Montage Beverly Hills Lead Therapist
Cherie Rodriguez has been helping others since her earliest days. As a six-year-old, she became intrigued watching the family doctor administer reflexology treatments to her grandparents, and she began massaging the feet of all who came to visit.
"I'd try to do what he did, and I learned a few special areas, but it was mostly just a relaxing foot massage," she smiles. Her first job continued her dedication to service, as she became a home health aide for elderly people, specifically those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, when she was only 15.
With a plan to study cosmetology, Rodriguez later began working at a hair salon, where she was retail supervisor for two years before being offered a salon management position. However, she decided to decline the promotion and instead moved to Salt Lake City to attend Utah College of Massage Therapy, one of the nation's leading schools of bodywork.
"I am amazed by Montage," she explains. "The standard that everyone has here is the highest level, and I also really wanted to be able to participate in the ASTECC program." In fact, Rodriguez recently completed her year-long ASTECC certification program and then teamed with fellow ASTECC therapist Michelle McAllister to teach a three-month curriculum of therapeutic training classes for our massage therapists. She has also achieved another of her career goals, as she was named Lead Therapist for Montage Beverly Hills.
"Some of my favorite 'Wow!' moments have blossomed from working with guests over an extended period of time," Rodriguez smiles. "At Spa Montage, we've been provided with the encouragement and tools necessary to work with individuals suffering from a variety of maladies and to help them turn their lives and outlook around. It's so gratifying to be part of a team that really can change people's lives!"