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Meet Our Staff

Empowering You to Heal Yourself

Meet Ohana's incredible massage therapists!

Licensed and experienced, each massage therapist is ready to empower you to heal yourself.

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Our Staff

Our Therapists


Paula VanBaalen 

LMT, Myofascial Release, Myofascial Cupping

Paula loves being able to give hope and relief to those suffering from chronic pain. She specializes in treating the body as a whole, rather than only focusing on the area of pain.

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Tawney Welch

LMT, Therapeutic, Pregnancy Massage

Helping people meet their wellness goals is Tawney’s passion. She loves being able to use massage and bodywork to help others become more in tune with their own healing process.


Tawney Welch

Licensed Massage Therapist

Helping people meet their wellness goals is Tawney’s passion. She loves being able to use massage and bodywork to help others become more in tune with their own healing process. She’s had experience with massage and bodywork since her teenage years and is excited to be able to provide this amazing tool for healing as she grows her way through life.



Tawney graduated from Lake Superior College’s massage therapy certificate program in May 2023. Her 700+ hour training included relaxation massage, deep tissue, and pregnancy massage.


Tawney is most passionate about helping people with neck and shoulder discomfort and pregnant women. She loves being able to have a goal for the session, such as relaxation or addressing a problem area. As she continues her training in the health and wellness industry, she plans to study doula work.

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Tawney is proficient at Therapeutic and Pregnancy Massage.

She joined our Ohana Family since January 2024.


Join Our Team

Become Part of the Ohana Family!

If you or someone you know are looking for more than a job, something that will truly make a difference in people’s lives, this is the company for you! Our mission is to empower people to be the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves. Through massage, bodywork and self care, we believe everyone can live the life of their dreams. By offering a peaceful and healing atmosphere, true healing can occur. Join Ohana in this mission through any of the positions listed below.

Ohana's Perfect Massage Practitioner

  • Compassionate, genuine, knowledgeable, humble, reliable, and personable

  • In alignment with Ohana’s values: empowerment, education, self-awareness, positivity, and community

  • Energized about growth opportunities for hands-on skills and personal development

  • Desire to learn, grow and give/receive feedback

  • Comfortable setting and practicing compassionate boundaries

  • Ability to perform client-centered massage and bodywork sessions

    • Time management and planning abilities to ensure client’s goals are being met, Ohana’s standards of care are upheld, and practices are within scope of practice

    • Document sessions to ensure quality care

    • Ability to offer solutions to client’s problems, thinking outside the box when necessary and being wholistic minded.

    • Being comfortable with referring out when clients’ needs aren’t being met

  • Ability to hold clients, coworkers and management in unconditional positive regard

    • Connect and relate to others w/o drama

    • Effective and timely communication skills

    • Hold neutral space for clients to receive the most from their session

    • Respect client’s treatment choices, even if you believe they would get more benefit with other options

  • Self-motivator who is willing to ask for and receive help

    • Actively interested and able to do their part to help Ohana’s mission/vision grow

    • Willingness to help others to keep the office flowing smoothly

    • Ability and willingness to operate independently and within Ohana standards at public events


Must have Hibbing Massage License and carry your own Liability insurance. 

A full job description can be found here.


Our massage therapists make between $18-24 per hour on the clock – not per hour of massage. Those numbers do not include tips.


To apply, please email a detailed cover letter and resume to Paula by clicking the button below.

Become a therapist

Paula VanBaalen

Owner, Expert Level JBMFR practitioner, LMT, CPMT, CAMT

Paula VanBaalen loves being able to give hope and relief to those suffering from chronic pain. She specializes in treating the body as a whole, rather than only focusing on the area causing pain or discomfort. This ability allows her to provide pain relief for those who have not been able to find relief with other therapies.

Paula’s journey into the world of massage and bodywork began at the young age of 11, as a result of a car accident. She was amazed at the body’s ability to heal itself through massage and bodywork. To date, she has sustained 11 head and neck traumas – ranging from car accidents to belly flopping on the Gulf of Mexico. This history of trauma has guided Paula to find effective ways of healing. By regularly receiving John Barnes’ Myofascial Release and massage, she now lives a virtually pain-free life!


Paula is exclusively offering specialty rehabilitative therapies. She is accepting new clients by consultation process.


Paula VanBaalen has been a massage therapist since 2009. She graduated from the Minnesota School of Business with her Associates Degree in Massage Therapy. This program included 1,230 hours of training in various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Pregnancy Massage, as well as a thorough education in anatomy and physiology. Since then Paula has pursued over 500 hours of continuing education and extensive business training. She has expanded her technique base by specializing in the John F. Barnes’ Approach to Myofascial Release and Myofascial Cupping. She believes education and application is key to being able to serve her clients at the highest level.


She is a professional member of ABMP. Paula became a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist, CPMT, in 2014. In 2016, she became a Certified Active Myofascial Therapist.



Paula VanBaalen is an Expert Myofascial Release Practitioner. She specializes in finding the cause of the pain and providing relief utilizing John Barnes’ Myofascial Release. She has taken over 440 hours of John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release seminars including: Myofascial Release 1, Myofascial Unwinding, Myofascial Release 2, Cervical-Thoracic Myofascial Release, Fascial-Pelvis Myofascial Release, Myofascial Rebounding, Myofascial Mobilization, Women’s Health: Myofascial Release Approach, Advanced Myofascial Unwinding, Pediatric Myofascial Release, Fascial Cranium, Skill Enhancement Seminar, Therapy for the Therapist, Subtle Energy, Advanced Therapist Retreat, and Myofascial Release 3: Beyond Technique. She plans to continue taking John Barnes’ Myofascial Release classes and repeating them as necessary, to develop her skills to be able to provide you the best relief possible!

Unsure if Paula's services are right for you? 

She gifts out 5 consultations a month to help you discover which healing method is best for you! Click here to apply!

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