WELLNESS PRACTITIONERS

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

Toral wants you to find your path to "truly" heal inside + out, reclaim health, prevent disease and reduce drug dependencies in an inexpensive & sustainable way, using food as medicine and one's own kitchen as a pharmacy. That path is Ayurveda; an ancient healing medical system dating back to 5000 years. Ayurveda is a sister science to yoga and it offers unique tools to obtain true health, sustain it, prevent disease, and increase longevity by creating balance within our minds, bodies and the environment. Toral's personal healing journey through Ayurveda motivated her to become an Ayurvedic Health Consultant through California College of Ayurveda. She has a keen desire to educate and empower others with its teachings and she welcomes you to embark on this journey.

 

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.

 

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. Find her at www.flourishintegralhealth.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.” 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

Laura O’Malley
Healer & Reiki Practitioner
Laura is a student of spirit, ever growing, ever searching. She has been a teacher for over thirty years and holds a Masters in Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and is a level III Reiki Master.  She began practicing this current form of energy healing in 2016 after connecting with Source energy through meditation. Her goal is to connect each and every student coming to her for guidance, with Source energy, and instructs her students on the Art of Allowing. This is learning how to release control and to make peace with where you are.  This is learning to tune in and trust your higher self, allowing your desires to come to you. You can find Laura at https://www.getintothelight.com/.

 

Tamara Ortegel
Chronically Ill Children Consultant
Tamara Ortegel considers her wellness practice a labor of love. In 2009, two of her boys were diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She poured her heart and soul into understanding the root cause of their disease and finding solutions to support their bodies. In addition to taking the prescribed medication, they have utilized an array of holistic modalities with great results. Tamara has a health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has participated in hundreds of webinars on wellness, attended retreats in the US and abroad and spoken on the link between skin health and nutrient absorption. She has also done extensive volunteer work with a non-profit called Epidemic Answers which focuses on healing kids with chronic illness. She has a BA in Business and Psychology, and an MS in Organizational Behavior. In addition to spending time with her husband and three boys, she loves reading, traveling and practicing yoga. 

 

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. 

 

Anne Unger
Yoga Teacher
Anne believes every class provides an opportunity for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation and healing, and is truly excited about sharing the healing benefits of yoga with her students. With a focus on connecting body movement to the rhythm of the breath, Anne’s approach to teaching yoga includes a blend of holding and working in poses coupled with mindful flowing sequences. She graduated from the Temple of Kriya Yoga’s extensive nine-month teacher’s training program and started teaching in 2006. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the teachers training program offered at Focus Yoga in 2011, and as a yoga teacher trainer in the first three years of the program, she taught alignment and philosophy and took on 10 apprentices to foster their teaching skills.

 

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.

 

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 lovefinding her inner badass, and “the gift”

 

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. 

 

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.