Essential Kneads
Massage Therapy and Esthetics

Downtown Grafton, Ohio

Our Team

Masters of converting massage into customer satisfaction

Shelly Drago, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Shelly has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008 where she graduated first in her class from the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage.






Her passion for massage therapy and it's healing benefits led her to practice alongside doctors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. Shelly specializes in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Orthopedic Massage using Muscle Energy Techniques, and Therapeutic Massage including Deep Tissue. She is nationally certified in prenatal and hot stone massage, as well as cancer massage treatments. 


In addition to working hands-on with patients, Shelly has served as the Massage Therapy Program Director at Miami Jacobs College and a Massage Therapy Instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage.






Shelly is available for appointments on

Tuesday's 11am-7pm

and Thursday's 10am-6pm




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Jennah Davis, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist
Jennah graduated at the top of her class in the massage therapy program from Hocking College in December 2013. Shortly after graduation, she learned she had a daughter on the way due later that year. After moving back home, she continued to study with the determination to begin her career after she gave birth, knowing how valuable the power of touch can be. After birth, her desire to change lives through massage only increased.


Jennah was blessed to have a knowledgeable professor who was also a Chiropractor. Learning the best of both worlds, her in-depth training included deep tissue, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, aromatherapy, hot stone therapy, ashiatsu, and pregnancy massage. She plans to continue her education in reflexology and manual lymph drainage.



Initially attending college for physical therapy assisting, Jennah didn’t transfer to the massage therapy program until she asked a physical therapist what secondary degree they would want their PTA’s to have. The answer: massage therapy. She didn’t realize that she had spent much of her life giving massages to fellow athletes in high school before events and family members to relax until after she began classes. She was a natural and intuitive in listening to soft tissue response.


Jennah is available for appointments on
Sunday's 10am-4pm
Monday's 5pm-8pm
Wednesday's 5pm-8pm
and Thursday's 5pm-8pm

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Masters of converting coffee into customer satisfaction

Steffany Osborn, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Steffany graduated at the top of her class in the Massage Therapy Program at EHOVE Career Center in October 2017. She has formerly received a bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the College of Education and Human Development at BGSU. She decided she wanted to expand her education to help people, by inspiring and educating them about health and healing through the art of bodywork and fitness


Steffany was a BGSU cheerleader for 5 years and now coaches her hometown high school cheer team. She enjoys fitness and nutrition and believes it is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.





In addition to Swedish Massage and Chair Massage, Steffany specializes and enjoys working with therapeutic techniques including; Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release Therapy, and Trigger Point Therapy. She also has experience in Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, and Hot Stone Therapy.











Steffany is available for appointments on

Monday's, Friday's, and various Saturday's from 9am-3pm.



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Hannah Kovacs, LME

Licensed Managing Esthetician
Hannah began her journey on the road to esthetics by taking a leap of faith, and enrolling at the most prestigious esthetics school in the area, Brown Aveda Institute, in April 2015. She always knew she wanted to help people overcome their skin challenges, while also helping them relax and unwind. She graduated at the top of her class in November 2015, and received her Managing Esthetician license in February 2016.

Growing up, she faced her own skin challenges - acne, dermatitis, and many other issues. These issues always led her back to an Esthetician, who changed the way she looked at her skin forever. These experiences taught her just how powerful our hands can be in helping others feel better about themselves, both physically and emotionally.

After teaching preschool for 3 years, she realized it was time to listen to that constant pull to go back to school for esthetics. She chose Brown Aveda because of their emphasis on natural, sustainable products, and homeopathic methods to heal the skin from the inside out. While in school, Hannah had a desire to drink up all the knowledge available to her - because of this, She is certified in microdermabrasion, exfoliating face, body, hand, and foot treatments, hair removal, relaxation and hot stone massage, facials, and detoxifying face and body treatments and massage. She knowledge and love of natural living also led her to become certified in Reiki. She is Reiki level one certified, and plans on expanding to level two soon. Hannah feels so thankful to have been able to pursue her dream of becoming an Esthetician and continues falling in love with the many aspects of esthetics every day!

Hannah is available for appointments on
Tuesday's and Thursday's from 5:30pm-9pm
and various Sunday's 12:30pm-4pm

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Our Team

Masters of converting massage into customer satisfaction

Brittany Stark, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Brittany graduated from Ohio College of Massotherapy in October of 2015. In addition to meeting new people, she most enjoys educating others; especially on how massage can help their bodies. Of course, most know their own body best, but we don't always listen to it. It's important to her to help everyone understand the ways their body can connect and that sometimes when we hurt in one area it could be caused by an entirely different issue near by. That's why Brittany feels communication is key to understanding an individuals body as well as why and how massage can and will help.

Brittany specializes in Therapeutic Massage, Swedish Massage, Thermal Therapy, and Aromatherapy services such as hand, foot, and facial treatments. She has also mastered the use of therapy tools such as hot and/or cold stones to achieve the best results during therapeutic sessions. Brittany is also certified in Thai massage and is very excited to introduce anyone and everyone interested in experiencing this unique but increasingly popular form of body work.

Brittany is available for appointments on
Tuesday's and Thursday's 5pm-9pm
Friday's 4pm-6pm
and Saturday's 10am-4pm

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Michele Harbaugh, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Michele graduated from the Medical Massage Therapy program at Cuyahoga Community College in August of 2017 with over 850 hours of education. She received her license from the Ohio State Medical Board in September 2017. She enjoys meeting new people and is passionate about health, wellness, and how the benefits of massage therapy can help the community. She wants to assist people in finding relief from different injuries and other various issues. 




Michele specializes in Therapeutic Techniques including; Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Positional Release Technique, Muscle Energy Technique, as well as Orthopedic Assessment, Swedish Massage, and Chair Massage. In addition to those specialties, Michele will soon be trained in Pregnancy Massage and Hot Stone Therapy. 


Michele is available for appointments on

Wednesday's from 10am-12:30pm and 6pm-9pm

and various Saturday's from 10am-4pm.



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Our Team

Masters of converting massage into customer satisfaction

Charline Kennedy, LMT

Owner & Licensed Massage Therapist

Charline began her massage journey by enrolling at The Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage in March 2011. She graduated in November 2012 and received her Ohio state medical board license in February 2013. After gaining valuable experience while working for various chiropractors and massage practices she was able to branch out and start Essential Kneads Massage Therapy in January 2015.


Since graduation, Charline has studied to become a certified Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage Therapist and is trained in pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and newborn/infant massage. In July 2015 she received her Bare Foot Masters certification and now practices Ashiatsu Bar Therapy. She is also trained in swedish, deep tissue, hot stone therapy, thermal therapy, sports massage, and techniques used for relieving headaches, sinus issues, and TMJD.


After spending nearly 10 years in the accounting/finance field, Charline decided it was time to follow her heart and her hands. Having learned first hand how effective massage can be in the healing of her own injuries she fell in love with the power of touch. She is thankful everyday and couldn't be happier to have been able to pursue her passion and dream of being a massage therapist.


*Not currently accepting new clients.*


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Kim Young, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist
Kim is a graduate of Ohio College of Massotherapy and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 10 years. She specializes in Swedish Massage and Therapeutic techniques including; Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy.

*Not currently accepting new clients.*