About Us

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Sonoran Serenity Spa & Holistic Wellness Center, a privately owned local business, was founded in 2014 in one room in Downtown Tempe. As the vision of owner and founder Kiera Stroup took shape, she decided that her long-term goal was to establish a day spa and wellness center that was unique in its offerings and inclusive to all. One of the many things that make Sonoran Serenity Spa & Holistic Wellness Center different is the care of the client. Each client is treated respectfully and lovingly by the personal attention given to them during their entire experience. After they are warmly greeted by the receptionist, first time clients are asked to complete an intake form. When they go back for their treatment, time is taken reviewing the information and asking questions to get to know the client and expectations are set for the treatment. Kiera’s concern for the client, as well as her employees, provides a buffer time between each client, so this time is not taken away from the time on the table. For every treatment and service, the client is given their full time. A 1 hour treatment or service = 60 minutes, not 50. At the completion of the treatment or service there is no rush to get off the table. Clients are invited to take their time.

Please continue reading to learn more about Kiera and the team.

Our Team


Kiera L Stroup, LE, LMT, CA, RMT, CHt, Owner & Founder

Kiera is a Licensed Esthetician, Licensed Massage Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Reflexologist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and owner and founder of Sonoran Serenity Spa & Holistic Wellness Center. Although she worked in the corporate world for almost 30 years, Kiera knew at the tender age of 25, that this was not who she was, however, wasn’t sure how to go about making a change. After much introspection over the...


Davina Kehler, LE, LMT, Co-Owner & Spa Team Manager

Davina is originally from Northern California, but has called Phoenix home since 1994. She is a graduate of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) and specializes in Swedish and Myotherapy massage. She is certified in Medical Massage and Myofascial Release as well. Knowing that no two people are alike, Davina customizes her sessions based on the individual's needs and concerns. She is dedicated to her work and strives to make every...


Gabi Hawk, CRMT, CCHt, Spa & Wellness Manager

Gabi has been researching and practicing what is now called Integrative Wellness (using herbs, essential oils, homeopathics, bodywork, and other methods to naturally improve health) in her own and her family's lives on and off starting in the 90's while she was managing the Herb and Supplement Department of a local Natural Food Co-op (Gentle Strength, if you've been here long enough to remember when it was still around). Life...

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Tony Naef, Front Desk Manager

Tony comes to us from a little of everywhere. After being born in Colombia and spending the first 3rd of his life in Switzerland, where he spoke French as his native language, he moved to Arizona with his parents in 1995. He has spent 15 years as a caregiver to a family member and has since been doing work in the pursuit of greater heights in the realms of kindness, healing and self discovery. In addition to this, Tony hopes to soon...


Jennifer Gardiner, LE, LMT, RMT

Jennifer was born and raised here in the gorgeous Sonoran desert, calling Arizona home. She is a graduate from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy - Phoenix campus (Now Cortiva Institute), completing their Professional Massage Therapy program in December of 2010. Jennifer returned to school to study aesthetics at the Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics and completed their Advanced Skincare Practitioner and Cosmetic Laser...

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Carla Simoes, LMT, LC, HT, PYT

Carla, a native Floridian, is a Florida and Arizona Licensed Massage Therapist with 9+ years of experience in her field. For nearly 3 years, she has provided Sonoran Serenity Spa with her therapeutic skills in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Myofascial Release Therapy. Carla moved to Arizona in pursuit of her desire to expand her career and her professional profile in Body/Mind healing. In January 2019 she enrolled at SWIHA...


Kat Thomas, LE, LMT, CLT

Originally from a tiny village in Bavaria, Germany, Kat moved to the U.S. with her family in 2007. She long had the dream of helping others feel better, be healthier, and first felt drawn to massage therapy as a way to do that. Kat graduated from the nationally accredited massage therapy program with a masters (over 1000 hours of training) in massage therapy at The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, with specialization in myotherapy,...


Samantha Whitmoyer, LMT

Samy is currently a Massage Therapist who's had her license for over 10 years. She attended the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) and graduated in 2011. She is also currently attending the Southwest Institute of Naturl Aesthetics (SWINA) finishing her Aesthetics program in 2021. She is known for her relaxing and therapeutic work and can work deep in spots but mostly for trigger point areas. She is a firm beilever in Aromatherapy and...


Sarah Randolph, LE, LMT

Native to Arizona, Sarah is a Dual Licensed Esthetician and Massage therapist. She graduated from the Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics in 2015 and Southwest Institute of healing Arts in 2017. She specializes in a variety of massage modalities: Swedish, Myotherapy, Deep Tissue, Neck release, prenatal, and hot stone massage. She’s happy to work with clients to create customized Skin Therapies based on their individual needs. Her resort...


Stephanie Greer, LE, Front Desk Specialist

Stephanie has lived in the East Valley area after moving from Northern California at age 15. She is a licensed aesthetician having studied at Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics, and is currently enrolled out Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in the thousand hour massage therapy program. She is a natural caregiver and finds personal growth in providing care to others.

Stephanie enjoys her time away from the treatment room...


Shinaya Rowlett, LMT

Shinaya is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She went to Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) and graduated in March 2021. She is currently in school to become an Esthetician at Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics (SWINA). Shin loves to use aromatherapy and specializes in Swedish Sedona, Myotherapy, Trigger Point and Therapeutic massage.

In her free time, she enjoys her spending time with her dogs, family and friends. She...


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