When he was diagnosed with a rare, debilitating form of arthritis, Stephen Steeves took his health into his own hands. Through delving into nutritional and naturopathic studies, he not only relieved his pain, but he also lay the groundwork for his professional future. Stephen went on to become certified in clinical nutrition and naturopathy, adopting a philosophy of "personalized preventive care" shared by his wife and colleague, Amy. A lifestyle-therapy educator and certified colon hydrotherapist, Amy Steeves combines her skills to design personalized wellness programs. She and Stephen employ a diverse spread of techniques to keep body engines humming, from nutrition counseling to infrared-sauna detox and computerized body-composition analysis.
Doctor of Chiropractic Tyler Hamel dispenses his chiropractic care to people as young as a few months and as old as nearing 90. His manual adjustments help realign spines and repair nerves that travel throughout the body. He also bolsters his clients' nutrition by recommending dietary supplements and nutritional response testing, a non-invasive system of identifying problems preventing optimal health. They recommend personalized nutritional programs that may lead clients to a higher state of health.
The trio of sculptors behind Shape Body Center spend their time perfecting the human form. But rather than working with clay, they work with their clients’ bodies, helping them get into better shape. They help them achieve their goals with a combination of physical and nutritional services, ranging from noninvasive lipo and infrared body wraps to nutritional supplements and meal plans. They also count among their list of body-altering services “good ole’ fashioned motivation,” something they offer freely to everyone who walks through the door.
Dr. Nicole Shutko sees herself not as a repairman, but as a renovator. Her chiropractic treatments seek to not only relieve the symptoms of painful conditions, but also to treat the symptoms' underlying causes. That's why her remedies don't stop at professional adjustments. They might include massages that release muscular tension, or nutrition plans based on the same tenets of natural wellness as chiropractic care. Her patients even receive simple exercise instructions for at-home workouts that address their specific problems.
But it's during appointments that Dr. Shutko does her most sophisticated work. That's when she uses traction-based decompression therapy to ease the stress on the damaged discs that cause lower back or neck pain—an approach that can negate the need for surgery. Her services also target migraines, aching joints, and common workplace injuries, such as the stiff neck you get from photocopying your ears to see if they match. And if you're not a fan of the popping sounds that can accompany adjustments, she'll take a gentler tack with non-forceful methods.
There are many roads to weight loss and better health, but not all of them are right for every person. That’s why each course of treatment at Advanced Fitness Medicine begins with a slate of in-depth tests, assessing everything from hormone levels to metabolic rate to body composition. Armed with these results—and with 25 years of experience as a primary care physician—founder Dr. Roderick Frazier employs a custom combination of supplements and lifestyle guidance to speed clients toward their health goals.
The clinic’s location helps, too: it shares an address with Quality Life Fitness, and Advanced Fitness patients gain access to group classes and a wealth of cardio and resistance equipment, inspiring them to become as strong and sleek as a brand-new elliptical machine. All certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the weight-loss counselors working alongside Dr. Frazier are well-equipped to help patients get the most out of the ultra-modern facilities.
The team at Suncoast Medical Group provides more than just primary care to make their patients feel better—although their list of services is certainly lengthy. They create specialized weight-loss programs, a skill they derived from trainings with the Center for Medical Weight Loss. To further faciliate weight-loss efforts, they administer Lipo-B injections to metabolize fat and speed up liver function.