At Orthopedic Bodyworks, our Licensed Clinical Massage Therapists have the education and experience to assess your condition and determine what type of massage treatment is best for you. Your Therapist will review your health history and main concerns with you, discuss a treatment plan and use focused techniques specific to your condition. With customized sessions each visit and recommendations for daily activities, we will help you on your way to wellness.
Meet the Therapists
Ann Janners, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist,
Certified Personal Trainer, Owner
I have had an interest in Massage Therapy since I was a child. Even at such a young age I had the curiosity of why someone was in pain and more importantly the devotion to helping them feel better. I also wondered why medication was the forefront of "health" when there were so many other alternatives. Holistic Health is about finding the reason behind the what and not just masking the pain momentarily. Working side by side with Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Nutritionists for 14 years, I have gained a profound respect for all types of holistic healing and have seen far and wide it's physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
I attended National University of Health Sciences in Lombard in 2007 where I received my Certification as a Massage Therapist. I completed an onsite clinical internship and also went on to complete an internship at Heartland Home Health and Hospice. My massage specialties include, but are not limited to: Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Orthopedic and Trigger Point Therapy. I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008 and continuously evolve my understanding, appreciation and skills of many types of massage. In 2013 I went on to become a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I specialize in corrective exercise which I incorporate into my massage practice.
My appreciation for this field only grows and I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your way to wellness.
Kathleen Diaz, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist, Certified Thai Massage Therapist,
Master of Arts in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology,
Office Manager Orland Park
I started as a student of Psychology (B.A.) and followed along that path to study human development across the lifespan (M.A.). Yet, it was not until I began my journey as a Massage Therapist that I discovered it as the missing link to the mind-body connection. Studying massage since 2010, I have observed how especially effective it is at reducing or eliminating pain and discomfort, whatever the cause may be.
During my coursework at the Pacific College of Health and Science in Chicago, I learned how to integrate Eastern and Western massage techniques for a truly holistic treatment. I became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2014, and a short while after graduating, completed a 200 hour certification in Thai Massage at Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies, as well as abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
In addition to Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Swedish, and Thai Massage, I hold an advanced certification in Therapeutic Cupping, which is beneficial for a wide range of ailments, including the release of deep muscular tension and softening of scar tissue.
I believe in the many lasting (and sometimes life-changing) benefits that Massage Therapy brings. I look forward to helping you feel your best.
Amber Bowser, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist,
Certified Prenatal & Women's Health Therapist, Reflexology Professional
I have always wanted to help people, and when my family and friends suggested looking into massage therapy, I did my research and became utterly fascinated with how beneficial it is for the body. After graduating from SOMA Institute in 2016, I've consistently worked in spa settings, helping alleviate pain and stress for people so that they might enjoy a better quality of life.
I am certified in Swedish, prenatal, reflexology, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and sports massage, and I have continued to learn and develop my skills as a massage therapist throughout my career. Stress relief and pain management are my specialties, and with them I hope to help my clients reach their lifestyle goals. A healthy body and mind are immensely important, especially these days.
I look forward to developing further as a clinical therapist, and continuing to help others feel their best.
Danielle Vlach, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist, Sports Massage Therapist,
I studied Massage Therapy at Universal Spa Training Academy and have been a Licensed Therapist since 2011. Right after I received my license I started in the clinical field. I worked with chiropractors, doctors, and physical therapists helping patients with both acute and chronic pain.
Helping people feel their best in every way possible is my life goal! One of my favorite things is watching how people walk through the door of the clinic versus how they walk out. It's always a huge difference and seeing the relief my client gets brings me such joy. My happiness comes from being able to help those who need it!
Certified in: Swedish, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, Prenatal, hot stones, cupping, and sports massage.
Najah Stokes, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist,
Certified Stretch Therapist, Personal Trainer
I’ve been fascinated by the body and how it works for as long as I can remember. I found that I had a passion for working out early on in my teen years. Track was my preferred sport. It started with working out with friends and then shortly after I realized that training and educating people on how to move their bodies was something that I wanted to do. I enjoyed seeing not only my progress but theirs as well. I wanted to further my knowledge of the body.
I was fortunate enough to pursue my personal training certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine all while completing an internship at a boot camp gym in 2018. I was a personal trainer for a few years and then I wanted to do something a little more hands on. I started looking into massage and was surprised to find that there were so many health benefits. I attended the Soma Institute of Chicago where I obtained my License in Clinical Massage. I specialize in Therapeutic, Swedish, Trigger point, Stretching, and Cupping Therapy. I’m excited to expand my work as a Clinical Massage Therapist.
I can’t wait to help you on the path to feeling your best.