Our Team

natalie-thumb Natalie Tessler is the founder and owner of Spa Space. She has a BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a law degree from American University and an LL.M. (Master’s of Law degree) in taxation from New York University. Natalie’s professional experience includes working as a tax and estate planning attorney at firms in New York and Chicago. In 1999, she began researching the wellness and day spa industries and developing the business concept for Spa Space, which opened in 2001. She was drawn to the industry through her genuine love for hospitality and entertaining. Natalie also enjoys speaking to students, entrepreneurs and angel investors on the topics of capital-raising, business plan development and entrepreneurship. You can contact Natalie at natalie@spaspace.com.
nicki-thumb Nicole is the Spa Director/General Manager of Spa Space and has been with Spa Space since its inception in 2001. She has over 15 years of experience in the spa industry, with an emphasis in operations and management. Nicki has a Bachelor’s degree in Merchandising Management from the International Academy of Design and Technology. As Spa Director, Nicki is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the spa, handling client relations, and organizing private parties and corporate events. She takes a hands-on approach to management, working closely with our staff to ensure the highest levels of customer service and quality-control. You can contact Nicki at nicki@spaspace.com.
deyan photo Deyan is an Assistant Manager and Esthetician at Spa Space. She has over 13 years of experience in the spa industry, and has been with Spa Space since 2004. She received her esthetics license in 2007 from the University of Esthetics and, as a jack of all trades, performs skincare and waxing services at Spa Space in addition to her management role. She enjoys working with clients and making sure that each person who walks through our doors enjoys their time with us from beginning to end. You can contact Deyan at Deyan@spaspace.com.
Jean's profile picture Jean is an Assistant Manager at Spa Space as well as a licensed massage therapist. Jean has been in the spa industry since 2002 after leaving the corporate world to find an opportunity to further both her own and others’ wellness. She has had the good fortune to work in a variety of settings including luxury resort spas, and brings that attention to detail to Spa Space. Jean’s focus is on the total guest experience and ensuring our staff has the tools and training needed to exceed our guests’ expectations. You can reach Jean at Jean@spaspace.com.
jennine photo for bio Jennine is Spa Space’s lead esthetician. She has been a licensed esthetician since 2003, and part of the Spa Space team since 2006. Her role includes ensuring that Spa Space offers the most effective and cutting-edge skin care treatments and products available, refining treatment protocols, and hiring and training new team members. She also expertly performs facials, peels and waxing at Spa Space.
kennise profile photo Kennise is Spa Space’s nail department manager. With her corporate background in HR and over 10 years experience as a nail tech, Kennise oversees Spa Space’s extensive nail department operations, including protocols, sanitation and customer service. Her goal is to make sure that every client is individually serviced to meet his or her needs, always with professionalism and a smile. She also performs flawless nail services along with a team of over 15 nail techs.
Originally from the St. Louis area, Julie is a licensed Massage Therapist with over 12 years of professional experience. She is a graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. To create your individual massage, Julie seamlessly blends her deep muscle therapy with Swedish Massage, Myofascial techniques and elements of Zen Shiatsu. With this combination, she delivers the strength her clients desire without sacrificing the calming aspects, she believes, are vital to a complete and mindful, therapeutic massage experience. In the past several years, she has gained experience working with clients who live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Julie was proud to receive a 5-star review for her Indian Head Massage from the Chicago Tribune and has been a member of the Spa Space team since 2003.

Deanna has been a licensed Massage/Shiatsu therapist, as well as a certified Reflexologist, for 15 years. She has extensive experience working with chronic neck and shoulder pain, Indian Head being a favorite modality for relief. Reflexology is her passion, whether on a runner, someone with a migraine, or just a client with sore feet, she enjoys introducing this ancient art. Her education in healing is an ongoing process, and she enjoys sharing what she has learned during the Art of Touch classes, which she tailors to the couple’s lifestyle. Her goal is for each client to walk away feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and pain-free.

Doug graduated from The Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2006. He is known for his artful massage that integrates elements of Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage. Rhythm, symmetry, flow, continuity, and completeness are hallmarks of his style.

Lisa graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2004 and has also studied Cranio Sacral therapy with the Upledger Institute. Her style of massage is a blending of Swedish strokes with therapeutic techniques to create the ultimate relaxing experience while relieving chronic pain. She also enjoys doing body treatments and Indian Head massage.

Kat is a licensed massage therapist with over 14 years of professional experience. She has been trained in numerous modalities including pre-natal, pain management, deep tissue, myofacial, and deep relaxation, and has extensive experience in each. She believes in approaching each person as a puzzle. One massage most certainly does not fit everyone, and Kat’s goal is always to provide you with the massage that best suits your individual needs. Kat believes that massage is truly a necessity, and not just a luxury, to those that want to be at their best physically and mentally.

Regina has been a certified and licensed massage therapist for 12 years. She holds her certificate in massage therapy and hydrotherapy from Florida School of Massage, one of the oldest and most respected schools in the country. She works in most modalities, but specializes in neuromuscular and sports massage. She believes that working with her clients, as opposed to on them, is the most effective way to acheive results. She is also a professional actor and musician.

Adina graduated top of her class from the Soma Institute in 2008 and also from their Masters of Clinical Massage Therapy program in 2009. This extensive education has broadened her techniques to allow greater customization for each client, often combining myofascial techniques, acupressure, trigger point release, movement therapy, deep tissue and light touch techniques. Adina believes strongly in educating and empowering her clients to become a part of the healing process.

Lauren has over eight years experience as a massage therapist. In 2004, she graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. She is also a professional member the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). As an avid cyclist, Lauren understands the physiology of the active person. Her top modalities are Deep Tissue and Hot Stone, but she also likes the relaxing treatments of Swedish and Indian Head Massage. Before Spa Space, she was a massage therapy instructor for 2 years and makes The Art of Touch class fun and informative for her ”students.”

After a decade of interest in the massage field and being trained in reflexology, Wilson graduated from The Atlanta School of Massage in March of 1991. Wilson’s philosophy is that if it is muscle related it can be fixed and he specializes in getting results for his clients.

Letitia is a graduate of the Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Letitia primarily uses a blend of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Zen Shiatsu to create customized sessions according to the needs of her clients. She is a level 1 Reflexologist in the Ingham Method through the International Institute of Reflexology and invites you to experience the grounding, healing nature of this therapy. She has also had training in Body Treatments, as well as Prenatal, Hot Stone, and Sports Massage.

In 2005, Jen graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Her main specialty is a Swedish-Deep Tissue combination massage which can be customized to her client’s needs.

Vishal graduated from the School of Massage Therapy at Solex Medical College in Wheeling, Illoinois in 2010. Two of his key takeaways were the importance of body mechanics and kinesiology. A focus on using proper body mechanics allows him to provide sustained pressure and energy throughout long sessions so that he can help stressed and ailing clients relax, refresh and rejuvenate. A focus on anatomy and the actions of muscles helps Vishal release tension knots and resolve muscular issues quickly and effectively.

Indira combines an extensive American education with European experience and approach. She is renowned for her clinical-style facials, during which she performs deeply thorough extractions for maximum effectiveness, and relaxing massage for a completely nurturing experience. Indira has also become famous at Spa Space for her fast and perfect Brazilian-style bikini wax.

Jai is a graduate of Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois. She strives to provide her clients with the most relaxing yet clinical and educational experience. She specializes in highly active, results-oriented facials.

Trained in Lithuania, Gina went to medical school, followed by Esthetics school. She has her dual diplomas as a licensed Esthetician and doctor’s assistant. She believes that the key to her great deep clean facials are her thorough extractions – they make the biggest difference in post-facial skin. She also is known for her soothing touch; clients claim to forget about everything, doze off, even have their headaches cured after a service with Gina.

As the Esthetics department head, Jennine has been a part of the Spa Space team since 2006 and has been practicing as an esthetician since 2003.  Jennine’s facial style leaves her guests feeling deep-cleansed, educated, and pampered. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the use of chemical skincare. Jennine’s approach is very clinical, yet gentle.  Her favorite treatments to give at Spa Space are Dermaplaning with a Level 2 peel and the Instant Lift facial.   Jennine is also skillful in makeup artistry, with over fifteen years of experience.

Angie is a graduate of Pivot Point International, and has been practicing aesthetics at Spa Space since 2007. She specializes in result orientated skincare. She especially enjoys working with aging and problematic skin types. Her treatments are clinical, but still incredibly relaxing.

Sam believes that touch is healing. She gives relaxing, stress-relieving facials while deeply cleansing and treating the skin. She believes regular facials are essential for clear, beautiful skin. She also loves to wax and has a huge following of loyal regulars. She is very thorough, but fast! She is fun to be around and has been a Licensed Esthetician since 2005.

Maxine graduated from Hair and Skin Professionals in West Dundee, IL. With a family history of esthetics and makeup artistry, she specializes in waxing, primarily Brazilians and brows. Maxine is known for her speedy and thorough style, which she performs while keeping her clients entertained.

Deyan was born in Puerto Rico, but raised all her life in Chicago. She is an expert in the treatment and maintenance of ethnic skin, and is also an excellent waxer. Her facials are results-oriented and she gives her clients a regimen so that they maintain a ‘flawless look’. She specializes in eyebrow shaping and Brazilian bikini waxing for both men and women. Her sense of humor and down-to-earth personality makes her a great choice for first-time waxers, as she makes people feel comfortable. In addition to being an esthetician, Deyan is also an Assistant Manager of Spa Space, so she understands the importance of customer service and makes sure all of her clients feel special.

Licensed since 2003, Tara loves helping her clients realize their potential and have that extra “boost” that comes along with looking and feeling good. She is passionate about medical based skincare and specializes in problematic skin types. Tara educates her clients about the importance of a take-home regimen and a healthy lifestyle to keep skin crystal clear.

B.Sc.Pod., Podologist- Yvette achieved her Bachelor of Science in Podology (natural health science) from the Open International University of Complementary Medicines. As a podolgist, she deals with the examination, prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders of the feet and their related structures. Yvette has extensive knowledge in diabetic, and geriatric foot care, corn and callus maintenance, ingrown toe nail relief and detection of fungal infections of the feet and nails. She also acts as a liaison between client and physician. Yvette is also a certified podiatric assistant, and a certified medical and advanced nail technician. She is also responsible for the development of Spa Space’s Sports Pedicure, Vanilla-Almond Manicure & Pedicure, and the Whipped Chocolate Manicure & Pedicure. Yvette has been with Spa Space for nearly 12 years, and is the most senior staff member of the nail department.

Monika is a perfectionist – she excels at giving an absolutely flawless polish job and shaping the nails to complement the hands. Her positive energy and intense focus on the quality of her work will leave you looking and feeling your best!

After several years of working in the Human Resources field, Kennise started her nail career in 2004 by attending the OPI program at Pivot Point. After obtaining her license was employed at the first concept OPI Nail Bar in Illinois and gained several certifications from OPI including Micro Wrap, Polish Technique, Manicure and Spa Pedicure. She is a true professional, taking pride in the work and service she provides for each and every client.

Patricia attended Mario Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, studying Nail Technology. She graduated in August of ’06 and gained her license in November. Previously she has worked in a spa environment focusing on her skills in all areas of natural nail care. Her manicures and pedicures have gotten rave reviews from our clients because of her attention to detail and excellent customer service. Patricia has a wonderful personality that is reflected in her work as well with her relations to clients. She is a true asset to Spa Space!

Deyan is an Assistant Manager and Esthetician at Spa Space. She has over 12 years of experience in the spa industry, and has been with Spa Space since 2004. She received her esthetics license in 2007 from the University of Esthetics and, as a Jack of all trades, performs skincare and waxing services at Spa Space in addition to her management role. She enjoys working with clients and making sure that each person who walks through our doors enjoys their time with us from beginning to end.

One of our front desk veterans, Ruby has been with Spa Space since 2008. In addition to her front desk duties, Ruby has an excellent eye for retail, and designs a majority of our retail displays. She enjoys interacting with clients one on one, and supporting the Spa Space team. Ruby is currently finishing her degree at De Paul University in Psychology.