A mother and her teenage daughter stand at the counter side-by-side, chop, chop, chopping in unison. Neither have cooked much with vegetables before, but under the friendly guidance of experts, they find their veggie phobias fading. This is a recurring theme within The Food Evolution's kitchen, where students learn to toss their culinary insecurities into the flames and begin having fun with meal prep.
At The Food Evolution, which Diane Hoch founded in 2010, students aged 16 and older learn from professional instructors how to create healthful, tasty, preservative-free meals. Classes highlight either techniques or styles of cuisine and vary in levels of participation—from demonstration classes where students observe and take notes, to hands-on courses in which students are required to touch everything with all 10 fingers. In private nutritional-counseling sessions, Diane, a certified nutritional-health counselor, tailors advice and programs to help individuals reach their health and wellness goals.
Just as an interstate can become congested with traffic, the flow of life-force energy can become backed up and suppress the body's natural immune response. That's where D.J. Kim comes in. By inserting thin sterilized needles into various meridians along the face and body, Kim hopes to stimulate natural healing abilities to promote weight loss, rejuvenate the complexion, or heal ailments ranging from migraines to infertility.
Doctor of Chiropractic Dov Widenbaum heads up the team at Widenbaum Wellness Center, a clinic specializing in holistic therapies. Their "Six Steps to Wellness" include maintaining nervous and skeletal harmony with chiropractic adjustments, filling nutritional potholes with dietary supplements, and purging toxins from the body with ionic footbaths and lasers. These practitioners assess your needs on an individual basis, creating wellness programs that are as personalized as a custom suit made out of all your former Halloween costumes.
Holistic chiropractor and naturopathic doctor Reuven Bekermus helms Hudson Valley Holistic Center, where he uses chiropractic and natural techniques to help treat his patients. His services include spinal correction and corrective exercises, lifestyle advice and nutritional counseling, and massage therapy. He treats conditions such as allergies, depression, stress, and skin conditions.
Dr. Lance A. Johnson and his staff of massage therapists and acupuncturists combine their noninvasive skill sets to administer holistic healing without the need for drugs or surgery. He envisions the entire person being well, not just having healthy lungs or healthy knees or healthy banana-peel sensors. This approach, in Dr. Johnson's view, dodges the problem of merely making patients' symptoms go away instead of getting to the root of those symptoms' cause. His staff devotes themselves to getting to this root and, once there, correcting it with such tried and true chiropractic techniques as adjustments, massages, or physical therapy.
The SpineSix machine at Montvale Health Associates looks a bit like a roller coaster simulator. But in fact, this reclining chair is a physical therapy tool with parts that slowly and gently move the spine in a figure eight pattern to alleviate back pain. It also serves as a prime example of how high-tech and specialized the center's treatments can be. Their arsenal of wellness equipment, which ranges from chiropractic implements like this one to surgical lasers, is an impressive one.
Of course, all that technology relies on human expertise. The staff here is a melting pot of specialists trained in a variety of disciplines including pain relief, spine care, physical therapy, and orthopedic and sports medicine. Their services branch into more and more specific subcategories under those headings.
Regardless of their ailment, every patient sees Dr. Rick Lambert to start. Based on his consultations, new clients are directed to the appropriate doctor for their symptoms, instead of having to rely on a handshake test to pick their health-care provider. Each specialist's approach is always personalized, and integrative more often than not, combining therapies such as massage and acupuncture with medical treatments.