Gina Ledwith, the certified holistic health coach who heads Holistically Well, has struggled with her weight and won. Her weight-loss success inspired her to earn certificates from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Raw Food Institute. With knowledge of over 100 dietary theories under her belt, she teaches the same strategies that helped her lose more than 80 pounds to students at her weight-loss clinic. There, she offers everything from one-on-one coaching to cooking demos and tours of health-food stores.
As a young man, Dr. Timothy Malton was a proud member of the Norwegian Professional Ski Instructors Demonstration Team. One day, while performing a backflip, Malton suffered a serious fall that landed him in the emergency room. Though doctors told him he hadn't broken any bones, Malton knew something was very wrong. He was unable to take a deep breath, had excruciating pain in his upper back, and could not sleep for more than a few hours at a time. He tried everything he could think of to relieve his discomfort, including painkillers, physical therapy, and acupuncture, but nothing worked. After several months of agony, someone suggested that Malton visit a chiropractor. Not only did the chiropractor diagnose and successfully treat the source of the pain within a matter of weeks, he also inspired Malton to pursue that path himself.
Today, Doctor of Chiropractic Malton extends that same healing and improved wellness to his patients at his own practice. He draws upon training in specialties such as fibromyalgia, sports injuries, and nutrition to address aches and overall health, and he adjusts spines with techniques including the Gonstead system and the Webster technique for expectant mothers. Dr. Malton also provides pediatric chiropractic care, which can improve kids' posture and help them release stress from pretending to work in an office.
Though quite experienced in the scientific field of traditional healthcare, Dr. Betty Brainerd, ND, believes the natural healing powers of the body can rival those of the lab. For more than 20 years, she has studied and practiced natural healing solutions in both hospitals and private clinics, listening to her patients' needs in order to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses them. Her treatments can reduce allergic reactions, balance bodily chemistry with nutritional supplements, ease chronic pain, or cleanse bodies of toxins and brains of all but the most useful state capitals.
Acupuncture of Milford Connecticut’s Richard A. Covello earned a Best of New Haven 2011 nod for his extensive knowledge of acupuncture. His staff, including Stephanie Ortiz, LMT and Alexandria Attolino, LMT, performs relaxation and wellness massages, specializing in event, post-injury, and post-surgery modalities to help speed recovery.
Though her ability to untie knots rivals that of a sailor, licensed massage therapist Lorna Ellis-Harding has been relieving aches and pains for long enough to understand the limitations of massage. Rather than rely solely on her Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, she draws from other areas of traditional and alternative medicine to craft treatment plans for the whole body. Her acupressure massages, for example, incorporate the principles of Eastern acupuncture to apply healing pressure to specific points of energy across the body. When she isn’t balancing energy or coaxing out toxins with gentle lymphatic-drainage techniques, Lorna consults with other local businesses to help her clients manage their weight and make healthful lifestyle decisions, such as refraining from eating french fries while juggling chainsaws.
While working as a sales executive for two of the top hearing-aid manufacturers, Nancy Jablonski quickly realized that the people who most needed her products were those who often found it difficult to travel to audiology centers. She established Audiology Concierge as a means to correct this problem, and today, she and her staff travel to homes to perform exams, suggest solutions, and fit custom hearing aids. For the latter, she has been able to access desirable pricing thanks to her years spent as an industry insider.
At Shoreline Family Chiropractic and Wellness, Matthew Paterna is not only concerned with his patients’ health, he offers clients chiropractic care that’s safe, all natural, and drug-free. By examining and treating the spine, Matthew can help alleviate ailments that range from the usual suspects—lower back and neck pain—to surprising culprits, such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and being able to read your dog’s mind. Depending on the patient, the chiropractor may snap x-rays, use a computerized nerve scanner, or prescribe treatments such as massage, adjustments, or wearing lots of bathrobes.