nourishing  your optimal health

Serenity Family Wellness is Chicago’s premier family health center specializing in integrative medicine solutions for a variety of health issues. Owner Dr. Kristine Tohtz and her holistic healthcare team provide highly personalized and expert diagnoses, and multi-disciplinary treatments in a welcoming, peaceful setting. So what makes this wellness center unique? Patients view Dr. Tohtz as a vital partner in identifying health challenges and maintaining their optimal health and wellness.



Delivering great care means spending adequate time with each patient to forge a bond, gain a thorough understanding of health history and challenges, and connect the dots to deliver quality solutions.


Dr. Kristine Tohtz treats a variety of common healthcare challenges, such as:

● Fertility, pregnancy and breast-feeding challenges

● Insomnia

● Stress-related health problems

● Various musculoskeletal pains

● Digestive issues


Providing an integrative and holistic approach to treatment is critical to addressing your ailment. Treatment services include, but are not limited to:

● Craniosacral therapy

● Cupping therapy

● Graston technique

● McKenzie Method

● SHAPE ReClaimed


As a unique, one-stop wellness center that combines Eastern and Western medical practices, we offer a variety of treatment options, tools and techniques to address your needs and integrate them to optimize your health.



Our Healthcare Team


Serenity Family Wellness was founded by Dr. Kristine Tohtz and is comprised of a team of highly educated, experienced and caring holistic healthcare practitioners. Supporting Dr. Tohtz at Serenity Family Wellness is a proven healthcare team ready to serve you and your health and wellness goals and aid in your recovery.



Dr. Kris Tohtz

Dr. Sandra Alexandria

Jesse Oliver

Tim Breitzmann

Genevieve Andres

Francisco Rocha

DR. KRISTINE TOHTZ: Dr. Kristine Tohtz discovered chiropractic and holistic medicine at a young age. Having seen the wonders that chiropractic and acupuncture had on her family, she decided to dedicate her life to helping others with their ailments in a holistic manner incorporating these two healing arts into one practice.


Dr. Tohtz graduated magna cum laude from the National University of Health Sciences in April 2001. While attending chiropractic school, she also began working toward a diplomate in Acupuncture and in August 2009 received her Diplomate in Acupuncture from the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Chiropractic Acupuncture (CCA) of which she now sits on the board as the Vice President. After attending two supervised medical internships in Beijing and Hangzhou, China, she found advanced studies to be warranted and and obtained her Master’s of Science in Acupuncture (MsAc) through the National University of Health Sciences graduating summa cum laude in August 2014.


In April 2009, Dr. Tohtz also completed an advanced certification in Pregnancy and Pediatric care through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association ( She is also a certified post partum doula and the Illinois state representative for Maternity Wise ( She teaches not only to physicians for continuing education on the topics of pregnancy and pediatric care, but she also teaches to various organizations such as Shine Chicago (a fertility awareness group) and Sharp Mamas.


As a Certified Yoga Instructor through the Temple of Kriya Yoga, Dr. Tohtz uses yoga and meditation as a part of her treatment options for patients.  She is also a certified hypnotherapist through the National Guild of Hypnotherapy to assist with such issues as IBS, stress reduction and smoking cessation.


The combination of all of these healing arts is paired in a unique way for each patient for their optimal treatment, rehabilitation and general stress management. So that she may offer the most cutting edge treatment options for her patients, Dr. Tohtz attends numerous continuing education courses in rehabilitation, yoga, nutritional therapies, comprehensive evaluation of blood work, acupuncture, Chinese medicine to name a few.


Dr. Tohtz served as an instructor in the department of Chiropractic Practice and as a staff clinician at the National University of Health Sciences for 4 years after she graduated. She continues to teach Pregnancy and Pediatric care as well as Acupuncture through the University’s Post Graduate Education Department. A consummate teacher to both her patients and her colleagues, Dr Tohtz extends her teaching to others through Back Safety Training Programs, stress management, from fertility to birthing options and proper ergonomics for numerous industries such as Commonwealth Edison, A. Epstein, Network of Women Entrepreneurs ( a subgroup of the National Association of Women Business Owners), Columbia College, Sharp Mamas, Shine, and AA-Razorfish to name a few.

Dr. Sandra Alexandria began her health-focused career as a massage therapist while completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She continued her studies at National University of Health Science to complete her doctorate as a chiropractic physician. Using an integrative approach to patient care, functional and physical medicine and clinical nutrition, Dr. Alexandria focuses on treating the whole person — concentrating on the root cause, not just the symptoms. Empowering others to live a healthful lifestyle, she also enjoys the basics of healthful everyday living — yoga and cooking. Fluent in Spanish and an active licensed massage therapist and esthetician, Dr. Alexandria is currently continuing her postgraduate educate to complete a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists.

 Jesse Oliver a 2013 honors graduate from The Soma Institute, has been involved in health and wellness since his youth as both an athlete and avid cyclist.  Jesse specializes in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage, pre and post natal work, and specific deep tissue work. He uses these techniques to help manage pain, whether acute or chronic. His favorite focus areas include headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder injuries, improving range of motion, posture and sciatic issues. He believes everyone can live pain free with a little helping hand or two.

Tim Breitzmann, a lifelong Chicago resident, has been working in healthcare for 13 years, gaining expertise in managing offices, doing patient and insurance billing and assisting in health matters.  He believes that positive energy and beliefs produce positive results, thoughts that have been inspired by reading books like The Power of Now by Eckert Tolle and Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne Dyer.  In his free time, Tim enjoys autumn, poetry, writing, art of all kinds and explores his creativity through graphic design – and even sells his art online.

Francisco Rocha is 2016 graduate of Cortiva institute.  He excelled in both anatomy and his academic work and finished school with perfect attendance. Francisco believed that healing is a team effort between the patient and professional, and is enjoying working in a multi-disciplinary setting.  He specializes in broad range deep tissue, trigger point therapy, stretching and especially appreciates spot specific work; his favorite spots to work are the neck, upper back and IT band because helping in the rehabilitation of those areas often provides great relief. Working with patients to bring them comfort and relief is what he enjoy most about being a massage therapist.

Mark Pawson

Jodie Baudek

Essence of Life


  Mark Pawson, a 20+ year veteran of the fitness industry, is the founder of OneTwoThrive. He has worked as a personal trainer, gym manager and industry consultant, and throughout his career has observed the countless ways people are struggling to achieve and maintain positive fitness and nutrition habits. Having overcome his own battles with health, fitness and nutrition, his passion is to now help others discover a more healthful and energized life. OneTwoThrive provides education, accountability and inspiration for anyone looking to feel empowered in their personal path to health. Through a highly personalized approach, Mark helps people regardless of size or age to help them feel better, look younger and live longer. Mark can be contacted at

Jodie is the owner here at Essence Of Life, but can be seen teaching multiple classes throughout the week such as Yoga, Mat Pilates, & Barre! She felt the need to bring the mind, body, & soul connection to our community through Yoga & Pilates. Now, a decade later, Jodie realized she didn’t just “open a studio”; she opened a sanctuary, a place of tranquility, love, & enlightenment. She continues to help others make amazing life changes daily through motion & meditation. Beyond EOL, Jodie has established herself as a published author & motivational speaker. Jodie thanks God everyday for showing her to follow his plan! If we can allow ourselves to take our hands off the steering wheel, we always find his plan for us is grander then anything we could ever imagine.


Jodie has owned Essence of Life Studio in Shorewood, IL for many years and in 2016 partnered with Serenity Family Wellness n the adjacent space located at 643 W. Grand Ave to offer Pilates, Yoga and Barre classes for advanced rehabilitation as well as gong baths, teacher trainings to enrich the mind, body and soul.

Jodie states "always relaize that you are capable of reaching difficult goals and exceeding them, of dreaming wonderful dreams and making them come true, of achieving the only kind of success that really matters, that of being at peace with yourself and the world around you.”

Our mission at Essence Of Life is to help bring harmony to your everyday lives through disciplines that create a natural balance between the body, mind and spirit. The distractions and stresses of modern day society often create barriers that keep us from spending quality time on ourselves, which often have a negative impact on our physical and mental well being.


Our physical and mental well being depend on one another to thrive, and when in tune with each other give us that inner feeling of spiritual awareness, or inner peace. When all the parts are working together in harmony, we can truly experience how wonderful life can be.

“At Essence of Life, may you slow down your world , give yourself permission to let go and leave Essence of Life with laughter in your heart and peace in your soul!







  International Chiropractic Pediatric Association

  Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Maternity Wise

IIllinois Chiropactic Society



The Mckenzie Institute USA

Serenity Family Wellness is an integrative and holistic wellness center that offers a variety of Eastern and Western medical services to treat a wide range of health issues. We provide personalized, holistic treatment that often involves integrating multiple types of care to successfully diagnose and treat your condition.

Active Treatment vs. Wellness Care

Depending on your health condition, our wellness center offers two types of care — active treatment course and wellness care.

In an active treatment course, we will focus on relieving, correcting and stabilizing your condition. You will have regular, 30-minute visits with the doctor — allowing for enough time to review progress, reassess your condition, alter the treatment plan as necessary and render treatment. Short- and long-term objectives will be discussed every two to four visits to ensure your healthcare goals are achieved.

Once your condition has been corrected and stabilized, you will meet with Dr. Tohtz for 30-minute wellness-care appointments. We will focus on maintaining your health status. Wellness-care programs are not covered by insurance plans and can vary from monthly to quarterly care, based on your individual needs.

Through regular appointments and open dialogue, we will develop a treatment plan that is appropriate and effective, ultimately leading you to better health.

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To schedule an appointment at Serenity Family Wellness with Dr. Kristine Tohtz or another member of the healthcare team, you may call our office at (312) 898-6327 or schedule your appointment online.

Serenity Family Wellness also offers Skype or FaceTime appointments for existing patients if you’re unable to come to the office. In order to schedule a Skype or FaceTime appointment, you must call our office. If you currently don’t have a Skype account, you will need to set up an account and add Dr. Kristine Tohtz (drkristohtz) to your contact list following these instructions from Skype. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Your First Visit

Your first visit with Dr. Tohtz will last approximately one hour, where she will get to know you and work to determine the precise cause of your health issue(s). She will perform a thorough examination, consisting of but not limited to: full body physical, postural analysis, neurological/orthopedic procedures, muscle testing and functional biomechanics. Depending on your condition, a radiological exam or blood work/salivary hormone testing may be ordered off site in order to rule out any pathology.

Once Dr. Tohtz has processed all of your results, you will receive a detailed explanation of all findings and their importance, as well as how they will dictate your treatment protocol, as each case and presentation is different and treatment options are individually chosen. You’ll receive an explanation of what you can expect regarding your recovery, and short and long-term goals will be discussed, along with any other questions that you may have.

Depending on your condition, treatment may consist of one or more of the following: spinal manipulation, manual myofascial therapy, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, self-treatment advice,



 Serenity Family Wellness is located at 641 W. Grand Avenue, at the corner of Grand Avenue and Des Plaines Street.


 Getting to the office is simple.


 ● Driving: Parking is free on surrounding streets including Grand Avenue and the west side of Des    Plaines Street; metered parking is available on the east side of Des Plaines Street. Download the

 “Park Chicago” app and pay for zone #200-407 or pay at the pay box on the street using a credit card.


 ● Public transit: The office is only 2.5 blocks east of the CTA ‘L’ Grand & Milwaukee Blue Line stop and multiple CTA busses, including #8 (Halsted), #65 (Grand) and #56 (Milwaukee).


 General Contact Information Email:

 Dr. Kris Tohtz’s Email:

 Dr Sandra Alexandira's Email:

 Phone: (312) 898-6327



Media Coverage

Serenity Family Wellness Media Coverage   


Dr. Kristine Tohtz has been featured in many media publications offering expertise on a variety of health issues. Below is a selection of some of the most recent media for which she has been interviewed and provided detailed knowledge.

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WGN Radio

December 2014

“Forest Park Resident Opens New Integrative Health Practice – Serenity Family Wellness”


“How to Manage Costs When You’re Uninsured and Having a Baby”

By Geoff Williams, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo News

July 2014

“Blending Eastern and Western Medicine at Serenity Family Wellness”

Natural Awakenings, Chicago Edition

June 2014

“Postpartum Depression”

Chicago Now

November 2013

“Fertility – The Shared Journey with Mercier Therapy”

Mercier Movie


“Centuries-Old Art of Cupping May Bring Some Pain Relief”

By Laura Johannes, The Wall Street Journal

November 2012

“Severe Sciatic Pain Relief During Pregnancy”

By Amber Canaan,

August 2010

“What is Stress?”



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