While working a cruise ship, holistic doctor and acupuncturist Ahuva Gamliel treated a passenger complaining of digestive issues. Impressed by how fast she found relief, the patient said she would send her husband so that Gamliel could treat his shoulder pain. But the woman added, "My husband is not going to tell you this, but he has erectile dysfunction and I want you to treat him for it." Noticing the man didn't mention erectile dysfunction on his intake form, Gamliel proceeded to treat him for it anyway, along with tending to his shoulder. A few days later, the woman stopped by and said, "What did you do to him? I feel like we are on our second honeymoon." Dr. Gamliel thrives on hearing such patient testimonials. Knowing since she was 5 years old that she would become a doctor, Gamliel began working as a phlebotomist in high school. But her first experiences with conventional medicine?which she recalls as "cold, callous, and impersonal"?left her disenchanted. After completing undergraduate study in psychobiology, Gamliel discovered the field of natural medicine and went on to earn a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture from Bastyr University. Today, Gamliel pursues her vision of bringing natural healthcare to the masses through MiBaSo, an acronym for mind, body, and soul. Gamliel hopes to turn MiBaSo into a franchised, membership-based practice that increases the visibility, accessibility, and affordability of natural medicine.
Vera Vasershteyn's career in acupuncture and pain-management began more than 40 years ago, when she graduated from a Moscow medical school in 1972. In 1990 she moved to Miami and became a certified physician in her new country. Now at Surfside Pain Control Center, she consults with each patient in order to map the proper treatment path. Her methods include acupuncture, magnet therapy, and cold-laser therapy, which uses a gentle light to promote tissue repair and help swallowed watermelon seeds start growing in the stomach. All of her treatments are natural and nontoxic, which has been a foundation of the practice she started four decades ago.
Palm Holistic Healthcare Center's licensed wellness professionals offer acupuncture and colon hydrotherapy, along with ion detox services, massage therapy, and natural spa treatments in a warm and welcoming environment. Here, you can pop in for a comprensive exam, schedule an appointment with a licensed acupuncturist to treat issues ranging from migraines to chronic pain, or have your body tested for nutritional imbalances or toxic substances. For clients struggling to stop smoking, the center can use its cool laser treatments on specific body energy points that release endorphines and calm nicotine cravings. Or visitors can simply enjoy a relaxing hour-long facial. The Palm Holistic Healthcare Center is a one-stop spot for natural beauty and wellness services, and the spacious and wood-floored interior creates a peaceful vibe.
White curtain sheers and clean white walls lead clients from the entryway to treatment rooms inside Aventura Aesthetics, where beauty services leave clients looking and feeling renewed. Microdermabrasion treatments incorporate a diamond-tipped wand to whisk away the topmost layer of dull skin and leave a natural glow in its place. For a more dramatic change, Bio-Lift facials tighten complexions with sound waves to cancel out drooping brows, lines, and pirate radio stations broadcasting from the forehead. When it comes to massage therapy, Swedish massages relax muscles with gentle kneading, whereas deep-tissue massage gets to the center of chronic pain and releases it with targeted finger pressure.
Victoria Ruben believes beauty shouldn’t be temporary. After founding her permanent-makeup business 20 years ago in Paris, she decided to further her aesthetic mission by opening a cosmetology and beauty school to share her refined technique with others. Today, Victoria combines her expertise with the latest tattooing equipment to fine-tune faces in her Florida studio. Her precise yet painterly touches of color can simulate all the hallmarks of a professional makeup application, from defining brows to subtly shading lips to drawing distinguished monocles.
Thin needles slip gently into the skin at specific points on the body, promoting balance and a healthy flow of energy. At the other end of these needles is the sure hand of Sonia Li, who uses the ancient practice of acupuncture to alleviate anxiety, hypertension, and chronic pain. Her holistic treatments have also been known to promote collagen growth, which combats wrinkles and fine lines. Sonia's medical knowledge also comes in handy during metabolic assessments, in which she advises clients to cut back on drinking soda and unrefined oil.