While working a cruise ship, holistic doctor and acupuncturist Ahuva Gamliel treated a passenger complaining of digestive issues. Impressed by how fast she found relief, the patient said she would send her husband so that Gamliel could treat his shoulder pain. But the woman added, "My husband is not going to tell you this, but he has erectile dysfunction and I want you to treat him for it." Noticing the man didn't mention erectile dysfunction on his intake form, Gamliel proceeded to treat him for it anyway, along with tending to his shoulder. A few days later, the woman stopped by and said, "What did you do to him? I feel like we are on our second honeymoon." Dr. Gamliel thrives on hearing such patient testimonials. Knowing since she was 5 years old that she would become a doctor, Gamliel began working as a phlebotomist in high school. But her first experiences with conventional medicine—which she recalls as "cold, callous, and impersonal"—left her disenchanted. After completing undergraduate study in psychobiology, Gamliel discovered the field of natural medicine and went on to earn a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture from Bastyr University. Today, Gamliel pursues her vision of bringing natural healthcare to the masses through MiBaSo, an acronym for mind, body, and soul. Gamliel hopes to turn MiBaSo into a franchised, membership-based practice that increases the visibility, accessibility, and affordability of natural medicine.
Vera Vasershteyn's career in acupuncture and pain-management began more than 40 years ago, when she graduated from a Moscow medical school in 1972. In 1990 she moved to Miami and became a certified physician in her new country. Now at Surfside Pain Control Center, she consults with each patient in order to map the proper treatment path. Her methods include acupuncture, magnet therapy, and cold-laser therapy, which uses a gentle light to promote tissue repair and help swallowed watermelon seeds start growing in the stomach. All of her treatments are natural and nontoxic, which has been a foundation of the practice she started four decades ago.
At her colorful North Miami office, licensed chiropractor Dr. Yolaris Garcia takes a natural approach to treating her clients' underlying health issues. These methods include nutritional counseling, six styles of massage therapy, and traction therapy using a Triton decompression table, which relieves lower back pain caused by herniated discs and wearing overstuffed fanny packs. Through these services, clients can begin to feel relief from chronic body aches and unexpected injuries.
At Center of Healing and Rejuvenation, licensed massage therapist Rose Sharma specializes in east Indian modalities and holistic-healing techniques that nurture a wholesome relationship between mind and body. Rose's therapeutic credentials include certifications from Portland's East-West College of The Healing Arts and an Ayurvedic therapist certification from Chakrapani Ayurvedic Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India. By employing her various levels of expertise, she enables clients to choose either a western massage treatment or an eastern ayurvedic experience. In addition to helping clients form detoxifying nutritional and exercise plans, Rose also provides reiki, pranic healing, and other treatments intended to infuse the body with positive energy and implant every number of pi in the memory.
Doctor of Chiropractic Marc Weinberg believes that the only way to truly treat patients and alleviate their weight-loss and chiropractic woes is to get to know them. That’s why the 20-year veteran encourages every visitor to his office to speak with him in a one-on-one assessment, during which they fill out a comprehensive questionnaire and discuss their history, goals, and favorite medical-textbook publishers.
Dr. Weinberg also believes that health problems are often best solved with natural treatments and aids. So he realigns skewed vertebrae and adjusts spines to alleviate discomfort or other bodily maladies without invasive treatments. He also supervises weight-loss programs so that patients can learn how to lose weight without surgery, and combines the programs with natural body wraps and multiple pats on the back.
Victoria Ruben believes beauty shouldn’t be temporary. After founding her permanent-makeup business 20 years ago in Paris, she decided to further her aesthetic mission by opening a cosmetology and beauty school to share her refined technique with others. Today, Victoria combines her expertise with the latest tattooing equipment to fine-tune faces in her Florida studio. Her precise yet painterly touches of color can simulate all the hallmarks of a professional makeup application, from defining brows to subtly shading lips to drawing distinguished monocles.