Meet The Team at Health First Wellness
Dr. Naveed Elahi, DC
Dr. Naveed Elahi is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. He is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association, Illinois Chiropractic Society and the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Elahi discovered Chiropractic Medicine while pursuing a career in Optometry. He initially saw a Chiropractor for treatment of crippling low back pain. He was so impressed by the speed and success of his treatment that he decided to change careers and become a Chiropractor himself!
As a Chiropractic Physician Dr.Elahi uses a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy modalities in order to treat an array of conditions. In addition to his Doctorate in Chiropractic, Dr. Elahi has also received advanced training in pain management, orthopedics, sports medicine and nutrition. He is one of the few Chiropractors in the nation who are certified to perform Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA).
Dr. Erin Mayer, DC, CAc
Dr. Mayer is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. Dr. Mayer is skilled in a variety of chiropractic techniques, and provides complimentary therapies to assist patients in achieving optimum health and function. "It's important for my patients to receive individualized personal care. I believe in providing constant patient education, attentive listening, and resources for both curing and preventing illnesses and injuries.”
Dr. Mayer received her Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, Dr. Mayer had achieved her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in biology, with a minor in chemistry at Indiana University. During her four years of chiropractic studies, she simultaneously achieved her acupuncture certification.
Dr. Mayer has also received post professional, specialized training in Kinesiology Taping, Concussion Grading and Management, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and Cosmetic Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation. She is also an active member the American Chiropractic Association and the Illinois Chiropractic Society.
Dr. Mayer continually pursues her passion for learning by attending educational seminars and keeping up with latest studies in the areas of chiropractic medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and traditional Chinese medicine to ensure that her patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced health care.
Dr. Mayer is an avid animal lover and active outdoor enthusiast. In her spare time she enjoys snow and water skiing, wakeboarding, boating, and cycling.
Jodi Macaluso, MA, LCPC, CADC
Jodi Macaluso is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is a therapist practicing in a community mental health setting, as well as in the private sector for over 14 years. Her experience includes working with adolescents, individuals, families, and groups. She received her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Social Science from Aurora University and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Ms. Macaluso’s clinical interests include anger management, anxiety, depression, life transitions, loss or grief, relationship issues, self-esteem, and stress management.
Her area of specialization focuses on recovery from alcohol, drug, and multiple process addictions. Motivational enhancement combined with cognitive behavioral interventions assist in targeting stages of change, unique needs and strengths of each person with whom she works.
Albert Einstein once said "in the midst of difficulty lies opportunity." Ms. Macaluso holds fast to his wisdom. If you are open to growth and finding peace, allow Ms. Macaluso to help you to create the life you want. She will use a multidisciplinary, mindfulness-based approach to find the powerful tools needed to evoke individual change, identify and heal false beliefs.
She takes pleasure in spending time with family & friends, reading, exercising, watching movies and peaceful moments enjoying nature.
Crystal Abbate, Clinical Massage Therapist
Crystal provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is tailored to meet the patient's condition and injury. Crystal specializes in relieving stress, increasing tissue pliability and muscle response. Her area of expertise includes relaxation, Swedish, trigger point, deep tissue and lymphatic drainage massage. The benefits of massage therapy include reduced chronic pain, relieved muscle tension and pain, reduced stress and anxiety and lowered blood pressure. Massages are available everyday of the week. Crystal is a warm and bubbly therapist who enjoys her profession and enjoys working with her clients to help them feel better.
LMT, NCBTMB Board Certified in National Massage and Bodywork, Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist™, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Certified Massage Cupping™ Therapist, certified LaStone Therapist, NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
With over 18 years of massage therapy experience, Ruel brings a unique healing session to every one of all ages and activities. A combination of his athletic training degree, physical therapy clinic experience, massage modalities, and functional movement practice, gives those he works with a fusion of the western and eastern influences of treatment. Experience your session with him today!
Jamie is our Exercise Therapist. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2012 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education. She was an active member of Eta Sigma Gamma and the Student Wellness Ambassador Team both of which promoted student health education on and around campus. She plans to continue her education by studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She enjoys being active and loves the outdoors. She spends free time watching movies and sports. She is an animal lover and enjoys meeting new people. She likes to travel to new places both in and out of the country.
Marlena has been at our office since April 2014. Her attention to detail will ensure you are taken care of from the moment you call to book your appointment.
In her spare time, Marlena enjoys traveling, cooking and reading a good book. She loves working out and motivating others to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
She lives with her husband in Pingree Grove.