Massage therapists

Wendy Kellams

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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 Waggoner


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 Kessler

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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.


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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

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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 Yardley

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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.

Rachel Weis

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Rachel graduated from the Lake Land College Massage Therapy program in January of 2018. She is excited and ready to start this venture of healing and benefiting her clients while also gaining more knowledge and experience on the way. She specializes in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage and can't wait to start this journey at Branches Massage & Spa. She spends her free time with family and friends. When it's nice out, taking a stroll on the trek trail or swimming in the lake is where she feels at peace.

Shalyn Tabbert


Shalyn is a massage therapist here at Branches and also a physically therapy assistant at Carle Hospital in Champaign, IL. 

When she isn't working, Shalyn loves to be with her family and friends. She also has the best dog ever named Tucker!

Shalyn says, "I love what I do; helping people is my passion!"

Jamie Welbaum

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Jamie has been a massage therapist since 2014. She is also a physical therapy assistant! She likes to customize each massage to her clients needs and wants. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know her clientele!

Jamis has been happily married for four years to her husband, Randy. They have two beautiful children, Wade (2) and Cole (1 month). When she's not at work, Jamie loves to spend time with loved ones.


Hair Stylists

Briana Kade

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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!  

Crystal Lidster


Crystal Lidster is very excited to join the Branches Team! She has been a licensed Cosmetologist since 2005. She attended the Cosmetology program at Lakeland College, graduating in December 2004.

She loves making everyone feel good about themselves inside and out! She LOVES doing vivid/fashion colors but also specializes in all color services, haircuts, pedicures, facial waxing, and perms. She loves learning new techniques and services and is constantly striving to succeed.

She is an Effingham native but has tons of family spread all over the world.

In her free time, you'll most likely find her somewhere with live music, concerts, anything adventurous outdoors, or spending time with her two year old pup, Maia, and her two kitties, Leo and Luna.


Nail Technicians

Johnna Clark

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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.


Esthetic Services

Kashia Hollinshead

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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. 


Medical Spa Services

Dr. Michelle Braddy

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Medical Spa Services offered at Branches Massage and Spa by Dr. Michelle Braddy. She is now offering free consultations for botox, laser hair and laser vein removal. She also offers medical chemical peels. Call (217)347-2190 today and schedule your free medical spa services consultation.


Customer Service

Julia Myers

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Julia comes to us as a customer service expert. She has been in the field for many years and loves making our clients feel extra special! 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kiddos and date nights with her husband.  She also loves to craft, read, binge watch Netflix and just hang out with her family and friends. 


We look forward to serving you!