Our Staff

AM 1 smaller Anne Marie LaFrance-Watts LMBT 04023

Anne is the owner and founder of LaFrance Wellness and has certifications of completions in Anatomy and Homotoxicology. Anne graduated top of the class in May 2003 from the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Massage in Charlotte, N.C. She continued her studies by graduating from China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China in September 2004. During that time, Anne received hands on training from some of the most prominent instructors in all of China. She combines her vast knowledge of massage, homotoxicology and pain management to assist clients with medical problems taking an eastern medical approach. Anne believes that the treatment to a problem in a holistic and natural way can be very successful.

Darrell Watson Photo sized Darrell Watson

Darrell has been involved in Grappling sports for 20 years. He began wrestling while in school here in Morganton and has continued with the sport by coaching his son’s wrestling teams throughout the years. In 2007 he began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is currently a brown belt under Charuto Verissimo of Evolution Mixed Martial Arts in Wilmington NC.

While constantly looking for new tools to help improve his Jiu-jitsu game, Darrell found himself exploring the strength and flexibility benefits of yoga. Seeing major improvement in a short amount of time, he was hooked. Little did he know that he would discover something much deeper — a mindful way of life.

Yoga has helped Darrell become more connected with his true self and to identify what truly serves him. Through a personal practice of asana, meditation, and deep breathing techniques, the practice of yoga found its way into all aspects of his life, not just in the yoga studio or on the Jiu-jitsu mat. Darrell believes that practicing yoga gives the mind the capacity to see and to understand the world with a broader perspective.

Darrell is the life partner of 17 years to an amazing and supportive wife, the proud father of a son and a daughter, a son of two wonderful parents, and the brother of two delightful sisters. He acquired Subtle Yoga’s 200RYT yoga teacher training under the guidance of Kristine “Kaoverii” Weber, MA, eRYT500 and Rhonda Cook, c-IAYT, RYT500, in 2016. 

Subtle yoga teaches how to share yoga with all types of clients in different environments. Clients come from all walks of life and this is a proven system for helping the teacher be able to teach good, solid, safe yoga classes. People learn best and feel most supported when they are helping and being helped by others. Subtle yoga allows a connection between the mind and body in order to engage our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Allowing us to feel safe and bring ourselves into a state of mind where healing can take place. Flexibility is not a requirement.

Darrell is also Reiki level I and level II certified by the Heart Center in Asheville since 2011.  Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

In his teaching, he would like to share with others the light that yoga has shined on him, in addition to being able to offer the healing touch of medically focused massage therapy.

Madison Madison Ramsey, Esthetician

Madison has recently joined the LaFrance Wellness team bringing her expertise in facial reflexology. Madison uses Young Living Products during her 90 minutes sessions, where she offers a variety of services, including facial reflexology, high-frequency facials, microdermabrasion, lymphatic drainage, Seaflora Skincare products and many others.

Madison customizes the services to the individual, defined by her belief that everyone’s skin is a little different and therefore deserves special attention. Not only is a session with her extremely relaxing, but it can drastically improve your understanding of your own skin and aid in the care of your skin over the long term. If you start early taking care of your skin, it will help long term.

Starting from the inside out, Madison focuses on the skin issues that are caused by internal problems with an individuals body. This is a holistic and natural approach to facial reflexology that is a highly effective method of taking care of your skin.

A session with Madison can help you understand how to heal your skin naturally from the inside out.

holly johnson Dr. Holly Johnson, LPC, NCC

Holly is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Regent University, a M.B.A. from Western Governors University, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.
Holly is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina. She stays abreast of current research in the field and teaches both general and adolescent psychology for Liberty University. She provides counseling services to individuals, couples, youth, and adults in the areas of bereavement, depression/anxiety, life transitions, and personal and/or spiritual growth. Areas of experience include personal growth, anxiety and depression, inner healing and trauma, grief and bereavement, sex abuse/sex offender treatment, and life and career transitions.

Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.