Our Providers


Michelle Denzler


Michelle’s interest in skincare started at a young age when her mom showed her the ropes as a beauty consultant. “I would watch my mom go through the cleansing steps and makeup rituals everyday and I was hooked,” she says. Learning about the skin’s biology and product chemistry piqued Michelle’s interest further. After a stressful career as a political journalist, she followed her lifelong passion and studied aesthetics at the Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill. Receiving her license in 2008, Michelle has chosen to work at spas that emphasize a holistic and Ayurvedic approach—places that support skincare lines that nourish and replenish from within. Michelle’s clients truly enjoy her nurturing and calming touch as well as her ability to bring them to a blissful state of relaxation.

Jennifer Jones


Jennifer has been an aesthetician since 1986 and massage therapist since 2014. She trained in aesthetics in Atlanta at Sydell Skin and Body Care. She is also a graduate of the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City. Her early interest in make-up artistry and physical fitness eventually led to her work in aesthetics and massage therapy. With a caring and compassionate spirit, Jennifer is dedicated to creating a nurturing spa experience for each of her clients.

Massage Therapy

Fay Breitbart

Massage Therapist

Originally from New York City, Fay graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage almost twenty years ago. Her first and most favorite job was at the Aveda Institute, where she learned the significance of aromatherapy and also taught infant massage classes. In 2014, Fay moved to idyllic Saxapahaw. She believes most people in today’s society need relaxation before anything else. Her specialty is a firm Swedish massage with special attention to the feet and scalp. Sometimes you will find Fay working our front desk, where she will ensure you have the best spa experience possible.

Jenn Browning

Massage Therapist

Jenn, licensed massage and bodywork therapist, has always believed in the body’s innate ability to heal itself, given the proper tools. Since she is passionate about movement, nature, and whole foods, it just made sense to find ways to share these ideas with others. After graduating from Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope, her main field of study has been structural therapy. With a certificate in advanced myofascial techniques, she finds restrictions and systematically unwinds them, aiding her clients in achieving a sense of ease in their bodies.

Andy Freeman

Massage Therapist

Andy completed his massage therapy training through the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City in 2013.  He has also been trained in Neural Reset Therapy (NRT). He is passionate about the amazing capabilities and astounding results of using NRT. He works to improve clients’ health by resolving the root of their issues, not simply to treat symptoms. If the root is unresolved, the symptoms will return or evolve into different issues.  Andy’s life has been focused on educating and helping others in various ways, shaping lives through compassion, creativity, and care. He strives to individualize each massage session through observations and assessments, with the intention of meeting or exceeding every clients’ goals and needs. His mission is to improve the quality of life for each person he touches.

Leigh Hall

Leigh Hall

Massage Therapist

Leigh is a former teacher as well as a  lifelong student. She is a top-of-the-class graduate from the Carolina Massage Insitute and has a wonderfully warm and caring touch. Her specialty is working off the energy of the client and tuning into their body language to free bound-up tension in the muscles and joints. A longtime meditator, Leigh appreciates bringing that quiet spaciousness to body work. She enjoys playing the ukulele and spending time with her family.

Sheryl Mika

Massage Therapist

Massage began for Sheryl as a family tradition as she grew up surrounded by athletic brothers always in need of a good back massage after a tough game or practice.

After graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in education and joining the U.S. Army Reserves, Sheryl was still looking for her “gift.” While experiencing her first professional massage at a fitness center, she realized she’d had her gift all along. She immediately began her professional massage education and has never looked back! She now has over 20 years of professional experience and continuous professional training in this field. Sheryl’s style is often described as thorough, smooth, confident, and intuitive. She especially enjoys hospitality massage in a spa setting where she can help every guest have a special and memorable experience. 

Courtney O’Keefe

Massage Therapist

Courtney O’Keefe brings a joy to healing that gives her an intuitive connection with clients. Her appreciation of the physical renewal of massage led her to professional practice. A graduate of the Carolina Massage Institute, Courtney has a lifelong passion for unlocking the body’s capacity to heal and relax. Through a perceptive touch, she determines the optimal pressure and movement for healing. And with an appreciation of the body’s ability to communicate, she conveys a peaceful sense of caring. At home, Courtney enjoys gardening, nature walks, and spending time with her husband and their beloved pets.

Margery Price smiles at the camera

Margery Nelson Price

Massage Therapist

Margery Nelson Price, LMBT, practices massage therapy with a nurturing and meditative touch. As a graduate of the Body Therapy Institute and the Carolina School of Massage, she is well versed in Swedish, Russian, hot stone, pregnancy, and deep tissue massage. Her regular clients often say she has especially warm hands and a calming presence. Margery is able to meet you where you are and to help you achieve a lasting sense of ease and relaxation.

Carey Reynolds

Carey Reynolds

Massage Therapist

Carey is passionate about healing. After years of receiving (and benefiting from) various forms of bodywork, she realized that this is work she wanted to do. She graduated from Body Therapy Institute in 2011 and has training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. She loves working with clients in need of deep relaxation. Her specialties are working with issues of the head and neck (headaches, migraines, TMJ syndrome, etc.). She is happy to work with the talented team at the Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat and honored to share her gifts with you.

Our Management

Dara Fort

Spa Director

As a yoga teacher for the past 20 years and with a background in managing people and business, Dara has been happily taking care of people most of her adult life. Through movement or management, she truly enjoys creating a special environment within which she can connect to those she is serving. She has always believed that experiences are more valuable than things and that what we exchange with one another is often our greatest gift.

A self described worker-bee, she has a hard time sitting still but has recently had profound moments of stillness and peace in the spa sauna and steam room.

Our Owners

Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat is locally owned by Lies Sapp and Sage Rountree, owners of the Carolina Yoga Company (Carrboro Yoga and Durham Yoga). After years of gratifying research at spas around the state, the country, and the world, we are delighted to share this beautiful space with you. We created a spa that reflects our personal taste and deep appreciation of the balance to be found in stillness. We hope you love it, and we are eager to hear your feedback. Please write us at info@hillsboroughspa.com with any questions or comments.

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