PROFILE: Kelly Green

PROFILE: Kelly Green

BY SUE ERWIN – Many residents and business owners on the island are quite familiar with the sparkling smile and energetic charisma of Kelly Green.

Kelly is a licensed massage therapist, and she’s worked in Boca Grande for the past 22 years.

She worked at The Gasparilla Inn & Club starting in 1994 and stayed for about 13 seasons. Then she worked at James Griffith Salon for 12 years and eventually at Banyan Tree Pilates for a few seasons.

And now, she’ll be seeing clients at Park Avenue Massage.

She returned to the island last week to meet with clients and get familiar with her new working environment. She’ll be working in Boca Grande three days a week during season to serve regular clients, and she’s looking forward to getting to know some new ones. Kelly will be working Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at Park Avenue Massage.

“I feel very blessed to be able to work with the Boca Grande community,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to working together with Connie Swartzendruber – she’s amazing, and she’s been a professional in the field for more than 30 years.”

Kelly is originally from Columbus, Ohio and Springfield, Ohio. She spent twelve years in each city, so she considers them both a hometown.

“I’ve met some great friends in Florida, but my best friends are still the ones I went to middle school and high school with – they’re very important, lifelong friends,” she said.

Her parents moved here in 1988 after her brother graduated from high school and was awarded a golf scholarship.

Her dad was golf professional at Rotonda Golf Club and also at Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte.

“After my family moved south, it was three years before I decided to join them,” she said. “Each passing year, it was harder and harder to leave Florida from my frequent visits to my close-knit family.”

Her father has since passed away, and her mother re-married and lives in Port Charlotte. Her brother lives in Tampa.

An advertisement for a massage school caught her eye 26 years ago, so she went to visit the school in Venice.

Although she had never received a massage herself at that point in her life, she immediately knew it was what she wanted to do as a career.

“It just seemed like a natural choice for me – it was a very good school. It has since moved,” she said. “It was run by Seventh Day Adventists, and we learned a lot about nutrition and holistic healing.”

For a while she thought she wanted to study nursing, but after being introduced to new-age healing she found it was a perfect match.

“I just felt guided to do it,” she said. “I had been doing meditation for a few years, and I’d always been interested in the medical field since my father worked in medical sales.”

Her first gig was at a small salon in Grove City. She met Mike Rizk in 1994. Mike had connections to Boca Grande, which is how she ended up seeing clients on the island.

Kelly said she feels very blessed to be able to work in a seasonal community, because it gives her the opportunity to travel and pursue other hobbies during the summer months.

Most recently she’s been working at Josephine’s Salon & Spa in the Tower Plaza in Englewood.

“I’ve known Jo for 24 years, and she opened a beautifully renovated larger spa two years ago,” she said.

A true professional, Kelly is always seeking new types of therapeutic methods to help her clients by attending continuing education classes.

“I recently studied hot rock massage, which is really fun,” she said. “Just this past year I took cupping, and I also learned hospice touch, which was great. My father was in hospice care when he passed, so that’s been something I’ve been interested in learning for a while.”

Kelly has worked with people in their homes and even while they are in hospital beds so they can be comfortable during the healing process.

She said the most rewarding part about her job is establishing close relationships with her clients.

“I care about my clients deeply,” she said. “We develop sincere, intimate relationships and share a lot about our lives with one another. It becomes a therapeutic session for both of us. What you give out, you get back.”

She said she feels better when she is working, and there is definitely an energy exchange that comes with the job.

Kelly lives in Englewood with her son, Kenny, and their rescue dog, Currie. Kenny is a sophomore at Lemon Bay High School.

It’s evidently clear that being of service and giving to others is truly a part of Kelly’s nature.

Son Kenny said he couldn’t see his mother in any other career, agreeing that she has found her true calling.

Kelly also has a stepdaughter, Briana, who is 28 and works for an eye doctor in Englewood.

When she isn’t busy working, Kelly is an avid reader. Endless books fill the shelves on the walls of her home. Her favorite authors include John Irving, Diana Gabaldon, Anne Rice and Stephen King.

She also enjoys watching sci-fi movies, and she’s a huge fan of HGTV shows.

Kelly likes to stay physically active and enjoys going on bicycle rides as much as possible. She also takes Currie on long daily walks. Although she doesn’t get a chance to do it very often, she enjoys paddleboarding.

“I believe that as we age, staying active is very important, and I stress that fact to my clients – to keep their bodies moving so they stay functioning properly.”

She likes to travel but hasn’t had the opportunity to do much of it this year. She also loves dancing and enjoys attending live music concerts. Her hope is to someday hop into an RV and travel to different areas and check out music festivals.

When she has extra time, she does scrapbooking and likes to knit.

“Arts and crafts are a lot of fun – a different kind of a creative outlet,” she said.

To speak with Kelly, call Park Avenue Massage at (941) 964-6433 or contact her directly at (941) 830-0348.

Many residents and business owners on the island are quite familiar with the sparkling smile and energetic charisma of Kelly Green.

Kelly is a licensed massage therapist, and she’s worked in Boca Grande for the past 22 years.

She worked at The Gasparilla Inn & Club starting in 1994 and stayed for about 13 seasons. Then she worked at James Griffith Salon for 12 years and eventually at Banyan Tree Pilates for a few seasons.

And now, she’ll be seeing clients at Park Avenue Massage.

She returned to the island last week to meet with clients and get familiar with her new working environment. She’ll be working in Boca Grande three days a week during season to serve regular clients, and she’s looking forward to getting to know some new ones. Kelly will be working Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at Park Avenue Massage.

“I feel very blessed to be able to work with the Boca Grande community,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to working together with Connie Swartzendruber – she’s amazing, and she’s been a professional in the field for more than 30 years.”

Kelly is originally from Columbus, Ohio and Springfield, Ohio. She spent twelve years in each city, so she considers them both a hometown.

“I’ve met some great friends in Florida, but my best friends are still the ones I went to middle school and high school with – they’re very important, lifelong friends,” she said.

Her parents moved here in 1988 after her brother graduated from high school and was awarded a golf scholarship.

Her dad was golf professional at Rotonda Golf Club and also at Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte.

“After my family moved south, it was three years before I decided to join them,” she said. “Each passing year, it was harder and harder to leave Florida from my frequent visits to my close-knit family.”

Her father has since passed away, and her mother re-married and lives in Port Charlotte. Her brother lives in Tampa.

An advertisement for a massage school caught her eye 26 years ago, so she went to visit the school in Venice.

Although she had never received a massage herself at that point in her life, she immediately knew it was what she wanted to do as a career.

“It just seemed like a natural choice for me – it was a very good school. It has since moved,” she said. “It was run by Seventh Day Adventists, and we learned a lot about nutrition and holistic healing.”

For a while she thought she wanted to study nursing, but after being introduced to new-age healing she found it was a perfect match.

“I just felt guided to do it,” she said. “I had been doing meditation for a few years, and I’d always been interested in the medical field since my father worked in medical sales.”

Her first gig was at a small salon in Grove City. She met Mike Rizk in 1994. Mike had connections to Boca Grande, which is how she ended up seeing clients on the island.

Kelly said she feels very blessed to be able to work in a seasonal community, because it gives her the opportunity to travel and pursue other hobbies during the summer months.

Most recently she’s been working at Josephine’s Salon & Spa in the Tower Plaza in Englewood.

“I’ve known Jo for 24 years, and she opened a beautifully renovated larger spa two years ago,” she said.

A true professional, Kelly is always seeking new types of therapeutic methods to help her clients by attending continuing education classes.

“I recently studied hot rock massage, which is really fun,” she said. “Just this past year I took cupping, and I also learned hospice touch, which was great. My father was in hospice care when he passed, so that’s been something I’ve been interested in learning for a while.”

Kelly has worked with people in their homes and even while they are in hospital beds so they can be comfortable during the healing process.

She said the most rewarding part about her job is establishing close relationships with her clients.

“I care about my clients deeply,” she said. “We develop sincere, intimate relationships and share a lot about our lives with one another. It becomes a therapeutic session for both of us. What you give out, you get back.”

She said she feels better when she is working, and there is definitely an energy exchange that comes with the job.

Kelly lives in Englewood with her son, Kenny, and their rescue dog, Currie. Kenny is a sophomore at Lemon Bay High School.

It’s evidently clear that being of service and giving to others is truly a part of Kelly’s nature.

Son Kenny said he couldn’t see his mother in any other career, agreeing that she has found her true calling.

Kelly also has a stepdaughter, Briana, who is 28 and works for an eye doctor in Englewood.

When she isn’t busy working, Kelly is an avid reader. Endless books fill the shelves on the walls of her home. Her favorite authors include John Irving, Diana Gabaldon, Anne Rice and Stephen King.

She also enjoys watching sci-fi movies, and she’s a huge fan of HGTV shows.

Kelly likes to stay physically active and enjoys going on bicycle rides as much as possible. She also takes Currie on long daily walks. Although she doesn’t get a chance to do it very often, she enjoys paddleboarding.

“I believe that as we age, staying active is very important, and I stress that fact to my clients – to keep their bodies moving so they stay functioning properly.”

She likes to travel but hasn’t had the opportunity to do much of it this year. She also loves dancing and enjoys attending live music concerts. Her hope is to someday hop into an RV and travel to different areas and check out music festivals.

When she has extra time, she does scrapbooking and likes to knit.

“Arts and crafts are a lot of fun – a different kind of a creative outlet,” she said.

To speak with Kelly, call Park Avenue Massage at (941) 964-6433 or contact her directly at (941) 830-0348.