Genevieve's Healing Arts
Where Art and Medicine Meet

Meet Our Therapists and Teachers

About Genevieve, LMT, RYT

Genevieve is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher, member of the Association of Body Workers and Massage Professionals and Yoga Alliance and a Reiki Master. She has 20 years of continuous massage experience including Ecotage Salon and Spa at Macy's, and Holistic Health Education and Services, with the last several years operating as an independent therapist.  

Genevieve (Ginny) First, LMT, RYT is a life long meditator.  She attributes this to her mom who taught her to close her eyes and concentrate on a bright, white light whenever she had a headache or a stomachache as a small child.  "Ever since I was a child,  I remember people telling me that I had a healing touch and a gentle spirit that seemed to calm people.  As far back as I can remember, all I really wanted to be was a healer.  My mom, grandma and an uncle taught me about manifestation and creative visualization as a young child. Since then, I have studied Bob Proctor, Wayne Dyer, Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, Eckhart Tolle and others for many years and incorporated those teachings into my life.  I truly believe that it has made a world of difference for me and my children."  Her life-long passion for healing led her to study and practice holistic health for herself and her family since her early 20's.  Studying Hannah Kroeger, Morter HealthSystem, chakras, Reiki, meditation, aroma therapy and being a massage therapist for nearly 20 years; she draws from all of these sources, as well as many others, for her clients. Realizing how well yoga compliments everything she does, Ginny earned her certification as a registered yoga instructor through Yoga East and is now a member of the Yoga Alliance.  She taught several classes at Yoga East and currently teaches at various locations around town including a Parkinson's Yoga Class and Movement Disorders Class through Norton Hospital, Yoga Warriors Class (specifically for people struggling with PTSD) at the VA Hospital and for the Louisville Metro Police Department.  We currently have a grant with the VA Hospital to Combat Compassion Fatigue (Healing the Healers).
As each of us realizes our dream, our true purpose and live happier, more fulfilled lives, we encourage those around us to do the same.  Ginny lives her dream as she helps people remember their true nature and assists them in attaining their highest level of wellbeing.  She leads meditation workshops, corporate wellness workshops stress reclassification workshops, teaches individual and group meditation and yoga classes, teaches several on-site corporate lunchtime and after work on site yoga classes.
Massage Therapists

Ronnie Hager, LMT 

 Ronnie Hager is a licensed massage therapist who began his full-time private practice in 2010.  He is currently a co-chair member of the AMTA Kentucky Sports Massage Therapy team, Member of the Louisville Ironman Massage Team, and Instructor and Student Clinic Supervisor for Louisville School of Massage.  Ronnie is also trained in myofascial trigger point therapy and craniosacral therapy. Yet, in 2009, before he began massage school, he had never even received a massage.

As is true in many lives, illogical paths can lead to unexplained discoveries.  Ronnie left high school looking for his self and his passion, but it took nearly a decade to find it.  The 4+ years in the US Marine Corps, a year in college, and 3 years as a U.S. Embassy Security Guard, left him still searching for something profound in his life.  He had always wanted to help people on a one-on-one level. The principles of holistic and preventive medicine, like nutrition and bodywork, had always made sense to him, but up to this point in his life he had never actually encountered it.  Neither did his family or friends.  So, he popped into a massage school, asked a few questions, and for once, just relied on his gut that this could be good. The result of what he learned was nothing short of life changing.  
Now that he’s been practicing for years he has worked with hundreds of clients to relieve their pains.  He is beyond convinced that massage therapy is more than just an alternative therapy, it's a powerful one (when done well).  It's a science and an art.  It has practical and indirect benefits with very minimal, if any, side effects.  So his mission is to work hard to help represent massage therapy as a powerful tool and technology for health.  He has seen how healthy touch can bring awareness to ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually, as well as bring ownership and empowerment over a person’s life and well-being.

To live this mission, there is a whole lot of exciting and vibrant work that has to be done:  research, practice, learning, and educating.  All the while, he remembers how important it is to breathe. To take in the breath of life that he chose to take so long ago. To spend time with his new family.  To run with his dog. To practice his yoga. To go on some long bike rides. And to spend time suspended in the moment with a clear mind.
 Casey Shepherd, LMT
Casey has been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2013. She is experienced in sports massage and deep tissue therapy, with additional certification in pregnancy massage and myofascial pain relief. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and body types to support them as they achieve their wellness goals. She also holds a Master of Public Health from University of Michigan.
 Yoga Teachers
Sara Foerester, RYT

Sara discovered yoga later in life (in her late 40’s). After leaving her job in advertising, she began attending yoga classes with culminated in her receiving teacher certification from Yoga East.

In addition to certification by Yoga East and registered with Yoga Alliance as 200 hr. teacher since 2011, Sara has received her Advanced Relax and Renew Certification in Restorative Yoga from Judith Lasater.

She has studied with senior Iyengar teachers Manusco Manos, Karin O’Bannon and Dean Lerner. Sara has studied with and continues to study with Doug Keller in Yoga as Therapy Training. She has studied with other prominent teachers such as Francois Raoult, Kino MacGregor.

Sara enjoys teaching from an alignment-based, restorative approach. Beginning with breath in her student’s bodies, she provides ample modifications in her classes so they are available and enjoyed by all ages and physical levels.

Living happily with her husband and 2 cats, Sara continues to learn, study, live and share her love of yoga.


Emily Karl, RYT

Emily Karl, RYT, graduated from Eternal Health Yoga of Louisville, KY, where she was trained in Hatha yoga, yogic philosophy, ethics, meditation, pranayama, yogic living, ecology, nutrition, cleansing, and purification. She is registered with the National Yoga Alliance as a certified instructor at the 200-hour level. Emily also received her certification as a Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as well as a Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Communications from Spalding University. Emily believes in empowering students to listen to their own truth and learn to love themselves.

Emily offers group yoga classes, individually tailored one-on-one yoga sessions, yoga workshops, and health coaching in Louisville, KY.


Whitney Wilder, RYT

Whitney began her journey on the yoga path in 2007 when she attended a class for the first time with her mom in Lexington, Ky. This began what became a long-term interest and appreciation for the techniques and transformative practices that yoga can offer. She completed her teaching certification at Yoga East in June 2013 while attending graduate school at the University of Louisville. Her studies in humanities and linguistics led her to delve deeper into the auditory aspects related to the breath and chanting exercises experienced in some yoga classes. Her main practice is Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga, but she also enjoys a good restorative practice. Her eclectic taste supports a wide variety of yoga styles. Whitney has studied under various experienced instructors like: Laura Spaulding, Becky Thompson, John Friend, Kino Macgregor, David Garrigues, among others.

 Whitney’s classes vary from high-powered vinyasa to a slow, blissful gentle flow. She enjoys exploring the anatomical aspects of the poses and the relaxing sensation of breathing awareness and meditation. Modifications are given for most poses and props are always encouraged. Whitney endeavors to offer a comfortable and respectful atmosphere for her classes. Everyone is welcome to join! Come explore movement and breath with fun music and good company.





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