Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. Prior to starting the company, she worked and consulted in the life and health insurance industry for over 17 years. She was President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (Los Angeles Chapter) from 2010-11. She has a B.A. degree in Economics from UCLA, and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
For most of her career, she was a workaholic. She had given birth to her first child at age 23, and was unable to conceive a 2nd child. When she turned 37, she was physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. She also found out that both of her Fallopian tubes were blocked which explained her infertility. Conventional medicine doctors advised her that if she wanted to get pregnant again, she needed to do in vitro fertilization since she was no longer a “spring chicken”. Considering her family’s health history (her Dad died of a heart attack at age 47, and her Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 56), she refused to put her body through in vitro fertilization treatments and artificial hormones.
After much frustration, she decided to take matters into her own hands and did some research on alternative medicine. In the Fall of 2011, she consulted with alternative medicine practitioners and incorporated holistic health practices in her lifestyle. Within months, she was healthier and happier. During her holistic health journey, she unexpectedly got pregnant (her 1st child was already 16 years old). In December 2012, she gave birth to a daughter, Ella Eve Niña Fernandez. Her 2 children are 16 1/2 years apart (Ella is now 5, and Dominic is 21).
DR. ROGER DESESA, DC, CCWP
CONSULTANT ~ HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS
Dr. Roger DeSesa believes in the holistic approach to preventative care and healing. Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, Dr. DeSesa emphasizes improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place.
In 2010, he became the 16th chiropractic doctor in California to successfully complete the comprehensive postgraduate educational program to be a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner. Dr. DeSesa graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, in 1998. He is also a Certified Industrial Disabilities Examiner (I.D.E.).
Dr. DeSesa has served on the board of the Valencia Industrial Association’s Health Care Committee. He is also a Boston Qualifying Marathon runner and an active member of the Santa Clarita Runners Club.
DR. ELSIE CROWNINSHIELD, DNP, RNP, CCRN, NE-BC
CONSULTANT ~ ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH | HOLISTIC CLINICAL CARE
Dr. Elsie Crowninshield received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Loma Linda University. She is a CV Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in Critical Care Cardiovascular/Trauma Nursing and Executive Nursing Leadership. Dr. Crowninshield is Board Certified in both Critical Care Nursing and Executive Leadership and has a strong background and expertise in Holistic Clinical Patient Care, Academia, Executive Leadership, Program Management, Clinical Informatics, Healthcare Business Strategies, Community Outreach and Strategic Nursing Development.
She is currently the Director of Learning, Education and Research at a not-for-profit hospital in Southern California and Vice President of the San Fernando Valley Association of California Nurse Leaders.