About Us

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Sonoran Serenity Spa & Holistic Wellness Center, a privately owned local business, 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 and wellness center that was unique in its offerings and inclusive to all. One of the many things that make Sonoran Serenity Spa & Holistic Wellness Center different is the care of the client. Each client is treated respectfully and lovingly by the personal attention given to them during their entire experience. After they are warmly greeted by the receptionist, first time clients are asked to complete an intake form. When they go back for their treatment, time is taken reviewing the information and asking questions to get to know the client and expectations are set for the treatment. Kiera’s concern for the client, as well as her employees, provides a buffer time between each client, so this time is not taken away from the time on the table. For every treatment and service, the client is given their full time. A 1 hour treatment or service = 60 minutes, not 50. At the completion of the treatment or service there is no rush to get off the table. Clients are invited to take their time.

Please continue reading to learn more about Kiera and the team.

Our Team


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

Kiera is a Licensed Esthetician, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Reflexologist, Certified Hypnotherapist, 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,...


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...


Tiffany Tremiti, LE, LMT

Tiffany is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, but has spent the last 10 years in the Phoenix area. She is a graduate of Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics (SWINA) and also an Arizona licensed massage therapist through Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA).

Tiffany has a real passion for helping people. She plans on being a lifelong student so that she can increasingly add new skills and knowledge in pursuit of...


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