Please note: Massage therapist availability subject to change. Please call (415) 600-0500 to make an appointment.
Karen Gamez, CMT
Karen began her work as a massage therapist in 2009 after graduating from Carrington College. During her studies she was ranked at the top of the Dean's List, and since then has studied medical massage and other massage techniques. Karen worked at UCSF for 5 years as a massage therapist for both staff and patients. Currently she works at the WHRC as well as a holistic clinic in Pleasant Hill providing massage to a diverse clientele, including cancer patients. For Karen, it is a joy and an honor to work with people on their way to wellness in good health. Karen’s favorite quote is: " to help your body you must help your mind and spirit first."
Simone Kaplan, CMT
Simone has been practicing massage therapy since 2001. Her massages range from relaxing and soothing, to therapeutic and intense. She feels especially drawn to working with clients who are injured or coping with limitations.
She’s originally from Los Angeles, loves reading and dogs. Being a yoga teacher as well, she also teaches injury-friendly yoga and even practices dog massage for pups in need.
Rosa Kocher, CMT
Rosa Kocher has been in professional massage practice for more than 20 years. She joined the WHRC in 1999. Her journey has always had a singular focus in the healing arts. Rosa’s early encounters with illness and death in her family opened up a yearning for more satisfying answers in coping with the mind-body relationship. As an early student of Asian philosophy and design (including landscape architecture), Rosa has always sought a deeper understanding of subtle energy anatomy, part of the underlying basis for varying states of health.
As Rosa’s work has matured, she developed a form of massage therapy that
combines the best of the East and West appropriately. Rosa draws largely on Swedish,
Shiatsu (based on Chinese medicine), Indian Ayurvedic insights, and Craniosacral (spine,
neck and head). She has seen how these massage protocols facilitate freer movement
of energy throughout the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood and
lymph vessels and how working with the structural anatomy, opening the joints, increasing
range-of-motion and mobility releases physical and emotional restrictions.
Rosa has worked in a variety of contexts during her years of professional practice. These include cancer patient retreats at Commonweal, hospice end-of-life care, a premiere Japanese spa, and here at California Pacific Medical Center. Rosa feels that the WHRC provides a valuable opportunity to customize the massage to an individual’s needs, whether they may be pregnant, older, receiving cancer treatments, or just needing to unwind. Rosa attributes the stability in her own life and massage therapy practice to a 15-year study and practice of meditation, which allows her to cultivate a much greater capacity for nurturing others toward their own stability, especially when in illness and grief.
Tanya Masterson, CMT
Tanya focuses on therapeutic bodywork integrating deep tissue, stretching, and
joint mobilization. Her sessions address discomfort, pain and injury and thereby improve
the mobility, performance and general well-being of her clients. Her work is detail
oriented to solve specific issues.
Tanya studied massage at San Francisco School of Massage, Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts, San Anselmo, and Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tanya has training and experience in the following modalities: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Prenatal Massage, Thai massage and Fascial Stretch Therapy.
In addition to massage, Tanya has a background in martial arts, and practices pilates, yoga, meditation and other healing arts. She enjoys spending time outdoors and hiking.