Staff

Kimberyly-Heeres-FrankKimberly Heeres-Frank, Journeys Owner, Licensed Massage Therapist & Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice

Kimberly Heeres-Frank is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice, Hospice volunteer, Master Fermentationist, Certified Cupping Therapist and a Licensed DCFS worker. She is a member of The College of Lake County’s Health and Wellness Advisory Board. Kimberly is also President of the Illinois Lyme Support Network. Her breadth of training allows her to individualize treatment using Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Raindrop Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Polarity, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Craniosacral therapies. This extensive training also affords Kimberly a unique insight as to how and why the body functions as it does, thereby helping her to educate clients how to use massage therapy after their session is over. Her clients range from newborn babies to professionals of all ages, as well as those afflicted with many long-term illnesses.

Kimberly embarked upon a career in wellness after using massage and other wellness modalities to treat her own illness. She firmly believes, “if it can help me to get to remission, it can help others too!” She graduated from the College of Lake County with high honors. Kimberly is currently studying to get her Doctor of Natural Medicine.

Ellen CoryyyEllen Corey, M.A.,CWP, Wellness/Life Coach

Ellen Corey is a Wellness/Life Coach and Certified Wellness Practitioner with over thirty years of experience in the fields of education and wellness promotion. Her credentials include: Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP), M.A. in Counseling, Wellness Coaching Certificate, 32 years as a Counselor, B.A. in Psychology and English, A.A.S. in Health and Wellness Promotion, and a Consumer Wellness Advocate (CWA).

Ellen provides individual and group coaching. Individual coaching may be in person or electronically. Her primary focus is to empowering women, girls, teens, and families to reach their full potential. She has added expertise with individuals suffering from chronic conditions and those being bullied.

Promoting life balance, reducing stress, and creating accountability, are the cornerstones of her wellness coaching business. If something is bothering you, it is affecting your wellness.

 

photo (4)Joanna Johnston, Acupuncturist

Joanna has a long history in healthcare, having worked as a Registered Nurse, primarily in Home Health Care for over 25 years.  While working as a nurse, Joanna developed a strong belief that a holistic approach to healing is preferable to focusing solely on physical symptoms.  This approach recognizes that emotional, psychological, and environmental factors directly and indirectly impact the body’s ability to heal.

Joanna’s interest in Eastern medicine, particularly acupuncture, began when she struggled with infertility.  Like many women in that situation she placed her hope in Western medicine which offered incredibly advanced technological treatments, but they were invasive and expensive and could potentially lead to undesirable side effects.  Nonetheless, she tried numerous fertility treatments and procedures, none of which was successful.  Acupuncture offered a gentle and inexpensive alternative.  And it was fascinating.  How could inserting tiny needles at specific areas on the body affect one’s health so profoundly?  She began acupuncture treatments and the next IVF was a success!   Not surprisingly, her passion for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine only grew stronger and she realized this dream needed to be fulfilled.  Nursing was extremely rewarding, providing amazing opportunities to teach people how to cope with illness and also to be a part of their healing, but Traditional Chinese Medicine offered so much more.

Shortly thereafter Joanna enrolled in the Midwest Collect of Oriental Medicine.  She studied full time while continuing to work as a Home Health Nurse.  Four years later she graduated from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine with the combined degrees of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.  She had previously earned her BS in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.

Joanna’s philosophy can best be described as “East meets West”.  She believes Western medicine absolutely has its place but prefers a more natural, gentle solution if possible.  Acupuncture and other Eastern treatments offered by Joanna, such as cupping, gua sha and nutritional guidance offer tremendous healing potential.  These treatments stimulate the body’s natural resources, relying upon the body’s innate ability to heal itself.  She also believes prevention is best and Chinese Medicine can detect and adjust subtle imbalances in our bodies before they become illness.  Joanna will work closely with each client to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for them.

Joanna is available at Journeys Healing & Wellness Center on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00-4:00pm. She has a very flexible schedule and may have a few evenings available as well as possible Saturday availability. If you are interested in an appointment or have any questions please contact Joanna at 847-975-2571 or email her at acujoanna1@gmail.com

 

Cecilia (2)Cecelia, Spiritual / Executive Coaching & Reiki Practioner

Cecelia’s priority is human potential and helping you realize yours. She comes alongside clients when they find themselves in a place of shift and transition. Cecelia completed her life and executive coaching training in 2012 at Cambridge University, England.

In 2015 and 2016, Cecelia was selected as a coach for Queen Elizabeth’s Young Leaders Program. As a selected coach, Cecelia is responsible for coaching young people between the ages of 18-29 from across the Commonwealth who are changing the landscape of their respective countries through innovation, entrepreneurship, and ingenuity. Cecelia trained as a Level II REIKI Practitioner; she has been practicing energy healing since 2001.

A coaching or reiki session with Cecelia will assist you with restfulness, relaxation, stress reduction, focus, emotional support, promotion of healing, diminished behaviors (acting out) of children and youth, and defining and realizing personal and professional goals. Cecelia works with children, youth, and adults.

She is currently available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:0am-3:00pm as well as Fridays from 10:00am-8:00pm and some Saturdays by appointment only.

 

Lauren-Hutcheons-470x312 (2)Lauren Hutcheons, Licensed Massage Therapist

Lauren is a Licensed Massage Therapist who provides a therapeutic relaxation massage with the ability to perform specific deep tissue work on problem areas. Following a personally challenging time, she realized the importance of stress management and self-care through massage and is a graduate of the College of Lake County Massage Therapy program. This self-discovery revealed to her that taking care of you is a key component in sharing health with others.

In her heart, Lauren’s goal is to help people live fuller lives through self- awareness. She believes that the body, mind, and spirit are in constant ebb and flow with each other – and growth in one area can lead to growth in other areas. She is trained in the techniques of Craniosacral, NMT, deep tissue, Shiatsu, reflexology, sports massage and lymphatic drainage.

Lauren is back from maternity leave! Her availability is on Thursdays and some Saturdays as well

 

 

Diane Hussey (2)Diane Hussey  Circulation Therapist

Diane is a Certified Natural Health Consultant, Registered Natural Health Practitioner, International Fellowship of Chaplains Licensed Chaplain, and Crisis Response International Disaster Responder. Diane’s interest in health and wellness started with her 1st pregnancy and desire to ensure the health of her family.  Initially it was about making healthier food choices, and physical fitness.  But because of the increased use of chemicals, EMFs and EMRs, environmental concerns, etc. Diane found that trying to stay healthy was becoming increasingly complicated. After her husband, Jerry, had gone through cancer twice, she was introduced to the founder of New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal studies.  She enrolled in the classes immediately – just months prior to Jerry’s 3rd diagnosis of cancer, which the oncologist said was caused by his original chemotherapy. When the doctors determined that standard cancer treatment had nothing left  to offer, Jerry researched natural health options and chose the Budwig Center in Malaga, Spain.  They spent 3 weeks there, receiving treatments not found in the US, as well as an amazing education, coupled with hope.  Based on traditional versus alternative cancer therapies, she is happy to share a unique perspective and passion for making educated decisions about health issues.Recently Diane was introduced to a bio-tech medical device from Europe which increases circulation to the cellular level.  Increased circulation enhances: general blood flow, delivery of oxygen and nutrients and elimination of wastes, cardiac function, sleep management, stress reduction, physical fitness, strength, endurance, and energy.Based on the well-documented scientific evidence for effectiveness, as well as her own personal experience, she is pleased to bring this technology to Journeys.

Diane is currently available Mondays 10:00am-1:30pm, Thursdays 4:00pm-6:00pm, and Fridays 10:00am-3:00pm by appointment, Walk-Ins Always Welcome!

 

SandiSandi Figiel, Certified Reiki Master Teacher

Sandi Figiel is a registered nurse and certified Reiki Master Teacher who is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals. She received her certificate in Complimentary & Alternative Medicine at Rush University College of Nursing. Sandi is also a hospice volunteer and her nursing background includes inpatient behavioral health, cardiology and oncology in hospitals within the Northwest suburban area. She is also a member of Centegra’s Integrative Health Team.

Sandi’s goal is to introduce clients to holistic mind/body energy healing and enable them to find their “inner healer”, to enhance their medical interactions and balance their energy for their highest good.

Sandi is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm and Monday evenings 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

 

IMAG5179 (3)Cindy Meiselwitz, Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice (HTP-A)

Cindy is a Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice (HTP-A). She is currently enrolled in the Healing Touch Program which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. It was Cindy’s successful experience with energy medicine, after her cancer treatment, that has led her to learn Healing Touch. It is her hope to touch the lives of others with health challenges. She works with clients of all ages. Cindy provides individual care depending on the needs of her client.

Healing Touch is a complementary modality and is not a substitute for medical care. Healing Touch uses no touch or light touch to influence the body’s energy field and energy centers. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance to the energy  system so that the body may begin to self heal. Healing Touch is a whole body modality and can help with physical and mental/emotional health issues. The techniques can help to reduce pain, stress and anxiety as well as help to release toxins and speed up healing.

 

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 Nina Yunovich, Holistic Health Coach

Nina began her career in the medical field as a pediatrician upon receiving a medical degree from Moscow Pirogov’s Medical University in Russia. Since 1997, she has been working at the Sleep Center of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. Working with patients with sleep issues, such as insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea, Nina clearly saw how the patients’ condition could improve if they were to simply change their food and life style habits. That’s when she decided to shift her career to nutrition and wellness, which has been her life long passions. Nina received her certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Coach Training Program. Today, seeing her clients make positive progress every day makes her realize that she chose the right path.

If you are interested in an appointment or have any questions please contact Nina at 224-715-8387 or email her at nina@wellnesscoachnina.com

 

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Linnae, Yoga Instructor

Every Saturday morning join Linnae from 9:00-10:00am for a Rise & Shine Yoga Class!

Linnae discovered her passion for yoga almost 14 year ago after the birth of her daughter and was searching for easy fitness ideas at home.  She discovered the power of the practice was so much more!

After selling real estate for over 12 years, Linnae went back to school pursuing a Masters in Counseling, Psychology and Spirituality.  She saw the need for mindfulness in the therapy world and decided to integrate yoga into her future therapy profession. In addition to yoga, she has a strong passion for teaching others about the use of essential oils.  She soon found another hand in hand therapy technique for both counseling and yoga.

She graduated with her 200 hour certification from the Emerald Heart School of Yoga with the amazing and life changing teacher, Mara Campbell. 

Linnae is honored to teach and inspired by her students everyday. She lives with her husband Mike and their four amazing children, Jack, Molly, Maggie and Kate. 

 

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Danielle, Yoga Instructor

Danielle has been practicing yoga for over 10 years as a means to feel better physically, mentally and spiritually. Yoga has helped her overcome injuries, personal trauma, and health issues. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to empower others to use yoga as a tool to heal and overcome the physical, emotional, and spiritual obstacles they face. She teaches others how to accommodate for their bodies and modify their practices so that they can experience the benefits of yoga and start to feel healthier! Danielle creates a loving, non-judgmental space and encourages everyone to try yoga, regardless of age, ability, gender, lifestyle, etc. As a teacher, she emphasizes that yoga is about being healthy and happy because life is too short to be unhealthy or unhappy!

 

 

Steven Karki, Massage Therapist

Wellness has always been in my life- I was active in sports and scouting in my early years and add to that, ten total years combined military service in the Navy and Army along with twenty one years as a Firefighter/Emt.

The “Healer” role started about twelve years ago while working for a medical supply company. Eight hours a day at a computer is not good for any body and the standard headaches/backaches were starting to take a toll. I tried chiropractic work with limited results so someone suggested trying massage. After randomly selecting someone local out of the phonebook I had my first ever massage session. The therapist barely worked the upper half of my body! She worked mostly the legs and feet with an approach known as myofascial release. Two sessions later, my headaches were gone! “This is what I want to do”- and thus the road to my massage therapy career began.

I graduated from East-West Healing Arts Institute in Madison, WI in 2008 as a Licensed Massage Therapist with an Eastern style background. For the last nine years I have been working for a busy spa chain and have added the titles of Personal Fitness Trainer, Exercise Instructor and Reiki Master/Teacher to my repertoire. I am currently working toward a Medical Qigong Certification. This is where the “Multi Therapist” career path has led me to Journey’s Wellness. My belief in the “one style does not fit all” approach to helping clients has evolved into more of a blended approach to massage. Depending on the clients’ needs, injuries, and symptoms, I may use several techniques such as standard Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, tui na, reflexology, cupping, and or reiki to achieve the best results. Post treatment, stretching exercises, medical qigong, and/or body weight exercises may be discussed with the client at their appointment to try at home to achieve maximum results. A happy client is a healthy mobile client.

 

Carla Morris, Teacher/ Practitioner

 Carla has 18 years of various meditation experience, and she loves to share her take on health & wellness! She specializes in the Chakras through Chelation, Meditation & Yoga,  A Mastery Meditation & Yoga Certified Teacher, A Certified Life-force Energy Healer of the Chakra & Certified Assertiveness Coach. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lyn Drathring, Certified Tai Chi Instructor, Usui/Holy Fire Reiki,RM

 Lyn offers a variety of services including Reiki, Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Life Journaling. Drawing from her own life journey and years of working with women’s groups, Lyn brings experience, wisdom, insight and passion to her services and programs. She offers valuable support for her client’s daily personal, and/or professional, journey in creating a sense of harmony, balance and joy in their own lives.

She believes that in this fast paced, technological world, it is essential to give ourselves the gift of time and self-care.  This is something we do not only for ourselves, but for those we love and to have the energy and insight to lead the best life we can. Sometimes we need to go within and do the hard work required for growth, authenticity and well-being; and sometimes we simply need to let go and experience life, make memorable moments and find ways to rejuvenate our Energy and Harmony. 

 

 

Carolyn Topps, Massage Therapist

She graduated from Cortiva Institute of Massage, and specializes in Swedish Massage, but is also trained in Trigger point/Tender point therapy, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofacial Release, Prenatal Massage, and Hot Stone Massage.