Physical and metaphysical healing go hand in hand at Alive & Well A Holistic Center, where seasoned practitioners target bodies, minds, and spirits with alternative medicine. Natural-health consultations often include iridology, a technique that involves examining the eyes' irises to uncover potential causes of pain, fatigue, and other unpleasant symptoms. Armed with this information, staffers may guide clients toward healing modalities such as reiki, a Japanese energy-balancing technique, or reflexology, a type of foot massage believed to promote full-body wellness. Herbalists and massage therapists may also recommend nutritional supplements and essential oils to help fight headaches, insomnia, or lethargy. Yoga instructors shepherd students toward stress release and physical vitality during group and private classes filled with ancient poses and breaths as deep as Poseidon's diary entries.
Dr. Ralph Garramone, recipient of Castle Connolly Medical's Top Doctors award in Gulfshore Life magazine in 2010, oversees a staff of medical technicians who thwart hostile hair takeovers with ultramodern laser technology. During each approximately 15-minute laser hair-removal session, the guest lies on a treatment bed as concentrated light beams hone in on unwanted follicles, using heat to stunt hair growth. After the lasers zap away overstaying stubble, the technician applies a soothing gel to cool and comfort skin. For optimal results, Ralph Garramone Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa suggests six treatments five weeks apart from each other to render the epidermis as smooth and hair-free as a freshly shorn bowling ball.
You could say that Dr. Douglas M. Stevens has earned the trust of his patients. A practicing facial plastic surgeon for 16 years and board-certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering and then went on to become double board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He was also a doctor in the U.S. Navy for 12 years, where he performed facial reconstructions, and went on to found his practice in 1977. With a special knack for patient care and years of experience reducing signs of aging on the face and neck, today he helps his patents feel comfortable in his private practice before performing any of his commonly requested procedures, from surgical lifts to nonsurgical injections and laser treatments.
Led by Doctor of Chiropractic Rob Watkins, the skilled team at SWFL Spinal Care tends to patients' muscular and skeletal systems with chiropractic treatments, massage, ultrasound and stimulation therapies, and heat and ice treatments. Therapeutic or medical massage treatments help to ease tension while potentially bolstering the immune system or helping to control blood pressure, and electrical-stimulation therapies prompt the body to send endorphins via its internal system of keys tied to kites tied to Ben Franklins. A protein-based weight-loss program also assists clients in achieving more svelte silhouettes, helping to suppress the appetite while maintaining muscle mass.
Integrative Medicine Center's Drs. A. Hanna and Lidia Okonski welcome clients in for a combination of spa services and holistic medicine. Dr. A. Hanna is board certified by NCCAOM in acupuncture and oriental medicine, and Dr. Lidia Okonski, who does not perform acupuncture treatments, is a board-certified psychiatrist. Focused on improving personal well-being and health, they center the center's holistic-medicine approach on acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional medicine, such as corrective diets focused on vitamins and not eating grapes realistically painted onto drywall. Their spa services, meanwhile, emphasize the external—the menu includes body wraps, facials, waxing, and aromatherapy.
Renown for Facial, Breast and Body Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Schneider is a pioneer in advancing the axillary incision for saline and silicone breast augmentation. He has offered state of the art laser surgery since 1994. Patients from around the world visit the practice each year.