Chris Szarka, M.S.W. strives to help psychotherapy clients find real-world solutions to their current problems, rather than digging back into the past. Her sessions incorporate energy-healing techniques as well as talk therapy to help clients achieve lasting emotional change. This holistic approach to healing is typical of staff at Integrated Health Center, whose licensed practitioners meld Eastern and Western medical practices. Within private rooms wrapped in hues of cream and taupe, staffers ease out illness with services that include mental health counseling, nutritional coaching, chiropractic, and acupuncture. The practitioners also empower clients to find their own voice for self-advocacy by teaching them to sing their medical history to the tune of their choice of top 40 hits.
Although becoming a doctor is a good way to make any family proud, the family of Dr. Zhizhong Nan—of Nan's Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic—were especially delighted upon his graduation. That's because by going into acupuncture, Dr. Nan became the third generation of his family to practice this ancient art. Now, more than than 20 years later, he uses his experience in traditional Chinese medicine to heal patients for a range of maladies. Using tiny needles, he can harness the body's chi and natural energy to heal itself, whether he's calming down kids with ADHD or helping insomniacs get to sleep at night. His treatments can also be used for more debilitating illnesses, from pain to asthma to TMJ. Rather than just alleviating symptoms by prescribing numbing medication or giving patients more and more candy until they feel better, acupuncture helps Dr. Nan resolve the core issue behind illnesses.
As a naturopathic doctor, Tom Demaro combines natural treatments and advanced technology to spark dramatic change in the body. Infra-Slim may be the most notable result of this innovative approach: Demaro fused the idea of pressure therapy, which has long been used to help patients suffering from circulatory problems, with infrared heat, which natural healing experts often call on for its detoxifying powers. The treatment is based on the idea that when fat cells heat up, they expand; add pressure to the mix, and the cell walls will burst, flushing their contents out through the body's lymphatic system. Infra-Slim is said to trim up to five inches from the waistline in as little as three sessions, a claim the center backs up on its website.
Camille Rodriguez, the woman behind Jade Moon Acupuncture & Wellness, graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in April 2012. To earn her degree, Ms. Rodriguez completed 2,265 hours of education, 525 hours of clinical acupuncture, and about 30 minutes of paperwork.
She puts this experience to good use during acupuncture sessions that treat pain, stress, and other health issues. Additionally, Ms. Rodriguez practices Chinese medicine such as cupping and moxibustion, which leverages the curative properties of burning mugwort to fortify blood health and bolster the healing process.
Even before the healing-touch sessions begin, the treatment room itself starts relaxing clients with mood lighting and soft lavender sheets. Reiki master practitioner Trish Stapleton uses these initial stimuli to set the stage for the relaxing, energy-balancing reiki sessions to follow. Moving her hands in the air and administering light touches to the chakras, Trish works to rid clients’ bodies of disharmonious energies and oust stress, toxins, and addiction.
Deanna Kayyali helps patients find relief from pain by using a combination of the five branches of Oriental Medicine: Acupuncture and adjunct therapies; Chinese herbal remedies; diet and lifestyle analysis; bodywork; and meditation, self-awareness, and spiritual connection. The licensed acupuncturist and certified Reiki Master treats allergies, chronic aches, digestive issues, and smoking addiction.