach is a resident of Mount Airy, and previously owned Mount Airy Massage and Bodywork Therapy located in Meadows of Dan Trading Company on Main Street. He is also licensed in Virginia and most recently worked at Primland Resort and Spa as a massage therapist, interim Spa Director, and assistant manager.

He believes that balance of the body and mind can be achieved through a healthy lifestyle, with massage therapy being a central focus. Though adept in numerous modalities and body treatments, Zach specializes in pain management via deep tissue and sports massage. He hones in on the affected areas, while also addressing the entire body to reduce stress and help balance the mind.

Outside of Zach's love for natural health, he is a professional pianist, composer, and piano instructor that has afforded an opportunity to travel the world extensively. He has performed in concerts for the Virginia Blue Ridge Classical Music Festival, and has performed in Japan, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Germany. He also enjoys spending quality time with his son, Cadyn.