Massage Institute of North Texas
2021 Justin Rd 197
Flower MoundTX 75028
Massage Institute of North Texas |2021 Justin Rd 197Flower MoundTX75028 | (972) 353-8989

Meet Our Staff

Jason Cox, LMT

  • Licensed Massage Therapist #040201
  • Independent Contractor
  • Graduate from Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies)
 

I have practiced Massage Therapy since 2002. Over the years, I have dedicated my practice to helping others relieve persistent aches and pains and to relax. I provide each client with extensive knowledge of anatomy and human movement.

Living a healthy and active lifestyle myself, I know firsthand how life can make our bodies feel. I am dedicated to making you feel better whether you spend all your time at a desk or find yourself living in the gym and everything in between.

I specialize in Deep Tissue, Sports, Cupping, Hot Stone, and Prenatal massage. I am certain my massage techniques will bring you the positive results you desire.

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Katey Morrison, LMT

  • Licensed Massage Therapist #129303
  • Independent Contractor
  • Graduate from Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies)
 

Katey is a 2018 graduate of Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies). She specializes in a unique blend of Swedish and therapeutic massage with the intent to balance the body.

By adjusting to the client’s needs, Katey’s intuitive hands give her clients nurturing comfort while providing therapeutic techniques which give them the proper care their body needs.

She has the knowledge of and passion for many different specialties, including Swedish, Trigger Point, Stretching and Sports massage techniques. Whether full-body, or concentrated area experience, Katey helps clients find better body awareness through touch.

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Christopher LeBlanc, LMT

  • Licensed Massage Therapist #132965
  • Independent Contractor
  • Graduate from Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies)
 

Christopher approaches each massage with a collaborative mindset to create an experience tailored to individual needs. Whether it’s to help relax or to manage symptoms of pain, he works with his clients to create a personalized experience. He combines a variety of modalities including Cupping therapy to create a plan for symptom management. He often offers “homework” stretches to help further assist the outcome of his sessions in his client’s daily life.

He is very passionate about his career in massage therapy and has a special interest in Kinesiology. Christopher is in the final stage of obtaining a Massage Instructor license and is looking forward to working with future students.

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Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, MTI, CNMT 

  • Licensed Massage Therapist #130282
  • Licensed Massage Instructor #3585
  • Independent Contractor
  • Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
  • Graduate from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy
 

Starting her professional life as a historical Park Ranger, Kathleen has moved throughout the United States many times, following her or her husband’s career. She has been an instructor in massage therapy programs for as long as she’s been practicing massage (20+ years) in South Carolina, New Mexico, and finally here in North Texas. Bringing her passion for the scientific side of massage to the Kinesiology classes and teaching it in a way that makes it relatable to the students is her strength. Most recently, she has developed and instructed the Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Certification program here at the Massage Institute.

On her off time, she and her husband tend to their garden, like to go camping, and traveling is a must!

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Kara DeWolfe, LMT, MTI

  • Licensed Massage Therapist #118434
  • Licensed Massage Therapy Instructor #4024
  • Independent Contractor
  • Graduate from Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies)
 

Kara has a passion for helping clients receive the best massage possible and teaching students the knowledge needed to carry them throughout their careers. She’s a firm believer in lifelong education and encourages her students to travel down the many paths that massage therapy may reveal to them.

Kara has been practicing massage since 2013 in a variety of environments and enjoys providing multiple massage modalities such as Prenatal, Cupping, Fascial Release, NMT, Hot Stone, Craniosacral Release, Oncology Massage, and more. When she’s not at school, she loves spending time with her wonderful husband and sweet little dog.

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Melissa Hernandez, LMT, MTI 

  • Licensed Massage Therapist #114718
  • Licensed Massage Therapy Instructor #4168
  • Independent Contractor
 

Melissa’s passion for understanding the wisdom of the human body lead her to the field of massage therapy where she has completed 10 years of service in the North Texas region. Her specialties include Swedish Relaxation, Prenatal, painless Deep Tissue, Sports, and In-Home Therapy. She couldn’t be more proud of her career.

She also brings her creativity and love for the profession into the classroom where she guides our students through their learning journey, helping them discover their unique brand of touch. She aspires to pursue a certification in Nutrition and Health Coaching to better help her family and clients find balance and peace within their bodies.

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S. Nikki Nader, D.C.

  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Nutritional Consultant 
  • Instructor
 

Dr. Nikki Nader holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and graduated from Parker University with a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Throughout the years, she has been combining her passion for health and wellness with teaching to inspire her students to pursue a successful career as well as a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Nader resides in Highland Village with her family and teaches science courses at Massage Institute of North Texas.

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Meet Our Directors

Kayla Morrison, LMT, MTI

  • School Director
  • Licensed Massage Therapy Instructor #01858
  • Graduate from Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies)
 

Kayla Morrison is the owner and School Director of Massage Institute of North Texas since 2005. Before becoming Director, Kayla became a massage therapist in 2002 after leaving her Healthcare Risk Management consulting career. She discovered the healing benefits of massage after years of undiagnosed pain. It was through her self-healing journey, she realized the profound effects massage therapy could have. Her 17 years of practice, teaching, and education have provided her with a unique perspective on what bodywork can offer to overall wellness. Kayla holds licensure as a massage therapist and instructor.


Ruthie Merritt, LMT, MTI

  • Clinic Director
  • Licensed Massage Therapist #115441
  • Licensed Massage Therapy Instructor #3945
  • Graduate from Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies)
 

Ruthie combines the science of healing with the art of massage therapy to help her clients live their best lives. She enjoys working with the students to foster their development and training.

She attended Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies) in 2011 and has worked in several arenas within the industry such as day spas, Chiropractic offices, and massage clinics.

Ruthie has certifications in Sports, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Nerve Decompression and Neuromuscular techniques. She studies Holistic sports nutrition and shares her passion for health with friends and clients.


Leslie Dianne Smith, LMT MTI

  • Operations Director
  • Licensed Massage Therapist #103145
  • Licensed Massage Therapy Instructor #1927
  • Graduate from Massage Institute of North Texas (formerly Institute of Bodywork Studies)
 

Leslie’s interest and love of massage began in 1999 when she and her business partner opened a medical day spa in Colleyville, Texas. Fascinated by the effects of massage and its ability to allow clients to reconnect to their health, she set out to broaden her practice and pursue education, eventually leading her to the Institute of Bodywork Studies in 2005.

Leslie serves as the current Operations Director for Massage Institute of North Texas. Her goal is to create a positive impact on the students by supporting them in their educational journey. She is honored to be part of this outstanding program and is excited for the opportunity to grow connections with the incredible students and staff members who make it so special.

Leslie has certifications in Endermologie, Stretching, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Nerve Decompression, Prenatal, Hot Stone, and Myofascial techniques.

Contact Us

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(972) 353-8989.