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Nikki Vanecek was raised in the western suburbs of Minneapolis on Lake Minnetonka and raised her children there as well. Nikki is active in the community; she serves on the Ridgeview Medical Center Foundation Board and is also a member of the Northwestern Health Science University Board of Trustees. When she is not busy helping others, she enjoys most any outdoor activity from wake surfing, downhill skiing, to riding her motorcycle, or a peaceful weekend up at her cabin. As an experienced health care provider, Nikki is the owner of EastWest Acupuncture and Professional Sports Acupuncture. She is paving the way for the collaboration of acupuncturists and Chinese medicine in modern medical health care.  She has a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University and advanced Training from Tianjin Medical University, a top-ranked medical college, in Tianjin China. Nikki has owned and operated EastWest Acupuncture for the last 12 years. She has expanded her clinic by collaborating with western health care systems like Ridgeview Medical Center and Twin Cites Orthopedics. She is also the Acupuncturist for the Minnesota Twins. Links from the Episode:EastWest Acupuncture Website: Acupuncture on Facebook: Acupuncture on Instagram: https: // the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Andrew Headrick grew up locally in the Western suburbs of Minneapolis. He grew up in a large family with quadruplet younger siblings, which meant he spent ample time in primary care clinics and waiting rooms during his younger years. Andrew attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he studied Economics and Chinese. He has held various roles professionally, at Medtronic, at a local hedge fund, and most recently at Piper Sandler, an investment bank, where he completed 13 healthcare transactions worth over $4.3B. It was during his time at Piper that he realized just how badly the healthcare system needed to change. Andrew founded Kavira Health nearly two years ago in an effort to make everyday healthcare more convenient, more cost-effective, and more accessible to all. Kavira has been doing just that – over the past year, Kavira has had thousands of patient interactions with a 9/10 patient rating, their patients have never paid a copay, nor have their patients ever had to leave their homes to receive care. Links from the EpisodeKavira Health website: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective:
Bryan Piatt is the host of the "Take What Serves. Leave the Rest" podcast - creating a safe space to talk about healing and mental health. Bryan is a former news anchor and reporter at KARE 11 News, and is currently in graduate school for mental health counseling. Bryan is also a yoga teacher, meditation guide & breathwork facilitator. Links from the Episode:Bryan's Podcast - "Take What Serves. Leave the Rest." :'s Instagram:'s Twitter:'s LinkedIn: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
B.J. Jenney, founder of the Strength Project, is focused on bridging the gap between physical and spiritual fitness. B.J. is passionate about helping people live better, healthier lives through physical and spiritual growth. He studied Sports Management and Biblical Studies at the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul, where he was also a student athlete. He is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity through Liberty University.B.J. also spent 9 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard, serving on two deployments. B.J. is Minnesota born and raised, happily married for two years, and has a baby girl on the way. Links from the Episode:The Strength Project's Website: Strength Project's Instagram: Strength Project's Facebook:'s Instagram:'s LinkedIn: Join the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Jim Robinson has a dual career in psychology and improvisation. As a professor, he has taught Lifespan Development and Psychopathology at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas. He’s also an alumnus of the Brave New Workshop—the longest-running satirical comedy theater in the United States—and of the Off-Beat Comedy Club onboard the Disney Magic. Along with Dennis Curley and Rachael Flanery, Jim is a founding member of Table Salt Productions, an independent theater company in the Twin Cities dedicated to producing original works ( As a Fulbright Specialist, he worked with Islamabad’s Theatre Wallay and taught his course “Improvisation and Mental Health” to various psychology training centers in Pakistan. Jim hails from Riverside, California.Links from the EpisodeJim's website: of Minnesota's College of Continuing and Professional Studies: Theater of Public Policy: Salt Productions: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Everyone in David Nathan's family is a teacher or teacher adjacent.  Both of his parents were teachers, his twin sister is a math teacher today and his little sister is a speech pathologist.  David knew at an early age he did not want to become a teacher because classroom management seemed overwhelming.  After working in IT for 10 years as a project manager, he took some career assessments and everything came back saying he should be a teacher or a psychologist.  After talking to some psychologists and volunteering for a crisis phone line, he decided to go back to school to become a psychologist. He loves his work and thinks he has the best job in the world because he gets to help his patients live the most successful, fulfilling lives they can. David enjoys working with children, teens, young adults and their families on a wide variety of issues including anger management, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, adoption, and screen addiction.  He is a developmental psychologist who examines the many factors that impact how a person's mind and body experience things in the present. One of his biggest accomplishments was partnering with his wife to chair a playground committee that raised $42,000 in one year to build a playground for a school in St. Paul that did not have one. Outside of work, he is a father of twin girls and is married to the woman he admires most in the world. He enjoys playing baseball, reading, playing board games with his family and camping.  Links From the Episode:Allina Health: to Chill: Powered Kids: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective:
Chris Maltbie is the Director of Global Product at Tough Mudder, where he oversees the development of customer experiences and event products. He previously co-founded Pine Coast Culture Company, a New Jersey-based kombucha brewery. Chris formerly studied Neurobiology and Physiology at the University of Maryland, before working with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in a developmental biology laboratory at Johns Hopkins. Outside of the office, Chris is an avid ultramarathoner and traveler with aspirations of running/eating his way around the world. Links From the Episode:Tough Mudder in Hugo, MN: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Scott Mikesh founded 4D Fit Mental Fitness in 2016 to empower every individual to feel and do their best to achieve their goals by prioritizing brain health and mental well-being. Scott published his first book last year titled 'My Brain Can’t Poop: A mental fitness guide for humans' to raise awareness about the importance of brain health, mental function, and neurodiversity. He typically works with small- to mid-size organizations to provide mental fitness talks, workshops, and one-on-one training sessions for employees, but also works with individual clients as well.Links From the Episode:4D Fit Website:'s LinkedIn:'s Twitter Page:'s Instagram: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Brenda Navin is the founder and CEO of Launch My Health and a Registered Dietitian. Launch My Health, established in 2020, is a virtual health and wellbeing company providing virtual culinary and nutrition programs for employees, health plan members, and other business customers. Brenda started Launch My Health because she truly believes that health is created in the home and wanted to make taking care of yourself fun, approachable, and accessible. Launch My Health has secured several large contracts including a Fortune 100 company and is now working with a global reseller. Since inception Launch My Health has had over 107,000 video downloads, over 19,000 hours of video watched, and more than 900 5-star reviews.Before starting Launch My Health, Brenda spent the past 20 + years working in healthcare delivery for a large healthcare system in Minnesota. During her career she developed strategies for employee health and wellbeing, community health, and retail medicine. She created an integrated functional medicine program and was a team member of the group that developed a cross functional weight loss program. Additionally, she was a part of the system diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. Part of her recent work was leading community COVID testing sites and vaccination clinics to underserved populations and creating a system wide Food Transformation with a community lens. Links from the Episode:Launch My Health website:'s email: Brenda@launchmyhealth.comJoin the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Jeremy Quinby is an integrative health practitioner and educator, CranioSacral Therapist and Rehab Specialist.  He has dedicated the past twenty-five years to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. At the intersection of manual therapy, mental health support, orthopedics, pain management, and newborn and pediatric care, he has become known as a bridge-builder between many fields of care.A graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, building community and developing health networks is second nature.  Having had private practices in New York and Minneapolis, and now, as host of Highway to Health Podcast, he is furthering this outreach across the U.S. and beyond, promoting a more fully realized approach to integrated care.Links from the Episode:Jeremy's website: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Over the course of his life Chad Scheitel has been actively studying and researching the best ways to optimize human performance and recovery from injuries. As an athlete, he initially began doing this for himself, and now it’s something he does for others. In doing this research Chad has learned how amazing the human body is and if given the right types of things in regards to stress, sleep, mental focus, emotion, and nutrition methods, it can recover from just about anything.  Chad believes that you don’t have to be in pain, and in many cases you absolutely don’t need surgery to fix your pain and problems.  Chad's EducationMA Kinesology (Exercise Physiology) University of Minnesota BS Health Promotion Science (Exercise Science) Augsburg University NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) Levels 1 & 2 Certified Links From the EpisodeRefined Performance + Rehabilitation website: Scheitel on LinkedIn:
Britta Svihel MA, LPCC, LADC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC). Britta earned her Bachelor's Degree in 2008 from Hamline University and her Master's Degree from Hazelden Betty Ford in 2010. Britta worked for a decade in youth, high-intensity residential treatment before retiring into a private practice. She owns Dagaz Therapy in Maple Grove, MN. She also teaches as an Adjunct Faculty at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School. Britta is currently pursuing her PhD with a focus on community psychology, policy and social justice. In her private practice, Britta specializes in working with youth, young adults, and adults who struggle with mental health and/or chemical health issues, as well as life transitions and stressors related to those age groups. The most common symptoms or concerns include depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, addiction, and parenting support. Britta is passionate about healthy communities and raising healthy children and youth. Links From the Episode: Dagaz Therapy Website:'s LinkedIn Profile:
Jonah Salita is an entrepreneur, and creative consultant.He’s the co-founder of Diall, and the creator and creative force behind Vasco Creative, an early-stage creative consulting firm.Jonah’s entrepreneurial spirit started when he stumbled into the creative world after designing his own tennis apparel brand because he was too small to fit into the “cool” looking adult clothes._____________Salita attended Hobart College in upstate New York, studying Economics and Media and Society. During his time at Hobart, he was the captain of the varsity tennis team and won numerous athletic and scholastic awards, Academic All-American being one of the most prestigious.Salita began his career in 2016 as an intern at GenGuru. He would go on to work as a copywriter for Red Circle Agency, The Nitrous Effect and the infamous advertising agency, Fallon, where he wrote for Arby’s and Stok Cold Brew Coffee.In 2018, Salita was awarded a SIIF Grant for photography and moved to Hong Kong to study at Lingnan University and document the elderly residents of Fu Tei. He exhibited the resulting collection of photographs in the Solarium Gallery, NY upon his return.In 2019, Salita moved to London to be the creative director for Learn To Trade, a financial education company having taught over 300,000 students worldwide. During this time, Salita led creative strategy for the United Kingdom, Philippines, South Africa and Australian branches.In 2020, Salita returned to Minnesota and founded Vasco Creative, an early-stage creative consulting firm. As a creative consultant, Salita has advised companies including Factory Motor Parts, Kavira Health, Kore Partners, Geniecast, Monaco’s Coffee, and many others.Just 3 months after founding Vasco Creative, Salita co-founded Diall, a mental health startup educating students on mental health and wellness before they reach crisis.Jonah is both Portuguese and American and currently resides in Lisbon. On the horizon, he is looking to bring his experience and passion of solving the world’s greatest problems to angel investing in early-stage impact ventures.Links From the Episode:Diall's website: sure to download the Diall app on IOS or Android!Jonah's email: jonah@diallapp.comJoin the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Dr. Brenna Highby is the pregnancy expert at Experience Wellness Chiropractic and loves support mom and baby through their incredible journey. She specializes in both pregnancy and pediatric care and is Webster Certified through the ICPA. Her neurologically based chiropractic care focuses on the function of the nervous system to find the root cause of the health concern. This whole-body approach allows the body to heal naturally from the inside out.She started her own healing journey right at EWC. This is where she began to have life changing results through Tonal based chiropractic care. She had more energy, better focus, decreased anxiety and a stronger immune system!Her mission is to educate and empower families of all ages in their health so they can live the most vibrant life possible. Dr. Brenna is our go to community resource to connect our patients with any additional resources needed. She has a passion to unite chiropractic care to Plymouth and the surrounding areas to help build a stronger community.Links From The EpisodeExperience Wellness Chiropractic: Brenna Highby:
On October 6, 2019, Tyler Moon suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while running the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile. He was miraculously saved by a group of strangers who performed CPR on him in the middle of the race course. Tyler's faith in Jesus Christ was a beacon to him and his family as they worked through the traumatic events of that day. Since October 6, 2019, Tyler has completed the final two miles of his original 10 mile race, Tyler has run a marathon, and most recently, Tyler ran the Twin Cities 10 Mile (again) with one of his CPR heroes from 2019.Besides his Christian faith, and his interest in running, Tyler is a husband, dog dad, logistics analyst, and an avid football fan.Links From the Episode:Tyler Moon's LinkedIn: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective:
Michael Krug is a board certified health and fitness coach who helps busy professional men build strength and lose weight while increasing their energy and confidence. Michael's journey to becoming a health and fitness coach was one of self discovery, pain, learning, and hope. At age 20, he had a breaking point with his health. At 375 pounds and having a blood pressure of 160/100, he knew he needed to make changes starting in that moment to get his life back. Through years of trial and learning, Michael has developed simple yet powerful strategies he teaches to his clients to make transforming their health easy and fun.Links From The EpisodeInstagram: coachkrug.comJoin the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
On today’s episode I am joined by A.J. Imholte. This episode is a little different from our typical episode. A.J. has joined the Twin Cities Wellness Collective as a Partner and will be working with me to enhance the opportunities the TCWC offers to our community. With A.J. as an addition to our team, we will be better able to fulfill our mission of igniting well-being in the Twin Cities. Moving forward, A.J. will host some of the podcasts and we may even host some of them together. He will also be posting consistently in the Twin Cities Wellness Collective group on LinkedIn to offer insights on improving well-being and share some of the lessons he’s learning as he works to improve his own. Finally, we will be bringing back events starting in April and A.J. will work with me to organize these opportunities for you. Today’s episode serves as a chance for you to get to know A.J. better and learn more about what practices and habits A.J. is employing in his own life.Links from the episode: A.J. Imholte's LinkedIn Profile: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Dr. Cassie Wilder is the owner and founder of Minneapolis Integrative Medicine Center, a modern integrative medical practice located in the heart of NE Minneapolis. She has a passion for hormonal health, thyroid disorders and helping patients connect the dots between the symptoms they're feeling and the root cause. Over the last four years, Dr. Cassie has been on a mission to bring integrative healthcare to Minneapolis in an approachable and impactful way!Links from the Episode:Minneapolis Integrative Medicine Center on Instagram: Integrative MC Links:
Aimee has been a certified nurse practitioner since 2007. Working in healthcare has been her calling since high school. She received a bachelor’s degree in human biology from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and an MSN from Vanderbilt University. Aimee discovered her true passion in 2012 when at the age of 28 she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. This spurred her love for nutrition, clean living, wellness, and functional medicine.  Aimee has struggled with her health issues (like gut problems, thyroid issues, adrenal and hormone problems) since her cancer treatment  and because of functional medicine her health and quality of life have drastically improved. Aimee has since pursued a post-master’s certificate in holistic health studies and is a certified functional medicine provider through the Institute for Functional Medicine.Aimee is passionate about digging deeper and working to discover the root causes of dysfunction and educating her patients. Clinically she is very interested in helping people with hormone problems, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fertility optimization, and gut health. She embraces all modalities of healing and believes that true healing often comes from a blend of work in physical, emotional, and energetic levels. In addition to being an NP she is also a master Reiki practitioner. Links From the Episode:Minnesota Vitality & Anti-Aging Center: Vitality & Anti-Aging Center on Facebook: Vitality & Anti- Aging Center on Instagram:'s Instagram:
Cheryl Johnson is a researcher by profession, but a long-time food and fitness enthusiast at heart. She thinks of herself as “just an ordinary person trying to cut through the clutter of misleading wellness advice.” Cheryl is relentless about finding nutrition and healthy lifestyle information that steers the conversation back to choices that are practical—and enjoyable. Based on what’s worked for her and for others over the years, and the discipline and attitude from more than ten years of boxing training, she’s created a no-excuse, common sense practice for a more satisfying life built on better food and better ways to use your time during your workday lunch break. It’s a simple, flexible solution called Box Lunch Lifestyle.How to build that better lunch break—and why it matters—is the subject of her first book Box Lunch Lifestyle: Using Your Lunch Break to Win Back the Life You Deserve. Endorsed by thought leaders like Daniel Pink and Jonathan Fields, and praised by Midwest Book Review, the answer to “Can change really be this easy?” is “Yes!” Cheryl will show you how.Links from the EpisodeDownload The Box Lunch Lifestyle Jumpstart Cheat Sheet:'s LinkedIn Profile: Lunch Lifestyle Instagram: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
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