Branch of Life Acupuncture offers a modern setting for one of the world's oldest known medical therapies: acupuncture. During a traditional treatment, licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist Mila Krupnova inserts flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points along the body’s energy meridians. This all-natural process can promote the smooth flow of chi throughout the body and stimulate the healing of ailments such as migraines, sports injuries, and even infertility. Mila holds a master of science degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is an active member of the Acupuncture Society of New York.
When he was studying kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Justin Marchegiani planned to attend a traditional medical school. To prepare for post-grad life as a doctor, he not only accessorized exclusively with stethoscopes, but also worked in a surgical center. There, his plans began to change. As Justin watched patients struggle with chronic conditions and turn to surgical solutions, he steadily became more attached to the idea that preventing disease is better than treating it after the fact.
Off to chiropractic school he went. After receiving his degree, Justin studied clinical nutrition, exercise, and functional medicine. Today he heads his own practice, where he uses holistic techniques to heal patients, specializing in issues that relate to hormones, thyroid function, weight, and digestion. Dr. Justin works alongside massage therapist Heatherly Stankey and reflexologist Arthur Hamilton, who aim to restore bodies' function in natural, non-bionic ways.
There's a sublime grace in the flight of a raptor. It's a grace that the birders of Ronin Air Falconry Service hold dear. So to spread their feeling of awe, they host falconry shows and raptor demonstrations, teaching both raptor biology and the history of falconry. Not only are these shows tailored to each group's age, but they send birds flying freely overhead to both inspire them and help them learn how to identify bird bellies in the wild. For those whom the falconry bug bites?and it's likely to bite anyone?group and private sessions divulge how to handle and fly a team of hawks, hunting falcons, and eagle owls. And so that team doesn't get bored?and so others don't lace the environment with poison?Ronin Air Falconry Service also uses its raptors to remove bird pests, relying on the environmentally friendly technique of predator versus prey.
Lavoro Laser Silicon Valley’s doctors of chiropractic—Michael Ruscio, Jordan Giang, and Justin Marchegiani—all specialize in functional medicine, which means they analyze the fundamental cause of health problems. The most common problems they see are high cholesterol and blood sugar, depression, and weight gain, which they link to slow metabolism. Their solution is i-Lipo, a noninvasive lipolysis treatment that was featured on The Doctors. They use this machine, which has four laser pads that wrap around body parts, to surround fat cells and cellulite with low-level laser beams. This cocoon of energy helps the body spur the release of stored chocolate bunnies in the adipose cells. They augment the slimming results by encouraging their clients to engage in healthy eating and exercise.
Nueva Nail's Noveon NaiLaser targets and destroys toenail fungus. To damage the metabolism of, and eventually kill, fungal cells, the Noveon NaiLaser emits patented wavelengths of 870nm and 930nm whose temperatures only hurt fungus, never nearby healthy tissue. Thanks to the device's laser pods, up to four infected nails can be treated simultaneously, which means procedures usually take a mere 16 minutes. Two laser treatments over a 24-day period can completely kill the fungus underneath the nail, giving patients the chance to don sandals and drive a car without wrapping the gas pedal in saran wrap.
The desire to create connections informs nearly every detail of Yoga Inside Out. The sunlit studio, free of mirrors or other distractions, allows students the space to connect with themselves during their practice. The classes—in Power Vinyasa styles—welcome all experience levels, encouraging students to connect with each other as they soak up the energy of a beginner, or the know-how of an expert. During open studio time three mornings a week, instructors work to connect with their students as they work side-by-side to refine their practice.