At the Viroqua Healing Arts Center massage is taken to an entirely new level - a level of healing that touches the body and the soul. We have some of the areas most experienced and best trained massage therapists. Each of our therapists brings their own special touch to their treatments.

Massage Therapists

rereKathy Doerfer, BSN

Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist
Zero Balancing Practitioner

Kathy’s unique style of massage therapy and bodywork is an eclectic blend of Eastern and Western modalities including Zero Balancing, Craniosacral, and other manual therapies. Each session is designed to release tension and bring an experience of quietness and clarity to the body and mind. Long flowing strokes, gentle traction, rocking of the spinal column, and pressure applied to areas of increased tension allow one to soften, relax and experience greater ease in all aspects of life.

Kathy provides a calm and nurturing touch that gives relief from musculo-skeletal tension and pain, headaches, stress related symptoms, soft tissue injuries and chronic pain.

In practice since 1985 she is Nationally Certified as a Massage and Bodywork Therapist.

Testimonials for Kathy Doerfer

“I have been doing regular bodywork with Kathy over a long period of time – over ten years. Her gentleness, her focus, her calm are transmitted through her hands and have contributed greatly to my sense of well-being over the years – not just during a treatment, but over time. I highly recommend her as the best kind of massage therapist – she listens to what you need, both through what you tell her and what your body tells her – and then she provides that care innovatively and lovingly.” L W, New York City/Viroqua

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Deb Johnson, CMT

More info coming soon!



reKathy Lofton, CMT

Connecting with the unique wisdom of the body, Kathy focuses on opening congested energy pathways and treating imbalances that contribute to pain, discomfort and lack of energy in daily life. Clients experience gentle, deep massage and release of chronic tension patterns. Feelings of peace and connectedness flow with gratitude and acceptance of our bodies.

Kathy creates a balancing and harmonizing massage by offering a variety of healing modalities including Thai Massage, Chinese Tuina Massage, Sensory Repatterning, Craniosacral Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Seitai Shiatsu and Reiki. Her goal is to facilitate growth, change and healing through her work. Kathy completed her massage training in 1995 from the Massage Institute in Oakland, CA, has trained with Hugh Milne and John Upledgerand and went on to become a graduate of Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah, IA. She is a Nationally Certified Bodywork and Massage Therapist (NCBMT), member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong, and a mountain biking enthusiast.

Testimonials for Kathy Lofton

"I have been a regular client of Kathy's for four years, the most stressful years imaginable . . .including widowhood, grief. Her work has kept the stress that I've been through from leaving its mark on my physical body. Beyond that somehow! Along with the loving support of community, massage therapy from Kathy has helped me survive."
- B W, Soldiers Grove, WI

"Kathy's treatments led to an improved overall state of health. After suffering a partial tear of my distal bicep tendon, surgery was recommended by my traditional health care provider. With Kathy's help, I was able to avoid the surgery and am improving. I am currently participating in Kathy's Thai massage sessions to help build flexibility and deep breathing. The caring atmosphere and highly professional care that I receive at the Viroqua Healing Arts Center continues to provide me with an alternative choice in the maintenance of my health." - B S, Gays Mills, WI

"I feel nurtured and comforted by time spent in Kathy's care. I leave with a sense of well-being as well as an increased awareness, so that I am able to notice tension in my body and to release it myself."
- P A, Viroqua, WI



rt Susan Nesbit, CMT

I will not be available for massages during the summer (June, July, and
August). I look forward to returning in the fall, and in the meantime I
encourage you to seek out a massage from any one of the excellent massage
therapists at the Center. Deb Johnson will be covering my Tuesday shift,
and can be reached at 637-7600 (extension 29). Thank you for support!

Susan is a 1994 graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and a member of the International Massage Association. She has additional certification in "Massage for the Childbearing Year"® from Kate Jordan, and Myofascial Release from John Barne.  She has taught classes in basic Swedish massage as well as pregnancy massage.  She has experience working with fibromyalgia, repetitive use injuries, stress related issues, and pregnancy.  Susan meets the needs of her clients by being mindful, focused, and nurturing.

Outside of the workplace, Susan is busy raising three beautiful boys, growing flowers, volunteering for Hospice, and dancing.  Susan is known to have a positive attitude and an infectious enthusiasm for life.

Testimonials for Susan

“For over ten years, Susan Nesbit has been my massage therapist.  Although I initially suffered from fibromyalgia, her weekly massages have brought me, now in my seventies, to vigorous health”. 
-AT, Ferryville, WI

“About ten years ago arthritis, headaches, and the effects of job stress led me to seek Susan Nesbit’s help.  Appointments every 5 weeks quickly moved to every other week as I experienced relief under her talented hands.  The benefits I’ve experienced from Susan’s massages have been critical to maintain an active lifestyle.  Susan’s professionalism is enhanced by her friendly, caring, and empathic personality.  I have recommended her to many people who agree and are now regular clients also.”
-LO, LaCrosse, WI



reJen Shepard, CMT

Jen approaches massage with an eye toward body structure. She combines a client’s personal health information with various assessment techniques to determine the best massage approach to use. Her massages are geared individually toward each client’s needs. They can be deep, specific and interactive or be more soothing and gentle. Her style of massage is particularly helpful for people experiencing pain from an accident or from a chronic overuse injury.

Jen began her massage career in 1989 learning Panchakarma massage techniques at the Maharishi Ayurvedic Health Center in Lancaster, MA. She utilized that training while
next living in Alaska, by giving abyangas and shirodhara's at a very small Ayurvedic Center. Jen has taken many massage classes through the years. Her most influential trainings have included Orthopedic Massage with Whitney Lowe and Neuromuscular Therapy with Doug Nelson. She received her National Certification through NCBTMB in 1993

Presently, Jen gives table massage sessions at the Viroqua Healing Arts Center in Viroqua, WI and in Richland Center, WI at 105N Church St. She also provides chair massages for the employees at Organic Valley. Jen is the owner of Massage For Health, LLC. She is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and licensed to practice massage Therapy in Wisconsin (#551-146). Jen also holds, with honors, a BS degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

Testimonials for Jen

"Jen's massage is both relaxing and invigorating. I am always amazedat how fast she finds the area that needs the most attention. Her combination of deep and gentle massage techniques support me with everything from managing stress to recovering from over zealous gardening!"
-J R, Viroqua

"I have recieved massage therapy from Jen Shepard for the last 6 or 7 years, and it has been really beneficial to me. Of course a massage is a great way to relax, but Jen’s knowledge and ability as a therapist has helped me overcome a lot of aches and pains, and I am convinced that her advice on exercises and things to avoid helped me recover from a hip replacement much more quickly."
– Bruce T.


Recommended Reading

  • Inner Bridges; A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure, by Fritz Frederick Smith, M.D.
  • Alchemy of Touch, by Fritz Frederick Smith, M.D.
  • Zero Balancing: Touching the Energy of Bone, by Jim Hamwee
  • When Muscle Pain Won’t Go Away, by Gayle Backstrom
  • Breast Massage, by Debra Curties, R.M.T.
  • Pain Erasure-The Bonnie Pruden Way, by Bonnie Pruden
  • The Basic Back Book, by Anne Kent Rush
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofacial Pai,n by Derin Starlanyl and Mary Ellen Copeland
  • The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook; Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, by Clair Davies, N.C.T.M.B.
  • You Can Heal Your Body, by Louise Hay
  • Healing Myths, Healing Magic, by Donald Epstein
  • Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year, by Elizabeth Noble
  • Your Healing Hands; the Polarity Experience by Richard Gordon
  • Accepting Your Power to Heal – The Personal Practice of Healing Touch, by Dolores Krieger
  • Performance Massage, by Robert King