The trained acupuncturists at Acupuncture Together of Austin know that sometimes their speciality seems like something only available at expensive spas. But they also know that the health benefits are both real and wide-ranging, from helping with chronic pain or PMS to minimizing the effects of allergies and digestive disorders. So to make it more accessible to everyone, Ashley O'Brian and Tim Nicosia offer acupuncture sessions in a group setting inside their homey treatment room. The presence of other clothed patients lounging in recliners creates a soothing group dynamic, which helps to quell any uneasiness for first-time customers. In a room filled with meditative music, the acupuncturists place thread-like needles on specific points along the body, but clients can listen to meditative sounds or music of their choice on their own MP3 players. Patients then calmly let energy pathways open as they rest for 30 to 90 minutes.
Licensed massage therapist Stacia Guerreo has been professionally kneading muscles since 2006, and is trained in the finer points of deep-tissue massage, reciprocal inhibition, and lymphatic drainage. She?s also not afraid to walk all over her clients if their condition calls for it?during ashiatsu massages, she kneads backs with her bare feet, relying on the power of gravity to trample particularly tense muscles or tattoos of Sir Isaac Newton?s face. With so many healing modalities to choose from, Stacia believes in letting her intuition guide her in the best way to deliver relief from clients' pain and stress.
Licensed and certified acupuncturist Naae Kim prides herself on keeping up to date with the latest nutritional research. For her patients, this is a boon; her nutritional knowledge helps her to understand each patient’s body holistically and plan treatments accordingly. Naae blends Eastern and Western techniques, using acupuncture, herbal therapy, and custom nutritional programs to stimulate the body's own natural healing response. Through holistic healing, Naae aims to discover and uproot the deep causes of maladies, rather than treating the symptoms or ignoring them by covering the affected areas with lace doilies.
State-medical-board-licensed acupuncturist Billy Zachary, L.Ac strives to live up to his business?s titular promise by taking a holistic overview of each patient?s health. When leading his 9-year-old acupuncture outfit, Billy draws upon an eclectic background that includes martial arts and shiatsu. These life experiences have provided perspective, affording him the ability to accurately assess overall well-being and ideal belt color prior to beginning treatment. During this initial evaluation with every patient, he notes chi, or life energy, gait, and symptoms in order to pinpoint which of the 2,000 possible acupuncture points would give the most relief. He then inserts very fine, sterile needles at the chosen points to stimulate blood flow, attempting to activate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to combat such common afflictions as chronic pain, swelling, and obesity.
Supervised by Dr. Daniel Leeman, New U Plastic Surgery's cadre of medical aestheticians individualizes spa and medical treatments to boost beauty inside and out. Staff members welcome clients into their boutique-style office for a complimentary consultation before every service. After the consultation, they customize body-contouring and nutrition programs to address individual health history, meet wellness goals, and simplify escapes through doggy doors. FirstLine Therapy emphasizes what foods one should commonly eat, and the hCG weight-loss program safely couples a specialized menu with hormonal supplements. Aestheticians also craft spa and medical facials from an array of SkinCeuticals products tailored to individual skin types. New U Plastic Surgery offers surgical and non-surgical procedures to help results. For those not ready for plastic surgery, New U offers non-invasive procedures as well.
Before Toccare Medical Spa existed, its board-certified ophthalmologists performed cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeries at a practice called Texas Oculoplastic Consultations, next to an ambulatory surgery center. So pleased were patients with their level of care, they demanded that TOC's staff expand into the skincare field. This suggestion gained momentum and manifested in TOC Aesthetic Skin Care which, over the following 10 years, evolved into Toccare Medical Spa. Today, TOC, the surgery center, and Toccare Medical Spa sit side-by-side. At the latter, the doctors oversee treatments such as clinical facials, peels, and dermal fillers that don't require going under the knife.