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Not only has Ilena Benjamin studied myofascial release under the renowned physical therapist and bodywork guru John F. Barnes, she has also been practicing as an addiction and trauma counselor for more than three decades. Her unique perspective on the mind-body connection as it pertains to stress and illness allows her to assist clients in coping more effectively with physical, psychological, and emotional issues.

9070 58th Drive East
Bradenton,
FL
US

The Muscle Repair Shop takes a two-pronged approach to preventing chronic pain: treatment and education. Through deep-tissue massages, strength training, and active isolated stretching—stretches held for two–three seconds that enhance range of motion—highly trained staff members can sap tension from ailing physiques. They go beyond these services, however, to tutor clients on muscle function and popular misconceptions, such as the belief that biceps should be watered weekly. By outlining anatomical facts, they hope to prevent guests from seeking needless medical treatments or surgeries. In conjunction with muscular enlightenment, healthy recipes from registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Susan Phelps guide bodies toward holistic wellness.

4370 S Tamiami Trail, Suite 151
Sarasota,
FL
US

Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.

2286 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota,
FL
US

Though board-certified Dr. Jacqueline Royce, D.O. oversees two laser systems and helps clients appear to be in a steady state of suspended animation, she’s not a starship captain. Rather, she wields her space-age technology as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon certified by the Board of Physician Specialties, helming a crew of licensed personnel who helps her with both medical and cosmetic procedures from microdermabrasion to liposuction. The breadth of her expertise allows her to customize her approach to each client—she has multiple strategies for weight loss and injectables such as Botox, Radiesse, and Juvéderm that help fill out facial wrinkles. Before every treatment, patients meet with Dr. Royce for a consultation. This initial appointment helps put them at ease by allaying doubts and answering questions about recovery time or whether a face-lift will make them visibly taller.

2401 University Pkwy
Sarasota,
FL
US

Drs. Cynthia Clark and Courtney Connell of Longevity Wellness Clinic believe in a fruitful melding of eastern and western medical practices. Specializing in acupuncture, they promote the ancient Chinese art to supplement other medical regimens, working to activate the body's internal healing mechanisms without sending it through a healer wizardry program. The duo also helps clients with nutritional healing, prescribing carefully formulated diets that promote overall wellness. To complement the diets, they enlist Chinese herbal medicine, using plant- and mineral-derived extracts to fulfill nutritional needs.

2106 Bispham Rd
Sarasota,
FL
US

The hearing-care professionals at Physicians Hearing Specialists understand that good service doesn’t stop after an examination; good service means ongoing counseling, periodic adjustments, and regular hearing-aid cleanings. Thankfully, the professional staff is made up of board-certified audiologists with more than 25 years of experience. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1700 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota,
FL
US