Get to Know Us

Bond Varela - Spa Director

Bond has been with Mandala Med Spa for 8 years. She has worn many hats over the years but her true passion are the clients. She strives to make every client feel comfortable and encourages personal relationships between the clients and staff. Mandala is where she wants people to come when they need to feel connected, whether to themselves or a community.  She is passionate about the wellness industry and is grateful to call Mandala her second home. 

Kimberly Hernandez - Wellness Concierge

Kimberly was born in Barranquilla, Colombia but raised here in our paradise city known as Sarasota. Her professional resume includes over 6 years of experience in the customer service industry. Kimberly is an outgoing individual who always has a positive outlook in every situation possible. She absolutely loves everything about the spa industry and feels fortunate to be employed at Mandala Med Spa. 

Christy Stanford LE, LMT

Christy is passionate about helping people find rejuvenation and renewal amidst the stresses of daily life.  

Christy is the Yoga Shala Director. She is also a Licensed Esthetician, Licensed Massage Therapist, Laser Hair Removal Technician, and Viora Body Contouring Specialist. She believes in trying to create a balance for the mind and body. 


Stephanie Churn Lubow LMT

Stephanie Churn Lubow is deeply committed to facilitating healing and wellness for her clients.

She has been a massage therapist in Florida since 1994 and began her career with a focus on medical massage. She now incorporates the knowledge and experience that she has gained through years of studying and practicing a blend of Eastern and Western methods.   Whether it’s a therapeutic massage for the whole body, a deep tissue massage to address specific problem areas, or a traditional Thai massage to free up movement in the body, she enjoys finding the best combination of techniques to create the perfect experience for each client.

In 2006 she found a passion for the art of traditional Thai massage.  In 2012 she had the opportunity to study Thai healing arts in Thailand where she earned a certificate in traditional Thai massage from the Thai Ministry of Health.  


Donna Gaume LE, CPMT

Donna is an esthetician and Permanent Makeup Specialist with over 25 years of experience and expertise. She  combines artistic skills and knowledge while understanding the application of color to allow her to accurately mix pigments for perfectly matched skin tones and undertones. With her eye for detail, meticulous  dexterity, and drive for perfection,  Donna also specializes in corrective skin care including facials and peels that assist in skin transformation improving past and present sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and other signs of aging for a more youthful appearance. Professional skin care treatments combined with medical grade products used at home can and will bring back that healthy glow to your skin.

Becky Palmer LMT, DOM

Becky has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 2000 and also holds an Associates Degree in Science, a Bachelors Degree in Health Science, and a Masters Degree in Science in Oriental Medicine, with Certification as an Acupuncture Physician. 

She specializes in relaxation massage therapy as well as medical massage focused on pain relief. "In my experience, I have found that by integrating deep tissue techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and Cupping, with stretching (Tuina, Thai, Sports Massage) and relaxation offers the most benefits for pain relief."

She constantly strives to learn additional skills, modalities, and any proven therapies to facilitate pain-relief and wellness for her clients. The benefits of regular massage therapy and acupuncture can improve your blood circulation, increase your range of motion, and speed up your Lympthatic system to boost your immunity, slow the progression of arthritis and spinal stenosis, combat and reduce the negative effects of diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure, not to mention improve sleep and mood!!

Melissa King LMT

Melissa has been practicing massage for 11 years. She loves to customize any treatment to suit the needs guests may have.  Melissa has a proclivity toward deep tissue /neuro- muscular work, paired with relaxation.  She always wants guests to feel as wonderful as possible before they leave. Her training comes from Reno, Nevada with continued  education every year to keep her well versed.  She features a very unique table called the A.B.C. table, as featured on you tube. Adjustable Breast Comfort system, helps all the women out there, by providing a space for the "girls " to settle into.  This allows for the back to flatten out and treated properly with less stress on the low back. She uses this table for auto injuries and accident victims at Sarasota Spinal Mechanics as well, and has had wonderful results bringing the body back towards healing.  So,  if you are serious about your body, and you want someone to help you continue to be your best,  then let Melissa be your girl to assist you on the ever constant journey of wellness! Request the A.B.C. table when booking! 

Stephanie Heidemann LMT

Stephanie has been an Edgar/Cayce Massotherapist and Reiki Master since 2001. Her training was at the Association for Research & Enlightenment, where she studied a 1900's therapeutic modality derived from Edgar Cayce's holistic remedies. Stephanie specializes in deep tissue/neuromuscular work, and offers a very empathic touch.

Mary Michael LMT, LE

Mary Michael LMT, L.E., was welcomed to join the staff at Mandala Med Spa 6 years ago and counting. Her job titles are, Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Esthetician and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach, passionate about her work Mary has mastered all Body and Facial treatments on the Mandala website as well as Ayurvedic treatments. Mary strives for excellence and provides a relaxing yet fun environment.