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Meet Our Team



Melissa Kindred MSN-RN


Melissa Kindred is a board-certified Registered Nurse. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Dubuque majoring in Nursing and Psychology.  In 2020, she completed a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Holistic Concentration at Tennesse State University in Nashville and most recently she completed a Post-Master's Certificate Adult- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at Spring Arbor University in Michigan.


Over the past decade she has managed boutique and destination spas, worked as a floor nurse in both the medical and surgical settings, served as a Nursing Director for a both a retirement and memory care community, and most recently began teaching in higher education at Clarke University. 


She has always been passionate about caring for patients with a holistic approach. She is the Founder of The Kindred Spirit Inc., and for the past 7 years, has provided holistic and integrative health coaching services to patients and businesses throughout Jo Daviess County.


Melissa is passionate about providing a holistic and integrative approach that is evidence-based and results driven. She is certified aromatherapy, chromotherapy, cryotherapy, health coaching, herbology, micro-needling, and is a Usui Reiki Master Teacher.  

My passion in on my career path and what motivates me every day is helping others enjoy and live their best life.  It doesn't matter if it's a family member, friend, or patient... hearing someone say I feel better today is what it's all about.  We have one life to live and it's greatly impacted by the choices we make every day... whether it's the thoughts we speak to ourselves or the actions we take... it all relates back to our health. My position in the health care team is to provide a holistic approach to your well-being and help you identify patterns that will set you up for success and not failure.  I look at alternative and complimentary approaches to your healthcare and actively participate with your primary care providers and health care team to make sure you are educated on things such as the air you breath, food you eat, the water you drink, amount of sleep you get, you emotional self, your spiritual self, the pain you experience.  All these things add up to your total being.  My passion is to help you care for your mind, body, and spirit!


Meet Our Colleagues

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Carla Heiser, MS, RD, LD


Chief Nutrition and Lifestyle Officer


Carla Heiser has over 20 years of clinical experience. She holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition with an emphasis in Nutritional Biochemistry from New York Medical College.

She is Board Certified in Nutritional and Metabolic Medicine and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine. Ms. Heiser is the Founder of Precise Health Solutions, an Integrative Medical and Advanced Nutrition private practice. Ms. Heiser specializes in women’s, men’s, and children’s health from a nutrient and metabolism perspective. Blending advanced nutrition with medical approaches to optimize health outcomes is the hallmark of her clinical practice approaches.  Teaching is a passion as she continually aspires to translate forward-thinking and research approaches into practical, ‘can do’ strategies. Ms. Heiser is a frequent invited speaker at national meetings and has published research in the areas of diet effects and antioxidants in heart and chronic disease. Ms. Heiser practices in medical offices and clinics developing patient-centered nutritional programs by working in partnership with physicians, pharmacists, care coordinators, and patients to optimize therapies. 



Lifestyle Medicine

Lori Varas has recently joined Ms. Heiser in her practice after Co-founding Wholistic Nutrition, a functional medicine practice and coaching school. Lori is a chemist with experience in environmental contamination and remediation of soil, water, and air. Her background, together with her nutritional knowledge, make Precise Health Solutions a wonderful fit for identifying and cleaning contamination from people’s bodies and keeping it clean by informed selections of nutrient-rich food. With a kind heart and commitment to helping people live their best life, Lori is here to assist in a multitude of ways, from lab testing to nutrition coaching, prepping and cooking delicious easy meals. Lori is here to assist in person and virtually to support your goals.

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