All of our practitioners are experts in their field and bring together over 75 collective years of clinical experience.

And they are not only excellent clinicians in their respective practices, but they are also extremely warm, friendly and cheerful people.

We could not be more proud of our AWESOME team!


Jennifer Caron, Lic. Ac., MAc.
Licensed Acupuncturist, Founder

Jennifer is a Licensed Acupuncturist, and the founder of Body Therapeutics. She is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Board of Registration in Medicine and is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture – the oldest acupuncture school in the US, which is now part of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Worcester. She is trained in both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, as well as many adjunct therapies including moxibustion, cupping, electro-stim and tuina. Jen’s particular specialties and interests lie in the treatment of chronic and acute pain, stress and anxiety, infertility and women’s issues, and migraine headache.

Jen spends most of her other time with her husband and their three children. As a family they enjoy skiing, hiking and playing sports. Jen is also an avid runner and triathlete, and has done many half marathons, marathons and triathlons. Jen enjoys learning new ways to provide a healthy upbringing for her children, and she is a strong home birth advocate. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist and opening Body Therapeutics, Jennifer was a Certified Public Accountant and also taught Aikido and Zen meditation for many years. It was the combination of martial arts and meditation training, her business background, along with her Chinese Medicine education that inspired the creation of Body Therapeutics.

Melanie Chieng., Lic. Ac., MAOM.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

Melanie is a Licensed Acupuncturist and nationally certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Board of Registration in Medicine to practice Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University, with specialized training in Chinese herbal medicine and orthopedic acupuncture. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine program at Pacific College of Health and Science.

Prior to acupuncture school, Melanie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Physiology/Organismal Biology and a minor in Psychology. She is interested in acupuncture research, along with treating women’s health, mental health, pain and musculoskeletal disorders, and pediatrics.

In addition to acupuncture, she is currently training to become a Registered Yoga Teacher and in her free time enjoys reading, traveling and hiking.

Michele Recore-Bollar, Lic. Ac., MSTOM
Licensed Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

Michele is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine to practice Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She is also a nationally certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Michele graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York with a Masters of Science Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). Her specialties include (but are not limited to) Women’s Health, Family Medicine, Cancer support and Acute/Chronic Pain. In addition to acupuncture, she incorporates many adjunct therapies into her treatments including moxibustion, pediatric Shoni Shin, cupping, electro-stim and tuina. 

Michele is a Worcester native and received her BA from the New College of Hofstra University. Prior to her Traditional Oriental Medicine studies, she worked for many years in the Media Design and Technology field in New York City. When not in clinic she can be found out in the woods Geocaching with her family or chasing their dog around town.


Sean Thornton, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Thornton is a licensed chiropractic physician with over 1​7​ years of experience and has been with Body Therapeutics since its opening in 2009. He is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, Kansas, where he focused on sports injuries and played hockey, softball, volleyball and lacrosse. Dr. Thornton has continued his education in areas of strength & conditioning, ​Sports injuries, ​nutrition, chiropractic and golf, extremity adjusting and maternity and pediatric care.

Dr. Thornton earned his bachelors in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Sports Medicine / Athletic Training from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Dr. Thornton is also certified to prescribe custom orthotics ​from Sole Supports ​and often uses a multitude of techniques and tools ​including Diversified, Thompson and Activator, ​to help his clients feel better and maintain their health and well being for the long haul. Dr. Thornton is a full-time chiropractor at Body Therapeutics and accepts most major insurance carriers.

​Dr. Thornton continues to be active coaching and playing lacrosse in the ​local community. Other hobbies include exercise, skiing and spending time with his wife and son.

Massage Therapists

Alison Burney, LMT, NCTMB
Licensed Massage Therapist

Alison is a Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist with over 16 years experience, and has been with Body Therapeutics since our opening in 2009. She is a graduate of the Massage Institute of New England where she studied many different styles of massage including Classic Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Healing Stone Therapy. She has also been a Usui Reiki practitioner since 1999. Alison enjoys using a variety of techniques to create a personal treatment to fit each person’s individual needs.

The people she typically serves are seeking treatment for a variety of issues including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, rotator cuff restriction, stress, anxiety and sleep disorders. Alison has continued her development with classes in deep tissue, prenatal, and infant massage. She has been trained by Tracy Walton to provide massage to people experiencing cancer treatment and with a history of cancer. Alison strongly believes that massage helps people to reconnect with their own body and bring them to a place of profound health and healing.

Christopher Gengarelli, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist

Christopher is a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 15 years experience, and has been with Body Therapeutics since 2013. He is a graduate of the Atlanta School of Massage, where he also completed a progressive Asian Bodywork Program, focusing on Chinese Massage (Tui Na), Shiatsu, and Thai Massage. He found that the complement of eastern and western modalities is crucial in treating people from a holistic perspective.

Christopher has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a graduate level diploma in the field of Classical Chinese Medicine. He has also been practicing for ten years in the martial art of Taiji, a soft and relatively internal discipline, which serves as the foundation of his work. Christopher has strong conviction that health comprises mind, body and spirit, and that massage is a place in which all of those aspects can be improved.

Bree Marion, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist

Bree is a Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of The Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. Drawing from Swedish, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release, she uses an integrative approach during sessions to best suit individual needs. She believes in the value that massage and bodywork can bring to a person’s overall health and well-being.  She enjoys that her work allows her to treat people as a whole: affecting mind, body and spirit.

Before working as a Massage Therapist, Bree worked in the human service field for nearly 15 years. It was from this experience and point of view that she became interested in massage therapy and the role it can play in emotional and mental health. Outside of work Bree enjoys connecting with nature, gardening and growing things.

Mike Rogan, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist

Mike is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of Spa Tech Institute. Mike uses a tailored approach to massage for each client, utilizing a combination of Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular techniques, as well as Sports Massage, Swedish Massage or Hot Stone as requested. The clients he typically works on are seeking everything from chronic pain relief and injury treatment to stress and anxiety relief.

Before working as a Massage Therapist, Mike worked in the human service field with vulnerable populations of children for years. He enjoys seeing the benefit that massage therapy brings to his patients’ emotional and physical wellbeing.

Corporate Wellness Trainers

Kelly Nummelin
Corporate Wellness Trainer

Kelly is a wellness coach, nutritionist and fitness instructor, and is a key contributor to our corporate wellness programs. She teaches many workshops that cover nutrition basics, advanced nutrition for the competitive athlete, plant-based nutrition, basic fitness concepts and corporate yoga sessions.

Kelly earned her Nutritional Coaching Certification and her Personal Training Certification through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). She also has a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design and Retailing. She teaches regular spin and yoga classes, and works in fitness clothing design at Reebok. She is passionate about her job and about helping people get on the path to optimal wellness by teaching them about fitness and nutrition.

Robert Caron, Sc.D.
Executive Coach & Training Specialist

Bob is one of the founders and a current Partner at Body Therapeutics, and he is a key contributor to our corporate wellness programs. He teaches many unique workshops on leadership, conflict resolution, teamwork and self-defense.

Bob is a leadership coach and currently runs his own private coaching and consulting business where he helps emerging adults discover career and life direction, called Ignite Your Way. Prior to launching this practice, he spent over a decade in higher education as both a professor and a dean in health and sciences programs. Prior to his career in higher education, Bob spent several years as a Leadership Coach working for an innovative practice that focused on mind-body integration in leadership. He earned his Doctor of Science in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences from Boston University and has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College. For over seventeen years, Bob was the President and Chief Instructor at the Zen Training Center, a not-for-profit martial arts school in Worcester, where he taught Aikido and Zen meditation. He holds a 5th degree black belt in Aikido and actively trains in Zen Buddhism with his teacher Ginny Whitelaw, Roshi.


Tayler MacAyeal
Receptionist & Practitioner Team Support

Tayler graduated with her associates degree in liberal arts in 2019. She is passionate
about maintaining a balanced life and promoting both mental and physical health. She is a 200HR registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. She loves spending time outdoors and has completed multiple yoga retreats to further enhance her teaching and her own practice both in Vermont and Costa Rica. Additionally, she is an avid runner who completed her first half marathon in 2019. She loves preparing delicious vegetarian dishes and spending time with her family, her four rescue dogs, and her sister’s newest rescue dog. She is a big advocate for adoption/ animal rescue and supports ending breed specific legislation. Tayler is excited to be a
part of our team and looks forward to learning more about holistic health so that she can further implement it into her own life and career in the future.