Rizzo-Ovia, a national board-certified acupuncturist, employs her know-how in traditional Chinese medicine and nutritional counseling to mend patients' minds, bodies, and spirits. She greets new clients with an initial acupuncture consultation, which determines proper treatment based on symptoms, diet, lifestyle, skin condition, and exoskeleton thickness. In sessions ranging between 15 and 45 minutes, Rizzo-Ovia gently peppers her patients with hair-thin needles inserted at selected points along the body's meridians. Like miniature football linebackers, the sterile, disposable needles open the body's blocked energy pathways to facilitate the flow of Qi, blood, and other vital substances.
Licensed acupuncture physician John Kotsch hasn't always been healthy. In his 20s, he suffered from digestive issues diagnosed as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. When conventional treatments came up short, he turned to alternative medicine. Inspired by the effectiveness and simplicity of the treatments, John left his career in journalism to pursue the study of acupuncture.
Today, John shares this improvement with others, helping apply acupuncture to the goal of overall wellness, stress release, and vitality. He sees only one client at a time, ensuring he can devote his full attention to their needs and vacation slideshows. In addition to administering acupuncture treatments, he also shares his knowledge of natural medicine so patients can continue their healing regimen.
At Bodies In Balance Acupuncture, Ana Toriello inserts hair-thin needles into specific parts of the body for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Traditional acupuncture treatments work to treat dozens of ailments, including digestive issues, asthma, allergies, and chronic pain. When inserted into the face or neck for cosmetic services, the needles reduce rosacea, fade fine lines, and reveal hidden treasure maps. She can also pair acupuncture treatments with custom Chinese herb mixes that help bring the inner body into harmony. Ana is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, the highest certification for acupuncturists in the country.
Doctors of Chiropractic Kristin Shiver and Dean Chance helm Back in Balance Chiropractic, where they help patients live free of chronic pain and illness. The two, who are also husband and wife, specialize in applied kinesiology, a holistic health approach that includes chiropractic adjustments and cranial-alignment, muscle-balancing, and allergy-elimination techniques, among other elements. Along with the clinic's group of massage therapists, exercise therapists, and acupuncturists, the chiropractors deliver wellness care that can assuage neck and back pain, soothe headaches, and relieve stress, allergies, and digestive issues.
After battling his own demons, Anthony Korahais found a new life purpose through the practice of qigong. After quitting his job as a network engineer in Manhattan, Sifu Anthony moved to Florida and established Flowing Zen as a place to share the healing potential of Eastern philosophies. Sifu Anthony’s classes cross-pollinate elements of qigong with tai chi, kung fu, and guided meditation. They can also help students find balance and heal their bodies from the inside out.
Licensed massage therapist Monika Lewandowska has been relaxing tense sinews for more than 12 years. Believing that the body should be treated as a whole—taking into account physical, mental, and emotional symptoms—she offers relaxation, trigger-point therapy, reflexology, and aromatherapy massages, among other specialties. She also incorporates the use of magnetic therapy, negative ions, and far-infrared sun rays for healing, balance, and energy into her use of different modalities.