Wendy is a Licensed and Nationally Certified massage therapist. She graduated from Purdue University in 2001 in Speech Pathology, but found her true passion when she graduated in 2003 from the National University of Health Sciences Massage program in Lombard,Il. She worked in several facilities in the Chicagoland area that helped strengthen her as a massage therapist and prepare her for helping her clients to the best of her ability. She is devoted and passionate about helping people recover from pains and discomforts. She loves seeing the power of touch change people's lives. She specializes in deep tissue massage, trigger point release, raindrop technique, sports injuries, TMJ discomfort and kinesio tex taping. If she is not massaging you can find her spending time with her 3 boys and her daughter, husband, friends, and church family.
Jennifer has been a licensed massage therapist since 2005. Before attending Massage Therapy school she earned an Associates degree from Lake Land College and a Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Medical Biology with Chemistry and Psychology minors. She also has her Emergency Medical Certification from Lake Land College. She now resides in Ramsey with her husband Bruce and her 2 daughters Isabella and Amileah. During her years of practice she has perfected several techniques such as ear candling, raindrop technique and reflexology. She now specializes in Medical Therapeutic Massage which encompasses deep tissue, trigger point release, lymphatics, range of motion, myofacial release and other techniques to increase the health and well-being of her clients.
Jessica graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Lakeland College in 2009. She is a Licensed and Nationally Certified massage therapist, as well as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She customizes each massage using all aspects of her training to accommodate the specific needs of each client. Jessica is trained in a number of techniques including relaxation and deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, hot stone massage, cupping therapy, and prenatal massage. She loves her work and looks forward to using her skills to make you feel your best. Jessica also specializes in a variety of spa treatments including body wraps, body scrubs and body paraffin treatments. She is excited about the revitalizing effects clients receive from spa body treatments. Call Jessica today to make an appointment and receive the benefits of your total spa experience.
Megan graduated from the massage therapy program at Lake Land Collehe in May 2012. Her specialities include swedish, deep tissue, hot stone massage and body wraps. She is looking forward to continuing her education as much as possible so she can serve her clients needs. She loves her job and can't wait to help improve the health and well-being of her clients!
Nicole is a 2015 graduate from Lake Land college in the Massage Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant programs. She is excited to customize massages to help improve the well-being of her clients on an individual basis. Nicole's specialties include Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage.
Elesha Brinkopf, LMT, CNMT has an enthusiasm for massage therapy, her clients and their healthcare. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2008 with a BA in Communication. In 2011, she attended Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy, where she found her true calling. Since graduating, she started her own business, as well as honed and dedicated her skills in a nationally recognized massage therapy franchise. Her goal thus far is to approach healthcare in a holistic and peaceful way so clients can make informed decisions about their healthcare and treatment options. A life-long learner, she is a licensed Zumba Instructor and hopes to become a Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer. She specializes in Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Hot Stone, Swedish and Prenatal Massage.
Rob is a 2014 Graduate of Kaskaskia College. He brings experience in clinical and spa settings. Each massage is customized based on the individual client’s needs. Rob specializes in addressing chronic pain, injuries, and injury prevention. Rob is trained in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hot Stone, Full Body Stretch, and Pregnancy massage techniques.
Briana went to Lakeland College and received my cosmetology certificate in 2011. She has many specialties! She does female,kids, and male hair cuts, color/highlighting services, formal up do's, perms, beach wave perms, keratin smoothing treatments, blowouts, and facial waxing. She does Dreamcather hair extensions!! Briana also does airbrush makeup applications and regular makeup applications. And when she is not doing hair and makeup you can find her enjoying doing basic and spa pedicures, gel polish pedicures and hot stone pedicures! She looks forward to customizing her clients experience and making them feel completely pampered. Her pride and joy is her 2 wonderful children and her husband!
Carrie Kowalskie comes to Branches Massage and Spa specializing in highlighting, color, updos and beach wave perms. Carrie graduated from St. Anthony High School and attended Lakeland College Cosmetology school. She enjoys spending time outdoors at Lake Sara with her family and friends.
Nikki Graduated from Lake Land Cosmetology In 1996. She is very passionate in what she does and loves making each one of her clients feel wonderful about their unique self. Nikki specializes in Hair Color, Highlighting, Perms, Hair Cuts, Styles, Formal Updo’s and Facial Waxing. When Nikki isn’t at Branches pampering her clients you can usually find her at a Moto Cross Track with her Husband Scott, 2 very talented kids Shelby and Brody, and Boxer Zoey. Call Branches today for an appointment so you can experience Nikki’s talents for yourself.
Michaela is a licensed cosmetologist, who graduated from Lake Land College in 2016. Michaela is skilled at women's , men's , and children's haircuts, color/highlighting services, facial waxing, formal updos, and pedicure services. Her hope is to build her skills to eventually offer more services and be the best she can be for her clients! In her time away from the salon she enjoys life with family and friends, shopping, and dancing. Book yourself with Michaela today, and you will be guaranteed to leave with a smile!
Having graduated from Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL at the top of her class, she has been with Kellams’ Therapeutic Massage since September 2008. She feels very blessed to have found what she loves and sharing it with an awesome team of ladies. In her spare time she is watching her 2 sons Seth and Sam in their many sporting activities, designing and making jewelry, crocheting and building her Hands of Hope mission project. Johnna offers specialty treatments, acrylic enhancements, manicures, pedicures and spa services. Groups as well as bridal and bachelorette parties are always welcome. She looks forward to helping her clients rejuvenate and let their cares be washed away. Please come and visit and experience like never before the beauty within yourself. Johnna takes appointments Monday thru Saturday by appointment only and looks forward to seeing you soon.
Shelby graduated from the Nail Technician program at Lakeland college in 2014. She specializes in acrylic nails, gel nails, spa and basic pedicures and also hot stone pedicures. In her spare time she enjoys being outside and spending time with her friends and family, especially her nice and nephew.
Kashia graduated from Lake Land College and obtained her Esthetics License in 2011. She has been a part of the Branches team since they opened their doors in March of 2012. Kashia is dedicated to providing the latest, most advanced skincare services to help her clients achieve confidence through their skin. She continues her education with The New Age Spa Institute, Image Skincare, The International Dermal Institute, Edge Systems, and HydraFacial M.D. Along with traditional waxing and facial services, Kashia is proud to specialize in the most up to date esthetic services including The HydraFacial, LED Facial Therapy, Oxygen Infusion, Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, and Image Skincare Chemical Peels. You can schedule your esthetic experienceMonday through Saturday, with evening appointments available. On her off time Kashia enjoys spending time with family, traveling, experiencing new food, and outdoor activities.
Kerri is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Artist specializing in Microblading! She recently completed her certification in Permanent Cosmetics at Advanced Permanent Cosmetics Academy in Naperville, IL. She is licensed with the State of Illinois, insured and carries a current Bloodborne Pathogens training certificate. Her 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry puts her clients safety and health at the top of her priorities.
8 years ago she began her interest and research into permanent cosmetics. This led her to find the perfect techniques and services to begin her new career and led her to find her true passion! She is so excited to offer the Effingham and surrounding area with the most advanced and natural services for permanent eyebrow enhancement!!
Kerri specializes in the different techniques of Microblading services. She loves to customize shape and color to flatter each individual's specific desires! She also looks forward to adding many more services to her permanent cosmetics menu!
Kerri lives in Effingham with her husband, Adam, and their three amazing children, Addisyn, Treyton, and Everly. Spending time as a family and enjoying the outdoors puts a smile on her face!!
Eleni is a native of Effingham and graduated from Lakeland College in 2013. She is certified and experienced in Cosmetology, Aesthetics and the Healing Arts. Here at Branches, she will be offering services in “Beautification” and “Reflexology.” She is known for exceptional “All Occasion” makeup artistry and is dedicated to making you look and feel great. She is also a highly skilled and experienced Reflexologist and has achieved certificates from Thomacine Haywood Reflexology and Massage located in Greenfield, Indiana as well as “REIKI I,” and “REIKI II,” from the Healing Arts Center located in St. Louis, Missouri.
She is looking forward to offering a full range of services related to her qualifications and experience in Aesthetics sometime in the near future.
Functional Body Enhancement
Patrick graduated from Eastern Illinois University where he swam collegiately and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Combining these two specialities gives him a unique and beneficial approach to helping your body recover, move better, and feel better! Sign up today for one of his Functional Body Enhancement sessions to help you reach your full fitness and athletic potential!