Holistic Paths to Wellness

Holistic Paths to Wellness

Welcome to Holistic Paths to Wellness, with Drs. Serena Wadhwa and Maristela Zell! Every month we bring you news, suggestions, and guidance to live a healthy, balanced, and harmonious life! Our guests will provide cutting-edge knowledge on a large range of topics, as well as at-home practices leading you on your path to wellness. Current wellness and health issues will be discussed and resources will be provided to stimulate optimal health, nutrition, physical, and mental well-being!

About Dr. Serena Wadhwa


Serena Wadhwa, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC, RYT, is an assistant professor/program coordinator and a psychotherapist. Dr. Wadhwa works in a variety of roles as a consultant, creator, presenter, trainer, lecturer, radio talk show host, yoga instructor, blogger, and author. Her book, Stress in the Modern World is available to order on Amazon.

She is the founder of the Stress Intelligence coaching program and book by the same title (available in 2017). Her website is





About Dr. Maristela Zell

Maristela Zell, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Professor at the Department of Social Work at Governors State University, where she teaches advanced social work, holistic, and mindfulness-based practice. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois’ Jane Addams College of Social Work. Maristela Zell is the developer and coordinator of the Holistic Social Work Practice concentration at Governors State University. She is also the lead coordinator of the Mindfulness in the Helping Professions Certificate program. Maristela has maintained a mindful, meditative practice for over 30 years, and has helped numerous individuals to develop their own meditation practice. She is also a Reiki practitioner. A psychotherapist with over 20 years of practice, Maristela also has extensive experience supervising caseworkers and clinicians, conducting training, developing curricula, and providing consultation to public and private social service organizations. Maristela Zell’s research focuses on the psychological experiences of Latinas/os and African Americans in higher education, social work practice in child welfare settings, and globalization and social movements.

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