Meet the Member: Center for Collaborative Health

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Macarena Corral and Nicole Slavik, founders and owners of the Center for Collaborative Health (CCH), and their experienced team, work diligently and passionately to create a space where people can nourish their minds, bodies, and spirit. At this serene retreat, you’ll find a group of women who truly care about total wellness and empowering their clients to embrace a healthy lifestyle. We’re pleased to highlight the Center for Collaborative Health in the latest addition of our Meet the Member segment. 

Dive deeper into how this unique variety of services can help you, and where you’ll find these experts when they’re not putting their clients front and center. This includes but isn’t limited to, the unconventional approach to happy hour, and a diverse list of local establishments that you must add to your list as soon as possible. Enjoy getting to know the Center for Collaborative Health!

Tell us the story of how you started your business – including your mission statement, when you started your business, and the inspiration behind it.

My partner, Nicole, and I met while we were both supervisors at a community mental health center. In the fall of 2015, we sat in a small neighborhood restaurant discussing our vision for what ideal psychological care could look like and how this could be made available to people in our community. Our journey began as a traditional therapy clinic, and over time, we’ve grown to incorporate holistic wellness services, recognizing that true well-being requires a multi-dimensional approach. Our tagline is “healing the whole you” which really sums up who we are. 

At the Center for Collaborative Health, we are more than a mental health clinic. We are a comprehensive wellness center, a space where diverse healthcare professionals work together to nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

Our vision: Imagine a healthcare experience where you can find solutions to physical, emotional, and mental health concerns under one roof. That’s what we offer at CCH! 

What services or products do you offer?

We offer services for the mind: therapy services, psychological evaluations, medication management, and consulting and training; AND the body: acupuncture, functional medicine, nutrition counseling, shamanic healing, yoga, pilates, and physical therapy. 

What sets your business apart from your competition?

At the Center for Collaborative Health, we go beyond traditional therapy to nurture your complete well-being. We are dedicated to helping you not only in times of crisis but also in preventative self-care, providing you with the tools to thrive in your everyday life. We understand that life often requires you to keep going, but we also know that this can create a myriad of problems down the road. For this reason, we believe in being proactive about mental health and taking care of yourself now, to live better today, and to build resiliency to withstand future challenges.

At CCH, we also employ a collaborative approach. Our team of highly skilled clinicians, with diverse expertise, work seamlessly together to guide you toward your optimal health. That’s why we’ve created a tranquil and welcoming space, where we offer a spectrum of services designed with your unique needs in mind. From self-exploration to health optimization, self-care to crisis support, our offerings cater to every member of your family, ensuring comprehensive care for all.

Does your business give back to the community? If so, what nonprofits are you involved in?

We offer presentations for companies as needed or requested. 

What is your favorite part of being a business owner?

Owning a business is not for the faint of heart, and being a women-owned business has come with its challenges, but it also comes with beautiful benefits. I love the flexibility and independence, but also the opportunity to collaborate with other women. We have worked very hard to provide an environment where like-minded women can enjoy where they work, make decisions for themselves about what they want their careers to look like, and be compensated fairly for their work. 

Why did you choose to have your business in Minneapolis/St.Paul?

We wanted to make our clinic accessible and easy for clients to get to, which is why we picked a building with plenty of parking right off the freeway. 

Besides your own hard work, who would you thank for the success of your business?

Nicole and I would like to thank our family and friends for their support, but also the community and our clients for trusting us with their care. 

Let’s pivot to your time spent outside the office!

You’re entertaining guests from out of town, where are you taking them and why?

So many options! My niece came to visit last summer from New York and we gave her a full tour of Minnesota complete with camping, biking, grilling, and the Minnesota State Fair! 

Favorite hotel? 

Anywhere international! 

Where’s your favorite place to dine out for brunch or lunch?

Spoon and Stable for a fancy, date brunch – they have amazing pastries! The Kenwood for a family brunch –  pancakes are a crowd favorite. Hola Arepa is really fun for a group of friends or a girls’ brunch, and Martina in Linden Hills also has a killer brunch menu with some of the best burgers in town.

Where do you like to spend your Happy Hour?

I really like Mr. Paul’s Supper Club or Iconos Gastro Cantina but honestly I am a mom, so my favorite place to spend my afternoons is with my kids at their activities 🙂 

Which restaurants are perfect for date night and why?

Any restaurant that gives us the option to sit at the bar. It always feels more intimate and it’s fun to talk to the bartenders about the food and drinks. Or anything with a patio – Hai Hai is one of our absolute favorites.

Name 2 or 3 of your favorite places to shop in Minneapolis and why you love them so much.

Serge + Jane in Edina is the absolute best for women’s fashion. Not only are the clothes great, but the owner and everyone who works there is so nice and supportive – it makes me happy to shop there. Bean + Ro is right next door and is also a fabulous place to find unique clothing, and they also have really fun gifts and housewares. 

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Minneapolis in the summer? Winter?

My favorite activity in the summer is to bike with my family. I always request it for Mother’s Day and basically every weekend after that until it snows! During COVID I agreed to go camping for the first time, and now I love it! So much so that we’ve made it a tradition to go at least once a summer. 

In the winter, I enjoy sitting inside, looking out the window, and being happy I chose to stay inside:) But if I have to venture outside, I do love ice skating with my kids.

What is your favorite MUST-do annual event in Minneapolis?

The 4th of July parade in our city. It has become a fun tradition with our neighbors. 

When you’re not working, when you have the day all to yourself, what would you be doing?

Working out would be a must and then likely catching up with work or meeting a friend for lunch. For my birthday this year, I took the day off and spent a day at the IVY spa, reading and resting. It was lovely. 

What is the best part of living in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

Winter is hard, even if you like winter activities, but other than that, this city has it all; and the size of it is perfect. It’s big enough that we have an amazing food, theater, and concert scene, but small enough that it’s easy to get out of the city and have access to many outdoor activities. It’s the perfect balance. 

Business Name: Center for Collaborative Health 

Contact: Macarena Corral, PsyD, LP

Business Phone Number: 612-425-0090