OUR THERAPISTS AND STAFF
At Firefly Wellness Day Spa we pride ourselves on our top quality Yoga/Meditation Instructors, Therapists, and Estheticians specializing in Massage, Skincare, and Waxing.
Karen Hutchins, owner of Firefly Wellness Day Spa has put together an experienced team of service providers and is excited to be working with them at our day spa in Mission Hills.
Learn more about Karen and the Firefly Wellness Day Spa massage therapists, estheticians, skincare experts, waxing specialists, meditation and yoga instructors below.
Karen is a true California girl. She grew up in the Bay Area and moved to San Diego in 1992. She met her husband shortly after and the rest, as they say, is history. Her and Stephen have a son, Zenden, and an adorable dog, Loki.
After attending San Diego State University, Karen worked as a computer programmer until completely switching gears in 1999. She went to school to become an esthetician and shortly after, studied massage at IPSB where she received her massage license.
Her career as an esthetician and massage therapist started out in 2000 working in various spa environments and doing house calls. She also worked closely with an acupuncturist for six years and did chair massage at the Charger games. During that time she was able to build her own clientele and since 2008 was able to sustain her solo business on her own in her private studio in North Park.
After thinking about it for several years, Karen started the process of expanding her business in 2016 and was able to open her doors in her new spa in Mission Hills in September 2018.
Karen and her family love to play board games and go camping. They also attend Comic-Con every summer.
Owner of Firefly Wellness Day Spa
Massage Therapist & Esthetician
Specializing in Pre-Natal, Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage, Facials, Peels, Waxing, and Microdermabrasion
Meet Our Team
Specializing in Cupping, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage, and treating Migraines and Headaches
Holly is from Riverside County but considers San Diego home. She attended the International Professional School of Bodywork here in San Diego. When she’s not working on homework, she enjoys spending time with her family.
She loves going to the zoo even if it’s just for an hour and her favorite restaurant is Hachi Ramen in Bankers Hill.
Specializing in Full Body Waxing, Facials, Peels, and Microdermabrasion
Nicole is originally from Toronto, Canada but considers San Diego home. She lives with her fiance and their adorable puppy named Toby.
When she’s not at the beach or hiking her favorite trails, you may run into her at the Quartyard, a dog park beer garden with live music, or La Puerta enjoying some tacos and margs.
Specializing in Deep Tissue, Cupping, Swedish & Sports Massage
Andre has worked in numerous spas, rehab and chiropractic offices for the last five years and goes above and beyond to ensure his clients feel like the best version of themselves physically after working on them.
He has played sports all his life and has a great understanding of pain points from injuries or discomforts caused by vigorous exercise.
Andre enjoys playing pool at Sunshine Company in OB, eating at Dirty Birds or Noodle House, or playing outdoor sports with his friends at Robbs Field.
Specializing in Full Body Waxing, Facials, Peels, Microdermabrasion & LED Light Therapy
Massage TherapistSpecializing in Stretching, Pre-Natal, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Swedish & Sports Massage
Some of the San Diego activities Rachel recommends include a Sunrise Hike on Iron Mountain, sipping at the Livingroom Coffehouse on El Cajon Blvd, visiting the Museum of Art in Balboa, stopping into Sprinkles cupcakes in La Jolla (buy to-go) then heading up to Mt. Soledad, and checking out Zac’s Attic on Adams Ave (antiques & vintage finds).
Specializing in Facials, Peels, and Microdermabrasion
Dawn is also from Northern California but received her license in Southern California where she gained experience working in holistic spas and at an apothecary store.
When not at home with her cute tabby, River, Dawn enjoys going to the Museums in Balboa Park, visiting botanical gardens or just being out in nature. She is an avid hiker and practices yoga.
You may run into her at Star Lite or Fools and Kings, just a few blocks from our day spa in Mission Hills.
Massage Therapist & InstructorSpecializing in Reiki, Cranio-Sacral, Reflexology, Cupping & Meditation
Zarah Martin has been studying and practicing Holistic Healing Therapies for over twelve years. Reflexology was her first pursuit in Integrative Therapies (2006, Boyertown, PA) receiving certifications in Reflexology one, two, and other reflexes. Following that, an interest in Energy Therapies led her to learn the ancient art of Reiki. She achieved Reiki Level 1-3 in 2007 through a Reiki Master in Bethlehem, PA. This led to her desire to further her education in anatomy and physiology.
She studied massage therapy in Flagstaff, AZ (2008) and Kulpsville, PA (2010) and received her massage therapy license, after which she attended Everglades University, graduating in 2017 with her Bachelors of Science in Alternative Medicine. Intertwined between all that education she has also become certified in Cranio-Sacral and Hypnosis. Most recently she has uprooted her life to continue her pursuit in a Doctorate of Chinese Medicine in San Diego, CA.
Ms. Martin believes that the body is an endless journey of physical design and spiritual enlightenment. In her practice she combines all of these physical and energy therapies allowing for an all-encompassing holistic treatment for the client. We are individuals and so we should be treated and cared for as such.
Yoga InstructorSpecializing in Pre and Post Natal and Ashtanga Yoga
Suffering a severe spinal injury in a car accident, Aryn has been drawn mostly to the healing therapy components of yoga and tries to apply these principles to her students. Aryn completed a 200 Hour Yoga Certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa, a 100 hour Pre & Postnatal Training, a 100 Hour Yin Yoga and Reiki Training and a Yoga for Pelvic Health Training certification program.
She trained in San Diego and Ontario Canada and enjoys reading in her spare time. Her favorite local spots include Old Town, Cardiff, Petco Park and The Hyatt Mission Beach.
Massage TherapistSpecializing in Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage