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Lisa Alvarez, MSOM, LAc, Co-Owner of Healing Foundations

Lisa has been a licensed and board certified acupuncturist since 2007. She earned her master’s degree in Oriental medicine at the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, graduating with honors, and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Beloit College. Lisa’s approach to health and wellness follows the holistic tradition of Oriental medicine and focuses on balancing the body, mind and spirit. She continues to study advanced acupuncture techniques and other healing modalities to offer her clients additional healing support.

Jyl Bonaguro, Founder of CALM Natural Skincare & Makeup
Jyl is a multi-media artist, world traveler, volunteer and skincare afficionado obsessed with beauty from the inside out. CALM, Care Art Love Maintain, reflects her life as an artist. After practicing techniques like making paint by hand, it made sense to create a skincare line that emphasized mix it yourself natural ingredients and eco-friendly refills. She wanted to get away from endless plastic containers and the heavy use of preservatives by creating natural skincare, bath/body and makeup that offered refills and preservative free powder based products at a price that an average person could afford.

In her free time, Jyl works with Street Level Youth Media of Chicago to bring arts education to at risk youth and volunteers at a variety of events. Ultimately, Jyl believes in a holistic approach to beauty – Healthy Lifestyle choices and Healthy Skincare choices allow your skin to glow.

Rebecca Christy Gemperle, MSOM, LAc, Co-Owner of Healing Foundations
Rebecca has been a license-board certified acupuncturist since 2007. She earned her master’s degree in Oriental medicine, graduating with honors, and her bachelor’s degree in nutrition at the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. She also earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in public policy. She has also completed advanced training in acupuncture in Beijing, China, and served as a volunteer acupuncturist through the Bumi Sehat Birthing Center in Bali, Indonesia. Additionally, Rebecca also volunteers with a non-profit organization called Mindful Medicine Worldwide, which helps run clinics in Nepal.

Rebecca not only loves forming unique bonds with her patients at Healing Foundations but she also enjoys bonding with Mason, her adorable dog. (Aka “Mace” for his protective nature.) Cooking and wine top her list of interests however she claims to be of amateur status when it comes to both. Rebecca is also passionate about design with Dwell magazine being her favorite guilty pleasure.

Daniela Kosta, Makeup Artist & Esthetician
Daniela Kosta is an eco friendly make up artist, estetician, stylist and a green expert in Chicago. ”I’m passionate about organic products and truly believe in the positive health benefits associated with chemical free beauty regimen”, shares Daniela, who also has a strong personal history in how to live a chemical free life style.

As a Make-up Artist and stylist with a background in fashion, bridal, upscale spas and salons, ” I am conscious of the quality and integrity of a product. I choose only products that I feel stand up to the demands of all day wear while looking good both on the face and on camera.”

Daniela is a licensed cosmetologist, further trained by veteran make up artist Mary Swab in Chicago and has been working exclusively with CALM since 2012. Among her major achievements are working with Allure Magazine, Red Book Magazine, assisted the celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa and she is a 2 times winner in avant garde hair and make up competitions.

Mishella Gosheva, Makeup Artist
After completing her first makeup training abroad, Bulgarian native Mishella expanded her passion to Windy City Chicago. As a true artist, Mishella believes make up can express emotions and imaginations and accentuate grace and soul. Her practice is diverse and unique- from special occasions, brides and weddings to simple every day pampering and private photo shoots. Her eye for detail guarantees every eyelash to be in place as Mishella is a true perfectionist. She is known for her natural, clean and dewy finish, although she is fearless when it comes to edgy, high fashion looks.

Sonya Wilburn, Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist
Sonya’s love for makeup and hair led her to the fashion and bridal world. As a born artist, she enjoys displaying her talents to accentuate her clients natural beauty whether it be for a runway look or your wedding day. Sonya believes in always improving her skills through continuous training and education. As a life learner, her artistry is heavily influenced by her love and experience in the fashion industry and beyond.

Lynda & Heather Piatt, Social Media Assistants
Lynda and Heather are twin sisters from Des Moines Iowa and graduates of Northwestern College, IA. Heather graduated with a Theatre Major and enjoys lighting design as well as acting, while Lynda graduated with an Art Major and loves working with ink, charcoal, and pencil mediums in her recent work. They also both studied Art and Theatre in London, England and love dance. They are currently studying at Intrigue Dance and Performing Arts, while serving internships with CALM Skincare. They are so excited to be part of the CALM team while learning more about Eco friendly makeup, fashion shows and the bridal industry!