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Leanne Reed, PT, DPT, KCMT

Leanne graduated with her degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has been practicing since 1999. She went on to complete a 525 hour massage therapy certification from the Center of Advanced Therapeutics in Denver, CO in 2000. Since then she has taken numerous education and training courses including many manual therapy courses in areas like spinal manipulation, myofascial release, motor control retraining and Intramuscular Stimulation (Trigger Point Dry Needling). She completed her manual therapy certification from The Manual Therapy Institute in February 2015 and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University in 2017. In addition, Leanne joined Kinetic Control's international team of movement therapists after becoming a certified Kinetic Control Movement Therapist (KCMT) in May 2017. Leanne's specialties include working with complex spine and sacroliliac joint dysfunctions along with chronic pain and movement dysfunctions.

Jessica Bitzer, PT
Jessica graduated from the University of Evansville with her Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2000. Since that time, she has pursued continuing education topics that are just as diverse and unique as the patients she loves to treat. Jessica has studied a variety of techniques including McKenzie Method, NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT), Yoga/Pilates for therapy, the Mulligan Concept, Movement System Impairment (Sahrmann techniques), and Functional Movement Systems (FMS). These have all helped foster her passion of treating her patients' complaints more fully with better long-term outcomes by considering their entire movement system. She uses a variety of manual therapy and muscle cuing techniques to help her patients restore optimal movement patterns and return to the healthy and vibrant lifestyles they deserve.

Amy Shortal, PT
Amy graduated from Duke University in 1994 with a Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, rehabilitation, geriatric and outpatient therapy and joined Still Water in 2014. Over the last few years Amy has completed several advanced trainings in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) from the Institute of Physical Art in addition to Functional Trigger Point Dry Needling and manual therapy courses. She is currently pursuing Pilates training with STOTT Pilates.

Veronica Netlizbach, LMT
Veronica has been a part of the Still Water team since 2009 and is an Illinois Board certified massage therapist. She expanded her skills to include Pilates and holds certificates from STOTT Pilates. Altogether, she has over 10 years of health care industry experience. She now focuses on one on one Pilates mat, reformer and small equipement training. Veronica also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Lviv Music and Art Institute (Lviv, Ukraine) and speaks 5 languages, English, French, Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian.

David Fireside, LMT
David joined the Still Water team in October 2011. He is a licensed massage therapist by the State of Illinois and is from the Soma Institute, The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy.

After years in the business world David decided to pursue a new direction that would allow him to utilize his undergraduate degree in life sciences and his love for working with people. As someone who has dealt with chronic pain issues himself, he knows the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while also appreciating the immediate relief and benefits one can get from a massage.
David is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana with BS degree in Psychology/Biology and is Nationally Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body work. David’s accomplishments include being the 2010 American Massage Therapy Association (Illinois Chapter) recipient of the ‘Therapist of the Year’ award and he has been part of the medical crew for the Chicago Marathon for many years. He donates his services to The Avon Breast Cancer Walk, Chicago Arthritis Walk, Epilepsy Foundation and numerous other charitable causes.

David specializes in therapeutic and wellness massage for all ages, using a number of different modalities. He is a staunch believer of continuing education. This affords him the ability to be able to offer his clients the best work while also educating them.

Lare D'Amico, LMT
Lare is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist. He graduated from the Cortiva Chicago School of Massage and is a current member of the American Massage Therapy Association. He is certified and specializes in John Barnes Myofascial Release method but also utilizes Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Refexology, Accupressure, Lymphatic Drainage and muscle energy techniques. He provides clients with an empathetic engagement of muscle and possesses a sensitive and nurturing connection to the body. His objective is for clients to walk away feeling released, renewed and centered while keeping the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the body in balance.

Liane Faigen
Liane Faigen has been in the fitness industry since 1980 including teaching exercise classes and Yoga throughout the North Shore area since 1992. In addition, she has worked for several prestigious hospital affiliated fitness centers managing many departments. She has studied Yoga with many master teachers (Anna Forest, John Fremd, Johnny Kest, and Richard Freeman) and incorporates many styles in her classes with a focus on Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. Liane started studying Pilates in 1993 with the Physical Mind Institute and has continued her studies with Movement Education, and STOTT Pilates. She is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher and holds certifications with AAAI, AFAA, AEA, AHA, BP, AAAI/ISMA, PMI, JGSI, Yoga Alliance, Movement Education and STOTT Pilates. At Still Water she is available for one on one Pilates to assist in your rehabilitation or for general wellness.

Associates of still water

Jeremy Remmy spent 20 years searching for his life’s path. A former thermo-technical engineer at a nuclear power plant, in 1996 Jeremy took the bold step of following his heart. He walked away from the security of a steady job and the familiarity of home, and moved from the Ukraine to the United States. Initially, Jeremy worked as a caregiver for a health services company in Chicago. He gave therapeutic massages to the elderly and the disabled. It was during this time that Jeremy became aware of his own unique gifts – his nurturing touch helped people heal.

Inspired by the awakening to his ability to help people heal, once again Jeremy changed his life. He enrolled in the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, and continued to gain experience while working as a volunteer at Lutheran General Hospital. He later provided chair massage for the employees of Baxter Co over 4 years. Upon graduation in 2000, Jeremy also began working at the holistic clinic “The Way to Optimal Health”, where he has been able to combine his passion and expertise of massage, with his understanding of the links to mind, body, and spirit. There Jeremy’s talents and abilities has been nurtured and grew by joining the phenomenal team of holistic practitioners lead by Dr. Darren Weissman. He worked there over 8 years and earned a brilliant reputation as masterful professional, as gifted healer and as a person. In addition to being a deep and intuitive listener, Jeremy provides his clients expertise in different types of deep tissue massage, Raindrop Technique™, myofascial release, acupressure, reflexology, muscle therapy, pregnancy, sport, chair, hot rock, lymph drainage, aromatherapy, spiritual-emotional healing, and some other specialized forms of massage therapy.

Dr. Linda Yellin graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in 1989 has been serving the North Shore since 1993. She is compassionate and caring. Dr. Yellin incorporates a multi-dimensional, non-forceful, energy balancing, hands-on procedure used to reestablish the full healing potential of the body. Her patients include the young, the elderly, athletes and anyone else who wants to feel as good as they know they can.