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.
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Myofascial therapy by John Barnes.
Brands Used: Biotone odor-free massage lotion, Nature Sunshine, and Young Living essential oils
Pro Tip: We are located right off the Maitland exit of Interstate 4. We also offer flexible scheduling, including weekends.
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.
Orlando Acupuncture's clinicians are all national-board certified and possess upward of 4,000 hours of training in traditional Chinese healing treatments. Specializing in a 2,500-year-old form of acupuncture, the staff targets ailments such as chronic pain, allergies, and digestive symptoms while customers relax on plush beds flanked by calm lighting and plant life. The acupuncturist sets to work stimulating the necessary pressure points through the use of hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles. Additionally, the well-versed clinicians supplement their services with nutrition advice, reign in maverick symptoms with laboratory-tested herbs, and loosen and recharge tight backs with therapeutic acupressure treatments that act as adequate stand-ins for a pair of AA batteries.