Author Bios

Nicole Cieslak

Nicole Cieslak is a functional nutritional therapy practitioner, subconscious empowerment energy healer and nontoxic living expert committed to helping people holistically heal their chronic illnesses by uncovering their root causes and raising their vibrations. Specializing in gut health, detox and emotional release, she strives to empower her clients to liberate themselves from years of digestive suffering, limiting beliefs and emotional traumas to become the healthiest, happiest, most fulfilled versions of themselves. Learn more about her at and follow her on Instagram at @fitfoodist_foundations.

Dr. Stephanie Nishek, ND

Stephanie Nishek, ND, is passionate about women's health, establishing hormone excellence and optimizing fertility. She has been in general naturopathic practice for over 11 years, utilizing acupuncture, therapeutic nutrition and laboratory diagnostics in her "root cause medicine" approach to care. Dr. Nishek is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences and is the President of the North Dakota Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She believes that "we do our best work when we do it together" and regularly shares her knowledge on public platforms, including community-based events, professional forums, social media and on her The HolisticND Podcast.  Learn more about Dr. Nishek at True North Health.

Meg Ramirez

Meg Ramirez is a Certified Herbalist, Freelance Writer and Yogi Mama of two. Meg offers consultations to fellow healers looking to harness the wisdom of Mother Nature's botanicals. Working together to optimize health and harmony. Her approach includes focusing on a holistic lifestyle, mindfulness practices and herbal remedies. She is passionate about bringing earth and beings back into balance. Meg loves to get outside for a good yoga flow, hike, paddle-board or walk with her husband and three dogs. Follow @sunrisehealingbotanicals for all things mind-body-spirit and find on the horizon.

Kris Vaughan

Kris Vaughan is a certified clinical herbalist, educator and Program Director of Herbal Wisdom Institute, and Director of Wise Woman Herbals. She is a board certified Holistic Healthcare Practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and a member of the American Herbalists Guild. Follow @HerbalWisdomInstitute for all things herbal and upcoming events.

Margaux J Rathbun, MS, FNTP

Margaux J Rathbun, MS, FNTP has worked in the wellness community for over a decade. In 2010, she founded her website (Authentic Self Wellness) and for over 10 years, she shared daily nutrition tips, recipes and product recommendations with her social media followers. Margaux has hosted numerous workshops around the world and has been featured in a variety of prominent media publications. In 2020, Margaux decided to focus her work on emotional, mental and spiritual wellness, specifically through the practice of journaling. She founded her business, Nomad Moon Magic, and nearly three years later, continues to create popular journaling and stationery products designed to promote self-awareness and empowerment. She resides in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, enjoys growing her own food and developing tasty new recipes.

Adrienna McNeal

Adrienna McNeal is the creator and owner of Edwards Wellness LLC, created in 2020 and established in 2022 in Milawkee, WI. Her discovery of herbal medicine flared during the pandemic. Naturally, she was not sure how to handle the protection of her family. She began to research, make calls, and conference with other herbalists about different herbs. She then began to formulate teas and brews based on what herbs worked best for the alignment. After, she felt confident enough to share these recipes with family and friends. After receiving positive feedback. She decided this all-natural holistic approach to health should be shared. Additionally, in a time of isolation, touch is so important, and vital for some. So she began to pair massage with herbal health and Edwards Wellness was born. Adrienna strives to create a warm and peaceful space to discuss health goals, learn about herbs, and get an incredible massage service.