In addition to certifications as a CrossFIt Level 1 instructor and NASM personal trainer, Jan Silverman obtained master’s degrees in Labor and Industrial Relations and in Social Work as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois.
Jan spent the past seven years with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry working in oral health advocacy, policy and research. Her background includes over 10 years of experience in early childhood mental health, including nine years supervising and developing programs to promote positive parent-child relationships, prevent child abuse and enhance school readiness in at-risk families with young children. Her community mental health experience includes providing outpatient mental health counseling to adolescents and adults, developing school-based support and prevention groups and groups for parents of children aged zero to five.
She has presented at state-wide and national conferences on topics related to enhancing the parent-child relationship, father involvement and on working with pregnant and parenting mothers who have experienced sexual abuse. More recently, she has presented at national meetings on the importance of children’s oral health and oral health promotion in primary care.
Silverman was co-author on journal article published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. Since that time she has published various articles on early childhood and parenting issues, including a zero to three article on the integration of Infant Mental Health principals in home visiting programs. During her employment at AAPD, she authored bi-monthly articles in Pediatric Dentistry Today as well as several technical briefs related to children’s dentistry.
Jan has four children aged 13 years to 24 years.
Emily Franklin became a certified trainer while in high school, through NASM. Emily is a competitive badminton player, having competed on the State level for three years in high school. Currently she is earning her bachelors degree in kinesiology at Northwestern University. Emily’s specializations include basic fitness, strength-building and flexibility.
After many years of searching for help combating debilitating headaches, I stumbled upon massage therapy as a last resort. Through the experience of massage, I learned that my shoulders, neck and head muscles were extremely tight — and therefore would create a perfect storm of tension, stress and pain. After this, I received a massage every time I had a headache and would get more relief from that than anything else. My interests in natural healing led me to the decision to pursue therapeutic bodywork, so that I could help others who suffered from some of the pain and discomfort I endured. While going through the certification program I began to better understand what an important role massage can play when it comes to the body repairing itself. Ultimately our body wants to heal itself, sometimes we just need to incorporate support to help the process along. It is my hope that I can be part of that support system, through the integration of massage therapy, that helps you heal and maintain good health.