Our Team

Rebecca Lewien
Owner/Hairdresser

In 2004, Rebecca opened Thairapy Plus Salon and Spa. After years of working in Chicago she felt it was time to open a neighborhood shop to showcase her talents. She has always wanted to contribute to her community and to make a difference by way of her lifelong passion for her trade. Rebecca named the salon Thairapy Plus with a vision that if you visit her salon you will leave feeling centered, educated, without stress – plus, gorgeous! Every person in her chair is considered a good friend and shares a kindred spirit. Personal consultations are only the beginning of long relationships that even span the globe, with clients coming in as far as Singapore for her hair dressing skills. 

Her specialties include maximizing potential for fine haired clients, the art of color correction and barbering. Creating styles her clients can work with at home is always at the forefront of her mind, to leave without a thorough understanding of how to recreate your style at home is not an option.

Kerry, who has blonde hair, is wearing a blue tank top and is sporting a subtle arm tattoo.

Kerry Johnson
Hairdresser

Kerry joined the Thairapy Plus team in 2009, bringing with her over 12 years of experience in both hair design and business administration. Kerry was introduced to the Wella family while living in San Francisco. Her time with them reignited her desire to style and eventually brought her to Chicago.  Kerry’s broad range of continuing education has taken her through many coloring and styling classes and she loves working with the combination of both to give every client an individual and inspired new look.
She is known for her extraordinary abilities in event styling. Whether its a Friday night out or bride’s special day, she is able to design awe inspiring styles that look amazing and last all night. 

Carmen, who has blonde highlights in her hair and is wearing red lipstick, is posing with her tattooed arm softly resting on her chin.

Carmen Maier
Nail Technician/Hairdresser

Carmen began her career at Thairapy Plus in 2008 after graduating from the Botanic School of Nail Technology. Shortly after, she received her Cosmetology license and has joined Thairapy’s team of stylists.

​Her Sassoon training shows in her beautiful haircuts. She will never completely step away from nails, as she feels strongly about the health of the individuals nails. Carmen’s 20 years of experience (including a career as a nail technician in Romania) ensure that she will address concerns appropriately. She is certified in LCN gels, a safer and gentler alternative to acrylics, and a firm believer in the longevity of no-chip manicures.

People find themselves falling in love with both the deliberate care Carmen takes during her services as well as her ability to listen and relate to her clients whether they are old faithfuls or new to the salon/spa.

Jennifer, who has brown hair, is giving the camera a vibrant smile

Jennifer O’Neill
Esthetician / Brow & Lash Specialist

Jennifer is a results-oriented Esthetician who believes that our inner beauty and outer self-confidence are synonymous. Having graduated from the G Skin & Beauty Institute in downtown Chicago, she studied an ingredient centric curriculum with an added benefit of working with the industry’s leading technologies. Jennifer enjoys working with her clients to bring happiness and balance to their skin care journey.

Linda, who has white hair and is wearing a black blouse with bright blue glasses, softly rests her left hand under her chin.

Linda Franchi
Front Desk / Client Relations Manager

Linda is at the helm. Linda handles schedules and is an organizational master! You will see her wear many hats in the salon, including pouring a glass of wine for our guests and assisting staff in a myriad of ways.

Linda is a licensed cosmetologist and knows what we need before we need it with her experience as a stylist and managing an electrical business.

Megann, who has blonde and black hair that is flowing in the wind and wearing a black blouse, gives the camera a glowing smile.

Megann Esparza
Front Desk

Megann, who is bilingual, works the front desk part time while studying computer science. When she has a spare minute, she enjoys reading, traveling, a myriad of artistic talents and providing our team with her delicious culinary treats! Lucky us!