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Pure Serenity Wellness Center Inc.

202 2nd Street E. Hastings, MN 55033

Pure Serenity Wellness Center Inc.

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Team Biographies

Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

Ericka M. Hakanson

Owner, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher

Ericka's Story:

My name is Ericka Hakanson. I have been a Massage Therapist since 1995. I am an NAMT certified member. Like many of you I have traveled many paths to get out where I am today.

Here is my story:

   I graduated from Center for a Balanced Life in 1995. During my time at massage school I studied Swedish Massage Techniques,Reflexology, Polarity, Sports Massage,Pre./Post natal, Acupressure, and of course Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology.

Upon graduation I was honored when my instructor asked me to come and work for her. At the time I was working for West St.Paul Chiropractic Clinic as a Chiropractic Assistant (CA). After I was licensed and Nationally Certified, the doctor I worked for asked me to work as a Massage Therapist. It seemed like a natural transition. I had worked for the Chiropractic clinic since I was in High school. I was torn between the two places so I decided to work at both. I was excited to start my career, but eager to start a family as well.

In 1997 I got married. We moved to Oakdale. Working at two places and driving the extra miles wasn't working with my personal life. I found a place closer to where we lived. I worked in Lake Elmo. In 2002, our growing family forced us to move . We needed a bigger home!

I tell you timing is everything! West St. Paul Chiropractic called me an offered me a full time massage position. Now I had two beautiful children, a husband and a bigger home closer to work. It seemed like I had come full circle. Then life happened again. The wonderful doctor I worked for retired and sold the practice. I was a little heartbroken. The group of doctors & staff I had worked with for so many years had become like a second family to me. I began to think about where I wanted to be & the type of practice I wanted to have.

In 2005, I moved my business back to where I grew up, Inver Grove Heights. There I worked for a wonderful woman in a great location. At Concepts in Massage Therapy & Bodywork Inc., I learned many new things. I studied Structural Energetic Therapy or SET training. I also learned Stone Massage. After three years, my boss and dear friend informed me that she was going to have to close the business. I had a great client following at this time. I didn't want to move them far, so I moved around the corner to Relax N' Tan.

Working at Relax N' Tan taught me many lessons. Not all lessons were easy. It was a struggling business. In 2009 the owner of the business moved us to Mendota Heights. I was reluctant to move out of my hometown. She had hoped to help the business by building new clientele.

During this time I was searching for peace and harmony, I took classes for Reiki, Kinesiology & Healing Touch. It was the best thing I could have done. Now I am able to offer all of these wonderful services to my clients. After one year of being in our new location the business closed. This brings me to where I am today. I started my own corporation.

On May 24 2010, the City of Inver Grove Heights approved my license. I believe everything happens for a reason. I am excited to finally be on my own. I have always accepted change, I always have faith that everything will work out for the best. I am grateful to my clients who were willing to follow me.

   Life continues to surprise and delight me. In September 2018

 I got a divorce, In November I moved into my new home in Hastings MN. I guess I wasn't done with all the changes that life brought me during this time. In November 2019 the building that I have worked out of for the past 9 years, sold! I had to move again! I found a beautiful space in my new hometown of Hastings. This space provided me with the opportunity to expand and grow. With a lot of support from loved ones I am proud to announce my dreams are coming true! Pure Serenity expanded into Pure Serenity Wellness Center Inc.!

Please come and experience the first of it's kind...

Pure Serenity's Salt and Selenite Sanctuary!

my journey I have had the privilege of working with a variety of people with a variety of health issues. I work on people of all ages, rom infants to the elderly. Every Wednesday I work with the elderly & hospice patients. With my chiropractic background I believe that massage & chiropractic go hand in hand. I work closely with chiropractors. I do insurance billing for personal injury & workers compensation cases. Athletes, personal trainers & weekend warriors have benefited from my massage techniques as well. I do enjoy working with pregnant women, in fact my massage table is a prenatal table. Some clients are just looking to relax & de-stress, I do that too! After all my business name is Pure Serenity!

I have created a tranquil environment where everyone can feel comfortable & relaxed.

Each client is a blessing to me. I work hard to honor the mind, body & spirit of each individual. When you come in for a massage with me you will have a massage specifically designed for your unique needs, not just some generic massage.

With my years of experience and educational background I am able to offer many techniques to benefit your well-being.

I believe I am a natural born healer. God has given me a gift & it is my honor & privilege to share my gift with you.


Guide, Healer, Apprentice Universal Kabbalah Instructor

Certified by the Modern Mystery School International

Sarah Smriga has a passion for life and exploring what the world has to offer. This led to a career in television production, and a dream job exploring the world with the Travel Channel.

Yet the thrill of an exciting and successful career in TV production did not fulfill that lingering feeling that there was more to life. It was this consistent feeling of a deeper meaning and search for a path where she could use her skills and talents to make a bigger positive impact on the world that led Sarah to the doors of the Modern Mystery School.

Since 2005 Sarah has been applying the techniques she now offers to clients. As a result she has seen immense growth and manifestation in the lives of so many.

“It’s with great joy that I carry out my purpose of leading people to align with their unique essence and ultimately heal, grow, and transform. This is what the world needs! I truly believe that each person has an important thread to weave in the fabric of humanity.

I love working with self-based leaders who know there is more to life and want to explore every inch of their purpose to live a more fulfilling life and make an impact. Self-based leaders are people who continue on their path of healing and growth like contributing their unique gift to make their lives better and the lives of others better. Together we can THRIVE!”

– Sarah Smriga


Theresa Charpentier has been practicing yoga for over 30 years. Over the last couple of years, she has been transforming her purpose and affirming her positive energy forward in life and decided that it was time to teach the principles of yoga to others. Each yoga practice is focused on the core essence of breathing, how your feeling, listening to your own body, while letting go of competition, judgement, expectations and staying in the present moment. The Hatha vinyasa yoga style is practiced and is a series of yoga poses that are connected in a flow with music that prepares you for mediation at all levels of skill. Improve your overall balance, strength, flexibility, mobility and positive overall feeling.


Leigh Arnoldy is a Minnesota herbalist based in the Twin-Cities Area. She is a teacher in the Hastings School District, as well as being a student of the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism. Leigh has studied with Matthew Wood online and in-person for several years, as well as apprenticing with Matthew in the summer of 2019. Some of Leigh’s other teachers have been Phyllis Light, Francis Bonaldo, Jolie Elan, Dawn Gates, Lise Wolff, and Judith Hill. She is presently working on my mentorship and American Herbalist Guild certification. Leigh’s herbal interests include botany, wildcrafting, plant signatures, creating spirit- and nature-based art, and astrological and esoteric herbal connections. Leigh also runs a blog from her website,