Ep 75 Defining Wellness – What We’ve Learned Part 1 with Alex Morrall
Special bonus episode featuring Alex Morrall, leader and host of the Twin Cities Wellness Collective. Together we share what we've collectively learned after years developing relationships within the local health and wellness community Join the Twin Cities Wellness Collective at https://www.tcwellnesscollective.com/
Integrative Health | Traditional Chinese Medicine |
Ep 73 Chinese Medicine + Acupuncture with Julie McCormick
Get to know Julie McCormick, owner of Selby Acupuncture, and learn about how Chinese Medicine works as an integrative model of care. Julie shares a personal story of what drew her into this work and why she's so passionate about making it more accessible. Connect with Julie at selbyacupuncture.com
Ep 72 Directional Non-Force Technique Chiropractic Care with Dr. Brenna Erickson
Local chiropractor Dr. Brenna Erickson specializes in a very gentle style of chiropractic care called Directional Non-Force Technique (DNFT). Learn more about how it works and specifically how she helps people dealing with symptoms of burnout and migraines especially. Connect with Dr. Brenna Erickson at healthyrootschiropractic.com
Ep 71 QNRT or Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy with Mallery Hammers
Get to know local Twin Cities QNRT practitioner Mallery Hammers as she talks about how she got started in the mental health field, what drew her into QNRT, and how it all works. Mallery Hammers is a LISW, and advanced QNRT practitioner. She explains how we all have hidden traumas and emotional wounds that our conscious mind does not and cannot access without help. She does this work so that people can lean into their truest selves and live their most fulfilling lives yet!Mentioned in this episode: Resmaa Mekakem and his book My Grandmother's Hands Connect with Mallery at unlock-healing.com
Ep 70 Developing a Wellness Toolkit with Mike Milios
Mike Milios is a veteran and public defender turned health coach and yoga instructor. Hear about how he found yoga and mindfulness tools at a time when he really needed it, and what led him to begin sharing these tools with others and helping people develop their own wellness toolkit as a health and wellness coach. We also discuss the beginning of Karuna Community, a nonprofit that he helped develop that brings yoga and mindfulness to people who are impacted by the legal system.
Ep 68 Becky Kleive | Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching for Pregnancy + Postpartum
Becky Kleive is an integrative nutrition health coach who specializes in helping people through pregnancy and postpartum. Learn more about how nutrition can impact each stage of pregnancy, from conception to postpartum.
Ep 67 Desiree Ruvalcaba | Spiritual Coaching + Energy Alchemy
Desiree Ruvalcaba shares her story of healing through energy medicine and helping other empaths and highly sensitive people to connect with their intuition and body wisdom. She draws on a variety of tools in her energy alchemy work and spiritual coaching, including marma therapy, ventosas + sobada, tarot, and more.
Ep 66 Statera Health | Functional Medicine for Longevity and Performance
Dr. Jaron and Dr. Jordan join us from Statera Health in Edina to talk about their approach to functional medicine for longevity and performance. We discuss some new tools they have at their clinic, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, LED light therapy, and infrared sauna.
Dr. Tom Pastor is a chiropractor who loves helping people develop resilient self care habits. He talks about what drew him into chiropractic care, why it's important to find a chiropractor who feels comfortable to you, and how self care lays a foundation for our health.
Ep 64 Angela Kittock | Personality Typing for Growth + Relationships
Angela Kittock is a personal growth and healing coach who uses personality typing to help people understand the way they're wired. Having this knowledge helps her clients recognize where they're operating in alignment and where they may feel challenged. It's also really helpful in teams or relationships, and co-founders Alex and Lilly both join this episode to talk about how they used this knowledge to find better ways of working together as partners.
Ep 63 Lesley Koehnen | Pilates + Health Coaching for Healthy Aging
Lesley Koehnen has been a pilates instructor for over 20 years, and in that time she's seen many clients progress through later stages in life. Her clients ranges from people in their 40's to people in their 80's, and the impact that regular pilates has on their quality of life has been very clear. We talk about what she's learned from her clients about aging with purpose and intention, and we discuss the importance of carving out time to support our own health and wellbeing.
Ep 62 Dr. ShaRhae Matousek | Real Health Chiropractic
Dr. ShaRhae Matousek has been practicing chiropractic care for over 22 years, and while she began with a focus on pediatrics, her practice grew as her patients did. In this episode she talks about how chiropractic care works for kids of all ages and how she incorporates craniosacral work into all of her adjustments.
Ep 61 Dr. Sara Jean Barrett | Group Visits for Chronic Illness
Dr. Sara Jean Barrett is a naturopathic doctor and co-founder of Wellness Minneapolis, a clinic in south Minneapolis. She specializes in treating patients with chronic illness, and in this episode we talk about how naturopathic medicine can be such a beneficial approach to chronic illness. She also talks about her group program that she runs for patients with Hashimoto's disease. The small group approach allows for more time together and fosters a sense of community among the participants.
Dr. Emily started her career as a pharmacist, but after working with cycle tracking and natural family planning herself, she quickly found a passion for teaching others about it. She now runs her business, the NFP Pharmacist, where she offers live classes and 1-on-1 consults for people interested in natural family planning or cycle tracking.
Ep 59 Jamil + Sara Stamschror-Lott | Creative Kuponya
Creative Kuponya founders Jamil and Sara Stamschror-Lott share the story of why they started their organization back in 2017, and how it's grown over the years. By taking a multi-faceted approach, they're able to provide sliding scale services and fund reduced and free therapy for people who are underserved by our institutional systems.
Ep 58 Christine Lord | Somatic Experiencing for Uncomfortable Emotions
Christine Lord is a somatic psychotherapist who joins us on the podcast to talk about how she helps people work through uncomfortable emotions like anger, grief, and sadness. She talks about how emotions carry important messages, and when we suppress or ignore big emotions they can create unpleasant side effects later on. As a somatic psychotherapist she helps people work through these big emotions in an empowering way.
Ep 57 Christopher Gunlock | Exploring Psychedelics
Christopher Gunlock is a psychedelic preparation and integration specialist and executive director of the Psychedelic Society of Minnesota. In this episode we talk about the benefits of psychedelics, the risks, why psychedelics have been repressed in the United States, and how the Psychedelic Society of Minnesota is bringing people together in community to reduce harm and help people explore what's possible with psychedelics.
Julia Miller is the owner of Julia Elise natural + herbal body products. She joins us on the podcast to talk about how to integrate self care practices into everyday life and how self care relates to community care and vice versa.
Julie Delene is a management consultant who's developed a system called Move As One, which draws on her experience in ballroom dance and Feng Shui to help teams move through stagnation or conflict. We talk about how this idea of co-creation is gaining momentum (with a lot of ground work already done by the activist communities of the 60's and 70's). It's also an ancient and natural way for us to operate, and the newer concepts of capitalism and colonialism are really what have left us feeling so disconnected. There are many additional voices to listen to on this subject of co-creation. adrienne maree brown is one we mentioned in the episode, but there are many more, and we encourage you to explore this topic from a variety of viewpoints.
Ep 54 Ihotu Ali | Cultural Healing Practices for Birth + Postpartum
Ihotu Ali is an integrative medicine practitioner, researcher, doctor in training, and cultural womb healer. In this episode we talk about the benefits of bodywork before and after birth, how to bring in cultural healing practices to support birth and postpartum time, and why it's important to work with what we have from our own lineage rather than appropriate from other cultures.
Anne Murphy is a celebrant, home vigil guide, and death educator. In this episode we discuss why so many people feel unsupported through death and grief, and she explains what home vigils can look like. She also explains how home vigils and ceremony can help people as they metabolize their grief. While it's not a popular topic, death is something we will all experience. And in a lot of ways, when we bring awareness to death we can also bring more presence into our daily lives.
Ep 52 Fauna Gold | Herbalism and The Erotic Blueprint™
Fauna Gold is a clinical and somatic herbalist and Erotic Blueprint™ coach who's passionate about helping people expand their access to pleasure. In this episode we discuss their path from herbalism to working with Jaiya, the creator of The Erotic Blueprint™ system. Learn about the 5 blueprints and how to work with them to expand pleasure as an individual or as a couple.
Ep 50 Julie Shannon Williams | The New Face of Aging
Julie Shannon Williams is a certified yoga therapist who's passionate about changing the way we view aging. In this episode of the podcast we discuss what yoga therapy is and how it works, along with her group coaching program called The New Face of Aging.
Ep 49 Katherine Marie | Health Coaching + Breast Cancer
Katherine Marie is a breast cancer survivor and holistic health coach who's passionate about helping others through their cancer journey. As a coach, Katherine walks alongside her clients and provides emotional and practical support throughout treatment and recovery. A cancer coach is a unique and valuable addition to a cancer care team.
Arielle Grant is the founder of Render Free, a wellness and co-working space for self-identified Black and Brown women. She helps us understand why this dedicated space and community is so important, and she talks about how her own experience inspired the creation of Render Free.
Ep 47 Dr. Asavari Manvikar | Seasonal Wellness with Ayurveda
An interview with Dr. Asavari Manvikar, founder and lead faculty at the Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda. With training in both Ayurveda and allopathic medicine, Dr. Manvikar helps us understand the different approaches of each. We talk about how Ayurveda emphasizes a customized approach for each unique individual, and how we can work with the external seasons to better support ourselves internally.
Ep 46 Allison Mosso | Intuitive Eating + Body Peace
Allison Mosso is a Soulful Health Coach, Intuitive Eating Counselor, and Personal Trainer who's passionate about helping people feel at home in their bodies. In this episode we cover what intuitive eating is, how it works, and how changing your relationship with food can impact your life and the lives of those around you.
Get to know trained chef and health coach Anna Klimmek of Happy Food MN. She's passionate about helping people connect the dots between what they eat and how they feel, and she shares her own experience of figuring out what foods and habits work best for her.
Ep 43 Cynthia Kim-Eumie Shockley | Permission to Play
Get to know health coach Cynthia Kim-Eumie Shockley and hear her story of how pole dancing classes became her unlikely gateway to mindfulness and yoga, ultimately leading her down the path to becoming a health coach.
Dr. Ayanna Quamina is a naturopathic doctor who's passionate about empowering people to take control of their health. Hear about how she got into naturopathic medicine and how she draws on her background in psychology and health coaching to meet patients where they are and develop a customized treatment plan.
Ep 41 David Motzenbecker | Forest Bathing Experiences
An interview with David Motzenbecker, a certified forest therapy guide who takes groups on forest bathing walks in nature centers around the Twin Cities metro area. Learn about how forest bathing works, what to expect, and how to get started in your own back yard.
An interview with Taylor Tinkham, founder of CeMental Break, who's on a mission to promote mindfulness joyfully, colorfully, and publicly. Eliminating barriers to more mindful living by making it fun and accessible.
Ep 39 Courtney Iverson | RecuperAcres + Ecotherapy
An interview with Courtney Iverson, owner and proprietor of RecuperAcres, an outdoor ecotherapy facility on the border of Hennepin and Carver counties in Watertown, MN. Hear about Courtney's experience of finding deep healing through time in nature and how that inspired her to turn part of her family's farm into an outdoor nature area for therapists to work with clients in groups or one-on-one.
An interview with Rhonda Fellows, a childbirth educator and birth doula who's passionate about empowering and educating birthers. We talk about the role of a doula, why it's important to educate yourself on your options when it comes to birth, and she shares her perspective as a Black doula on the realities of racial disparities in the healthcare system.
An interview with Sarah Longacre, owner and founder of Blooma, which started as a prenatal yoga studio in 2007 but has grown to be so much more than that. She shares how she got started in the birth world as a doula, what inspired her to open a prenatal yoga studio to begin with, and how Blooma has evolved over the years. This is a great episode for anyone about to give birth, and Sarah talks about the role of a doula, how to find a doula that's right for you, and why every birthing person deserves to have a supportive birth partner alongside them.
Alexia Franco Pettersen is a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, and owner of Hola Postpartum, a meal delivery service specifically for new families during the postpartum time. As a culture here in the US, we don't do a great job of supporting new families - many partners have to go back to work within days of a birth, and we lack the traditions of really caring for new parents as they're healing and getting to know their new baby. Alexia tells us about the inspiration behind Hola Postpartum, and how she reached to her father's side of the family and their traditional Mexican foods to support healing and lactation. We also talk about how postpartum doulas can support new families and what foods and nutrients can help support lactation.
Fertility struggles are so common, and yet they each are so unique. And going through fertility struggles can be a painful and isolating experience. In this episode, we hear from Kristen Womack about her fertility struggles through two pregnancies, and the support and care she received along the way. We discuss the importance of feeling seen and heard by your care provider, trusting your gut and balancing input from experts with knowing what's right for you, and the benefits of both conventional and holistic medicine specifically regarding fertility.
BONUS EPISODE: preview of March classes, podcast episodes, and more
Hear about what we have coming up this month as we shift our focus to fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support. We have a lot of great content coming up, especially around postpartum health, which is an area that can often get overlooked in all the preparation for birth. Check out the episode to get the scoop on what's to come, and how it fits into the bigger picture of what we're building at Well Connected Twin Cities.
Ep 32 Jillian Lydell | Getting Support Through Divorce
Divorce is hard. There’s no getting around it. Some are harder than others, but whatever the circumstances, it can feel incredibly isolating. Podcast guest Jillian Lydell helps us understand the stages of divorce, how we can better show up for our friends and family members who go through a divorce, and she explains how a divorce coach can provide really specialized support. Jillian Lydell is a certified professional coach, with specializations in trauma informed coaching and divorce & divorce recovery coaching. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Jillian serves clients around the world through 1:1 coaching, on an online tele-health platform. You can connect with her at cultivatingjoycoach.com Mentioned in this episode: If you are a woman in an abusive relationship and need help, there are many resources, depending on your location. You can do a google search for Woman’s Shelters for your area. You can also call 911, if it’s an emergency. Reach out, there is help. It’s not your fault. You matter.
Ep 31 Mike Kosim | Heart Centered Care for Couples
No one likes fighting with their partner or spouse, but in this episode we explore why it can actually be beneficial. How repairing a relationship can often make it even stronger, and why it's more important to do this repairing than it is to avoid fighting altogether. Mike Kosim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who helps people heal their relationships. In this episode we talk about some of the common dynamics couples fall into and how they can be more effective communicators. He gives actionable tips, and he also helps us understand what it's like to work with a couple's therapist and when it's a good idea for people to seek outside help. Connect with him on his website: https://www.heartfeltcounselingmn.com/
An interview with Joe Molinari, a certified sex therapist who specializes in helping people heal from sexual trauma and find ways to move towards pleasure. He also helps couples develop deeper intimacy with each other and navigate some of the common problems that can come up in sexual relationships, and that’s really what we focused our conversation around. This last year has been A LOT. And as people are dealing with more stress and anxiety, it can have an effect on our sexual relationships. We talked about what to do when couples just aren’t on the same page sexually...maybe one person is feeling less interested in sex than they used to be...and he gives some really great tips for moving through these road bumps together and having more connected conversations about it. Another common issue that can come up is erectile dysfunction, and he provides some context for what treatment for that can look like. This can be a tough subject for couples to talk about, and we talk about some of the mental baggage that goes along with it and an important first step that he recommends people take if they’re dealing with erectile dysfunction. Overall, Joe uses a lot of mindfulness techniques in his practice and he talks about how using some of these techniques can help people make that mind-body connection, get more in touch with body sensations and recognizing thoughts and thought patterns. This episode is great for anyone who’s feeling frustrated with their sexual relationships right now, couples who are feeling like they’re in a rut or not on the same page, or anyone dealing with erectile dysfunction and curious about what support and treatment for that can look like.
BONUS EPISODE: preview of February podcast episodes, classes, and more
Each month we'll be giving you a quick preview of what's to come on a quick bonus episode. In February, we're exploring themes of self love, relationships, sexual health, and reproductive health. These themes will be covered in podcast episodes, on-demand classes, and blog posts throughout the month of February.
Holistic health coach Andrea Smith joins us on the podcast to talk about a very common trend that happens around the end of January as new year's resolutions begin to fizzle out. She explains the importance of aligning with your core values and focusing on intentions before goals. That all sounds great, right? But like, what does that mean? Listen to the full episode to find out how many of us need to take a few steps back before rushing into the next thing to "achieve" and some simple practices you can begin to experience this for yourself. You can connect with Andrea on her website, and she offers a free discovery call for you to determine if her health coaching practice is right for you. Also mentioned in this episode is her upcoming class with us, that you'll be able to find in our library of on-demand classes. Follow Andrea on Instagram HERE.
Nell Rueckl, the founder of Spot Spa, sits down to talk about the power of bodywork and massage, and shares a glimpse into her new bath house concept launching in Summer of 2021 called Watershed.We discuss a few types of massage and bodywork, including Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage, which Nell describes as "the black diamond" of bodywork. With over 20 years of experience in bodywork, Nell shares her perspective on how spas have evolved over the years, and what she wants to see in these spaces in the future.A true pioneer and leader in the Twin Cities healing community, Nell is the founder of Spot Spas, creator of Nell’s Remedies, and the visionary behind Watershed. She forged her experience at Horst’s Aveda Destination Spa and Kabuki Springs and has been recognized for achieving the highest level of mastery within the Minnesota spa industry. Mentioned in this episode: Spot SpasWatershed's iFundWomen crowdfunding campaign
BONUS EPISODE: quick reflection on 2020 and a look at what’s to come in 2021
Host and co-founder Lilly Zaborowski reflects on the last year and how we'll continue to connect you with local holistic wellness resources going forward. Hear about why we're now bringing you on-demand classes and some other exciting resources we have coming your way this year.
Ep25 Dr. Daniel Schilling | Reprogramming the Brain with QNRT
An Interview with Master QNRT Practitioner, Dr. Daniel Schilling who further describes the mind-body connection and how what we know about emotions, nervous systems, and the brain is optimizing the way we treat conditions and dis-ease. Dr. Schilling is a practicing chiropractor and kinesiologist, and founder of Secoya Health in Woodbury, MN. Prior to studying Chiropractic Medicine, he had a career as a Mechanical Engineer. His work analyzing many different systems as an engineer has provided him with a heightened understanding of the interconnectedness of the systems of the human body.
An interview with intuitive transformation coach Rosie Blanc, who draws on a variety of tools to support her clients through the healing process. As someone who’s been through a transformative healing journey, Rosie has been called to walk with others in support as she guides them back to themselves.
Ep 23 Dr. Brittany Stamer | Healing with Flower Essences
An interview with Naturopathic Doctor, Brittany Stamer. Whose own journey to flower essences has inspired her to incorporate that support in the treatment plans she prescribes. She describes how flower essences are an accessible tool capable of supporting us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as we pursue whole-body healing. Dr. Brittany Stamer is a naturopathic doctor with Wellness Minneapolis. She treats holistically and listens to each individual’s story, focusing on finding the root cause of each health concern.
In this episode we talk with Dr. Tiffany Egan about how she’s bringing holistic house calls to the Twin Cities with chiropractic care and acupuncture for new moms and babies. We discuss what inspired her to become a chiropractor, how acupuncture compliments chiropractic care, and how chiropractic care can help new moms both prepare for and recover from birth.
Ep21 Vanashree Belgamwar | Globalizing Ayurvedic Medicine
An Interview with Vanashree Belgamwar, an Ayurvedic practitioner leading our cities toward a more integrative future. Vanashree describes the benefits of using the Ayurvedic lifestyle science as a preventative complement to our traditionally accepted western approach.
Community Wellness | Integrative Health | Lifestyle |
Ep20 Lisa Harris | Storytelling as a Healing Practice
Lisa Harris joins us this week to discuss storytelling as a powerful healing tool. Through her own experience of writing a book, Lisa discovered both the power in owning your story and the beauty that exists in sharing stories with a supportive community. We talk about how she began, the early events that started it all, and how her business has shifted with these times to continue supporting women and building a strong community. Lisa Harris is an author, storyteller, poet, narrative coach and the CEO/Founder of Fashion Meets Poetry, a personal development company that connects, guides and transforms women’s lives through the power of storytelling.
Ep19 Zedé Harut | Healing Justice for BIPOC Birthers
An Interview with Zedé Harut, holistic healer and founder of Holistic Heaux and the Rebellion Relief Fund, a mutual aid fund supporting BIPOC birthers. We discuss how Zedé got into holistic healing work as a teenager, and how she’s now supporting other Black and Brown birthers through her mutual aid fund.
An Interview with Talaya Dendy, cancer doula and fierce advocate, describes how developing your own self-advocacy skills can change your life and is more important now than ever. Talaya Dendy is a cancer thriver and founder of On The Other Side. As a cancer doula she is providing personalized support that addresses the emotional, navigational, educational and practical needs of the people that have been impacted by cancer.
An Interview with Chaz Sandifer, founder of The NEW Mpls, owner of the Camden Farmer’s Market, and a leading voice in empowered wellbeing. Learn about what inspired her down this path and how her work has evolved through this time of physical distancing.
Community Wellness | Integrative Health | Lifestyle | Mental Health |
Ep15 Rebecca Keyes | Supporting Grief with Homeopathy
A loss of anything can trigger a grief response. During this conversation, Rebecca Keyes, Certified Classical Homeopath specialized in trauma and grief, explains how homeopathy helps the body and mind build resilience and keep flowing through the stages of grief.
Community Wellness | Integrative Health | Lifestyle |
Ep13 Dr. Karen Lawson + Theresa Nutt | Everyone Benefits from a Health Coach
An Interview with Dr. Karen Lawson and Theresa Nutt, the Co-Directors of the Masters in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching program at the University of Minnesota. Karen + Theresa share their insider’s scoop of what goes into training a quality health coach, how coaches are up-leveling patient-centeredness in healthcare, and how you go about finding a coach that best fits your values.
Ep12 Cassandra Rose | Acupuncture for Degenerative Eye Conditions
An interview with Cassandra Rose, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist practicing at Bhakti Wellness Center in Edina, MN. Cassandra specializes in macular regeneration, which uses Acunova, acupuncture, microcurrent therapy, herbs, supplements and lifestyle to address degenerative eye diseases. This treatment regimen is shown to be up to 85% effective by clinical outcome measures, offering real hope for patients with these conditions.
Ep11 Dr. Danielle Vogler-Bos | A Naturopathic Approach to Fertility
An interview with Dr. Danielle Vogler-Bos, a Naturopathic Doctor at Minneapolis Integrative Medicine Center specializing in hormone optimization. She shares an empowering look at fertility. We talk about how to boost fertility naturally, what some common causes of fertility struggles are, and how working with a Naturopathic Doctor can help support these efforts.
An interview with Nellie Brau, founder of Haus of Ojas. Nellie is helping those fighting with diet culture to reclaim their birthright to hunger, food, + body image through the power of holistic health coaching. In this conversation, Nellie explains what sets coaching apart, and what makes the approach so successful when redefining our relationship with food.
Community Wellness | Integrative Health | Lifestyle | Mental Health |
Ep9 Amanda Leaveck | Hope + Our Nervous System
An Interview with Amanda Leaveck, creator of digital learning + empowerment platform, Science & Magic. Amanda helps us understand the biological, physiological, and neurological response to positive emotions like hope, peace, love, and gratitude–both individually and within a larger community.
An interview with Kim Lovejoy, who leads us to a deeper understanding of our mental and physical responses to chaos, stress and grief, especially during this time of pandemic, and what we can do today to feel more vibrant. Kim Lovejoy Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Specializing in body-based work, Kim explains how somatic experiencing releases trauma and overwhelm that has been held in the nervous system
I sat down with Sammi Boerner of SAGE mind and body, certified aromatherapist as well as a health and lifestyle coach, to give us a deeper understanding of how essential oils are working in our bodies and minds. Sammi creates custom blends to effectively support healthy digestions, sleep, anxiety, acne, and more. Sammi gives us pointers on how we can use essential oils and aromatherapy to further promote calm, and a deeper sense of focus + grounding within our homes.
Discover What's Possible. This conversation explores the truth about chiropractic care. Local chiropractors give a detailed definition of the practice, the true scope, and the potential for optimizing primary care.