Who We Are

We provide healing from skin to soul so you can return to your whole self.

The Yoso Wellness Spa Approach

What makes us awesome

We’ve Expanded our Santa Cruz Location

Evolving through a pandemic and 2020, we opened Yoso the Annex on Nov. 18th 2020. A wellness lifestyle shop for all and an extension of Yoso Wellness Spa. Our goal is for you to “feel whole from skin to soul” while experiencing true care so you can be your best self; whether you are at home or the spa.

Through this wild year we spent a lot of time thinking about how we can better support YOU in all your 86,400 seconds of every single day and live in a time when self care and nurturing matters more then ever before for our mental, emotional and physical health.

The Annex is dedicated to treasured self care, clean beauty, intentional wellness, earthy goods and high vibrations with sustainable products honoring our beliefs for non-toxic living for your optimal health inside and out. 

You can shop Yoso the Annex in person down the street from the spa at 109 Cooper St. as well as now enjoy a complete online shopping experience.

Established in 2012, the team at Yōso Wellness Spa bring an unprecedented level of service to the Santa Cruz Community.

We are proud members of the Monterey Bay Green Business Program as well as the Eminence Green Spa Program and Think Local First – Santa Cruz County.  As well as recipients of the *Be The Difference Award - 2019. *Entrepreneur of the Year - NEXTies 2018. *MINDBODY Visionary Award - 2018, 2019. *SWELLIES Favorite Facial, Spa & Green Business - 2018,2020. *Good Times Best of: Gold - Best Esthetician - 2017. *Good Times Best of: Day Spa, Esthetician, Waxing - 2014, 2015, 2016. *Most Compassionate Business Award: Mindbody BOLD 2016. *Leadership Bravo Award: WNA - 2016, 2017.

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Jennalee Dahlen

Founder / Chief Visionary & Esthetician

For many years I have had a deep passion for skin health and the incredible physical, mental and emotional benefits it can create for an individual when it is taken care of.  I could not be more thrilled to share that enjoyment and knowledge with all the wonderful humans that experience a treatment with me. At Yoso we acknowledge the skin is out largest organ and we believe that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. Which is why our approach is clean, organic and natural beauty and skincare

I believe the skin is our third brain and the health of it goes beyond what we see on the surface which has led me to continue to expand not only my education, but the services we offer at Yoso. Our whole body has a story to tell, it simply needs to be seen, heard and acknowledged with conscious products, educated practitioners and treatment focused services.

Yoso was formed with the intention to be a respite for you to feel whole from skin to soul while offering organic products, holistic treatment focused services. My mission is that every person that interacts with us in any form, be it on the phone, online or walking through our doors, feels seen, known, and cared for, whether they experience a service, purchase something from us or just pop in to check us out. If it is possible to find a soul mate in a career, I have found mine! 

If community was a second passion, well then that is mine. I believe in the power of connection, being kind and welcoming all. I believe in the power of engagement and the ripple effect a smile can make. Well now that we are in the time of COVID, I believe in the smile our eyes can make and the positive impact and ripple effect that can have for others.  

Welcome to how Yōso was formed, with passion, vision and a lot of heart. 

With a degree from San Jose State University in Advertising and Business Marketing followed by working as a buyer for a Green Business, Sports Basement, I decided to make a shift to follow my skincare passion in 2010. My education in Esthetics began at a school in Santa Clara with the highest standards and enthusiasm for success. I have received extensive training from the International Dermal Institute, Concepts Institute, Eminence Organics, Osmosis Skincare, Cecily Brayden and many more advanced educators throughout the United States. I continue to take advanced education classes in subjects such as skin conditions, Manual Lymphatic Drainage for the face, massage techniques, Facial Reflexology, REIKI, Gua Sha, Gemstones, product ingredients and essential oils.

A large accomplishment and stepping stone in my career was becoming a certified as an ONCOLOGY Esthetician! In my opinion education is one of the most important things I can do for my role in working with each of you, because as they say, “knowledge is power.” The more informed I am, the better I can inform you!

I am the type of person that jumps for joy from even the smallest things. My life could not be more fulfilled thanks to what I call my woodland fairies, also known as my three little girls Iylee, Marley and Braysen. You will likely meet my kids at some point as little spa nomads drifting around as they LOVE to be at Yōso helping out with little projects and getting treatments themselves!

I can’t wait to meet you at the Spa or at our new lifestyle wellness shop, Yoso the Annex!

With True Care,

Jennalee

Founder & Chief Visionary with a Splash of Happiness


~ Jennalee Dahlen

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Dr. Lauren Fleming

Acupuncturist

Dr. Lauren Fleming Dr. TCM LAc

Hi! I’m Dr. Lauren Fleming. I am a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). I graduated from Five Branches University here in Santa Cruz, where I earned a Masters and Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM/DTCM).

I have an Advanced Certification in Facial and Cosmetic Acupuncture from Michelle Gellis, and a dual Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Vermont. I was led to Chinese Medicine while studying both Psychology and Environmental Studies at The University of Vermont, where I had the incredible good fortune of learning from a practitioner who demonstrated the potency of its effects. I saw how acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and the compassion and attention of a quality practitioner could really make a difference in the outcome of the patient’s wellbeing. From that moment on I knew that this was what I was meant to do. I am so grateful to all of the wonderful mentors in my life that have led me to this career path.

One of my favorite aspects of Chinese Medicine is the empowerment and tools that it offers to patients. The medicine is within YOU and I look forward to being a guide in helping you bring your imbalances back into alignment through acupuncture, herbs, diet and  lifestyle recommendations and more. I am incredibly excited to be at Yōso to help support you in whatever the ailment may be. I have a passion for addressing skin health from the inside out, and empowering you with the tools, knowledge and treatments to look and feel your best! 

~ Dr. Lauren Fleming

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Beth Corder

Esthetician

Hello! My name is Beth and I am so excited to introduce myself as part of the Yoso Wellness team. I have been a licensed esthetician for 12 years in Oregon and California. I am trained and certified with Eminence Skincare and have worked with the product since the beginning of my career. I love showing my passion for skincare to clients through my touch and assisting them with an effective home routine to keep their skin healthy and result oriented. I am beyond grateful to be a part of Yoso to care for my own wellness which in turn gives me the knowledge to help each client with their own personal experience and needs. My goal for you is to feel confident starting with beautiful glowing skin.  I also specialize in waxing all areas of the body! I can’t wait to meet you and help you on your journey of wellness.

~ Beth Corder

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Nicole Territo

Esthetician

Nicole whipped up products in her bathroom as a young girl before she honed her expertise as a distinguished medical aesthetician, meticulously selecting only the most effective products and techniques renowned for their enduring impact. Having garnered experience in prestigious spas and cosmetic surgery settings, she blends many different modalities into her work. She customizes each treatment based on the individual's needs and concerns. Listening, communicating and finding solutions for each client is paramount to a successful treatment. 

She has studied meditation and yoga for over ten years and incorporates her knowledge of the internal and external body into her sessions. 

Providing a seamless fusion of high-performance holistic techniques and leading technology, Nicole's services are a testament to her unwavering commitment to enhancing clients' well-being and delivering lasting, sustainable results.


Specialized in anti-aging and sun damage facials, full body waxing, brow/lash tints, brow shape design and quick and seamless Brazilians.

~ Nicole Territo

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Gretchen Retka

Massage Therapist

GRETCHEN RETKA, BFA, CYT-350, CAMTC CMT, CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL BIRTH DOULA-ACTIVIST

Cypress Health Institute Certified CAMTC massage graduate & University of MN Music/Theatre graduate with a passion for healing & performing arts. Gretchen finds joy in the articulation & cultivation of refining the body as a tool to simultaneously evolve the mind, emotions & spirit for healing or personal expression! Massage techniques include swedish, thai, myofascial, prenatal, postnatal, abdominal massage, deep tissue & energy work in Reiki & cranial sacral. 

~ Gretchen Retka

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Louisa Sandman

Massage Therapist

Hi my name is Louisa, and I have been a certified Massage Therapist since 2006. 
I attended Cypress Health Institute where I studied Polarity, Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage. I am also trained in hot stone massage.
My passion for massage comes from the feeling of making a small difference by improving the way people feel. Witnessing the smiles and look of relaxation on our client's faces fills me with joy!
When I'm not working, I enjoy being active which includes exercising on the beach and weight training. I am also passionate about music and enjoy playing percussion.  
I look forward to meeting you!

~ Louisa Sandman

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Jenny Schaffhouser

Massage Therapist

Jenny completed the 1000 Hour program at the Finger Lakes School of Massage, in New York. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and a history of competitive distance running, she has a deep understanding of the body and takes a holistic approach in her work.

Jenny has a great calming presence and touch. Her bodywork incorporates Connective Tissue Therapy, Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish, Energy Palpation and Reflexology to create a session, tailored to the needs of the body in its present state. Jenny views the body with immense gratitude and is honored to create and hold space for someone to heal and reconnect with themselves.

When she's not doing bodywork, Jenny is trail running with her dog, throwing clay, gardening, or tucked away somewhere quiet reading.

~ Jenny Schaffhouser

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Carrie Clark

Energy Influencer / Spa Manager

Welcome! My name is Carrie and I have had a lifelong interest in wellness, nutrition and holistic living.

I graduated from Bauman College as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and have since co-founded a local probiotic beverage company and worked on the management team at Vital Body Therapeutics, our backbar CBD line here at Yoso. I am an advocate for regular body work and self-care rituals and believe that investing in self-care and other healing modalities is what can make the difference between thriving and merely surviving in life.

I bring my passion for cultivating well-being in myself and others, combined with an unparalleled work ethic, acute attention to detail, constant thirst for knowledge and superpowers of organization and efficiency, to everyone here at Yoso. I strive to create an exemplary experience for all of our clientele and staff and sincerely look forward to meeting each and every one of you. It's our mission to maximize the benefits of your spa services and educate you on our wide array of retail products, so you can truly embody radiant health, from Skin to Soul!

I look forward to seeing you at Yoso.

~ Carrie Clark

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Jenifer Mohler

Spa Coordinator

Jenifer Mohler

Hello! My name is Jen. I have an innate fondness for learning and discovery, having spent the formative years of my career in public libraries and the higher education industry. Before joining Yoso, I managed a community medical clinic and served as an advocate for science-based health literacy.As a leadership professional, I strive to design environments that support the well-being of both clientele and fellow team members.I find joy in promoting a healthy lifestyle by nurturing the mind and body from the inside out. Yoso provides our community with many of the tools needed to attune to our body’s natural state of good health. When I’m not at the spa, you can find me studying nutrition science, playing the piano, or cooking over a campfire!

~ Jenifer Mohler

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Sophia Gurries

Peaceful Presence at Reception

Hi everyone! I'm Sophia. My specialty at Yōso is reception/front desk. I am passionate about making a positive attribution in this world & lifestyle changes that add to a healthy life. I love to work in business and be surrounded by it. I am spending my time studying business & accounting while exploring as much of the world, the people in it, & my interests as I can. Quality time & human connections mean the most to me, whether it's making someone's day, time with family, or friends. I hope you all have a fantastic experience sharing your wellness journey with us at Yōso!

~ Sophia Gurries

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Tatum Woelfel

Customer Experience Coordinator

Tatum Woelfel

Bio Coming Soon!

~ Tatum Woelfel

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Zara Duran

Friendly Face at the Annex

I have been apart of the Yoso team since summer of 2022 and as a teen I love learning about new things in new careers. Being at the Annex helps me to understand and find amazing ways to help keep my body healthy. The way everyone at Yoso helps to keep people happy and healthy is such a welcoming and inspiring environment to be in. I can’t wait to say hi and see you at the Annex!! 

~ Zara Duran

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Hannah McKibben

Friendly Face at the Annex

I have been a Yōso team member since August 2023, and I love the calming and warm environment that is Yōso. I enjoy learning about new healthy habits and ways to better myself, while getting to help people every day. When away from the Annex, I enjoy reading, playing guitar, and art. I look forward to seeing you soon at the Annex! 

~ Hannah McKibben

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Your Name Here

Join Yoso Wellness

Interested in joining Yoso! We would love to hear from you.

Reach out to us at Elevate@yosowellness.com

~ Your Name Here

What sets us apart

Our Values

01

Enso Experience

Allowing and guiding clients to experience their body's natural state in order to achieve their highest wellness.

Experience the full circle benefits of Yoso as a team, providing a meaningful space to clients from the moment they call or walk in, the service they experience, continuing into the days after they leave.

02

Kindred Connection

To genuinely take an interest in the needs of people who come see us. Yoso truly cares & wants to aide their ability to take care of themselves. We strive to provide a supportive environment for all clients and welcome our clients in as part of our family. 

Creating a connection of community outside the doors of Yoso through event participation in many forms. Without our community love and support we would not have Yoso as we do.

03

Consciously Curated

Researching and testing each product and service to ensure quality before introducing it to our clients & community.

Being trusted to give the best quality and educated experience to everyone who buys our services or products.

04

Harmoniously Proactive

Taking ownership over our roles at the spa and treating our space and each other with the care they deserve.

Anticipating what will make Yoso outstanding and do those things each day so that we and our clients leave happier than when we arrived. 

05

Humble and Helpful

Recognizing and caring for others as individuals like we do for ourselves.

Actively listening to and respecting everyone’s ideas so that we all can contribute and learn.

Openly sharing knowledge and expertise, because we can only succeed as a team.

We can answer that for you

Frequenty Asked Questions

You can undress to your level of comfort. Your practitioner will walk through this with you more. Throughout the session, you will be covered with a sheet and blanket with only the area being worked on exposed.

We are conveniently located in Downtown Santa Cruz in the Galleria at 740 Front St. Suite 110. Parking is available in the Galleria, Trader Joe's, or the parking structure.

Please allow sufficient time for parking to arrive a few minutes early for your appointment to ensure time for check-in and a prompt start at your scheduled time.

We are located at 109 Cooper St. in Downtown Santa Cruz across from Abbott Square and the MAH right next door to Laili Restaurant.

You can park in the Trader Joes Parking lot or the Galleria parking lot. Both are free parking. There is also a paid parking structure behind the Galleria.

You can call us at the Annex at 831-247-1987.

Speak to your therapist about what’s going on with your skin or body based on the treatment you are visiting us for.  Let them know what your primary goals are for your treatment and they will make sure to work with the goals along with anything they see that is important to address.

Yes, of course you can. If possible when scheduling let us know what kind of gift card you will be using. This will also help us identify if it is a donation gift card and a particular practitioner it is intended to be

We also accept SpaFinder and SpaWeek gift cards for services. Unfortunately SpaFinder and SpaWeek can not be used for products.

Yes, due to COVID, we are by appointment with the occasional ability to accommodate a walk-in guest. Please call 831-600-8053 or email hello@yosowellness.com to book your appointment. You can also schedule an appointment online. If you have the MINDBODY Mobile App you can also schedule with us through that site. 

If you are unable to make your appointment please call and email us as soon as possible.

You can absolutely reschedule your appointment however we do have a 24 hour reschedule policy.  Please see our Cancellation policy FAQ.

Our cancellation policy is designed to ensure a smooth scheduling process and quality service for all our valued clients; and fairness to our amazing practitioners:

-We do require a CC number at time of booking appointment to honor our cancellation policy.

-No show or Cancellation/Reschedule less than 24 hours in advance: 100% charge of service.

-Arriving 15 minutes late: Automatic reschedule due to overlap. 50% charge of service.

-Cancellation or reschedule more than 24 hours in advance: no fee. More advanced notice is greatly appreciated.

We certainly do not want to charge anyone so please be considerate of your practitioner's time reserved for you as you would for a doctor appointment or hotel reservation. 

You can like us on Instagram and/or Facebook  to enjoy monthly promotions and specials. We also offer 15% off for referrals to the referrer and referee as a thank you and welcome

Yoso the Annex is a wellness lifestyle shop for all and an extension of Yoso Wellness Spa as well as our online retail store.

The Annex is dedicated to treasured self care, clean beauty, intentional wellness, earthy goods and high vibrations with sustainable products honoring our beliefs for non-toxic living for your optimal health inside and out. 

You will find an array of consciously curated and tested wellness products for skin health, non-toxic living, oracle cards and crystals, astrology planners, wellness rituals, feel good gift cards, C B D products for internal and external, herbs, body products and so much more.