Treating symptoms is relatively straightforward. Addressing the underlying causes and promoting holistic wellbeing across the entire body is a more ambitious goal. As a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, John Shay attempts to accomplish the latter by channeling centuries-old treatments intended to locate and remove the blockages inhibiting the natural flow of the body's energy. The idea is that unrestricted energetic flow allows the body's natural healing mechanisms to operate at peak efficiency and not only relieve painful symptoms, but also prevent other conditions from arising in the future.
Originally born in Taiwan, Shay studied at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei before immigrating to the United States and obtaining a formal degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine. His approach to healthcare adopts a holistic focus, aiming to restore a sense of balance to ailing systems throughout the body. In addition to acupuncture, he also uses natural Chinese herbal medicines and cupping sessions to help ramp bodies back up to peak performance.
Part urgent-care center and part medical clinic, Bellaire ER services the community with fully equipped facilities. No appointments are necessary in the emergency room, where physicians led by Dr. Mario Quintanilla tend to injuries and pain. In the clinic, they perform community services such as sports physicals and illness tests, which then are processed in the onsite lab.
Food—buying it, cooking it, relishing it—is central to The Life Long Weigh. Karen Hill, M.D., and her team of registered dieticians anchor their weight-loss and detoxification programs in diets of whole foods. During tours of grocery stores, they holler about the benefits of certain grains, vegetables, and other natural ingredients. Cooking classes teach students how to pack vegan meals with protein and prepare satisfying desserts without loads of sugar. Dr. Hill's weight-loss programs also include group meetings and behavioral therapy to motivate clients to follow through on their new diets.
The technicians at New Life Therapy, armed with ML830 therapeutic cold lasers, take aim at the pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and other ailments during 30-minute noninvasive treatment sessions. Emitting from a handheld device, the invisible laser light travels beneath the skin's surface with an 830 nm wavelength to blast both acute and chronic pain, internal swelling, and alien invaders responsible for tennis elbow. Inquisitive patients can peruse medical studies pertaining to the success of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the manufacturer's website and in the laser's family Christmas letter.
Analyte Health's staff of certified phlebotomists works to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases by offering affordable screening to patients at more than 30 Houston-area locations. The FDA-approved and CLIE-certified test scans blood and urine samples for eight sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes I and II, HIV, and syphilis. Within 72 hours, patients receive their confidential test results on a secure website or via e-mail, with the promise that Analyte Health will never share them with a third party. If necessary, fully trained doctors and medical professionals are on hand to discuss treatment options.
The Inside Story Ultrasound captures detailed images of growing babies, including video footage. Parents can invite family and friends along for the viewing, with guests seated in a comfortable viewing room equipped with three monitors.