OUR TEAM


Jennifer Del Giudice | Owner & Founder

Jennifer founded Luxxe Organix wellness studio in 2014. Jen is a registered nurse, aromatherapist and oncology certified aesthetician.  After receiving her degree at The Ohio State University, Jen was a registered nurse at Children's Memorial Hospital and nurse manager of Maryville Medically Complex  Children's Shelter. Fulfilling her dream to educate people on toxins in products and decreasing stress, Jen is motivated by helping others on a deeper health level, supporting mindset of de-stressing and keeping family balance.   Jen lives in Western Springs and is married with 3 girls.  Jen's favorite product is her aluminum free deodorant + facial serum!

 

 


Stefanie Schodrof | Owner & Founder

Stef has a strong business background with several years working in marketing in sales for Fortune 500 and international companies.  Stef's professional background also includes over 10 years in the financial markets and 15 years marketing. Stef has an MBA from Kellogg Northwestern and undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Calgary, Canada. With a passion for helping others and transforming lives, Stefanie successfully owned/operated 3 franchise barre + cycle exercise studios from 2009-2016 in the Chicagoland area. Stef lives in La Grange and is married with 3 children. Stef's favorite product is the Silver Lining "pure-fume" roll on and the Lemongrass deodorant! 

 

YOGA & MEDITATION INSTRUCTORS

Meg Barber
Mindful Movement + Breath Instructor 🔥

Over the last twenty years, Meg has experienced yoga and meditation as a valuable tool for centering, stress reduction, inspiration and relaxation. Her yoga teaching includes hatha, partner, yin and restorative aroma yoga. She completed her 200 yoga hour studies in 2004 at the Temple of Kriya Yoga, her 300 yoga hour studies in 2012 with Kathleen Wright under the Iyengar tradition and Yin Yoga studies in 2018 with Sandra Carden. Meg is a Reiki Master Teacher and Red Tent Facilitator who has also trained in Meditation, Dowsing, Astrology and Aroma Acupoint Therapy (AAT). In her free-time she loves to drink in nature by swimming, hiking and traveling with her husband.

Igor Pitonak
Mindful Breath Instructor
Igor Pitonak is a graduate of Technical University in Kosice, Slovakia with a masters degree in electrical engineering. He studied bioenergetics with Berdhanya Swami Tierra and furthered his understanding of life through yogic practice and meditation. Certified in healing modalities, he has an inspiring glow of someone who practiced meditation with intent and dedication each morning and observed philosophy of life with awe and respect.

Sue Chilton
Mindful Movement + Breath Instructor 🔥
Sue has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and brings a great sensitivity of body mechanics to her teaching. She is a master at helping her students work deeply within the comfort zone of their capabilities, something our students with mobility issues love about her! In addition to her 200 hour certification, Sue has special training in both Prenatal and Senior Yoga. Her undergraduate work in philosophy is reflected in her interest in Yoga philosophy, as she includes inspiration drawn from many global sources in her teaching, such as nature, music, poetry and ancient texts, as well as a new theme every week.  

Kelly Furmanek
Mindful Breath Instructor 🔥🔥, Acupuncturist | Chinese Herbalist
Kelly is a meditation guide, acupuncturist, yogi, writer, swimmer, essential oils educator, and a lover of learning, but first and foremost she is a mother and life coordinator to her three children and husband. She received her clairvoyant meditation training in an apprenticeship style, under the expertise of the lovely Kerry Dontchos, with whom she continues to expand her practice, knowledge, and growth as a practitioner, teacher and individual. Kelly obtained her master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, and is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, who subscribes to the belief that the body naturally tends toward a healthy state.In 2004, she became a certified Yoga instructor, and after 20 years of practice she continues to evolve and is recently inspired by the wisdom of Elena Brower and Rod Stryker. Find her at essential-you.com.

Aimee McNally
Mindful Movement + Breath Instructor 🔥🔥
Aimee believe yoga provides a pathway to enlightenment, better physical and mental health as well as a more harmonious life. Yoga provided a much-needed balance to her athletic lifestyle. She completed her 200 CYT and enthusiastically shares the philosophy, physical and mental benefits in her classes.

Halle McCormick
Mindful Movement + Foam Rolling/Strength 🔥🔥🔥
Halle has been teaching group fitness classes since 2004. She began this mission teaching cardio-kickboxing, but now teaches everything from cycle, bootcamps, circuit and core. She is a certified group fitness instructor through ACE and a certified Personal Trainer through SCW. She also holds a bootcamp certification and a cycle certification through Scwinnand has also completed a 5 hour foam rolling training course. Teaching foam rolling and core stability classes has become her latest passion. She strives to provide individuals with the tools and knowledge to feel better and move better. Halle is a fitness enthusiast and has completed many triathlons and 10 marathons - including the Boston Marathon in 2011.She will bring a positive energy to the class and will motivate you through your sessions.

 

Jacqueline McCarty
Mindful Movement + Mindful Breath Instructor 🔥, Mind, Body & Spirit Coach
Jaci McCarty is an expert in the Mind/Body connection and its ability to heal us. As a certified yoga teacher for 13 years and certified Meditation/Mindfulness Teacher for 6 years, Jaci has developed the expertise and skills to effectively guide her students into a greater sense of well being and peace. Jaci gives talks on the benefits of Mindfulness and Stress Management and has been actively teaching for over 13 years. Jaci’s ability to listen to her students' needs, as well as minds and bodies facilitates healing on both levels. Find her at www.omatwork.net.

 

Stefanie Schodrof
Mindful Movement + Strength Instructor 🔥🔥🔥
Stefanie has been a fitness + barre instructor since 2009 and most recently an owner of 3 franchise barre studios. She has a passion for helping people find enjoyment in moving their bodies and ensuring everyone feel successful in class. All classes taught by Stefanie are unique, include props (free weights, sliders, weighted bars, straps...) are core stability based, and, most importantly, designed to help tone the brain with unexpected variations and patterns of movements to build up neuroplasticity. Stefanie is also owner of the LUXXE | HONOR La Grange location and an avid lover of mountain life, her family and wellness in general.

 

Amanda Karas
Mindful Movement + Pilates Instructor 🔥🔥🔥
Amanda grew up a dancer and gymnast and continued through college. She was first introduced to Pilates at the young age of 12. After several lower back injuries and chronic pain, she decided to pursue Pilates to rehab her back. Amanda is also a certified yoga instructor. She enjoys teaching movement to help others with injuries and overall well-being. When Amanda isn't teaching, she enjoys golf and tennis with her husband and pool time with her daughter. 

 

HEALTH, LIFE & SPIRITUAL COACHES

Jackie Barta
Integrative Health Coach
Jackie Barta is a Certified Integrative Health Coach who focuses on holistic wellness. She is the founder of Be Well! A Healthy Lifestyle Community. Jackie takes a whole-body approach to health, healing and wellness and is an expert in the benefits of CBD Hempseed Oil. She has extensive, cutting edge knowledge in holistic integrative nutrition, health coaching, and disease prevention. Her holistic wellness programs focus on gut health and the link between digestive issues and physical/emotional health conditions. She is incredibly passionate about helping individuals make targeted diet and lifestyle changes that produce real, sustainable results. Her goal is to educate with simple, practical and personal steps to live a healthy transformed lifestyle.

 

Toral Bhansali
Ayurvedic Health Consultant
If there was a path to truly heal inside out, reclaim health, prevent disease, reduce drug dependencies, in an inexpensive, sustainable way, using Food as Medicine & one's own kitchen as a pharmacy, would you not embrace it? That’s what Ayurveda provides, an ancient healing art, dating back to 5000 years! Toral is passionate about this science because of their amazing personal healing journey through it and was then motivated to become an Ayurvedic Health Consultant from California College of Ayurveda. She has a keen desire to empower and educate others with the same wisdom.

 

Allison Case
Energy Medicine Practitioner
Allison helps people bring their heart’s desires into form. She is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP), Reiki Master Practitioner and intentional jewelry artist. Her work is focused on supporting her client’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy systems to achieve the energy of wellness. The concept of energy healing can be applied to many facets including relief from physical pain, including headaches, migraines and back pain, palliative care, cancer support, post operative care, reducing stress and anxiety, depression, PSTD, maintaining wellness, strengthening the immune system, spiritual self exploration, and expansion of consciousness. Find her at www.flourishintegralthealth.com. 

 

Sara Goggin Young
Motivational Coach
Sara Goggin Young is a world champion athlete, breaking a swimming record at the Pan Am Masters Championships in 2018 and the current national and state swimming champion in her age group (40-49) for multiple events including the 50-meter backstroke and 200 medley relay. Sara received a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in Chicago and subsequently passed the Illinois bar exam. She also holds a B.A in political science and criminal justice from Arizona State University. After overcoming personal challenges, including alcohol and substance abuse, and a painful divorce, Sara focused on a healthy lifestyle that radically changed her body, mind, and soul. Sara is now an entrepreneur in the Health and Wellness industry; coaching and building a legion of like-minded people, who insist on putting their health first and is also a seasoned cycle and barre instructor. Sara strongly believes in three principles for healing the mind, body, and soul: premium nutrition, body movement, and positive mindset. Read Sara’s other blogs on love, finding her inner badass, and “the gift”

 

Heather Hart
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Heather earned a degree from Illinois State University in Exercise Science and received a certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is a self-trained chef for her family with a passion for simple, balanced, flavorful meals that continue to keep her family healthy. Heather excels in her field not only because of her passion for balance, but her own health journey and the challenges that have fueled her need to explore how food, stress and exercise impact the many areas of her daily life. As a Health Coach, Heather has the knowledge and tools to help you find balance.

 

Maureen Muldoon
Spiritual Coach
Maureen is an award-winning writer and author, activist, and artist who coaches clients on how to find and activate their own creative genius. She is the founder of Voice Box Stories, SpeakEasy Spiritual Community and Miracles LIVE 365. Maureen is passionate about creativity and spirituality, specifically teaching A Course in Miracles. She lives for real conversations and strong coffee. Her special sauce is creating community. In Maureen’s free time, she hangs out with her family on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. When she is not leading writing retreats, Maureen likes to watch the water and hibernate with a good book. 

 

Tulika Singh
MD, FAAP, FACEP, ABoIM, RYT200
Tulika Singh is an Emergency Medicine physician at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Emergency Medicine and Lecturer at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She serves as a National Whole Health Education Champion for the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation and is a Women’s Health Champion for Jesse Brown VAMC. She completed her medical training at Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, Pediatric and Emergency Medicine residencies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Integrative Medicine. In addition, Tulika is certified in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine and is a registered yoga teacher. She is also certified in Battlefield Acupuncture. Tulika has been involved in women’s health education, serving as returning faculty for Women’s Health Mini-Residency for Emergency Providers and Nurses since 2014. She has helped to develop several Whole Health educational classes offered to both veterans and employees at Jesse Brown VAMC. Tulika also served as the Pediatric Education Director for the University of Illinois at Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency for several years. Tulika is passionate about the mind-body-spirit connection, work-life balance and the human body’s innate healing abilities. Her interests include physician wellness, mindfulness and food as medicine.

 

Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus
Hormone Health Specialist

Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus is a 2005 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the National University of Health Sciences. She is additionally a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist and has been in private practice for almost 13 years. Ever fascinated by science and human experience, Dr. Sirchio-Lotus has spent her career honing her skills within the field of Functional Medicine and Ortho-Molecular Nutrition. She has specialized in both preventative medicine, as well as addressing complex cases of patients struggling with the symptoms of overlapping auto-immune conditions. Dr. Sirchio-Lotus has spent thousands of hours of post-graduate study to give her the skills and experience to help patients with endocrine disorders, infertility, sports performance and recovery, post-surgical healing and chronic illness. Dr. Sirchio-Lotus is also the developer of The Women’s Health Series, an accredited postgraduate series that is interdisciplinary and serves to better educate doctors on up-to-date information and clinical treatments for all aspects of women’s health; musculoskeletal, endocrine, reproductive, neurological, etc. She is also co-owner of Nourish Wellness Retreats, full body health and wellness retreats that focus on health education and healing. 

 

Presley Thompson
Nutrition & Wellness Coach
Presley is a Nutrition & Wellness Coach and certified Genetic Coach who helps people to unlock their health potential through individualized nutrition and custom lifestyle practices. His coaching programs focus on establishing a foundation of health in the body in order to allow a natural state of wellness to arise. Presley is successful in helping his clients determine the root cause of chronic health complaints, and achieve an elevated state of wellbeing so that they can truly thrive. He specializes in sleep, bio-individualized nutrition, adrenal fatigue, candida & digestive issues, anti-aging and detoxification. Presley is also certified as a Genetic Performance Coach - a cutting edge practice that focuses on lifestyle optimization involving the idea that your genes are the ultimate code of possibility, and knowing your "blueprint" can empower you to make the best choices to take your health to the next level. Rather than assess genetic risks like common direct-to-consumer DNA testing, we look at how adjustments to your diet, supplementation, sleep and lifestyle can work with your genes to unlock your true potential. 

 

Cara Zeman
Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
DePaul University and IIN graduate, Cara has a BA in human development Psychology and is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Cara believes that in order to thrive in all aspects of life, we need to create an honest balance in health & wellness mind, body & soul. She loves spending time with her husband, kids, family & friends, and has a great knack for home organization. Cara has spent the past few years raising her 4 year old twin girls, and is excited to build connections to help guide others into a healthier and happier life.

 

Aziza Ziad
Certified Health Coach
Aziza's journey to healthy living started more than 20 years ago when she was faced with personal health issues. Aziza was introduced to a homeopathic doctor, and was ultimately amazed with the results she received in her care. Last year, her daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. During this time, Aziza came across The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. The time-spent learning about ADHD and how food impacts our gut and our brain, helped in Aziza's decision to get certified as a health coach. Aziza loves to keep herself active and find that she is happiest when out hiking, traveling and spending time with her family. Aziza is also a voracious reader; getting lost in a good book is an ideal way to replenish and recharge her mind and spirit. 

 

Gail Ann Bradshaw
Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Christ-centered Reiki Master
Gail Ann Bradshaw is dedicated to helping you open the gift of your body and awaken to its natural intelligence, aliveness and presence. She is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, a Christ-centered Reiki Master and former Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who offers body-centered expressive, contemplative and healing practices that cultivate well-being and nurture spiritual growth. Synthesizing her clinical work and her passion for creative arts, science and Christian spirituality, Gail Ann has designed deeply experiential practices that uniquely combine different therapeutic movement modalities, energy medicine, healing prayerful touch, aromatherapy, mindfulness and art expression. Her uplifting and peaceful presence safely invites you to journey into your body. Gail Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and went on to complete her Master of Arts degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago in 1995. Find her at bodyfulconnections.com.

  

Maura Gates
MS, ATC
After becoming an Athletic Trainer-Certified Maura obtained her Masters in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Prior to starting a family, Maura worked for Illinois Sports Medicine, rehabbing athletes and clients in a clinical setting and preventative in the training rooms in the high school setting. 22 years ago, she began working in the personal training arena which has become her passion. She loves working with individuals and instructing classes. In 2004, Maura became certified in Pilates Mat by Body in Balance. Beginning in 2012, Maura began studying with Douglas Heel and received the Be-Activated Certification (Neuromuscular Activation). Maura’s one factor of fitness that will always remain is that “consistency is key.” 

 

Bridget Juister
Light Therapy | Acupuncturist
Bridget Juister is an Acupuncturist with a degree in Biology from Loyola University, and a Masters from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. She is the creator of B Holistic Way, offering practical guidance for inner wealth using a combination of ancient healing arts and modern technology to facilitate healing and self-development. Acupuncture and light therapy create a stillness that aligns our own energy with Universal forces to become more centered. Our body has the capacity to heal itself, but stress, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices can negate it’s healing potential. Acupuncture and light therapy stimulates your natural healing system, improving blood circulation, and creating space for spiritual and mental shifts that will improve the course of your life direction. Meditation is used within each session and techniques are taught to empower daily well-being and understanding. Luxxe Honor provides a unique opportunity to integrate healing from different angles, or “360 degrees”. Bridget’s custom program taps into the Qi, the invisible layers, that helps create a clear path for inner peace and greater well being.

 

Sandra Wallin
Licensed Occupational Therapist | Lymphatic Health
With over 20 years of experience, Sandra loves meeting people, hearing their stories and working alongside them to achieve their health goals. Her years of practice have given me experience in a broad variety of health care settings and diagnoses. She is fascinated by the lymphatic system and how it contributes to our overall health. Sandra has her undergraduate degree in Biology, her Masters in Occupational Therapy and has received her Certificate for Lymphedema Therapy through Klose training.

 

FACE & BODY SPECIALISTS

 

Nicole Kowalski
Face + Care Specialist
Nicole is a mom of two and has been an esthetician since 1995. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and loves educating others about reducing toxic load. Nicole is also a Certified Health Coach through the Health Coach Institute, and enjoys making healthy habit suggestions during her treatments. While Nicole loves promoting a healthy lifestyle, she also realizes that people want to enjoy life too! She is now a wine consultant for Scout & Cellar, which is a clean crafted wine company that only provides wine that is free of any toxic chemicals, pesticides and added sugar.

 

Gail Jakobsen
Face + Care Specialist
After years as a travel consultant, pursuing her passion to explore different countries and cultures, Gail decided to pursue another great passion—skincare. She has been an Esthetician for over 10 years and believes in a simplistic and holistic approach to healthy, glowing skin. Gail uses Facial Cupping Rejuvenation - an alternative therapy deeply ingrained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Small glass suction cups are glided along the face to increase blood flow and circulation, allow for lymphatic drainage, decrease puffiness, relieve sinus congestion, improve skin elasticity, and help relieve muscle tension. It is said to improve the flow of your “Qi” - the Chinese word for life force. With this facial you will relax, renew, and emerge with a healthy, radiant glow! In her free time she enjoys roller skating, hanging out with family and friends, traveling, and sharing her knowledge of a clean-living lifestyle.

 

Joan Llewelly-Burns
Reiki, Reflexology & Crystal Healing Practitioner
Joan is passionate about how reiki, reflexology & crystal healing therapies are able to help reduce stress, improve circulation and elimination, normalize body rhythms, reduce pain, decrease anxiety, improve sleep and help the body find its natural state of balance. Joan is a special needs mom and is always looking for natural ways to support her children. She loves using the gifts of Mother Earth to improve her and her family's health and well being.

 

Denise Noodwang
Licensed Massage Therapist
A fresh graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with degree in Psychology, Denise always had a dream of becoming a law-enforcement agent. In preparation for the physical exams required among different agencies, Denise started working out regularly and began to experience the health benefits that come along with regular exercise alone with some workout injuries. Through an unrest with the status quo treatment of Western medicine, Denise researched different alternative therapies to help her keep from being injured. Through that education, Denise fell in love with movement and massage along with the healthy benefits she experienced from these natural forms of therapy. From that love of movement and healing, Denise pursued an ACE Certification, a Certification in Pilates from Balance Body, and most recently completed a Massage Therapy program at the New School for Massage in Chicago to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). What Denise finds to be the most rewarding in her work is being able to empower people with the tools to further their own self-care and providing them relief through massage.

 

CORPORATE TEAM

 

Jenna Larmon
Aromatherapy Formulator
Jenna produces many handmade products such as deodorant, lip balms, bath bombs and body sprays. She has spent years at home raising her four kids and crafting everything from quilts to candles. She is excited to bring her “maker” spirit to LUXXE|HONOR and our in-house line of hand-crafted products.

Gaia Nardie-Warner
Textile Manager
Gaia’s approach to practice is rooted in the belief that yoga is the responsiveness to an individual and the natural dynamism of life. She pulls from life’s daily patterns including; time of day, the movement of light, mood, scent and shapes. Her thoughtful instruction utilizes breathwork, movement and self-care rituals as a means to empower and develop a deeper connection to the self through a more personalized practice.Her classes aim to restore balance, bring awareness and revitalize the self. Gaia is a mother, lover, + founder of eupnea home. She completed her 200 hour yoga training with Mark Whitwell in 2016 and since then has also studied with Maty Ezraty. Find her at www.eupneahome.com and www.gaianardie-warner.co.

 

Cori Hamilton
Wholesale Channel Manager
Cori is a natural product, mindfulness enthusiast and mom. When searching for natural products to use, she believes what's good for her is good for her family, too. When she is not with her family, Cori enjoys yoga, pilates, barre, tennis, and walking her two golden retrievers--alone or with her lovely, like-minded friends.

 

Dawn Minella
Retail Coordinator
Dawn is a 30+ year resident of Western Springs where she raised her 3 children and still resides with her husband. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and educating others to do the same. She is always looking for opportunities to further her knowledge about clean living. Dawn is an animal lover who enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching baseball, especially the Cubs.

 
Jenny Hall
Community Coordinator
Jenny has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Bradley University. She is a Certified Public Accountant who has experience working for several Fortune 500 companies in both accounting and marketing. Her interest in organic food and reducing toxins began in college, and continues to this day. Jenny loves the idea of working for a business she can believe in, and that aligns with her values of safe, non-toxic products and helping others. Jenny's favorite LUXXE | HONOR products are the new Eleven signature scent roll-on, Lemongrass deodorant and lip balm!

 



OUR STORY

     

In 2017, Jennifer Del Giudice and Stefanie Schodrof partnered with the shared passion to help others. With this journey to collaborate, they both truly resonated with the word HONOR and felt a must to incorporate this word in their new partnership - honoring their passions and strike of balance with family and career. LUXXE|HONOR embodied their spirit and have incorporated Honor Thy as a category lead for all products and services.
 
LUXXE|HONOR is a wellness company;  first and foremost a natural product company coupled with wellness services that provide natural health and aromatherapy services.  Jen and Stef have a passion to educate people on toxins that are sourced from the air we breathe, food we eat and PRODUCTS we put on our skin.  Jen and Stef believe that many of our stressors today are related to a weak gut caused by the inability to metabolize toxins. LUXXE|HONOR products are all non-toxic, work towards improved gut health and laced with education.  

LUXXE|HONOR's longterm business model is to not only own and operate a flagship full-service wellness center including natural products and safe wholesome services but also to take the products to a national level and franchise new locations.

LUXXE|HONOR is for everyone; we are an oasis for people to come in to decompress and receive education on healthy lifestyle changes.  We treat the whole body and believe that internal purity radiates exterior beauty.
 
As Jen and Stef always say when asked what we do at LUXXE|HONOR, “We are on a crusade against toxins and stress, to make healthy, clean products and educate people on ways to lead healthier and happier lives."