Dr. Yelena Pakula practiced as a medical doctor in Russia before changing fields and continents more than a decade ago. Now an acupuncturist licensed by the state of Florida, she runs Vita-Health Acupuncture & Wellness Center, a clinic for nonconventional healing and aesthetic medicine. She and her colleagues—including another expatriate physician from Brazil—perform acupuncture and herbal treatments, along with massage therapy and colon hydrotherapy. Their beauty menu includes treatments to laser away body hair, contour the thighs and stomach, and rejuvenate complexions after one too many ghost sightings.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Chiropractic adjustment and massage
Brands Used: Kinesio Tape
Pro Tip: Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Lifetree Clinic's licensed acupuncturist, Junghyun Park, attempts to take some of the mystery out of acupuncture by thoroughly answering questions about the ancient practice on his website. He explains in depth how most clients feel while he is inserting the hair-thin needles, as well as how they feel after the needles have been in for a while. Instead of guaranteeing that acupuncture can solve any ailment, Park explains that, like Western medicine treatments and pleated pants, acupuncture may not work for everyone.
In addition to using acupuncture—which can alleviate problems such as digestive disorders, lower-back pain, and facial wrinkles—Park also relies on Chinese herbs, tui na massage, and cupping to improve health.
Wielding a spread of hair-thin needles, licensed acupuncture physician Marilyn Aracena utilizes traditional Chinese medicine techniques to improve her clients' health and relieve chronic pains. Her acupuncture treatments help unblock the body's natural energy flow, or qi, in order to relieve mental stress and physical aches caused by blockages. Nature Wellness also offers tuina massage, cupping treatments, and other forms of therapy for clients who prefer a more hands-on approach to relief or who still harbor grief over a balloon that they popped as a child.
Skeletons never get a day off. As the framework of the body, they're responsible for keeping us upright and mobile. Sometimes, that responsibility comes at a cost. Enter the chiropractic experts of the Chrio-Network. Using their extensive knowledge of the skeletal system and the nuanced adjustments required to keep it up and running, they help clients manage everything from chronic pain and mobility problems to sleep problems and migraines.