What makes ECS different?

We are a group of experienced patients, caregivers, licensed professionals and advocates. This is not just our hobby this is our passion!

ECS was founded by Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Melanie Dillon and Cannabis Clinician Kalee Hooghkirk. With an emphasis on alternative wellness and professional cannabis experience, ECS provides a compassionate approach to innovative and non-invasive healthcare options that promote both physical and mental well-being. 



Cannabis Services

While we know there are many places you can get your medical cannabis card we truly believe in creating open lasting relationships with our patients. We are a full service facility that specializes in utilizing your current resources and providing education beyond application assistance. This is a benefit because our process is more cost-effective for the patient and helps to expand the awareness of the current medical program. Don't worry though, we do have cannabis friendly partners who are willing to see you if your physician is not understanding!

  • FREE weekly seminars Friday 1-2pm
  • Medical Cannabis Application Processing
  • Physician Referrals
  • PTSD Evaluations
  • Mobile Wellness events and Services for dispensaries


Wellness Services

We know that wellness works best with a multi-leveled approach.  We believe that holistic therapy is the perfect compliment to your wellness routine and may even enhance your medical cannabis experience. All of our services are designed to compliment your current treatment approach. We have a wide variety of services that include hemp infused products to help aid in your therapeutic experience.


  • Clinical Counseling 

  • Cupping

  • Facials 

  • Massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone,Hemp infused)

  • Reflexology

  • Reiki

  • Waxing

  • Yoga

Cannabis for Healthcare Professionals

ECS also is proud to be the first facility in Illinois to offer cannabis based continuing education for patients and health care professionals. If you are looking to learn more about the medicinal properties of cannabis we offer a safe an legal environment for you to learn and grow into a new and rewarding career.



Meet Our Experts


Melanie Dillon



Melanie Goto Dillon has been in private practice since 1993 as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor. She is Board Certified nationally through the National Board of Counselor Certification. She founded Center for Wellness Counseling & Education in 1993 and helped patients work through grief, loss and other mental health challenges. However, over the years the need for mind and body services working together kept coming up. In 2012 she was happy to co found Center for Wellness Inc. Together they built a thriving practice providing mind and body services in one location. Seeing first hand the relief patients experienced from having their entire system supported was extremely gratifying.

Always interested and exploring new ways to better help patients, she was intrigued by the claims coming out of Colorado about medical cannabis and CBD. While fascinating,  it still seemed unethical to promote something so addicting, as cannabis. When a dispensary opened in Mundelein, she was compelled to learn more. Having spent most of her life on the 'other side' fighting for the War on Drugs, to those who know her she was the most unlikely champion for cannabis medical or adult use. Life is funny though... Upon learning about the Endocannabinoid System, finding out Who holds the patent on cannabis and learning how cannabis and cannabinoids work as medicine, Melanie was shocked to find the lies behind the majority of her training and education. Striving to be ethical and honest in all she does, particularly in patient care, it became clear that she HAD to do something to change this campaign of misinformation. Setting out to right wrongs, Melanie was inspired to DO SOMETHING. It was unconscionable to think that so many patients could have found safe, natural relief for their suffering, but were prohibited and misled. Through the support and encouragement from her existing network and the new network in the medical cannabis community, Melanie merged it all together in the idea of ECS. She is now a Certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner through the Holistic Cannabis Academy. https://zk410.isrefer.com/go/hca/md21



Kalee Hooghkirk


Kalee Hooghkirk is a medical cannabis patient and wellness specialist. She has been a practitioner,advocate and patient in Alternative Health industry for over 5 years. Traveling the United States and working with patients who were struggling with traditional therapies inspired her to continue her education in Medical Cannabis. Kalee has completed her clinical training through the Medical Cannabis Training Institute.  While clinically focused, she will combine her expertise in Alternative Medicine and Nutrition with Cannabis by providing patients therapy that aims to targets the entire endocannbinoid system.

Over the past three years, Kalee has designed and developed wellness programs that customize treatments for qualified patients approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. She has worked with companies local companies with assisting prospective patients in registration to become eligible for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.  The highlight of her involvement with the Illinois Medical Cannabis Industry has been her role as Opening Director of one of Illinois first dispensaries. In addition to her patient registration and start up support, Kalee was one of the first few employees in the state to begin marijuana sales on the opening day of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. During her time with the dispensary Kalee trained fellow staff members and educated new patients on various alternative therapies and all aspects of medical cannabis. When she is not working she also enjoys working as an advocate for new laws and legislations. As a patient Kalee has actively testified in front of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board to petition the addition of medical conditions. In January 2016 she worked with fellow advocates to collect and deliver over 25,000 signatures to Gov. Rauners office in efforts to approve 8 additional conditions including PTSD. Kalee is a member of Illinois Women in Cannabis, and has dual certifications in Integrative Medicine,Health & Nutrition and is a Licensed Esthetician.




Allison Wilmes

Yoga Practitioner


Allison is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her training is in Soma Yoga Therapy, neuromuscular re-education to bring about release of tight muscles and facilitate muscle control, and in primal posture, the way in which our body is meant to support itself in an upright position. Allison began teaching yoga classes in 2003 and has since taught thousands of classes and led hundreds of workshops. She specializes in helping those suffering from low back and hip pain. In addition, she uses many of the tools of yoga, such as breath practices and mindfulness techniques, to assist in pain management and stress reduction. 


For more information about Allison, visit www.wisemovesyoga.com.







Brittany Hooghkirk

Massage Therapist



Brittany is one of our licensed Massage Therapist. Brittany  practices at our west Dundee location. She started learning the art of massage in October 2014 at the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy, after a long year she graduated and now specializes in a variety of modalities including traditional  Swedish, deep tissue,  hot stone,  special attention to Fibromyalgia, chemotherapy, myofascial, and for fun she has picked up K-9 massage.  Brittany is planning on continuing her practice in overall oncology,  Gua Sha, cupping, and much more. The best thing about Brittany is she really cares about her clients and listens to what they want and gives her opinion on the proper action for the massage.  She will also provide you with self-care to help assist you with relief from pain, stress, tension, etc.. 



Danielle Conley

Yoga Practitioner

I offer yoga for all body types, all levels, all ages, all ability levels. Yoga for anxiety, pain, stress, fatigue, and more. Yoga for everyone! You don't need to be flexible or calm or even able-bodied to do yoga because it is all about learning how to connect and communicate with your body and honoring what it is telling you. I will help you find YOUR yoga and create a routine that you can grow with. I specialize in basics/beginners, gentle, restorative (for ultimate relaxation), chair, and all level yoga. I offer group classes as well as private yoga sessions including one-on-one, small group, yoga parties, kid's yoga, personalized classes and workshops.



Donna Sanders

 Reiki Master Teacher &

 Certified Life Coach


Donna has been in the field of health and healing for over a decade and is passionate about supporting the healing process; body, mind, and spirit.  In her Reiki practice, she has a particular interest in working with people who have chronic health issues and are looking for a new way to bring healing and balance back to their lives.  Donna is a Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Life Coach. She completed Reiki Certification, level 1 & 2 through Ellani Maurides and her Advanced Certification through Linda Rosenthal.  Her Coaching Certificate was obtained through The Coaches Training Institute.  She holds an Instructor Certification in Holistic Stress Management from the National Wellness Institute. She has a B.A in Psychology.  Donna is a lifelong learner and continues to study Reiki and other holistic healing methods.

In her experience working with cancer patients, she consistently witnesses how Reiki helps to manage stress, control anxiety, and reduce pain.  These positive outcomes continue to motivate her to educate her clients and healthcare professionals on the benefits of integrating energy medicine as part of a daily wellness plan. Donna’s strength is to encourage her clients to choose a powerful perspective around life challenges, and connect back to spirit. Her expertise in both Reiki and Life Coaching allow her to navigate her client’s energy and psyche in a unique and productive way.

 Donna currently offers her services at Entourage Clinical Services in Mundelein, Structural Balance in Palatine, and volunteers her services at Condell, The Cancer Resource Center.


Elizabeth Romo

Minister, Spiritual Teacher, Counselor and Medium.

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Elizabeth Romo is an Evidential Medium, Minister and a Spiritual Teacher. She is trained in
Past Life Regressions by Dr. Brian Weiss M.D., Life-Between- Lives training by the Newton
Institute and is a Hypnotherapist and a Reiki and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher.


Jillian Gourley

Massage Therapist


I am Jillian and I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist! I absolutely love what I do. I always knew growing up that I wanted to help people and make them happy. After going to school with no real direction, something told me to try massage therapy school. Even though I had never had a professional massage in my life, my intuition said that it was where I was meant to be! I enrolled in the program and the College of Lake County and it was the best decision of my life. I met so many beautiful people along the way, and uncovered amazing things about myself that I would have never known were there had I not gone through the program. I also learned how important it is to take care of yourself not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. I believe Massage Therapy grounds us and gives us if only an hour away from the stress and commotion of our everyday lives and sometimes even just that hour can bring us back to center. We hold our emotions and our stresses in our body so if our body starts to feel good then our minds will start to feel good and vise versa. Everything within us is connected and it's important to remember that when taking care of ourselves. It's a beautiful gift that I've been given and I hope to be able to share it with as many people in my lifetime as possible. Being a Massage Therapist gives meaning to the phrase "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life".




Sarah jobst

Massage Therapist


Sarah received her massage therapy license through the College of Lake County in Grayslake in 2016. She is also a certified nurse assistant as well as a licensed cosmetologist. Sarah enjoys gardening, and traveling as well as medicinal herbs and native plants.