What is a Holistic Health Model?

Holistic Health is an approach to life that considers multidimensional aspects of
wellness. It encourages individuals to recognize and address the whole person:
physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Each person is an active participant in the health and healing process, including wellness-oriented lifestyle choices. There are many approaches that have been cultivated over different disciplines to include medical systems, counseling, mind-body-spirit interventions, manipulative, and body-based approaches.

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Each person that engages with Corazon participates in an assessment and collaborates in the development of an individualized treatment plan. Corazon practitioners work as a team on your behalf to help you develop the skills and knowledge to be successful in improving your overall health. Most of the remedies are used in conjunction with one another and may include but are not limited to; food as medicine, herbs, teas, art, movement, massage, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), structural muscular (musculoskeletal) work, mindfulness, and Yoga. Referrals may also be made to our community partners for chiropractic work, medical interventions and other commentary and alternative medicines (CAM).

Staff Bios

Melanie Peebles

Melanie A. Peebles graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 with a degree as an education specialist focusing on marriage and family therapy and is currently a Licensed Addictions Counselor in the state of South Carolina. Melanie has specialized in working with trauma survivors for over a decade and is trained in trauma informed care, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Melanie has worked with trauma survivors individually, in their family units, and in group therapy. Melanie honors every client’s journey with safety and empathy. Melanie’s 16 years of clinical experience makes her well equipped to support your path forward.

The Holistic health approach is not new to Melanie. Even before understanding this approach Melanie understood the value in her own life. Understanding how her body is connected to her feelings and practicing yoga have been a journey of hers since the age of 13 when she read about yoga in a magazine and began to practice. Now as an adult Melanie has a personal understanding of how our bodies tell us how to care for
ourselves with movement, nutrition, and mindfulness.

Melinda Geisler

Melinda Geisler is a registered dietitian with over 20 years experience in clinical dietetics. She obtained a BS degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University and completed her supervised practice with Augusta Area Dietetic Internship. Melinda has experience with diabetes, kidney disease, oncology, gastrointestinal conditions, and heart disease as they pertain to diet. Instead of a "diet" approach to nutrition, she focuses on gradual, sustainable lifestyle changes. She realizes that one size fits all is not an effective approach to nutrition.

Melinda's understanding that nutrition is affected by a person's physical and mental health has led her to Corazon Holistic Health. She enjoys making a personal connection with her clients in the unique way that holistic treatment provides.

Clare Ellinger

Clare E. Ellinger is an E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor and certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor through the School of Positive Transformation. Clare is also a Graduate of the Duke IM Integrative Heath Coach Professional Training Program and is deeply passionate about helping others to heal from a variety of physical, mental, or emotional obstacles in an integrative and holistic approach. Clare has always found joy and healing through movement. This led her to become an NASM certified personal trainer, certified Pilate's instructor, and ABT certified ballet instructor. Clare incorporates elements of those training into her sessions to formulate creative and highly personalized practices to best meet the individuals' abilities, needs, and desires.

Clare discovered yoga and meditation in a difficult season of her life where she was facing heavy grief, unexpected health challenges, and debilitating anxiety. Yoga and meditation became a safe space for her to begin processing, healing, and eventually to find clarity and purpose. Through the ancient wisdom of these practices, she gained tools that cured the panic attacks and helped her overcome seemingly impossible health obstacles and feel good again. Clare is passionate about empowering people as they face their own challenges and is honored to assist them in awakening resilient and powerful tools that will carry them through all seasons of life. She loves to spend her free time going on adventures in nature with her family and meditating with her cat Stella. Clare cares deeply about everyone she has the gift of interacting with and will compassionately guide them in a way that will allow them to feel safe, accepted, and supported as they heal and expand.

Tarja Bennett-Williams

Tarja is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of South Carolina. For the last 26 years, Tarja has been practicing a neuromuscular style of massage that works with stress and trauma patterns held in the body called Structural Muscular Balancing. She uses various techniques including positional, myofascial release and pressure points to release tension and address chronic pain or postural muscle issues that may be
interfering with an individual's ease of comfort or movement. Tarja combines this modality with muscle testing to individualize your massage experience.

Tarja’s 35+ year education in movement studies, bodywork and Mindbody studies has led her to Corazon to be a part of our journey to treat the whole person and to create and promote self-awareness, balance, and ease in your body. Regardless of where you are on this journey, Tarja will support your efforts through a variety of massage techniques tailored to your unique goals and needs.

Kimberly Kocak

Kimberly L. Kocak is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of South Carolina. Kim is the founder and creator of the Corazon Holistic Health Model, a vision 10 years in the making. Kim took her own journey to understand self-care, nutrition, mind-body connection, which led her to create the Corazon Holistic Health model. Her love for her family and community is the spark and devotion that motivates her life.

Kim’s community service experiences include 6 years as a volunteer at CASA, while simultaneously being the founder and the chair for The Northwoods Foundation for 4 years. She has spent much time volunteering for her community through Habitat for Humanity, Driven, The Columbus Foundation, and many others. Kim is also a certified Patient Navigator, which laid a foundation for understanding the need to simplify complex health systems.

Kim has taken her lifetime of experiences and skills and created a model that addresses the interconnected complexities of health for each person. Kim’s understanding of the importance of nutrition, mind-body connection, emotional healing, mental health, navigating complex systems and self-care have culminated in the Corazon Holistic Health model.