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, including Manual Post Plastic Surgery Lymphatic Massage.
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.
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.
Mason Guillory, LMT, CPFT (WMS, SNS), BFA
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.
Kerry Hofmann, LMT
Kerry Hofmann is a licensed massage therapist who graduated from LIMT in 2014. She was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Louisiana in 1990. Upon moving to Louisiana she worked as a licensed Property and Casualty Insurance producer for 17 years. She found herself wanting to pursue a career in healthcare and went back to school at McNeese State University, was then accepted, after required prerequisites, into the College of Nursing, where she completed her first year of clinicals. Due to personal and unforeseen circumstances exited the program. With time off, her life took a new direction. Kerry enrolled at LIMT to become a massage therapist. After graduation, she went to work for SWLA Sports Rehabilitation for over 3 years. She gained much knowledge working alongside Physical and Occupational Therapists.
Kerry is married and has one son who serves in the United States Navy. She enjoys traveling, reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband and “fur-babies”. She is also on the road to completing her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.
Kerry has certifications in Lymphatic Drainage, Medicupping, Myofascia Triggerpoint Therapy, and CPR. She looks forward to assisting you in achieving optimal well-being!
Jacob Hantz, LMT
Jacob grew up in the Lake Area. Jacob is a 2015 graduate of DeQuincy High school and obtained his massage therapy license in 2016. He enjoys interacting with clients and helping others. Jacob continues to educate himself in the field of massage therapy in order to serve the needs of his clients. He offers Hot Stone and Pregnancy Massage, and specializes in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage.
Krystal Morvant, LMT
Krystal Morvant was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. After graduating from Culinary School at SOWELA in 2016 she felt her need in the field of healthcare. In 2017 she started her journey at Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy. During that time she got engaged and is due to be married on June 1, 2019. After graduating from massage school, Krystal found her place here at Special Touch. Her hobbies include traveling, singing, and spending time with her family. Krystal in addition to traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage is trained in cupping, trigger point, aromatics, and pregnancy massage.