Welcome to Urban Wellness Chicago!
Hello! Come in and meet the Massage Therapists of Urban Wellness Chicago!
Lucky you! I have put together an incredible team of top notch massage therapists! I am so excited for you to meet them! We do have a "menu" of services, but due to the extensive backgroud of our therapists, your session is customizable. The "menu" is designed to give you an idea of what we are offering. Some specialty services may not be offered by every therapist, but we can make sure we can coordinate availability if more assistance is needed during your visit. All of our therapists are Licensed by Illinois. Each has extensive additional education, above and beyond that recquired by the state for licensure.
These therapists are also simply great people to work with! We may seem athlete focused, but that is not all. We have a well rounded clientele base. Ultimately the focus is you, and helping alleviate stress, assist with pain management, improve your training for your races, decrease recovery time, help you recover and return from injury, and more!
We are continuing to grow and will be adding to our team as well. So stay tuned!
Thank you! See you soon!
Terri Lynn Visovatti
B.S., LMT, BCTMB, FMT, PMT, CES, CKTP, BTS 1&2; USAT Level 1 Coach; Owner/Movement Specialist/RockDoc
A 1996 graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Terri was an instructor in both the diploma and continuing education programs at Cortiva Institute-Chicago, from 2005 until 2013; where she assisted in curriculum development as well as creating courses for advanced education. She assisted Bob King (a co-founder of the school she attended) in many continuing education workshops in Chicago, and other parts of the country; as well as on her own. In addition to this, Terri also developed and taught Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology courses at Zen Shiatsu in Evanston. Currently she is designing some new continuing education courses for massage therapists.
Terri has advanced training in Myofascial Therapy, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Reiki, Thai Massage, many movement based practices, and Personal Training. Terri became a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner in 2007, and is now a RockDoc, Certified in both Functional Myofascial Taping (FMT) and Performance Movement Techniques (PMT). She is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and has trained with Functional Movement Systems (FMS) and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Terri has maintained a massage therapy practice since 1996. In addition to working with the athletic department as a Licensed Massage Therapist at Northwestern University, she currently owns a multi-therapist practice in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago with a secondary office in Evanston, IL.
In addition to her business, Terri speaks at events on a variety of topics from promoting massage therapy, movement, and healthy training, to anatomy and injuries for specific athletes. She is a triathlete, and though racing is "fun", really enjoys the training aspect of things. A self proclaimed movement and fascial "geek" (alright, others proclaim it about her too!), she really enjoys working with the body to incorporate many layers of treatment into her plan. Whether pre or post event, rehabilitative or pre surgical (prehab), restorative or maintenance based; Terri will work closely with athletes/clients/coaches/etc to find the appropriate combinations for each individual.
"I have always been passionate about my work as a massage therapist. When I became an instructor of Massage, I believe I once again became a student of the body. That passion grew to depths I have only begun to comprehend. I have interests in this field that are all over the place, so I am constantly challenging myself to draw connections. In some respects many therapists have already done this, I have too, but NOW I acknowledge it. My belief and my business focus is 'Balance in your body. Wellness in your life'. So I am always searching for ways to achieve this balanced wellness for every body."
Terri is an avid runner and triathlete. After many years of coaching athletes and working with coaches to aid athletes to return to training and racing condition after injuries; Terri became USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach and accepts athletes of all skill levels. How great is that? Working with a coach that can often predict and prevent injuries, work with form and recovery, and utilize a unique skill set many do not have with her wide range of tools.
Terri is excited to announce that recently she completed her Level 1 & Level 2 Barefoot Training Specialist Certifications from the Evidence Based Fitness Academy. This will help bring together everything from massage and movement work, coaching, taping, cupping therapy, posture, and fun! "Looking forward to showing you!"
If Terri is not in one of her offices working, out training, you may find her working with the Northwestern University Athletic Department and the various sports team.
Watch for her and her Team Betty Designs 2016 racing apparel at her various races.
Amy Gonzalez, LMT
Amy Lee Gonzalez is one of the fantastic massage therapists at Urban Wellness Chicago. She was a student of mine when I was still teaching in the diploma program at a massage therapy school. She was young and fresh and excited. She was an absolute sponge with everything, but still took the time to enjoy herself and the process. She was excited, and inspired…and still is! I was honored to bring her on to our team at UWC after she graduated, and continue to watch her grow! When we discussed the opportunity to come work in the office, I asked her why she wanted to work with Urban Wellness Chicago, she told me she “wanted to be a part of something”. What an impact that statement made on me; and continues to. When I think about the business and growth etc, I think about that very statement and what it means, and whatever it is that I am considering, and how that fits. I really enjoy having her around, as a friend and inspiration. I love being able to brainstorm ideas with her.
Prior to being welcomed into the world of Massage Therapy, Amy studied art in school. She is an artist and used to work primarily with portraits during her spare time. She found that a way to help better understand the human anatomy was to really be surrounded by it. Massage Therapy became this path. Her studies impacted her art tremendously, but it also opened her eyes to an entirely new way of looking at helping others at the same time she is helping herself.
Amy is a graduate of Cortiva Institute. Since graduating, she has increased her health, wellness, and body awareness. Having been a runner, she was inspired and gained the confidence to increase her distance, train, and run her first marathon! The Chicago Marathon 2012! She has since run Chicago a couple more times, and many other races. (You may even see her cycling around Chicago, hmmm maybe a triathlete in the making!) She loves the running community and is thrilled to be a part of it!
Amy has also taken her art to another level, and then some. She has been involved with many area art shows, presenting her work in several mediums and styles; and has been quite successful selling her work! You may see some of her chalk work in local restaurants. Hopefully soon you will get to see some of her work at the office too! I often wonder…is there anything she can’t do? I will keep you posted!
Amy’s main life goals are to never stop learning, never stop exploring, never stop growing…
Now to the business side of things…you can make an appointment with Amy most days and some evenings and weekends, based on availability of course. She can work (and work well) with the basic relaxation massage session to the more complicated injured athlete; and everything in between. Schedule a massage therapy appointment with one of the best today…do it…
Thanks for reading! ~Terri
Jessica Droeger, LMT, CPT, Reiki Practitioner
Jessica Droeger is a recovering corporate lawyer and a mother of two beautiful daughters. During her time in the legal trenches, she discovered the stress relieving bliss of regular massage therapy. After 15 years as a lawyer, and much to the surprise of everyone but herself, she left the practice of law to become a massage therapist. Jessica attended the Cortiva Institute–Chicago School of Massage Therapy, where she was valedictorian of her class. She is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association. I was fortunate enough to have Jessica as one of my students. Wow, it was a pleasure. So excited to learn! She approached me after graduation when she decided she didn't want to just have her own space, but wanted to be around other therapists as well. Of course! That is where all the fun is!
Jessica is passionate about helping her clients feel better in their own skin by helping them move more freely, recover from injury, reduce pain and, most importantly, feel more relaxed and less stressed. Every session is specifically tailored to the client’s needs using a variety of modalities when necessary, including Myofascial Release. She has a great ability to find the cause of issues and treat that, rather than just "mash tissue". She is always excited to address home care to further extend the results of the treatment in between sessions with her.
Jessica is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and is looking forward to integrating this into her work at UWC and our events and classes. She is in the process of expanding on other methods as well. She is working toward becoming a Certified Pilates instructor, so she can continue work with her clients in the most effective way possible.
When Jessica is not working or with her children, she may be found on stage performing with her band!
Business time...you can make an appointment with Jessica several mornings/early afternoons and the occasional evening or Sunday, based on availability of course. She can work (and work well) with the basic relaxation massage session to the more complicated injured athlete; and everything in between. Schedule a massage therapy appointment with one of my favorites today!
Thanks for reading! ~Terri