"I've always followed in her footsteps," says Shawna Nichols of her mother, Shawnee Goettig. Both women worked in medical care, Nichols with Alzheimer’s patients and Goettig in hospice care. Then, when Nichols joined her mother at Basic Wellness Center, she initially took on the administrative side of the business. But seeing each client walk out the door with a serene smile prodded her toward her mother's path again, and she soon became a massage therapist herself.
The mother-daughter team specializes in medical massage to treat chronic pain, customizing sessions to each client's needs or wingspan. Their hands glide over musculature aided by hypoallergenic lotions with an olive-oil base. Their private treatment rooms promote relaxation with dim lighting and a New Age soundtrack. Aromatherapy augments all treatments, including reflexology sessions and detoxifying footbaths, which relax pores while using an ionic charge to allow the body to release toxins back into the wild.
Since treating his first bioidentical hormone patient 12 years ago, Dr. Gregory Zengo has been helping hormones fall back into balance using bioidentical-hormone therapy. When stress invades a person's emotions, the body may alter a number of hormones, including adrenal, thyroid, and sexual hormones, causing an imbalance that can lead to depression, insomnia, and other unwanted states. Through precise salivary testing and therapy, Dr. Zengo restores balance to these hormones and stimulates natural energy and mental wellness.
His hands-on dedication to health and beauty has also been the guiding force for his physicians’ training program, through which he has been sharing his aesthetic skills since 2006. Dr. Zengo has trained more than 600 physicians since the program's inception, giving others the benefit of his skills at spider-vein injections, natural hormone balancing, and remembering the GPS coordinates of the fountain of youth.
Mia Kytle has a deep love of nature, and her passion for natural healing methods led her to Georgia Massage Institute. Upon receiving her license and national certification, she honed her skills at a local spa before founding Spa Revolution. When Mia kneads sinews, she combines aromatherapy and handmade bodycare products with organic and vegan ingredients. Her toolbox of techniques includes Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage. To loosen stubborn knots, she integrates neuromuscular techniques with myofascial-release and trigger-point therapy. When Mia isn't cosseting her clients, she avoids using caustic chemicals by scouring her facilities with all-natural cleaning products, instead of supernatural cleaning products, which are just full of ectoplasmic goo.
Dr. Richard Blue of Blue Laser Group has been in his patients' shoes. A specialist in refractive surgery, he underwent a procedure himself in 1991, and so can personally relate to the trials his patients go through and talk to the leaps in technology that have been made since then. He performs Lasik services with a Wavelight EX 500 laser, with many patients able to return the next day to regular activities. Besides Lasik, Dr. Blue and his team perform routine eye exams and treat eye diseases.
Whether for health or for cosmetic reasons, losing weight is not an uncommon goal. It isn't the easiest one to achieve either, but the clinicians of Oconee Weight & Wellness aim to make it as manageable as possible. Every weight loss program kicks off with a detailed consultation in which patients share their health history, expectations, and blood type. Then Nurse Practitioner Alison Peterson develops a custom nutrition and supplement plan, which they supplement with energy-revving B12 shots as needed and calorie-burning high-fives along the way.
Under the watchful eye of Doctor of Acupuncture William D. Skelton, the skilled staff members at Mind Body Institute aid patients with treatments designed to complement traditional medical treatments. By applying very thin single-use needles to target areas across the body, the acupuncturists redirect the flow of energy, helping to treat chronic pain, anxiety, headaches, and numerous other conditions. In addition to acupuncture treatments, the roster includes services as diverse as psychotherapy, yoga, and massage therapy.