Essential Kneads Wellness Spa Inc.’s owner and proprietor, Billie Jo Stokes, first learned the subtle arts of holistic healing from her Aunt Donna. Aunt Donna’s teachings opened the door to what would become Billie Jo’s life calling: to help clients heal with therapies such as Reiki and without the use of drugs or invasive medical therapies. She welcomes her clients into a realm of relaxation, where an Oriental motif of wall-hung fans and bedspreads combines with abundant plant life, wooden fixtures, and soft rugs. In these spaces, Billie Jo helps clients completely let go of the outside world and all of the anxieties and humanoid robots from the future that reside there.
One day, the path to perfect health will involve no more than a few-minute dip inside a cure-all hydro-bath. Until that day, Dr. F. Thomas Webb and his team do the next best thing: they treat patients with techniques designed to reach deep into the body without breaking the skin.
Mark Gunderson, MD specializes in one of the fastest growing medical specialties in the world: age management medicine (AMM). The field aims to extend lives by optimizing body composition and reducing inflammation, both with healthy lifestyle choices and techniques such as bio identical-hormone-replacement therapy. Dr. Gunderson's extensive knowledge in these areas stems from years of work in emergency medicine, his diplomate status with the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, and certification in AMM by the Cenegenics Medical Institute. He shares health advice as the host of a weekly radio program called Health Matters with Dr. Mark Gunderson—a spinoff of the Nevada Matters talk radio show hosted by Eddie Floyd on KKFT 99.1 FM—and as the medical advisor for Nina Cucina, an online cooking club that teaches members how to create healthy, gourmet meals.
At the Age Management Institute, Dr. Gunderson and his staff combat age-related diseases with customized programs. They use advanced diagnostic techniques such as body composition analyses and state-of-the-art hormone and blood panels. His Accelerated Weight Loss Program incorporates HCG injections, a low-calorie diet, and weekly coaching sessions to foster success. Certified plastic-surgery nurse Renee J. Hinojosa is the director of medical aesthetics at the institute; she combats wrinkles with Botox and chemical peels, and uses a Fotona laser to clear complexions of acne or permanent-marker IOUs left by the tooth fairy.
The certified spine tenders at Family First Chiropractic apply gentle, hands-on techniques to treat a wide range of conditions from headaches and auto injuries to asthma and ear infections. Healing regimens kick off with a 30- to 45-minute consultation and exam, during which the chiropractic doctor thoroughly combs through medical history, listens to concerns, and treks down spinal mountain ranges in search of abnormalities, tenderness, and gold. An x-ray exposes the hidden goings-on between lumbar and disc, and helps the doctor tailor a treatment plan. Clients then recline for half an hour as dexterous fingers coax tension out of subdermal tissue with soothing strokes and piano ballads played across the spine, easing muscles into sublime submission.
Just like a home’s plumbing system, the colon can accumulate waste over time, causing sluggish function. At Colon Hydrotherapy Reno, therapist Linda Tierney helps clear away these toxins, which can result in improved digestion and energy. Her magic tool is a small tube, from which a low-pressure flow of water washes through the colon. It loosens and clears out built-up waste, all while the client reclines comfortably, modestly covered. In addition to normal sessions, Linda administers deluxe hydrotherapy treatments that include an infusion of organic coffee to aid in liver detoxification and probiotics to further improve digestive function.
Doctors of Chiropractic Mike and Matt Johnson studied at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, which was founded by D. D. Palmer and is lauded as the world’s first school for the study of chiropractics. The duo relies on the holistic spinal-care techniques they learned at that venerable institution as they treat issues such as back pain, headaches, and limbo injuries. They are joined at their practice by a team of licensed massage therapists, who use therapeutic kneading to reduce stress, ease aches, and improve range of motion.