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- Educational Materials
- Signs and Symptoms Bookmark
- Latest LupusNow Magazine
- Invitation to Become a Member of LFA-Iowa
- Upcoming Events to include Local Lupus Meetings being Held in your Area
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- Understanding Lupus
- Diagnosing Lupus
- Treating Lupus
- Coping with Lupus
- Living with Lupus
- Lupus and the Musculoskeletal System
- Lupus and the Skin
- Lupus and the Renal System
- Lupus and the Cardiopulminary System
- Lupus and the Gastrointestinal System
Additional topics available as well.
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LIVEFIT WITH LUPUS
Lisa Lynn Eveleth - Nutrition and Wellness Coach
Founder and CEO of LIVEFIT WITH LUPUS
Lisa Lynn Eveleth holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University. She also is certified in nutrition, coaching, counseling, exercise science, personal training, group exercise, yoga and pilates. Lisa is a professional speaker, a published author, the owner of Body Design Fitness and Wellness, a fitness instructor, a personal trainer and a model, currently holding the title of Mrs. Iowa United States. Lisa Lynn and her husband live in the Quad Cities area.
Having lived for over twenty years with the challenges of the autoimmune disease Lupus, Lisa discovered the path to wellness through nutrition, exercise and an integrative medical approach. This journey led her to become the Founder and CEO of LIVEFIT WITH LUPUS. With Lisa’s guidance, this non-profit’s mission is to educate, empower and inspire others to overcome their own obstacles and create autoimmune awareness in the community, nationally and around the globe.
Optimum Performance Physical Therapy, LLC
Jon Schultz, MPT, OCS, ECS, PRC
Jon’s passion is to provide a rehabilitation experience focused in compassion and dignity. He possesses an extremely unique skill set and is one of a select group of physical therapists to be Board Certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in Orthopaedics and Clinical Electrophysiology (muscle and nerve disorders). Has extensive training and experience over a 17 year career in treating complex chronic pain patients and competitive athletes. He has made it his life’s work to explore new techniques of therapeutic rehabilitation in order to offer a more complete recovery to his patients. Jon has received advanced training in the areas of Chronic Pain Management and Stress Resiliency Techniques (amitsood.com) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Jon’s interests are the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain syndromes through a holistic approach. His undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University was in psychology and therefore he appreciates how the mind (neuroscience) can influence posture and movement patterns.
Sarah Masengarb, LMT, RYT
Prairie Life Fitness
Orthapedic Massage Therapist
That summer, I made the decision to expand my education and moved to Des Moines to pursue Massage Therapy. After over 750 hrs of training, I graduated from Body Wisdom School of Massage Therapy in Urbandale, specializing in Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofascial, Active Engagement, Positional Release, Passive and Active Assisted Stretching, Neuromuscular (Trigger Point Therapy), and Shiatsu. I have been privileged and honored to work with clients living with muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, lupus, ALS, cystic fibrosis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, chronic headaches and migraine, rotator cuff injury and frozen shoulder, repetitive strain and injury of all kinds, just to name a few!
Help Yourself Heal
Shannon Krajcir MT (ASCP), HTP, Reiki Master & Yoga Instructor
My healing journey began as a child. I used to massage family members at family gatherings, to help them relax. As a teenager I wanted to do something in the medical field so I went to school to become a Medical Technologist. Along the way I became an aerobics instructor in 1996. Then in 1997 an Aunt became ill with Stomach Cancer. A friend suggested I learn Reiki to help my Aunt with her pain in 1998. Loved it so much I wanted to learn more healing techniques, so I went on a 4 year journey learning Healing Touch. During that time frame I was asked to learn and teach Yoga. So I am a Yogafit instructor as of 2003. Also in 2003, I became certified as a Healing touch practitioner. I have been practicing and learning healing ever since.
Zone of Comfort
LaTonya Carroll is a Licensed Massage Therapist and member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She graduated from The College of Massage and Healing Arts July of 2000. She believes in naturally taking control of your health by participating in the preventative and maintenance of your body. She has a deep respect for the need to balance activity with rest to allow the body time to heal and return to wellness. LaTonya has worked with babies, toddlers, teenagers, adults, elderly, body builders, athletes, maternity, chemotherapy patients and stroke victims. She is trained and experienced in Swedish Massage Therapy, Deep Tissue, Maternity, Hot Stone Massage, Foot Reflexology and Hot Towel/Cold Stone Face Massage.
Her goal is to naturally assist your well-being.
Des Moines Acupuncture
Abby Miller, L. Ac, Dipl. CH
Stephanie Braunwarth, LAc, Dipl. CH, RYT
Abby Miller and Stephanie Braunwarth of Des Moines Acupuncture Clinic, Licensed Acupuncturists and Board Certified by the Iowa Board of Medicine, are expert at discovering the root cause of a patient’s pain and working with the patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to restore them to vibrant health! They have an outstanding reputation for successful patient outcomes.
Fleet Feet Sports
Andy Roat, Owner
Kathy Roat, Walking Program Coordinator
Linda Franker, Certified Health Coach
Obesity had been my life, wearing size chubby 14 skirt the 1st day of kindergarten. A lifetime of feeling miserable on the inside, wanting and dreaming of a happier me inside and with my physical appearance. I tried several diets over many years, exercising at all levels, to only lose and regain the same 20 to 100 lbs over and over again, tipping the scales a little higher each time. The cycle continued, until 2010 when a physician introduced me to this program, suggesting if I lost 40lbs, it would help reduce inflammation I had in my hips. Reluctant and protective of my health as I have MS, I started the Take Shape for Life program to lose 40lbs, my dreams of a better, healthier, happier me in body and mind became a reality. I lost 80lbs and have maintained the weight-loss, feeling great!
I’m managing the MS beast inside me with a healthy lifestyle of optimal health choices! My life is truly in the palm of my hand as I never dreamed my dreams would be achievable, much less the personal strength and confidence of “paying it forward” as a health coach, creating hope and the reality of a healthy future for others. This is truly a blessing and I love the opportunity of being able to support people who make the decision for a healthy lifestyle change.
Nicole Stokes, LMSW
Pediatric Social Worker
Blank Children’s Hospital
Local Lupus Meeting Leader (LFA Support)
(LFA-Iowa Board Member, LFA-Iowa Medical Advisory Board)
LFA-Iowa Patient Services Committee Chair
Lauren Calhoun, RN
Local Lupus Meeting Leader (LFA Support)
(LFA-Iowa Board Member, LFA-Iowa Medical Advisory Board)
Lauren Wallace, Chef
Nourish Personal Chef
Trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, I have a passion for cooking & healing.
I truly believe that what we eat defines our health, and can have a serious effect on our quality of life. I know it is hard in this fast-paced world to make time to be healthy and to make nourishing choices with our food. That’s where I come in. I have over ten years experience working in restaurants & six years experience cooking for healing. I believe food can be fun, delicious, decadent and healing all at the same time.
Let’s make your food journey a positive one. I would be honored to assist you on that journey.
Dr. Meghan Knutson grew up in Ankeny, Iowa and found her calling for chiropractic at a young age. She decided upon a career in chiropractic early in high school. Helping others and making an impact on their lives was exactly what she wanted to do, just as her childhood chiropractor had done for her. That decision would be the foundation of her pursuit for the next several years.
Following high school, Dr. Knutson received her Bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. From Truman State University, she moved farther south to St. Louis, Missouri where she attended Logan University College of Chiropractic.
Battling weight problems since childhood, Dr. Meghan realized that she needed to make a change in her life to be the best doctor she could be. Surrounded by a healthy environment, she began gaining an interest in nutrition and and using food as her medicine. As her interest grew she decided to start the Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance program at Logan University. This propelled her interest farther and she took many nutritional seminars in St. Louis. Today, Dr. Meghan loves speaking about nutrition with her patients at Carlson Chiropractic, sharing healthy gluten-free and paleo recipes, and continuing to strive to learn new things about nutrition every day.
The following organizations are offering resources that MAY be helpful to those living with lupus. Please utilize their services as you need them. We are all working together to provide the resources necessary to impprove the quality of life for those with Lupus, Arthritis, and Disabilities. With some known cross over between these chronic conditions, we hope this may help.
Dream Catcher's Foundation Inc.
We are Dream Catchers – a group of volunteer licensed beauty professionals in Des Moines, IA. We’re using our talents to support women, men, and children with chronic or terminal illnesses, and their caregivers, feel beautiful on the inside by helping them see it on the outside. We provide our services completely complimentary because we know that when you aren’t feeling your best, it’s hard to feel beautiful. CLICK FOR PROGRAMS
Sometimes something as simple as a haircut can make someone feel stronger and more beautiful. Dream Catchers volunteers have seen this first hand. That, and how a little bit of lip gloss can brighten the day of a little child that is sick. Or how a simple clean shave can make any man feel confident in his ability to take on the day. It was all of these sparks that ignited the vision of the Dream Catcher’s Foundation. Dream Catcher volunteers provide services such as shaving, haircuts, and yes, even the occasional superhero mask to those of all ages battling a chronic or terminal illness. They aspire to give back strength to those who may have lost some during their fight. The Dream Catcher Foundation’s mission is to rejuvenate the spirit through human touch for men, women and children. After all, everyone deserves to feel beautiful.
Tricia Rivas, owner of Trixie’s Salon, has always had a passion for giving back to the community. Tricia used her skills as a licensed beauty professional to donate salon services to Hospice of Central Iowa, the women’s shelter in Des Moines, and also to Des Moines veterans. To make a greater impact, Tricia encouraged her staff at Trixie’s Salon to donate their talents to organizations in the Des Moines community. Together, Tricia and her team started volunteering to help brighten someone’s day with a fresh haircut or a little lip gloss, and it turned into something much more.
The services Tricia and the Trixie’s staff provided not only brightened someone’s day, they helped improve self-confidence of people that were terminally or chronically ill, as well as those who had hit a rough spot in life and had ended up on the street. They were providing a service that helped someone say: “I look good!” or “I feel good!” They were providing services that really made a difference.
Wanting to do more, Tricia started weaving the web for Dream Catchers. After assembling a Board of Directors and months of hard work, the idea of Dream Catchers came to life and became an official non-profit organization. It is the only non-profit of its kind in Central Iowa that provides salon services for men, women, and children that are chronically and terminally ill, as well as their caregivers.
Mission: To rejuvenate the spirit through human touch for men, women, and children.
Vision: Catching inner beauty.
Values: Strength, Beauty, Community.
Arthritis Foundation, Iowa and Nebraska - Heartland Region
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