When Karen Kramer of Optimal Being hears about a promising new treatment, she goes straight to the source. That was the case when she added active isolated stretching to her repertoire—after learning about the treatment and being pleased with her early experience with it, she decided to take an advanced course on the topic from Aaron Mattes, the founder of the treatment style. The same goes for craniosacral therapy, or CST, as her studies with CST developer John Upledger led her to sharpen both her skills in and understanding of the powerful therapy. Pursuing new ways to help her clients is characteristic of Kramer, who also possesses a Master of Arts degree in experiential healing, holds certifications in reflexology and holistic nursing, and has recently become a personal trainer. Beyond education, her arsenal of therapeutic tools also provide clients with the help they need—during therapeutic touch, craniosacral therapy, and other table-based treatments, she uses a BioMat equipped with amethyst channels, far infrared energy, and negative ions that help optimize her approach. Whatever technique she uses, she empowers her clients to further their healing journey and maximize their well-being with self-help techniques they can use at home.
The Nikki behind Nikki’s Nature, Nikki Sleath has been a physical therapist for nearly two decades. In that time, she has discovered a passion for holistic health, and for keeping the connection between mind, body, and spirit strong. So at Nikki’s Nature, she concentrates on doing just that in a relaxing healing space. Nikki spends her days delivering Reiki, hypnosis, and physical therapy—all treatments cut from a holistic cloth. She even sells handmade, natural products, such as candles and aromatherapy blends, so that clients don't have to set a bouquet of roses ablaze every time they want to look at a flame and smell something pleasant.
Though Dr. Heather Veronesi’s focus is on general family medicine, her methods don’t require traditional x-rays found in other practices. Instead, the licensed naturopathic physician assesses patients’ overall health by inspecting the tongue and pulse. Depending on what she finds, she may counsel patients on diet and lifestyle or recommend vitamins and minerals to bolster their health. As a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Veronesi also corrects the flow of meridians—paths of energy traditionally known as “qi” that sometimes answer to “hey you”—by inserting sterile needles into specific points of the body. Her specialties span from women's healthcare to cardiovascular health, and she has also worked with patients that suffer from the effects of Lyme disease and cancer—topics she speaks of at seminars and also posts online.
When Sharon Zilahy established Refresh Rejuvenating Spa, she hoped to channel the elegant, high-end spas she had frequented in her journeys beyond her small town. She chose a space adorned with checkerboard floors and white crown molding, and pumped up the opulence by adding Victorian-inspired lounge seating and framed art. Of course, image isn't everything, which is why she culled skin, hair, and cosmetic products from locales overseas, stocking her shelves with formulas from Kérastase Paris, Face Stockholm, and Sothys, a Parisian line of clinical skincare serums. Sothys plays a role in many of the spa's facial treatments, including the Secrets de Sothys—an anti-aging regimen that includes a facial massage and a silky application of anti-wrinkle serum. In the salon area, hair stylists craft new looks with cuts and color, along with styling treatments at the dedicated blow-dry bar. In private rooms, massage therapists unearth tension through their soothing strokes. The spa even features a host of male-centric services such as men's facials, beard trims, and grey-blending treatments.
Whether the malady is musculoskeletal or digestive, related to injury or stress, the multifaceted team at Whole Health Associates can personalize a holistic remedy to tackle it. The center’s naturopathic physicians complete a thorough consultation to investigate each patient's health history before diagnostic tests ferret out the root causes of symptoms, such as counterproductive habits or recent experiments with all-Twinkie diets. The staff often collaborates with chiropractors to create a well-rounded treatment plan, combining the latest advancements in modern medicine with alternative therapies such as massage, classical Chinese medicine, and homeopathy.
The center also specializes in therapeutic nutrition. Dr. Jennifer Stagg has extensive experience in treating metabolic syndrome and has served as the medical editor of the Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants. Dr. Jones-Born, on the other hand, offered nutritional advice with award-winning journalist Joan Lunden on an episode of the Better show and is a senior nutrition expert and consultant for the prominent eldercare website A Place for Mom.