Getting to know our Therapists:
Together We Form Open Arms Wellness Center
Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Ashley Hirzel, Owner/Educator/200RYI/Kids Yoga + Meditation
Ashley first started her journey at Owens Community College where she graduated with a Communication of Arts degree. She enjoyed helping people during her education at OCC with her several hours of volunteer work. When trying to decide the direction she was going to take she came along with the career opportunity of massage therapy.
Immediately after starting massage at the Healing Arts Institute Ashley; realized that she had found her passion. She not only attended the fast-track program but also attended several additional certification courses throughout her schooling to gain more education before she graduated.
Her goal was to hit the ground running and that's just was she did!
Owner of Open Arms Wellness Center previously known as H&M Open Arms Massage Studio that was first established in 2012. Her intent was to create a atmosphere that was nothing but welcoming and affordable for everyone.
"Many times if only offered massage; you can begin to reduce doctors visits immensely. Thus saving on co-pays and prescription costs. Why not make massage affordable and clients healthier?"
Welcoming everyone with 'Open Arms,' Ashley created Open Arms with love, compassion and most of all her heart! You are FAMILY when you come to Open Arms; not just another client!
Licensed by the State of Ohio and nationally through the MBlex, in Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue, Medi-Cupping and Certified Fertility & Pregnancy Specialist.
She is also a member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), PAC (Program Advisory Committee) Member at the Orion Institute in Perrysburg, Ohio. Ashley is a Massage Therapy Instructor and Advance Instructor at Orion Institute. She also is a Advance Continuing Education Instructor for Claire Marie Miller and many of her own courses she has developed throughout the last several years.
A Barefoot Master specializing in Ashiatsu. A Deeper than Deep Tissue Massage. (Absolutely a must try massage!)
Owner Ashley J. Hirzel is a Stone Medicine Practitioner; of which she studied under Jenny Ray, Native American Indian Shaman. She has much respect for the use of hot & cold stones throughout her treatments and believes it is away for you (the client) to get back in touch with nature & start to heal naturally.
A certified LaStone Therapist which also focuses on using both hot and cold stones to provide therapy. With additional training in Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy, Bamboo, Chair Massage and currently CBD Certified.
In addition to Ashley's Massage Therapy background, she is also a Cardio Drumming Instructor, PiYo Instructor and Meditation. Ashley also is in charge of all the kids yoga & meditation programming and is a certified Kidding Around Kids Yoga & Meditation Instructor. She continues to add to her tool belt to benefit her clients in every way possible.
Ashley continues her art of body work at her office in Oregon, Ohio. She is passionate about what she does and you can continue to see that through the therapeutic massage that you will receive with her or one of the therapists who work with her at the Open Arms Wellness Center.
Ashley has created this atmosphere of healing and invites you to come and start your journey with her!
Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Brian Heck
Open Arms Senior Therapist
Brian Heck, LMT, got a late start in massage, having started schooling at the age of 40 in 2013. Previously, he had obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Malone College in 1996. After working a series of unfulfilling jobs and dealing with increasing anxiety due to his uncontrolled OCD, he left the workforce in 2010 to receive treatment that spanned several years. This time of inactivity allowed him to examine his career choice, and he decided to become a massage therapist so that he could help others feel better in a fulfilling new career. Schooling proved to be difficult, as Brian had to overcome his social insecurities and OCD concerns as he worked in clinic to hone his skills. Through perseverance, he finished school and obtained his license in 2014. Since then, he worked for a year at a chiropractor's office before joining Ashley at Open Arms in January 2016. Currently, he specializes in relaxation and therapeutic massage, with plans to attend seminars about myofascial release in the near future.
Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Cassady Palmer
Open Arms Senior Therapist
Cassady has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2016, graduating from The Healing Arts Institute in 2015.
She, as of 2018, expanded her training and knowledge in Prenatal Massage. She has found a new love in working on expecting mothers and hopes to really bring comfort and relaxation into those clients, as well as everyone else who is on her table.
She chose to become a massage therapist after she began receiving massages herself since the age of 16 to bring more positivity and relaxation into her life.
Cassady chose Open Arms to be apart of because of the family like qualities that the therapists share between one another.
Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Annette Bussell
Open Arms Senior Therapist
Annette graduated from Stautzenberger College in Maumee, Ohio. Working as a massage therapist, she holds the belief that one should take care of mind, body and spirit before taking care of others.
Annette is passionate about massage therapy and believes that massage relieves the body of tension and stress and helps to create a balance of mind, body and spirit.
She is certified and skilled in Swedish, Reiki and Ashiatsu massage. Helping others is her passion and she enjoys incorporating a therapeutic and relaxation massage in every session.
Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Megan Biltz
Megan graduated from Stautzenberger College Massage Therapy program in 2006 and became licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board in January of 2007.
She chose to become an LMT because of her strong belief and passion for natural and holistic healthcare. In her 14 years of practice she has gained knowledge and experience working alongside Chiropractors, in salon/spa settings, wellness centers and a drug and alcohol recovery center.
Megan specializes in pain relieving Therapeutic, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point massage. She is also skilled in Swedish/Relaxation, Prenatal, Sports and Hot Stone massage and Passive/Resistive Stretching techniques.
Megan has two sons, Kaleb and Kameron. She enjoys spending time outdoors, time with friends and family, new places and adventures and is a music lover.
Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Kori Ray
Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Paige Wiederhold
Paige Wiederhold graduated from Whiteford high school in 2011 wanting a field in criminal justice. She ended up graduated from ITT-Technical Institute in 2014 with an associated degree in criminal justice.
She then found herself wanting to help veterans and people with mental disorders. Which led her to massage therapy at the Orion Institute in 2017 and graduated in 2018, also graduating from the advance program in massage therapy. Focusing on Lymph Drainage, Reflexology & more!
She love's what massage therapy can do for her clients and being able to help people on a daily basis and seeing their smiles is the highlight of her career.
While she's not at work she's usually off finding the next great local adventure or spending time with her cat Laela and her dog Ragnar.
Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Emily Goodwin
Emily has been a licensed massage therapist since graduating Healing Arts Institute of Perrysburg in 2013. She is a certified member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). Emily is a proud team member of Open Arms since March 2021.
Emily is trained by Ashley Hirzel LMT in prenatal massage for all trimesters. She promotes hot stones and cupping techniques as some of the most powerful healing tools in her arsenal. Emily can range from very light relaxation to a therapeutic deep tissue as she strives to provide exactly what you (our client) communicate and therefore expect.
Besides massage her hobbies include learning the Spanish language with focus on vocabulario de masaje, wildlife conservationism, bird watching, caring for succulents, and camping.
Emily plans on continuing educating and promoting selfcare & wellness for all!