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.
Gotchaparn “Naat” Ferstand is a certified ISSA fitness instructor, and comes to us from the beautiful country of Thailand. She attended Sripratum University in Bangkok where she got her degree in International Business Communications.
Before becoming a boot camp instructor, Naat was working as an accountant and developed some “bad habits” (her assessment) that caused her to gain more than 25 pounds in a short amount of time. She fell in love with the boot camp approach to fitness while getting back in shape, and decided to pursue it as a full-time career. Naat’s own experience is what motivates her to keep learning and to share that knowledge with her clients to use during their lifestyle fitness journeys.
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. Emily’s specializations include basic fitness, strength-building and flexibility.
Amy Massat is certified as an Iyengar yoga yeacher (CIYT), yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and professional coach (CPC). She brings greater awareness and observation to your wellness and yoga practice. Some common conditions her expertise includes are anxiety, depression, insomnia, neck/ shoulder injuries, low back pain, degenerative disc disease, spinal fusions, spondylosis, herniated discs, sciatica, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, scoliosis, arthritis, and osteoporosis, among others. She teaches a variety of group yoga classes from beginner to advanced, including workshops on standing poses, inversions, back bends, forward bends, restorative and pranayama.
Kayla is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She recently earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University and will be taking the licensing exam in July. Kayla enjoys working with all ages and levels, but she is most passionate about working with athletes after her experiences as a D1 college tennis player at Indiana University where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology. Kayla is also a Certified TRX instructor.
Mary Clare is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor with the American Council on Exercise. She is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor (CYT) and is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification with Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL. In addition, Mary Clare holds a degree in sport management from National Louis University.
Mary Clare had been personal training for over twenty years. She enjoys working with clients to build muscular and cardiovascular strength to improve function and general well-being.
Mary Clare has been teaching lyengar vinayasa flow yoga for 12 years and practicing for 16 years. She teaches an energetic class with a strong foundation of standing poses with an emphasis on alignment and the safety of her students. She also uses yoga as a tool for recovery from sports, working out and the daily efforts of regular life.
Julie Donahue is a Zumba-certified instructor who has performed around the world on theatre and cruise ship stages. Julie holds a BFA in musical theatre performance from Rockford College, and studied dance in NYC at Alvin Ailey and the Broadway Dance Center. She has taught dance across the United States, including locally in Geneva and Wheaton. In her more than 15 years of teaching, choreography and dance performance experience, Julie worked with world-renowned Latin ballroom couple Igor Dogoter and Natalia Gorshkova, teaching Latin dance master classes while touring the country. When not at the gym, Julie can be found running after her four adorable little ones or singing at the piano with her handsome husband! www.KyleAndJulie.com
With a Master's in Health and Exercise Science and 15 years of experience, Julie Ford has always has always had a passion for fitness and well-being. She believes that fitness goals and nutrition should be as unique as the individuals seeking them. Julie enjoys pushing clients, but makes sure fitness is fun and encouraging. In her free time, Julie enjoys training for special events like the Disney Princess Half Marathon and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Ride to Cure. She also works with seniors in Home Health. She is thankful for her supportive family and puppy, Bam Bam.
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.