The Halcyon Team

The Halcyon Spa team is passionate about providing excellent quality services to you. We provide a variety of services, from a combined wealth of knowledge and experience. Halcyon Spa was founded in 2001 in the home of, the owner, Kathy Kessler. Her desire to bring health and wellness to her hometown community and make massage accessible before it was mainstream, is the foundation of Halcyon. The team has grown over the years, with staff having longevity at Halcyon and in the industry. We offer services focused on health and wellness, natural beauty, relaxation, hair care, and yoga. We look forward to serving you with your relaxation, pain management, and beauty needs.

Kathy Kessler PT, LMT, RYT-200

A 1994 graduate from St. Louis University with a BS in Physical Therapy. She graduated from The Healing Arts Center in 2000, and created Halcyon Spa in her home in 2001. The spa moved to its current location in a renovated historic building in 2009. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2012 from the West-East Natural Healing School. Kathy has a passion for working with her clients, patients, and students to bring health and vitality to the body. She combines more than 2 decades of experience, and solely practices Myofascial Release in order to reduce pain, restore mobility, improve posture; or just simply help the client tap into their body’s inner wisdom and healing.

Amanda Brinker, LMT

A 2004 graduate from Missouri College.  Mandy has been with Halcyon Spa since she completed her training.  She loves working in the tranquil environment the spa offers,  and seeing the clients transformation on the table with reduced stress and tension after a massage.

Kara Marvel, LMT

A 2005 graduate from Missouri College. Kara grew up in Augusta, and she loves working with clients she has known for years, as well as working with clients experiencing Augusta for the first time.

Zoe Florence, LMT

A 2008 graduate from the Center For Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC. Zoe has also completed the John F Barnes’ Myofascial Release three-part training in Portland, OR in 2011. She enjoys working to assist her clients with relaxation and healing. She believes that we all have the power to heal body and spirit and she is happy to share her skills and gifts.

Sheryl Ratliff, LMT




Paul Mack, Healing Touch Practitioner

Healing Touch, a nationally accredited, energy therapy in which a practitioner consciously uses the hands in a heart-centered, intentional way to support and facilitate the client’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Healing Touch is based on the understanding that every living thing is embedded in energy fields and energy centers (chakras), and sometimes energy flow can be blocked, contributing to imbalance in the physical body.  Once these imbalances are cleared, energy channels resume their task of integrating the body, mind and soul, to restore overall health and to promote healing.

Stacy Keiser, CA

Stacy has been a licensed Cosmetologist since 1997 and a licensed Cosmetology instructor since 2000. She is a certified Redken colorist, and she is certified in Brazilian Silk Keritin treatment as well as Coopola Keritin smoothing treatment. She has lived in the Augusta area all of her life. She enjoys everything her job entails, from cutting and styling to color and foiling and various color and cueling treatments. Stacy Especially enjoys meeting and getting to know the clients at Halcyon Spa.

Jill Forbes, CA, Esthetician

She began her career 25 years ago after graduating from Cosmetology school in St. Louis where she learned her love for hair cutting and color. Since she lives in the area she says it’s great to get to know the people of Augusta and be part of the professional team of Halcyon.

Renee Peltier, Esthetician


Pam Fleer, Manicurist

Pam is a 2001 graduate from Abbott Beauty Academy of St. Peters, MO.  She grew up in Augusta, and loves working close to home.  One of her favorite things about her job is helping clients nails look great, with relaxed hands and feet.

Teresa Waddington, RYT-200

Teresa is a 2015 graduate of the West-East Yoga School in St. Louis.  As a local resident of Augusta, she loves how yoga impacts her community and creates relationships through health and wellness.


Maria Gildehaus

Takes care of all the “behind the scenes” duties at the spa to make it flow smoothly. She has been a member of the Halcyon Team since 2006, and enjoys getting to know the clients. You can always count on Maria’s contagious smile and laughter to greet you when she is here.

Emily Brinkmann

As a member of the Halcyon Spa team providing support to all the service providers. Emily’s youthful energy makes the clients feel welcome. She is a native of Augusta and loves sharing stories about her community with the clients.

Abigail Manning

Abigail is an accomplished hair stylist and makeup artist. She has been in the industry since 2014 and placed top five for the 2017 L’Oréal Professional Color & Style Trophy.   She strives to help you feel special, appreciated, and beautiful. Abigail’s specialty is “chemical free beauty” giving you a unique salon experience without harmful toxins. She uses the world’s first professional organic hair color, care and styling line, Oway, and the award winning mineral makeup line, Glo Skin Beauty. Abigail has a passion for creating hair and makeup that is perfectly crafted to every individual.