National-board-certified acupuncture physician Cari Cater and her business partner Deirdre Layne ground the Atlanta Center for Energy Medicine on a foundation of a combined 32 years of experience in alternative medicine. Each cofounder brings a different specialty to the treatment table, with Cater specializing in the meridian manipulation of acupuncture and the brain analysis of NeuroLink services and Layne concentrating on Energy Healing for those suffering from injury, depression, or espresso overdose. The company's healing quiver carries other such ammunition as natural cosmetic medicine, cranial-sacral therapy, and allergy elimination.
Cobb Acupuncture Healthcare Center, located on the Emory-Adventist Hospital Campus in Smyrna, operates under the leadership of licensed acupuncturist Esther Kim, who takes a holistic approach to wellness. She believes that the only way to help clients heal is to treat the root of the problem and not just the symptoms, and works to find alternative healing solutions to surgery, aggressive drugs, and embarrassing boo-boo kisses from your mother. Esther specializes in chronic pain, neuropathy, and infertility issues, and recommends Chinese herbal medicines and specific acupuncture treatments during individual consultations with patients. Clients' journey toward wellness might also include cupping or moxibustion treatments, which can help alleviate anything from mirgraines to the effects from chemo-radiation.
From general medicine and chiropractic treatments to testing services and physical therapy, Wellness Plus Clinic covers every base of its clients' well-being. Perhaps this is why so many programs there seem to have multiple facets. The medically supervised weight-loss programs help patients shed unwanted pounds with services such as meal plans, hCG or B-12 injections, and counseling. Chiropractic regimens work in tandem with pain-management plans to ease chronic pain. The doctors also rehabilitate people after car wrecks, sports injuries, and slap fights with the governor. In addition to its health-related services, the clinic handles such medical-aesthetics procedures as Latisse, cosmetic injections—such as Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane—and skin cryo treatments. Wellness Plus Clinic accepts Major Medical Insurance plans for most of their services.
From a young age, Acupuncture and Wellness Center’s licensed acupuncturist and specialist in Chinese medicine, Li Hua Shu, TCMD, was indoctrinated into the world of holistic healing by his grandfather, a well-known Chinese medicine doctor and acupuncturist in his hometown in China. For the past 19 years, Dr. Shu has treated patients afflicted with a variety of symptoms, from asthma and eczema to skin panicking at the thought of kissing needles. Helping bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance, Dr. Shu seeks the root of symptoms and treats ailments with gentle acupuncture sessions, herbology, and oriental medicine. He also demonstrates his healing skills during Tui Na treatments, a Chinese medical therapy that can be combined with acupuncture to help loosen dormant Qi while reducing stress with massage strokes and acupressure techniques.
Ancient Chinese medicine says that the body contains energy pathways through which qi, the body's vital energy, flows. When a passage becomes blocked, one way to restore bodily balance—and quell such common ailments as allergies, fertility problems, stress, and hypertension—is acupuncture. At Lewinter Acupuncture, Andrea Lewinter completes a consultation to figure out where a patient's qi imbalances are before she inserts thin acupuncture needles into the affected area, with little to no discomfort for the patient. Afterward, qi is back to circulating freely, restoring balance and boosting the body's ability to heal itself.
Dr. James Freemont's credentials speak to his ability to synthesize Eastern and Western medicine. After graduating from the Emory University School of Medicine, he decided to augment his specialties in gynecology and obstetrics by learning acupuncture. He took up studies at the Helms Medical Institute's Medical Acupuncture for Physicians course, a program administered through UCLA. These days, Dr. Freemont applies his medical training toward gynecology and infertility services, and he performs acupuncture treatments that bust back pain, head off headaches, and pop pool ring buoys that clients can't remove without ruining their makeup.