Nichole Churchill

Owner of RHY, Certified Yoga Instructor, Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, M.Ed.

Nichole has been a yoga practitioner for 23 years and yoga teacher for 12. She is a certified hatha yoga teacher (Temple of Kriya Yoga) with hundreds of hours of specialized training in pre/postnatal yoga (Mamaste Yoga), children’s yoga (YogaKids, Radiant Child Yoga, & Itsy Bitsy Yoga), and women’s health. Aside from yoga, she is also a birth doula (labor support professional trained by DONA), a childbirth educator (Childbirth International), and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology (Hunter College, City University of New York) and Master’s Degree in Education (DePaul University). She brings all of her training, experience, expertise, humor, and warmth into each class taught at Radiant Heart Yoga.

When not at the studio, Nichole is home with her husband, 2 daughters, rescue chihuahuas, and probably laughing and playing the ukulele. 

Liz Gregerson

Yoga Instructor

Having been a student of yoga for over a decade, Liz followed her passion for the practice and became a yoga teacher in 2013 (RYT 200). She attended the Nature Yoga training at Reach Yoga. Liz’s teaching style is Hatha and Vinyasa inspired, taking care to bring the mind to our body’s movements through each pose. By blending music and intention Liz aims to offer students the opportunity to forget the stresses of the day and achieve some inner peace.

Liz’s other interests include mindfulness, meditation and spirituality. After escaping to the city post high school, she has found herself back in the northwest suburbs where she grew up and is raising two pretty adorable kids with her husband Scott.

Sarah Canga-Arguelles,

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Yoga Instructor Sarah has over 15 years of experience working in the holistic health field. She feels a special passion in regards to women’s health especially regarding painful and irregular periods, how stress affects the body and post partum care and recovery. She believes answers and tools are lacking in our modern medical system and holistic medicine offers the missing link especially for these areas of women’s health. Education and Certifications: 750 hour Therapeutic Massage Therapy Certificate, National University of Health Sciences 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Temple of Kriya Yoga BS Nutrition, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine MS Oriental Medicine, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Advanced Acupuncture certificate Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou China

Cheryl Mostowski

Core Rehab Specialist and Pilates Instructor

Cheryl began her career in the fitness industry by becoming a certified Pilates instructor after experiencing first hand what core strength could do to help people with chronic pain not resolved with traditional medicine.

That was just the beginning of her journey into women’s health where she found her passion.  She believes education is the first and very critical step missing in medical treatment today for women today to maintain a healthy life, especially when dealing specifically with women’s only issues.

Certifications:

  • STOTT and PhysicalMind Pilates

  • Bellies, Inc., Toronto Canada, Prenatal/Postpartum Specialty with an emphasis on Diastasis and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

  • Total Control® (Incontinence and Pelvic Health), Women’s Health Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

Professional Apprenticeship Program with Kelly Dean, MPT, in Core Rehabilitation, at The Tummy Team, Camas Washington

Owner of Strong Tummies, Core Rehabilitation, Licensee of The Tupler Technique®

Jennie Reiff

HCHI, Hypno-Doula, CPS

Many years ago, when Jennie was pregnant with her first child, she had no particular desire to have a natural birth. Her main goal was to experience as little pain as possible, and she thought my only option was an epidural. By chance, she stumbled upon the idea of using hypnosis for childbirth, and she figured if there were a possibility she could experience a pain-free birth without getting a needle in her back, it was worth a shot.
Jennie and her husband took a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis class, had a good time, learned a lot, and practiced diligently. When  birthing time arrived, they used our hypnosis techniques and experienced an amazing, pleasurable, fast, easy, and pain-free birth.
Her son’s birth was extremely empowering for her and kindled her passion for natural birth and safer alternatives for women and babies. After going on to have two more Hypnobabies births (also fast, easy, painless, and joyful), she decided to become a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and doula so she can help other women achieve the births of their dreams.
Jennie’s other passion is keeping children safe once they’ve made their way into the world. Car crashes are one of the greatest dangers we face, but we can all improve our children’s safety by properly using appropriate child restraints. In an effort to keep her children as safe as possible, she became a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in 2007. Since then, she has helped hundreds of parents keep their children safe in the car. She is active with McHenry County SafeKids, and a am a writer for CarseatBlog.com.

 

 

Carol Hayes, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Carol Hayes graduated with honors from massage program at Elgin Community College.  She holds an Illinois license to practice massage therapy (LMT) and national certification (NCTMB) in massage and bodywork. She is certified in prenatal and postpartum massage and is also a professional member of the Associated  Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).   Carol has received many hours of training in Fertility Massage, Labor Massage and Infant Massage.

Carol has also received 552 hours of training in Nutritional Counseling from Trinity School of Natural Health, along with additional training in nutrition and wellness.

Kate Taylor, MA, MT-BC

Birth Doula and Music Therapist

In her spare time from raising two amazing children, Kate supports families as a board certified music therapist and birth doula.    Kate draws upon her knowledge of the birth process and her nearly 20 years of experience co-treating with creative arts therapists to deliver innovative, creative childbirth curriculum for expectant parents.   Her clinical work includes the use of music therapy in pre-natal and post-partum care as well as music therapy during labor and delivery.   Kate has been seen presenting her research on music and birth at regional and national music therapy conferences and as well as at international conferences on parenting for organizations like La Leche League International and Holistic Moms Network.  Although each birth she attends helps fulfill her passions, the highlight of Kate’s career thus far was speaking at the same conference as great birth and parenting experts like Dr. William & Martha Sears, Ina Mae Gaskin and Dr. James McKenna just three months after the birth of her first child and the launch of her birth centered business in 2007.  Kate has completed advanced clinical training in waterbirthing, NICU support, guided imagery, neurologic music therapy and hospice care.  More information about Kate can be found at www.birthmusic.net.   Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeChildbirthConcepts or on twitter:  @musictherapy4me.

Megan Bell

Attachment Parenting Certified Leader & Yoga Instructor

Megan Bell has been a volunteer Support Group Leader, accredited through Attachment Parenting International, since May 2015. She had been practicing the Eight Principals of Parenting before she even knew what Attachment Parenting was, simply by intuition. She wanted to start an API Support Group because she felt it was the one missing link for parents and families in our community. She has been a member of API since January 2015.
Megan is also a certified yoga teacher. She taught classes throughout undergrad and graduate school to support herself financially, to balance the demands of school, and to shine the light of yoga in her community. Her yoga home is at Open Sky Yoga in Rochester, New York under the tutelage of François Raoult, a certified Iyengar teacher. When teaching yoga, Megan’s focus is on alignment, breath, and respect for the spine.
Megan’s degrees are in Vocal Music Performance, and she sings regularly with the Grant Park Festival Chorus, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and Chicago A Cappella. She teaches piano and voice lessons out of her home in Elgin. Megan is also a member of Traditional Nutrition in Elgin.