Stuart Gross’ passion for holistic healthcare stems from personal experience. After his young son spent many months enduring eczema that had not responded to conventional treatment, Gross took him to a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who was able to clear the symptoms almost overnight. Gross had also been affected by the passing of his father, who died of preventable diabetes and heart disease at the age of 54, as well as the death of his father-in-law, which was a result of the side effects of the drugs he was taking for rheumatoid arthritis. Gross decided to give up his career as an auto mechanic and explore ways in which alternative therapies can heal people. He took a course in nutrition and started working in a health store. Using skills developed during his car-repair days, Gross then trained in various holistic assessment tools and equipment.
Today, Gross uses his knowledge and experience at Yaletown Holistics, where he offers services including oxygen therapy and a variety of homeopathic and nutritional supplements. Gross is also an advanced practitioner in electro-acupuncture according to Voll (EAV), a German-made diagnostic device designed to reveal bodily imbalances and conditions such as food sensitivities and heavy-metal toxicity. Guests also target impurities in a cozy, private infrared sauna, which can be used in conjunction with an iPod or personal yodeler to provide relaxing music.
Dr. Michael Horowitz uses biomechanics—the study of human motion—to come up with solutions for imperfections in the foot. Through an extensive one-on-one consultations and digital technology, the doctor identifies the landscape of each one’s unique shape, including fallen or high arches. Custom orthotics promote healthier distribution of weight and pressure, which in turn can reduce pain in the ankles, knees, hips, and back. Dr. Horowitz can also outfit patients with custom-made orthotics inserts such as heel lifts and heel-spur pads, which help to treat the idiosyncrasies of the foot.
Dr. Domingo relishes challenging cases, asking the patient questions until he successfully finds the cause of discomfort and solutions to injuries stemming from sports or hugs from Hulk Hogan. Once a diagnosis is made, he employs one or a combination of modalities, including soft-tissue therapy, rehabilitative exercise, and spinal-decompression therapy. The clinic's website contains a comprehensive FAQ page to help allay common concerns about conditions treatable with chiropractic care.
Apex Chiropractic fuses the ancient Chinese healing of acupuncture with a full slate of modern lasers, body sculpting, and pain management techniques. Chiropractors offer both traditional adjustments and no-crack impulse adjustments that restore balance through super-fast, focused pressure. Shock-wave and LiteCure laser therapies help stimulate recovery and reduce inflammation, and massage therapy and naturopathic therapy offer a drug-free path toward pain management and healing.
Jackie Marshall practices biofeedback and cold-laser therapies to stimulate healing from within. Marshall strives to reduce pain and revive break-dancing careers by using a scalar-wave laser, which aims to reduce inflammation, enhance microcirculation, and stimulate cell regeneration. Used in Europe for more than 30 years, cold-laser therapy may help relieve pain caused by an array of maladies, including arthritis, diabetes, sports injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, and dental inflammation.
The doctors at Mercer Island Chiropractic work to relieve minor aches and soreness, but they specialize in tough cases: chronic pain and injuries sustained in accidents are their specialties. At three locations, they restore bodies to health with techniques such as manual adjustments that realign vertebrae and traction-table sessions that coax muscles into blissful relaxation. Patients can also rest easy beneath the hands of massage therapists, who employ techniques such as cupping, reflexology, and sternly ordering tension to exit the body.