When the owners of Integrative Healing Arts chose a logo for their natural health center, they opted for the Tibetan symbol of the endless knot. The knot traditionally represents the interconnectedness of the universe, making it uniquely suited to a clinic that seeks to understand the interconnected elements of each patient’s health.
By integrating different healing styles, from chiropractic and massage to traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy, the three naturopathic physicians that helm the clinic strive to combat ailments without oversimplifying them. Many treatments are designed to ease medical issues without the side effects associated with traditional procedures, including prolotherapy treatments that help alleviate chronic pain with sugar water injections and thermography scans that check for disease without harmful radiation or ticklish cootie shots. At their spa, technicians can buff away dead skin and fine lines with microdermabrasion and firm features with non-surgical facelifts powered by the Rejuveness system. Visitors can also shop for their own holistic remedies in the natural dispensary, which stocks a range of Chinese herbs, homeopathic solutions, and natural hormones.
Dr. Domingo relishes challenging cases, asking the patient questions until he successfully finds the cause of discomfort and solutions to injuries stemming from sports or hugs from Hulk Hogan. Once a diagnosis is made, he employs one or a combination of modalities, including soft-tissue therapy, rehabilitative exercise, and spinal-decompression therapy. The clinic's website contains a comprehensive FAQ page to help allay common concerns about conditions treatable with chiropractic care.
Stuart Gross’ passion for holistic healthcare stems from personal experience. After his young son spent many months enduring eczema that had not responded to conventional treatment, Gross took him to a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who was able to clear the symptoms almost overnight. Gross had also been affected by the passing of his father, who died of preventable diabetes and heart disease at the age of 54, as well as the death of his father-in-law, which was a result of the side effects of the drugs he was taking for rheumatoid arthritis. Gross decided to give up his career as an auto mechanic and explore ways in which alternative therapies can heal people. He took a course in nutrition and started working in a health store. Using skills developed during his car-repair days, Gross then trained in various holistic assessment tools and equipment.
Today, Gross uses his knowledge and experience at Yaletown Holistics, where he offers services including oxygen therapy and a variety of homeopathic and nutritional supplements. Gross is also an advanced practitioner in electro-acupuncture according to Voll (EAV), a German-made diagnostic device designed to reveal bodily imbalances and conditions such as food sensitivities and heavy-metal toxicity. Guests also target impurities in a cozy, private infrared sauna, which can be used in conjunction with an iPod or personal yodeler to provide relaxing music.
Dr. Michael Horowitz uses biomechanics—the study of human motion—to come up with solutions for imperfections in the foot. Through an extensive one-on-one consultations and digital technology, the doctor identifies the landscape of each one’s unique shape, including fallen or high arches. Custom orthotics promote healthier distribution of weight and pressure, which in turn can reduce pain in the ankles, knees, hips, and back. Dr. Horowitz can also outfit patients with custom-made orthotics inserts such as heel lifts and heel-spur pads, which help to treat the idiosyncrasies of the foot.
With a lengthy resumé that includes a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, certification from the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, and professional excursions to nine countries, Dr. Cynthia Kwong knows holistic wellness. Her knowledge of Western medicine and her practical experience in naturopathy inspired her to combine the two by founding Nourish Spa. There, she leads a team of healthcare providers and spa professionals who employ a triple-faceted program that combines pampering spa treatments, holistic-wellness therapies, and medical-aesthetics services to heal the body inside and out, much like swallowing a band-aid.