In 2001, Rachel Lopez experienced a life-changing moment. For more than a year, she dealt with severe pain caused by shoulder surgeries, and though she worked through hours of physical therapy, it never dulled. She turned to acupuncture in the hopes that it would help ease her pain, if only a little. "The following day I woke up very energetic," says Rachel on her website. "I had found the relief that I had been looking for." She was so inspired by her treatment that she earned her acupuncturist certification and opened her own clinic, Bergen County Acupuncture, in 2008. There, to this day, she wields thin, sterile needles to ease bodily pain, reduce mental stresses, and soothe headaches by popping overly constrictive balloon hats.
Inside the treatment room of Lotus Affordable Acupuncture, clients relax in their own recliner, their own buffer zone of personal space, and cover up with their own blankets—but they heal as a community. In China, community acupuncture is the norm, and acupuncturist Kelly H. Hahn’s adheres to this traditional approach. Kelly walks between the recliners administering sterile, hair-thin needles to the legs, feet, hands, and face while clients relax amid soft music for 20 to 45 minutes.
Three is the magic number at BodyWork Boutique, where a trio of therapists relieves stress and tension with three massage modalities. The smooth, rhythmic strokes of their Swedish massages stimulate blood and lymph flow to reduce muscle soreness and improve overall health. Deep-tissue treatments focus on lower layers of muscles, targeting deep-seated adhesions with firm pressures. The therapists’ third specialty, hot-stone massage, is something of a compromise between the other two. The massage’s heated stones melt away aches as they radiate warmth, reminding the body of comforts it formerly knew in its pre-hatched state.
During his tenure as the team doctor for the US National Karate Team, doctor of chiropractic Demetri Meimaris faced his share of adversity. In an article from Dynamic Chiropractic that described conditions at the 1994 Onishi Cup International Goodwill Games in Venezuela, he was reported as facing 110-degree temperatures and an onslaught of team injuries, including fractured ribs, broken noses, and a mallet fracture of the index finger. Though not a medical doctor, Dr. Meimaris worked up to 13 hours a day to face these challenges head-on—an action that was rewarded by invitations to later national competitions including an invitation to Greece to assist the US National Karate team compete against Syria, Italy, and Greece. Dr. Meimaris has helped out professional, olympic, and collegiate athletes throughout his career.
A 1984 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Meimaris brings this same level of compassion to his own practice, where he uses his background in sports-related chiropractic care to tend to his patients—from athletes to average citizens. Extensive experience in spinal decompression and auto-accident pain management as well as hip and shoulder rehabilitation and worker's compensation injuries allows him to ease patient pain; for difficult cases, Dr. Meimaris performs manipulation under anesthesia. Dr. Meimaris utilizes a variety of techniques including cox flexion-distraction and active release techniques.
Doctors of Chiropractic Angel Carrion and Lisa Noto-Carrion bring strong backgrounds in sports and body mechanics to their holistic treatments at Advanced Health Center, PC. This husband-and-wife team addresses the spinal needs of athletes, guys who professionally look under pianos for loose change, and regular folk, not just treating injuries but striving for prevention and general wellness as well. Jacqueline Sanchez, the certified massage therapist on staff, complements their work with custom sports massages and relaxing Swedish massages.
The board-certified physicians at Hackensack Medical Laser employ advanced technology to fade clients' unwanted body art and rejuvenate their skin. Laser tattoo removal is a specialty at the center, and the skilled staff can treat most colors of unwanted ink on nearly any area of the anatomy. Cooling devices and topical anesthetics keep the procedures as pain-free as possible. The team can also apply their expertise to anti-aging treatments, using laser systems to leave complexions as smooth and youthful as a freshly hatched beach ball.