Certified acupuncturist Michael Johnston L.Ac. stuidied traditional Chinese medicine in the most logical place: China. Having already earned his master's degree, he expanded his holistic horizons by training elbow-to-elbow with herbalists, doctors, and gynecologists—each well-versed in the arts of managing pain and promoting health.
Now based in Santa Rosa, Michael plies the techniques he learned in China while taking a scientific approach to his art. When not administering acupuncture needles to clients and underdressed cacti, he reads and translates research articles and clinical trials that have been published in Chinese medical journals.
Over the past two decades, Hillary Kallaway has collected the tools to heal. She begins appointments by teaching clients a centering exercise, and asking what areas of life ail them. Then she senses the makeup of the client's energy field via clairvoyant measures, quickly unearthing whatever still blocks the smooth flow of internal energy. Once Hillary has discerned the blocks through healing, she then channels the universal energy back into the body.
Therapist and holistic life coach Mary Sanicola combines her scientific understanding of human anatomy and physiology with an appreciation for healing methods that treat the body as a single, interconnected organism. Rather than take other therapists at their word, Mary traveled around the world to arrive at her current treatment philosophy. Her journey brought her to Tokyo, where she spent two years mastering zen shiatsu massage and on to New York City, where she honed her Swedish-massage techniques on stressed-out cabbies before returning to Northern California to practice reiki therapy.
Today, at Evolving Bridge, Mary continues to target physical as well as incorporeal symptoms with bodywork treatments that gently relieve muscular stress and address the body's energy balance. Clients in need of a more hands-off approach to wellness can benefit from a life-coaching session, during which Mary shares her personal insights to combat anxieties more effectively than a whirlpool filled with thousands of steeping teabags.
Licensed acupuncturist Lauren Sugarman believes that good health must be nurtured patiently, much like the plants in a garden. She applies this philosophy while treating her patients with traditional Chinese-medicine treatments. During acupuncture sessions, she inserts hair-thin needles along certain points on the body's energy pathways, redirecting this energy so that it flows unhindered. Facial-rejuvenation acupuncture uses the same techniques to increase blood flow to the face, working to naturally smooth wrinkles and improve muscle tone. Patients who suffer from allergies can treat their symptoms with Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, a noninvasive combination of acupuncture and other disciplines that relieves reactions to allergens such as pet hair, pollen, and chores.
At MaxLife, Dr. Tanya Maximoff has one goal: to help her patients lead healthy, pain-free lives. To do so, she combines her training in chiropractic adjustments with massage therapist Kelly's skills in massage therapy—two treatments that activate the body's self-healing abilities without the use of drugs or profuse begging. In addition to hands-on therapies, Dr. Maximoff also fosters healthier eating habits by doling out nutrition counseling.
For more than 10 years, Mark A. Flower has cultivated a tranquil healing setting to help those suffering from headaches, neck and back pain, chronic health issues, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Blending traditional Chinese medicine and other healing techniques, his acupuncture sessions target specific areas of the body or the voodoo doll to calm headaches, reverse digestive problems, melt tense muscles, and soothe joints.