Since she was a young girl, Berni Massari has been aware of her instinctive ability to sense illness in other people. She used her gift to assist medical doctors during exploratory surgery, and, after struggling to find a satisfying career path, decided to apply her talents in the field of natural medicine. Massari went on to earn her PhD and become a fellow of the British Institute of Homeopathy. After working in nursing homes, where traditional Western medicine was not meeting all of the residents' needs, she opened her own group of elderly care homes, and witnessed the restorative powers of homeopathy combined with a healthy dose of compassion.
The natural healthcare specialist, author, and weekly radio-show hostess now shares her passion for healing at Integrative Health Associates. Her wellness philosophy incorporates both classical homeopathy—which uses one remedy at a time to treat disease—and time-sensitive preventative methods to diminish conditions such as chronic pain, allergies, anemia, and psoriasis. The caring practitioner even treats pets, including ferrets suffering from diabetes or parrots who develop laryngitis after living with opera singers.
As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.
Doctor of Chiropractic Radman Rahiminejad and his team of nine other chiropractors work to correct spinal misalignments with treatments that may include spinal decompression, physical therapy, soft-tissue massage, or a combination of all three. Massage therapists also soothe everyday stress by tapping out Morse code lullabies to spinal columns, using techniques that increase circulation and preempt future tension or pain. Weight-loss plans may utilize HCG or B-12 injections to aid in the inch-whittling process, while specialty lab testing can check for other issues such as hormone imbalances or food allergies. BackFit Health + Spine is an integrative practice, with a team of board-certified chiropractors, physicians, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners working together to improve patient health through personalized wellness solutions, including medical weight loss, pain management, and hormone replacement therapy. The Mesa location also now offers spinal decompression.
Though she started her career in a traditional medical practice, Dr. Christine Brass-Jones believes that health is about more than prescriptions and pills. Her current practice at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine takes into account holistic remedies that factor in the health of the patient's body and mind no matter what ailment is being treated. An experienced staff of doctors and massage therapists offers services to promote a lifetime of wellness, such as women's health, family medicine, and massages. As they treat maladies, perform checkups, and test trivia retention, Dr. Brass-Jones and her associates offer naturopathic remedies for ailments when possible. The variety of treatments the clinic offers includes traditional Western massages as well as Eastern approaches such as reiki, pain-relieving cupping, and facials with Rhonda Allison products.
Aches and pains meet their match at Lifecare Chiropractic, where two chiropractors and three massage therapists work to ease the effects of injury-, age-, and accident-related health issues. E-book author and fitness fan Dr. James Bogash specializes in functional, preventive medicine, with a particular emphasis on the art of manipulation under anesthesia (MUA). Inspired by her own healing experience with chiropractic care, Dr. Kristen Heim now delivers the same relief to patients of her own. Along with the massage therapists, the duo tackles the root causes of myriad symptoms, often curing them with surgery-free techniques. The practice also delivers cosmetic treatments, such as Lipo Laser treatments that assist in weight loss and supplements that can be glued together to form an attractive mask.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic and an Associate Professor of Neurology at the American Medical College of Homeopathy, Michael Compton unites his interests through the Neurological Rehabilitation Center and Chiropractic. His nutrition-based detoxifying programs span both mental and physical health. Meal plans and juice cleanses treat maladies of the mind and complaints of the gut, arming the body with the nutrients it needs to overcome stress, fatigue, lupus, and fingers stuck in bowling balls. Compton continues to develop his holistic approach to medicine through functional neurology, a burgeoning field whose treatments incorporate equal parts neuropsychiatry, chiropractic medicine, and nutrition.