Katherine has always had a deep intuitive sense that she was a healer, although it wasn't until she discovered Shiatsu and massage therapy that she really knew what this meant for her. She enjoys the depth and connection of the one-on-one interaction in bodywork therapy, and feels deeply honored to be able to share in her client's healing journey. Katherine completed her LMT and Shiatsu certification at Zen Shiatsu in Chicago, IL in 2015. Prior to living in Chicago, her path led her to live and study in South America, the UK and India, as well as teach in Spain and travel throughout. She holds a BA in History and Sociology from the University of Michigan, as well an MSc in Contemporary Urbanism from the London School of Economics. Katherine grew up in the Detroit area, and now feels complete having returned home to Michigan in 2022. Always ready for more adventure, she now calls Northern Michigan her home. Her interests include Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, yoga, aromatherapy, reading, getting outside, exploring on her bike, drinking tea and delving deeper into holistic health.
Born and raised in Petoskey, Michigan, Kristine discovered yoga as a way of healing and finding confidence, quickly falling in love with the accepting environment. Looking to deepen her practice, she completed her 200 hr YTT and Reiki level one certification in 2017. She enjoys discovering the many ways yoga can strengthen the mind, body and spirit. Believing that yoga truly is for anybody, her classes offer a way to connect breath and movement, leaving you feeling strong and empowered. Believing that yoga and self-care go hand in hand, pursuing a new level of healing through massage therapy was the perfect next step. Kristine graduated from Willoway/TC Studio Pro's massage school in 2023.
Benjamin Cheney is a performer and designer from Northern Michigan. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Croft Residency, a dance residency in Horton Bay, MI. His personal movement practice centers on moving meditation, with a focus on somatic, intentional, and
metaphoric improvisational movement. He uses the tools of Body Mind Centering (BMC) and the Tamalpa Life Art Process (TLAP) as lenses and languages to engage in his explorations and facilitations. He is a level 2 Graduate from Tamalpa and has completed the BMC SME (Somatic Movement Educator) courses. BMC is a large influence in his hands-on practice. Ben
graduated from Willoway/TC Studio Pro’s massage training program in 2023.
Ashley Evans holds licenses in both massage therapy and esthetics. Originally from Alpena, MI she has recently settled in Petoskey to be near her family. In 2010 she obtained her massage therapy license from the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education. After spending 13 years as a massage therapist, Ashley decided it was time to expand her offerings so she attended Douglas J Aveda Institute and received her Esthetics license in 2023. Both schools aligned nicely with her "keep it natural" philosophy. She is excited to be offering a wide range of healing services at Willoway Spa and Wellness. When Ashley isn't busy at the spa She enjoys camping, hiking and snuggling her cat Bugherra.
Ellie Esford was born and raised in Northern Michigan. She spent her younger years studying dance which allowed her to move away from home at the young age of 15 to train in various Citys.
Upon returning to Northern Michigan, she was given the opportunity to
apprentice for her Esthetics license in 2017. Her career began in the medical esthetics industry where she learned
a wide range of services including Hydra Facial, Dermaplaning, Micro needling and more. It was also during this time she had the opportunity to learn directly from Celebrity brow artist, Joey Healey, who helped her understand how to create and maintain a naturally structured brow.
In 2019 Ellie took a break from the world of Esthetics to study Yoga and completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2020. During this time she
fell in love with the art of Sound Healing, using crystal and Tibetan Singing bowls amongst an array of healing instruments to heal the mind, body and soul.
She was able to explore this passion and learn directly from skilled sound healing practitioners. In 2021 She began to miss her Esthetics practice and that is when She wandered into Willoway. It wasn't until she found Willoway that she was able to fully explore her love of wholistic and healing esthetic practices. Since Joining Willoway she has continued to grow her service menu and now holds certifications in Buccal (intraoral massage), Gua Sha, Facial Cupping, Full Body Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Geneo Facials, Qi Beauty, and Cryo Skin. She has loved every second of expanding her knowledge of natural self-care, and is thrilled to say she has helped so many of her clients reconnect to themselves through the act of self care. Her biggest joy in life is helping others connect to their highest self through finding gratitude and
love for themselves exactly as they are as she truly believes there is no need to fix, change, or correct any part of ourselves because we are all already perfectly imperfect.
Lexie started Spray Tans by Lexie because she saw a need for a botanically based spray tan. Lexie searched for the best naturally based products on the market and got her training and certification from many experts in the spray tan industry. Lexie has been in the fashion and health industry for over 25 years. Her passion is sharing what your spray tan experience will be like from beginning to end. Communication goes above and beyond with consistent consultation and follow up. Her goal is help everyone feel comfortable, while giving them a flawless spray tan. Her joy is watching her guests walk out of her spray tan area radiating confidence. Lexie and her husband have lived in Petoskey most of their lives. They enjoy bicycling and spending time with family. You might see Lexie at one of our classes or enjoying one of our services. She also loves to connect people to their true passions. We are excited to have Lexies energy here at Willoway Spa and Wellness.
Holly was born and raised here in Petoskey, and has always had a love for music and healing arts. She’s played music locally for the past ten years and has recently melded her musical and healing interests, in the pursuit of Sound Healing. Holly is a certified Reiki Master and is also certified in Energy Psychology, Holistic Healing, and Holistic Wellness Coaching. She is currently finishing up her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, along with Yin Yoga Training, and Alcohol Misuse Recovery Coaching. As a recovering alcoholic with several years of sobriety, she understands the important role wellness of body, mind, and spirit play in achieving and maintaining sobriety, and hopes to share this holistic approach with others in the community who are suffering. Holly’s other areas of interest are regenerative farming, animal based nutrition, and stoicism. In her free time she enjoys the company of her family, traveling with her one-man-band husband, and thrifting.
Jennifer Michael-Sikora grew up in Grand Ledge, attended college in Grand Rapids, receiving her bachelor’s in education and traveled to Ireland where she lived and studied Interior Design. Since her family vacationed in Boyne City over the years, Jennifer knew that was where she wanted to raise her family. She met her husband, Keith while working in Petoskey for an engineering firm. Jennifer has two children, Eliana and Noah. She has been in the skincare industry for over ten years and is excited to learn the exciting new career of Esthetics. She enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing, listening to music, reading, cooking, biking, surrounding herself in nature and animals.
Christi has always been active, playing sports, running and just enjoying life. Being an athlete introduced her to Zumba long before it became a worldwide trend. In 2007 she spent a winter in southern Alabama taking Zumba classes and found her passion. She took master classes with Erick Santana before becoming the first Zumba instructor in northern Michigan in 2008. In 2009 she attended master classes in California, Florida and Ohio with Beto Perez (the creator of Zumba) getting her license to teach basic 2 under Beto, her Aqua license through Maria Browning (the co-creater of Aqua program) and her ZumbAtomic license with Gina Grant (the co-creator of the Zumba for kids program). In 2010 she traveled to Wisconsin to train under Kelly Bullard to receive her Zumba Toning license. Throughout her career she has expanded her skills to Pole Fitness, chair and burlesque dancing, strength training and Real Ryder cycling. With the love of dance and fitness she created her own program called Alley Cats Fitness, which was introduced in 2014. In 2015 she traveled to Chicago to become one of the first Pound Fitness pros in northern Michigan. In 2017 she received her license to teach Strong by Zumba and understands the importance of, and continues to keep her training current and up to date. Her goal is to motivate, inspire, and educate others about the benefits of exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. “Health and fitness is more than just your appearance; exercising makes us feel better and live healthier. With patience and persistence, anyone can achieve realistic goals, including high self-esteem, confidence, and the body you desire.
Julie has been active all of her life. She only truly fell in love with fitness as she entered her adult years. Her love for music and dance led her to Zumba. She walked through the doors of Studio Health and Fitness in 2013 and never looked back. Since then, she has been actively involved with several studio offerings. In 2017, she took her fitness to the next level by becoming a licensed Zumba and Pound instructor. It brings her great pleasure to share her love of fitness with others. Since then, she has extended her training by becoming licensed in Generation Pound for kids. She’s also had the pleasure to attend Amplify training in Los Angeles with the CEO of Pound Fitness as well as Level Up with fellow Michigan instructors. In addition, Julie became a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through AFAA in July of 2021. Outside of the studio, Julie runs on a casual level, competing occasionally and setting personal goals. She also coaches Girls on the Run each spring. Julie resides in Petoskey, where she was born and raised, with her husband and three children.
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Sherrie is a USAG certified gymnastics instructor with over 25 years of experience and 14 years teaching pre-k. She has coached at the junior Olympic 1-9 levels. She has a lifelong passion for the sport and has competed as a teenager. Sherrie is excited to share how gymnastics can make a difference in your child’s life by strengthening their body and giving them confidence and self-esteem. She earned an Associate’s degree from NCMC and a Bachelor’s degree from LSSU, both in early child development. She is CPR and First Aid certified. Sherrie was born in the Lansing area but was raised in Petoskey. She is a graduate of Petoskey High School. Sherrie has two young daughters that share her enthusiasm for dance and gymnastics.