About Us

Hear our story and meet the team behind Nourished®.


Homegrown From an Idea

Nourished® is founded on the 8 core principles of health and wellness: Nutrition + Exercise + Water + Sunshine + Temperance + Air + Rest + Trust. We believe in eating healthy and living naturally, and strive to educate on proper nutrition and lifestyle habits to enable you to easily jumpstart change through our one-on-one and group offerings.

Set within a charming, 120-year-old farmhouse in historic downtown Hinsdale, our professional team of nutritionists and wellness chefs provide a unique experience where you can purchase healthy cuisine, learn a holistic approach to wellness, and renovate your own mind and body to live a life well nourished.

We invite you to stop in to shop our organic Kitchen Market, chat or take a class—we hope you’ll feel welcomed and inspired every time you walk through our “green door.”

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Our Team

11Kathy Napleton

Kathy Napleton, CNC, CNTP

Founder & Wellness Chef


While I enjoyed many years in the corporate world, my roots were always in the kitchen – thanks Mom! My love for food, cooking and a desire for healthier living led to my next chapter: cooking school in Chicago and New York, where I studied to become a natural foods chef (CNC). But, there was much more to learn. It wasn’t just about cooking delicious food—it was about eating the RIGHT foods for REAL health.

This led me to study holistic nutrition at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver. Today, my desire is to bring awareness to the simplicity of “food as medicine”—to lead you back in the kitchen and share with you the pleasures of real food to live a deliciously healthy and vital life.

11Lauren Mandarino

Lauren Austin

Director of Operations & Business Development


My relationship with food hasn’t always been great. For the majority of my life, I ate the wrong things. Not on purpose—I just didn’t know better. Coincidentally, I never felt well either. After graduation from Indiana University, things only escalated as a young working professional. Coupled with stress and lack of sleep, my standard American diet led to weight gain as well as skin and digestive problems, and I knew I needed a change.

While working for a food packaging design agency, I became aware of consumers’ demand for healthier food options. This awareness sparked a change to my lifestyle: eating to live. Shifting my purchasing decisions to real food and more natural home and body care products, I turned my health around. It’s this path that motivated me to pursue a career in helping others to take back their own health—and it’s the journey I’m on today.

11Taylor Wessel

Taylor Wessel, MNT



My interest in nutrition and natural living peaked at an early age. As a young adult, I developed a wholesome lifestyle but I yearned for a better understanding of how food affected my body. This inclination toward healthy living led me to Boulder where I studied kinesiology at the University of Colorado. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I took my education a step further to study holistic nutrition at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado. After completing the two-year program, I achieved my Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) certification.

Closing in on graduation, I studied under various dietitians, collaborated with nutritionists on two different books and practiced nutrition in a hospital, doctors’ offices and private practices. Through my studies and personal exploration of different diets, workouts and lifestyle factors, I was able to truly heal. This journey, along with my passion for research and client interaction, led me to where I am today.

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Anjelica Rodriguez, CHSC

Wellness Chef & Culinary Operations Manager


Motivated by health and appearance in my late teens, I became a gym rat and an avid reader of health magazines. Yet, I began to notice that my family’s traditional dishes looked very different than those advertised as “healthy.” I felt confused—do I eat according to fad diets and opinions of the magazine, or how my family has traditionally eaten for years? This confusion led me to formerly study holistic nutrition at Bastyr University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nutrition.

Inspired by changes in my own health, I wanted to share my knowledge and love for food—specifically, to teach how to make it and to guide others. I completed Integrative Nutrition’s program for health coaching, and through Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York, I became a Certified Health Supportive Chef. During this time, I also became a mother, and utilized my culinary skills to recreate my family’s favorite meals with a healthy twist. Since then, I’ve worked as a personal chef and restaurant sous chef. Looking for more, I joined the Nourished team to combine my passion for food, nutrition and cooking to inspire people to take control of their health by starting in the kitchen!


Abbie Cirignani, CHWC

Wellness Chef


Food has been an integral part of my life. From a young age, I understood the importance of fresh ingredients, as family gatherings always centered on healthy eating and the vital role food plays in our lives. Sitting at the kitchen table to enjoy a homemade meal and share details of our day is something I’ll always cherish.

My culinary passion really took hold during my adult years while having dinner parties with friends. These dinners allowed me to introduce people to the notion that great tasting food can also be healthy, and friends frequently began asking me to share my secrets to living healthy. This led me to become a Certified Health & Wellness Coach through Soma Institute in Chicago. As a coach, I experimented even more with clean cooking, and pursued my culinary degree through College of DuPage. After spending time in a commercial kitchen, I sought a position where I could utilize my knowledge and understanding that food is medicine. As part of the Nourished™ team, I’m able to incorporate everything I love in one place: my dedication to prepare nutritious food and my appreciation for living a healthy lifestyle.


Coleen Blouin

Senior Chef Assistant & Operations Coordinator


I have always been excited about food—to be around it, cook it and eat it. As a little girl, I helped my mother and grandmother work in their gardens, full of beautiful fruits and vegetables that were naturally all organic back then. Once I was old enough to work, it was a requirement to help out in our family restaurant. My favorite part was being in the kitchen with the chef, learning different culinary techniques. In a sense, this brought out the “chef” in me.

As years passed, my passion for food and cooking continued to grow. I enjoyed dining out with family and friends at different restaurants and recreating our favorite dishes at home. Food not only brought us together, but it gave me a creative outlet that I have never let go of. Today, I’m still in my happy place! My position at Nourished has taught me the importance of using real food as nourishment and incorporates things close to my heart—healthy delicious cooking, valuable lifestyle information and being surrounded by the best of the best.


Daiva Labzentiene

Culinary Assistant


A healthy lifestyle has always been important to me. Born and raised in Lithuania, I spent much of my childhood cooking with my mother and helping with our naturally organic garden. Wellness was our way of life: quality of food was important, time in nature and exercising was regular, and my family always gathered around the table for a nutritious dinner at the end of each day.

After studying business in Lithuania and spending some time in real estate, I came to the United Sates for greater opportunity and to start a family. Immersed in a different culture, I embraced change while still staying true to my roots. My passion and upbringing have carried through to my two children, and together, we enjoy homemade meals and being active. Even better, I feel at home in my line of work. As part of the Nourished team, I’m surrounded by like-minded individuals and able to share my love of health and wellness with others.


Danka Lekovic

Culinary Assistant


I learned that food is medicine from an early age. Having grown up on a farm as the child of eastern European immigrants, I was taught that the best food was in its simplest form: whole, unprocessed and made at home. We lived farm to table, literally, having orchard trees, gardens, livestock and chickens. I am very grateful for that humble beginning and have wonderful memories with my family that revolved around enjoying the outdoors, reaping the harvest and cooking together. It’s been an interest of mine ever since to live that healthy, simple lifestyle.

My passion is learning about the effects of food on our health and putting what I learn into everyday practice. My life experience includes managing a women’s health medical office and raising four children, three of whom have special needs. Recently I received my nutrition coaching and personal training certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). It excites me, in my role at Nourished as a Culinary Assistant, to prepare food that helps individuals achieve all stages and aspects of optimal wellness.


Megan Kresach

Office-Operations Coordinator


Health and wellness have always played a large role in my life. In my early twenties, I enjoyed working out and eating healthy. However, all of that changed when I become a mom. As with most new parents, I had no energy to workout and little time to cook regular, healthy meals. But, as my little one grew and began eating with us, I knew I wanted him to have the best.

This encouraged me to begin eating intentionally and sourcing the best quality food and home products. As my health priorities shifted, so did my career priorities—I wanted a job that aligned with my new lifestyle. This desire for change led me to Nourished, where I am happy to be part of a company that matches my values. As the newest member of the Nourished team, I’m excited to continue learning and share my knowledge with our clients, so they, too, can better their lifestyles.

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Dr. Barbie Allegretti, DC

Nourished Medical Advisor


I came to specialize in integrative medicine out of necessity for myself and for my patients. In my early 20s, I had chronic pain that conventional medicine didn’t have an answer for. After seeing multiple doctors and specialists, and even surgery, there was no explanation for the pain. It wasn’t until 2010, during medical school, that I was introduced to functional and nutritional immunology. I learned that my issues were caused by severe food sensitivities, nutrient imbalances and hormone dysfunction. Sure enough, once I addressed these root causes, the pain resolved.

It has since been my passion to provide patients with the individual attention, education and tools to realize their best health. I’m a continuous student, having had extensive training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, and post-doctoral studies in functional and nutritional immunology, and internal disorders. I love what I do and the impact it has had for myself, my family and my patients. We all deserve to be happy and healthy, and I’m grateful to be a part of that journey for so many people.

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Allegretti, please visit her website here.

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