cityWell is the creation of Liz Tortolani, who has worked in the wellness field for more than 17 years.

Originally from Vermont, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in art therapy at Springfield College in Massachusetts. After graduation, Liz moved to Seattle, and attended The Brian Utting School of Massage where she earned her massage therapy license. In 2003, Liz completed her yoga teacher training (RYT) at 8Limbs Yoga. In 2005, Liz returned to the East Coast to receive her holistic health certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City.

One of her main inspirations for cityWell was to provide a place not only to prevent illness but to have a place to heal. After Liz’s diagnosis with Crohn’s disease at the age of 13, she spent years in and out of hospitals and on a lot of medication, but without any real change. Until, at age 21 when she studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, and had her first experience at a Korean Bathhouse. During those six months she saw her health improve greatly. She discovered how integral nutrition, yoga, and time at the bathhouse were to her overall health. Years later, during another period of poor health, she found similar respite at Seattle’s Hothouse Spa. For seven years, Liz has been pursuing another life dream; working with post-op heart surgery patients at Columbia Presbyterian with their Integrative Medicine Team.

Liz has worked extensively over the past eight years to refine and perfect the concept of an urban oasis. She has collaborated with Architect/Designer Deborah Mariotti of MariottiStudio to help her design – what she feels is the “perfect” space – that has brought the vision of cityWell to life.


Lauren Burdo received her degree in massage from the Swedish Institute in 2011. She describes her style as focused, but intuitive. Using a blend of eastern & western techniques, each treatment is customized to the individual needs of the client. She received her Prenatal certification in 2012, and has worked extensively with women in all stages & post pregnancy. Currently she is in the process completing a year long certification in Oncology massage, and looks forward to using her new found skills. She was born & raised in Brooklyn, and lives here with her husband & son.



Amanda is cityWell‘s event manager – overseeing party planning from the start of the process all the way through until the day of the event. She also manages open and community hydrotherapy sessions. Thanks to her calm vibes, hydrotherapy goers are sure to have a relaxing session complete with impeccably clean facilities, hydrating drinks, and snacks to munch on. Amanda was born and raised in Brooklyn.