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Lead by Dr. Tonya Fleck-D'Andrea, N.D., an all-female team of naturopathic doctors and massage therapists at Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center soothes bodies with holistic care in a nurturing environment. First-time patients create a personalized treatment plan during a two-hour consultation with a licensed N.D. (naturopathic doctor). In these sessions, the doctors review lab work done in the past year, go over current medication, and discuss the client’s health concerns to establish a regimen designed to treat these issues and prevent conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and turf tonsils. The Center's specialists strive to establish an open dialogue with patients when tailoring therapies by performing physicals and ordering new lab work only as necessary. Precision healing also comes from the hands of licensed massage therapists, whose cross-training in Swedish massage, Craniosacral therapy, and acupressure create a single super-modality sent from the future to terminate knotted muscles and release stress-induced tension.

736 Chestnut St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Harbor Rejuvenation offers you health and wellness services from Acupuncture and therapeutic massage, light and sound wave facials to soothe the senses and soften signs of aging, to full blood chemistry analysis with lifestyle and dietary guidelines to get you onto, and keep you on the right track.

In Joy and Health!

1240 7th Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Established: 2010

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 1 person

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular service: Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas

Brands Used: Designs for Health, Health Concerns, Golden Flower

Pro Tip: More parking is available behind the building; pay attention to designated spots for surrounding businesses.

Q&A with Rebecca Wendler, Licensed Acupuncturist

What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?

Acupuncture and herbal formulas are the cornerstone of my practice. I employ bio-communication tools to better understand one's unique constitution. A report is generated that benefits both myself and the client, with charts and graphs detailing organ and vertebral function. Using Shiatsu, Tui na, and Thai massage techniques enhances circulation, which is extremely effective in relieving pain and promoting relaxation.

Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?

I offer a 90-minute traditional Shiatsu floor massage that is preformed on a thick mat. The entire routine is so relaxing?a head-to-toe massage with passive stretching, such as hip mobilization, neck traction, and achilles stretching. It's not difficult to see why most [clients] are snoring in 20 minutes. It makes me happy to give individuals the space they need to just relax.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

In addition to traditional Chinese medicine, I employ techniques to help individuals evaluate their constitution through questions regarding nutrition, cravings, weight gain, problem areas, etc. This will define an individual's "body type" through an assessment of dominant gland function. With this knowledge, miraculous and enduring body transformations occur.

630 Frederick St.
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

At the age of 10, Duncan McCollum fell 30 feet from a towering tree while trying to catch sight of a Cal-Stanford football game. With the fall came the consensus of a sprained back and a childhood filled with prescription medications and muscle relaxers to deal with his near-constant pain. He reinjured his back at the age of 20, and his friends, who were convinced that chiropractic care could help, dragged him to a chiropractor against his will. After taking x-rays and examining him, the chiropractor made a startling discovery—Duncan's initial fall from a decade ago had broken his back, and since then it had healed incorrectly.

"I was really nervous when he was about to adjust me for the first time," Duncan says. "After I jumped up from the intense shooting pain, for the first time in over a decade, I felt relief. I could get up and move!"

With continual treatments, Duncan slowly got his life back, and with it came great inspiration. He set out to become a Doctor of Chiropractic in order to help those who felt condemned to living with back pain, as he once did. Now, inside McCollum Wellness Center's cottage-like setting, he warmly welcomes patients and listens to their own life stories before eradicating aches and pains with gentle chiropractic treatments.

1726 Seabright Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 1 person

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Service: Chiropractic care

Doctor of Chiropractic Cheryl Graham knows a lot about how the human body moves, and not just because she's a chiropractor. She has studied movement her whole life, first as a young dancer who went on to dance professionally and then later as a college student who graduated with two bachelor's degrees in human development and dance. But Dr. Graham also worked in the grocery business for 20 years, where she sustained multiple labor-related injuries. In fact, she was working in the grocery business when she was introduced to chiropractic care. It helped heal her body and she was so impressed that she decided to become a chiropractor herself.

Now she oversees LionHeart Chiropractic, where patients rely on her combination of spinal adjustments, corrective exercises, and massage therapy to heal. Her colorful clinic also supports the art community by displaying the work of local artists.

710 River St.
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Caitlin Elfving, Debbie McMenemy, and Kim Pfister call their acupuncture practice a lounge for good reason. Upon entering the Flux Acupuncture Lounge?s treatment room, one typically sees a group of relaxed guests sinking into recliners. Patients are encouraged to stay as long as they wish to better absorb the benefits of meticulously placed needles.

Caitlin has a master's in Oriental medicine and uses acupuncture as a noninvasive solution to nagging ailments. Debbie, who also has a master?s in traditional Chinese medicine, focuses on treating pain with acupuncture. She traveled to China frequently during her studies and saw just how effective community acupuncture can be. In practice for more than a decade, Kim is a grad of Five Branches University in Santa Cruz and remains active in the goings ons of the school.

The three health experts use holistic medicine to treat chronic issues, such as hormonal imbalances, and also provide relief from temporary conditions, such as back pain or disappointment after forgetting to make a wish at 11:11.

1010 Fair Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US