Dr. Alexis Bergan-Guzman believes that alternative medicine can treat health issues ranging from basic stress to terminal illnesses. Her diverse background, including a master's in medical science and certifications in massage therapy and holistic bodywork, guide her staff in performing a range of health and wellness treatments. Chiropractic adjustments return joints throughout the body to their full range of movement so that heads can once again rotate 360 degrees. Massage modalities range from reflexology and hot-stone massage to the energy work of reiki. Acupuncturists insert slender needles 1/5 the width of standard medical needles into specific points across the body to relax and stimulate physical systems. Nutritional counselors help clients customize diet plans or interpret recurring dreams of asparagus.
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.
Dr. Richard Lehman's philosophy is simple: the quickest way to healing is to determine the source of the pain. But he recognizes that the process may not be so simple, because health is more than just chiropractic care and adjustments––it's a lifestyle. That's why he and his staff specialize in holistic services ranging from massage therapy and rehabilitative exercise to lifestyle advice and nutritional counseling.
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.
At Azul Wellness, Dr. Erica Vislobokova and her team take a holistic approach to wellness that integrates chiropractic techniques, massage, and controlled stretching. Dr. Vislobokova's gentle adjusting technique releases tiny gas bubbles held hostage between askew vertebrae, helping spines straighten and cease making loud burping noises. Adjustments aside, the team applies the other treatments in her repertoire to her patients' complaints as needed, bolstering circulation with massage or supporting injured muscles with kinesio tape.
Licensed and practicing since 1987, Dr. Paul Malavenda, DC, directs a chiropractic clinic that provides chiropractic treatment and alternative therapies for diseases caused by vertebral subluxation, or out-of-position vertebrae that irritate spinal nerves. Dr. Malavenda identifies and treats subluxation, which can cause nerves to malfunction, affect muscles, and degenerate bones. The clinic also provides massage, physical therapy, accident treatment, nutritional counseling, and thermal imaging, which can be used to detect pre-cancerous tissue.