Hi! I'm Denae.
I am a Certified Massage Therapist located in Minnesota with an nine-year career as a Licensed Social Worker. I was born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota and after college I moved to southern Minnesota. I'm a proud mother of three boys and married to my best friend. In my free time I love spending time with my family, hunting, fishing, being in nature, researching, learning new techniques to better serve clients, and I will never turn down a coffee date with good company.
For as long as I can remember, I knew I would be in a career that I would be helping people and that was my purpose. I became a social worker and I have enjoyed helping older adults receive services in their homes and connecting them to community resources, but there was a part of me that knew there was more I needed to pursue. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Ehrlichia (tick-borne bacteria), I started slowly researching holistic and natural ways of healing the body (our bodies are truly amazing & do not get enough credit). Then when our oldest son had health scares early in his life, my "mom gut" told me I needed to dive deeper into my research and look into root causes instead of focusing on covering up the symptoms with pharmaceuticals. Through my research, one thing I found very beneficial was using infant massage techniques with him to help soothe, bond, and relax his little body. Shortly after my second son was born, my eagerness to continue to learn only grew and I enrolled into a massage therapy program at the end of 2020. I knew I found what I was missing, and I started to visualize a space where I can help and support individuals and families in their life's transitions with therapeutic touch and compassionate care. In the end of summer 2022, I enrolled into the Mind Body Spirit Release™ Academy Foundational Training and I knew right away that this modality would be the perfect addition to Raw Therapy and Wellness by combining my professional & educational experiences into one holistic healing environment.
I wholeheartedly believe in understanding each individual holistically, taking into consideration mental health, stress, physical health, & spiritual wellbeing in each session. Thank you for being here and I look forward to being a part of your self-care & wellness journey.
Love + Light,
Education + Credentials
Bachelors of Science, emphasis in Human Development & Family Science, North Dakota State University
Bachelors of Social Work, Minot State University
Certified Massage Therapist, Professional Massage Academy
Licensed Social Worker in the State of Minnesota
Mind Body Spirit Release™ Practitioner, MBSR™ Academy, through Heights of Health founded by Tracy Southwick
Other Certifications + Trainings
Certified Holistic Birth Mentor
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Fertility Massage Therapist
Certified Pre & Postnatal Massage Therapist
Hot + Cold Stone Certification + Training
Manual Cupping Certification + Training