Meet the Team


Dr. Theresa R. Peter

Dr. Theresa R. Peter was born and raised in a small northern Michigan town of Alpena. It was with these roots she spent a lot of time outdoors, connecting with nature and becoming a budding scientist. Her interests lead her to complete a Bachelor of       Science degree in Chemistry with a Math minor followed by working at Abbott as a research scientist. While at Abbott, she attended an Executive Master’s program from University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and has received a Master of Science degree in Industrial Health (Occupational and Environmental Health). After six years at Abbott, she started a family and has two beautiful girls who are now 14 and 16 years old. She took a hiatus from work to raise her girls until school age in which she continued her ever expanding interests in what makes us healthy, balanced and complete. During this time she became a Yoga Instructor (RYT 200) and a Reiki Master Teacher (hands on holistic healing art). Instead of going back to work in the private sector, Dr. Peter knew she needed to work one on one with people in order to truly impact one’s desire to reach their optimum health. She decided to achieve that means by furthering her studies at National University of Health Sciences and obtain her degree as a Chiropractic Physician. During those studies, she continued her focus on biochemistry, botanicals, pharmacology (to understand how to help those wanting to decrease their need for prescription medications) and nutrition. Dr. Peter is also certified in Acupuncture. With her experience and knowledge, she combines muscle testing with clinical diagnostic tests as needed, such as blood, urine, Hair Mineral Analysis, Saliva Hormone Testing (Bio-identical Hormone replacement therapy), Quantitative Iodine and Halide/Toxic Metal testing etc… She truly looks at her patients from a multidimensional approach and individualizes a treatment plan that would work best for their goals of optimum health.

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.