As a fibromyalgia survivor, Teri Conrad, MA, CCHt has gained firsthand experience with chronic pain, migraine headaches, depression, and other challenging symptoms—experience that gives her heightened empathy when treating those with difficult medical conditions. It all begins in the Antioch College grad's private Serenity Within studio. Clients are asked to relax, and then, through the use of guided visualization and meditation, Teri can help with issues including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and hypertension. Art-therapy and mediation workshops are also available.
Body therapist Charles Tinley believes that up to 87% of all pain originates in the soft tissue. That's why he's dedicated his life to massaging and manipulating everything that sandwiched between the skin and bones. Aside from his massage modalities, such as trigger-point therapy and deep-tissue, he also extols the virtues of stretching. During fascial-stretch-therapy sessions, he breaks up internal scar tissue and boosts clients' range of motion with a series of controlled and assisted stretches.
The staff at Davidson Acupuncture uses acupuncture and Chinese medicine to address a range of health conditions. Here, Bill Davidson, California board-certified in all aspects of traditional Chinese medicine and herbology, leads the team and focuses on treating sports injury and neurological conditions. After pinpointing the problem, Davidson and his staff of practitioners can place needles into specific body points in an effort to treat everything from pain to digestive issues. The team enhances sessions with herbal medicine, customizing formulas for each client. Davidson Acupuncture is also licensed as a primary-care provider, so if a condition is outside it expertise, its staff can refer patients to a hospital or other health care provider.
When a year of physical therapy failed to heal the neck injury Jonathan Mates sustained during a rugby match, he turned to acupuncture. Like 2,500 years worth of patients before him, Mates found that acupuncture swiftly relieved his symptoms.
Inspired, he enrolled at Five Branches University, an academy of Chinese medicine where he specialized in pain management and sports medicine. Even after graduating at the top of his class, however, Mates didn’t feel his education was complete. So he built a raft out of acupuncture needles and sailed to China, where he studied with acupuncturists and physicians. Upon returning to the United States, Mates spent more than 300 hours in orthopedics training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Today, Mates' specialties also include rotator-cuff injuries, neck injuries, and sciatica pain. These are part of a wide breadth of clinic services, including holistic-healing treatments such as cupping, herbal medicine, and massage.
Jacquelyn L. Sugich L.Ac. began her career with the single goal of healing people without resorting to drugs. She enrolled in Santa Barbara College Of Oriental Medicine and studied ancient modalities in China as she worked toward a master's of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. After graduating in 2006, she started her practice and went straight to work.
Today, she follows the guiding principle of Chinese medical theory, the cornerstone of which is prevention. She fights off stress and eases muscular tension with her signature massages, and uses hair-thin acupuncture needles to unleash endorphins and reduce anxiety, abdominal pain, and balloon-animal populations. Though these acupuncture sessions are her specialty, they generally make up just one spoke in the wheel of customized, holistic treatment plans that incorporate multiple approaches, including diet and Chinese herbal remedies.
When Taylor J. Winn isn't helping patients to drop pounds at The Biggest Loser’s resort, where she holds the position of official acupuncturist, she can be found at Taylored Acupuncture, her peaceful practice in downtown Santa Barbara. There, she delicately inserts tiny acupuncture needles into the skin, promoting weight loss or treating issues that range from anxiety to cerebral palsy. She also prescribes chinese herbs to patients, providing natural relief.