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 A whole body approach to health because we believe in doing things right.

   What we offer:

  • physical therapy

  • chiropractic

  • acupuncture

  • naturopathic medicine

  • massage

  • pilates

  • ergonomics

  • neurolinguistic programing

  • life coaching

  • reiki

  • yoga

  • gong bath meditations

  • wellness retreats

  • whole wellness program

  • CORE LIFE CANCER WELLNESS

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Welcome!

Whole Wellness was created, because we believe in an integrative approach and a complex collaborative treatment.

 

Decades of experience working with injuries and limitations and many successful stories and amazing transformations taught us a few valuable truths:

1. There is NO QUICK FIX

2. Our limits are much FURTHER THAN WE THINK

3. The physical body is a genius, self-curing and ever-changing entity, but it is also a projection of one's inner self: mind and spirit. If we are looking for long-term results - it's best to ADDRESS ALL ASPECTS OF OUR BEING

At Whole Wellness our highly knowledgeable and talented specialists work as a team to help you find your unique path to physical and spiritual healing. 

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list of practitioiners
Veronica Shakhnis
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Veronica is the owner and founder of Whole Wellness. She is very passionate about a holistic, integrative and individualized approach to wellness. She assures that the Whole Wellness team provides the best experience to our patients and clients. 

Veronica is an Illinois Board certified and licensed massage therapist and a STOTT pilates trainer. She has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry and has completed numerous continuous education courses in massage therapy, pilates, and physical therapy. Her skills and certifications include Kinetic Control Movement Therapy, STOTT Pilates, Functional Movement Screening, Acupressure, Cupping, Reiki and other. 

 

Veronica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Lviv Music Institute (Lviv, Ukraine) and speaks 4 languages fluently: English, Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian, and little bit of French

Veronica is very passionate about preventative, holistic, and integrative medicine. She's an ardent advocate of work-life balance, and believes in restorative power of wellness retreats.

Owner and Founder, STOTT Pilates Trainer, Massage Therapist

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Leanne successfully owned and operated Still Water Physical Therapy and Wellness in Bannockburn, IL, for 15 years until she relocated to North Carolina with her family.

Leanne earned a degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has been practicing PT since 1999. She has completed numerous education and training courses over the 20 years of practicing physical therapy, such as manual therapy courses in areas like spinal manipulation, myofascial release, motor control retraining and Intramuscular Stimulation (Trigger Point Dry Needling), etc. She received her Doctorate in physical therapy from Rosalind Franklin University in 2017. After becoming a certified Kinetic Control Movement Therapist (KCMT) in May 2017, she joined Kinetic Control's international team of movement therapists. Leanne's specialties include working with complex spine and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions along with chronic pain and movement dysfunctions. She also provides very valuable educational seminars for our Whole Wellness team and other physical therapists.

Leanne Reed, PT, DPT, KCMT

Physical Therapy Director, Physical Therapist

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Dr. Laura Wollman, ND

Dr. Laura Wollman

Dr Laura Wollman is a graduate of National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. 

She focuses on natural and holistic approaches to health as well as
addressing mindset and belief systems that may be preventing clients from reaching
optimum health and complete resolution of symptoms.
Dr. Wollman is the doctor for patients who have already seen practitioner after practitioner and tried numerous alternative and conventional therapies but are still feeling stuck. She is also the doctor for those who want to by-pass all the noise, self-experimentation, expense, and wasted years searching for answers to their health problems. Dr. Wollman’s fully holistic and
integrative approach not only considers proper diet, supplementation, and lifestyle,
but also addresses the mental, emotional, and spiritual world of the client. She is
able to identify in clients what their individualized focus should be in order to get to
the next level in their health and in their life.
Dr. Wollman believes that it’s everyone’s divine right to live in a healthy body, have loving relationships, and fulfilling work. 

Naturopathic Doctor, NLP Life Coach, Energy Healer

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Amy Zhang, MSTOM, NCCAOM Diplom., L.Ac.

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Pain Speciallist, Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang is a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Illinois and is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).    

She holds her Masters degree in Acupuncture from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.


Amy grew up as a child of two professors of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Her parents were and still are a great inspiration for her to keep expending her knowledge and skills. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in Acupuncture and TCM treatment.
Her specialty is pain management, such as lower back pain, neck pain, headache,
arthritis, TMJ pain, frozen shoulder and post-operative pain. She also works with allergies, anxiety, depression, menopause syndrome, infertility, impotence, Bell’s palsy, poor
circulation, tinnitus, and neuropathy.
Amy also has an Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from State Univ. of New York,
Environmental Science and Forestry and worked as senior research scientists involving cancer
research, and immunity disease research.  
​Amy is very passionate about holistic, and integrative medicine. She is a strong advocate for living a balanced life, both physically and mentally, and emphasizes on keeping strong immune system as a restorative power of our body and the key to overcome disorders.

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Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine Herbalist

Cathy McConnachie

Cathy McConnachie, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Cathy brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the massage industry. She is a graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Cathy provides a relaxing massage, as well as specializing in deep tissue techniques, neck and shoulders. She is able to easily find the areas on the body that are causing muscle tension and stiffness for her clients. She also works with the physical therapy patients to give each person a customized massage based on the clients needs, injuries and personal preferences. Cathy has a unique way of connecting with her clients in an intuitive way. Her kind spirit and loving nature creates a truly healing experience.

Dana Miller

Dana Miller, PT

Lead Physical Therapist, Ergonomics Specialist, Wound Specialist

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Dana is a Physical Therapist with over 30 years of professional experience in long-term care, home health and outpatient clinics.

She works with patients of all ages, and her specialties range from injury-preventative programs to post surgical rehabilitation. She is also a wound care specialist. Dana finds it rewarding to teach people how to rehab through exercise.

Dana integrates her Whole Wellness partners, such as Chiropractors, massage therapists, Pilates trainers,  acupuncturists, and naturopathic physicians in the regimen of her patients’ treatment.

A graduate of Northwestern University, she was a member of its first Master’s Degree class for physical therapy in 1992. Dana knew she wanted to become a physical therapist at the age of 13 years old, after going through several weeks of intense rehab for a serious ankle injury.

An athlete in her own right, she was the first female to fight in the Golden Gloves in Indiana in 1994. Dana played women’s professional football for 12 years and played on a men’s semi pro football team in 2007. She coached women’s football as an offensive coordinator for 2 years. She recently held the position of quarterbacks’ coach, assistant offensive coordinator as well as  trainer duties for the Indianapolis Sabers men’s arena football team.

Raised in the Indianapolis area, she is a die-hard Colts fan and relocated to the Chicagoland area in November 2021. A newlywed as of October 2022, she continues to be an active athlete and plays football, softball, rides motorcycles, enjoys working in her yard, DIY projects, camping and spending time with her dogs.

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Hope is a Clinical Massage Therapist LMT, since 2012 as well as an ERYT (experienced registered yoga teacher/therapist since 2004).

Hope is also a professional muralist Artist illustrator & published writer.

 

Hope graduated as a valid victorian from SOMA clinical massage institute in 2012. She specializes in cervical/ thoracic/ lumbar treatments. She has specialized training for issues like IT Band Contracture, Kyphosis, TOS (thoracic outlet syndrome), Trigger Point/Miofascial release, Tendonitis, and many others. 

 

Hope is certified in PNF Stretching (Proprioceptor Neuro Muscular Facilitation is  Certified in Pre-natal (Massage & Yoga)Himalayan Stone, and Lymph for End of Life. She has been practicing energy work - (both borrowing from her Cranial Sacral and Reiki trainings) and has been using her own developed energy techniques for over 20 years. 

 

Hope is also a Yoga Therapist specializing in Trauma /PTSD Release. She was trained over a decade ago in NIDRA YOGA and has worked with Veterans of War and PTSD Trauma victims. Her training was originally primarily in Restorative, along with Hatha Vinyasa & Vini Yoga (personalized private yoga.)

 

Hope is a stage 4 thyroid cancer survivor since 2000. (This is what brought her into her wholistic lifestyle and motivated her career choices.) wanting to give back and help others embrace natural techniques of healing is her passion. Hope loves people, animals, art , science and she practices meditation and yoga daily.  She continues her passion/education of learning techniques for massage, yoga and trauma healing.

David S Fireside, BCLMT

Massage Therapist, Anatomy/Physiology Instructor

David Fireside
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Hope Limbos, LMT

David is an internationally award winning clinical massage therapist and recognized for his work by the American Massage Therapy Association. Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. In addition, he is former Director of Clinical Massage for Walgreens Corporate for 9 years.

David holds a BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Illinois. He attended the Soma Institute of Clinical Massage, graduating with 'Presidential Honors'. David takes a fact based, scientific approach to massage therapy. As a college instructor of Anatomy/Physiology, David is highly knowledgeable of the human musculoskeletal system. His approach is a partnership with the patient. He likes to educate and instruct in ways that make the patient also accountable to resolution of their specific issue.  David is on the Board of Directors for the Illinois branch of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Hope Limbos
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Idania Villarreal, LMT

Massage Therapist

Idania Villarreal

Idania is passionate when it comes to helping people.
A lot of her drive came from caring for her parents that were in pain as they aged. Idania has been a clinical massage therapist for over a decade. She’s perfected her skillset over the years working side by side with the best in her industry such as James Edward Bluff, developer of Advanced Muscle Reconstruction, Erik Dalton, MD, and James Waslaski (who worked with the White Sox). Her experience came with working with sports chiropractors side by side helping patients resolve their pain. She has experience working with fibromyalgia, disc herniations, RA, Lymes disease, endometriosis, fibroid, and cancer patients. She has treated everyone from professional athletes, business professionals, college and high school athletes, seniors and soccer moms.

Idanias rare specialties are:


Advance Muscle Reconstruction
Brazilian Lymphatic Massage / Body contouring / Post op and pre op Brazilian lymphatic certified
Abdominal massage expertise
PNF stretching
Reiki Master
Myofascial cupping
Trigger point technique
Tuning fork sessions
Prenatal massage

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Stephanie Goldman Meis, M.A. is a psychotherapist and Reiki Master Teacher.
After 40 years as a professional violinist, Stephanie transformed herself using. Energy Healing that she learned in 7 years spent at the School for Personal and Spiritual Transformation run by Mariana Jenkins, a student of Barbara Brennan (Hands of Light). A great pleasure today for Stephanie is to help others heal and transform their lives by introducing Energy Healing with music and psychotherapy . She has been teaching for over 40 years and is a passionate advocate of using Spirituality in our daily practical lives. Stephanie just completed teaching a lively series of 42 Energy Healing classes at the Infinity Foundation in Highland Park, where students learned to see auras, perform healings, explore past lives and remove entities among many other spiritual skills.

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Stephanie Goldman Meis, M.A.

Psychotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher

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Jeremy Remmy
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Jeremy Remmy, LMT

Jeremy graduated from Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2000. He mastered the “LifeLine technique”, created by Dr. Darren Weissman, over the 9 years practicing at his clinic.

Over more than 20 years of passionate work in MT field, and learning many Western and Eastern massage approaches, Jeremy kept studying and practicing with many Spiritual Institutions (like the Monroe Institute), healers and Masters. Working with patients of almost any age and condition, Jeremy is always ready to help and support them, by naturally applying his intuition, listening skills, creative use of aromatherapy, hot stones, sound healing and many other tools.

After the session Jeremy’s patients experience elevated state of body-mind-spirit awareness; peaceful, resourceful, and clear mind; lots of high vibrational energy; happy feelings; confidence, ease, and comfort in the body movement.

Massage Therapist, Spiritual Healer

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