Holding multiple diplomas in acupuncture and Chinese herbology, Six Fishes Healing Arts founder and head practitioner Cara Frank draws upon three decades of experience to heal patients with Eastern and holistic modalities. Frank and her colleagues Tansy Briggs and Jennifer Harrison specialize in internal medicine, addressing a variety of ailments within an office boasting exposed-brick walls, wisdom-crammed bookshelves, and huge windows swathed with bright red curtains. The trio uses acupuncture, massage, herbs, and nutrition counseling to holistically treat chronic symptoms by aligning the mind, body, and spirit.
The crew of Advanced Spinal Care Center can take many approaches to ensuring backs are straight and free of pain—their job titles include board-certified medical physiatrist, doctor of chiropractic, exercise physiologist, and registered dietitian. They pool their skills to offer several modalities of massage, personal training, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and other treatments that can have beneficial effects beyond the spine.
Dr. Jeremy Tremblay first discovered the powers of chiropractic in his 20s, when a several-month bout of excruciating back pain disappeared in only three visits to his local specialist. Ever since, Dr. Tremblay has devoted himself to chiropractic study, garnering a bevy of degrees that have culminated in his current tenure at Quest Chiropractic. An advocate of natural healthcare, the doctor bolsters his chiropractic exams and spine-straightening adjustments with a complete holistic regimen that includes nutritional counseling, massage therapy, corrective exercises, and role-playing games with the office's skeleton model.
Mark Rues first became a believer in acupuncture after experiencing its effects firsthand. He now uses this ancient Chinese method at Five CrossRoads Acupuncture to help relieve patients of a variety of ailments—including stress, infertility, and back pain. Using a style developed by Japanese master Kiiko Matsumoto, Rues first performs palpations to uncover the best points for treatment. From there, he inserts hair-thin needles into the skin with the aim of boosting circulation and unblocking energy pathways.
Therapists tailor each stroke to individual preferences to create massages that cater to long-term health goals or simply focus on the particular stresses of the day. In addition to quelling immediate aches, they aim to prevent future pain by locating and treating problems at their source, and also taut massage as a great way to boost energy and enhance mobility, helping clients run faster, jump higher, and break dance with greater spontaneity.
Practitioner Ilia Stranko spent 10 years as a social worker helping others alleviate physical and emotional imbalance––but she wanted a more direct route. That's when she dove into the craniosacral-training program at Upledger Institute. The craniosacral technique uses light, gentle touch to cultivate a dream-like state and is used to relieve tension, headaches, migraines, and stress-related illnesses. Ilia is also a skilled Pilates instructor and reiki II practitioner.