Doctor of Chiropractic Todd Whittemore’s familiarity with chiropractic care dates back to the adjustments he received before he was 10. Years later, chiropractic adjustments came in handy again after a hockey injury damaged his ability to breathe, which a chiropractor remedied. By this time, Dr. Whittemore had already graduated from college and was working as an engineer. But the success of the treatment for that rib, along with subsequent treatments for his ankles, inspired him to enroll in chiropractic school.
As a former engineer, Dr. Whittemore has a head for structure and function, and he applies this knowledge while examining the spine for structural deficiencies. Stow Family Chiropractic's high-tech diagnostic equipment picks up whatever his eyes can't see. Computer analyses reveal any roadblocks in the nervous system, and x-rays paint a picture of backbones, showing any deterioration or slipped disks that might be impinging on the nerves or on patients’ ability to carry their cars to work.
Since graduating from New York Chiropractic College in the mid 1980s, doctor of chiropractic Peter G. Hill developed an itch for understanding and treating automotive- and sports-related injuries. To scratch it, he attends conferences and forums on concussions, which are typically less conspicuous than other injuries such as a whiplashed neck or deflated ego. Alongside injury recovery, Dr. Hill addresses all kinds of aches and pains with adjustments, muscle work, physical therapies, and nutritional counseling.
A registered nurse for 10 years, Paul Gustafson went on to clock another decade championing and practicing hypnosis through books, television, and private sessions. During free 30-minute phone or in-office consultations, Paul explains his process and helps patients decide if hypnosis suits them. In sessions, he probes each client's subconscious to uncover and then alter his or her attitude toward habits such as emotional eating, substance abuse, or smoking. His hypnosis can also relieve conditions and phobias such as stress, insomnia, nail biting, and fear of public speaking, which afflicts up to 35% of Americans and 100% of silent-film stars. He gradually teaches clients to perform self-hypnosis and supplies them with recordings of each session to aid in home reinforcement.
Kristen Melanson believes in the power of energy to affect our daily lives. She believes that both positive and negative energy affect us at the cellular level, and so she practices energy medicine to help correct that negative energy. In her calming studio, Kristen—a certified reiki master—helps direct healing energy toward her clients by placing her hands over specific points on the body. In this way, she helps clients with everything from chronic pain to emotional trauma, and assists the body in healing itself.
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.
The health heads at Zanjabee concern themselves with total wellness, using the teachings of both Western and Eastern medicine to treat bodies, minds, and spirits. The Pranayama workshop, a large communal class accommodating up to 45 people at a time, introduces students to the precepts of the breath-work-based meditation technique.
Before joining forces to fight spider and varicose veins, the board-certified radiologists at North Bridge Vein Care all honed their skills at Harvard teaching hospitals. This training, along with other professional endeavors, familiarized them with medical intricacies such as interpreting ultrasound images, determining if blood is flowing through the body in a healthy manner, and assessing whether vessels are robust. Now, they use this know-how to treat compromised veins—which are often unsightly and painful—with methods such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatments, and ambulatory phlebectomy.