20th Anniversary: Jennifer Remembers When…

By: Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC

I can hardly believe 20 years have gone by since Chesapeake Holistic (CH) first occupied the warm and lovely space we’ve created in a professional building off of College Parkway!

And, while the physical office and the staff have changed over the years, we come to work each day with the same intent: provide clients with unique integrative wellness services that profoundly improve their health and the vibrancy of their lives.

The Early Years

It was wonderful to read the articles from some of our former practitioners in last week’s newsletter. As Judi Valentine mentioned, I began working for her in 1996, essentially as her assistant, while I was finishing my natural health certifications. In 1998, Judi found the current CH office space. For the next few years, I assisted her and Tania Howard Pritz, and worked on my master’s degree (classes and thesis) at night and on weekends.

At the time, we only had the back half of the large suite CH now occupies. What is our back door was, then, the front door! When the front half of the suite became available, Tania purchased it. Then, Katherine Sale joined us and we moved the offices around to fit our needs. (If you didn’t read the Q&A with Katherine newsletter, you should!)

When Judi left CH in early 2001, Tania brought on another Chiropractor, Marissa Wallie to meet growing demand. I also had a decision to make. I’d grown comfortable running the office and it was a steady paycheck; but, I decided to make the leap to take over Judi’s practice as a Nutritional Consultant.

I began building business by sitting in the waiting room and forming relationships with the clients waiting to see other practitioners (with the practitioners’ support). Some of my first clients couldn’t afford my services, so I took payment in trade for art, custom curtains, throw pillows, lawn care, house painting, office cleaning, you name it.

A breakthrough, for me, came from educating clients (and non-clients) about how to shop for healthy food. That may sound odd; but, at the time, people weren’t used to these new “healthy” foods that we (Judi and now me) recommended. I developed a comprehensive how-to program, with a nutrition intake, meal plan, lab evaluation, supplement recommendations and a health food store tour.

The tours were so much fun. I took small groups (including home school co-ops) to the health food store and showed them how to: read food labels, shop aisle by aisle, and cook using these new ingredients. I partnered with Fresh Fields (now Whole Foods), which provided attendees with a tote bag containing free food, coupons and recipes.

Hitting Our Stride

Eventually, I had too many clients to continue with the tours. Plus I was busy growing my family at home, too! I also felt the office, which was a collective of independent practitioners, could better serve clients as a more cohesive operation under one umbrella, which we named (you guessed it): Chesapeake Holistic. For our logo, I had a vision of a wave-like brushstroke and contacted a designer who created our iconic wave and developed our first website.

All of this was happening very quickly: it was still 2001. Carolyn Spinelli joined our group and, later that year, Marissa and Tania left to form Broadneck Chiropractic in a bigger space within our same building (Marissa is still there). Later that year, Katherine and I became partners and took over the lease. We ran CH together for six years, until she left in 2007 (the same year that Kat Mahone, Amelia Mitchell, Laura Inman Mitchell and John Fullmer came on board).

Fast forward to 2011: Anne Marvin joined our group. She was new to the holistic wellness field, and still finishing her credentials, the way I’d been when I started my practice. Anne brought fresh ideas and took over much of the administrative and business development parts of the business. She guided special projects (e.g., corporate wellness) and really helped bring to fruition my mission of making CH a fully-integrated practice financially, operationally and culturally.

During that time, exceptional practitioners joined CH. Cathy Logan, Carol Heckman, Sierra Stokes-Stearns, Kyle McIntyre, Lisa Manning, and Carrie Singer broadened the range of wellness services we provide and the number of loyal clients we serve. In 2016, after five years, Anne had accomplished what she’d set out to do at CH and decided to move on. We still miss her.

This past year, we’ve continued to evolve. Carrie left to care for her growing family and Kyle accepted a year-long fellowship in Colorado (we’re hopeful he’ll return to CH next year). Glynda Cullen has been with us since last summer, and Katherine returned in late January!

I am so grateful to be surrounded by such a talented and compassionate group, including our Office Manager Jill Hannon and her assistant Patty Park. Without them, our continued growth would not be possible: Jill and Patty are so patient and kind, and they keep all of us organized (truly the unsung heroes of our operation).

Where We’re Going

We’ve implemented a lot of changes lately, including:

  • Partnership with Sprout! farm-to-table foods. Not only do we have delivery pickups two days per week, we now have a Sprout refrigerator with to-go meals and snacks. We may also be working with them to develop an exclusive menu of foods.
  • Online booking. We launched e-booking for sessions with Lisa a few months ago. Our clients love the convenience! Up next: we’re adding more practitioners to online booking over the next few months.
  • New service. Cathy recently became a Certified Body Code Practitioner. Learn more about The Body Code (yes, it is related to The Emotion Code) in the blog article: “20 Things You May Not Know about Chesapeake Holistic.”
  • New products. We just visited the annual Natural Products Expo and we’re getting some great new items for lighter living in at our store.

Next year, we’ll keep changing things up (while keeping the services and products our clients depend on) – including the Wellness Is Worth It newsletter. The theme for 2019 is “Ask the Expert.” We’ll be asking our readers to submit questions to our practitioners; each week’s issue will be our answers to your questions!

A Few Last Thoughts…

As our anniversary month comes to an end, I realize how much fun it has been reflecting on the good times and even the scary times… Times that required leaps of faith, such as signing the lease when my practice at CH wasn’t yet established; but knowing, in my gut, that this is where I’m supposed to be, helping all of us at Chesapeake Holistic to help all of you.

Chesapeake Holistic would not have been possible without my mom. I was inspired by her – she also changed careers to become an entrepreneur; my mom was (and is) my role model. Watching her journey gave me the courage to take those leaps, and, to this day, she offers business advice and loving encouragement.

We also owe thanks to the other practitioners (e.g., Dr. Kevin Passero, Wendy Piret, Karen Mahan, Jamie Higdon, and Melanie Rosen) and office staff (e.g., Isabel Miller, Mistie Schleeper, Michele Calo, Tammy Cushley, and Lisa Bakker) – who, for two decades, have helped Chesapeake Holistic to become the nurturing and healing place it is today.

And, I’m especially grateful for my family. The past 20 years would not have been possible without my husband’s support. He’s been CH’s handyman and, more importantly, he keeps things running at home… raising our son and daughter, cooking dinner and much more … enabling me to pursue my dream.

Lastly, of course, we are all very thankful for our extended family of clients!

Here’s to another 20 years together!

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

20th Anniversary – We Remember When: Anne Marvin

By: Anne Marvin, CNC, CHC, ND

When I met Jennifer, in 2010, I was so impressed with the great care she offered her clients, it helped me to realize that I needed to make some changes, if I wanted to regain my health and get my life back. With her help, I turned my health around. At the time, I was a national security analyst, but realized it would be my greatest wish to work with her, instead, and help others the way she had helped me.

In 2012, Jen brought me on board to co-manage and grow the practice, while I was completing schooling to become a Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNC), a Certified Health Coach (CHC); and a Doctor of Naturopathy (ND). We worked together for five wonderful years to build Chesapeake Holistic into a multi-practitioner practice offering the most leading-edge, therapeutic modalities in the greater Annapolis area.

With Jen’s holistic wellness and client services experience, and my business background, we were able to deliver the benefits of natural health to a broader spectrum of clients. Jen and I spent a great deal of time researching additional complementary and alternative modalities to support our clients’ health needs as much as possible. We were committed to exploring the exciting world of energy medicine and frequency-based technologies to support the practice and our clients.

We also developed a thriving Corporate Wellness Program to offer small- and medium-sized businesses the ability to provide natural health coaching and wellness education for their employees. Through this program, we launched a group lecture series, individual employee coaching, and natural health consultations and evaluations. The program was, and is, a resounding success, and I’m thrilled to have been a part of its creation and establishment.

My time at Chesapeake Holistic was the most fulfilling, rewarding and personally satisfying work I have ever done. Collaborating with Jennifer, and the amazing team we built, was the privilege of a lifetime and I am forever thankful for the experience.

I’m also grateful for the love and support that Jen offered when I felt it was time for me to move on to new adventures. Our relationship is as strong as ever, but it has evolved. And I’m filled with admiration for what Jennifer and the team have accomplished since I’ve left. Chesapeake Holistic is stronger than ever and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Happy Anniversary!

20th Anniversary – We Remember When: Kat Mahone

By: Kat Mahone, LCPC

I worked at Chesapeake Holistic, as a psychotherapist, from 2007 to 2012. Congratulations as you celebrate 20 years! It’s hard to believe how quickly time passes. I can remember hearing about CH in my circle of friends about 18 years ago; when I was expecting my second child, I had my first Cranial session there! I imagined, even then, that one day I would like to practice with a group that shared a holistic approach to wellness. Fast forward to 2007… a space became available at CH at same time that I was starting my private practice.

In my role as a psychotherapist, I consider it important to honor the whole person. So, when clients have issues during their life journeys, my approach is to meet individuals where they are on their path. Equally important is the style and presence I offer.

Chesapeake Holistic fit that style! I’m grateful for the five years I spent there and the opportunities it provided me to grow my practice with like-minded professionals. It was an honor to see Jennifer develop and specialize as professional, while growing CH into a thriving center. I fondly remember stepping in to the space I first leased, it was Jennifer’s first office in the Center: it was a great, energetic space to occupy.

As my practice grew, I moved into a larger office in the Center. After five years with CH, I moved my practice to West Annapolis, which was a little closer to home and provided me the additional room to continue to grow in my practice.

As I did at CH, I specialize in Imago Relationship Therapy for work with couples, and use my clinical experience in EMDR and EFT to work with migraines and trauma issues. Many clients also like to utilize Alpha Stim for anxiety and other conditions.

I’m grateful I had the opportunity to share your professional space and to grow with Chesapeake Holistic. Many congratulations. Here’s to years of great prosperity to you all, as you continue to grow. Cheers!

20th Anniversary – We Remember When: Marissa Wallie

By: Dr. Marissa Wallie, Chiropractor

My very first chiropractic practice was started right here, at Chesapeake Holistic, in 2001. At the time, it was: Jennifer Salos (nutrition dynamo); Katherine Sale (look who’s back!); Dr. Tania Howard (my chosen mentor); and Carolyn Spinelli (specialized massage). I shared the first two rooms with Dr. Tania; we had one computer, two adjusting tables and two sets of hands! Within 6-8 months, our chiropractic practice grew so much that Tania and I expanded, to another suite in the building where CH is. We continue to refer clients to Jennifer’s team (and vice versa)!

I’ve had the opportunity to grow with Chesapeake Holistic, and not just professionally but personally as well. Our practices grew and so did our families! I was witness to the birth of Summer, I learned about the stars and Mercury in retrograde, I got married and had babies. I have felt warm stones on my back. My heart wall has grown smaller with each session. I eat more healthy fats and love my intestinal flora. I learned about music and tones for healing. I discovered how to “go within” on the vibration table. These experiences and these practitioners have taught me about truly living.

Forward 17 years later, my current practice, Broadneck Chiropractic, now includes Dr. Carrie Dugan and three of the most wonderful people who run the show for us: Karen A., Sigrun, and Lynn L. We are blessed to care for entire families: babies, children, athletes, pregnant moms, fathers, and grandparents. Recently, we were honored to be chosen as the chiropractors for Dr. Carol Phillip’s practice when she moved to Minnesota this past year.

I have always loved this part of the Annapolis area, the neighborhood feel of our practice location, the large windows through which we watch the seasons change every year, the support of our wellness practitioners, and our amazing clients that become family to us.

Much love and continued success to CH!!! Cheers! (Coconut water 🙂 on ice.)

20th Anniversary – We Remember When: Judi Valentine

By: Judi Valentine, PhD, CNA, CNC

I worked at Chesapeake Holistic from 1998 to 2001. Before CH… I launched my nutrition practice from a home office in Annapolis in January 1996. Jennifer Salos was a client and became so interested in science-based natural health strategies that she left her career as a TV producer, and began working for me.

Not long after, things got so busy I rented space from Inner Source in West Annapolis. Jen went with me and pursued a master’s in Holistic Nutrition in the evenings. She transformed our practice: Jen did a remarkable job on the business side, learned the medical side, and, later, with her own post-graduate studies, she became a Certified Nutritional Consultant.

Eventually, we wanted more space and to collaborate with other wellness practitioners. So, in 1998, we partnered with Dr. Tania Howard and Katherine Sale. Together, we found the perfect location of College Parkway—the genesis of the Chesapeake Holistic Health Center. In 2001, I felt perfectly comfortable leaving the Center in Jen’s capable hands. I loved working with Jen, she has a gentle, steady professionalism and devotion to clients I admire. I’ve since watched her take the center from its humble beginnings to a sophisticated, savvy, single stop for women, men and families wanting to live an optimally healthy life.

After leaving CH, I continued to practice holistic nutrition until a move to Maine in 2010 to quasi-retire. A fun post-retirement gig has been working as a nutritional specialist at a mid-coast pharmacy, where I developed a line of private-label supplements for them. My new passion is writing kid’s fiction (age 8-12) and, in March 2017, I published a first novel called The Crystal Chain (http://jvalentinebooks.com) Today I’m working on, The Reluctant Ghost of Brivalle Castle, the first book of a series about an all-girl ghost sleuthing team at a 17th century boarding school in France.

Kudos to you, Jen! I will enjoy seeing even more success and fascinating innovations spring forth from Chesapeake Holistic in the future.

With love,

Judi Valentine, PhD, CNA, CNC
Clinical Nutritional Analyst and Consultant

20th Anniversary – We Remember When: Tania Howard

By: Dr. Tania Howard Pritz, Chiropractor

I worked at Chesapeake Holistic from 1998 to 2001. It was Fall of 1998. I had been practicing chiropractic out of my home office, but with two daughters under the age of two, it was getting increasingly challenging to separate my practice from my personal life. I decided I needed an office space, and proceeded to casually look at the classifieds and spread the word.

I believe it was at the local eatery, “Bagels and….” that I spied an ad for an office for rent at a place called Inner Source. The space didn’t suit my needs, but I remember really liking the young woman – Jennifer Salos! – who showed me around, and who would soon be vacating the space. In a moment of serendipity, I called her back, and asked where she and the woman she worked with (Judith Valentine), would be moving to, and, “Is there any chance you might have an extra room for me??!”

Well, that room and that space turned out to be the current location of Chesapeake Holistic, which at the time, was just a five-minute drive from my home and my girls. I only intended to practice part-time, and wanted to be near home in case the little ones needed me.

At first, it was just Jennifer (who I believe had just finished up her CNC), myself and Dr. Valentine. Our collaboration soon had us bursting out of the walls. When the adjacent suite became available (now the reception area and Jennifer’s office), we quickly jumped on the opportunity to purchase the whole space, which gave us all more room, and allowed us to add new services: acupuncture (with the lovely Katherine Sale) and massage therapy with Carolyn Spinelli.

Our little group was such a happy, healing place! After a few years, my practice was burgeoning and I needed a partner and more space. Additionally, there was another holistic practice that was sniffing around our building, and I wanted to protect our territory. I made the difficult decision to move the chiropractic part of our practice to a vacant suite in the building, and Chesapeake Holistic Health Center, much as you know it today, was born.

My patients continued to benefit from the expertise of the practitioners at CH until my retirement in 2014. Our empty nest lead to wanderlust, and my husband and I decided it was time to sell my practice. We moved to Bethany Beach, DE, and have spent the last few years traveling the globe and visiting Charleston, SC, where both of our girls live. I currently teach yoga and am working on what I want to do when I grow up! Jennifer, Katherine, Cathy and the whole crew at Chesapeake Holistic are very dear to me!

Meet Our Staff: Q&A with Katherine

Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNCLicensed Acupuncturist (in Maryland) and Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (Dipl Ac, NCCAOM).

You have a lot of varied expertise in holistic wellness. In addition to the credentials listed above, I have two Masters degrees, one in Acupuncture and another in Psychiatric Social Work (that’s the MSW credential).

As well, I’m a Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNC), a Certified Advanced BioSET Practitioner (Allergy Desensitization and Immunotherapy), a Biological Decoder (Hamer, German New Medicine), and a Reiki Master.

Explain the services you offer, who these help, and the expected results. Since my return to Chesapeake Holistic in late January 2018, I’m currently offering acupuncture, acu-detoxification, ionic foot detox protocols, and nutritional counseling.

Acupuncture is a system of energy medicine that intensifies your body’s natural ability to heal itself. It promotes balance and harmony (physically, emotionally and mentally) and stimulates and strengthens the immune system. Acupuncture also provides an overall sense of wellbeing that may help you cope more effectively with daily stress, and assist in personal growth and emotional transformation.

I’ve also worked for many years with BioSET allergy desensitization and immunotherapy (I originally introduced BioSET at CH back in 2003!). Currently, I’m exploring the option of capitalizing on my expertise to introduce a food-sensitivity protocol to our list of nutritional counseling services.

What was your first job? Apart from the typical babysitting gig (I’m the oldest of eight kids!), my first real job was as a waitress in a local Horn & Hardart restaurant (where I grew up) at the age of 16. I actually loved it.

Waitressing was the first job for which I depended almost solely on my customers’ tips for income. I learned the value of connecting positively with people, and of being of service to others; and I very quickly had a following of “regulars” who became like family to me!

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? When I was a young teenager, I dreamed of being a surgical nurse. Nursing was definitely on my radar, but the surgical specialization was what I yearned for. However, helping my family financially, right out of high school, precluded that dream.

When I think about it now, I would’ve loved to have been an actual surgeon; but, in those days, that profession was not really an option for women to dream about… but nursing was! So, here I am, years later, inserting thin stainless steel needles into a patient’s acupuncture points to encourage the movement of qi (energy) to support healing… I think it’s an offshoot of that very early dream!

At what job would you be terrible? Data entry. Just the thought of it gives me a headache.

If you could invite three people dead or alive to a dinner party who would they be and why. First, I’d invite Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. Her book On Death and Dying helped me tremendously to deal with my father’s dying process. Later on, I was fortunate enough to attend her Life, Death and Transition (LDT) week-long retreat and to meet her personally. She was a key inspiration in guiding me toward my working in pediatric oncology and hospice. I would love an opportunity to spend private time with this amazing woman!

The second person I’d invite would be Ram Dass (Richard Alpert, PhD). I was introduced to this incredible teacher at a Spirit of Service retreat at the Omega Institute. I was deeply touched not only by his lectures (on mindfulness, the path of the heart and service to humanity), but also by his very peaceful presence.

Ram Dass exemplifies, to me, someone who has maintained his own truth and integrity and walks the talk. Interestingly enough, he also once attended Dr. Kubler-Ross’s LDT retreat! Having the two of them at the same party would be absolutely fascinating.

The third guest I’d like to include at a dinner party would be the late author Jerry Hicks. Although his wife, Esther, is the one who brings through the “Abraham” work (of group consciousness), Jerry was a truth-seeker after my own heart! It was his desire for answers to the deep philosophical questions of life (and afterlife!) that Abraham initially came through to answer, and the rest is history. I’m sure adding Jerry to the mix would make it an enjoyably heady evening for all!

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would be. If I were able, ice dancing would be my choice. I love to watch this particular event during the Olympics. It’s a wonderful mix of athletic ability, artistic interpretation, and entrained precision and symmetry, all set to music.

What’s your hidden talent? It’s actually not so hidden… I’m a psychological astrologer. Through an interpretation of the natal (birth) chart and current transits (planetary movements relative to position of the planets at the time of your birth), I help people understand that the difficulties they’re encountering are related to particular life cycles – and that these cycles are actually designed to encourage psychological and spiritual growth.

Resistance to necessary life changes is what’s often at the root cause of physical, mental and emotional pain and turmoil. Many psychotherapists are astrologers, since the natal chart reflects the psychological blueprint positively and negatively (influencing unconscious choices and decisions).

Where do you most hope to visit? I love to travel and have lived in Japan and Italy. Within the past year, I’ve visited Ireland, the Caribbean (an Abraham cruise!!!), Cancun (Chichen Itza), and New Orleans. I have a very long bucket list of more cultures I’d love to experience, particularly (most immediately) ancient sites in Mexico, Central and South America. Learning Spanish is in tandem with this list!

Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, and an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider. She offers Acupuncture, Acupuncture Detox and Ionic Foot Detox at Chesapeake Holistic.

Lighter Living: 20 Reasons Why We Love Chesapeake Holistic

By: Chesapeake Holistic Staff

Over the years (20, count ‘em) our loyal clients have sent us some wonderful testimonials about their experiences with our practitioners.

For our anniversary, we asked clients to share their favorite CH memories, so we could spread ‘the love’ with our Wellness Is Worth It readers. There are some great success stories and lots of inspiration!

Hope you enjoy reading these as much as we did.

1) “I have many favorite Chesapeake Holistic memories. The first is when my daughter, Amanda, starting going to Jennifer for chronic Lyme. We had been to a ton of doctors and she wasn’t getting any better. It was so nice to finally meet someone who understood what she was going through and more importantly how to help. I saw how my daughter was starting to feel better and it inspired me to start working on myself. I’ve had nothing but great experiences with so many of the people that work there. Jill and Patty always are so helpful and kind when you have questions, need to make appointments or fill supplement orders. Jennifer, Carrie, Kyle, Cathy, Lisa, and Glynda all have been so kind and treat you like family. Love this place!” – Pam O.

2) “I can’t believe it has been so long that Chesapeake Holistic has been working wonders for me and my family. I first came to Katherine on recommendation of friend for acupuncture. She was just learning about allergy elimination and had not done the Bioset yet. I got to know her and Jennifer well, as they continued to work their magic over the years. And as people were added to the staff, they have all given of their healing talent. Jennifer was the only one to find the Lyme disease and helped me to rid my body of it all in the most natural ways. Congratulations to all of you and thanks for being you!” – Viki K.

3) “No favorite specific memory. Just glad I finally started coming to Chesapeake Holistic last September. Feeling better!” – Serena B.

4) “My favorite memory of Chesapeake Holistic was when my young son, Joey, used to get so excited about selecting what video to watch (usually Thomas the Tank Engine) during his session with Jennifer. Not so favorite memory… is when he tried to do gymnastics in her office, which was then full of glass cabinets. LOL!! Yes, those were the days. Jennifer, thank you ever so much for all of your patience and heartfelt advice. You are truly one of a kind and a genuine gift to my family.” – Michele M.

5) “I’ve personally benefited from a variety of services at CHH, but my favorite memory is about my dog named Spirit. She was diagnosed with cancer and given 6 months to live. Thanks to Ondamed treatments, we got 16, yes 16, months and she was here to enjoy the arrival of a new puppy that she helped train. I am forever grateful for the extra time together. Thank you.” – Pat K.

6) “After my first appointment at Chesapeake Holistic, I left with so much hope! I came to Carol feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and unhealthy. She gave me the tools I needed to start my journey to feeling like myself again!” – Alyson O.

7) I’ve been a client since August 2008. Chesapeake Holistic has wonderful services, a caring, knowledgeable staff and a fabulous office! I really like their holistic approach: I don’t want to go the medication route with my health concerns. Jennifer saved me from the horrors of what can happen when Lyme Disease goes undetected. I’ve also enjoyed: Emotion Code with Cathy, massage with Glynda, and meditation and visualization with Lisa – as well as several sessions of Ionic Foot Detox!” – Lori C.

8) “I first started seeing Jennifer in May of 2018 with my fiancé Jim W… I was a mess after losing my mother and husband within 6 months of each other, and then my 33 year-old son was diagnosed with cancer 5 months ago. I was eating and drinking alcohol excessively and became very unhealthy… within 3 months of my first visit with Jennifer, and following her supplements and eating plan, I am down 30lbs and I’m off 3 different RX medications. My energy is through the roof and I have never felt better! I thank Jennifer for saving my life and Jim for introducing me to her. Thank you! – Terry M.

9) “My favorite CH memories: finding my favorite massage therapist, Glynda, had moved to Chesapeake Holistic and visiting her there for the first time (and many times since)… my first time meeting acupuncturist Katherine and all of our work since then… trying Ondamed with Cathy… incredible results from physical therapy with Kyle… the experience of Craniosacral Therapy with Lisa, which I can’t wait to repeat… and learning so much from the awesome Carol about holistic nutrition and health!” – Laura R.

10) “A big shout-out and congratulations on 20 years you guys that’s awesome way to go everyone and love to Jennifer!” – Lee S.

11) “I’m happy Chesapeake Holistic with its wonderful practitioners and staff is in my life. I’ve enjoyed each and every interaction and look forward to the next one.” – Jen L.

12) “Glynda was absolutely wonderful with my teenage son. His neck was so stiff when we arrived at CHHC that he couldn’t move it. When we left he was relaxed and could move his neck again. Glynda is great with kids! They feel so comfortable with her and I trust her completely.” – Kristi S.

13) “I remember having my bloodwork redone by my primary after my first six months of working with Jennifer. My Vitamin D doubled from 13 to 26 (something unattained by PCP in 5 years of treatment) and my CRP went from an insane level of 23.1 down to 1.42. All of my other blood markers, such as cholesterol, improved as well; but, those Vitamin D and CRP levels alone were significant. I could not contain my excitement when I arrived for my appointment: I was jumping up and down with Cathy in the lobby and Jennifer was smiling. I knew I was finally on the right road to achieving optimal health and wellness!” – Donna C.

14) Came in to see Glynda tight and sore; left feeling loose and almost pain free- so good for my whole soul. Thank you.” – Jane S.

15) “We’ve been clients since 2008. As new health challenges arise, Chesapeake Holistic is always there to provide sound nutrition advice and lifestyle tweaks to keep us in tip-top shape.” – Sara P.

16) “I have been going to Jennifer Salos since 2011, and she has helped me in so many ways. Jennifer is very knowledgeable, resourceful and a pleasure to be around. She makes you feel like you are her only client, and you have her undivided attention, even though she is very busy. She has personally gotten me through many health issues in the last 7 years.

In 2016 my husband was very sick, and he went to multiple doctors who could not determine what the problem was. Jennifer helped him get through his illness, and he is now healthy. We are both regular clients and feel so much healthier and feel very fortunate to have found Jennifer and Chesapeake Holistic Health Center.

Last, but not least, Jill (who keeps everything together for CHHC) is wonderful to deal with!! She is always perky and willing to help get you what you need, whether it is a supplement, appointment or just a question… she gets an answer for you!!” – Joanne F.

17) “Highly recommend incredibly professional and educated staff patients are sure to get results as the team doesn’t stop until they help you figure things out.” – Lee M.

18) “Each appointment is a great experience. I feel so much better since my diet and mental health has changed for the better. Thanks for changing my life!” – Barbara S.

19) “I started seeing Jennifer many, many years ago. She has always helped me tremendously. My favorite memory was having my healthy husband scheduled for his first session with her, BEFORE he even knew he had cancer or had any symptoms. The appointment was prescheduled for October. In September, my healthy husband’s health declined rapidly and he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His previously scheduled first appointment was the day after his first chemo appointment. Jennifer immediately put him on an anti-cancer protocol to supplement his body while he went through cancer treatment. He did so well and was cancer free in April. She was so supportive to both of us and he is one of her biggest fans. Lol. Thank you Jennifer.” – Roberta W.

20) “I can’t name a favorite memory… they’re all great! Every service I’ve tried the past several years has been amazing! I walk in and the stress instantly falls away. After Emotion Code and Craniosacral sessions, I feel so relaxed and so much ‘lighter’… Facials are heavenly and the hot stones, wow. Acupuncture and Foot Detox make me feel so cleansed and balanced. I’m hooked. Thanks Chesapeake Holistic; your staff is really talented and so nurturing… I almost feel like one of the family. Here’s to another 20 years!” – Kelly R.

Lighter Living: 20 Things You May Not Know About Us

By: Chesapeake Holistic Staff

As part of our 20th anniversary, we thought we’d share some lesser-known facts about Chesapeake Holistic…including some insider info!

1. After-hours appointments. We offer Saturday and weekday evening sessions by appointment for: Massages, Facials, Nutritional Counseling, Acupuncture, Ionic Foot Detox, ONDAMED, and Craniosacral Therapy services.

2. Remote sessions. For additional convenience, we also offer remote sessions for Nutritional Counseling (with Zyto Scan) and The Emotion Code. Remote sessions mean you can enjoy the benefits of an in-office appointment, but from the comfort of your home.

3. Online booking. We launched online booking on August 2! Lisa is the first practitioner to offer online booking. Her services include: Integrative Craniosacral and Unwinding (Myofascial Release), as well as Chakra Balancing. Click here, to set up your Chesapeake Holistic profile and book sessions with Lisa.

4. Services for children. All of our practitioners have protocols for young clients. Kids and young adults benefit from ONDAMED, The Emotion Code, The Body Code, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Work, Acupuncture, Foot Detox, and Functional Health and Nutrition Counseling. We also offer Teen Facials and Massages.

5. Services and products for pets. We can assess your cat or dog’s health by her/his hair!! And, we’ll create a tailored nutrition plan, similar to how we help so many people along their wellness journey. The natural pet products we carry include supplements for: immune, GI and joint support, Omegas, allergy relief, and more.

6. New services. Last year, we began offering Massage, Facials, and Ionic Foot Detox. Now, we’re introducing The Body Code. Cathy is a certified Body Code practitioner! Haven’t heard about The Body Code yet? (The Emotion Code is actually part of the more comprehensive Body Code protocol.)

The Body Code combines two important elements: the modern technology of therapeutic magnets and the ancient principles of Chinese Medicine. The Body Code (like The Emotion Code) releases trapped emotions, but it also identifies and alleviates a wide range of imbalances in: energy, circuitry, toxicity, pathogens, body structure (bones, tissues, organs), and nutrition. Because it is a more involved approach, The Body Code is offered for in-person sessions (it’s not a remote service).

7. Reimbursable service. Acupuncture is reimbursed by many insurance companies and qualifies for most FSA/HSA reimbursement. We provide a “super bill” for clients to submit to their insurance and medical savings programs.

8. Package deals. We have package deals for most of our services. For pricing, go to our website’s Services section. Regular package pricing is listed at the bottom of each service’s page. As a newsletter subscriber, you probably already know our practitioners also occasionally offer additional specials/package deals.

9. Sprout snacks and meals-to-go. Chesapeake Holistic is an order pickup location for meals purchased at eatsprout.com. We have two pickup dates per week: Tuesdays and Fridays. Did you know we also have snacks and select meals on hand to purchase?

10. Corporate Wellness programs. Our practitioners are available to create tailored, affordable wellness programs for your workplace! Your HR department may be very interested in providing work-life-health balance programming as a benefit for employees. We can even provide mini-massages at your office. Call Jill at 410.349.9043 for info and a proposal to meet your organization’s needs.

11. Referral program. For each new client you refer to us, you’ll receive a $25 credit to your account (after the new client completes their appointment).

12. Gift certificates. You may purchase gift certificates for friends, family and coworker in any dollar amount. Just stop by or call.

13. Specialty chocolates. We carry a range of yummy, organic chocolates and we brought back the Coconut Butter Cups! It’s the perfect anytime treat and a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

14. Handmade gifts. We have a nice variety of handcrafted items from local artisans that you won’t find elsewhere, including jewelry, pendulums and other specialty gifts.

15.  Renovated office. Earlier this year, we renovated our office and session rooms – clients are raving about the new décor and relaxing, rejuvenating vibe. Please, stop by to see our new look even if you don’t have an appointment!

16. Online store. We’ve been working hard to build a new and improved online store that will be part of our website. Stay tuned for updates.

17. Quality supplements. We carry more than 50 brands of high-grade supplements. So you know, Jennifer does extensive research and vetting of each supplement we carry; she has even visited many of the facilities and has met with the science teams.

18. Natural gift items. Where do we ‘source’ the all-natural items we carry? For one thing, we go to the Natural Products Expo every September. We’re always investigating the latest and greatest foods, supplements, personal care items, jewelry, and home products to bring back to our store for you.

19. Free tea. We have a wonderful Organic Tea selection and we switch up the flavor selections frequently. Come in a have a cup, and hang out for a while… even if you don’t have an appointment! If you like it, we also have teas available for purchase.

20. Classes at our office. We’ll be resuming having in-person classes in the near future! Drop us a line, via email (info@chesapeakeholistic.com) or on Facebook, to let us know what classes you’d like us to offer.

Lighter Living: Tips to Manage Back-to-School Stress

Prepping for success and dodging the stress!

By: Lisa Manning, CST, CHt

As we roll into the last weeks of summer break, thoughts are turning to the school year. And our anxiety levels naturally rise.

With planning, however, you can help your family to navigate the stress by providing behind-the-scenes support.

Why is going back to school so stressful? This time of year doesn’t only signal a change of activities, but also an important milestone for kids in growth and maturity.

A new grade level brings new opportunities and challenges, and oh so many unknowns. ‘Exciting Change’ seems to hold hands with its less-welcome buddy ‘Fear of the Unknown’ during transitions. One seems to go with the other.

Each year, as kids approach this important process, they must surrender their unstructured time, and carefree habits, to accept a whole new set of expectations and responsibilities.

Putting some healthy practices in place will reinforce ‘home’ as supportive place (during the back to school emotional roller coaster) and help your kids to develop healthy-coping resources.

Tips for Managing Back to School Stress

The following strategies can help create structure and support as the family navigates this flurry of activity and expectations. And, it’s not just for the kids! These are tools all of us can use to stay centered and peaceful through challenging times.

•  Allow time to transition between activities. Feeling rushed – such as grabbing breakfast and bolting out the door to get to the bus, to school, to work… on time – starts the day off on a stressful note. Build in a 5-10 minute buffer between each step within morning and evening routines.

•  Create an open space to share. Something Happy, Something Sad (angry, challenging, frustrating) is an excellent activity to incorporate into a daily meal time. Go around the table and have each person share one positive and one negative experience from their day. Doing so will help your kids learn how to reflect on and share their feelings.

•  Acknowledge their stress. “You’ll be fine, don’t worry” is not the most helpful bit of advice. “I see that you’re worried and I know how uncomfortable that feels” validates children’s emotions and lets them know you care.

•  Honor their individuality. I feel the most powerful support parents can offer is to recognize their kids’ strengths, as well as weaknesses. See and embrace the beauty of all of it.

If handled with mindfulness, helping your family manage back to school stress can also give your children lifelong tools for navigating difficult times. We don’t grow out of comfort and ease but through overcoming challenge!

May this school year begin and unfold exactly as you need it to! And wishing you all peace on the path.

Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.