Meet Our Staff



Rose Nowak
Owner, LMT, CLL

Three words that describe me: Blessed, Quirky, Fun

Fun Fact about Me: I can be a bit of a dork. I love to laugh and make others laugh.

I am a 1999 graduate of the Institute of Natural Therapies of Hancock MI. An advocate of continuing education, I have completed certification courses in the following studies; Prenatal massage, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar-Therapy, Orthopedic , Spa and Body Treatments, and Aromatouch Technique.In 2007 I earned a second diploma in Medical Massage Therapy from Blue Herron Academy in Traverse City MI.  I am a Certified Laughter Leader and my goal as a therapist is to help all my clients feel better and live better through the use of massage therapy, laughter, positive energy, aromatherapy, and an upbeat attitude.


Amy Czajka
Guest & Spa Coordinator

Three words that describe me: Caring, Giving, Unconditional

Fun Fact: I'm an outdoor girl who loves her pink camo.

I was born and raised in Montana. My husband and I moved to Alpena from North Pole, Alaska in 2011. We have 4 amazing kids - 3 grown and one at home. I have several years experience working directly with people and look forward to welcoming you to BLMC & Spa.

Julie France

Three Words that describe me: Spontaneous, Ethical, Compassionate

Fun fact about me: I love to travel

I was born and raised in Michigan, and grew up in Livonia, After high school, I obtained my degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I recently graduated from the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts as a massage therapist. I have been working as a massage therapist since 2012 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am skilled in Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, Prenatal and Myofascial Massage. I am certified in Aromatherapy and incorporate this to enhance the benefits of massage. I incorporate my skills to provide my clients with a relaxation massage with a therapeutic touch.

Laurie Gould-Schatz

Three words that describe me: Whimsical, Calm, Caring

Fun fact about me: I love to laugh.

I graduated from the Institute of Natural Therapies; where I have been an assistant teacher since 2003. This school has given me a great foundation and credentials in the following modalities: Swedish, Classis, Deep & Neuro-Muscular, Trigger Point, Structural Integration, Acupressure, Orthobionomy, Reflexology, Prenatal and some traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2004 I furthered my education by attending the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have also been certified in the following continuing education courses: Ashiatsu, John Barnes’ Myofascial Release with Craniosacral, Thai Massage and Quantum Touch Energy. My goal is to help my clients reach the highest level of relaxation possible, letting them experience the many benefits of massage.

Crystal Lane

Three words that describe me: Thoughtful, Friendly, Courageous

Fun Fact about Me: I have never outgrown my love for Cartoons.

I graduated from the Institute of Natural Therapies in May 2012. I am an individual who genuinely loves and cares about the people she works with. I love helping others feel better by offering a massage that helps them physically and emotionally. I specialize in deep tissue, relaxation, craniosacral and aromatherapy.


Cindy Werth O’Connor
Licensed Esthetician

Three Words that Describe Me: Loyal, Growing in Spirit, Dedicated

Fun Fact About Me: I am a compulsive organized.

Born in 1959 on a cold March day in Alpena. I started working in our family business at the age of 10. I was married for 31 years and raised 3 wonderful children, and have been blessed with 3 amazing grandchildren. My family is the highlight of my life. In 2012 I went back to school to become an esthetician and pursue the dream of helping people feel and look the best they can.


Jennifer Sherwood

Three words that describe Me: Eccentric, Loving, Dedicated

Fun Fact About ME: I am a diehard “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan.

I have been a massage therapist since 2008. I went to school at Hawaii Massage Academy in Honalulu Hawaii. I have worked in Hawaii and North Carolina and I am excited to be doing what I love in my home town of Alpena. I specialize in deep tissue, lomi lomi, hot stone and neck and shoulders. I love massage because it allows me to help others feel better and more relaxed.


Melissa Steiger
Certified Nail Technician

Three words that describe me: Driven, Spontaneous, Adventurous

Fun Fact: I love to play guitar hero. I am the legend of rock.

Always looking for an adventure, I embrace the opportunity to challenge my mind and body. I have a giving heart and enjoy volunteering my time doing nails at Turning Brook and serving at the local Friendship Room. I earned my license as a Nail Technician in 2010 .  I specialize in Shellac nails and love to be creative in my nail designs.


Tammy Zarins

Three words that describe me: Caring, Confident, Strong

Fun Fact: I once did a 1 mile open water swim in Lake Huron just for fun!

I have been a fulltime massage therapist for 20 years now! I graduated from the Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer with an Advanced Practitioners Status (2500) Hours. I then went on to take multiple workshops and seminars. Although I specialize in Myofascial Release/ Deep tissue - I am well trained in a variety of styles and techniques. Every session with me is tailor made and specific to each client’s needs - I love what I do!