About the Practitioner
Cynthia Williams is a wife, a mom of two, and a business owner. She is the owner of Holistic Integrative Wellness Centre (HIWC). HIWC, which was established in 2013, is a wellness center offering acupuncture, massage, yoga, functional medicine, IV nutrient therapy, herbs/supplements, and many other holistic healthcare modalities.
Cynthia is an Illinois licensed Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) with board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). She holds her Master of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 11 years. Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing was obtained from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cynthia is also a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) in the state of Illinois and an herbalist. She obtained her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.
With 19 years of healthcare experience, her desire to help others grows with each passing year. To get a head start on her career, she began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), while still in high school. She worked as a CNA for 7 years until she became an RN. While working as an RN, Cynthia began to gain interest in Oriental Medicine, after becoming aware of the growing need for alternative healthcare options.
As the owner of Holistic Integrative Wellness Centre, Cynthia is able to provide a continuity of care for her clients by being both the Eastern practitioner and the Western practitioner. Most importantly, she is able to provide quality, preventative care. She strives to offer the highest level of care and competence for her clients. She believes that combining Eastern and Western medicine gives her the ability to incorporate holistic and intuitive thinking with critical thinking, which allows for a deeper level of understanding about what the client is experiencing.
She holds board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is an active member of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), the Greater Illinois Black Nurses Association (GIBNA), the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN), and the Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). Cynthia is also a regular volunteer with Be The Match, the Bone Marrow registry.
Tunisia Macklin, is a Massage Therapist, Doula, Placenta Encapsulator, Wife, and Mother.
As a professional Massage Therapist for the last 13 years, I have worked with over 300 women during their pregnancy, from Massage to instructing parents in infant massage. As a Doula, I have assisted mothers during home births, water births, and hospital births. I worked as their Doula in many capacities, from laboring advice, pregnancy tips, comfort measures delivery techniques, breastfeeding support, navigating the birthing system and postpartum care. I found my dream career in massage and have realized that my dream doesn’t stop with massage it also begins as a Doula and placenta encapsulation.
Talonda Davis is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She received her Clinical Massage Therapy diploma from the Soma Institute- National School of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago, Illinois. In this highly acclaimed program, she gained practical experience and hands-on massage training techniques which prepared her to perform Deep Tissue, Hydrotherapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy. She’s an insured member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the most trusted and respected name in massage therapy.
“Massage Therapy has become my passion and zeal in life. I have always had the heart to serve others and assist those who may be ill and recovering from an infirmity. It is a joy that I can provide clients with massages, by using natural methods to eliminate pain, offer muscle relief treatment, promote relaxation, and reduce stress. As the therapist, I educate clients on the benefits of massage and the importance of complete health and well-being. I’m grateful to God, through Him, I’m living life abundantly with purpose!”
I have been in practice in the holistic wellness world for a number of years. I am a practitioner of Traditional Thai yoga massage, yoga instructor, and community advocate. I incorporate Ayurvedic practices, YOGA, classical wellness assessment, wisdom coaching, mental and emotional therapies, nutritional counseling, herbology, meditation, EyE health and hug therapy among other holistic natural approaches to improved overall health and Wellness.
I teach private, group, corporate sessions. As well as daycares, schools and universities and themed Yoga parties for your friends, families, and clients.
I am extremely excited to be working alongside Holistic Integrative Wellness Centre. A Centre dedicated to providing the total package needed in order to achieve your complete wellness needs. Your Wellness is Life and where there’s a W.I.L. there’s a way.
Samantha Mercado, CLC
Samantha is a DONA trained Doula providing emotional and physical support before, during and after childbirth. As a Certified Lactation Counselor, she can provide education and support before and after birth to help anyone achieve their specific breastfeeding goals. As a trained Calm Birth Meditation teacher, Samantha will ensure you have all the tools you need for the birth you choose and deserve. Samantha is also the receptionist for Holistic Integrative Wellness Centre.
Mónica Casanova (Coco Shakti)
Mónica is 200hr Ayurvedic Hatha Yoga teacher, Panchakarma Technician and Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Mónica is a classically trained dancer, fire dancer and flow artist. She loves infusing principles from different trainings in her classes to create a fluid and expressive experience as an offering for all.
As a dancer, Mónica finds movement to be a very potent medicine that serves as a portal to awakening the innate healer within us ALL. Her Ayurvedic training has taught her to view the world through the lens of its inherent elemental qualities.
The rigor of classical dance training lead her to the doors of Yoga, from which she found the physical healing that allows divine source to channel through her to be of service for humanity. Mónica’s deepest wishes in this lifetime, is to share with all the inner transformation and profound connectivity that can experienced through these divine ancient teachings.
Zina Turner is a certified Integrative Nutrition health coach, yoga instructor, and wellness
advocate. She helps clients achieve their wellness goals, including hormone balance, increased energy, weight loss, stress management, and more. She helps clients remove the roadblocks and facilitate a mindset and behavior change strategies that allow them to live a healthy balanced lifestyle. She holds dual Master’s degrees in Education and Leadership and over 15 years in the fields of teaching, learning, whole foods, and personal coaching. Her certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is at the forefront of holistic nutrition education, including a wide variety of dietary theories-from Eastern to Western, ancient to modern and everything in between.
She leads corporate wellness seminars in the Chicago metropolitan area, for busy execs. She leads full immersion, destination health retreats, allowing clients to maximize benefits and jump-start results. She offers private and group yoga instruction and lifestyle coaching, including self-care, mediation, and sleep strategies. She has created a series of interactive workshops, including food demos, to help clients feel their best through simple nutrition and lifestyle shifts.