About Us

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Sonoran Serenity Spa & Holistic Wellness Center was founded in 2014 in one room in Downtown Tempe. As the vision of owner and founder Kiera Stroup took shape, she decided that her long-term goal was to establish a day spa that was unique in its offerings and inclusive to all. In the beginning, the spa offered massage therapy and aesthetics treatments and services. As Kiera began to add modalities to her qualifications, S3 expanded its menu to include aromatherapy services. In 2018, as her vision really began to take shape, she hired Gabi Hawk and integrative and wellness offerings were added to the menu. As a life-long learner, Kiera is planning on adding Holistic Nutrition Coaching and Reflexology along with Reiki and Hypnotherapy which are currently on the menu. In 2019, we downsized from Suite 105 to Suite 102 and completely remodeled it to suit our needs. The new location has an inviting and warm energy as we welcome all to enjoy our treatments and services in massage, skincare and wellness. Please continue reading to learn more about Kiera and the team.

Our Team


Kiera L Stroup, LE, LMT, CA, RMT, Owner & Founder

Kiera is a Licensed Esthetician, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, owner and founder of Sonoran Serenity Spa & Holistic Wellness Center. A native New Yorker, it has always been her desire to live in Arizona. After receiving her Bachelors degree from Manhattan College, she lived in Connecticut, California, and finally settled in Memphis, Tennessee, where she worked in Information...


Davina Kehler, LE, LMT, Team Lead

Davina is originally from Northern California, but has called Phoenix home since 1994. She is a graduate of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) and specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Myotherapy massage. She is certified in Medical Massage and Myofascial Release as well. Knowing that no two people are alike, Davina customizes her sessions based on the individual's needs and concerns. She is dedicated to her work and strives...


Gabi Hawk, CRMT, CHt, Spa Office Manager

Gabi has been researching and practicing what is now called Integrative Wellness (using herbs, essential oils, homeopathics, bodywork, and other methods to naturally improve health) in her own and her family's lives on and off starting in the 90's while she was managing the Herb and Supplement Department of a local Natural Food Co-op (Gentle Strength, if you've been here long enough to remember when it was still around). Life...


Jennifer Gardiner, LE, LMT

Jennifer was born and raised here in the gorgeous Sonoran desert, calling Arizona home. She is a graduate from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy - Phoenix campus (Now Cortiva Institute), completing their Professional Massage Therapy program in December of 2010. Jennifer returned to school to study aesthetics at the Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics and completed their Advanced Skincare Practitioner and Cosmetic Laser...

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Carla Simoes, LMT

Carla, a native Floridan, is a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist who is now licensed in Arizona. She is an experienced therapist with 7+ years of experience in her field. She has come to Sonoran Serenity Spa to provide us with her therapeutic skills in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Myofascial Release Therapy. Carla moved to Arizona in pursuit of her desire to expand her career and her professional profile in Body/Mind...

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Tony Naef, Front Desk Specialist

Tony comes to us from a little of everywhere. After being born in Colombia and spending the first 3rd of his life in Switzerland, where he spoke French as his native language, he moved to Arizona with his parents in 1995. He has spent 15 years as a caregiver to a family member and has since been doing work in the pursuit of greater heights in the realms of kindness, healing and self discovery. In addition to this, Tony hopes to soon...


Kat Thomas, LE, LMT, CLT

Kat is originally from a little village in Bavaria, Germany. In 2007 she moved to the US with her family. She worked several jobs including at Walmart, a flooring business and was a caregiver and receptionist before discovering her dream. Knowing that she wanted to help people, she decided to enroll in the Massage Therapy program at SWIHA. As Kat progressed in the program, she added more and more tools to her tool belt including...


Isaac Talavera, LE, LCT, Front Desk Specialist

Isaac is a native Arizonan who grew up in a very Hispanic home with a Puerto Rican Mom. Isaac first started his adult education experience at Central Arizona College studying Communication and Business. After that he decided to go to SWINA, Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics because skincare was always a big interest of his. Growing up and at a young age he suffered from cystic acne. His mom had a huge influence as well because she...


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