Our core program instructors are truly one of our biggest assets at Inspirit Institute. State guidelines only require massage school teachers to have 2 years experience in the field.
We challenge that expectation by holding the bar MUCH higher. We think it is crucial to your success that you learn from exceptionally qualified teachers.
Lynn first learned bodywork over 30 years ago, in 1983, from a physical therapist when she was a live-in aid for a quadriplegic college student. Later in nursing school, her favorite part of the work was the hands-on care. Her life changed forever when an orthopedic surgeon encouraged her to explore her gift of touch and add professional massage therapy to her repertoire. Lynn was one of the first massage therapists in the country to become nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. In 1992, Lynn began to tutor students in Anatomy, which began her passion for teaching. Having over 2,000 hours of documented massage related training and being a nurse helps Lynn bring students to a new level in the field before they even graduate.
In addition to her background in nursing and massage therapy, she holds degrees as a Feng Shui Practitioner, Spa Specialist, and is an ordained Minister.
Carissa Young, Assistant Director, Instructor, LMT & Licensed Esthetician
Carissa is an instructor at Inspirit who teaches a number of different massage techniques and classes. She graduated from Inspirits Massage Therapy Program in 2010 and then immediately began her preparation for becoming an instructor through the Inspirit Teacher Training Program. She now works at Inspirit as an Instructor, Supervisor, Reiki Practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist.
Kristy Meyer, Marketing & Financial Aid Director, Reiki Certified Practitioner
Kristy Meyer is the Financial Aid Director and Marketing Coordinator for Inspirit Institute. Kristy loves to be able to help students pursue their passion and to recruit more students for the Massage Therapy, Non Toxic Nail Tech, Esthetics, and Cosmetology Programs. With Inspirit’s 100% placement rating, they encourage everyone each step of the way! In Kristy’s free time she enjoys spending time with her son, Blake, and husband Jake. She likes cheering on her favorite sports teams, camping, swimming, and reading a good book! Contact Kristy today if you are ready to start your new journey!
Kristy started her journey her at Inspirit by taking Lynn Kramer's Reiki 1 Certification class. She fell in love with the practice and Inspirit Institute. Shortly after that she joined the team at Inspirit!
Abby Peacock, Cosmetologist
My name's Abby. I have been a stylist for over 4 years I graduated from Capri college I specialize in men's and woman's haircuts, styles, manicures, pedicures, and I enjoy fun trendy colors. I am a mother of two amazing little girls, I enjoy going to concerts and spending time outside. Call and schedule your appointments with me.
Katlyn Peacock, LMT & Cosmetologist
Katlyn is Inspirit's Salon Manager. She Graduated from Capri College in April 2010 & since has been working as a Hair Stylist. Katlyn enjoys attending hair shows and continuing education classes to increase her knowledge and to keep up on current trends. She specializes in men and women's hair cuts and colors, as well as special occasion styles. Her passion is to get her clients to where they want to be and to teach them how to maintain healthy hair. In addition to Cosmetology, Katlyn graduated from Inspirit Institute in 2013 for Massage Therapy. She specializes in Deep Tissue Massage & Reiki.
Lindsey Dohrer, LMT, NT, LE
Lindsey is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Nail Technician, & Licensed Esthetician here at Inspirit. Lindsey specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Relaxation Massage, Cupping, and Reiki. She loves helping clients reach their skin care goals with specialized services such as Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, & Waxing. Manicures & Pedicures are also part of her specialty services. In her free time Lindsey enjoys camping, concerts, cheering on the Cubbies and the Hawkeyes and spending time with her family and friends. Contact Lindsey today to schedule your next appointment!
Katie Elliott, LMT
Katie graduated from Inspirit's Massage Therapy Program in June 2015. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Deep Tissue and Sports Massage. Katie is trained in Swedish, prenatal, hot stone, cupping & Thai massage. She continues to explore many facets of massage & energy work including Reiki, aromatherapy, and Reflexology. During her free time Katie enjoys hiking, the outdoors, reading and making art.
Holly Behan, Front Desk & Certified Live Blood Analyst
Holly joined the Inspirit Institute team in November 2016 as part of our Front Desk Staff. She also is a Certified Live Blood Analyst. Holly received her certification for live blood morphology in January 2011. Her passion for health & wellness makes her a great addition to our Inspirit team! In her free time she loves spending time with her family, the outdoors, and reading.
Laura Wahlert, LMT & Esthetician
Laura Wahlert is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician. In addition, Laura also is an instructor at Inspirit.
Jennifer McFadden, LMT, Instructor
Jen is Inspirit's Kineseology Instructor. She attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she graduated with a BS in Exercise Science. She has been a Licensed Massage Therapist & Licensed Esthetician since 2008. In addition to her therapy background, Jen is a Reiki Practitioner and a Certified Yoga Instructor.
Randi Berg, LMT & Licensed Esthetician, Instructor
Randi is an instructor at Inspirit whose main focus is Anatomy & Physiology. She attended Northeast Iowa Community College from 2004 – 2006 for nursing & psychology. In addition to her extensive knowledge in Anatomy & Physiology, Randi has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010.
Alberto A. Pecina
Al has a degree in secondary education (History and English) from the Western Illinois University. He has been working with the elderly in a nursing home setting since 1993 as a Certified Nurse Aide and Certified Medication Aide. He has also worked with the mentally challenged as a Vocational Supervisor & Social Worker. Al has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since January of 2013 and he teaches Elderly Massage at Inspirit.
Bobby Jo Williamson, LMT
Bobby Jo graduated from Inspirit's Massage Therapy Program in late 2013, and started teaching Tai Massage through Inspirit's Teacher Training Program in January 2014. Before graduating from Inspirit, She successfully graduated from Beauty School for Cosmetology on October 6, 1992.
Robert James, LMT & RN
Robert is a Licensed Massage Therapist at Inspirit & Registered Nurse at Mercy Hospital.
Additional Licensed Massage Therapist include:
In addition to our core staff, we have many knowledgeable guest speakers. We engage only speakers that are experts in their given field to teach our students.