Meet the Doctors & Staff

Meet Dr. JoAnn Giesenhaus • Chiropractor

Dr. JoAnn believes in unleashing the passion within you, alleviating your pain and helping you reach your goals to maintain an all-out healthy lifestyle. Dr. JoAnn’s primary goal is to awaken your senses and help you feel great and pain-free.

Core Wellness Center offers hope and new beginnings to the community through greater depths of healing. By educating our patients about proper nervous systems function, we believe every person can have a life of healthy human performance. Chiropractic lifestyle offers individuals the ability to empower their lives and enhance their wellness.

VISION STATEMENT

Core Wellness Center was founded with passion and purpose to help as many people as possible by using unique alternative healing methods. Some of these methods are Instrument adjusting(no popping, cracking or twisting), alkaline water, whole food nutrition and many others practices that are specific for your given condition. We are here to empower the community locally and globally by addressing your specific needs.

EDUCATION

  • Life University, Marietta, GA Doctorate of Chiropractic, 1996
  • Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles, CA Physiotherapy Certificate, 1995
  • Montclair University, Montclair, NJ Bachelor of Science, 1991

LICENSED DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC

  • New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
“My purpose as a doctor is to share my knowledge, skills and passion for healing with as many people as possible, to help transform their lives by empowering them with the tools and motivation for better health and wellness.”
- Dr. JoAnn Giesenhaus
Laurie Haag

Meet Laurie Haag • Chiropractic Assistant

Laurie was born and raised in Little Falls, New Jersey and has been a Chiropractic patient since the age of 3. She worked with her husband in his chiropractic facility for over 16 years and learned of all the health benefits of Chiropractic, massage, nutrition, and overall healthy lifestyle. She is proud to be a member of the Core Wellness Team, who always put their patients care and well-being first in a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

Elena Ducos

Meet Elena Ducos • Chiropractic Assistant

Elena is originally from Brooklyn, NY. She relocated to New Jersey a little over a year ago for a fresh start. That is when she decided to enroll in Berkeley College for her bachelor degree in business management. She is so happy to have made this decision because they helped her find a great job at The Core Wellness Center, with a great crew.  Elena is very grateful to be a part of this team where she gets to watch Dr. JoAnn Giesenhaus run a wonderful chiropractic office. Working here gave her a push in the right direction to start her own business in the near future.

Diana Massage

Meet Diana Fermin • Certified Massage Therapist

We would like to welcome Diana to our Wellness Team! Diana is a Certified Massage Therapist. She is skilled in Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, foot & hands. Diana has experience working with Chiropractors, Acupuncturists and Physical Therapists offices. Diana is very enthusiastic  and we are so happy to have her as a new member to our team. Diana graduated from American Institute in Clifton, NJ as a Massage Therapist. She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, & Reflexology.  She is inspired by the Holistic approach to healing. Diana’s goal is to make her clients feel better emotionally, physically, & spiritually.

Leanne Barbieri

Meet Leanne Barbieri • Certified Massage Therapist

I went to American Institute in Clifton, NJ for Massage Therapy and am a very proud mother to a beautiful little girl. Massage has always held an important place in my life due to being an athlete, it helped me with recovery from injuries as well as pre-game anxiety. Helping people experience massage really benefits because you get relaxation and healing all in one. That is something I’ve  always wanted to put out to the world.

Meet Beatrice Carter – Chiropractic Assistant  

Bea has been a resident of Little Falls for over 15 years, where she lives with her husband and 3 children. Bea is passionate about community, friends, and most of all family. She’s an active volunteer for her children’s sports and Purple Stride NJ, which seeks to prevent and raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. She loves to travel, go hiking, gardening, and yoga.  She enjoys helping people on their journey to better health at the Core Wellness Center.

Annette Aviles – Reiki Teacher and Practitioner 

As a Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner Annette utilize Reiki to clear, straightens and heal the energy pathways, allowing the life force (Prana) to flow in a healthy a natural way. Supporting the body’s natural ability to heal, working on the mental emotional physical spiritual body aspects of the self. Annette is also certified 200RYT, yoga teacher and in her classes, she uses multiple holistic techniques to achieve the Mind, Body and Spirit connection for greater well being. Singing bowls, drumming, crystal bowls, essential oils & incense, meditation, body movements, light touch therapies are some of the tools Annette uses in raising the body’s frequencies. Promoting a state of relaxation and reducing stress.

Linda Baker – Reiki Practioner 

Linda is a certified Jikiden Reiki Practioner with over 25 years in the Health and Wellness Industry. She brings her knowledge and life experience to her practice where she empowers her clients to reduce stress in their bodies, allowing the healing process to take place, and move toward a life filled with good health, peace, and contentment, no matter what is going on outside of themselves.

Manuela Rebelo – Reiki Practioner 

Manuela Rebelo is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of practice. As her focus shifted from acute to preventive care, she developed an interest in Reiki as a modality to maintain balance, reduce stress, and prevent disease. She is now a Jikiden Reiki practitioner level II, a Shamanic Reiki Practitioner level I, and a sound energy practitioner.

Valerie Wood

Meet Valerie Wood, LCSW, LCADC

Valerie is a licensed clinical social worker as well as a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor who has been in clinical practice for close to 20-years and involved in the addiction community for more than 30-years.  Valerie values an integrative practice which treats the whole person and while she utilizes evidence-based treatment, she is ever mindful of the individual uniqueness inherent to every client. Her individualized approach offers effective treatment interventions which is focused and draws upon client strengths, seeks to enhance motivation, is collaborative and develops utilizing increasing competency and confidence in an individual’s ability to meet objectives.  Areas of specialization are addiction, eating problems, co-occurring disorders, depression and anxiety. Frameworks which are employed based upon individual circumstances are psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioral in an individual or group setting.

In addition to clinical practice, Valerie is faculty at Seton Hall University’s Master of Social Work Program where she is grounded in the addiction concentration and experiential learning. Prior to Seton Hall, Valerie was at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, and before that at University of Southern California’s GSS. Valerie has held senior positions with local community mental health agencies and SUD treatment centers.  Recognized as an expert in her field, she has had her work published in professional publications, served as keynote speaker at national conference on bariatrics and has appeared as a guest expert on local television and radio talk shows. Valerie completed her studies at Fordham University and continues to serve there as an Adjunct Professor.

Tracy Resnick-Hart

Meet Tracy Resnick-Hart • Hypnotherapist

Tracy Resnick-Hart studied at the Institute of Hypnotherapy under the guidance of Dr. Jaime Feldman, DCH, specializing in “Parts Therapy”. Parts Therapy is a therapeutic hypnosis process in which your conscious mind is put to rest while your subconscious mind is available to accept positive suggestions. As a result, negative or unwanted behavior can be exchanged for positive growth.

Ms. Resnick–Hart has a health and wellness background having taught nutrition for Rutgers Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program and as a facillator for the American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking” program.

Contact Tracy at 917-582-9443 or write to her at hypnotrition@gmail.com

PROFESSIONAL

  • 2002 to 2006 Rutgers (FSNEP)
  • 2007- Present American Lung Association
  • Boards/Certifications
  • ABH, IACT, IFH,
  • American Lung Association “Freedom from Smoking Facilitator”
  • Mountainside Hospital Reike Level 1 Certification

PERSONAL

  • Black Belt 2nd. Dan Tae Kwon-Do
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