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Joy Clement Derise, LMT


Joy Clement Derise, is a licensed massage therapist, a 1980 graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School, attended McNeese State University, and is an alumni member of Phi Mu Fraternity. She is a former graduate and instructor at La. Institute of Massage Therapy. She is the owner of Special Touch Therapeutic Massage, opening her doors the day after graduation in June of 1994. She is a proud member of American Massage Therapy Association. She specializes in: Medicupping, AMS Cellulite Reduction, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal and Geriatric therapies as well as Myofascial Release Techniques. She is also qualified in many other modalities. She is married to Jason. They are members of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Her passion is to share with as many people as possible the positive effects of massage.

Griffin “Spider” Edwards


Griffin “Spider” Edwards, is a licensed massage therapist. He is also graduate of Marion High School. He has attended McNeese State University, and is a 1994 graduate of the La. Institute of Massage Therapy, where he was also an instructor. He’s been a vital member of the Special Touch family since 1996. He is a member of American Massage Therapy Association. He is married to Pamela and has 2 children, Lewis and Chloe, and one grandchild, Aria. He specializes in Deep Tissue Therapy but can adjust to your needs. His goal in life is to care for each person he is invited to lay his hands on.

Gitana Smith

Gitana Smith, graduated from LA institute of massage therapy in the summer of 2005. She is a member of Special Touch Therapeutic Massage. She specialize in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, polarity therapy, foot reflexology, chakra and energy balancing, hot/cold stone therapy, aromatherapy, swedish massage, sports massage, lympathic drainage, ear candling, and various spa treatments. She enjoys reading your energy body to find the root of your pain and releasing it. After almost 11 years of practicing I still look forward to many more years of connecting with each and everyone I work with.

Lana Watkins, LMT


Lana Watkins grew up in Welsh, Louisiana. After graduating from Welsh High School in 2012, she went on to Northwestern State University to major in accounting and play in the NSU marching band. She attended NSU for four semesters and decided it was not for her. Upon returning to Welsh, she realized she wanted to earn her license in massage therapy. She enrolled at the LA Institute of Massage therapy and graduated in 2016. Lana enjoys connecting and sharing the benefits of massage with her clients. Her specialty is Therapeutic Massage.  She also loves deep tissue and sports massage and getting to the source of the problem.

Karly Briscoe, LMT


Karly is a licensed massage therapist. She graduated from Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy in 2012. She has also attended McNeese State University and Louisiana State University in Eunice. She has one daughter, Miyah. She specializes in deep tissue, swedish massage, and hot stone massage, but she can easily adapt to the needs of the client.

Debbie Dayton, LMT, MMP


Debbie is a licensed massage therapist that graduated from Blue Cliff College in 2006. In her life journey, she ended up here in Lake Charles working for Center for Chiropractic for 6 years. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, hot stones, medical massage and she can also adapt to massage needs. Her desires are to help people learn to relax. She also has a certificate in health coaching. She could help you lose weight with the ketogenic diet, that she done and lost 70 lbs. in a year.  She had been married to Bob for 30 years. They have 2 grown girls  together and have 4 grandsons. Debbie specializes in Lomi massage.

Mason Guillory, LMT, CPFT (WMS, SNS), BFA

LA 8765

Mason was born and raised in Lake Charles but moved to Baton Rouge after high school to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Digital Art and Animation from Louisiana State University. Before attending LSU he became the first ISSA Certified Professional Fitness Trainer in Calcasieu Parish at the age of 18 and earned second certification during his years at LSU from the American Council on Exercise with specializations in Weight Management and Sports Nutrition. Immediately upon graduating LSU he and his brother Jason toured the 48 contiguous states to see the country and learn about life in different parts of America. After returning home he enrolled at the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2017. He specializes in swedish and therapeutic massage and is currently pursuing certifications and practice in Aromatherapy, deep tissue massage, and trigger point therapy.

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