Bart Vermilya didn’t always want to be an acupuncturist. He might still be building computer mainframes for a living had it not been for a shoulder injury he incurred while practicing martial arts. In severe pain, he went to a chiropractor and a massage therapist, both of whom failed to help. He then went to an acupuncturist who reclined him on a table, ignored his shoulder completely, and proceeded to insert needles into his ankle.
“It kind of has to do with tricking your nervous system,” Bart explains. A computer networker and engineer, Bart has a logical approach to problem solving and researches his own treatments with the fervor of a caffeinated skeptic. He finds fascination in sciences that work in spite of logic. “I was surprised too. My ankle. But it worked.”
Inspired by his experience, Bart began studying holistic treatments. His vocation as an engineer, combined with training in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and holistic healing represents a merger of Eastern and Western philosophies. Today, he custom-blends Chinese herbs based on the client’s condition and on his own extensive scientific research, and integrates various treatments into his practice: a patient complaining of a sore back might receive acupuncture on limbs while Bart places cups along the spine.
Mind, Body & Flow was voted one of the best new businesses in the East Valley Tribune's Best of the East Valley 2011 awards for harnessing the body’s innate ability to bring itself into balance. As you step into their 1,700-square-foot facility, the deep-red walls of the reception area and clean, spa-like treatment rooms invite rejuvenating relaxation.
The crew also combats stress and physical maladies with a repertoire of holistically minded treatments, including infrared-sauna sessions, nutritional programs, and body wraps, whose infrared rays can help clients relax, reduce fat, and alleviate pain and joint stiffness. Deft massage therapists deploy various forms of massage to calm the autonomic nervous system, enabling clients to play Operation for hours without flinching. Recently, Mind, Body, & Flow has expanded its service scope to include chiropractic care and functional medicine, which work in tandem to align the body, detoxify it, and promote healing. By integrating such treatments, clients achieve inner balance while combating underlying obstacles blocking their path to total wellness.
Doctor of Chiropractic Radman Rahiminejad and his team of nine other chiropractors work to correct spinal misalignments with treatments that may include spinal decompression, physical therapy, soft-tissue massage, or a combination of all three. Massage therapists also soothe everyday stress by tapping out Morse code lullabies to spinal columns, using techniques that increase circulation and preempt future tension or pain. Weight-loss plans may utilize HCG or B-12 injections to aid in the inch-whittling process, while specialty lab testing can check for other issues such as hormone imbalances or food allergies. BackFit Health + Spine is an integrative practice, with a team of board-certified chiropractors, physicians, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners working together to improve patient health through personalized wellness solutions, including medical weight loss, pain management, and hormone replacement therapy. The Mesa location also now offers spinal decompression.
Dr. Roger Andersen, D.O., Dr. Carson Robertson, D.C., and Eric Robbins, P.T. know that eliminating pain isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. Rather, it’s a one-on-one process, requiring individual time and attention to root out problems at their source. At Alpha Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, the team focuses on providing that personalized care to patients of all ages. Whether clients require the soft-tissue manipulations of the Graston Technique to treat muscle and tendon injuries or spinal adjustments for chronic back pain, the staff’s services work to return them to prime caber-tossing form. Additionally, laser treatments are available to treat pain and inflammation by accelerating tissue repair and cell growth and increasing blood flow to speed the body's self-repair.
Dr. Scott Asay is one part musculoskeletal expert, one part detective. He sees his job as ferreting out the underlying causes that of his patients' pain, whether it’s a certain way of standing, a misaligned joint, or a soft tissue injury. Using massage, chiropractic, and other medical, noninvasive techniques, he treats the core issue rather than the symptom.
QuiescentCare Acupuncture's Michele Etheridge worked as a registered nurse for 30 years before making the move into Oriental medicine. For her, it wasn’t necessarily an about-face. Her experience in Western medicine enhances her practice in Oriental medicine, giving her a deep bench of techniques to draw from when she's faced with clients with a wide range of conditions.
Her services center around the benefits of acupuncture, during which she uses hair-thin needles to improve the flow of the body's energy. When blocked, this energy can cause illness to worsen, stress to turn into fatigue, and the arm bone to act as if it's connected to the knee bone. Depending on placement of the needles, she aims to help clients overcome everything from joint pain and fertility issues to weight problems and addiction to smoking. She also helps clients manage pain in an infrared sauna that also works to purge the body of toxins.