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Body First Health Professionals

Body First is dedicated to having the best health professionals on staff. We provide a variety of services offered by trusted, knowledgeable, professional, and experienced staff that are the best in their field. As part of our wellness program Body First health professionals include massage therapists, chiropractic doctors, acupuncturists, and a Registered Dietitian. Our health professionals and our fitness professionals can help you achieve you wellness goals.

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment with any of our health professionals please call 785.587.8300.


All the BODY FIRST MASSAGE THERAPY STAFF are certified and have a minimum of 700 credit hours of schooling plus an extensive knowledge of the human anatomy/physiology, and training with numerous massage modalities. In addition Body First encourages all our therapists to complete continuing education on a continuing basis. Our Massage Therapy Staff has exeperience working with a wide variety of clients including sufferers of:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Injury
  • Chronic Muscle Pain
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatia
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Paralysis
  • Stress related disorders
  • and more...

Massage Therapy Staff

Doug Sellers, founder of Body FirstDoug Sellers

Certified Massage Therapist and Founder of Body First
Florida School of Massage, Gainesville Fl.
Member of International Massage Therapy Association

Doug has been practising massage therapy since 1994. In 1997 Doug founded Body First. He has extensive experience working with clients with health problems including: paralysis, Parkinson's, Multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and more. Doug also works regularly with collegiate, Olympian, professional, and amateur athletes.
Specialties include: Sports Massage, Muscle Injury, Pain Management

Stephen ParishStephen Parish

Certified Massage Therapist
Pinnacle Career Institute, Kansas City, MO
Member of International Massage Association

Stephen has experience working with many types of clients. He uses a variety of techniques to help his clients. He generally utilizes deep tissue work and isolated stretching in his massage sessions. With experience working with athletes from amateurs to collegiate level to professional he is a great asset to the Body First team.
Specialties include: Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release

Courtney Allen, Certified Massage therapistCourtney Allen

Certified Massage Therapist
WellSpring School of Allied Health
Member of International Massage Association
practicing massage since 2011

Courtney enjoys working with a variety of clients from the serious athlete to the expectant mother to those just searching for stress reduction or relaxation. She is skilled at providing massage therapy sessions that incorporates a variety of techniques and modalities that meets the needs of a diverse clientele.
Specialties include:Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage

Tracy Seehafer Certified Massage therapistTracy Seehafer

Certified Massage Therapist
Bellus Academy, Manhattan, KS
practicing massage since 2013

Tracy joined the Body First Massage Team in the spring of 2014. Her easygoing demeanor, positive attitude, and professionalism puts clients at ease and allows Tracy to help alleviate their stress and pains and experience the relaxing wonders of massage.
Specialties include:Swedish Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Deep Tissue

Mica Becker, Certified Massage therapistMica Becker

Certified Massage Therapist
B.S. Kansas State University- Animal Science and Secondary Degree in Gerontology
Bellus Academy, Manhattan, KS
Member of American Massage Therapy Association

Mica is skilled in a variety of modalities including Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, Deep tissue, Sports Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Raindrop technique. Mica's knowledge of anatomy and physiology along with a true sense of caring for clients and their well being makes Mica a valued asset to the Body First team.
Specialties include: Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue Massage

Mary MignanoMary Mignano

Licensed Massage Therapist
B.S. Kansas State University
Wellspring School of Allied Health
practicing massage since 2012

Mary is a long-time resident of the Manhattan area and graduated from Kansas State University in 1992. Mary has experience helping clients with a diverse array of wellness objectives. She can provide an invigorating sports massage for fatigued, sore muscles post-workout, work with you on injury rehabilitation and range of motion issues, assist in the relief of migraines and tension-related headaches, or help you forget about life stresses for an hour with a relaxation focused treatment. Mary encourages everyone to try massage therapy at least once, so you can decide if it could be positive addition to your healthy lifestyle.
Specialties include:Sports Massage, Headache Migraine Relief

Jessica StawickiJessica Stawicki

Licensed Massage Therapist
Texas Center of Massage Therapy, Houston TX
practicing massage since 2013

Hailing from the state of Texas, Jessica is a graduate of the Texas Center of Massage Therapy in Houston Texas and Licensed Massage Therapist. Her knowledge and massage therapy skill-set make her a valued member of our team. In addition to providing massage therapy at Body First Jessica also offers eastern modalities including cupping and Gua Sha Therapy.
Specialties include:Sports Massage and acute medical massage

Massage Therapist

Do you want to build a career in massage therapy? Here is your opportunity! Body First is a leader in providing Massage Therapy for the Manhattan area. We are known for providing professional therapeutic massage with a particular focus on pain management, massage for sports performance, and dealing with such conditions as fibromyalgia, sciatia, muscle injury, TMJ, and countless others.

How to apply
Please bring your cover letter and resume to:

Body First LLC
3615 Claflin Road Ave
Manhattan, KS 66503

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Body First Wellness and Recreation Center

3615 Claflin, Manhattan, KS 66503
(785) 587 8300 or (785) 776 6060

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