A former acupuncture patient herself, Linda Solow Miyoshi’s desire to heal others took her on a globe-spanning journey, beginning at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland, and then detouring to China, where she sought further study in the ancient pain-alleviating art. Today, her expertise in acupuncture and homeopathic health is right at home at Detoxing the World, where she can ply her skills on bodies suffering from everyday stress as well as those with neurological problems such as MS, ADHD, and Parkinson's. A strong believer in the power of detoxification, she also offers ion cleanses that help pull toxins and artery-clogging magic scarves from the body using water that is charged with a mix of positive and negative ions. The ions are believed to work like magnets, attaching themselves to oppositely charged impurities such as heavy metals and plaque, and may help to restore immune-system function and protect the body from disease.
With one swivel to the left or right, clients in Nival Salon & Spa's styling chairs might catch a glimpse of Miss Sweden, Miss France, or Miss Netherlands. In early 2012, the international beauty queens entrusted their good looks to the salon's celebrity stylists, nationally acclaimed beauty instructors, and award-winning aestheticians. Though the pageant stars only popped in for a day, Nival regularly pampers a high-profile clientele—the cast of Bravo's Real Housewives of DC has a standing alliance with the business.
Regardless of who stops by, Nival's team members harness their talents to create a personalized experience. In addition to all the basic treatments—haircuts, mani-pedis, massages, et cetera—the spa offers technology-driven services and alternative medicine. A third-generation acupuncturist calls upon more than 10 years of experience as he stimulates natural healing and makes clients look like balding porcupines. In contrast, an aesthetician prompts cell renewal with a mechanical wand that buffs the skin's surface.
Instead of relying on a few professionals to oversee a large number of cases, Dr. Victoria Goldsten distributes responsibility among a large team of specialists. When clients need help losing weight, Dr. Goldsten pairs them with a nutritional consultant or body-wrap technician. Those seeking an energy-based approach to healing can meet with a doctor of naturopathology, an acupuncturist, or a reiki healer. The diverse team of specialists is bound together by the eclectic experience of Dr. Goldsten, whose title bears more acronyms than a government phone directory.
Maryland Holistics' resident practitioner, Eric Windsor, adjusts acupuncture treatments to each patient's aches, pains, and medical history. A 10-minute consultation precedes the nigh-painless insertion of sterile needles, which aim to treat pain, sports issues, women's fertility issues, or needle deficiency. With the latter option, a follow-up treatment addresses unresolved aches or stress. Patients may see significant results in one or two sessions, but Maryland Holistics recommends four to six treatments over several weeks for chronic conditions, such as tennis elbow or baseball spleen.
Patients' mental well-being is paramount to Dr. Irene Feldman and Dr. Helena Stefan, which explains the center's emphasis on confidence-boosting cosmetic procedures and holistically targeted alternative therapies. After more than 25 years of experience working as an endocrinologist and internist, Dr. Feldman redirected her focus to cosmetic medicine and currently oversees noninvasive treatments with laser systems by such manufacturers as Candela, Sciton, and the Knights Templar. Dr. Stefan learned her holistic craft during a seven-year apprenticeship under Chinese physicians, who taught her the arts of acupuncture and natural medicine, and she continues to further her education in nutrition, herbology, and homeopathy.
Licensed chiropractors at SMART Medical and Rehab Therapy may use cutting-edge medical technology to diagnose problems, but their treatments also utilize the body’s natural healing abilities. This dual approach to chiropractic and rehab sessions is used on clients suffering from a variety of ailments, and the practice specializes in auto accidents, work injuries, sports injuries, and headaches.