Elevating Health Differently
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.
When you feel good, living has a different meaning.
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.
Deena Schwartz, CRNA
Altasano Founder & Director
Ms. Schwartz is a practicing nurse anesthesiologist, Board Certified in Anesthesia by the National Council on the Certification of Nurse Anesthetists and has been practicing anesthesia for over 20 years. Ms. Schwartz is passionate about helping her patients see other perspectives in order to live life as fully as possible.
Ms. Schwartz was born in Ohio and raised in the suburbs of Chicago . She completed her undergraduate education at The University of Illinois and her post-graduate work in at DePaul University, earning a Master’s Degree in Science/Anesthesia. Ms. Schwartz completed her anesthesia residency at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center. In addition to founding Altasano, Ms. Schwartz currently works in the Chicagoland area providing office-based anesthesia and is enrolled in a post-masters psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner DNP program.
Outside of her professional career, Ms. Schwartz earned her private pilot license and enjoys flying on short trips around the United States. She is an avid yogi and loves digging in her vegetable garden. She is passionate about volunteering in her community. She is a member of the fund-raising team for Turning Point – McHenry County’s only residential domestic violence shelter. She also is a board member and scholarship director for the local EAA chapter whose mission is to encourage the Spirit of Aviation by providing young children the experience of flight. Ms. Schwartz is a member of Leadership Greater McHenry County and has taken a keen interest in helping the community. She lives in the McHenry, Illinois with her husband and children.