Christine Hickey, Co-Founder, Elemental Float & Cryotherapy

Acting and performing have always been Christine’s passion. At the top of her career, she took a tumble off the stage that changed her life. No longer able to play a part in her own story, and hung up in a bed, she was unable to take the pain medications without feeling nauseous, anxious and jittery. Thankfully she was able to withstand the pain and avoid the dangers of dependency on narcotics.

Choosing to investigate natural healing, she began to focus on rejoining life by staying active and dieting to maintain a healthy weight and stave off discomfort. Floating and cryotherapy also became a ritual after researching the opinions and insights of doctors and health professionals around the globe. A body should stay upright and moving. After her own experience, Christine is genuinely excited to help people receive optimal healing – naturally – to regain balance, productivity and overall happiness after serious injury.

Melissa Nelson, Co-Founder, Elemental Float & Cryotherapy

After several years of juggling to achieve a healthy work/life balance as a busy mother and successful Advertising Executive, and managing all the stress and challenges of being successful at both, longtime Park Ridge resident, Melissa Nelson was seeking a better, more healthy way to thrive. An avid workout warrior - even daily trips to the gym - yoga, and dance classes were not enough to completely alleviate the stress she carried.

One day, she decided to give floating a chance, and never looked back . . . Melissa was so profoundly changed by the experience, that she decided to ply her business savvy and positive energy into the well-being of others in her community. Elemental Float & Cryotherapy was born. She is excited to bring some peace-of-mind to those with the weight of the world on their shoulders. 


Todd Woodward, Communications and Events

A former tri-athlete and health advocate, Todd is constantly searching for new remedies and solutions to help him stay in the game - whatever game that may be. Having broken both ankles at different times playing basketball, he uses cryotherapy to reduce inflammation throughout his body and speed his recovery. Constantly on the go and in different time zones, Todd loves floatation therapy (especially tandem floating with his wife) as a way to keep him sane.


Riley Jeffery, Fall Intern

Our wonderful intern, Riley,  is currently a senior at Maine South High School. She aspires to be a naturopathic doctor to help people achieve healthy lives through alternative and holistic medicine. Riley is interested in starting her education at a mid-western university in an exercise science or athletic training program. Outside of school, Riley is very active in her community and enjoys playing volleyball and running. We are thrilled to have her on our team!