The staff at Natural Healing Arts Medical Center takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to health and fitness. Inside two Florida facilities, a roster of doctors teams up with chiropractors, massage therapists, and wellness counselors. They each work to structure personalized programs for patients with services ranging from chiropractic care and acupuncture to more modern treatments such as laser therapy. In an effort to foster continued care at home, the staff offers tips to optimize the healing process for current injuries or preventive measures against future aches and pains.
During more than two decades in the beauty industry, Charity—the head of Hair 1 and Spa 2—has amassed a wide-ranging arsenal of expertise, excelling in fields as diverse as laser hair removal and manicures. In her capacity as a stylist, her cut and color services revamp coifs, and her facials, peels, and Photo Lite age-spot treatments rejuvenate the faces beneath them. Alternatively, her massages, which include Swedish or deep tissue, dissolve stress and facilitate internal harmony. Clients can pop into her Zen-like salon or schedule an appointment for her to visit their homes or live-in solariums.
Amanda Carter, board-certified acupuncture physician, doctor of Oriental medicine, and founder of Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness, didn’t always know she wanted to be a holistic physician. When she was 25 years old, she began having chronic headaches that led to depression, anxiety, and fatigue. She followed her doctor’s instructions and took prescribed medications, but her symptoms eventually resurfaced.
Amanda, frustrated, decided to take a different approach—she began studying nutrition and Chinese medicine and acupuncture, which successfully relieved her pain. Inspired by her caregivers and the positive results that their treatments produced, she decided to pursue a career path that would allow her to help others lead comfortable, pain-free lives without medications.
In her Bradenton office, Amanda aids her patients in overcoming insomnia, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental and physical ailments. Her specialties include acupuncture, nutritional counseling, homeopathy, and Chinese herbology.
For Mario Dube, healthcare starts with an open mind. Unwilling to be bound by the constraints of Western medicine, the acupuncturist and board-certified doctor of Oriental medicine incorporates the techniques of traditional Chinese medicine into therapies designed to treat ailments at their source. Dube's secret lies in viewing the body as a single, interconnected organism, as opposed to a haphazard collection of bones, joints, and bone claws bonded with pieces of gum. This view shapes his acupuncture treatments, which stimulate the body's vital energies with tiny needles and injections of vitamins or herbal extracts. Though acupuncture will continue to be his flagship service for years to come, Dube has recently rolled out other therapies to address vision loss and breast disease.
The specialists at Good Life Healing Center focus their holistic treatments around the needs of individual patients, customizing methods of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy to promote natural healing and ultimately, overall well-being. A thorough examination precedes every treatment plan, allowing doctors to analyze clients’ health and make sure they’re not Russian robots disguised as inconspicuous car salesmen. With that information, they deliver one or a series of noninvasive, drug-free treatments, which can help remedy an assortment of common medical problems such as arthritis, migraines, and nausea.
Natural Health Center's doctor of oriental medicine, Mary Kay Cetan, taps into the ideologies of traditional Chinese medicine, which dates back more than 5,000 years and conceptualizes the body as a landscape affected by emotional and physical climates. Holistic services and supplements combat both acute and chronic ailments. Hair-thin acupuncture needles safely boost blood and energy flow to assuage pain and enhance internal functions, such as the digestive process that turns blue cotton candy back into blueberries. A licensed massage therapist with more than 35 years of kneading experience aims soothing strokes at pent-up aches, tension, and knots. Honed over 2,000 years, homeopathy mediates bodily discordances with diluted doses of irritants, such as a naturally derived onion substance that wards off watery eyes or a pulverized Cupid's arrow that heals heartbroken clients.