Tonie Chicchi and Adele Lukachek performed clinical research to develop new laser technologies to help their clients rehabilitate from strokes, recover from athletic injuries, and feel better about how they look. In addition to using proprietary lasers to help erase signs of aging from the face and banish fat from the body, they also foster whole-body wellness by recommending nutritional supplements and sending greeting cards to under-appreciated organs.
Bartek Chiropractic's husband-and-wife team, Drs. Ed and Mary Bartek, work to help their patients conquer pain with hands strengthened through years of training. Their specialties include treatment of lumbar disc syndrome, leg pain, headaches, and fibromyalgia.
When Doctor of Chiropractic Drew Sack was a kid, he loved digging through his father's desk in search of treasures. One day, he stumbled upon a cracked cassette tape of a lecture from 1979 that championed the health benefits of chiropractic treatments. He listened to it repeatedly, inspired by the idea that chiropractic has the ability to change the world, which he still believes in to this day.
He now practices at Lehigh Valley Integrative Health, where he and his expert team employ several adjustment techniques to enrich clients’ spines. He uses the Webster technique to release pelvic stress for pregnant women, the Gonstead technique to assess spine health with a heat-sensing device, and the Old Wives Tale technique to seal back-breaking cracks in neighborhood sidewalks. His Nazareth office accommodates patients five days a week, after which Dr. Drew heads home in the car that still carries the cracked cassette tape.
At Augello Chiropractic, Dr. Mark Augello and Dr. Charles T. Kennedy III focus on the big picture to help their patients achieve total wellness. They strive to ferret out the underlying causes of their patients' chronic issues—varying from work-related pain to accident and sports injuries—and treat them with long-term solutions such as adjustments, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release. To supplement chiropractic services, a staff of licensed massage therapists is on hand to soothe aches and pains with a variety of modalities. They also offer public lectures, impulse-adjustment advice, and nutritional counseling to help clients lead healthier lifestyles without feeling compelled to tattoo the food pyramid on the inside of their palm.
Certified hypnotherapist Todd Stofka knows that, when it comes to improving performance, computers aren't the only things that require periodic upgrades. Using his Stofka Method, which he's perfected over a decade as a hypnotherapist in Philadelphia area, Todd remakes clients into people 2.0 with programs designed to halt smoking addiction, improve athletic performance, and lose stubborn pounds. "Weight loss is simple but not necessarily easy," Todd notes, adding that "hypnotherapy gets to the core reasons for being overweight". Living Thin’s weight-loss programs strive to adjust how participants view and plan their meals. The soothing hypnosis sessions combat resigned attitudes and familiar cravings, aiming to replace them with confidence and an intuitive preference for wholesome foods.
At Roots of Vitality, massage therapist Kelly Kark melds a decade of experience working in a medical setting with five years of holistic health expertise. Specializing in therapeutic integrated massage and bodywork, Kelly draws from common modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage to offset pain and improve health. She also treats corporeal forms to lesser-known healing practices, including reiki and BioMat therapy, the latter of which relies on far infrared rays, crystals, and negative ions to help increase circulation and alleviate stiffness.
Brad Gruno suffered from high cholesterol, low energy, and a wide middle—until 2006, that is. That's when, determined to make a change, he adopted a diet of strictly raw foods. Within months, Brad lost 40 pounds and gained a renewed sense of vigor. He then launched his own line of vegetarian snacks so that others could introduce raw foods to their lives. He went on to found The Nourished Community, where he and his team of nutritional experts provide step-by-step health plans, including juice cleanses, detox programs, and online coaching, to help others start their own whole-body transformations.