Open House
April 24th

About Cortiva Chicago Loop Campus

The mission of the Cortiva Institute is to provide high-quality, comprehensive training programs that prepare graduates for successful careers in massage therapy, skin care, and related health and wellness fields.


Cortiva Institute  is committed to the success of its students and graduates. Cortiva Institute offers practical and effective vocational training programs that are designed to produce successful practitioners and support the learning and personal growth of students.

Cortiva Institute  is committed to fostering a caring community and creating a safe and challenging classroom environment. Experienced and dedicated faculty provide hands-on training that focuses on the individual needs of each student.

Cortiva Institute  believes that students should graduate as experienced practitioners, ready to work. Our programs are both practical and innovative and draw upon the rich history of knowledge and experience of our member schools, as well as current industry trends.

Cortiva Institute is committed to the growth and evolution of massage therapy, skin care, and related fields. Our curriculum is therefore designed not only to enable our students to master established methods, but also to approach their work creatively so that they may contribute to the development of the techniques of the future.

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Expert faculty focused on you

Our instructors are second to none: top professionals in their field who make your success their top priority.

Birgitta leads campus efforts to ensure excellence in the classroom for both students and staff. Her focus is always on providing the appropriate level of support to each student, whether she’s working with personnel, policies and procedures, or educational program goals and statistics. Inspiring and compassionate, Birgitta applies her passion for health and wellness to the process of guiding and coaching students to success in the world of massage therapy.

  • Graduate, Cortiva Institute
  • Private practitioner
  • Certified health coach
  • Qigong instructor
  • Extensive experience in the airline industry

As a long-time art director, Michelle became aware of the value of massage therapy firsthand. Receiving massages helped her monitor her own wellness and identify ways to keep stress in check. She now enjoys sharing her massage experience—both personal and professional—with her students, and continues to create art from a peaceful place.

  • Graduate, Wellspring School of Allied Health, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Bachelor’s degree, Fine Art and Graphic Design, University of Central Missouri
  • Experience with spa massage in collaboration with chiropractic care

Birgitta Salmonsson

Birgitta Salmonsson
Education Manager

Michelle Rotert

Michelle Rotert

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