Meet the Professionals

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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.

Amy Shortal, PT

Amy graduated from Duke University in 1994 with a Master's degree in Physical Therapy. Over the years she has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, rehabilitation, geriatric and outpatient therapy before joining Still Water in 2014. Amy has studied proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) with the Institute of Physical Art, Kinetic Control with Mark Comerford, Manual Therapy with Pete Emerson, and has completed her Functional Trigger Point Dry Needling training with KinetaCore.  Amy is a Certified STOTT Pilates Trainer, and enjoys combining manual techniques with Pilates to help her patients learn how to move more efficiently and mindfull

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. 

Veronica Shakhnis, 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. 

Lisa Feder, LMT

 

Lisa is a Deerfield native who has been a licensed massage therapist since 1989.  She has worked with clients in a multitude of settings to provide individualized treatments tailored to the needs of each person. Lisa specializes in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR), a gentle and effective whole-body approach to relieve pain and improve function. She also utilizes deep tissue therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, soft tissue mobilization, as well as a combination of techniques learned both formally and from her more than 20 years of experience.


Still Water Associates

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The following are independent practitioners available at Still Water



Jeremy Remmy, LMT

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

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.

Ali Sievewright

Ali has worked in the wellness and healing industry helping thousands of people achieve physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial health since 1999.  Her passion is showing women how    to go from feeling stuck, lost, or overwhelmed to empowered, confident, and in control. She uses a holistic approach to healing that takes into consideration the mind-body relationship and looks at all of the person’s parts as opposed to only treating the symptoms.  As a certified holistic welness coach and Reiki master teacher/intuitive healer,  Ali has extensive training in nutritional cleansing, mindfulness and mindset coaching, energy healing, intuitive work, aromatherapy, and other healing modalities. This experience in combination with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and her own personal diagnosis and self-healing  from  Fibromyalgia has given Ali a perspective on the importance of a well-rounded approach to wellness.  

Before starting her own holistic wellness practice, Allison worked as the lead therapist, heading the clinical esthetics department at the prestigious Tiffani Kim Institute in Chicago. In 2002,  she started her company, Karma Healing Solutions, within a busy doctors’ office at North Shore Hospital in Skokie (Formerly Rush North Shore).  She used both western and eastern modalities and philosophy  to address issues such as hormone balance, skin issues, sleep, gut health, youthful aging, and stress management. 

Ali offers private,  intuitive healing/reiki coaching sessions, group workshops and accountability calls,  online health groups and an empowerment group called karma healing sisters for women, as well as free nutritional detoxification support and guidance for those with a wholesale account for the superfood grocery store that Ali is partnered with.