About Me

BERNADETTE E. MITCHELL, BA, LMT, MMP, BCMT

Bernadette is the founder and owner of BES Natural Solutions. She is a proud honor graduate from Ashford University and the Baltimore School of Massage/Steiner Education Group and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Bernadette has a special gift and interest in working with the elderly, people who have been injured or have other health disparities, in addition to businesses and other organizations.  This stems from her early days of providing massage to her mother and grandmother. 

My mother had lupus and would be in such great pain.  There were many days that I would massage her ever so gently.  She said I should do this for a living and that I was "laying hands on her."  I would always remark, why would I want to do that since I was a legal assistant/paralegal for many years.

Grandma Mary and I had a bond that no other family member shared.  We had the power of touch.  After having a number of strokes, diabetes, amputation of both legs above the knee, Grandma Mary could no longer speak as she used to.  I would visit them both every week and would massage and comb their hair.  Grandma Mary did not have much to say, but she would ask to have her legs and her feet "rubbed."  With no knowledge of "phantom leg pain," I would rub her legs and feet, and she indicated how she felt really good and would sometimes fall asleep.  While I thought it was strange at first, I would ask her every time if she wanted me to rub her feet.  While I was not raised by my mother or grandmother I thought I did not have that much of a connection until the day she died.  I realized at that time that I would not be able to "rub" her head, legs, and feet.  The one connection I learned is that we did have the power of touch and that bond was now broken.  

After a major layoff at my firm, while I did not get laid off - I realized that I needed a Plan B. I enrolled in the Baltimore School of Massage in Linthicum, Maryland, and worked diligently to learn and achieve the highest honors. From that journey, I am honored and have received great benefit that my Plan B became Plan A!

I furthered my education and graduated Cum Laude from Ashford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Alternative Health.  In our current society, people desire more than pharmaceuticals.  My craft as a massage therapist helps to provide that care and comfort in addition to being an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church Ministries.

While we provide traditional massage and bodywork services, we specialize in orthopedic/medical massage for pain and dysfunction.  Prior the pandemic, I provided care and treatment at Future Care Lochearn, Manor Care Health Services-Woodbridge Valley, Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village and am currently credentialed to provide care and treatment through various medical providers and insurers. 

Licenses and Certifications:

• Certified Notary Public • Certified in First Aid and BLS CPR/AED (Adult/Child/Infant)
• Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) • State of Maryland Licensed Massage Therapist
• Certified in Lymphatic Drainage, Healthy Pregnancy Massage,  Medical Massage, Functional Movement Technique (FMT), ACE Massage Cupping Practitioner, Reflexology, Barbicide, and Barbicide for Covid-19 Certification •Other Courses Taken: Deep Tissue Massage: Safe & Effective Techniques for Common Problem Areas. Basic Techniques for Geriatric Massage, Release Techniques for the Shoulders, Massage Parties, Oncology Massage For the Patient Living with Cancer, Advanced Medical Massage

 

 

LaTEARA ANDERSON, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

La Teara has excellent customer service skills. She provides support to  staff and clients and ensures that all interactions are positive and productive. Contact her with any questions you may have about our services and for appointment scheduling.  LaTeara is received her certification for Barbicide and Barbicide for Covid-19.  In addition, she is trained to perform Body Treatments.