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!
Dr. Adam Linden, Chiropractor
Adam graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. The techniques he performs are Gonstead, Diversified, and Activator, with extra, outside of school, training in extremity adjustments and soft tissue work. Call now to schedule an appointment with Adam!
Deb Theis, LMT, Instructor
Deb graduated from Inspirit’s Massage Program in June of 2014. Since graduating, she has been working for Inspirit as an Instructor, Supervisor, and Licensed Massage Therapist. She enjoys Deep Tissue Massage and Prenatal Massage. Deb immediately starting working as an instructor because of her nursing experience and training. Deb is now a retired nurse who enjoys working with our students to reach their potential in their learning experiences & life.
Kat Meekma, LMT, BF
Kat Meekma is a 2014 Massage Therapy Graduate from Inspirit Institute. Kat recently became an Access Consciousness Bars Facilitator, she enjoys teaching this energy modality & spreading love and joy to those around her. She has additional certifications in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and Reiki. Kat’s favorite techniques to incorporate into her practice is Headache Relief & Sports Therapy. She Strives to give her clients the best possible spa experience & Inspirit provides are very calm and warm space to be able to receive these services. In her free time, Kat enjoys attending concerts, traveling, hiking & spending time with her family & her dog, Nova. Call Kat today to schedule your next appointment!
Meagan Hafkemeyer, LMT
Meagan graduated from Inspirit’s Massage Therapy Program in September 2014. Meagan is passionate about helping people and loves finding new ways to do so through massage and bodywork. She is currently in training for MyoKinesthetic, an exciting technique which aligns posture for a pain-free and mobile body, and will be certified in November 2016. Meagan specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage & Hot Stone Massage.
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.
Jennifer McFadden, LMT
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
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.
Nicole Kress, LMT, NT
Nicole graduated from Inspirit Institute, where she is now practicing Massage Therapy. Nicole is a Licensed Massage Therapist and just recently graduated from our Non – Toxic Nail Tech program. Nicole specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Relaxation Massage, Cupping, Reiki, Access Bars, Ear Candling, and Foot Detox. In her free time Nicole enjoys spending time with her family camping and spending time outdoors. Call Nicole today to book your appointment!
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.
Aurora Buschkamp, LMT, ATC, LAT
Aurora is a Licensed Massage Therapist at Inspirit, where she also graduated from. She specializes in Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, and Post Injury/Recovery Massage. Aurora is also an Athletic Trainer at Hempstead High School, and combing this career with her LMT career, she is even more driven to help people recover! In her free time she enjoys hiking in the Mines of Spain with her dog, Onyx! Call today to book your next appointment with Aurora!
Lora Fuller, LMT, LPN
Lora is a Licensed Massage Therapist & Licensed Practical Nurse.
Robert James, LMT & RN
Robert is a Licensed Massage Therapist at Inspirit & Registered Nurse at Mercy Hospital.
Laura Wahlert, LMT & Esthetician
Laura Wahlert is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician. In addition, Laura also is an instructor at Inspirit.
Additional Licensed Massage Therapist include: