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.
Certified in: Orthopedic Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Cupping, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish, Prenatal, Sports Massage
Amber Bowser, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist,
Certified Prenatal & Women's Health Therapist, Reflexology Professional
Helping people is my passion, and when friends and family suggested looking into massage therapy, I became fascinated with how beneficial it is for both the mind and the body. After graduating from SOMA Institute in 2016 I worked in various settings, helping alleviate pain and stress for people so that they have a better quality of life and a relief from the day to day stress.
In addition to Therapeutic, Swedish and Trigger Point Release massage, I am certified and experienced in Prenatal, Cupping, and Reflexology. I also specialize in foot and ankle care, working to break up scar tissue and improve mobility from injuries or general daily overuse. Stress relief and pain management is a huge focus in all of my sessions, looking to help my clients reach their lifestyle goals. It is my firm belief that a healthy body and a relaxed mind go hand in hand in improving our lives.
I look forward to continuing my clinical massage work with people to help them feel their best.
Certified in: Therapeutic Massage, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal, Cupping, Reflexology, Women's Abdominal Health Massage
Gabbie Knepper, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist
Ever since I was young, Holistic Medicine and Healing have always intrigued me. Remembering my mother making tea to help with colds, finding out about herbal medicine to treat all sorts of ailments, and finally finding Massage Therapy which treats not only the body, but the mind in tenfold. I found this to become my passion after, what feels like a lifetime, of stressful mundane living. I wanted to do more with my life, and that has always included healing and helping humans become better versions of themselves.
I studied at the Institute of Natural Health and Education in Bradley, Illinois and graduated in 2022, receiving my license the same year. After working side by side with a chiropractor, I knew my calling came in to help as many people as I could through clinical massage. I also have experience in relaxing clients as well, to help the mind, as it goes hand in hand with the body. Along with relaxation, I am certified in foot reflexology, which are trigger points on and around the feet that correspond to different organs in the body to bring relief, as well as prenatal massage.
I have found peace and comfort in the knowledge that I am helping people, two hands at a time. I look forward to meeting you and helping you get on the track of healthy and happy living!
Certified in: Deep Tissue, Swedish / Relaxation, Prenatal, Foot Reflexology
Katie Babjak, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist
Holistic health is what inspires me. I graduated from the Soma Institute in 2007. The curriculum focused strongly on clinical massage therapies. Once I started massage school, I knew I found my calling.
Massage with intent and purpose is my approach to each and every massage session. I will work within your needs to help you get back on track. Whether you are a beginner athlete, a seasoned pro, a Mom-to-Be, Student or working adult, massage is beneficial. Massage isn’t limited to pain management, it can help you feel your best! Massage is a natural tool to help alleviate the body’s aches and pains.
I look forward to working within your needs to get you back up and living life!
Specialties include: Trigger Point Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Range of Motion Improvement, Relaxation, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Prenatal Massage.
Colleen Thorne, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist
Inspired by an ever growing amount of stress in our society & an often declining amount of healthy touch amongst people, I found my way to Cortiva/Chicago School of Massage Therapy. I received my Massage License in 2009 and started working with a variety of clients and volunteering weekly with cancer patients. I went on to focus a large amount of my work with Chiropractors specializing in injuries, chronic pain & other issues. During this time I also invested in my interest in self-care through Yoga and became a certified Yoga instructor through Temple of Kriya Yoga in 2011. Since that time I have explored working in other environments such as wellness centers, fitness centers and assisted living facilities.
Wherever my work takes me I strive to combine the techniques, modalities and at home self care practices that I can share with my clients to help them feel their best. Along with my hands on work, I also became an instructor at the New School for Massage in Tinley Park educating future massage therapists. I look forward to continuing to learn, share and work in the massage and bodywork field.