Meet The Team
Crystal Dorado, LMT, RMT, CST, ARP
Fluency – English, Spanish
Services – Therapeutic Massages, Asian Bodywork, Reiki, Craniosacral, Akashic Records, Guided Meditations, Energy Wellness
Crystal has been committed to massage therapy and holistic healing for nearly a decade and is continuously yearning for new ways to perfect her craft every single day. Despite having moved across the country throughout most of her adult life, the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago has always been the place she considered home. Due to growing up in a traditional Mexican household, Crystal swiftly learned the potential of holistic remedies has on personal health through her grandparents. In 2006, Crystal went on to receive her Associate’s Degree in Occupational Health Sciences with a specialty in Therapeutic Massage from Centura College while she resided with her family in Virginia Beach. Crystal considers natural healing methods to be a large part of her Mexican heritage and family history, which is why she found the transition into massage therapy to be nearly seamless.
Although Crystal’s journey as a massage therapist began a lot like most others, as time moved on she began to discover more about herself and the world around us, and thus began to incorporate spirituality into her methodology. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, Crystal has gone on to become a certified Reiki master, Craniosacral therapist and a certified Akashic Records practitioner. Her unique background and experiences have allowed Crystal to become a healer unlike any other, one who is constantly pushing herself to become a better therapist and find new methods to better aid her clients on their paths to healing. Crystal opened Verde Wellness & Massage in 2011 with the intention of creating a tranquil atmosphere for everyone who walks through its doors and to try and make the world a more caring and peaceful place one client at a time.Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Quote -Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Dr. Angie D. Recendez
Fluency – English, Spanish
Services – Chiropractic Services
Dr. Angie D. Recendez is an experienced doctor of chiropractic who is passionate about helping people of all ages regain their health.
Dr. Recendez found her passion to become a doctor of chiropractic at 18 years old after struggling with asthma, allergies, and frequent colds in her youth. When the frequent use of antibiotics decreased her immunity she found recovery after eight months in chiropractic care. Her experience in chiropractic changed her health, life, and career as she made it her life’s mission to educate parents on the benefits of chiropractic care.
Dr. Recendez graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and has completed an additional 300+ hours of training through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and Epic Pediatrics. Her extensive post-graduate training furthered her understanding in the specialized care required to help pregnant women, newborns and older children. She takes a look at more than just symptoms by utilizing state of the art technology that allows her to see how the nervous system is functioning and adapting to everyday stressors that is leading to symptoms outside of the body and how they are related. She has successfully helped kids with colic, constipation, breastfeeding issues, bedwetting, ADHD, Autism, SPD, anxiety and more. Adults have been helped with infertility, pelvic imbalance in pregnancy, stress, low back pain, migraines, breech presentation due to pelvic imbalance and much more!
Dr. Recendez is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois under Healthy Start Chiropractic and offers care plans to make the care accessible and affordable.
Quote -“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison in 1903
Yolanda Hernandez, LMT
Lead Massage Therapist
Fluency – English, Spanish
Services – Signature, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Hot Stone, Dojo, Trigger Point, Prenatal, Zen, Cupping, Chakra Balancing, Reflexology, Reiki
Since she began her career as a massage therapist in 2014, Yolanda has found herself not only growing professionally but spiritually as well. Yolanda is immensely driven and committed, finding herself consistently bettering her craft and continuously adding to her the long list of modalities she provides. One of the central reasons Yolanda chose massage therapy as her career path was the satisfaction gained from helping and healing others. Yolanda also finds the massage environment to be a comforting atmosphere full of relaxation and peace and yearns to share that comfort with everyone she meets.
Quote - “Allow me to touch each one with healing hands, for the gentle art for which I stand. Let the divine force flow from me to you, let our energy and spirit renew.”
Araceli Conners, LMT
Fluency – English, Spanish
Services – Signature, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Hot Stone, Dojo, Trigger Point, Prenatal, Zen, Cupping, Chakra Balancing, Reflexology
Araceli has been in the spa industry since 2014 after graduating from Everest college. Specializing in clinical therapeutic massage using deep tissue and trigger point techniques while knowing how to adjust to a client’s needs. understanding not everyone’s body and pressure tolerance is the same communicating with clients to help with tension and pain. She has knowledge of other different specialties including prenatal massage. Araceli is also a mother and understands the physical and emotional tension women have and deal with during pregnancy. Regardless of a client’s needs, she enjoys creating a relaxing environment in order to reach deep relaxation.
Nicole Gradford, LMT
Fluency – English
Services – Refresher, Verde, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Hot Stone, Dojo, Trigger Point, Prenatal, Zen, Reflexology, Reiki, Therapeutic Massage, Craniosacral, Acupressure
Licensed for 5 years, I have been well versed in the field of massage and holistic modalities for approximately 14 years, graduating from both the Clinical and Advanced programs at the Florida College of Natural Health, where I fell in love with Energy work and Eastern Medicine.
A natural born empath, I have always been drawn to the energy of others. And while on my own personal spiritual journey, I have learned a lot on the practices of my ancestors before me and am excited to follow in their footsteps.
Though many consider those of us in the field of Holistic Medicine as Healers, we are mere conduits of the energy present within us all, reminding and assisting you in the knowledge and ability to heal oneself.
Quote - ”Food feeds the body, knowledge feed the mind, spirit feeds the soul.... But WELLNESS feeds the WHOLE.” -Na'eemah Bennu
Sarah Wolffis, RMT, LMT, AmSAT Certified, EMPA member
Educator & Healer
Fluency – English
Services – Refresher, Verde, Alexander Technique, Reiki, Shiatsu Massage
I am a committed Alexander Technique Teacher and Reiki healer. My strengths are being present, channeling supportive healing energy and compassionately teaching people educational tools which encourage an active role in their own health and well-being.
Reiki and Alexander Technique are the most powerful healing methods I have found. Learning them shifted my life in many positive and powerful ways. I first discovered Alexander Technique while studying at the University of Iowa and through peer mentoring for a role model of mine. My mentor introduced me to the three year AmSAT teacher training course located in the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago. During my training to be an AT teacher I also followed my interest in Reiki healing. As of June 2019 I became a Certified Alexander Technique Teacher and Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui and Holy Fire III linage. I am ready to share these amazing modalities with others.
Leandro Lopes, LMT
Fluency – Portuguese, Spanish, English
Services – Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Pregnancy, Reflexology, Sports, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Luk Pra Kob (Hot Herbal Compress Ball Massage), Nuad Thai (Thai Massage)
I was born in Angola in the 1970s. I am the oldest of 11 siblings. Our parents raised us around nature. We grew up using herbs, teas, concoctions and oils. We ate fruits freshly-picked from our family’s trees, foods from the garden. We grew up hearing stories from our ancestors and talking to shamans to look for spiritual guidance. As a kid, I learned to take care of the body, mind and soul. Self-care became the most important thing and central to our way.
Although central to our childhood, I never thought about it as different or unique.
Fast forward to the year 2014..... I started studying bodywork with my teacher, Paul Fowler, owner and instructor of Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies in Chicago and got my certification. I fell in love with the Thai culture, Thai medicine, and Thai bodywork instantly. I started living more consciously and presently. Every year, I go to Thailand and continue my learning.
In 2015, I pursued my education through The New School for Massage, and got licensed. Here, I gained knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and therapeutic medicine.
As I look back, it is now easy to see that I was bound to contribute deeply in life with both what I grew up with and what I had found in touch, wellness and healing powers.
Quote - Now is the most precious thing!
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