Her full name is Empress Inshallah Tolbert Queen Amit. If her name evokes royalty, it’s because she gives her clients the royal treatment. Empress is a reiki master and massage therapist. Drawing on a massage-therapy degree from Anthem College, she offers a wide array of integrated healing services, which range from herbal therapy and energy healing to deep-tissue and hot-stone bodywork.
The husband and wife behind Four Gates’ holistic wellness center have had a wealth of training to help people reach their health goals. Along with being a ACE certified personal trainer, Christian is schooled in kettlebell training, yoga, and massage therapy. His wife, Colleen, has a degree in acupuncture and is passionate about Qoya, a yoga and dance-inspired movement designed for women. They bring a like-minded philosophy to Four Gates Physical and Energetic Culture. All fitness classes—yoga, kettlebells, Qoya, and Qi Gong—incorporate a meditative approach in order to build healthy bodies, minds, and diary entries.
In addition to group classes, clients of all ages and fitness levels can shape up with personal training sessions. Four Gates offers one-on-one instruction in kettlebell training and rehabilitative exercises. Students can train to improve running techniques during the weekly running groups, and Colleen can whisk away any lingering soreness with an acupuncture treatment.
One look at their pictures is evidence enough that the staff members at Mind and Bodyworks are not typical. The friendly clinicians, who smile with loved ones and play air guitar with fake skeletons in their portraits, have an atypical approach not only to the overall mood of their practice but to healthcare itself.
Their aim to infuse their treatments?which include functional medicine, kinesiology, acupuncture, and massage?with a dose of fun. Like an advent calendar full of vegetables, these services are designed to not only contribute to current health but keep patients healthy in the future. Holistically minded and dedicated to healthy lifestyles, the staff work one-on-one with patients to tailor treatments to their needs, whether that means teaching them how to avoid injuries while playing sports or how to lower cholesterol through diet. Mind and Bodyworks is also patients' go-to for cosmetic services, such as shedding a few extra pounds with the help of the FDA-approved Zerona cold laser.
Hilary Patzer, Jada Studios’ licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, establishes a healthy discourse between mind and body with preventive services that draw on her extensive knowledge of Eastern medicine. Hilary’s professional credentials include a certification from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, and she counts athletes from the Minnesota Twins and Vikings among her devoted client base despite her tendency to deflate their game balls during acupuncture treatments. Her full range of Eastern treatments includes food therapy, electrical stimulation, cupping, and tui na massage—all of which focus on stimulating energy flow and clearing out clogged meridians. Answers to frequently asked questions about Hilary’s techniques, as well as a host of client testimonials, can be viewed on Jada Studios’ website.
Monica Helland is a second-generation acupuncturist and herbalist who facilitates holistic, energy-based treatments that draw from of ancient Oriental medicine. At the forefront of Legacy Wellness’ treatments is acupuncture. Monica specializes in digestive health but uses acupuncture treatments to treat a wide range of ailments and set her clients on a path of full-body health and disease prevention. Before and after treatments, she listens to her clients’ concerns and offers a wealth of lifestyle advice, ranging from herbal medicines to food therapy suggestions, in order to help them achieve balance and well-being.
Licensed acupuncturist Dr. Tlahtoki Xochimeh loves to heal. That passion stems from his first brush with acupuncture back in college, when a doctor of Chinese medicine helped a knee injury of his heal quickly. After that, Dr. T. knew he wanted to be in the healing arts. Today his Blackstone Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine clinic that offers acupuncture, cupping, tui na, and Chinese herbal therapy. Clients come to the soothing clinic to be treated for both physical and emotional ills, from migraines and insomnia to depression and chronic pain. Dr. T. helps promote calm for anyone who is on their own healing journey or on a journey to see how many high fives they can get from acupuncturists in one day.