Blog Article: Eating for the Season: TCM & Spring 

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Calandra Center for Health & Wellness
Chicago and Schaumburg
Tel: 312.796.3965


It's happening! Daylight hours are becoming longer. It is refreshing to leave the office and actually walk out into the light. With the extra sunlight comes a little happiness mood boost. 

If you are anything like my puppers or husband they have been anxiously awaiting this weather break. One because he knows he gets extra walks and the other because it means the beginning of golf season. 

This is the month of the Spring Equinox - March 20th  this year. That's the day when the hours of daylight and hours of darkness are equal, and the days that follow (in the Northern Hemisphere) will have increasingly more daylight than darkness.

Spring Forward Reminder! 

One of the big March celebrations in Chicagoland is St. Patrick's Day, observed by (among other things) wearing, and dying the Chicago River, green. Interestingly, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, green is the color associated with the Liver organ system which is also related to the season of Spring. Check out the blog article below to learn about eating for for the season of Spring.

We are excited to introduce two talented acupuncturists who are now seeing patients at CCHW's South Loop location.

New Resident Acupuncturist and Herbal Specialist
Ivan Zavala is joining Ja'Nelle Jefferson as a Resident Acupuncturist and Herbal Specialist at CCHW. Ivan is board-certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine, and a Diplomate of Canonical Chinese Medicine. In addition to seeing patients, Ivan is a professor of Chinese medical theory and diagnostics, currently teaching Diagnostic Foundations at Pacific College of Health Science. Ivan's specialty is “knotty diseases,” those often-systemic conditions where all signs and symptoms are conflicting yet can be explained and often alleviated through Chinese medicine.

Ivan is available to see CCHW patients in the South Loop on Mondays (1:30-7:30 pm) and Wednesdays (2:00-7:30 pm).

New Affiliated Practitioner
Alexia C. Croteau-Chonka, of And So It Begins LLC, is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine specializing in inclusive and patient-empowered care as part of a trauma-informed approach. Dr. Croteau-Chonka focuses on pain management, disability needs and accessibility, chronic conditions, and stress relief. It’s not enough to focus on just your symptoms; there has to be space in the treatment room for what matters to you.

Visit the And So It Begins website to learn more about Dr. Croteau-Chonka and to make an appointment.

Best Wishes & Good Health,
Teri Calandra, L.Ac.

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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.

Note: Teri travels from the northwest suburbs to the office in all weather conditions. Unless you are otherwise notified, she will be at the office for your scheduled appointment.
Illness Reminder

If you are sick or starting to feel sick, please reschedule your appointment. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please let us know and reschedule your appointment. Late cancellation fees will not be incurred for such cancellations.

There are a number of low immune patients in our practice, as well as others at increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19. We strive to minimize exposure for all, and thank you for your consideration.

Please note the following dates and plan accordingly

CCHW Closed:

Teri Out:
Friday, April 8

Featured Article

Eating for the Season: TCM & Spring

Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, regeneration, and growth. Time to awaken from your winter hibernation and brush off the cobwebs... Continue reading 


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.

Or, consider scheduling an online herbal consultation with herbal medicine specialist Ja’Nelle Jefferson for a custom-designed herbal formula.
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.