(***As featured with Pioneer Press, Star Tribune & Women's Press***)
One Local Business Woman Carries On Her Parent’s Legacy
(EAGAN, MN) -- Jean Baker, CEO of LifeStream Wellness comes from a long and local line of entrepreneurs. Her grandparents and parents have inspired her throughout her life to forge her own path. Grandfather Howard Wong owned and operated one of the most successful Cantonese restaurants in America along the old Bloomington Strip. Jean’s mother Donna and Al were Restauranteurs themselves, first with Ground Round and then with the eponymous Al Baker’s of Eagan. At Al Baker’s, the motto was always come as a customer, leave as a friend.
“My parents definitely influenced my business sense and, especially my mother, influenced my vision for creating a community of wellness through LifeStream Wellness. My mother first exposed me to the traditions and methodology of healing in my Chinese Heritage, always reminding us to lead a balanced life. My father thrived on building relationships throughout the community, gave back whenever and wherever he could, and dedicated countless hours to present a gathering place for his city,” Jean explained when asked about her inspiration to move her operations to Eagan after founding LifeStream Wellness in 2009.
Other life experiences, guided her process as well. “Watching my father go through his cancer diagnosis, treatment and eventually, hospice opened my heart and my eyes to the needs that we all have to living a more balanced life and receiving the best and most effective care possible along the way. My father’s schedule placed strenuous demands on his body and spirit, and he did not manage this stress well. Looking back, this was a major contributor to his disease and its toll. After his passing, I made it my mission to help heal others and encourage everyone around me to find an integrated balance of their mind, body and spirit and to eliminate or minimize the obstacles to this balance. With my mother’s passing along my Chinese heritage, coupled with the family’s business acumen, I feel it was destiny for me to start a clinic such as LifeStream,” continued Jean. “My mission is to inspire and lead people to lead healthier lives in their mind, body and spirit. I know my father would be proud of how far I have come, his legacy lives on in my practice. My mother is responsible for laying a foundation on which my education could build and expand."
Speaking of inspiration, Jean’s patients often inspire her with their actions, deeds and success. Recently, this was posted on LifeStream’s Facebook page by Jean...
Today I was telling one of my patients about my annual pilgrimage to McDonald’s for a Shamrock shake in memory of my dad (he LOVED St Patrick’s Day and Shamrock shakes in particular.) Shortly after the patient left my office, she returned and surprised me with a hand-delivered Shamrock shake. I am so grateful to have such wonderful people in my life! Cheers to you Dad!
It is our pleasure to announce Jean Baker and the LifeStream Wellness team will be expanding their spaces, with a Grand ReOpening in June, 2018. In the expanded location patients can receive Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Cupping, Reiki, Chakra, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Wellness Coaching and much more. “Our goal with our expansion is to better serve our customer, be able to accommodate more patients, and to create a wellness community that reaches as many people in the surrounding areas as possible. We are honored and grateful to be a part of our patient’s journey, no matter the stage of life. If my dad taught me anything, it is this – that we’re all connected, here to support each other, and that life is just too short to live out of balance,” Jean concluded. Located conveniently at 3440 Federal Drive Suite #140. You can book your next appointment at www.lifestreamfamilywellness.com.
Ever wonder to yourself, what's the big deal about essential oils?
Well, here at LifeStream Family Wellness, we thought it best to clue in our amazing tribe of patients to the many wonderful health benefits of essential oils...Did you know? Essential oils help the brain! Yup, it's true...read on...
High levels of sesquiterpenes (found in the essential oils of frankincense and sandalwood, and various others) help increase the amount of oxygen in the limbic system of the brain, particularly around the pineal and pituitary glands. This leads to an increase in secretions of antibodies, endorphins and neurotransmitters. So, which parts of the brain get the message? This information is communicated to the amygdala, hypothalamus, hippocampus, and other areas of the brain. These individual components are part of the collective limbic system. Aaaaand, what does the limbic system control? The limbic system is responsible for emotion, behavior, motivation, memory, and learning. Essentially, essential oils are...yes, essential! We customize treatments to include the enhancement of oils, for those who request it - come on in and enjoy a little more relaxation here at LSW. :)
The birds are back in town. The sun is shining now more than ever. The snow is melting. Wonderful. Wonderful. A wondrous Spring is upon us!
As your body emerges from hibernation, we put together some flowery-hibiscus-kind-of-pointers to make the welcomed transition a little more easy breezy...
1. Clean Up.
Tidy your space, and clear your mind. Out with the old, and in with the upcycled, better version of your space. Shred outdated files. Sort mail. Vacuum behind the couch. Spruce up your table with a daisy floral arrangement, real or faux will do.
2. Create a Colorful Plate.
Pile your plate high with veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Now is the time that many transition from soups and stews to salads, veggies w/ hummus, and/or tabouli. Remember that water is your friend...and, fuel. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday.
3. Get Clear.
What do you want the most out of this season? Is it love, more money, to build something new, spend more time with your longtime pal? Make a list, and the intention to commit to the items on your list....and, on your heart.
4. Take Time for You.
Book your acupuncture appointments at the beginning of the month. Sign up for LifeStream's all-new monthly wellness program (can we get an ahhhhmen?). Take a long bath. Read a book. Pray or meditate quietly in a beautiful space.
5. Get Outside.
Play more, do yoga in the park, take your kids to a local, outdoor ball game. Go for a brisk run. Walk around the lake. Drive with the windows open. Soak in nature's antidepressant - Vitamin D. And, feel...so....much...better.
May your Spring be full of everything that makes you happy!
- Kate Iossi
Contributing Writer/Business Consultant
Welcome to our new LifeStream Family Wellness Blog!
Our blog will provide us with the opportunity to share news, information and wellness resources that will assist you on your path to optimal health and help you to achieve your wellness goals. Let the healing journey begin!
Jean Baker L.Ac
I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal health!