Throughout the course of his 15-year practice, Dr. Rene Cruz, board-certified internal-medicine physician, has noticed a direct relationship between his patients' overall health and their weight. He and his staff of medical assistants create individualized weight-loss programs to relieve patients of excess weight and corresponding health issues, along with the help of a new collaboration with chef George Stella. These programs blend basic exercise regimens, food journals, and nutritional and medical counseling, with the added punch of FDA-approved appetite suppressants, multivitamins, and B12 injections. Dr. Cruz and his staff teach patients how important controlling environmental influences and understanding human physiology is to maintaining long-term weight loss, something England achieved by spending millions of pounds of sterling silver during the Hundred Years War.
Dr. Damon Thornton has called central Florida home for more than 43 years. After graduating with honors from Parker College of Chiropractic, he opened this clinic with the hopes of assuaging pain and boosting health in his own backyard. His office specializes in chiropractic care, which differentiates itself from other branches of medicine by seeking to treat the whole body rather than simply squashing symptoms as they arise. A variety of services, including physical therapy and spinal decompression, aims to realign the body’s operating system to alleviate chronic pain and uninstall unwanted Sudoku apps. Dr. Thornton also hopes to fend off health issues before they start through nutritional counseling. In addition to overseeing a lineup of facial and body rejuvenation services, he supervises a team of licensed massage therapists, who treat soft muscle tissues to the revitalizing touch of massage and bodywork.
Board-certified and licensed acupuncture physician Marlo Rapp offers a variety of pain-management services and homeopathic remedies at Four Seasons Acupuncture. In addition to holding a specialization in acupuncture, Marlo performs services ranging from cupping—a process in which heated cups apply suction to the skin—to moxibustion—a service that involves the burning of mugwort in proximity to acupuncture points. Marlo also performs comprehensive nutritional consultations that help ensure that clients understand how to select healthy foods as well as how to place them in the proper mouth. To view an expansive list of Marlo’s services and commonly treated conditions, click here.
Under the steady guidance of medical director Dr. John van Wert, Cascades MedSpa carves a path toward beauty with the sharpest, most advanced techniques, earning it a feature in Central Florida Lifestyle magazine. Dr. van Wert and his team chisel bodies and smooth complexions with more than a dozen treatments designed to restore confidence to patients so that they can show off their swimsuit at the beach or the next board meeting. The med spa's services range from noninvasive microdermabrasion and massage therapy to LipoSelection treatments, which break up and remove excess fat from the love handles and thighs.
As an undergraduate at UCLA, Dr. Gene Wei was considering a career in Western medicine?until studying abroad in China and Brazil took him down an unexpected path. Chronic pain and illnesses had afflicted Dr. Wei throughout college, and the care he received abroad succeeded where traditional therapy had failed: it alleviated his symptoms. This experience inspired him to change the focus of his studies and work toward becoming a practitioner who viewed sickness and pain as the results of underlying imbalances in the body's systems, which the practitioner must correct to restore optimal health.
At the Center for Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Wei fully embraces this philosophy, using alternative medicine to treat the root causes of a client's condition rather than simply addressing the symptoms. Acupuncture, massage, oxygen multistep therapy, and Chinese herbal medicine are a few of the treatments that Dr. Wei and his team employ. In addition to helping alleviate chronic pain, they can serve as a complementary form of care to traditional Western medicine.
When Michelle J. Alley decided to expand her career in massage to include holistic therapies such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine, she didn't just enroll in a local school. She hopped on a plane to Tokyo, where she studied Toyo Hari?a specialized form of acupuncture?under 40 of its senior practitioners. Back in America, she now serves as a member of the Toyo Hari Association's North American contingent.
At her wellness clinic, Altamonte Acupuncture, Michelle administers a vast range of services that integrates both massage and acupuncture. Other treatments include gua sha cupping therapy and reflexology, which, like acupuncture, are focused on improving whole-body function by boosting circulation and clearing stagnant energy. Because her services can ease the symptoms of a wide variety of ailments, loyal clients include everyone from athletes with chronic soreness to war veterans with injury-related pain.