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About

Dr. Melonie Schoenherr

Thanks for stopping by, I’m Dr. Melonie! I have been an obsessive nerd for as long as I can remember.  This nerdiness revolved around the human body and how amazing it is.  Everything about pregnancy and babies seemed like absolute magic to me and I intentionally designed my life from a very young age to be the kind of MOM and WIFE that I wanted to be. Today, I get to live that dream with my husband and two littles. 

 

I wanted a career that would teach me how to have the healthiest kids while giving me the freedom to design my workspace, hours and clientele around my priorities - so I became a CHIROPRACTOR.  

 

At the lowest point of my breastfeeding journey a dairy farmer (who happened to be my dad) gave me better breastfeeding advice than any of the “professionals” I was listening to.  That’s when I decided to become an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).

 

Becoming a lactation consultant was not on my to do list.  In fact, it was never a desire of mine.  I didn’t exactly love breastfeeding but it was non-negotiable for me.  It was happening!  My grit ended up producing success and a pretty darn joyful experience and I so badly wanted to make it easier for other moms. A healthy breastfeeding journey is one of the biggest ways we can start a positive cascade of healthy choices that stops so many of the ailments and illnesses that children and adults are dealing with today.

 

Chiropractic and lactation support make a wonderful marriage because chiropractic care allows us to determine and treat the root cause of latch issues. My dream is that one day every new mom has access to a one-stop-shop where they value well fed babies, well adjusted families, and well supported communities.  So Mama, what are you waiting for? Let’s help you BEGIN WELL.

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About

Ariel Cholag, IBCLC

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My name is Ariel and I’ve been with Begin Well Co. as a lactation consultant since August of 2023. My personal breastfeeding journey started 8 years ago, and now 3 kids and 6.5 years of breastfeeding later, my passion for all things lactation is stronger than ever. 

I am a proud graduate of the Henry Ford College Lactation Consultant Program where I completed my clinical hours at St. John Hospital and then went on to certify as an IBCLC. 

I am truly excited and honored to be a part of this team, and I cannot wait to provide lactation support to anyone who needs it.

About

Haley Sturza

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Hello! My name is Haley and I’ve been with Begin Well Co. since August 2021. After having my first son in 2020 I came to realize breastfeeding wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I had every breastfeeding issue possible. From that point on I knew I wanted to join Dr. Melonie’s mission. 

 

I earned my CCLS certification from The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor in the fall of 2021 while spending that time shadowing Dr. Melonie. 

 

I have now been breastfeeding for over 3 years with two wonderful boys. I'm so passionate about educating and helping moms reach their goals surrounding their babies. 

Clinical and Communication Lactation Specialist

About

Jillian Pickens

RN,BSN, Certified Lactation Professional

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Hello! I'm Jill, and I am a BSN, RN joining the team after 4 years of being a NICU nurse!

 

I am passionate about working with parents and their babies, and so excited to start this new chapter as a Lactation Consultant at Begin Well Co! I got my CLP in December 2023, and have been shadowing Dr. Melonie since August 2023. I will be taking my IBCLC exam in April.

 

I am a wife to my husband Jeff and a Mom to my sweet 4 year old daughter, Lily. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends, and I love to bake!

About

Ale Nightingale

Front Desk, Patient Coordinator 

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Hi! My name is Alejandra and I recently joined the team at Begin Well Co. In November 2023.

 

I am a wife and mom to an amazing 3 year old little girl! My passions are nature walks, crafts, and spending time with my family. We have an 8 1/2 year old pittie that we rescued. I have worked at chilis for about 12 years and I’m excited to start this new chapter in my life working with moms and babies!! 

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