Altasano was founded in 2018 on the core belief that mental health and physical health are interconnected. Our founder, Deena Schwartz, is a board-certified registered nurse anesthetist with over 25 years of direct patient care. Rooted in traditional medical paradigms, yet living with a health-conscious mind-set, Deena believes that good physical and mental health can be optimized with enhanced nutrition, restorative sleep, consistent exercise and deep social and spiritual connection.
Witnessing the increase in chronic illnesses and obesity along with addiction and depression/anxiety, across all age groups, while at the same time, learning to manage her own mind-body health, Deena affirmed her beliefs in the gut-brain connection and that difficult and complex mind-body health issues sometimes require non-conventional treatments. Ms. Schwartz was inspired to use her personal experience and professional knowledge to help others manage their chronic health issues by focusing on holistic mind-body health. She is striving to remove the stigma of mental health issues because she knows that the body suffers when needs of the mind are not met and vice versa. We, as humans, are just beginning to understanding the complex interconnection of the mind and body in terms of health.