Meet Our Team
Dean Kasal, Founder/Chief Juicing Officer
Dean has always been fascinated with health and wellness, but he hadn’t realized just how important it was until shortly after graduating from college. After graduating with honors from the University of Illinois’ highly esteemed College of Business, the stress and less-than-optimal diet that he adopted during his college years had taken its toll. While he never regarded his diet as “bad”, the consumption of highly processed and non-living foods were causing underlying problems that largely went ignored. Within 2 years of starting his career in Finance, a health monstrosity had reared its ugly head–Dean was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. For this, traditional medicine knows no cause, and it knows no cure. The doctor’s recommended treatment for this dis-ease required a lifelong regimen of pills. For a short time, Dean opted for the pills, assuming it was the only solution. After less than a year of popping prescription pills that promised to keep the dis-ease at bay, blood tests revealed elevated liver enzyme levels indicating serious liver damage was occurring. As it turns out, this was the direct result of taking pills supposedly intended to help. For someone as young (and otherwise healthy) as Dean, it was a devastating experience. Despite Dean’s discouraging experience with Western medicine’s failed approach, he was determined to find a way to heal.
It wasn’t until he met his match, Nicole, in October 2009 when everything changed. Besides everything else he loved about her, Nicole possessed immense knowledge in the art of holistic healing and natural living that quickly inspired Dean to make the necessary changes that would enable his body to heal naturally. A year later, with her support, guidance and wisdom, Dean found himself completely cured of a disease that modern medicine calls incurable. Thanks to her (and her delicious fresh juices), he was able to not only completely heal from the dis-ease, but his physical and mental strengths soared. To this day, juicing remains an essential part of both Dean and Nicole’s daily diets. Dean retired from corporate life in 2009 at the ripe-ole’ age of 29 to pursue his real passion–helping people to transform their mind and body. Dean is grateful for discovering the gift of juicing and its powerful healing capabilities, and now, together, Dean and Nicole would like to share this gift with the world.
When Dean isn’t juicing, he enjoys reading, traveling, being active outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Nicole Kasal, Co-Founder/Life & Wellness Coach (and cleansing expert)
Nicole recalls that it took a difficult turning point in her life to begin a journey of health and self discovery. In 1999, Nicole’s Mom – who was also her inspiration and best friend – revealed she had been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, which was both unexpected and devastating to Nicole as well as her Mom. But where many people would turn to traditional, more toxic treatments, Nicole’s Mom chose a more holistic approach to healing her cancer. For seven years, the cancer was kept at bay, and Nicole became a source of support, becoming just as passionate about health, nutrition, and natural and preventative medicine. Although her mother succumbed to her cancer in 2006, Nicole was left with the important lesson of living a healthy, happy and fulfilled life.
Nicole is a natural adventurer and entrepreneur. After graduating from Chicago’s Columbia College, she sold homes for a large Chicago developer until realizing that running the “rat race” was not for her, so after returning to school she obtained her real estate broker’s license and started her own business. But experiencing her Mom’s death also stirred a desire to go out and live in the moment – to see the world and have fantastic experiences. A 5-week trip to Thailand gave her the peace to really listen to her inner voice and discover that her real life’s passion was not real estate – it was living a healthy and peaceful life. When Nicole returned to the U.S., she was ready to turn her passion into a career, and now – as a Life & Wellness Coach – she finds joy and fulfillment in working with her clients to help them discover their own path for a happy and healthy life. To find out more about Nicole’s health and wellness offerings, please click here.