Welcome to the #FeatureFriday where we are

SHINING LIGHT 

on some of the amazing women in our world!

We started our #FeatureFriday series to highlight some of the amazing women we are honored to know and want the world to know about them too!  Our first amazing woman is Dr. Kris Tohtz founder and lead practitioner at Serenity Family Wellness!  Dr. Kris is a guru/expert/miracle worker – the list could go on and on – of all things women’s health.  I suffered from severe anxiety postpartum and was worried about getting on prescription meds to help me survive the day in day out, and with the help of Kris (and some Chinese herbs and acupuncture), I was able to get my anxiety under control, and actually feel like I was “living” my days, not just “surviving” them!  She’s helped me through hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and also is an amazing listener at each and every appointment (it feels like a therapy session too ha ha).  But in all seriousness, I feel lucky to know Kris from a personal and professional standpoint.  She cares deeply but also keeps the mood light.

Meet Kris 🙂

Tell us a little about Serenity Family Wellness and your mission. How did you come up with the concept and how hard was it to get started? 

1. What was the moment you knew you wanted to start Serenity Family Wellness?  

I worked for a large pharmaceutical corporation for 2 years after leaving college and before attending Chiropractic school.  As a result of my experiences in my corporate job, I knew about 1/2 way through school that I wanted to start my own business.  This gave me the capability to be able to care for people the way that I felt was best, instead of patient care being dictated by a company or another doctor.  The money to work for someone else getting out of school is attractive but of course hard to walk way from in the future.  So I chose to start small, build slowly while having a few other jobs before the business was able to sustain my life and I could not be happier with my choice.  

2. What one Serenity Family Wellness post/project/moment are you the most proud of and why?

I have many small victories weekly with patients – many things from helping women get pregnant, be healthy in pregnancy, to watching their children grow and be healthy all using chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition.   I also share this knowledge teaching to help other doctors become more versed in pregnancy and pediatric care.

3. How would you describe a typical day? What’s your morning to evening routine?

I figure I should practice what I preach – therefore I wake about 2 hours before I need to be at the office.  I have about 10 mins of meditation or gratitude journaling followed by checking email and then making my breakfast / taking my supplements and packing lunch / sometimes dinner for a late night at the office.  I eat a rather anti-inflammatory diet, so that involves a lot of food preparation.  Some days I work out in the morning (either yoga or Cross Fit)  and if I work out I eat afterward- some days I work out in the evening.  I eat 3 meals per day and some snacks between drink tea and a lot of water.  I work out 3-4 times per week and ensure I get between 7-8 hours of sleep per night.  I also try to have a date with my husband at least once per week.

4. Describe yourself in 3 words?

Kind, determined, intelligent

5. What individuals, celebrities, entrepreneurs, public figures inspire you?

I have always held the Dali Lama in very high esteem for his humanitarianism; Nelson Mandela for his perseverance in challenging political  / racial times; Holistically medical minded women like Sara Gottfried, Aviva Romm and Toni Bark.

6. If you could be anything…what would it be?

Aside of retired, exactly what I am doing – I love my job but I also love to travel – so maybe a travel blogger.

7. You have a free hour, what do you do with your time?

Nap if I need to, go to the Morton Arboretum, organize / clean things.

8. What’s on your music playlist? What inspires you?

I have many Pandora stations and it depends on my mood – EDM, Chic Rock, New Wave 80s bands, 70’s classic rock, Classical and Relaxation / Alpha wave music 

9. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chips and guacamole

10. Favorite local coffee shop?

Counter Coffee in Forest Park, Iguana Cafe in Chicago

11. Food you can’t live without? 

Avocados

12. Wine, beer or cocktail?

Cocktail – gin or tequila

13. Favorite motivational quote?

Rumi- Wherever you stand be the soul of that place.

14. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?

Iceland, Thailand / Laos / Cambodia, Alaska (all of these are on my list) along with an African Safari

15. What’s next for you and Serenity Family Wellness?

I brought in another doctor to expand our practice who is doing holistic gynecology for treatment of fibroid, cervical dysplasia etc…and we are partnering with a Yoga Studio Essence of Life that moved next door to the office for Pilates, Yoga and Barre class.

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If you want to learn more about Dr. Kris and Serenity Family Wellness, visit www.serenity-family.com.