Growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Neal Barnard’s extended family included both doctors and cattle ranchers. Perhaps it was this environment that led him to begin researching the role of nutrition in conditions such as diabetes and obesity, as well as the link between animal-based diets and health care. In 1985, Dr. Barnard founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as a means to explore these issues.
The nonprofit organization promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages alternatives to animal testing, garnering support from celebrities including James Franco and Kevin Nealon. The group educates people on vegan-based health and nutrition topics, working to curb conditions such as chronic illness, childhood obesity, and an inability to distinguish a broccoli floret from model-railroad shrubbery.
New Life Wellness Center approaches overall health from many different avenues. The center's specialists help the body rid itself of toxins and function more efficiently with treatments such as colon hydrotherapy, a cleansing method with roots in ancient Egypt and Greece. Japanese reiki, a hands-on healing technique, and Aqua Chi footbaths, a more technologically rooted treatment, focus more on stimulating energy in the body. Meanwhile, chiropractic services and massages focus on the nuts, bolts, and elaborate pulley systems of the human body.
Dell Jeanty knows how difficult it can be to get into shape. In his youth, he was teased for being overweight. By college, he got his act together. Now a personal trainer certified by the International Fitness Professionals Association and National Academy of Sports Medicine, he leads classes ranging from cardio kickboxing to spinning. Exercisers get workouts tailored to their fitness levels and goals?as well as practical nutrition advice?in in-studio sessions for one trainer and two clients.
Aaron Mottley and the rest of the staff at Dynamic Health & Wellness aim to create an environment that encourages relaxation and wellness. They offer a variety of services, such as holistic health consultations, natural supplements, reflexology, and aqua chi foot detox to help guests implement healthy changes in their lives.
At Holistic Healing & Wellness Associates, certified health coach Angelica Ramirez draws on her training in diet theory, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching to help clients overhaul their lives. In her health-coaching sessions, she guides clients through the process of setting goals, building confidence, and reducing stress via lifestyle changes.
Dr. Wanda Minnis-Dyson opened her own practice in 1999 with a single specialty in internal medicine. Soon, however, she built on her expertise to include weight-loss medicine, which turned out to be a fateful choice for the focus of her practice. With that, plus the addition of mesotherapy and aesthetics in 2004, what was once a small medical practice morphed into Change for Life Wellness and Aesthetic Center. Today, she and her staff revamp bodies by shepherding clients through weight-loss programs, rejuvenating skin with dermal fillers, and brightening faces with a kissing booth run by two halogen bulbs. Dr. Dyson spends her time away from the office partaking in medical conferences, speaking on medical panels, and bettering the community at myriad outreach events.