Even as a child, Christina Wallace knew that she wanted to heal people. So it was natural for her to opt to study premed at UC Berkeley in California. However, her focus shifted from Western medicine to traditional Chinese medicine after being involved in a serious car accident her senior year of college. Suffering from debilitating headaches and vertigo, Christina found no relief from medical doctors. She soon turned to acupuncture, and within weeks, her health returned. Today, she draws on that experience—as well as her studies in Beijing—to treat others suffering ailments, from headaches and vertigo to emotional distress, digestive issues, and back pain.
Licensed acupuncturist Sarah Kay Roell is passionate about learning. After graduating magna cum laude from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine with her Masters in acupuncture, she went on to complete a yearlong clinic internship before she went to China to study the ancient art for four weeks. Sarah was drawn to the 5,000 year-old form of treatment after acupuncture helped her overcome carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. Since then, she has been dedicated to learning as much as she can about holistic healing and the lifestyle needed to live past 5,000 years old.
At her wellness clinic, Sarah crafts custom treatment plans that address each client's specific ailments. In addition to acupuncture, alternative treatments can include Fire Cupping, which uses heat to encourage the body's energy flow, and moxibustion, a treatment that achieves similar results but through the application of heated herbs.
Allvera Body Wrap & Wellness Center has a specialist for every treatment it offers, helping clients reach every possible beauty goal. There's Leslie A. Broucker, a former athletic trainer who now works in acupuncture and massage. Mallory Beres, an Aveda Institute grad, takes care of skin with natural products. Those treatments might include body wraps, spray tanning, and facials. Acupuncture treatments target a range of health concerns and can also leave patrons feeling relaxed, as can foot detox baths and infrared saunas. Those calming effects are amplified by earth-tone surroundings and potted plants at the original Columbus location and at the new, spacious Grandview location.
After graduating from Southwest Acupuncture College, board-certified acupuncturist Thomas E. Turpen, MS, R. Ac., continued his training through a World Health Organization program in Beijing. Those experiences inform his approach at Arlington Acupuncture Clinic, where he unburdens patients of pain and treats musculoskeletal disorders with acupuncture and oriental-medicine-based procedures. Along with traditional acupuncture techniques, Turpen practices styles such as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean acupuncture.
He also relieves guests of ailments through more holistic means, such as reiki, medical qi gong, and medical hypnosis, which can help patrons overcome allergies more effectively than swallowing a grain of pollen and making it a part of you. Joel Jones, a licensed therapist, further assists clients by soothing their muscles during massages.
Having studied Shiatsu with Kadoya Sensei in Tokyo, Buddhist techniques of Soku Shin Do and Ra Kuken Ho in Columbus, and abdominal Arvigo techniques in Belize since becoming a licensed massage therapist (LMT) in 1995, Barbara Jones has acquired effective massage techniques from all over the world, which she has used to win several underground mixed-massage-arts tournaments. Though she won't bring all of these globe-trotting styles into play during the massage in today's Groupon, you can still expect a wide variety. Because the source of each client's stress is as subtly different as his or her interpretation of the final episode of The Prisoner, Jones typically mixes and matches several massage styles, including deep tissue, Swedish relaxation, trigger point, acupressure, and more.
For more than a decade, the acupuncturists and health professionals at Acupuncture & NAET Clinic have used traditional Eastern medicine to help clients on their path to wellness. Their techniques and treatments aid patients as they work to quit smoking, lose weight, lessen pain, and eliminate allergies. Using techniques and treatments such as cupping, qi gong, and acupuncture, the staff redirects energy throughout the body without relying on cumbersome traffic cones.