Pacifica Care––headed by Dr. David Moss––strives to keep patients in strong physical and mental health with a wide variety of services, including nutritional counseling, massage therapy, psychiatric treatments, and emotional and behavioral counseling. Committed to spending more time with each patient than most facilities, the doctors, physician's assistants, counselors, and massage therapists aim to see new clients within 72 hours of the initial request, and they maintain later hours to accommodate those who have daytime responsibilities, such as spying on the sun. The facility's stock of nutritional supplements packs active phytonutrients ground from fresh, organically grown plants such as alfalfa and beets, as well as animal-extracted vitamins and minerals scraped from Mount Rushmore's last group facial.
At Therapy for Living, licensed mental health and wellness specialists tackle problems from neck and back pain to struggles with assertiveness. Lori Beard heads the team, drawing on her masters degree in mental health counseling during therapy sessions geared toward issues such as marital strife and loneliness.
Though Garrett Blanton, LMT, CLT's expertise includes modalities such as deep-tissue and relaxation massage, he specializes in myofascial therapy, which treats the connective tissue that ties together all bodily systems. He likens the human body to a sausage: "Things can't move around right if the casing's too tight," he says, not to mention the fact that it bursts when held over a campfire. Garrett?s clients stretch out on a biomat, whose amethyst crystals work to draw out toxins and relieve pain as his nimble fingers work. Placing hot or cold packs on sore spots as needed, he assuages muscles with raw and organic shea or cocoa butter, eschewing perfumes that might lead to allergic reactions or bees attempting to pollenate your bellybutton.
There's a theory that if one practices a specific task 10,000 times, he or she becomes an expert. By this measure, Dr. Gregory Snodgrass is an expert two times over, as he has performed more than 20,000 cataract surgeries in the more than 20 years he has been in practice. He performs these surgeries—as well as treating dry eyes and glaucoma—fits contact lenses, and corrects vision inside Gainesville Eye Physicians East laser surgery center and optical laboratory. Dr. Snodgrass was one of the first ophthalmologists in the region to use the ReSTOR lens, a premium multifocal lens used to help cataract patients see near, far, and into the neighbor’s window.
Inspired by the balance of nutrition and physical activity she saw at home in Florence, Italy, Ilaria Niccolini brings this same philosophy to her nutrition and wellness coaching with Eat 2 Live Fit. Her program combines in-person and remote check-ins with interactive tools, including a web-based calendar to help clients stick to a nutrition plan that will help them achieve their optimal fitness level. Niccolini also offers strength and conditioning training to youth and senior fitness programs to help incorporate physical activity into everyday life.
At Harmonious LIfe and Health Institute, LLC, the three therapists all play the harp?not only in concert halls, but for their clients as a form of musical-stimulation therapy. Their soothing music, which they sometimes pair with time in a vibrating massage chair, can elicit an eclectic array of benefits from pain relief to improved focus and sleep patterns.