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.
The Massage Health Center is one of the longest-established health clinics in Gainesville, and to its staff, it’s a home away from home. The cozy facility features all-natural wood accents, whirlpool tubs, and saunas, as well as themed massage rooms decorated to look like scenic seascapes, beaches, and grocery-store deli counters. Licensed massage therapists can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes or access lower-layer aches with firm deep-tissue techniques and localized trigger point therapy. Clients may also relax with an acupuncture session, which is probably more relaxing than whittling a backscratcher out of a neighboring house’s front door.
Moureen Tansuwat uses the art of hypnosis to help clients combat weight issues, addictions to smoking, insomnia, and test anxiety. She also hosts a tea and cookies support group that provides a safe environment for individuals to express their feelings.
The signs of weight gain, aging, and heart disease tend to develop gradually, but board-certified internist Dr. James DeStephens and his staff stop them with quickness. Among their many services, they offer VelaShape cellulite-reduction treatments, Juvederm fillers, and a weight-loss program that gets the most out of workouts with a steady dose of vitamin B12 shots and nutritional counseling. They even offer enhanced external-counterpulsation therapy, a technique designed to help boost the flow of blood and stave off cardiovascular maladies without surgery. The therapy works by strapping inflatable cuffs around the patient’s legs and then inflating and deflating the cuffs to increase the flow of blood to the heart more effectively than a visit from three ghosts on Christmas Eve.
Dr. James DeStephens believes that the troubles many have with weight-loss programs aren't physical. They're mental. According to the doctor, most people who plan to lose 50 pounds or more fail completely, and among those who succeed, even fewer keep it off for more than a year. He asserts that this is an issue of motivation: people are often inspired to lose weight by a momentous event such as a high-school reunion or a surprise invitation to compete in the Olympics, but as time passes, that motivation wanes. In order to bridge this schism in the journey to better health, Dr. DeStephens has devised a weight-loss plan that's centered on motivational psychology. When clients first begin the program, they work with the doctor to create a future vision of themselves that will inspire them in moments of doubt. They are also taught how to journal, which ensures that they keep accountability for their actions. In addition to mental maintenance, the program also instills good dietary habits that incorporate fresh, nourishing food from the grocery store instead of frozen meals. By combining such practices, Dr. DeStephens helps clients create a dream that they are willing to fight for.
Meanwhile, the doctor combines his knowledge with that of other experts to target aesthetic issues, clearing the skin of everything from unwanted hair and cellulite to wrinkles and age spots. Using combinations of pulsed light and radiofrequency treatments, the staff helps reduce the appearance of sagging jowls by tightening the skin and stimulating collagen. They also non-surgically pare down physiques and pull from a slate of dermal fillers and rolling pins to smooth away wrinkles. During anti-aging services, the doctor combines traditional medicine with newfound treatments, analyzing blood for deficiencies before customizing a medley of hormone treatments to return bodies to their more vigorous selves.
As both a dentist and a board-certified oral, maxillofacial, and general cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Charles Graper has the knowledge and experience to provide comprehensive care for his patients' oral-health and aesthetic needs. Graper Facial Institute boasts six locations in Georgia and northern Florida, where Dr. Graper performs services ranging from face-lifts and liposuction to dental implants and Invisalign orthodontic treatments. He and his team can also diminish fine lines and acne scars with an ultra-pulse carbon-dioxide laser, or use a fat-transfer contouring procedure to correct deep furrows, wrinkles, or indentations from post-race naps on burlap sacks.
The doctors, dietitians, and counselors at Medi-Weightloss Clinic understand that losing weight is a battle fought on two fronts: the physical and the emotional. Periods of stress, compulsive eating, or despair can torpedo the physical benefits of even the most rigorous exercise regimens. For this reason, the physician-supervised weight-loss programs take a five-sided approach. Different tiers incorporate elements of the physical, such as medical exams and exercise regimens, as well as emotional support and ongoing weekly counseling to keep spirits high and let participants vent about the increasing popularity of wine-and-donut-tasting parties throughout the weight-loss journey.