Featured Blog: The Fall Season

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Calandra Center for Health & Wellness
Tel: 312.796.3965
Photo by Teri Calandra (Morton Arboretum)


Pumpkins (and colorful squashes of all sizes and shapes) take center stage in October - as decorations, carved into jack-o-lanterns, and on the menu for dinner.

We love the brilliance of Autumn colors.The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.

In the picture above, of the red-leafed maple, take a moment and notice the reflection in the water. Part of the esoteric metaphysical properties of water is its ability for reflection. Like a mirror it is capable of reflecting back our superficial aspects. The longer you gaze upon the water it starts to reveal what lies beneath - an aspect of the unknown.

Although Autumn is related to the Element of metal, it is a time to start to draw inwards - a time to gather information to contemplate later. This is the precursor to Winter that has an aspect of hibernation and internal focus. 

As we move fully into Autumn, what can you let go of that is no longer serving you?

What would it take to choose something different?

Best Wishes & Good Health,

December 17: Reiki Play Day


April 22, 2023: Schaumburg Open House
Save the date - Details coming soon!

May 20-21, 2023:
Reiki Level 1
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Thank you!

Weather Policy

Your safety is important to us. Keep an eye on the weather. If there is a weather advisory the day of your appointment, please consider your safety as well as travel times. Try to let us know 24 hours prior.

We do understand that weather in Chicagoland can change quickly. If this happens and you need to cancel, you will not incur the 24 hour late cancellation fee.
Illness Reminder

If you are sick or starting to feel sick, please reschedule your appointment. Late cancellation fees will not be incurred for such cancellations. If you are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, let us know; we'll proceed according to guidelines in effect at that time.

There are a number of low immune patients in our practice. We strive to minimize exposure for all, and thank you for your consideration.

If you get COVID-19…


We recommend two things

First, be prepared. It is important to have something on hand to help decrease the viral load as quickly as possible and help prevent more severe symptoms. Contact us if you are interested in discussing a "just in case" formula to keep in your medicine cabinet.

Second, at the first sign of symptoms, follow the advice in these two blog posts:


NAET Immune Boosting Protocol


Benefits of Saline Solution for Nasal Congestion and Sore Throat 

Please note the following dates and plan accordingly

Teri Out:

Friday-Monday, September 30-October 3

Friday, Oct 28 (additional hours available Monday, Oct 24)

Tentative:  November 16-December 5 

Please ask us about other available days when scheduling;
we will make alternate hours available when Teri is out of the office.

Schaumburg Hours

              MONDAY ----------------- CLOSED
              TUESDAY ---------------- 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
              WEDNESDAY ----------- 1:00 to 6:00 pm
              THURSDAY -------------- 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
              FRIDAY -------------------- 1:00 to 6:00 pm
              SATURDAY --------------- One per month, limited hours

Please note, last appointment ENDS at the ending time shown
Monthly Saturday Hours in Schaumburg

Please note, last appointment ENDS at the ending time shown.
Hours may vary from month to month.
Saturday hours not available for scheduling through the online booking system.
Our 24-hour cancellation policy will be strictly enforced.
We will also maintain a short waiting list for these monthly Saturday office hours.

October 15:  8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

November 5:  8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

December 17:  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(right after Reiki Play Day!)


Featured Article

The Fall Season

View Autumn through the lens of TCM, and discover how to adapt your diet and lifestyle to enjoy this season in optimal health. READ HERE

Now you can get all your supplements through our online dispensaries

CCHW is now working with two online supplement dispensaries to give you access to high quality, easily absorbable nutritional supplements, delivered to your door.

These dispensaries require a practitioner’s recommendation, so please reach out to us for more information. We’re always happy to assist you in finding the best supplements for you, based on our understanding of your health needs and preferences.

Contact us at to learn more.

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Teri is licensed by the state of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and is board certified through the NCCAOM. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and herbology. She is a licensed massage therapist, certified through the NCBTMB, and a Reiki Teacher.