Alchemy's Therapists

Shelby, Amelia, Laura, and Lynne

The experienced therapists of Alchemy Healing Arts Center are here to provide you with the Therapeutic Massage and Specialty Bodywork that will relieve pain, restore health and bring you ease and comfort.

Our therapists are life-time learners and actively seek advanced and cutting-edge training in their field. You can be assured you are working with a professional when you visit Alchemy.


Amelia Mitchell, LMT, BCTMB, LLCC

Amelia Mitchell, LMT Amelia specializes in Lymph Drainage Therapy, and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (LLCC) working with people facing health challenges such as Lyme Disease and auto-immune challenges, surgical recoveries, cancer, and lymphedema. Amelia provides deeply restorative and nurturing work that heals and enhances health, relieves pain, relaxes sore muscles, and soothes the spirit. She has had a lot of success with with those who are experiencing ongoing health concerns. Amelia is a licensed massage therapist, hand her practice specialty is Lymph Drainage Therapy. She has been in practice for over ten years.

In addition, Amelia teaches continuing education classes, is the Vice President of the American Massage Therapy Association, Maryland Chapter, and she guides a variety of workshops and trainings.

Amelia is the owner of Alchemy healing Arts Center, you may find her managing the office, answering the phones, working on Alchemy's marketing, or mentoring a therapist. Getting to combine both her love and passion for hands on bodywork, as well as her skills and interests as a small business owner round out Amelia's life beautifully.

Jaclyn Melsopp, LMT

Jackie Melsopp, LMT

Jackie is a New York native, former rugby player and yogi. She became a Yoga Teacher in 2010 and a Maryland Licensed Massage Therapist in 2013.

Jackie began her career in massage therapy with only a gut feeling and it’s been decision she’s never doubted. She specializes in Myofascial Release and deep tissue massage. She enjoys working with all the different bodies that have found their way to the table with her. Each body carries with it a different story, we have been shaped and influenced by the life we have lived. Our bodies often hold on to emotions and life’s experiences, therapeutic massage allows us a time and space to drop out of our heads and into our bodies. Body work can help us feel and connect rather than analyze and judge what is being expressed by our bodies.

Elizabeth Sanders, LMT

Elizabeth Sanders LMT, is certified in Clinical Massage Therapy, and is experienced in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, PreNatal Massage, and Myofascial Release. Elizabeth received her massage education in Hawaii at Hawaii Healing Arts College on the island of Oahu.

After completing their 600 hour program she stayed on as a Hawaii State Licensed Massage Therapist in their clinic and pursued a certification in Clinical Massage Therapy. She spent another year completing the 200 hour program, learning more about the wonderful and complex human body, and fine tuning her skills. She spent several years in Hawaii, continuing her education further, and working with variety of clients. Elizabeth is also a Certified PreNatal Nurturing the Mother Therapist®.

Elizabeth strives to help clients become more aware and in touch with their bodies. She believes one of the keys to facilitate healing and bring balance to the body is self-awareness. Through massage, she guides clients and helps them discover the connection of mind and body to achieve their balance.

David Paad, CNM, RN

David Paad, Rn, CNM David is both a Midwife at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Women’s Health Associates and a part-time CranioSacral Therapist with Alchemy Healing Arts Center.

While David anticipates that he will continue to catch babies for quite some time, he also has become a CranioSacral Therapist and looks forward to continuing this work into "retirement." As with all the CranioSacral Therapists at Alchemy, David has trained extensively with the Upledger Institute. His primary focus is the Pregnancy through Birth, Newborns, and adults. You are invited to come and experience his touch and skill.


Catherine Whelan, BS, LMT, CST

Catherine Whelan, BS, LMT, CST

Alchemy is very pleased to welcome to Catherine, our very experienced, new CranioSacral Therapist.

Catherine Whelan, LMT, CST is an advanced level CranioSacral Therapist with her techniques level certification who joined Alchemy in 2017. She is Upledger trained and has excellent touch and communication skills.

Twelve years of experience accompany Catherine to Alchemy, she started with a Kineseology degree, followed that with some of the best training available at Boulder College of Massage, and she has continued her education at the highest levels in CranioSacral Therapy as well as Visceral Manipulation. Catherine is also a frequent teaching assistant and study group leader.

Health is a lifelong journey with an ebb and flow; the more gentle mindfulness we can bring to the journey, the more likely we are to succeed. Catherine understands the challenges and obstacles life can present and wants to help you succeed on your journey of conscious health and wellness.


Shelby Smith, LMT

Shelby Smith, LMT Shelby is a second-generation massage therapist. She grew up learning and experiencing all the benefits of therapeutic massage from her mother, also a licensed massage therapist. This lifelong experience was a part of Shelby's inspiration to become a massage therapist.

Shelby is experienced in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone massage, as well as Reiki and integrates these skills into every session. She is a Certified Nurturing the Mother PreNatal and PostPartum massage therapist. Shelby's intent is that each client finishes their session with a sense of relief from pain and deep relaxation. Her goal is to facilitate an improved sense of wellness in her client's lives and especially within their bodies.

Lynne Brummitt, MA, LMT, BCTMB

Lynne Brummitt Lynne is a seasoned massage therapist and professor with over fifteen years of experience.

In addition to her private practice, Lynne has been a professor at the Anne Arundel Community College Therapeutic Massage program since 2001 and in 2012 she became the department's Program Coordinator. She is a highly experienced therapist who combines her training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial massage to create the session that is most therapeutic and supportive of her client's needs. Lynne has expanded her offerings to include Integrative Reflexology and Yoga.


Alex J. Puma (Laura Inman Mitchell), LMT, CST, NCBTMB, LLCC

Alex J Puma In case you missed the August 2017 news, Alex has moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland to pursue graduate studies in the Anthropology of Conflict at Queen's University, zee will also be working there as a CranioSacral Therapist.

Alex is missed. We know changes in life are a given. We, too, work to accept and embrace these as members of a healing community. Yet even after much discernment and preparation, there is bittersweet mixed in with such exciting news.

Both Alex and Amelia encourage you to learn more about Alchemy's current CranioSacral Therapists - Catherine Whelan and David Paad.


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