What sets Avalon apart from other schools is our amazing line-up of teachers. Our incredibly skilled and dedicated team includes: two Chiropractors, a Doctor of Acupuncture, a Monk/Reiki Master, a Doula, and several Licensed Massage Therapy Instructors with decades of experience teaching and practicing.
Meet Our Team
School Director - LPC, LMT, MTI,
Kalyn has been in the Beauty/Wellness industry for 8 years and is licensed in both Cosmetology and Massage Therapy. While pursuing her LMT certification she worked as a nail technician in a full-service spa in her Louisiana hometown. Once she graduated, she worked in both clinical and spa settings, specializing in deep tissue and therapeutic massage. She has now managed in clinical settings and spa facilities; one even being voted “Best New Spa” in the area in its first year. Her passion for people and experience in Business Management brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our school.
Assistant Director - LMT
Esalena graduated from Phoenix School of Massage in 2018. She began work at a chiropractic office during school and eventually moved to a spa position after graduation. She is experienced in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports, Prenatal, Decompression Therapy, and Aromatherapy.
Sydney Larué Guy
Career Services Director - LMT, MTI
Sydney is the owner of LaRué’s Touch, the Top Spa in Houston offering CBD massage for relaxation, pain management, and overall well being. She assists individuals of all backgrounds who have discomfort tension and pain to recover to optimal health through self-care education and holistic care. She is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports, Lymphatic, and Oncology Massage (Massage for Cancer Patients). Her goal is to create a space where individuals who push their bodies and explore their limits can receive quality and affordable recovery and preventative massage techniques with someone they trust.
Dr. Jonathan Pyndus
Doctor of Acupuncture - L.Ac., Dipl, NCCAOM, LMT
Doctor of Acupuncture, Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist, born and practicing in Houston, Texas. After a thorough education from 20 years of martial arts study, the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, The Won Institute of Graduate Studies, and Avalon School of Massage, he now operates his own practice in Houston. His teaching style combines Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture techniques, Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Gua Sha, and Tui Na bodywork with traditional martial arts practices.
Doula - LMT, MTI, CHBE, CD, CCE, P&ICD
Erin has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002. In 2012, she added Doula work and pursued certification in Childbirth Education. In 2018, she launched Houston Birth & Baby and employs many Doulas throughout Houston. The work Erin has done as both a Massage Therapist, Doula, and Childbirth Educator positions her to speak with confidence and firsthand knowledge of what is involved with supporting a pregnant person through most physiological and emotional changes that occur in pregnancy. Additionally, she is trained in postpartum mental health disorders, the physical needs of the parents/infants, as well as the emotional shifts that occur after birth.
Ashley studied at Texas Center for Massage Therapy and has been a licensed massage therapist for 3 years. She now has her own private practice as a sole proprietor. She is certified in Rockblade (blading therapy), Massage Band Therapy and has studied Ashiatsu and Cupping as well. She has attended and worked sports events such as the Katy Classic Crossfit Competition and several WUAP Competitions (amateur powerlifting). She combines her love for Yoga, Muay Thai and Massage therapy to fully utilize her own body in order to improve the overall physical and spiritual well-being of others.
Dr. Sophia Bekiaris
Doctor of Chiropractic, LMT
Dr. Sophia Bekiaris is owner/operator of Fort Bend Mobile Chiropractic. Before she was a chiropractor, she was a Licensed Massage Therapist. She attended Phoenix School of Holistic Health in 2003. While earning her B.S degree at University of Houston, she worked in various chiropractic clinics offering therapeutic massage. This allowed her to create meaningful relationships with clientele and have a first hand look at the power of massage. She obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic title from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2009. Since then she has worked as an associated doctor, as an independent contractor and as a sole proprietor in her own establishment all while either practicing massage therapy, employing massage therapists or teaching massage therapy. Massage therapy has shaped and guided Dr. Bekiaris’ professional life for 15 years. She is honored to have the opportunity to teach future generations of massage therapists and to help them appreciate and hone their gift.
Dr. Maria De Franco
Doctor of Chiropractic, LMT
Dr. Maria De Franco has been a bodyworker for over 17 years.
After graduating massage school at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics at age 19, she became even more enthralled with the human body. Her passion for helping people, biology, and embodiment, brought her to chiropractic school.
Dr. De Franco is the owner of OM3 BODY Holistic Chiropractic which was founded in Portland, Oregon and recently
relocated to Houston. She treats patients all over the country both in person and virtually by restoring the feeling of wholeness to one's own organism.
Her mission is world peace. As Mahatma Gandhi said "World peace begins with inner peace," her purpose is to assist people in recovering their own inner peace.
Dolores is a scientist specializing in small molecule medicine. She has over 10 years of combined academic science studies and pharmaceutical experience. She has earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Houston and continues at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in pursuit of her PhD. Her goal as a science instructor is to teach the importance of manual therapies within the pharmaceutical world.
Jon Paul Dennis
SET, PES, CES, XPS, CPT, CFT, BKP
Jon Paul (J.P. or Coach JP) is a husband to his wife Debbie, together they have 5 sons. J.P. Serves as a Sports Performance Specialist and as a Specialist in Exercise Therapy. J.P. has 17 years of experience in Sports Performance Training, Post- Operation Rehabilitation, Movement Analysis, Corrective Exercise, Strength & Conditioning, Sports Testing, Holistic Health, Sports Nutrition, Corporate Wellness, and weight management.
J.P. has received training and licensing certifications from various organizations and institutions such as ISSA College of Exercise Science, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice, National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength Professional Association, Shaw Academy, EXOS, and Avalon School of Massage.
J.P. enjoys spending time with his wife and children, singing, playing the keyboard, teaching, developing case studies in Sports Rehabilitation/Corrective Exercise, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Herbalist - LMT, Acupuncture Doctoral Student
Nam-Thu is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Doctoral Student at the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She is a self-taught herbalist who loves communing with ancestors by honoring plants. She is dedicated to learning Traditional Chinese Medicine as a way to remember and reconnect to Thuoc Nam/ Traditional Vietnamese Medicine and indigenous healing practices. She has been practicing massage and energetic bodywork for over 10 years and is an Avalon graduate.
Kasie is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3). She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She has spent over 10 years in the fitness industry with experience in personal training, sport strength and conditioning, Olympic weightlifting, injury rehabilitation and group fitness. Kasie is a proud graduate of Avalon and now runs her own mobile sports massage business.
MONK - PHD, REIKI MASTER
Doctor Harry Bartholomew is an internationally renowned healer, performer, public speaker, and teacher. Harry is a former Buddhist Monk and ordained Minister with over 30 years of experience as a music producer/engineer. He is also a Dr. of Metaphysics, Reiki master teacher, Advanced Ho’Oponopono instructor, Crystal healer, Medicine Buddha Healer, and Guan Yin 42 hand and eyes healer. Recognized for his ability to radiate body, mind, and spirit healing energy through gong performances, Harry takes his clients on sonic, energetic, and spiritual journeys, giving them the tools, energy, and clarity to reveal, acknowledge, and carry greatness into their life.