Staff

  • Bill Kalman


    Bill Kalman was born in Rock Island, IL and grew up in a small town south of Moline called Orion. Bill has been a pharmacist in the Peoria area since his graduation in 1990. Bill's father is also a pharmacist who owned an independent pharmacy in Orion for almost 20 years! Bill was inspired to become a pharmacist from watching the close personal care his father gave to each individual patient. Bill has followed that model every day to give personalized compassionate care to each of his patients to solve health problems by looking at whole picture instead of just treating the symptoms. Bill will work with you and your health care provider to individualize your treatment to heal as naturally as possible.

  • Monica Kalman


    Monica was born in Benld, IL and met Bill while working together at CVS Pharmacy in the Peoria area. Monica shares the same passion as Bill to give personalized compassionate health care to each individual patient. In addition to helping Bill run the show at Essential Wellness Pharmacy, Monica works as a pharmacist at Greentree Pharmacy in Minonk, IL. Monica has been in the Peoria area since her graduation in 1999. Monica married Bill in 2002. Bill and Monica live in Germantown Hills and are the parents of two children, Helaina and Hunter.

  • Mike Blessman


    Mike Blessman was born and raised in the near by community of Canton. After attending Chicago College of Pharmacy, Mike worked with his father, also a pharmacist, until his Retirement in 1999. Mike became certified in compounding in 1997 to add an alternative means to treating his patients and get back to the basics of pharmacy. In 2010 Mike became the pharmacist for the 182nd National Guard base here in Peoria and continues to hold the position in a special unit to protect our homeland if disaster or terrorism hits with mass casualties. Mike currently holds the rank of Lt Colonel which has trained him with outstanding communication and leadership skills which he has found to be invaluable in patient care. Mike closed his pharmacy in 2011 and proceeded to manage HyVee Pharmacy in 2013. The move to Essential Wellness Pharmacy was the perfect merger with Mike's patient first mentality. Mike believes every patient is important and the best way to treat them is to listen first to help develop an effective treatment plan that changes as the patient's needs change through their life.