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The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Podcast will conduct weekly interviews with entrepreneurs, local experts, and those who have transformed their personal well-being to share their stories and help others in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and beyond live higher quality lives. Our primary goal is to provide our listeners with actionable advice that they can implement into their own life and improve their personal well-being. This fits into the culture of reciprocity that is central to our group. We believe that a willingness to help others find success will bring about our own. If you are interested in improving your well-being, while helping others enhance their quality of life, please join as a member of this group. You can find more information at Thanks for listening and I look forward to joining you to help make our city and beyond more well.
183 Episodes
Juli Lassow is an accomplished retail executive with 20+ years of experience in the disciplines of sourcing, merchandising, inventory planning, and analytics. As the founder and principal of JHL Solutions, Juli helps businesses navigate the complex world of global retail sourcing and private label product development, by supporting retailers and suppliers in finding, developing products, and better negotiating with each other. Before establishing her business, Juli held several progressive leadership roles at Target Corporation.When not supporting her clients, you can find Juli exploring the Twin Cities and Minnesota with her family – enjoying the lakes, the nearest trail, or a just-opened eatery.  She loves to be out and about, enjoying all that MN has to offer.Links from the Episode:Julie Lassow's LinkedIn: Solutions LLC Website:
Frances Roen is a Georgia girl at heart, and has been graciously adopted by beautiful, snowy Minnesota. She is a forty-something daughter, friend, mom, wife, and entrepreneur, and is always on the look-out for a perfectly fried piece of chicken.Frances is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with nearly 20 years of experience fundraising, and has raised over $160M for nonprofits across the globe. She holds a Bachelor of Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia, and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Frances began her career as a first grade teacher in Birmingham, Alabama, then as anEducation Program Coordinator and Corporate Sponsorship Manager at The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis. After three years, Frances left The Bakken Museum to oversee Annual and Major Gifts for Augustana Care Corporation, a $100M health care organization in the Twin Cities. From 2011 to 2019, Frances was the Director of Development and Communications at YouthLink. In this role, she was responsible for raising over $30M in philanthropic giving. Through her work, she oversaw volunteer and communications efforts including an extensive rebrand, managed a successful capital campaign, expanded partnerships, developed signature events, and increased philanthropic investments by nearly 800%.In 2019, Frances founded Fundraising Sol in an effort to help nonprofit professionals nourish their sols through the joy, connection, and community that a healthy fundraising program can provide. Fundraising Sol operates on the core belief that the health of your team is inextricably linked to the health of your nonprofit.When Frances isn’t fundraising, she can be found running—very, very slowly—around one of the amazing lakes in the Twin Cities or planning her family’s next adventure.Links from the Episode:Fundraising Sol Website: Roen's LinkedIn:
Sara Ecklin is a recipe developer, food photographer, and lover of clean food. Clean Plate Mama was born out of her passion for health & wellness and making amazing foods from real food ingredients. She loves taking everyday recipes, childhood favorites, and any new ideas she can think of, and putting a clean food twist on them. Her goal is to share healthy recipes made from real foods that are easy to make, as well as share insights on how to navigate our overly processed food world.Links From the Episode:Clean Plate Mama Website:
As the founder of ProportionFit, Dr. Nick Meyer has been on a mission to see others gain control of their weight and their health. Working as an orthopedic surgeon, he has watched so many patients suffer from the ill effects of their excess weight that he decided to do something about it. He developed the ProportionFit diet and health plan which was the catalyst that brought about better health for him (he had gotten to the point of being significantly overweight himself) and has helped thousands of people do the same. Why? Because the simplest solution is often the best.Links from the Episode:The ProprotionFit Website: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
For more than 50 years, Shirley has been a coach, teacher, author, speaker, and body image specialist helping women, men, teens, and children resolve their issues with food and eating. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1971 and 1975, respectfully.  The author of Inner Eating (Thomas Nelson 1991), she created Innergetics in 1994. Shirley has continued to refine the Innergetics process to make it a much more comprehensive, holistic solution than mindful eating alone. Innergetics offers tools that allow you to take a conscious, structured approach, so that you have more control over when you start and stop eating. Every baby is born knowing how to do this; Innergetics helps us recover that knowledge. Clients who adhere to this simple process not only lose weight but keep it off permanently. And they do it from a sense of abundance and respect for the body, rather than through deprivation and willpower. Innergetics will help you regain the true joy of eating. It will teach you how to tune in to your body and feed it what it needs, each and every time you eat. Shirley’s program is all about choice and respect; she will never tell you what to eat or when (that’s completely up to you). If you wait until you are hungry, you can eat whatever you want! Just this past year she developed an online course to teach the Innergetics Process to a wider audience. Links from the Episode:The Innergetics website:'s course "Put Eating Back In Order:" the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Kerry Lipanot is a speech language pathologist with nearly 12 years of experience in outpatient and school settings. Since learning to assess and treat orofacial myofunctional disorders, Kerry has become passionate about getting this information out to the masses. In September of 2021, Kerry left her job of over 10 years to start her own adventure in private practice. Her practice, Elevate Speech Therapy, focuses on helping those of all ages through challenges related to orofacial myofunctional disorders. She has done extensive continuing education in the areas of breathing, oral motor development, tethered oral tissues, and sleep. Outside of work, Kerry is a wife and mother of 3 young children, ages 7, 6, and 3. She loves spending time outdoors, especially walking and golfing. Links from the Episode:Elevate Speech Therapy website: by James Nestor:, Sleep, Thrive by Dr. Shereen Lim: Association of Orofacial Myology website: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Marisarah Larvick is the founder & owner of MN IV. She is a Minnesota State University, Mankato alumni and has been working the majority of her nursing career in Emergency Medicine. Through the pandemic and watching the health care systems flooded with patient’s and lack of resources, MN IV was naturally born. Marisarah poured her heart and soul into creating a luxury concierge IV hydration service with the mission to help people feel better in the comfort of their own home. Health and wellness has always been high on Marisarah's priority list. She has several close family members who suffer from chronic illness, autoimmune diseases and lack of energy. These symptoms inhibit them from living their best life. She is happy to report several of her family members have trusted her guidance and have utilized vitamin infusion therapy. They have had significant improvement in their energy levels, pain & inflammation. Marisarah loves to educate her family, friends and clients on alternative therapies to traditional medicine and how simple lifestyle changes and hydration can make all the difference!Links From the Episode:MN IV Website: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
 Kavita Desai Dakoji, PhD, LP is a a self-proclaimed psychology superfan who loves challenging perceptions about health- especially kid’s pain. Dr. Kavita started out working as a pediatric pain psychologist at Children’s Minnesota. After a decade hearing families skepticism, doubts, and uncertainty that psychology can actually change their health, Dr. Kavita decided to do something about it. And, Peace Out Pain was born – a rebellious company setting out to challenge society’s perceptions about kid’s health, particularly related pediatric stress, anxiety, and pain. Exciting Projects Dr. Kavita is Working on:Active supporter of Shout Out Loud MN. focused on a mission to normalize the conversation about mental wellness Peace Out Press: Publish books and games to reinforce Peace Out Pain's mission, while encouraging other clinicians to do the sameAthlete Unpacked: Guided conversations with Dr. Kavita and top athletes on what they have done to improve their performance in sport Interactive workshops focused on teaching skills to different age groups Description of Dr. Kavita's book - Pain, It's All in Your Head (Just Like Everything Else): Tired of being dismissed by those five painful words, “It’s all in your head”?  Feeling misunderstood when you say “I hurt!”?  Then this is the book for you!  Through humor and friendship, kids learn how the brain “receives” messages and creates sensations. Because the brain is in your head, all sensations (even pain!) are in your head. Quite literally, Just Like Everything Else. With easy to follow logic, those once hurtful words It's In Your Head loose power. Written as a tool to educate and empower kids, teens, and adults who experience challenging and real medical symptoms, this book is the first step towards breaking the stigma and understanding that symptoms are REAL and IN YOUR HEAD. At the same time.  Get started on your healing journey today!Links from the Episode:Dr. Kavita's LinkedIn Profile: Out Pain's Website: Out Pain's Instagram: Kavita's Book - Pain, It's All in Your Head (Just Like Everything Else): Join the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Molly Raymond, MSW is an award-winning leader, social impact professional, and entrepreneur. She has been recognized in all her workplaces for her empathetic leadership, ability to build community and belonging, and inspirational commitment to inclusion and wellbeing for all. She is a community social worker with over 20 years of human development practice in nonprofit and higher education, serving as a certified facilitator, workshop developer, and equity-based community builder. At 27, Molly co-founded a nonprofit that empowers young changemakers through art, service, and leadership development. She remains steadfast in her commitment to service as a board member, committee member, volunteer, speaker, and consultant in the Twin Cities. Molly is a Fellow of the Institute of Polarities of Democracy out of D.C. and currently completing her doctorate in Human Services, focusing on the inner-wellbeing and development of changemakers within an organizational context.Links from the Episode:Molly's LinkedIn Profile: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Alex Stalberger is the founder of Well Connected Twin Cities. Much like myself, Alex has spent countless hours interviewing wellness practitioners, experts, and enthusiasts in our Twin Cities community. She had the brilliant idea to host a show together to discuss what we’ve learned about well-being throughout our journeys. This is part 2 of our conversation, so before you listen to this part you should jump over to part 1 of our conversation on the Well Connected Twin Cities Podcast. And while you are there, you should check the directory of amazing practitioners and sign up for Twin Cities Wellness Week. Links from the Episode:Part 1 of  Defining Wellness What We've Learned: Cities Wellness Week: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective:
Daniel Larson, CEO and Founder of Kyros, is an entrepreneur with over decade of experience in technology and labor market solutions. In previous roles at SHI One Platform and Field Nation, where he served as Program Manager and Director of Strategic Business Development respectively, Daniel successfully built two nine-figure revenue programs from the ground up, resulting in eight-figure revenue streams for each company during his tenure.This year he launched, Kyros, the first of its kind digital platform for recovery services, that harnesses the power of technology to connect and empower clients, providers and organizations. Daniel is in recovery and developed Kyros after encountering obstacles on his own journey with substance use disorder. The company’s mission, to increase positive outcomes for the millions of Americans managing their own recovery, is already proving itself with Kyros’ seeing 90% percent growth quarter over quarter since launching.Links from the Episode:Kyros Website: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Alex French is the co-founder and CEO of Bizzy Coffee, the #1 seller of cold brew coffee on Amazon. Bizzy Coffee’s mission is to create the greatest tasting and most convenient products on the market. Alex started Bizzy Coffee with his friend Andrew Healy.Prior to starting Bizzy Coffee. Alex worked as an Associate at 301 Inc. General Mills' Venture Capital division, as a Marketing Analyst for Cheerios, an M&A Analyst at Lazard Middle Market, Demand Forecast Analyst at Best Buy, and started Lifty, a consumer brand in the snow sports industry. Alex holds a BA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.When not working on his business, Alex spends his time mentoring college students and training for ultra-endurance races.Links from the Episode:Bizzy Coffee Website: Coffee on LinkedIn: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Chris Wieseler has over a decade of sales experience with an emphasis on continual improvement and a pursuit for perfection. He possesses a background in sports with a deep love of soccer that shapes his professional attitude. Chris is dedicated to helping all people reach their own excellence goals no matter the field of play. He is a experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry.As a business development manager with Action Selling, Chris loves connecting with new individuals and helping them understand and overcome critical selling opportunities as well as helping their teams to further sharpen their abilities as sales people, leading to more success in sales. Changing sales people into sales professionals is what drives his success. Chris believes having an advocate that can help a team be better can be one of the most important things when striving for growth.Links from the Episode:Chris's LinkedIn Profile: Selling on LinkedIn: Selling Website:
Jordan Johnson grew up in Stewartville, Minnesota. He attended the University of St. Thomas - studying psychology and exercise science. Jordan was also a member of the St. Thomas track and field team. Following his undergraduate education, he completed a Master of Arts in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His experience as a researcher, student-athlete, and mental performance consultant produce the vision Axon Athletics - a Minnesota based technology startup that is dedicated to breaking the barrier between mental health support and student athletes. Jordan also loves to spend time hunting, running, and reading.Links from the Episode:Axon Athletics Website: with Jordan by email: connect@axonathletics.comJoin the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
Kira Vanderlan is the founder and owner of Zestful Design. She understands that an uninspired and disorganized space can leave you feeling stressed and even embarrassed.  No one needs to live in a space that has disorder and lacks personal style.  She wants her clients to feel energetic and amazed by radical transformations in their living and working environments. Kira has a Masters degree in Cultural Studies from Dartmouth College, giving her a unique perspective to home organization design and a sensitivity to the way different cultures define “home”. Kira is a National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) accredited and trained professional organizer. She is uniquely skilled and innovative and has helped countless customers transform their spaces for decades. Kira has been featured in Maple Grove Magazine. She has a monthly organizing column in Maple Grove Magazine, Plymouth Magazine and Lake Minnetonka Magazine.  Kira speaks regularly on podcasts about home organizing and design. Zestful Design was recently a finalist for Best Interior Designer in Maple Grove. Links from the EpisodeZestful Design website: Design on Instagram: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
With a proven-track record of practical, human-centric solutions, Pastor Hart is a proud farm wife, mother and business professional with over 25 years of deep experience in health care delivery disruption.She has managed hosts of multi-million dollar research programs at Mayo Clinic including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT (ONC), the National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Institute, and  Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Health Care Innovation Awards to name a few.She is the Co-Founder and emeritus COO for the HB Healthcare Safety® (HBHS) a Social Benefit Corporation actively pursuing an end to all pain and suffering caused by failures in care delivery with human-centric and engineering principals founded through Mayo Clinic Ventures. It is her research and recent HBHS work that has drawn her to helping humans who help humans, particularly those who suffer compassion fatigue.She holds a Minister Ordination and was awarded Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from American Fellowship Church and holds Certifications as Compassion Fatigue Practitioner, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Art Therapy Practitioner and Christian Life Coach.Links from the Episode:Hope to Healing Website: the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™:
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™: