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Maria Jefferson-Walker, RN, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
Maria Jefferson Walker has over 20 years of healthcare experience as a Registered Nurse. Professional experience includes, Family Nurse Practitioner, Assistant Professor, staff nurse and community nurse. She earned her first Master's of Science in nursing with an education focus in 2007 from Olivet Nazarene University. She then returned to Olivet Nazarene University and received a second Master's of Science in Nursing in 2013 which lead to her accomplishment as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, she promotes a proactive as opposed to a reactive approach to healthcare and manages acute and chronic medical conditions of families across the life span. She focuses on disease prevention, behavioral health and childhood obesity by providing patient education to empower families to make informed decisions and remain accountable for their care. Currently, Maria is working on her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of St. Francis, is a practicing NP and is an active preceptor for nurse practitioner students needing to obtain clinical hours. She also participates in nursing research and has present on both local and international platforms. Maria is a city of Chicago resident, a wife and proud mother of 3 boys. She has a profound desire and passion for creating healthy communities in medically underserved areas by partnering with communities, providing services, and developing and implementing programs that increase access to high quality health care.
What started out as a business venture for Jim Flaherty has turned into a passion for helping people.
Jim's focus turned to alternative health after watching his grandson, born with down syndrome, struggle for over 5 years with a variety of immune issues. Jim began researching alternatives that might benefit his grandson and bridge the gap between alternative and traditional medicine. What he found and implemented is the cornerstone of what DuPage Health & Wellness is known for today and the reason that over 3,000 referred patients struggling with food and environmental allergies and sensitivities, feel better than they have in years.
Jim’s journey in the clinic management area was preceded by over 30 years in marketing and public relations; hotel management; and incentive and meeting management for Whirlpool, Sears, McDonald’s and Lipton to name a few. His exit from the Corporate world is consistent with his focus on family and helping others lead a healthy, more productive lives.
Phil Hinton, LMT
Phil specializes in combining techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities during a massage to bring optimal results. He brings experience, skilled hands and exceptional technique. By working closely with the chiropractor’s at DuPage Health and Wellness Center, Phil develops a treatment protocol for each massage that is a unique and productive experience based on each patient’s needs.
His lifelong study of Asian Martial Arts lead him to an interest in healing arts. As a graduate from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, his focus is on the therapeutic modalities of Chinese Tui Na, Thai Massage, and Japanese Shiatsu, as well as the Western Arts of Swedish, Swedish Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Reflexology.
Phil is also a Tai Chi and Bagua practitioner and instructor.
Kristin Muñoz, LMT
I have always found myself drawn to exercise, nutrition, overall health and learning how these components affect the body. I have the desire to learn as much as I can about therapeutic methods that help to manage stress, pain and promote general well-being. I am a licensed massage therapist and a certified health coach. Here at DuPage Health & Wellness, I get to utilize my skills and knowledge while enjoying the rewards of helping people feel better and making positive changes in their lifestyles.
"There is no greater feeling than knowing I have truly helped someone and made a difference in their life."