Meet The Team at Health First Wellness
Dr. Naveed Elahi, D.C.
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).
Nicholas J. Coné , D.C.
Dr. Nicholas Coné is a board licensed Chiropractic Physician who is also certified in Acupuncture. Dr. Coné utilizes a very comprehensive and multi-modal approach in applying the methods of Chiropractic, Physical Rehabilitation, Acupuncture, and Nutritional Counseling to his patients in order to get them out of discomfort and keep them active. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Coné enjoys taking long walks with his wife Brittany and his dog Peanut and has a keen interest in History, Nature, Science, and Spirituality.
Jodi Macaluso, Clinical Therapist
During my career as a therapist, I have gained the expertise in joining a person "where they are at" while developing an environment of safety, security and mutual respect. I have been told that my voice and manner quickly communicates friendliness and kindness, and that people overall, find that I am not at all intimidating and very easy to talk to. I provide an integrative supportive approach that allows for healing and growth of adults, couples or families. Motivational enhancement combined with cognitive behavioral interventions assist in targeting stages of change, unique needs and strengths of each person with whom I work with. My clinical interests include anger management, anxiety, depression, life transitions, loss or grief, relationship issues, self-esteem, and stress management. An area of specialty that I focus on is the recovery from alcohol, drug, and multiple process addictions.
Health First Wellness provides an integrative approach to overall better health and well-being by having highly trained professional staff of multi-disciplines available on site. For example, I am able to partner with a nutritionist or request a pain assessment if needed. Collaboratively, we can work together in finding solutions that fit.
Crystal Abbate, Clinical Manager
Crystal is the brick, wood, morter and glue of the clinic. She makes sure that the clinical team runs smoothly. She is keen at making certain that clinical goals are being met with special attention to quality of care. Crystal went to Harper College for her education as a Massage Therapist.
Ashley Messerschmidt, Office Manager
Ashley started her journey at Health First Wellness Center as a patient for back and wrist pain. While attending treatment, she was going to school at Allied Health Institute for Health Care Management. She completed her externship at Health First Wellness Center and then joined the team in May 2015. She enjoys working on such a great team of caring doctors and staff. In October 2015, she was promoted to Office Manager. Each day, she ensures that the doctors and staff provide the best care and support. She enjoys attending seminars and reading up on information to expand her knowledge on the field of chiropractic and office management. When Ashley is not at work, you can find her playing with her fur babies, listening to music, watching movies, and trying out new baking recipes!
Princess Santos, Front Desk Manager
Princess started at Health First Wellness Center in August of 2015. She enjoys seeing new patients start their journey towards health and wellness by arranging their appointments to fit their schedule. In addition, she loves the environment and culture of Health First and shares upcoming events and workshops with our patients. Princess’ hobbies include: baking, trying new foods, and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Priscilla Mahney, Massage Therapist
Priscilla graduated from Cortiva Institute with a focus on clinical massage therapy. Her favorite type of massage is deep trigger point therapy to help patients with their muscles of scar tissue; thus, muscles are able to function without restriction. Outside of Health First Wellness Center, she enjoys games, running, painting, and writing.
Louie Kermend Jr., Massage Therapist
Louie graduated from SOMA Institue in Chicago with a focus on trigger point therapy and myofascial release. While Louie was healing from a boxing injury, he discovered his passion for massage and its natural healing processes. Louie teaches Boxing Burnout at Shala Plus on Saturday's, be sure to check it out!
Ricky Bracamontes, Exercise Specialist
Ricky is our certified Exercise Specialist at Health First Wellness Center. He holds The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification and has prior experience as a personal trainer. Ricky helps in the process of having our patients walk away with optimal relief and strength to prevent reoccurring pain and injury through exercise. In addition, Ricky does personal training at Health First Wellness Center for patients interested in taking their fitness a step further. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Ali Geary, Public Relations Coordinator
Ali Geary is the Public Relations Coordinator at Health First Wellness Center. Ali enjoys working within the health and wellness industry and learning from her team members each day. She graduated from Illinois State University in December 2015 with a B.A. in public relations and Spanish. Ali devotes her time to staying on top of the ever-changing public relations field to best reach the clinic’s goals. Ali enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.