“I’m not your typical dietitian. Consider me your new favorite non-diet dietitian who listens to your individual needs and concerns, who supports you as you create a new, positive relationship with food, and who may even give you a piece of chocolate to savor and enjoy..”

~Kara Hoerr

Welcome to The Collective: Kara Hoerr Nutrition!

If you are looking for someone authentic, kind, helpful, and knowledgeable to partner with you to re-vamp your eating habits, you have found her! Kara’s approach is grounded in reality- the reality that there are a lot of delicious foods out there for us to enjoy and maybe not all of them are the healthiest of choices, but that doesn’t mean we can find balance.

In fact, that is her goal is to help you enjoy food again- no shame, no guilt, no judgement- just assistance with creating a realistic and approachable plan that works specifically for you and brings back a love and enjoyment of eating and nourishing yourself and your family.

Kara offers healthy lifestyle nutrition coaching, family and childhood nutrition coaching, and nutrition consulting services as well as helpful specialty programs including a refrigerator reset, nutrition store tours, and in-home family cooking experiences.

You can find out more about her professional background, personality, approach, and her customized programs on her website at Kara Hoerr Nutrition (I have outlined the process of working with her below), follow her on Instagram, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter at the bottom of her home page!

Step 1: Free 30 minute call to connect.

Start with a complimentary 30-minute discovery call with Kara!  There is no commitment to any package or program with the call. During the call, you will have an opportunity to talk to her about your challenges and goals, and she will share with you how she can help turn those goals into a lifelong reality.

Step 2: Initial session.

This is the kick off! During this first session, you will meet either in person or virtually through a secure video chat. Kara will do a full nutrition and health assessment to really get to know where you’re at – whether that’s individually or as a family. From there, you will talk through realistic goals that will get you started to a healthier lifestyle.

Step 3: Between visit support.

Behaviors and habits don’t change overnight, and Kara understands this. That’s why packages include 30-minute follow-up coaching sessions to touch base and hear about your successes and challenges. In between sessions, you’ll have unlimited between visit support with real time advice and encouragement – you’ll literally have access to a nutrition expert right at your fingertips!

Just a few reasons to schedule a call with Kara…

In the words of clients who love and adore her and appreciate how she has helped them. You can read more testimonials on Kara’s website.

“As a busy professional middle-aged woman, I found it time to learn more about eating healthy while on the go. Kara was an excellent resource with a creative and collaborative approach to my unique needs, no cookie cutter approach. I am meeting my goals of eating on the go, not starving myself, and watching my health improve.” ~ Jill

“I reached out to Kara to improve energy levels during athletic training. During our first session together, she clearly explained the weak and strong points of my diet and gave me some advice for simple but impactful changes. After 3 weeks of making these changes, I definitely have more energy while training, get fatigued less quickly, and in general feel less tired throughout the week. I’m very happy I decided to work with Kara and can’t wait to share my future sports achievements with her.” ~ Diego

Thank you to Kara Hoerr Nutrition for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to her for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





“Chinese medicine offers another way of understanding our bodies and our lives. In this medicine, we look at everything in context and every part is interdependent within the whole. This perspective is helpful in understanding the interplay of diet, exercise, stress, the environment, and our relationships on our well-being. Well-being is achieved, then, not by fighting against a disease but by cultivating harmony in our lives.”

~Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine

Welcome to The Collective: Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine!

Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine is located on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, MN and comprised of five fabulous providers- Susan Gillette, Denise Lewis, Jessica French, Lawrence Waechter, and Jennifer Labelstra. Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine offers a full array of Chinese medicine therapies including: acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping, dietary therapy, and tui na (Chinese medical massage). Their practitioners have diverse experience and specialties, treating a full range of conditions as well as promoting overall health and wellness, including a Reiki master to provide healing through energy work. You can follow them on  Facebook @crocushillclinic.

If you have never tried acupuncture, read on to find out more about this ancient practice and what to expect at an appointment with Crocus Hill.  To make an appointment or ask further questions, you can contact them at contact@crocushillacupuncture.com or call 651-227-6865.

How does acupuncture work?

Special needles are inserted at certain points on the body to stimulate energy, or Qi, along pathways called meridians. The meridians are linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. The needles, which are pre-sterilized and disposable, are extremely thin and cause little or no pain when inserted.

What is Qi?

Qi (pronounced “chee”) is energy in the very broadest sense. It is part of everything you are doing right at this moment: reading, thinking, moving your hand, drinking your tea, listening to your heart beating. It is also the material aspects of all that you have in front of you: your computer, your tea, your feet.

Chinese medicine seeks to restore and maintain health by balancing Qi, the vital energy of life, in order to promote the body’s natural ability to heal itself. When Qi is balanced and flowing, that is, in harmony with the internal and external environment, the body is in good health. Symptoms of illness occur when the energy is either obstructed, deficient, or in any way out of balance.

What is Food Therapy?

One of the most important aspects of Chinese medicine is food. It is what we do for (and to ourselves) any number of times each day and which has an enormous impact on our well-being. This is why an ancient master said ‘Treat with food first. What you can’t heal with food, use acupuncture and herbs.”

This medicine has a way of understanding food that is related to its energy, its Qi. We will give you advice based on the pattern of your body and on the food that is most appropriate to support you, tailoring our suggestions to what you can and want to achieve in your health. We’ll ease you into changes that you can make. We’ll also help you think or rethink how to eat—with mindfulness. As Seneca said, “We kill ourselves daily with knives and forks.”

What is a Medicinal Herbal Foot Soak?

“When a tree dies, it is the roots that die first. When a person ages, it is the feet that age first.” ~ Ancient Chinese proverb

We eagerly look to our devices to see how many steps we’ve taken, but do we take care of the feet that take those steps? Our feet carry the weight of our bodies some 1,500 times for every mile we walk. Each foot contains over 7,000 nerve endings, 107 ligaments, nineteen muscles and twenty-six bones (one fourth of all the bones in the body). For many people, feet are a low priority when it comes to the care and attention we give our bodies. And yet, they are our connection to the Earth.  They are our foundation.  All it takes is an irritation on the tiniest toe to give discomfort to our total being.

The herbs are heated in water that you then soak your feet in for 20-30minutes daily.  The warmth activates the herbs to increase blood circulation in your feet and up your legs.  The herbs in the formula also help to eliminate dampness and phlegm.

So if you have been suffering from cold feet, neuropathy, arthritic pain or any of many foot conditions, regular foot soak therapy will reduce these problems.  Because the feet have so many nerves and connections to the rest of the body, regular foot soaks have also reduced knee, hip, and low back pain, and, perhaps surprisingly, upper body pain as well.  Because they help increase circulation, they have also been useful in eliminating many gynecological problems.

This is not the same as soaking your feet in Epsom salts (which can be great) or detoxing with ionic foot baths.  Our soaks are formulated by a longtime practitioner of Chinese medicine and do much more than other brands you might find on the internet.

The foot soak therapy in conjunction with herbs taken internally, dietary changes, meditation, rest, and other lifestyle considerations can be the best thing that you do for yourself and your hard working feet.

Do I have to be sick to get acupuncture? Can I use this medicine for wellness?

This medicine is based on strengthening the body to prevent illness, and historically has been used to prevent illness. Many people use Chinese medicine as part of their health maintenance plan. Some come in once a month, while others come in with each change of season.

How many times will I need to come in for treatments??

That depends on your ailment and your general health. Some people will respond to treatment more quickly than others. Our goal is to affect your body’s energy so that your body will begin to take over the healing process. At your initial visit, we will let you know how many times we recommend for you treatment plan. Near the end of a treatment plan, we will assess your progress and make changes in our plans if necessary.

What are your certifications?

Our acupuncturists have Master’s degrees in Oriental Medicine, are licensed by the State of Minnesota Medical Board, and are certified through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


Thank you to Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to them for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





“The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it.”


The reason you became involved in health & wellness was to help people- and that is our mission too, but we need you to achieve it.

The more providers and merchants we have in our network, the more knowledge we have to share and the bigger the impact we can have on helping people live their healthiest lives. Our primary goal is to be a source of information about alternative, natural, holistic, and complementary health and wellness care for employees and employers that join our plan.

The more diverse our network, the more opportunities we have as a community to make a significant impact creating awareness and participation in the industry of holistic, natural, alternative and complimentary care modalities and products. The vision is to give providers an opportunity to connect, educate and engage people to experience their services or products in a very direct and targeted way through our innovative and unique lifestyle oriented employee discount program.

1. Create Brand Awareness

Whether you are a national or local brand,  brand awareness is vital because if someone doesn’t know you exist, they are not going to buy from you. Our network allows you to reach thousands of potential new customers who will tell other people about you as well, so you gain both internal and external reach.

For national brands our network expands exposure across the US through both single site and employers with multiple locations. For online retail companies this is a great way to very easily and affordably promote your products and services. By simply setting up a coupon code dedicated to our network and utilizing our social media, blog, newsletter, and provider directory listing you are able to create and change offers as often as you would like.

For local brands, you have all the same brand awareness opportunities, but they are scaled to your demographic area. We are aligning providers by markets and are currently building out our Twin Cities (Minneapolis/ St. Paul) and Madison markets. As we expand we will continue to coordinate providers and employers by specific location.

2. Educate.

There are so many alternative health and wellness tools and resources available to people, but many don’t even know they exist. And that is where the opportunity to reach people directly and educate them is so important to both your business and industry. In order to grow both, people need to be aware of what is out there and how it can help them and what problems it can solve for them.

By joining our network you gain access to employers and employees directly without having to reach out to each of them yourself. You automatically gain an audience to give a presentation or demonstration to and enlighten them and educate them on your specific modality or product. It is highly encouraged that providers take advantage of this opportunity to connect via seminar/ webinar to build awareness and connection with potential customers which I will talk more about next.

Netflix has been a fabulous catalyst for getting alternative therapies into the mainstream. They have created and featured documentaries that are reaching people that would normally not be watching these including The Game Changers, Heal, The goop Lab and more (which if you haven’t watched I would recommend all of them). The Alt Care Collective has the same goal-  to reach people at employers that normally might not be aware of the breadth of services and products that our providers offer that can help them live their best life.

3. Build Connection and Market Your Services/ Products.

Our network builds connection with potential customers and among providers. Through the collective, providers are able to reach out to one another and form relationships and partnerships as business and industry co-creators and experts. The more we share and exchange information the better we all become.

With access to thousands of potential new customers in our network, you are able to market your business as much or as little as you would like to through our social media, blog, newsletter and directory listing tool. You are in control of your offer and able to choose what makes sense for your business. The only requirements are that it is a minimum discount of 25% and that it is exclusive to our network and not available to other customers.

By utilizing the opportunity to hold webinars or seminars you have the chance to inform, educate, answer questions, and promote your service/ product directly without having to advertise or promote the event. We take care of that for you through social media, the newsletter and our blog and serving as a liaison for you to contact the employer and make arrangements that work for both of you.

We are also planning to start a subscription box late spring/ summer that will go out quarterly to enrolled employees offering additional discounts, unique offers, and product samples which is another avenue for you to reach potential customers if you choose to participate.

Whether you are a service based provider or a local or online retailer, we give you the opportunity to reach a targeted new audience of potential customers that will only continue to grow as we expand and we hope you will join us on our mission to build a healthier, more productive, creative, and balanced workforce through our employee discount program.

Joining the network is completely free for providers and you can register online. You have nothing to lose and only new partnerships and customers to gain. We have created a variety of provider categories (check them out if you haven’t), but if you find that your business doesn’t quite fit any of them, we can create a custom category for you.

Our goal is to be a lifestyle resource and tool, so we want to have a robust variety of providers and products in order to offer as many tools as possible for employees to live their healthiest, happiest, most productive, fulfilling, and vibrant lives. 

I would love to talk to you if you have questions, suggestions, or would like to chat before you join. You can schedule a quick meeting with me on our website or just email me at heather@thealtcarecollective.com

 Cheers & Be Well, Live Well~

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





Posural Healing

“Postural Healing uses Postural Alignment Therapy and Mind-Body Medicine Fundamentals to eliminate chronic pain and improve overall health by addressing not only the body as a whole, but by healing the whole person — body, mind and spirit. Our mission is to help you heal from chronic pain and discover lifelong tools you can use to remain active and pain free.”

~Anna Forliti, Owner of Postural Healing LLC

Welcome to The Collective: Postural Healing!

Anna Forliti is the owner of Postural Healing located at Wellness Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN.  Her amazing practice is designed to help you get into harmony with your body through muscular work that aligns and balances your overall posture and body function. You can follow her on Instagram or Facebook @posturalhealing.

Below are some highlights from her practice to give you an inside look at why she chose this path, how it has benefited her, and how it can benefit you! To make an appointment or find out more, you can contact her at anna@posturalhealing.com or make an appointment online at her webpage.

What is Postural Alignment Therapy?

Postural Alignment Therapy uses gentle corrective exercises to re-balance muscles and realign the eight major load joints returning the body to its natural design posture. Restoring alignment and balance allows the body to naturally regenerate and heal itself while improving overall health. It looks at the body as a whole and focuses on eliminating the cause of pain and dysfunction rather than treating symptoms which creates effective and lasting results.

What is your own personal story and experience with Postural Alignment Therapy?

After my second child was born, chronic neck, back, and joint pain hit me. After spending much time, energy and money trying various modalities I had lost hope of feeling good again and began to accept that pain was just part of my life. And sometime later, I injured my back and was in severe pain.

It was when I found Postural Alignment Therapy, that I finally found a means to eliminate my own chronic pain. I was thrilled to learn that pain did not have to be part of my life and that my pain was related to my posture. I was not broken and there was nothing to fix!

Today I am pain free and have been for over a decade. As a result, I am able to do all the things I love. Through this process I have gained a much deeper body awareness, and listen to the signals my body is sending. My quality of life is greatly improved as I am not limited by pain and dysfunction.

How does it work and can it help me too?

Postural Alignment Therapy is for everyone! All of us develop muscle imbalances from past injuries, sedentary lifestyle, repetitive motions from work, hobbies, sports, etc. All of us can improve posture to prevent injury, increase function and improve overall health.

Poor posture is a symptom or warning from the body that can present in many ways including pain, decreased function, decreased energy levels, depression, etc. If we look twisted and shriveled on the outside how does that relate to the condition of our internal health? Our emotional state? Our energy flow? Our posture is often an outward reflection of our internal well-being.

Postural Healing is process involves more than just re-establishing the musculoskeletal system. All of our systems begin to respond to this new stimulus. When our musculoskeletal system is balanced then our entire being moves back to a more balanced state including our emotional state and our energy flow. Our internal organs move back to where they were designed to be relative to each other and to gravity allowing all of our systems to function more efficiently and the body to begin its own natural healing process.

What are your certifications?

Today my mission is to improve the lives of those I come in contact with by empowering them to eliminate their own chronic pain and to age gracefully without limitation.

As a certified Postural Alignment Specialist and Advanced Exercise Therapist certified by Egoscue University, I will give you the tools I was given to improve my health. Through this beautiful and gentle process you will rediscover that you have the power to improve your health igniting the desire to continually grow body, mind, and spirit. My certifications and membership involvement include:

  • Advanced Exercise Therapist certified by Egoscue University
  • CPR/AED certified through Red Cross
  • Professional Fitness/Wellness Coaching certification from LifeTime Academy
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Member of the MN Holistic Medical Group
  • Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Fundamentals
  • Provider at Bhakti Wellness Center
  • Volunteer Provider at Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center


Thanks again to Anna and Postural Healing for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to Anna for more information or to book an appointment for her services. 

Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





Extasy Hair Salon

‘Wellness is a measure of someone’s mental and physical health… It comprises nearly every aspect of your life, measures and compares them with each other, and puts you at a certain ‘wellness’ level, which is arbitrary to every individual. Once you have a measure of the aspects in your life as a whole, aligned with how you feel, you have your very own wellness level.’

~Monika Greczek, Owner of Extasy Hair Studio and Spa

Welcome to The Collective: Extasy Hair Studio & Spa!

Monika is the owner of Extasy Hair Studio & Spa based in Palos Hills, IL, and not only does she have a wonderful holistic based salon, but she carries a fabulous line up of natural products to help you look and feel your best!

I have known Monika for years and she is the real deal. She researches, tests, and uses the products she sells (if she doesn’t use it, you can be certain she will not carry it in her salon) and is always discovering innovative new products. She is fully engaged personally and professionally in helping her family, her friends, and her clients live their best lives; mind, body, and soul through her services and products. You can follow the salon on Facebook@extasyhairstudio and Instagram@extasyhairstudioandspa.

Below, I am highlighting three of the many amazing products she carries. And if you haven’t heard of them, you should definitely reach out to her to learn more, obtain your exclusive Collective discount, and try them for yourself.

1. Neora Skincare

As I mentioned, I have known Monika for a while. Last summer we were at the lake and she had absolutely no makeup on and she looked amazing. So amazing, that I asked her if she had work done (there is no shame in my game). Her skin was smooth, tight and glowing.  She had no bags, no dark circles under her eyes. I was convinced she must have had Botox. She laughed at me and said that she had not had anything done, but she had changed to a new skincare line called Neora.

Check out her before and after photos on her Facebook and you will see why I was certain she had work done. She is a walking testament to the power of this natural skincare line formulated by powerful plant based science. I asked her for the inside scoop on what she uses in her daily skin care routine, and here’s her favorites : the Age IQ Double-Cleansing Face Wash, IllumaBoost Brightening & Shield Serum, Age IQ Eye Serum and the Age IQ Day and Evening Cream’s. She also mentioned that it is all about layering with this system, so when you talk to her be sure to ask her what the magic order is.

2. Uforia Supplements

There are no shortage of good supplement companies out there. This one though is pretty special. Uforia sends you a DNA kit to swab your saliva and then they create customized supplement nutrition based specifically on your bodies unique DNA and needs.

Every formulation is vegan, non-gmo, gluten free and made from the highest quality plant based ingredients. Their website does a great job of explaining the science and process and I would recommend you check them out!

3. Voxxlife Socks

If you have not heard of these and you work on your feet all day, have any health challenges, or just want to feel better- you want to get a pair of these high tech socks designed to improve balance, mobility, and pain management they also improve energy, neural health, and recovery time.

Voxxlife is a human performance technology company that offers socks, shoe insoles and patches you can wear to create a neuropath to faster wellness. Again the science on these is pretty interesting and the website does a great job of explaining it.  Pro golfer Chip McDaniel uses them, as do many other everyday and professional athletes. And, doctors and practitioners are recommending them to their patients as an innovative new tool for optimal health.

Thanks again to Monika and Extasy Hair Studio & Spa for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to Monika for more information on any of the products featured today. 

Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective