Our Faculty and Staff
Our committed and experienced instructional, administrative, and support staff cares about our students’ education, growth, and success. With diverse backgrounds in education and experience, the Elizabeth Grady educational staff creates and environment allowing the student to reach their full potential.
Brian Sweetser- Massage Program Director
Brian has been a practicing massage therapist since 1998 when he graduated from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Since then he has worked as a massage therapist in a private practice and in the Day Spa industry. He was the Director and Educator of Massage Services and was responsible for creating and implementing spa service protocols for massage therapists. Brian was voted "Best Massage Therapist" in Best of Surveys.
Brian is also a 6th degree black belt and owner of Bay State Martial Arts in Woburn. He has been instructing children and adults of all abilities and fitness levels since 1997. Mr. Sweetser won a World Champion Title and Massachusetts State Title competing. Brian now devotes his time to instructing and improving his programs and was named 2010 International Black Belt Hall of Fame "Teacher of the Year".
Brian's passion for both massage therapy and martial arts is instrumental in developing a style that provides deep relaxation as well as treatment-oriented work. Brian customizes each massage to the needs of the receiver. He does this utilizing the many modalities he has trained in: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue/Sports Massage, Hot Stone, Prenatal, Aromatherapy, Vichy Shower Massage, and his specialty, Myofascial Release.
Brian enjoys sharing his experiences with the students at Elizabeth Grady. He takes a martial arts approach in the technique classroom by allowing each student to develop their own style of massage as they progress through the program. He truly shares in the joy of the student that realize they have mastered a new technique.
Meeghan Cozzens- Instructor
Meeghan has been practicing and teaching massage since 1999. She taught massage for several years at Full Circle School of Massage Therapy in Vail, Colorado. She also has the opportunity to work at some of the top rated spas in the country as well as gathering experience working on alpine athletes in the winter Olympics in 2002. Meeghan has a background in Psychology from Colorado Mountain College that is an asset to her work teaching and practicing massage.
In 2003, Meeghan moved to the Yoga College of India to study Bikram yoga. She continued to train and learn how to express her passion for teaching under Ame Onofrey at Vail Valley Hot Yoga. She uses her knowledge of yoga and the human body for her clients self care which she believes is a pivotal part of healing ones self.
In 2008, she moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico and opened a yoga studio and started her own massage practice. She attended Mountain Meadows Massage School for additional Certification in Neuromuscular Therapy and Aruveda. After graduating she stayed to teach massage at MMMS, specializing in Spa Therapies and Sports massage.
She has practiced massage in many different facets; Working along side chiropractors and Kinesiologists to create plans for physical wellness and Aruvedic spas that focus on balancing the mind body connection. Meeghan specializes in deep tissue and sports massages. Myofacial, therapeutic hot stone and heat therapies, Chinese cupping, and Aruvedic medicine are other tools she integrates into her practice.
Jenna Hussey- Instructor
Jenna Hussey is a 1998 graduate of the Massage Institute of New England (M.I.N.E.). While she has maintained a small private practice of select clients for sixteen years, the main focus of her career has been on Corporate Wellness.
Since 1999 Jenna has enjoyed working with some very forward thinking companies, supporting them in their commitment to wellness and prevention by way of customized massage therapy and yoga programs for their employees. She has been successful in carving out a niche for herself in the corporate world that she finds extremely fulfilling and powerful. She participates in the wellness of her individual clients as well as witnessing the overall wellness that massage in the work place brings to a company as a whole. Among the many companies Jenna has worked with are Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Hydra Biosciences and The Harvard School of Public Health.
A dedicated student of yoga for over twelve years, Jenna began instructing classes in 2007. Her experience in the field of massage therapy profoundly informs her instruction of yoga postures and conversely, her yoga practice continues to evolve her understanding and awareness of body mechanics and self care.
In addition, Jenna is a trained and experienced practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and a long-time student of Advaita Vedanta and Indian philosophy. All this study and experience lends itself beautifully to her commitment to support herself and others in managing stress and finding connection, comfort, ease and freedom in both body and mind.
Jenna is happy to join the fine team of teachers at Elizabeth Grady and looks forward to sharing with her students her passion for wellness and connection through massage, yoga and meditation.
Tom Karis- Instructor
Tom Karis has been in private practice for over 15 years. The focus of Tom's practice is on addressing the soft tissue components of chronic pain syndromes and repetitive strain injuries. His structurally based approach promotes a healthier tissue balance and fluidity of movement necessary to move into a more pain-free existence. Tom holds advanced certifications in Orthopedic Massage, Myoskeletal Alignment, and Myofascial Release.
In addition to his practice, Tom has dedicated the past 15 years to improving the field of Massage Therapy through education. He founded and directed the Massachusetts Institute of Therapeutic Massage and has been an instructor/curricula developer at 3 different massage therapy schools. As well as instructing Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, basic and advanced technique to massage students, Tom has developed and instructed several continuing education programs for professional therapists.
Sandy Lever - Instructor
Sandy has been a licensed massage therapist since 1995. She is a graduate of the Twin Lakes College of Healing Arts inSanta Cruz,CA and the Polarity Realization Institute’s (currently Spa Tech Institute) holistic massage program in Ipswich,MA. Sandy has practiced massage for seventeen years and takes pride in imparting her many years of experience to her students.
Sandy has worked in many aspects of the therapeutic massage field including: spas, fitness centers, salons, and business owner. Regardless of the environment, Sandy’s objective remains in helping people feel better and more balanced. Sandy utilizes massage therapy in a way that impacts her client’s overall physical health and well-being that in turn translates into an overall healthier lifestyle. Specializing in combining Swedish and deep tissue massage, Sandy tailors each massage according to the clients needs. She also specializes in home visits, creating the ultimate professional relaxation experience for the client in the familiar surroundings of their home.
For Sandy, teaching massage is not only her purpose but also her passion. She is driven to help each student reach their professional goals. Sandy prides herself in recognizing each student's individuality as a perosn and future massage therapist. Sandy is committed in facilitaing success for each student.
Beth Mirowski - Director of Esthetic Training
As Director of Esthetic Training, Beth is responsible for creating and directing educational programs for estheticians employed in our thirty four salon locations. Beth also collaborates with the product research and development team in testing and implementing new products into the Elizabeth Grady professional and retail skin care lines.
Beth Mirowski was a member of the first graduating class at the Elizabeth Grady School in 1979. Upon graduation Beth worked as an Esthetician, Make-up artist, and Esthetic Supervisor in the prestigious Newbury Street salon in Boston. In 1999, Beth graduated from the Massage Institute of New England. Throughout the years she has completed numerous advanced training programs in a variety of specialties: Essential Oil Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Reiki to name just a few. Among her many achievements, in 1989, Beth was chosen Esthetician of the Year by the Elizabeth Grady Corporation and was awarded a new car.
Today, in addition to her Director of Esthetic Training responsibilities, Beth oversees the Practical and Make-up departments at the Elizabeth Grady School and shares her wisdom and experience with aspiring estheticians and makeup artists.
Christine Dube- Instructor
Christine Dube graduated from the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics in 1987. She has spent her career in the Andover Salon as an Esthetician, Makeup artist and Esthetic Supervisor. She joined the school in 1998 as a Makeup Instructor and now teaches the Practical and Theory modules as well. She has earned certificates in Advanced Makeup Artistry, Massage and Reiki.Christine has had a successful career in the Esthetics field and shares this passion and enthusiasm with her students. She believes that the beauty industry is forever growing and changing and can provide an exciting career for anyone with the same passion and desire.
Sharon Hansen - Jr. Instructor
Sharon Hansen had a passion for wanting to help others feel better from an early age. She would frequently be found giving back rubs to friends and family to help ease their pain and stress. While working as a Spa Attendant at the renowned Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Spa she was able to see what a positive impact their estheticians and massage therapist were having on their clients. Sharon realized that all the years of passing around backrubs and scalp massages could actually become a very lucrative and rewarding career.
Sharon Hansen graduated from the Elizabeth Grady Esthetics program in 2009. As an esthetician Sharon believes that healthy skin is beautiful skin and that it is the esthetician’s job to education the client on how to put their best face forward.
After working as an esthetician for a few years she was able to come back to the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy and continue her education by enrolling in the massage program. She graduated from the Elizabeth Grady School of Massage in 2011 being awarded a diploma in Massage Therapy and a certificate in Spa Therapy.
In efforts to further her education Sharon recently attended Tom Karis’s Orthopedic Massage Therapy course that was offered through Elizabeth Grady’s continuing education program. Sharon is now a certified Orthopedic Massage Therapist.
“One thing that I love about working within this field is that you are never done learning. There is always something new and interesting just around the corner for you to explore.”
Cory James- Instructor
Cory has known a love for health and fitness from a very early age. In 2002 she graduated from the Elizabeth Grady School Esthetics. It was during this time that Cory discovered the direct correlation between health and beauty. She recognized that the skin, being the largest and only visible organ of the human body, was a mirror for everything going on internally. She had found a way to merge her two passions in life and mold it into a successful career.
A few short months after graduating Cory joined the Elizabeth Grady team in Franklin. There she developed her leadership skills as Esthetic Supervisor assisting estheticians in how to provide exceptional customer service. She continued to work with the Elizabeth Grady organization, practicing in several salons over the years. Becoming certified in Microdermabrasion at Elizabeth Grady, Cory became curious about learning more about the use of advanced technologies in the skin care industry. She chose to continue to build her career practicing other clinical approaches to esthetics. Cory trained in and performed laser hair removal, photo facials, vela shape and skin tightening procedures.
In 2009 Cory decided to return to the Elizabeth Grady School to offer her range of experience and knowledge to aspiring estheticians. She takes great pride in watching her students grow and develop their hands-on technique and technical knowledge during their esthetics program.
Michelle LeBlanc- Instructor
Michelle began her career in beauty in 1984 upon graduating from Broms Academy of Hairdressing. Michelle began working as a hairdresser then continued practicing as a nail technician. She opened her own nail business, La Petit Nail Salon, which she owned and operated for 20 years. During this time Michelle attended numerous advanced educational seminars and competed in many nail competitions.
After completing her esthetics education at the Elizabeth Grady School, Michelle elected to close her salon and make a career change. She began working at Elizabeth Grady to lend her expertise as lead trainer for nail techs practicing in the Elizabeth Grady Salons. Michelle also performed esthetics and nail services at the Elizabeth Grady locations in Burlington and Saugus.
Currently, Michelle shares her experience and expertise in the beauty industry with students of the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics. Her belief in and connection to the school’s philosophy that beauty is that which extends beyond the body and connects to mind and sprit inspires her as she prepares her daily lesson plans when teaching hands-on, product knowledge, and business classes to her students. This philosophy is also personal as she incorporates a variety of holistic practices, such as meditation and yoga, into her daily routine. Michelle is also certified as a Level II Reiki practitioner.
Shannon O'Brien- Instructor
Shannon came to the Elizabeth Grady School because she was extremely interested in skin as a whole. She looks at skin care with the idea that the mind and body come together and believes that the things we eat and our internal health are a direct reflection of how we appear on the outside. Shannon has a love for holistic nutrition, health, and wellness. Clean eating, practicing yoga, and running are a great part of her life. With her love for holistic treatments Shannon got certified in Aromatherapy and has taken a class in an herbal tea tincture. She hopes to eventually become an herbalist.
In the past Shannon has worked in high end spas inclduing Le Pli, Exhale, Violet, Bella Sante, and Gohspa. While working in these salons her clientele included Harvard professors, atheletes, performers, celebrities, and many other lovely people. Shannon practices many different techniques and uses different machines in her treatments including specialized massage, cool beam, ultra sound, and power body detox. She is acquainted with many product lines and loves learning about the different ingredients in product lines.
Shannon is passionate about what she does and says that she immediately felt at home when she first came to attend Elizabeth Grady as a student in 2004. Walking through the doors feels like a breathe of fresh air. Shannon loves helping students and clients and will share whatever knowledge that she can give them. Helping others is what helps to relax her.
Kim Sterrett, R.N. - Instructor
Kim Sterrett has been working as a Holistic Healer for over 17 years. She is a 1994 graduate of the Catherine Hinds School of Esthetics where, after a fifteen month course, she received her Aromatherapy Certification and Spa Therapy and Esthetics diploma. Kim specializes in age management and relaxation treatments and has been a Licensed Esthetics Instructor since 1995. In 1997 she started her journey towards Reiki mastery level and in 1998 was certified as a Usui Reiki Master practitioner.
Kim received her Nursing Degree from Regis College in 2006, also receiving several awards for leadership and professionalism. Currently, she works as an RN in the medical psychiatric field. At the request of faculty at a local nursing school, Kim is collaborating in a pilot study on the effects of pre-exam relaxation techniques in the classroom for nursing students. As a passionate advocate of treating the client/patient as a whole entity of mind, body, and spirit, she has lectured recently at several local hospitals about the benefits of Reiki as a therapeutic treatment for patients and staff.
Stefani Susi, - Jr. Instructor
Stefania Susi began her lifelong relationship with the beauty industry mixing creams in her mother's bathroom at the age of ten. In middle school, she could be found in the bathroom experimenting with makeup. In high school, Stefania could be found shaping fellow student’s eyebrows in study hall.
In 2002 with her sights set on learning a more complete knowledge of skincare and make-up, she enrolled in the Elizabeth Grady School Esthetics program. The experience she had as a student at Elizabeth Grady was positive and empowering. She found the direction and confidence to build a career that she has become extremely proud of.
After graduation, Stefania went on to work in some of the Boston area's most highly respected spas including LePli in Cambridge at the Charles Hotel and Joi Salon and Spa on Boston’s waterfront. In 2004 Stefania grew her professional repertoire to include business ownership. In partnership with her sister, she opened Salon Vanessa Skincare and Color Specialists north of Boston. As a result, Stefania gained a more in-depth perspective on business management and quality customer service.
With a desire to help other aspiring professionals in the Esthetics industry, Stefania returned to the Elizabeth Grady School to share her multi-faceted industry experience. She enjoys being part of a team of respected educators responsible for developing a new generation of estheticians.
Naida Greene- Financial Aid Director
Naida Greene is the Financial Aid Director at the Elizabeth Grady School. She started her career in Financial Aid at Bunker Hill Community College where she earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology and later continued her education at Boston University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her last postion was at the online school New England College of Business and Finance and because of her longing to interact with students she decided to join the Elizabeth Grady team. She enjoys helping students one on one with their questions regarding Financial Aid and explaining their options. She is also a proud mother of a son.
Kristen Hachey - Assistant Director
Kristen Hachey joined the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy as a summer intern in 2009 while attending Westfield State University. One year later, in May 2010, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public and Corporate Communication. Upon graduation Kristen determined that Elizabeth Grady was a great place to bring her education and expertise and begin her career.
Executive Assistant to the School Director, Kristen collaborates with School Administration, Staff, and Faculty in creating programs, standards, and best practices that support the student body in receiving the best possible education in Massage and Esthetics. Kristen enjoys the excitement and challenges that come along with these diverse roles as well as meeting many new and unique people.
Cate Tool - School Director
Cate began working with Elizabeth Grady shortly after graduating from the 300 Hour Esthetics Program in 1991. Having attended the University of Iowa studying theatre and communications, Cate found herself with a love for theatrical makeup design. She continued her education by attending Cosmetology School, Esthetics School, Massage School, and numerous Advanced Training programs in Essential Oil Therapy, Reiki, Clinical Approaches to Esthetic Treatment, and Education to name a few.
Today, Cate holds the position of Director of the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy. Her ongoing commitment to the students and the organization is one that supports the student community as well as the communities beyond. As a certified yoga instructor, Cate works with faculty, staff, and students to facilitate a greater understanding of one's relationship to one’s self. This in-turn encourages personal and professional growth leading to greater success and prosperity in all areas of life.
750 Hour Day Massage Therapy Program
600 Hour Day Esthetics Program
650 Hour Day Massage Therapy Program
Workshops for Prospective Massage Therapists
The Elizabeth Grady School of Massage Therapy hosts regular workshops for those interested in becoming a professional massage therapist. Licensed instructors and students will guide you through this expedition into the therapeutic benefits and the rewarding profession of massage therapy.
See our calendar for dates of upcoming events. Seating is limited and reservations required. Call or email Admissions to reserve a space. 781-960-0123 or firstname.lastname@example.org