In 1999, Allyssa Bedard earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and women's studies from the University of Massachusetts. By 2001, she began helping people feel better physically as well as mentally. She earned her license in massage therapy, later obtaining special certifications in orthopedic massage and prenatal massage.
Within Soma Holistic Therapy Center, Bedard soothes muscles and joints with modalities such as deep-tissue kneads. Sessions aim to reduce pain such as chronic neck and back pain, pain caused by sports injuries, TMJ disorder, migraines, and repetitive-motion injuries. Patrons can also choose craniosacral therapy, which releases neck tension and back pain by improving the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the spine.
Discover Chiropractic has been open for more than 13 years. Perhaps its longevity is due to licensed chiropractor Dr. Tom's use of the most gentle techniques available and his willingness not only to go the extra mile for his patients—he regularly offers to fit kids' backpacks for free to ensure healthy weight distribution—but also for the community at large. Discover Chiropractic's Facebook page is littered with photos and blurbs delineating the ways in which Dr. Tom stays involved. He and his team have collected sheets for the troops, teamed up with the local police force for a fun and informative safety block party, and raffled off baseball tickets.
At Salon Aquavit, a dream team of stylists and estheticians work hand-in-hand with clients to provide customized treatments for the hair and skin. Each cosmetic artisan brings their own specialization to the styling chair, whether that’s a keen ability to deal with curly hair or a solid understanding of how to get peanut butter out of one’s eyelashes. Beyond standard salon services, the crew also beautifies bodies and soothes wandering minds with specialized services such as enzyme facials and Reiki therapy.
Dr. Erika Duffy has overcome her share of health setbacks, besting ailments including colitis, a spinal injury, depression, and vertigo. Though trying and painful, her experiences ultimately bolstered her spirit and planted within her a desire to help others. So, she earned a doctorate in C.O.R.E education from the Institute of Transformational Studies, nabbing certifications for hypnotherapy, holistic counseling, enneagram counseling, and Life Between Lives therapy. She then joined the National Guild of Hypnotherapists and the American Society of Alternative Therapists, holistic super-teams dedicated to helping people overcome their destructive habits. Whether patients are plagued by weight gain, smoking, ADHD, low self-esteem, or unsuccessful attempts to transmute cats into gold, Dr. Erika helps her patients break bad cycles with alternative health services, including hypnotherapy, reiki, essential-oil therapy, and C.O.R.E. therapy built on the principle of patients taking responsibility for their actions.