Bodywork & Massage

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.


Kathy Doerfer, BSN, LMT

Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Zero Balancing, Oncology Massage

Kathy works with focus and depth, integrating body structure and energy to bring ease and balance to all aspects of life. Her areas of expertise include Zero Balancing, Oncology Massage, acupressure and Craniosacral Therapy. Each session is designed to release tension and bring an experience of quietness and clarity to the body and mind.

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

Kathy has been in practice as a massage and bodywork therapist since 1985 and holds a Wisconsin State License (#2510-146).


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


Kathy Lofton, LMT

Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist

Kathy practices an eclectic style of massage therapy that is intuitive and deeply rooted in a philosophy that allows clients to guide their own healing process and discover their own healing potential. She holds a vision of health, connection, stillness, freedom and inner peace that supports each client in finding holistic balance. Her goal is to facilitate growth, change and healing.

Kathy addresses physical symptoms from many different angles. She has training in Thai Massage, Chinese Tuina, Sensory Repatterning, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, Fascial Release Technique, Seitai Shiatsu, Esalen and Swedish Massage, and Reiki.

In 1995, Kathy completed her first massage training program at the Massage Institute of Oakland, CA. Ten years later, she completed an additional 700-hour massage training program at Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah, IA. She has trained with Hugh Milne (Visionary Craniosacral Work), and Michael Morgan and Rebecca Ridge (Upledger CranioSacral
Therapy). She is a Nationally Certified Bodywork and Massage Therapist (NCBMT), member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), a practitioner of Yoga, 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


Jen Shepard, CMT

Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist

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 who are 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 107 N 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 amazed at 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.


Deb Johnson, CMT

Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist

My name is Deb Johnson and I love the healing art of massage and providing  relaxation and pain relief to my clients.  I am originally from Viroqua.  I left the area to pursue a degree in Communicative Disorders and graduated with a Masters Degree in 1993.  I then worked as a speech-language pathologist in Green Bay and La Crosse for many years.  After realizing my true passion for the therapeutic and healing touch of massage I went to Blue Sky School of Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork in Green Bay and graduated in 2002.  I also received a certification in Infant Massage in 2010.   I started my own massage business in Green Bay at a health food store and also worked as a health care consultant with a certified nutritionist, chiropractor, and a R.N. of Naturalpathic medicine.  I am currently self -employed as a massage therapist working out of my home, and at The Viroqua Public Market doing chair massage.  I am excited to join the team at The Viroqua Healing Arts Center. License # 4170-146.

"Deb's intuition and perception of problem or painful areas of the body
and her skill at relieving that tension is most welcome".
- Michael

"Deb Johnson is a wonderful massage therapist"! "I believe that between
Deb's knowledge of anatomy and physiology and massage techniques my
fibromyalgia pain is well managed with minimal medications".
- Lisa Senior, DeSoto, WI

"Deb is a gifted massage therapist! She knows her anatomy, she finds all
the sore spots, and then helps to make them vanish. Her Cranio-Sacral work
is fantastic, and truly effective. I always leave feeling great after a
treatment with Deb, and can highly recommend her to anyone needing
specific therapeutic work or to anyone just wanting to relax."
- Susan N.


Wayne Ott, CMT

Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist

My wife and I recently moved to the Viroqua area, which is a dream we have had for a long time. I am looking forward to serving the community through the Healing Arts Center.  I feel that helping people live with less pain and move more freely is my highest purpose and joy in life.  I am a nationally-certified massage therapist with NCBTMB (#577033-09) and hold a Wisconsin state license (#4732-146).  I am a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

My focus is to provide pain relief due to overuse or injury to muscles and other soft tissue.  My approach is to apply the right amount of pressure, in the right place, for the right amount of time to release contractions or “knots” in order facilitate long term healing.  I practice an integrated approach to massage - combining deep tissue and trigger point release with relaxation in each session.  I believe stress relief is equally important in this work and my hope is that each client leaves with a profound sense of peace.

I graduated from the Therapeutic Massage program at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire in 2009 with honors.  Since then, I have been self employed and have practiced in a chiropractic setting.  Most recently, I was employed at one of the best massage clinics in Eau Claire – Advanced Massage Therapies.  

Here is an excerpt from my former employer, “Wayne is one of the best Massage Therapists I have known in my 20 years of practicing massage therapy. His skill set is incredible and his dedication to his patients and profession are obvious. We called Wayne our injury rehabilitation specialist. He has an incredible gift for helping facilitate healing.” 
Leslie S., Advanced Massage Therapies, Eau Claire.

I am available for appointments at the Viroqua Healing Arts Center on Monday mornings and Saturday afternoons.  I also practice massage from our home in the beautiful Viroqua countryside. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Testimonials for Wayne:
"When I asked for a really great deep tissue massage therapist, you thought that Wayne would be a good fit for me. Thanks so much for the referral! He is awesome! Not only is he concerned about my health, he is willing to go as deep as I need to work out any kinks I have. He is by far the best I have found in Eau Claire! He will be seeing a lot of me in the future!" -Cathy W., Eau Claire 

"Having struggled with neck and upper back pain for years, I often supplement my chiropractic adjustments with massage. I first met Wayne a couple of months ago and knew right away I had found someone who I wanted to continue working with on a regular basis. Wayne really listened to my health concerns and gave me an amazing massage that not only worked on my tough knots, but was also relaxing and rejuvenating. He is a true gentleman. I would highly recommend Wayne to anyone who is looking for a fantastic massage." - Sarah S., Eau Claire


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