Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Fred Schofield spent many hours playing rugby, tennis, and cricket with his brothers. One fateful rugby game would change his career path and his concept of health care altogether. Schofield was kicked in the back, and began to suffer lower-back and neck pain. He considered seeing a chiropractor, but his father, a traditional medical doctor, did not approve. After nine years of suffering, Schofield went for his first chiropractic adjustment anyway, and the pain began to disappear.
Inspired by his own transformation, Schofield moved to the United States in 1978 to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He even led the Palmer rugby team to two championships and was asked to play on a national level. Since Schofield and his wife fell in love with Arizona's climate, he has been helping the Phoenix community recover from chronic pain and disease for nearly three decades. He also devotes part of his time to teaching at institutions such as Life Chiropractic College and Palmer College of Chiropractic, and providing instruction for the Illinois and South African chiropractic associations.
At Atlas Chiropractic Center, Dr. Schofield uses his firsthand familiarity with pain and a wealth of experience to adjust the spines of everyone from professional golfers to expectant mothers. He supplements adjustment techniques such as the precise Gonstead method or the instrument-based Activator method with the expertise of an on-staff nutritionist, Susan. She can recommend herbs and supplements based on the results of hair analyses and a nutritional survey.
For Doctor of Chiropractic Sophie Jacob, chiropractic medicine goes beyond the bones—it’s in her blood. Jacob grew up watching her father care for patients in the field for 30 years, deciding early on to follow in his footsteps and become a second-generation chiropractor. She originally helmed two practices in her hometown of Quebec City, Canada, before moving to sunny Arizona, where she performs treatments ranging from adjustments and custom orthotics to a variety of detoxification services.
Perhaps her most important mission, however, is assisting patients with their weight-loss and fitness goals. During an interview on KGUN 9's The Morning Blend, Dr. Jacob admitted to struggling with her own weight as a child, exemplifying empathy with regards to the physical and emotional impact of excess poundage. She has designed an alkaline-food-based weight-loss program to restore bodily balance via detoxifying protocols, supplements, and hormone testing. Dr. Jacob has also treated professional athletes and has competed in several athletic events, including triathlons, swimming matches, and marathons to the moon and back.
Doctor of Chiropractic Radman Rahiminejad and his team of nine other chiropractors work to correct spinal misalignments with treatments that may include spinal decompression, physical therapy, soft-tissue massage, or a combination of all three. Massage therapists also soothe everyday stress by tapping out Morse code lullabies to spinal columns, using techniques that increase circulation and preempt future tension or pain. Weight-loss plans may utilize HCG or B-12 injections to aid in the inch-whittling process, while specialty lab testing can check for other issues such as hormone imbalances or food allergies. BackFit Health + Spine is an integrative practice, with a team of board-certified chiropractors, physicians, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners working together to improve patient health through personalized wellness solutions, including medical weight loss, pain management, and hormone replacement therapy. The Mesa location also now offers spinal decompression.
Mind, Body & Flow was voted one of the best new businesses in the East Valley Tribune's Best of the East Valley 2011 awards for harnessing the body?s innate ability to bring itself into balance. As you step into their 1,700-square-foot facility, the deep-red walls of the reception area and clean, spa-like treatment rooms invite rejuvenating relaxation.
The crew also combats stress and physical maladies with a repertoire of holistically minded treatments, including infrared-sauna sessions, nutritional programs, and body wraps, whose infrared rays can help clients relax, reduce fat, and alleviate pain and joint stiffness. Deft massage therapists deploy various forms of massage to calm the autonomic nervous system, enabling clients to play Operation for hours without flinching. Recently, Mind, Body, & Flow has expanded its service scope to include chiropractic care and functional medicine, which work in tandem to align the body, detoxify it, and promote healing. By integrating such treatments, clients achieve inner balance while combating underlying obstacles blocking their path to total wellness.
Wary of criticisms of alternative medicine, the team of Holistic Health Solutions aim to prove detractors wrong. To do so, they combine holistic healing with modern functional medicine, covering nearly every facet of nonmedical system-based care. Leading the charge is Doctor of Chiropractic Matt French, who uncovers health issues at their source by analyzing clients' lifestyle and level of physical activity, as well as their biochemistry and body mechanics. Based on his findings, he can alleviate pain using manual joint adjustments and scar-tissue release. If extra weight is putting stress on the joints or spine, he can help clients shed pounds with nutrition coaching and weight-loss programs.
French doesn't work alone. Jason Jensen heads up the naturopathic division, treating bodies as whole, interconnected systems with hormone therapy and nutritional and herbal supplements. Meanwhile, Teri Undreiner guides a team of massage therapists in relieving tension and providing a captive audience for hard-up harp ensembles during relaxation, therapeutic, hot-stone, and sports massages.
When it comes to hair removal, the certified technicians at Body Solutions Skin, Laser & Massage have a goal besides precision: painlessness. Their Soprano XL laser emits less energy with a faster pulse than many other laser tools, enabling it to shut down follicles just as effectively but without a harsh sting. This FDA-approved brand of virtually painless hair removal is the staff's specialty, and can clear fuzz from faces, backs, arms, legs, and bikini zones.
The staff's other focus is skincare. Pulsed light remains the weapon of choice for banishing age spots and redness during photofacial and skin-tightening services. Crystal-free microdermabrasion smooths and brightens complexions without incorporating diamonds or other crystals, which can be abrasive and lead to misconceptions about whether your aesthetician is ready to take your relationship to the next level. For those looking pamper their muscles and psyches, massage treatments bypass gadgetry in favor of trained kneads by a licensed therapist.