Alina Parada, L.M.T.
I have been a therapist for the past 11 years and truly love doing what I do. I graduated from Olympia College in Burr Ridge, IL in 2006. I've worked with a few chiropractors throughout the years, along with various spas and fitness centers. These experiences have brought a greater understanding of the structural anatomy of the body, allowing me to provide my clients with vital 'homework' (different exercises and stretching techniques) between sessions. I am very grateful to be a part of the Yoga Now family! Sharing my knowledge and expertise with my clients while providing a professional, nurturing environment to heal or simply unwind.
My modalities include Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, and Reflexology, in addition to being Reiki level 1 attuned. I use my intuition and listen to clients' needs to provide the most attentive and rejuvenating massage in order to help heal the mind, body and soul.
Kelly Oshita, LMT
Kelly studied at Cortiva Institute in Chicago. She enjoys incorporating Swedish technique and neuromuscular treatment into her practice creating a relaxing but therapeutic session for her clients. Kelly practices Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy and myofascial massage. Her goal is to help her clients feel relaxed, rejuvenated and more in tune with their body.
Dovile Vitkus, LMT
Dovile graduated from the Soma Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago. She is proficient in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hydrotherapy, Myofascial Release and Hot Stone massage. She also enjoys combining relaxing modalities with clinical massage techniques such as Sports Massage and Trigger Point Therapy. Her mission is to apply her ever-expanding knowledge to aid in rehabilitating injuries, alleviating stress, and promoting overall well-being and health.
Tatiana Atkins, LMT
Tatiana graduated from Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy in Chicago, Illinois. Her unique style integrates training in several Western and Eastern modalities including Swedish, deep tissue and Trigger Point style massage, myofascial and connective tissue release, Pre/Postnatal, Sports and Stretch Therapy, Clinical therapeutic Treatments and crystal healing practices. She believes we all contain the innate capability to heal and uses an intuitive approach to create the ideal environment for your body to unwind. Through compassionate and careful listening she addresses physical and energetic issues, gently ushering your body toward its own natural healing abilities and opening up the potential for deep releasing of all kinds. She strives to make each session on her table meaningful for your life that day, guiding your body toward peace, balance and renewal.
Brittany Brda, LMT
Brittany graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, where she received a degree in massage therapy and asian bodywork. Brittany has studied many different modalities of Eastern and Western massage which allows her treatments to be uniquely blended as well as individualized to fit a client’s needs. Brittany practices Swedish/Circulatory massage, Deep Tissue/Clinical, Thai, Shiatsu and Tui Na. Brittany is an intuitive massage therapist who is passionate about helping others along their path of healing. Her goal is to help others find balance of their body, mind and spirit.
Yaron Iram, LMT
Yaron is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy, having returned to school in order to pursue a life-long goal of studying massage. He is skilled in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Clinical work (including trigger point therapy) and myofascial massage, and has additional training in geriatric massage. Yaron brings to his massage clients a passion for healing and a commitment to meeting each client’s needs. In his prior career, Yaron was a development professional experienced at raising funds for environmental and social services organizations throughout the Midwest and abroad. Yaron has a master’s degree in Art’s Administration from Columbia University in New York, and experience managing a community based art center in Haifa, Israel, that brought together Israeli and Palestinian artists in shared studio and exhibition space
Jerrell Starnes, LMT
Jerrell has always had an interest in helping people be the best versions of themselves. He studied at the National Institute for Personal Training before discovering his true passion for massage, at which time he completed his LMT certification at Cortiva. He is a Veteran of the Armed Forces, having spent 6 years in the Navy. His goal is helping people move through their aches and pains caused by an active life-style and life’s general stress. With his combined skills he has great aptitude for trigger point therapy through his understanding of anatomy and the effects of repetitive motion and exercise injuries. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with his clients to help them feel their best.
Takia Byrd, LMT
Massage Therapy is the only thing that allows me to help others without making their problems my own. If money did not exist and we did not need money to pay bills, I would do it for free because it ensures my own happiness knowing I'm able to assist someone in a time of need naturally and positively."
Emma Bush, LMT
Emma graduated from the Soma Institute of Massage Therapy, and was motivated by her passion for health and wellness along with a desire to help people by aleviating stress in the body. She excels at deep tissue, Lomi Lomi, myofascial work, and utilizes trigger point therapy to relieve pain and tension. Her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology allows her to be a great help to other's in their road to recovery.
Jack started working at Yoga Now in Oct. 2010 upon returning from a summer internship on a farm and community center in southern Indiana studying permaculture, yoga, healing and working the farm and farmers markets. Jack worked desk at Yoga Now for a year and took the teacher training RYT 200 hr in spring of 2012. Jack began practicing yoga in 2008. For him It brings a connection to a deeper peace, stillness and strength. It is Jack intention as a teacher to help his students find their own empowering heart, mind, body, spirit connection. He was first attuned to Reiki in 2010. Reiki has been a tool for spiritual awakenings and insight for Jack. He offers private Reiki healings. A Reiki healing is meant to replenish drained energetic spaces and bring back your highest potential. Jack hopes his healing practice helps others receive their own true potential in clarity. Jack offers regular yoga classes and Reiki classes at Yoga Now, private sessions are available by appointment.
Tiffany began her exploration of Yoga in 2009 as part of a health and wellness challenge at work, and instantly fell in love. She now sees her yoga practice as an essential part of her daily life, as it has aided in both a physical and emotional transformation. After experiencing all the positive changes in her body, mind, and spirit, she decided to take the next step. This led her to Yoga Now Chicago where she completed her RYT-200H with Amy Beth Treciokas who studied under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. As her passion for teaching continued to grow, she decided to work toward her advanced certification and completed her RYT-500H with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy based in Durango, CO. She is currently enrolled in the RYT-1000H Yoga Therapy certification program with Inner Peace and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with her students.
Her classes are therapeutic, inspiring, and accessible to all levels in efforts to encourage students to find comfort and inner strength as they grow in their practice. Her intention is to help students embody their full potential and to tap into their own inner peace and happiness.
Tiffany, a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, is passionate about and committed to helping others through this healing energy. Reiki has been an amazing life changing experienced that she and is thrilled to share with those looking for alternative and complimentary therapies enhancing their own health and emotional well-being.
In her free time, you will likely find her traveling, cooking, crafting, spending time with friends and family, laughing, or enjoying the outdoors.