With over 10,000 hours of field work and over 900 NCBTMB credited hours of education, Melissa is a passionate devotee of the healing arts. Her journey began at The SOMA Institute for Clinical Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork followed with an externship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. 

From 2012-2016 Melissa studied closely with Venerable Lama Jigme Rinpoche, from whom she was endowed the auspicious Hayagriva Empowerment. This special blessing stretches from The Buddha, to H.H. The Dalai Lama, to Lama Jigme, and very gratefully to Melissa. 

She has studied many lineages, in search for meaning, truth, and healing - and that quest is never-ending. Melissa brings intelligence, ancestral knowledge, a love for modern science, and open mind and open heart to her healing space.

curriculum vitae

Clinical and Integrative Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 
SOMA Institute, 2011
One of the Nation's leading schools for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the only school certified to teach Clinical TMB.

Clinical Internship
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2011
Hands on experience with Oncology, Neurology, Orthopedic, and Pediatric patients.

Continuing Educations
Somatic Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Shamanism, Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, Herbalism, and Aroma Therapy. 
Certified Shiatsu, Usui Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and Clinical Bodywork Practitioner.

Vajrayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Yoga
Padma Rigdzing Ling Temple, 2013-2018
Longchen Nyigthig Ngondro (The Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse), given by Ven. Lama Jigme Rinpoche, is the special study of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Hayagriwa Empowerment and the Longchen Nyinthig Phowa Transmission
Padma Rigdzing Ling Temple, 2013 
The one who gives such an empowerment should have a perfect lineage such as that of Ven. Lama Jigme Rinpoche. Lama Jigme received the empowerment of Hayagriva from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1996 after being personally invited by him to his residence. This teaching stretches from the Buddha, to the Dalai Lama, to Lama Jigme, and eventually to us, the fortunate Sangha members.

Deeksha Blessing Giver
O&O Academy USA, 2011
Deeksha (also called Oneness Blessing) is a transfer of divine, intelligent energy. It is a blessing for humanity to awaken into higher states of consciousness. Melissa was initiated as a Deeksha Blessing giver during a very special 3 day process in Las Vegas. She was initiated by Debra Apsara, whom received the blessing initiation directly from Sri Bhagavan. Sri Amma Bhagavan are sages from India whom initiated the blessing of consciousness on a mass scale. Over one million people follow the teachings of Sri Bhagavan for their purity of thought and globally relatable context.

Outdoor Educator Program
National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS), 2014
Glacial Mountaineering Guide and Top-rope Climbing Instructor. LNT Certified ​

When asked about her future in the health and medical field Melissa Happel says, “I’m currently interested in the interdisciplinary fields of Ethnobotany, Ethnopharmacognosy, and Permaculture; Expanding Western colonization has created an interconnected ecological crises of both the depletion of human digestive micro biome and the depletion of environmental macro biome caused by unsustainable agriculture practices and food production. I believe native botanicals as food medicine is the missing link, and the solution to the crises." 

Melissa is the proud sole parent of an Unbelievable 2-year-old and a rescued working colorado cattle dog.


Melissa provides donation based services and is devout to giving exceptional care. She often provides additional services at no additional cost. If you would like to share your gratitude to Melissa directly, please click "make a donation" below, and you will be guided to paypal. 

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