WHAT IS STRIVE?
Strive Mental Health and Wellness LLC is a provider of holistic mental health services, bringing wellness to the treatment of mental illness, in a community setting.
Too often, mental health is provided in isolation, leaving the individual to piece together the remaining care on his or her own.
Strive takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining adult mental health services, including prescription medication and counseling while adding nutritional services, personal fitness, and group fitness. Acupuncture will also be offered for treatment of mental illness, substance abuse, and other conditions having an impact on the person’s mental health.
A sense of community is an essential part of mental health, wellness, and de-stigmatization of mental illness. Strive embraces community experiences by adding the Wellness Hour, an hour-long daily group fitness class available to all; Friday afternoon drum circle; square-foot community garden; participation in community events; and by enacting the 10-Choose program, whereby 10% of revenue is donated to charitable causes, a portion of which is directed by the individual at the time of service.
Because strive means you are not there yet but you are working on it. That you believe in yourself and are working towards a goal. That your goal can be anything that you would like to be better in your life. Because in the process of striving to live your best life, changes become apparent and personal growth begins, allowing you to reach the goal you set for yourself.
The rocket represents human spaceflight, one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. It represents people coming together collectively and individually to do their best and achieve a goal.
The rocketship is also representational of anything you would like to be better or different in your life, where the spark is the desire to improve, the orbits represent the iterative process of self-improvement, and the rocket is piloted by you to reach the desired outcome.
PHYSICIAN - JEFFREY TURELL MD, MPH
Dr. Turell grew up in Houston, where he developed a love for barbecue, a fascination with Rockets, attended public schools, and learned Spanish.
Wanting to meet and learn with people from all over the country, he went to Emory University, graduating with a BA in political science. Med school admissions being what they were, he went back to Houston for a year of lab work, hospital volunteering, and coursework before being accepted to Sackler School of Medicine’s American Program at Tel Aviv University.
He used summers off to participate in medical student exchange programs in Italy and Mexico after 1st and 2nd year. Following graduation, Dr. Turell began medical training in family medicine in Syracuse, but 15-minute visits were not a good fit for him, and an elective in psychiatry changed his career direction. Dr. Turell was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, bolstering his sense of empathy.
Dr. Turell then moved to Cleveland with his wife, where he earned a Master of Public Health from Case Western Reserve University, and then trained at University Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Center in psychiatry for 2 years. Dr. Turell is licensed in both Ohio and New York State and has provided adult mental health services over the past 9 years in Summit, Lake, and Cuyahoga counties in a variety of emergency, private, and community settings.
Professional interests include treatment of ADHD, using acupuncture for treating mental health and substance use disorders, using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression, treating opiate use disorder with suboxone, lifestyle optimization to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, and the practice of mindfulness to improve mental health and cognitive function.
Personal interests include long-distance running, travel, photography, longboarding, kayaking, practicing Judaism, and spending time with his wife and 2 children.
Coach CJ - BOXING FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Coach CJ has been boxing since the age of 13 years old, and had his first boxing match at 16 years old.. Working hard to develop his skills, Coach CJ was awarded the Golden Gloves both in 2010 and 2011. Coach CJ teaches the boxing fitness class at Strive, and his interests are in fitness, ballroom dancing, community involvement. Coach CJ leads boxing fitness class, private boxing fitness sessions, private fitness sessions, and private boxing training sessions.
MIRIAM FRIEDMAN KOVAL - INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION HEALTH COACH
Miriam Friedman Koval, founder and owner of Wellness Delivered by Miriam, is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, recipe developer, and personal chef who specializes in healthy, nutrient-dense foods. She is a guide and mentor who empowers clients with ongoing support and guidance as they set goals and make sustainable changes that improve health, positive energy, and happiness. Together, Miriam and her clients navigate the world of contradictory nutrition and health advice to explore what truly works. She believes that no one diet works for everyone, and that gradual and individualized changes will support reaching one’s health goals over the long term.
Miriam received her education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, as well as over 100 dietary theories, including Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, and macrobiotics. Her teachers and mentors at the Institute include Deepak Chopra, MD; Andrew Weil, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; and Joel Fuhrman, MD. This education has equipped Miriam with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention.
Miriam grew up in Toronto, Ontario, enjoying vegetables from her family garden, doing yoga with her mother, composting, and sampling interesting foods that her father surprised the children with, like bee pollen and raw sugar cane. She has lived in Cleveland, Ohio with her wonderful husband and children.
Find her on instagram at @miriam_friedman_koval where you’ll find creative healthy dinner ideas.
ILANA WOLFSON- REGISTERED DIETICIAN
I am Ilana Wolfson. I am founder of Ilana Wolfson Wellness. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist whose passion is to help people reach their health and wellness goals through small and sustainable dietary habits that they can carry with them for life. I offer one on one consulting, meal planning, support, and education for people who are ready for lasting change. My strategies coupled with developing the correct mindset will enable my clients to break the chain of the diet mentality that typically leads to failure. It's hard work but the reward is everlasting and so worth it!
Some fun facts about me .....
-I am a mom of 6!!! I have 5 boys and 1 girl
-I LOVE TO CREATE HEALTHY FOODS (another side gig of mine )
-I enjoy working out , reading , and hanging with my dog Cash .
GERRI WASHINGTON - HULA HOOP INSTRUCTOR
Gerri Washington, founder and owner of All the Hoopla, is a fitness enthusiast, hoop maker, and hula hoop instructor. Gerri found fun and fitness through hula hooping, and decided to make her own hoops when she could not find them readily available locally. Gerri teaches the DJ Hula Hoop class on Saturday nights after Shabbat. Classes involve learning the basics of hooping, learning some next-level tricks, playing games and contests, and of course music! Class is great for all levels of experience, and with a class size of 4 gives the personalized instruction helpful for beginners and those looking to advance their skills. Classes can be geared to special occasions, such as date night, girls night out, father-daughter night, family night, singles night, etc. Hoops are available at the class, and if desired she can make you a personalized hoop to the size, weight, and color of your choosing. Join the fun!
KEVIN CAPUTO- LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST
Kevin is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Ohio. He graduated from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio in 2018. Kevin has practiced in Beijing, China, and is now accepting new patients at Strive for acupuncture and Chinese medical services.
Sir William Cofield - BOXING FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Sir has been boxing since the age of 14 years old. Working hard to develop his skills, Sir was awarded the Golden Gloves. Sir teaches the boxing fitness class at Strive, and his interests are in fitness, nutrition, and meditation. Sir leads boxing fitness class, private boxing fitness sessions, private fitness sessions, and group meditation.
Patricia Ellins - TRX INSTRUCTOR
Patricia is a certified Fitness Trainer, Corrective Exercise Therapist, TRX Coach and Thai massage practitioner. She is currently studying to gain certification as a Health/Life Coach. Patricia has been a Fitness Lifestyle entrepreneur for 17 years, and has participated in the sport of Figure, she has run many road races from 5K to marathons and loves strength training. Over the years Patricia has worked with individuals who desire strength and balance in sport specific activites such as golf, tennis, running and yoga. She has trained clients of all ages, and currently has developed a niche with the Boomer population who wish to maintain good balance, posture, range of motion and overall health and well-being. Patricia believes that fitness makes everything better!!
She is excited to join the Strive Team as TRX Coach.
Khrisarean Irons - Personal Trainer and Running Coach
Khrisarean grew up in Shaker Heights and is a graduate of Miami University. He earned a degree in Kinesiology and Health, and is a Personal trainer and running coach. Khrisarean's sports background includes wrestling, track, football, and lifting.
Mary Laura Bowers- Ashtanga Yoga Instructor
Practicing yoga for over 20 years, I am witness to the change in body, mind, and soul. Certified E-RYT 200, and soon to complete the E-RYT 500, I practice and teach Ashtanga and Vinyasa, alongside breathwork and meditation. "How we care for others reflects the society we build. I practice ever aware and grateful for all of the teachers along the path."
Joshua Singer, L.Ac. - QiGong Instructor
Josh has been practicing the tools of Chinese Medicine since 2003 in Montpelier, Vermont. He earlier began studying Soaring Crane Qi Gong during his Chinese medical education in Portland, Oregon with Professor Chen Hui-Xian, who learned from the creator of this form. As one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, gentle exercise is a large part of maintaining good health. Qi Gong may be translated as “the cultivation of life force” and involves gentle movement along with breathing and mental focus. The form that Josh teaches is called Soaring Crane, as it somewhat mimics the movements of this bird of longevity. Josh has been friends with Dr. Turell since their freshman year at Emory University.
Ben Weiss. -Personal Trainer
Hi everyone, my name is Ben Weiss. I am the head personal trainer of Strive Mental Health and Wellness. My
passion is to help people change their lives in the simplest and most realistic way possible. I believe everyone
deserves the right to good health and to be happy with themselves inside and out. Getting fit and healthy does
not have to be difficult, but often times it is. Why is that? With so much conflicting and contradictory information
out there it can be frustrating and confusing to know what to do. Guess what? You are not alone. Let me be your guide to helping you develop a personal fitness plan that is right for you, and keep you accountable on your
path to reaching your health and fitness goals.