Massage Carlsbad

About Us

Professional Biographies 

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Thank you for allowing us to introduce each and every one of us to you.  Below is just a short bio about each of us.  We look forward to meeting you.

Doug O'Connor is the owner of Massage Carlsbad at Carlsbad Natural Health Center.  Doug is a Sports Massage Therapist with nineteen years of experience.  As an ex-triathlete originally trained in Hawaii in sports and injury massage, Doug has worked with sports teams on injury prevention and recovery, and with individuals on pain relief, optimum performance, and lowering personal best times.  The techniques that make up "Sports Massage" are effective with all types of injuries, including back and neck pain, chronic pain, and loss of Range of Motion.  He is full body certified in ART (Active Release Technique), does Myofascial Release work, Neuromuscular Therapy, and assisted stretching.  He is also a local instructor and an active member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, and the Carlsbad Village Business Association. 

Gina Connolly, Licensed Massage Therapist, has been working professionally doing Massage and Bodywork since 2002. She continues to expand her knowledge base by continuously taking classes. Gina's love for bodywork began many years ago, and has grown into a passion and a profession that Gina is very proud of.  She offers several modalities - Structural Bodywork, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Thai and of course a very relaxing Swedish massage.

Karyn Barbato, Licensed Massage Therapist, has been nationally certified since 2003. With over 950 hours of training and continuing education, she aims to accommodate client’s different and changing needs, focusing on deep relaxation to ease the mind so the body can follow. Once this is achieved the body will respond to deeper, more therapeutic work. She is experienced in Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, prenatal massage, as well as, various other techniques in which she incorporates into each massage. Karyn’s clients range from expecting mothers to professional athletes. Karyn is also a DONA trained doula.

Kristina Irwin, LMT, is an Oceanside native and the oldest of four girls in her family.  She attended Vitality College of Healing Arts in Carlsbad and has been a massage therapist since 2008.    Kristina loves to learn, so she sought further training at Healing Hands School in Escondido, specializing in Thai massage, muscle sculpting, and structural organization, which is now the foundation of her work. She has worked gaining valuable experience at places such as the Golden Door Fitness Resort before settling here at Massage Carlsbad.  Also, she currently attends California State University at San Marcos and has nearly completed the earning of her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In her free time, she loves to go hiking and spend time with her puppy!

Simone Hunter
, LMT, is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to San Diego recently for the wonderful weather. She received her massage education at National Holistic Institute in San Francisco in 2010, specializing in Swedish and deep tissue massage.  She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at San Francisco State. She worked in San Francisco for a year and a half before heading to Italy to fulfill her life-long dream of learning and speaking Italian.  When she came back from Italy after six months, she moved to Oceanside and settled into her dream job at Massage Carlsbad. In her free time, she goes boogie boarding at the beach and works on sewing projects at home.

Noel Diop, Licensed Massage Therapist, has been in the Holistic Health field doing massage since 1999. As far back as she can remember, Noel had “knowing hands” and a love of massage for her family.  From 1999-2001 she studied Holistic Bodywork at Body Mind College.  She then went on to work very closely providing relief for people in acute or chronic pain.  She has a passion for working with neck and back injuries and her experience makes a difference.  Her intention is to facilitate the process of coming into balance.  Noel aims to identify the imbalance, identify the cause and work on many levels to heal.  She uses postural and movement education, stretching, emotional release through bodywork, intuition in finding energy blockages, breath work, Swedish relaxation and circulatory massage, and deep tissue massage. She is also practices Yoga and is an African Dance instructor.

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Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about us.  We strive to bring you the highest quality massage in Carlsbad.  Here are a few of the Testimonials that people wrote about us on the web under Carlsbad Massage.

A few Testimonials by real clients from the web:

Got A Great Massage‎ - kcinciarelli‎ -
Once you try this place you will look no further. My chronic neck pain was extinguished by Doug at CBD Natural Health Center, I feel great! kc‎


Fabulous!!‎ - rachel.heredia‎ -

Seriously, the best massage ever!! What a relief to find someone who really knows what they are doing...Noel did a FANTASTIC job! The staff was very well educated, and very friendly!! Thank you sooo much!! :-) 


Oh soooo relaxing!‎ - Syrena‎ -
This is a hidden gem in the Carlsbad Village- the studio is small and cozy and the massage always ranks a 10! I've been going to Gina for over a year now. Not only is she very skilled, but very easy-going and has become a great friend.


Massage Carlsbad  (760) 908-9930
2740  Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad  CA  92008