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, licensed chiropractic physician. “I found chiropractic in the midst of my first year in optometry school.  I always felt that there was a true order in life and nature, and in how our bodies function in particular.  In chiropractic, I found the vehicle that I was looking for to help people experience better overall health in their own lives, rather than solely focusing on eye care.

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. She has also received her certification of 300+ hours in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, as well as post-professional, specialized training in Kinesiology Taping, McKenzie Therapy, Concussion Grading and Management, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Cosmetic Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation, and Erchonia Cold Laser Therapy.

"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. By combining chiropractic care, functional movement exercises, and clean eating, we can potentiate the body’s ability to heal itself. Habitual poor posture, sedentary lifestyles, dysfunctional movement patterns, and an overweight population are the leading causes of pain, dysfunction, and poor health in our society,  I teach and coach my patients to understand the connection between pain and poor movement. I look forward to helping you get well and stay well.”

After a full day’s work, you’ll find Dr. Mayer at her Crossfit gym or at home perfecting her culinary skills in the kitchen. “I’m a firm believer in  practicing what you preach. I  regularly hike, mountain bike, snow and water ski. I strive to eat an innately congruent diet high in consumption of vegetables, organic pasture-fed meats and cold-water fish, with a minimal dairy and grain intake. I also actively limit my exposure to daily environmental toxins.”

Dr. Pascale Nelson, DC

Dr. Pascale Nelson is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician Licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Western Ontario and later her doctorate of chiropractic from New York Chiropractic School.

Originally from Timmins Ontario Canada, she was exposed to chiropractic at a young age. Active in many sports during her childhood days, she experienced a basket ball injury that lead her to seek chiropractic care. After experiencing an accelerated recovery and return back to the game, she quickly learned the benefits of chiropractic care and the body's innate ability to heal itself.

Thriving on providing the highest quality of care for her patients, her passion is treating families and anyone seeking the best quality of health. During her seven years in practice as a Clinic Director, Dr. Nelson has taken care of a wide spectrum of people from newborns to the elderly, athletes, people in pain and people who just want to stay well.

In her desire to enhance the quality of life, Dr. Nelson has positively impacted the lives of thousands in Haiti during her last mission trip.

Dr. Nelson specializes in low back disorders including sciatica, headaches, work related symptoms (prolonged sitting, stress, posture), pregnancy as well as infant development and pediatric care.

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.

Ben Schaufele, Exercise Therapist

Ben is our new exercise therapist as well as certified personal trainer.  Ben brings with him a wealth of information including general rehab, injury prevention, strength training and conditioning, and nutritional programming.  Ben has extensive experience with patients and clientele of all ages and fitness levels from general population to high school level athletes.  He specializes in functional movement training, addressing the body as a unit rather than individual parts to help individuals move better, feel better, and ultimately look better.

Along with working with our patients in our physical therapy area, he will also be offering personal training sessions on Saturdays from 8am until 1pm.  Whether your goals are movement specific or you just want to shed off a few pounds, there is a spot for you.  Ben will utilize science backed nutritional planning, assess and address any and all movement dysfunctions/injuries, and ultimately provide a well-structured strength training session and long term program that will appropriately match your needs.  Partner, small group, and individual sessions will all be accommodated.  Any and all fitness levels and ages are encouraged to sign up.  Each session will be approximately 45 minutes.  If you have any questions regarding rates or times, please feel free contact us today.  Spaces are limited so make sure you schedule your session today!


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.





Marlena Zalewska

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.