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License

  • Massage, IA #04274

Education

  • Iowa School of Naural Health

Specialties

Bodywork & Massage

  • Reiki
  • Neuromuscular Massage
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Other
  • Swedish Massage
  • Massage
  • External Medical Qigong
  • Bowen Therapy

Fitness

  • Other Qigong Class

Kevin Thoren

There is no greater reward than working from your heart, and making a difference in the world.” ~ Carlos Santana

Kevin brings passion, expertise, and a passion to Massage, Bowen, CranioSacral & Qigong Therapies. I have 9 years experience and continues to find the most effective ways to help you find relief. He is a licensed massage therapist.

*Kevin was voted Best Massage Therapist 2008 in Des Moines, by City View readers.

Kevin grew up in Des Moines and has lived Iowa all his life.

Where I Work

Banyan Tree Therapy  
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12493 University Avenue, Clive, IA 50325 Map it

Licenses

Massage, IA # 04274

 

Education

2006
Iowa School of Naural Health
Massage Therapy

 

Notable Experiences

Bodywork
Craniosacral Therapy
Kevin has completed CranioSacral Therapy Training in levels one & two with the Upledger Institute. Kevin is continuing his training with the Upledger Institute so he may continue to serve his clients with the most current knowledge. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on healing method of unblocking energy from the top of your head all the way down your spine to your tail bone. CranioSacral Therapy has it's roots in Osteopathic medicine. It supports you in feeling better and more alive CranioSacral Therapy is performed with your clothes on.
Voted Best Massage Therapist
*Kevin was voted Best Massage Therapist 2008 in Des Moines, by his clients & City View readers. & runner up in 2009 & 2010
Spring Forest Qigong
“If you want to live to 100, practice Qi Gong.” Mehmet Oz, M.D, SFQ is comprised of four parts that all work together: Breathing Gentle movements (active exercises)* Mental focus Sound Qigong is called Acupuncture without the needles as it helps to open the blocks or meridians in the body. In 2009 Kevin attended a training with Spring Forest Qigong. Kevin was inspired to continue his training after recognizing an improvement in his own health while doing Qigong Meditative exercises. Kevin has completed the Level IV training and teaches Qigong Classes at Wesley Acres in Des Moines as well as Meredith Corporation. Kevin also practices External Qigong Therapy, a system where people help themselves become in balance with their bodies. People have noticed a change with a wide range of symptoms such as Migraines, pain and just an overall feeling of peace and calm.
Reiki Master
Reiki is a beautiful, subtle, yet powerful energy that has a history dating back to over two thousand years and is thought to have originated in Tibet. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words — Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." Kevin is a Reiki Master initiated and given the attunement in Karuna, Usui and Jin- Kei-Do-Reiki. Dr. Oz’s wife, Lisa Oz, knows firsthand the benefits of Reiki and its great potential as a catalyst for medical breakthroughs. As a Reiki master, she wholly embraces energy healing, pointing out in a recent interview that “the next wave of medical advances will be when we come to recognize the body as an energetic system.”
Bowen Therapy
Kevin's quest to help people lead a more fulfilling life free of pain led him to learn a technique called Bowen Therapy. Bowen Therapy helps to release muscle tension by strumming the muscles and meridians like a Guitar string. Bowen and CranioSacral Therapy are both performed with your clothes on
Zero Balancing
Developed by Fritz Smith, MD in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Following a protocol that typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes, the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize. Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture and movement. By addressing the deepest and densest tissues of the body along with soft tissue and energy fields, Zero Balancing helps to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. A Zero Balancing session leaves you with a wonderful feeling of inner harmony and organization.
External Qigong
Qigong pronounced Chee Gong. Qi is working with or cultivating, Gong is energy. So it is working with the energy in the body or as we know through acupuncture there are meridians which it is said if they are blocked create illness. When we unblock those areas of stagnation we increase our vitality and health. External Qigong Energy works with the energy within the body to help you feel better.

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Brady N.
Jan 2017
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Neural Reset
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Professionalism & knowledge.
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5.0
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5.0
Molly P.
Dec 2016
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5
It was amazing! My left leg was bothering me and now it feels so much better. Thanks for fitting me in!
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5.0
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5.0
Tej D.
Nov 2016
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5
Varied ailments have equally varied solutions. After months of fighting the problems created by sciatica like symptoms, from pain to immobility, I fould myself seeking Kevin's help. Thinking he'd be resolving the issue (or at least masking it for a while) through massage, I was at first surprised to see him evaluate my walk and mobility. Through coaching and guidance over two sessions, addressing points on the body where organs, skeleton and muscles meet, and manipulative massage, I found myself equally surprised at the relief felt. Mobility restored and the pain seeping away, I can actually see a point in time where this pain will be a distant memory - all without the aid of pills or surgery. Magic, indeed! Thank you
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Yvette H.
Nov 2016
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Kevin knows what I need. He heals body, mind and spirit.
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5.0
cheryl J.
Sep 2016
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I rated it 5 stars. I feel Kevin did a good job and is knowledgeable. I am always a little disappointed when progress to improve goes slowly. That has to do with my body, but not the work done. I was going to put 4 stars but I realize that it is up to my body.
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5.0
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Anonymous
Aug 2016
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5
Kevin has a true gift for healing. I've been amazed with the techniques he uses and the results I've experienced. It's so refreshing to have a health provider who doesn't use medicine to heal your mind, body, and soul. So thankful for him!
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Bridget P.
Aug 2016
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Kevin is amazing! He is a master at his craft! His neural reset treatment was very effective for my shoulder and back pain issues.
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5.0
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Tina D.
Jul 2016
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5
Kevin is a shining star
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5.0
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Anonymous
Jul 2016
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I appreciated Kevin took the time to address where my pain was coming from but provided time to end with a relaxing massage.
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Anonymous
Jun 2016
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He's the best!
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Carole C.
May 2016
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I'm doing better and really looking forward to my next appointment. Kevin was patient with my questions; and it's a good thing, because that's just me!
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5.0
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Dee I.
May 2016
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The degree of knowledge of the anatomy and the actual skill to implement that knowledge.I look forward to my next session with Kevin!
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5.0
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Anonymous
May 2016
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Kevin is always great.
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Jeanette S.
May 2016
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5
Kevin has an inherent skill of asking questions and gathering information needed to make the session fit my needs. Kevin has the ability and experience to very quickly determine what is needed to give me the very best healing session.
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Al L.
Apr 2016
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What's to dislike?
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Anonymous
Apr 2016
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5
I wish I could afford to see Kevin on a weekly basis. I have been all over town and beyond for massage therapy and his treatment has been the best to date. I would definitely put clearer instructions on how to access Kevin's services. I am not from Clive and did have difficulty finding the correct entrance as the address was listed on the back of the building.
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Terry M.
Apr 2016
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It was a great experience. Kevin knows what he's doing.
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5.0
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Anonymous
Mar 2016
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5
Kevin is a miracle worker and gets my body back on track!
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Noelle R.
Mar 2016
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5
Amazing experience! I felt so good after he worked with me, I was almost afraid to move for fear of undoing it! He was very kind and I like that he actually takes the time to talk and explain things to you. Thank you, thank you!
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5.0
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Ron H.
Mar 2016
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Kevin's explanation of what he was doing and why was very important to me. His knowledge and understanding was impressive.
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5.0
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Jen S.
Mar 2016
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Kevin is great. He continues to keep me healthy and functioning at my highest level.
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5.0
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Bridget M.
Mar 2016
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I had never had a Cranial Sacral Massage . It was extremely relaxing and I was surprised at how effective it was. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Kevin is very knowledgeable in the science behind it.
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5.0
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Anonymous
Mar 2016
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Kevin is a dedicated professional. His attention to detail and his amazing energy always leave me feeling balanced and healed.
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Anonymous
Feb 2016
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Kevin was so great! Hands down, the best massage I have ever had!! Can't wait to go back!
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5.0
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Debbie L.
Jan 2016
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Kevin listened very well and intently and seemed to have a real desire to meet my need. It was a very relaxing and wonderful experience and I believe he discovered some things that will help me to recover from my injury.
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deborah p.
Jan 2016
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Very knowledgeable and able to target specific area of need. Attentive to questions, patient iand takes time to understand concerns holistically. If he tells you to 'tell me a story beginning with 'once upon a time', be prepared…….LOL
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Anonymous
Jan 2016
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The best massage in Des Moines
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Anonymous
Nov 2015
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The ambiance was great, and I felt immediately comfortable. It's difficult to change but I feel Kevin will help me discover so much about myself, my energy and my intentions for life!
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Carolyn H.
Nov 2015
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Natalie A.
Nov 2015
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5
Felt great!
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Anonymous
Nov 2015
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4
It was a very interesting session and Kevin is very compassionate...a timely session for where I was at on that day.
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4.0
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Angela B.
Nov 2015
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I appreciated the extra teaching
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5.0
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Anonymous
Oct 2015
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5
Kevin is intuitive, knowledgeable and thorough in his massage therapy practices. He is able to work all areas using several modalities and then educates me on areas to pay attention to after I leave. Best massage therapist in Des Moines!
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5.0
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Anonymous
Oct 2015
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Kevin is very professional and takes the time to discuss any issues, and leaves you with the confidence to trust he truly cares about your overall health and wellness. Definitely would recommend him to everyone.
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5.0
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Anonymous
Sep 2015
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Kevin is a true professional who goes above and beyond the service required. He helps you listen to the trouble spots your body is telling you about and gives you methods to try for healing on your own.
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Lynette W.
Aug 2015
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always awesome!
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Cheryl E.
Aug 2015
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5
Kevin always seems to know what needs worked on and I always leave feeling better!
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5.0
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Pauline T.
Aug 2015
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Intuitive and experienced, Kevin really customizes massages that heal your body. I rely on them to minimize injury and relieve stress.
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5.0
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Anonymous
Aug 2015
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Kevin is extremely knowledgeable and tailored my experience to my own health and wellness needs. Highly recommended!
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5.0
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Anonymous
Aug 2015
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Kevin is awesome! He takes the time to really understand any issues and ensures success by giving tips for at home and continuing treatment.
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5.0
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Estee R.
Aug 2015
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Absolutely the best!
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Roger M.
Jul 2015
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5
I appreciated your explaining what/why you were doing along with your professionalism. The treatment gave me relief and improved my freedom of movement significantly. I feel better, but still have the sciatic pain. Thank you.
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Lynette W.
Jul 2015
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Always enjoy a massage w Kevin
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kelly b.
Jul 2015
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Elaine V.
Jul 2015
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5
I like the atmosphere in the massage room. It is very calm and peaceful. Kevin is very flexible in adapting a massage session to the needs of my body on a particular day.
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Tina D.
Jul 2015
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5
Kevin is learned and loving- a healing professional. Therapy with Kevin allows me to fully engage in a heart-centered, active lifestyle with less anxiety and more bliss.
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Mary Beth E.
Jul 2015
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Always wonderful.
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Connie G.
Jun 2015
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5
kevin is very compassionate and intuitive. Each massage is performed based on the individuals needs and circumstance at the time. There are no cookie cutter massages here. Kevin gives 150%.
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5.0
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John N.
Jun 2015
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5
Time allowed was sufficient for me, Kevin's methods and evaluation were excellent. Thanks.
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Janene W.
Jun 2015
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5
If you're in need of a massage and don't have your own entourage... Go visit the amazing Kevin who will make you feel like heaven!
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5.0
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Linda O.
Jun 2015
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5
Kevin does a great job of understanding what your (and your body's) needs are and so you leave relaxed and refreshed.
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Larry A.
Jun 2015
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5
Kevin's explanations of what he was doing
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Maher S.
May 2015
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Specific Advise to my needs were helpful. It was more than a massage as it included physical therapy.
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Courtney Y.
May 2015
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5
I really appreciate the approach Kevin takes.
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Bill R.
May 2015
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Kevin is very knowledgeable, kind and professional.
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5.0