Meet the Team

Primary Instructors

Michael Hinman

Primary Instructor

Michael Hinman is the Co-Founder of Hinman Holistic Health Institute. He has experienced a radical shift in priorities after living a life that became detrimental to his health and happiness. As a result of his personal experience Mike is passionate in supporting other people’s exploration into life changes that maximize their fulfillment. He speaks on the healing power of the human body, work-life balance and cultivating strong relationships.

Amanda Hinman

Primary Instructor

Amanda Hinman is the Co-Founder of Hinman Holistic Health Institute. She believes the key to health and happiness is to follow your heart. Her experience is that when your body is in balance your mind is able to open up to the possibilities within. She utilizes her 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and education on over 100 different dietary theories to be a successful Health Coach.

Expert Contributors

Dr. Ingryd Lorenzana

Optometrist and Vision Specialist

Dr. Ingryd Lorenzana is an award-winning optometrist and vision specialist, the creator of the groundbreaking CogniViision™ protocol and a true believer in vision therapy as a holistic treatment to improve patient quality of life. Dr. Lorenzana was born in Colombia and struggled with reading for years before she was diagnosed with “convergence insufficiency” (the inability of her eyes to work together when focusing) while she was in optometry school. After completing a course of vision therapy, her academic abilities improved so dramatically that she was inspired to choose vision learning disabilities as the focus of her life work. She went on to complete a residency in pediatrics – binocular vision and perception at the Illinois Eye Institute, where she earned her doctorate degree.

In 2003, Dr. Lorenzana established Advanced Vision Center where she currently serves as Director for Pediatric and Adult Specialty Optometric Services. Meanwhile, she continued research and study into the relationship between vision and neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to rewire its visual pathways to improve vision. In 2012, she founded the Vision and Sensory Integration Institute with the mission to help improve patient vision through a new protocol fusing neuroplasticity and vision therapy. Today, it is known as CogniViision™.

Dr. Lorenzana is a highly sought after, international speaker and has garnered many industry awards for her research and contributions to optometry. She was recently named “3D Eye Doctor of the Year” from Hollywood’s 3D International and Advanced Media Society and won the 2014 Influential Women in Business Award from the Daily Herald. In 2013, she was selected America’s Top Optometrist. However, she considers her greatest achievement to be her opportunity to make a difference in every one of her patient’s lives.

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Tamara Mannelly

Professional Blogger at Oh Lardy.com

Tamara Mannelly is a wife, mother, former elementary teacher and a true Real Food Advocate. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, is a certified Healing Foods Specialist and a certified Health Coach. She is currently earning an additional Health Coach certification via the Institute for Functional Medicine. She writes the blog Oh Lardy and teaches numerous workshops and classes in the Chicago area on a variety of Real Food topics. She loves helping people ditch the Standard American Diet and make the transition to a Real Food lifestyle.  Please see more of Tamara by CLICKING HERE.

Allen Vaysberg

Life Recalibration Expert

Allen Vaysberg is a Recalibration Expert and creator of the SEAMLESS method who facilitates people’s transition from unfulfilled and stressed to doing what they love and being at peace. He speaks on life purpose, career change, work-life balance and the re-calibration process and runs online programs helping people re-calibrate their lives.  Please see more of Allen by CLICKING HERE.

Karen Hurd

Founder of Karen R. Hurd Nutritional Practice

Karen Hurd has 21 years experience as director of a private nutrition counseling practice and has helped thousands of people with all manners of health problems heal themselves. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Nutrition, focusing her coursework in Comprehensive Nutrition. Her journey began as a personal mission to save the life of her 18 month old daughter when she was poisoned with organophosphate (household pesticide) and medical experts gave the prognosis that she would live only one year. Six months after the poisoning, it seemed that the medical experts were correct. Her liver and kidneys were beginning to fail. The physicians gave no hope, and they had no suggestions of a cure as they stated, “Her immune system is irreparably damaged, and medical science has no way of rebuilding one.”

Karen began her own research of alternatives. After much reading, and studying at the Washington Medical School Library in St. Louis, and extensive reading and researching of many kinds of alternative literature, she decided to implement her own program to save her little girl’s life. Choosing to employ the alternative method of nutrition, she began to administer a plan for healing using the knowledge she had gained through her research. Much to the amazement of the doctors, her daughter began to improve.

Within six weeks, her daughter had made such improvement that there were no more measurable signs of distress. The only question remained if any permanent neural damage would be manifest as she grew older. Her daughter is now 21 years old, with no signs of permanent neural damage or any other damage.  Learn more by CLICKING HERE.

Dr. Tommy John

Owner of Tommy John Family Chiropractic

Dr. Tommy John has been involved in the health and wellness field for over 14 years. He carries a Bachelors and Masters degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University. He has been involved in a unique, cutting edge system of training/rehab for 12 years dealing with all types of soft tissue injuries in all populations. During that time he also owned and operated a baseball performance company where he logged over 11,000 baseball lessons in participants ranging from 6-29 years of age.

Dr. Tommy received his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in 2014 and currently runs a principled, total health centered practice where his main focus is empowering ALL people to realize there is an infinite Innate Intelligence inside of their bodies that is self-healing and self-regulating. It is up to them to decide how healthy they wish to become.  More of Dr. Tommy John by CLICKING HERE.

Drs. Quintin and Katie Sleigh

Owners of Sleigh Family Chiropractic

Drs. Quintin and Katie Sleigh are Wellness Experts and Chiropractors who focus on restoring the body to health naturally, by creating balance in the spine and nervous system. They are committed to educating the community on the importance of a wellness lifestyle, which includes a balanced nervous system, proper diet and exercise, and a healthy mental attitude. Their mission is to educate and empower as many people as possible to experience their optimal health potential. They speak regularly to local schools, businesses, and organizations on health, wellness, and safety topics.

In order to achieve their goal of creating a healthier community, Drs. Quintin and Katie focus on achieving wellness in three dimensions: Biochemical (Eat Right), Physical (Be Fit), and Psychological (Think Well).  Please visit Quintin and Katie by CLICKING HERE.

Lynn Barrett, LCSW

Dynamic Counseling Services

Lynn Barrette, LCSW, believes that we are all here to evolve into more conscious, responsible individuals. Mental, emotional, and spiritual health issues arise when we are out of alignment with what is happening within and around us. As we embrace and adjust to our life situations–working through our disappointments and broken expectations–our equilibrium is restored. We feel stronger and more capable to accept what is in front of us to do, with new joy and understanding.
Blending psychology with spirituality, she teaches tools for self-discovery, forgiveness, meditation, healthy transitions, healed relationships and positive parenting, both in her private practice as well as in workshops and classes. She has supported hundreds of individuals in learning how to uncover hidden strengths and be on track with their life purpose.

Lynn Barrette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Spiritual Counselor. She is also director of the Interfaith Counseling Center and a Certified Center for Enlightenment Teacher.

Lynn has been a Love and Logic parent for over 14 years, and an independent Love and Logic Parenting facilitator for nearly 10. She teaches classes and workshops on mindfulness, the evolution of the soul, “Seven Steps for Successful Life Transitions”, emotional management, and spiritual psychology. Her private practice is located online and in Mt Prospect.  Learn more by CLICKING HERE.

Peter Greenlaw

Wellness and Health Activist

Peter Greenlaw is considered one of the leading activists alerting the world about the toxicity and deficiency of nutrition in food, and solutions to live a healthier longer life. Former world-class skier Peter is considered “the Researcher’s Researcher”. He works with John Anderson, regarded as one of the world’s greatest nutritional chemists and has read over 600 books and complete more than 10,000 hours of research himself. Greenlaw has co-authored books “Why Diets are Failing Us”, “The TDOS Syndrome (toxicity, deficiency, overweight and stress, and the TDOS Protocol)” and “Your Third Brain”. He is a world renowned lecturer and guest presenter on numerous TV shows including Fox 5 Washington DC, Rocky Mountain PBS, Los-Angeles “On the Green Carpet” and others. He presented at 2014 AutismOne Conference in Chicago.  A lot more of Peter by CLICKING HERE.

Alicia Birong

Founder & Owner of Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls and Guided Choices

With a passion for improving and empowering the lives of individuals of all ages. she has worked with children and adults for over 30 years as a life coach, therapist and hypnotherapist.  Alicia holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Loyola University in Chicago.

Throughout her career Alicia has worked in the nonprofit arena, the business community and Catholic Church.  She also teaches pediatric hypnotherapy at conferences and to therapists in the Chicagoland area, has published various articles and has prsented the topic to both national and international audiences.

In 2013, Alicia started Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls to help young girls between the ages of 8 and 14 deal with social pressures and self-esteem.  The goal of the program is to spread the message across the nation so young girls will have the tools they need to be stronger, more confident young women.  In acknowledgement of Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls, Alicia was a recipient of the McHenry County Hero’s Award, given to residents who have made a marked contribution to their community.

Alicia resides in the Chicagoland area and is a wife a& mother of two successful grown children and a proud grandmother.  Learn more of Alicia’s great work by CLICKING HERE.