Tina Morocco-CollinsPT, DPT, (Doctor of Physical Therapy) is the creator
and owner of Natural Instincts Inc. She is a licensed physical therapist practicing for the past 17 years. She earned her
first bachelors degree in microbiology from the University of Iowa, her bachelors in physical therapy from University of Illinois
and her doctorate from the University of St. Augustine. Prior to her formal studies,Tina spent her earlier years as a professional
dancer with an international touring company and studied extensively in ballet. She has also had the pleasure to perform with
such stars as Melba Moore and the great Sammy Davis Jr. She will never forget the great advice given by Sammy Davis Jr. during
a conversation back stage as they waited to go on. He said: "It's time for you to take the torch...share your passion
and never,never stop doing what you love!" Since that time Tina has done just that - doing what she loves and sharing
her passion of dance which lead her to a new profession - Physical Therapy.
After sustaining a back injury while
on tour abroad, she discovered physical therapy and Pilates simultaneously while undergoing rehab for her back. After learning
more about Physical Therapy, Tina decided to go back to school. Upon earning her professional degree in physical therapy,she
was immediately employed at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island where remained for 11 years. Upon leaving St. Francis, Tina
practiced as a contract physical therapist for the Pilates Studio of the Midwest while obtaining her authentic Pilates certification.
She also provided services to children ages birth to 3 years of age through the Department of Human Services - Early Intervention
Dr. Morocco-Collins has now been in private practice for five years, (Natural Instincts Inc.-
December 2006),where she continues to treat adults as well as children. Her focus is orthopedic manual therapy with emphasis
on sports / dance injuries and post op rehab. She also treats patient with neurological impairments such as MS, and
ALS. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Support Organization for Minority
Physical Therapists (SOMPT). She is also a certified clinical instructor awarded through Northwestern University.
As a licensed physical therapist,specializing in orthopedic manual therapy, and an authentic certified pilates instructor,
she has incorporated the concepts of "core"strengthening and hands on approach into her protocol for her patients.
In addition, she is an avid yogi and understands the benefits of this life form as she incorporates it in her practice
as part of a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Her background of dance, Pilates and yoga, combined
with her medical expertise in biomechanics, and neuromuscular and orthopedic dysfunctions,gives way to her unique insight
into the body's natural flow towards the state of balance, control and harmony. She emphasises the importance of body awareness
and understanding the concept of "knowing yourself" in both her physical therapy practice as well as her wellness
"If you can feel it then it becomes easier to understand it! The human body is a fascinating intricate
system capable of fabulous movement and breath! Let's enjoy the experience of what is innately natural and instinctive in
all of us!
So, if you just want to get by with temporary satisfaction now and then, we wish you well. If your
want to change your body, master a new and enlightened way of thinking about health and wellness, and learn the art of truly
"knowing yourself", then come and see us!! We guarantee a new you!!!
Craston Artis II, N.D.
Craston Artis II is a registered naturopath (District of
Columbia #1000818), certified personal trainer, certified Reiki II practitioner, and certified spiritual and life coach.
His B.A. and M.A. in education were a result of his passion for education. He worked for Chicago Public Schools over seven
years in the classroom and as an instructional specialist. Now he brings that passion for passing on knowledge to the wellness
As a naturopath, he has studied the links between our physical, mental, and spiritual selves.
Deirdre J Burrell,
DD, Lac, CMT, Metaphysician
Deirdre J Burrell is an internationally
recognized Motivational Healer, Naturopath, Metaphysician, and a licensed Diplomat of Acupuncture. She has a B.S. in Biology,
followed by a four-year study of Oriental Medicine and an internship in Guangzho, China; as well as a doctoral candidacy in
Natural Healing. She is also founder and director of Harmonious Vibrations Wellness Centre, a Holistic Health Care center
for developing a natural approach to healing, and has been featured in Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Reader, N’Digo,
Kelly, Yoga Instructor, Licenced Massage Therapist (LMT)
Erin Kelly is a licenced massage
therapist and Yoga instructor who is passionately dedicated to helping others feel their best. Her motto is
'Joy is strength' and her intention is to empower and inspire those she serves to make peace with their bodies and to flow
with the Grace of life. Her teaching is predominantly influenced by Anusara Yoga, a system of Yoga that combines biochemical
principals of alignment with a Tantric philosophy. She can help you relieve aches and pains, create balance between
strength and flexibility, bend over backwards, clear your mind, and feel a little more ecstatic about your life.
Maureen Ryan, Yoga Instructor
Maureen Ryan, Hatha Yoga instructor has been
practicing yoga for 22 years and teaching for 10 years. She received her training at the Himalayan Institute.
Leon Williams, Tai Chi Instructor
Leon Williams has been practicing Tai
Chi for over 15 years. He began his studies with Martial Arts Elements and has since studied with various other master teachers.
Leon wanted to study the Art of Total Enhancement. Once he started Tai Chi, He knew it was something he could be doing
for the rest of his life. When Leon teaches, He becomes totally immersed in the experience. Although he is a teacher. he says
he will always be a student of Tai Chi.
Leon has been teaching at Natural Instincts since 2006. He believed in what Natural Instincts
represents before its actual inception. He not only teaches Tai Chi but he lives Tai Chi. He has incorporated this art into
his daily life and is elated at the fact that he is able to teach and help others "feel" this innate level of energy
that is truly alive in everyone.
Cheretta Hill, Zumba Instructor
My name is Cheretta Hill and I am currently a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor. I became a certified
Zumba Instructor in August of 2009. My certifications include Zumba Basics 1, Zumba Basics 2, Zumba Toning, and Zumbatomic
Teaching and taking Zumba Classes have allowed me to grow personally and meet so many amazing
people. It has helped me to become more fit and healthier as I have lost 85 pounds and counting since I have started my journey.
The most important is that it has left a major impact on my life by causing me to be and feel better physically and mentally.
amazing students and instructors that I have met and continue to meet, inspire me on a daily basis. I truly enjoy reaching
out to others and being touched by them as well. To feel the energy of others in a great place, dancing, and letting go of
everything is rewarding. It is an experience that I live for and am blessed to have.
love music and I love dance! Dance is one of the most expressive forms of body movement that
helps to free our minds, bodies, and souls. The emotions and ideas that are communicated through dance and music are so powerful!
Dance is a gift for us to take care of ourselves and a gift to reach others. We just have to let go of our inhibitions that
hold us back from moving freely and experiencing this art form.
Smith, Belly Dance Instuctor
Shalimar has studied the art of traditional Egyptian Style Belly Dance and Fusion
under the tutelage of Sanura Nar for over 10 years. She currently teaches, still studies, and is a senior dancer with Sanura
Nar’s Navel Academy. The Navel Academy travels and performs at different functions and benefits around the
City and outside the State of Illinois. She Enjoys and loves learning this dance form and being able to teach it to others.
She truly believes you can never stop learning because there is always more, and dance is the gateway to a whole other world!
Dance is a fun way to experience a great workout through a traditional art form. The dance form is so dynamic and rich
in history. The class that Shalimar teaches at Natural Instincts is energetic and upbeat. You get some basic technique
and get your body to burn calories by allowing it to sing the music. You will learn to celebrate yourself through the
rhythms of contemporary and global sounds. Belly dance promotes good posture and boots self-confidence,
all while giving your body an invigorating workout. You will leave with improved body isolation, some basic belly dance techniques,
and you will be able to create your own dance combinations. So please come and enjoy a shimmy-tastic-good-time with Shalimar!
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