Open House
April 24th

About Cortiva Joliet 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.

Expert faculty focused on you

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

Julie takes the time to be sure her students understand the material. She developed this patient approach as a tutor and teaching assistant at the Cortiva Institute before joining the staff full time. An avid reader and artist, Julie appreciates others’ creativity and enjoys expressing herself through drawing and other creative activities.

  • Graduate, Chicago School of Massage Therapy
  • Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist
  • Background in neuromuscular therapy, anatomy, neuroscience and pain science
  • Experience in a hospital-based fitness center
  • Specialties in massage for wellness, injury recovery, chronic pain relief and cancer care

Ken is interested in the human potential of all people. He continues to develop as a practitioner and an instructor—and aids his students to find, realize and reach their own potential. A music lover and avid concert-goer, Ken believes that there is a rhythm to everything in life. He incorporates that ideology into his techniques and teaching.

  • Graduate, Chicago School of Massage Therapy
  • Continuing education in neuromuscular and myofascial techniques
  • Experience in spas, fitness centers and private practice
  • Worked with the Northwestern University football and swim teams
  • Specialty in sports massage; endurance, mixed martial arts and volleyball athletes
  • Interest in massage as a physical and mental support for the frail and terminally ill

Julie Genens, LMT

Julie Genens, LMT
Massage Therapy Instructor

Ken Gieser, LMT

Ken Gieser, LMT
Adjunct Massage Instructor

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