While some medical treatments may be reactionary?responding to symptoms as they appear?holistic therapy adopts a proactive, preventative approach by targeting symptoms and underlying causes simultaneously, ultimately promoting a stronger sense of wellbeing. This holistic approach is key to the doctors and therapists at Optimal Health & Wellness, where inspiration from both Eastern and Western medicine informs personalized therapeutic regimens.
With an emphasis on minimally invasive yet highly specialized care, the team offers a broad range of treatment modalities, including chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, specialized lab and diagnostic testing, general medicine, homeopathy, and nutritional coaching. This eclectic approach allows Optimal Health & Wellness to better aid clients from a holistic standpoint, helping to relieve pain while supporting natural self-healing.
Massage therapist Dawn Bramhall brings 900 hours of comprehensive bodywork training to each treatment session. To promote health and healing within people of all backgrounds and lifestyles, her service menu includes everything from gentle Swedish and prenatal techniques to more intensive trigger-point and sports massages. Her deep understanding of anatomy enables her to effectively work with men, women, athletes, and droids.
Cofounder Tina Mui-Wong boasts a passion for the beauty industry that spurred her to earn a cosmetology license before completing high school and establish a pair of spas that have thrived for more than 25 years. In a 2010 interview with Pasadena Magazine, Mui-Wong admits to being a "product freak," which is reflected in her role as developer of Amadeus's signature line, T.E.A. The staff and salon has appeared in the film Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, graced television screens on ABC's Extreme Makeover, and exhibited their handiwork on the Rose Bowl queen and her court of chrysanthemum noblesse for two decades.
Amadeus takes pride in its custom massages, and re-trains every nail technician in-house to ensure updated mastery of the hand jive. Guests receive slippers, robes, and complimentary skin consultations upon request, and may pad down the scented hallways after their treatment to decompress in a eucalyptus steam room.
A passion and appreciation for wellness is the foundation of AcuSpa Wellness Center & Spa. The staff seeks to nurture, restore, and beautify their clients through acupuncture, massage therapy, and spa treatments. During acupuncture, they insert fine needles into the body to restore balance and help the recipients heal from such ailments as depression, hypertension, allergies, and migraines. Along with acupuncture, the state-licensed practitioners use an array of Chinese medical treatments including acussage: a combination of acupuncture and massage. They also preform a cosmetic Chinese facial to promote circulation and reduce puffiness, fine lines, and the likelihood of sour-beer face.
Every time David Kuo got hurt playing sports as a child, his mother did what most mothers would do?she gave him tender affection and a couple of painkillers. And most of the time, he'd accept the love but toss out the pills. Growing up, David always felt there had to be another way of bolstering health and recovering from injuries aside from conventional medicine. Inspired by this notion, he went on to attain a BS in sports medicine from Pepperdine University before earning a doctorate of chiropractic from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1994.
Since then, Dr. Kuo?the owner of HealthSource of Pasadena?has helped patients to feel and stay healthy with treatments he says are focused on "supporting the body's own innate intelligence to heal itself." Blending his experiences as an exercise physiologist and sports-medicine specialist with his chiropractic training, he's treated an array of conditions ranging from lingering backaches to chronic bed-wetting to vision-impairing astigmatisms. Dr. Kuo often says to people, "I've gotten three women pregnant," jokingly referring to the female patients who've come to him for treatment because of difficulties conceiving or an immobilizing fear of storks.
Opened in 2007, HealthSource of Pasadena's 1,300-square-foot facility houses three treatment rooms, one massage room, and one rehabilitation area. Dr. Kuo emphasizes patient education by decorating the office with information-laden items, including anatomical posters that the licensed massage therapists use to show patients how the hipbone's connected to the knee bone.
Hurting muscles and pounding heads find relief under the trained hands of Raffi Iknadossian and Jessica Kim, Doctors of Chiropractic. Their manual adjustments, along with physiotherapy and acupuncture, also alleviate headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, achy backs and neck, knee, and foot pain, and even discomfort caused by pregnancy. Dr. Iknadossian's holistic approach seeks to treat the entire body. Also on staff is Alice Kulakyan, a licensed massage therapist who holds a handful of specializations, including deep-tissue massage techniques, trigger-point therapy, and active and passive stretching.