Meet the Team

Dr. Theresa R. Peter, D.C.,M.S., CFMP – Owner/Director

Need Answers to why you are not feeling your best?!


Knowing deep down that life can, should and would be better if you just knew how, knew why…


Hmmm, are you feeling boundless energy, vitality, deep drive towards your goals, sleep is fantastic, have strength, mobility, focus, virility, and tenacity for life? Really? Do you want or need more?!

Well, you are in the right place my friend!

That’s where I come in! Deeply passionate about finding science based, physiologically and biochemically focused, evidenced backed answers to solve your, your family, friends, and loved ones’ not so optimal health (or serious issues too!).

Hi, I’m Dr. Theresa R. Peter, D.C., M.S., CFMP and want you to know it is my life’s purpose to help others understand where, how, and why their body is not behaving the way it should be and to provide appropriate, effective natural compounds such as herbs, vitamins, minerals, neurotransmitters, bio-identical hormones, chelators, binders, phytonutrients, and other possibilities depending on what is found in the research to get your cellular physiology and energy working to heal and repair instead of destroying and degenerating.  I use a functional medicine approach to determine the root cause and coexisting medical disruptions in order to create a doable, comprehensive, results driven treatment plan. My previous career as a Research Scientist at a pharmaceutical company, solving my own significant health challenges through tedious reading, research and natural means, then obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic degree with a focus on functional medicine, drives me to enlighten others.

Together we will form a strong team to make effective choices and changes to reach your personal, optimal, health goals. I look forward in helping you create your most balanced, internally healthy life possible!

For the straight data, check out below:


Dr. Theresa D.C., M.S., CFMP


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Central Michigan University (Fire up Chips!)

Master of Science in Occupational and Industrial Health from University of Michigan (Go Blue!)

Doctor of Chiropractic from National University of Health Sciences (Esse quam videri)

Dr. Theresa D.C., M.S., CFMP has been in practice for ten years. She has performed at least two formal public lectures on various health and functional medicine topics over these past ten years at locations like The Tribe Healing Arts in Chicago, IL, Eagle Brook Country Club, Geneva, IL, Fitness For Life in Woodstock, IL, Open lectures in downtown Naperville, IL, etc. but the most exciting was the international opportunity in Mexico listed below! Health knows no borders!

Sanoviv Medical Institute, Rosarito, Mexico – 2 separate 4 day Functional Iodine Informational Retreats (2016, 2017); One open enrollment and the other prestigious private attendees only. Keynote Speaker and main lecturer.

Dr. Theresa D.C., M.S., CFMP doesn’t sit still for very long and continues to do many, smaller intimate groups, Zoom lectures, and one on ones just because she loves to teach!  She is passionate about personal development (shout out to EP Coaching, Sarasota, FL! Check them out!) mental, physical, and spiritual and believes that while each of us has a personal purpose and path to unfold, you will achieve it more successfully and joyfully when you embrace help from others who are there to bring out the best in you.

Dr. Theresa D.C., M.S., CFMP has two beautiful, independent, daughters pursuing their passions through higher education, two adorable and fun-loving dogs, enjoys traveling, biking trails, yoga, meditation, walking the beach, and contemplating science and spirituality. E=mc2!


Affiliations/ Member of:

Illinois Chiropractic Society

Florida Chiropractic Association

The Institute of Functional Medicine


Special Skills

Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Active Iodine Therapy Practitioner

Certified in Acupuncture to enhance treatment knowledge

Registered Yoga Teacher 200; currently pursuing RYT 500

Reiki Master Teacher since 2004

Full body energy muscle tester

Passionate about data collection

Alex Bissell- Office Manager

Alex Bissell grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois where she always had interests in personal health/wellbeing, individual interactions and positive mental health. Therefore, she choose the University of Wisconsin Whitewater to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While attending the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Alex joined Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority which focuses on the March of Dimes foundation’s project of raising funds to help support training for women, awarding graduate and undergraduate scholarships to members, and  they work to support the philanthropic initiative of Sigma Serves Children.  Sigma Serves Children focuses on life-enhancing therapeutic play/child life programs at hospitals and other facilities around the country.  While obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she also focused on giving back to her community by frequently volunteering at various nursing homes and campus clean-up programs.  She believes deeply in giving back and feels volunteering is a core value to a strong community.

Upon taking on the role as Office Manager at Health Up Wellness Center,  she continues to discover new ways of looking at whole health care and has learned from Dr. Peter the importance of being a self-advocate in one’s journey to your own optimal health.  She loves interacting with the wonderful patients and focuses on bringing positivity into the office.


Melissa Suriano CTACC, CPT

Wellness Mentor, Melissa Suriano CTACC, CPT maintains a thriving Personal Training and Wellness Mentoring practice.  She compliments Health Up Wellness Center by directly assisting Dr. Theresa Peter and the Office Manager Alex, with patient follow up and directives, chart completion, and being a resource for patient’s personal training and wellness mentoring needs.

She feels that helping others embrace the physical and mental changes through healthy food, appropriate exercise, high quality supplementation, and mental mentoring are the keys to the patient’s success.  Her belief is that by embracing your style, interests, and dreams, success will happen no matter what your age!

She has successfully completed the Ace Personal Training Certification Program, Coach Training Alliance’s Certified Coach program, Certification in Holistic & Integrative Health through McHenry County College as well as her Certification with Turning Point Domestic Violence.  She also is passionate about supporting cancer foundations as well as cancer survivors due her own heartfelt experience.