About Us

Man and Woman Meditating

Kachina Alternative Health & Beauty Centre's core aim is to achieve a sense of wellness for its clients by integrating therapies & treatments for body and beauty.  Founders of Kachina Alternative Health & Beauty Centre (formerly Kachina Natural Spa), Kevin & Martina Barrett, therapists with combined experience of 45 years, bring together in Kachina the combination of Alternative, Complementary, Holistic & Natural Beauty Care for a complete treatment with a focus for beauty from the inside and out. Therapists who practice in Kachina are highly qualified professionals who are experts in their fields and fully insured.    Many treatments in Kachina are covered by, Laya Health Care, Vivas & VHI.

Homeopath

Kevin Barrett HomeopathKevin Barrett, MARH, MRHom, LBSH,  graduated as a Classically Qualified Homoeopath followed by completion of a Postgraduate year. Kevin is highly respected and experienced in his field. He is the longest established Homeopath in Co Mayo. He is also qualified in the Area of Homotoxicology, Psychothereaputics, and has studied in-depth the Holistic approach to Health. He maintains strong links with Homeopathy in Europe to keep abreast of changes and advances in the field. He is a registered member of the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths and the Register of Homeopaths.

Therapist & Naturopath

Martina Barrett, MAR, MIRI, MNFSH, is renowned as a Martina Barrett Therapist & Naturopaththerapist and an educator. Martina has been in clinical practice since 1983 specializing in Reflexology and including Aromatherapy, Massage, Colour, Kinesiology, Counselling, Psychosynthesis, Body Treatments, Facial Treatments, plus others. She has studied Spiritual Psychotherapeutics to an advanced level  and has trained in various modes of vibrational healing work. She is a qualified tutor and runs her own accredited training courses in Reflexology & Anatomy & Physiology as well as a wide range of workshops. Martina is a registered member of a number of professional organisations.

Master Beautician & Holistic Therapist

Gosia Borowiecka Master Beautician & Holistic TherapistGosia Borowiecka joined the Kachina Team in 2005 bringing with her advanced qualifications and experience. Gosia completed her basic training in Poland in 1990 and followed this with her Masters Beautician Certification and Pedagogical Training as Therapy Tutor. Gosia provides a full range of beauty treatments, facials, body treatments, indian head massage, wraps, exfoliation, earconing, all with her unique professional, gentle and spiritual approach.

Anne Marie Samuels Beauty & Body Therapist

Beauty & Body Therapist

Anne Marie Samuels is a highly qualified and experienced therapist. She graduated in 2006 with ITEC Diplomas in Beauty, Facial & Electrical, Epilation, & Body Treatments. Anne Marie specialises in Tanning, Waxing and Nails and brings to her treatments her cheerful and caring personality.

Receptionist

Aileen Forde Receptionist

 

 

 

 

Claire Towey DipNT mNTOI mIANT.  Claire ToweY gained her qualification with a 3 year course in the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Claire is a member of the NTOI and of IANT, the professional Nutritional Therapy bodies in Ireland.  Her continued learning and experience in the field of Nutrition keeps her up to date in this dynamic area and affords her the ability to apply the safest, most up-to-date, scientific based service to her ClientsDorn Practitioner & Massage Therapist

Seamus Hughes Dorn Practitioner & Massage TherapistSeamus Hughes first studied the "Dorn-Method" of working on the Spine under the tutelage of Doris Boham from Schwabch Germany.In 1989 he combined this study with studies in theoretical Anatomy & Physiology. ITEC Diploma. He continued to study under the tutelage of Mary Chambers the use of Trigger points in Massage, Moxibustion and Cupping. He graduated in Reiki to level 3 and followed this by studying with Bulgarian teacher, Ivan Yankov, the art of Yomeiho massage, a body massage with emphasis on the Spine and joints.

Seamus brings to his treatments a very individualised and unique approach to massage combined with his innate intuition and practical proficiency.

Natural Healer

Stephen Naughton Natural Healer

Stephen Naughton, MNFSH, Is an intuitive natural healer with over 20 years experience. His natural healing abilities have  been augmented by further studies which include Theoretical Anatomy & Physiology, Touch for Health, Certified Healing Course with the Healing Trust Federation UK & Rieki.

Sound Therapist

Susan Graham AcupuncturistIsabela Basombrio-Hoban was introduced to, and learned about the healing power of Singing Bowls by Master Napalese musician and Master Singing Bowl practitioner Arjun Chainpure in Katmandu. She also received treatments and learned from Singing Bowl practitioners in Boudhanath, Nepal.  Her practice is in direct line with the origins of this therapy.  Isabela has a lot of experience with sound and music.  She is a musician who plays several musical instruments.  She is also a professonal Visual Artist and and Educator who has a Batchelor of Arts Degre in Journalism and Environmental Design and a Master's Degree in Arts Education. 

Hypnotherapist

Laura Liparoti ( BA(Hons), DCH, DHP, SQHP ) graduated from the University of Hertfordshire (UK) with an Honours Degree in Linguistics and Literature, and later went on to study Hypnotherapy at the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis, London, in 2004, gaining Diplomas in both Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy, and set up practice in the CHAIM Centre in London. In 2007 she relocated to Ireland and set up in Kachina. Laura is registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and holds the Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice.

 

Doreen Dempsey, MISCP, B.Physio, Pg. Dip Sp. & Ex Med is a Chartered Women’s Health and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and qualified from UCD in 1997. She has the benefit of more than 10 years’ experience working in both ante and post- natal rehabilitation in a hospital and private practise setting. She has completed many women’s health post-graduate courses including those run by renowned Australian physiotherapist Mary O’ Dwyer author of HOLD IT MAMA and HOLD IT SISTER! She is able to offer advice on almost all queries regarding pregnancy aches and pains also having 3 young children herself. Doreen also works in Balla Medical Centre since it opened more than 5 years ago alongside half-time work in Mayo General Hospital’s outpatients department concentrating on women’s health. Doreen has worked in a large teaching hospital in Sydney, Australia for a number of months where she was impressed to see first-hand pregnant women participate in step aerobics right up to their due date! She promises to offer enthusiasm and an enjoyable vibe to her Fitback and Bumps programmes.