Synergy Wellness Clinic founder Doctor of Chiropractic Gustavo Marshall’s experiences with traditional organized medicine left him disappointed, noting that it felt like “looking at the trees, rather than the whole forest.” So the licensed chiropractor assembled a team of heathcare practitioners who could work together to address the whole person, rather than just his or her symptoms. “Here, we’re always looking at the body from the standpoint of the whole forest,” he says.
When Dr. Marshall meets with new patients, he considers a variety of factors, such as their living environment, sleep habits, nutrition, and frequency of hot-coal walks. Then, he may pair his own chiropractic techniques with massage therapy or nutritional counseling. And if his own clinic doesn’t have the resources his patients need, he’s happy to recommend additional practitioners to help them on their path to wellness.
Dr. Marshall also recognizes that, regardless of his client’s ailment, stress can be a huge barrier to recovery. So he strives to establish his clinic as a refuge from the urban bustle. During massages, for instance, therapists ensconce patients in private treatment rooms equipped with flickering candles, memory-foam tables, and soothing music. They also draw upon aromatherapy to deepen relaxation.
Angel Orozco is as well traveled as he is knowledgeable—not that the two qualities developed separately. The licensed massage therapist and board-certified holistic health counselor has learned ancient healing techniques from teachers in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India. Along with his licensed staff, he incorporates those lessons into spa and wellness treatments at BodySense. The result is that the center offers an impressive range of massage styles—20 total in fact—from Thai and postpartum to a honey body massage that exfoliates skin with lemon and caraway-enriched honey.
The rest of BodySense's service menu is a hybrid of Western and Eastern approaches. Acupuncture sits side by side with a treatment that combines medical massage and electrotherapy. Gerard's organic skincare products power facial treatments such as the caviar and soy facials. To help clients control the most important factor influencing their health besides whether or not they're napping in a catapult with a rusty old safety, BodySense creates custom weight-loss programs, which provide participants with nutritional counseling, massages, body treatments, and exercise classes.
As an 11-year-old girl, Doctor of Chiropractic Wendy Gallego was diagnosed with scoliosis. The painful curvature in her spine immediately began to interfere with her life, forcing her to drop out of gymnastics and wear a back brace. After years of chronic discomfort, a college friend suggested that she visit a chiropractor, and she finally began to find relief from her symptoms. More importantly, she was inspired by her chiropractor's whole-body approach to wellness, which emphasized nutrition and lifestyle as well as treatment. This drove her to become a chiropractor herself while formulating the philosophy that "people should not be perceived as separately functioning parts, but rather as a complex structure of interdependent systems." By founding Shin Wellness, she sought to create a holistic health care center that addressed physical as well as mental health.
Embracing Western and Eastern treatment modalities, Dr. Gallego looks for instructors and therapists with more than technical proficiency and a photographic recollection of the periodic table. She claims that "there's a quality that comes with being a healer," and she looks for that passion in all her prospective employees, whether they will be performing massages, conducting hypnotherapy sessions, or leading Pilates classes.
Cesar Quintero has struggled with weight all of his life. That is, until he ditched the gimmick diets and found a way to eat nutritiously that was simple enough for him to stick with. He founded his business, Fit 2 Go Healthy Gourmet, to take the guesswork out of dining by bringing people ready-made, balanced meals. His on-staff dietician Rebecca Karousatos works with a chef to develop weekly menus that incorporate such hearty dishes as tilapia, teriyaki chicken, italian meatballs, and fresh vegetables. The company then packages these meals in individual microwaveable containers that preserve the meals' flavors and convince bosses to replace the break room's cast-iron stove with a microwave. Customers can place orders online or call them in. The company?s delivery area covers most of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
The wellness professionals at Body Mind Spirit Natural Health Care work with the intention of boosting all three aspects of vitality. They rejuvenate bodies with massages, wraps, and acupuncture while calming the mind with soothing hand movements and reassuring pats on the back. They restore wholeness to the spirit by lavishing clients with undivided attention, whether enveloping clients in steam tents or performing fully customized facials.
Florida-licensed acupuncturist Ivelisse DeJongh graduated from the Acupuncture and Massage College in 2008 with a bachelor’s in health science and a master’s in Oriental medicine. Today, she uses her expertise in natural healing to help clients find relief from a variety of physical and mental ailments, including chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, allergies, stress and anxiety, insomnia, and more.