Traditional Chinese medicine and Western beauty practices join forces at Advanced Medi-Spa Hawaii. Practitioner Cindy Chang draws on her experience as a licensed acupuncturist and cosmetologist to deliver face-lifts—which rely on fine needles instead of scalpels—and skin-clearing treatments that use intense pulsed light and herbs. A few zaps from a cold laser help erase age spots, freckles, and birthmarks, and the radio-frequency energy emitted by the Lamprobe machine banishes skin tags, clogged pores, and the other blemishes caused by not living in a car wash.
Only a short hairbrush toss from Aiea Bay, Beautiful Soul pampers the senses with a menu of indulgent spa services. Owner Leina Keomalu can rehab mugs with an exfoliating facial, or draw on her lash certification to outfit eyelids with elegant faux mink extensions. Clients can also solicit the spa?s waxing services to nix unwanted hair from eyebrows, upper lips, or cherished pet rocks.
When it comes to pain relief, a one-size-fits-all approach is rarely the answer. That’s why Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation’s team isn’t populated by professionals versed in a single field or specialty. Instead, the roster consists of medical doctors, non-surgical orthopedic doctors, a chiropractor, physical therapists, an acupuncturist, and rehabilitative massage therapists who help treat such conditions as whiplash, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries. Their diagnostic services mix old-fashioned physical examinations with electromyography and ultrasound testing. After determining the underlying cause of discomfort, doctors might ease inflammation in the joints, alleviate muscle spasms, and reduce swelling with injection therapy. They also perform chiropractic services that realign the spine to remove discomfort and aid in healing. When conditions call for extra relief, the doctors call in colleagues including physical therapists, licensed massage therapists, and an acupuncturist. They set to work dissipating deep-seated problems with their specialized treatments, whether they’re applying pressure to problem areas and kneading out knotted tissue or unblocking energy pathways and promoting inner healing through the strategic insertion of tiny needles.
Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff’s mission to make bodies happy began in 1978 when she started to learn about yoga and physical fitness. For a while, her interest in healthcare looked like it would lead to medical school, but her fascination with natural healing compelled her to learn about the body’s own self-healing, cleaning, and rejuvenating properties along with studies in nutrition, physical health and fitness, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and naturopathy. It’s these properties that she attempts to tap into at Center for Natural Healing with nearly 25 years of professional experience. With alternative medicine that incorporates varying elements such as herbs, acupuncture, detoxification, nutrition, massage, gastrointestinal and emotional well-being, she guides patients back toward balanced states without the use of surgery. Dr. Ostroff prefers to work in tandem with primary-care physicians rather than replacing their treatments.
Plum Blossom Clinic's toolkit of healing methods gives off a distinctly Eastern energy, embracing traditional Chinese medicine ranging from acupuncture and acupressure to qi gong meditation and palmistry. Founder Michael Hamilton, LAC, is the driving force behind these alternative approaches. Since earning a master of oriental medicine from the Tai Hsuan Foundation in 1997, he's been helping people remedy their ailments with holistic treatments such as tui-na medical massage, herbal medicine, nutritional or diet therapy, and qigong moving meditation as a physical therapy. However, acupuncture remains Michael's hallmark treatment, drawing on every one of its modalities, from moxibustion and cupping to ear acupuncture.
Acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist Shelly Denny treats patients at two locations, where she unpacks her needles and the skills she honed at Southwest Acupuncture College. Her education, coupled with time spent helping stroke victims recover during clinical internships and externships in rehabilitation hospitals, all inform her practice, where she specializes in issues such as pain management and injury recovery as well as insomnia and women's health. Her specific style of acupuncture draws from Japanese techniques for a gentler procedure. Her treatments, however, are not limited to acupuncture and herbalism; Shelly also performs moxibustion and reiki.