Cristina Gillis first came to Chinese medicine not as a student, but as a long-time allergy sufferer. The immediate relief of her many symptoms didn't just make her feel better, it also sparked a journey of self-discovery and a deep desire to help others to free themselves from pain and illness. The licensed acupuncturist now pays it forward at Amelia Acupuncture, where she strives to alleviate maladies with several styles of acupuncture.
Gillis specializes in five-element acupuncture, a westernized method that uses fewer needles and is based on the belief that illness is the result of emotional and spiritual causes. She also employs the mei zen method of cosmetic acupuncture, which aims to stimulate collagen production and blood flow to reduce wrinkles. Her training in Chinese medicine and certification in Chinese herbs further facilitates patient wellness, as do auriculotherapy acupuncture sessions, which focus only on the ears to address conditions such as stress, addiction, and the annoying ability to hear dog whistles.
For more than a decade, licensed chiropractic physician William Foland has practiced the arts of assuaging spinal aches and fostering holistic health at his eponymous wellness center, Foland Chiropractic & Spa. Spinal adjustments, the cornerstone of his practice, realign the 132 spinal joints that can cause pain in surrounding tissues when they fall into misalignment due to strenuous activity or sleeping on a roller coaster. Onsite x-rays help guide adjustments, and therapeutic massage complements bone adjustments by increasing flexibility and speeding up circulation. A spectrum of spa services beautify physiques, such as fuzz-eradicating IPL laser hair removal and skin-buffing microdermabrasion. The center’s flexible appointment calendar accommodates walk-ins as well as scheduled sessions.
Dr. Steven Read’s patient feels fine, but he could die within minutes. After taking x-rays of his new patient’s lower back, the chiropractor spots an aortic aneurysm, a thinning along the aorta’s walls that can lead to rupture. The patient, taken aback, agrees to go to the hospital, but stops to see his primary physician first. The doctor disputes Read’s diagnosis, claiming there’s no way an x-ray could spot an aortic aneurysm. Still, the patient checks into the hospital, where surgeons confirm the aortic aneurysm and immediately prep the patient for surgery. After the successful treatment, the patient sends Dr. Read a thank-you card, saying his surgeons confirmed that had the aortic aneurysm ruptured, he would have bled to death in three to four minutes.
Such episodes, though dramatic, don’t surprise Dr. Read, who discovered the power of chiropractic medicine as a college wrestler in need of help overcoming his injuries. Now, with a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic—among the oldest chiropractic colleges in the United States—Dr. Read helms a team of physicians that integrates therapies such as chiropractic adjustments, hormone replacement, and anti-aging treatments. Through relieving spinal subluxations and bringing the brain and nervous system into harmony, the doctors treat conditions that range from back pain and muscle spasms to numbness and the inability to laugh at slapstick comedies.
Julee Miller never wondered what she wanted to be when she grew up. She knew she was destined for a career in healthcare, and her time spent volunteering at the Bay Pines VA Hospital's physical-therapy department only solidified her trajectory. She graduated from the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a master's degree after achieving a bachelor's in athletic training. She also added a massage-therapy license to her resume, with certifications in neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, prenatal massage, and reflexology.
Now Julee is a board-certified acupuncturist who skillfully executes Master Tung's pain-management techniques at Health Pointe Jacksonville. In addition to acupuncture and massage, her services include infrared-sauna treatments and weight-loss programs, and she focuses on women’s health by treating hormonal imbalances and infertility. Her clientele includes professional athletes, as well as golf, running, and biking enthusiasts. According to Julee, she worked with the 2004 Olympic massage-therapy team, where she provided therapeutic treatments to all the overworked, injured, and cyborg athletes.
"Something hurts." The doctors at Absolute Medical Clinic?which has eight locations in Jacksonville and its surrounding areas?are used to hearing that from their patients. Fortunately, their clinics' thorough diagnostics systems can swiftly pinpoint the issue in most cases. After x-rays, ultrasounds, or other tests, they work with men, women, and kids to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Like a truck driver who's way ahead of schedule, their treatment plans might take a lot of different routes. In addition to chiropractic treatments, the doctors on staff have experience in rehabilitation, physical therapy, and various forms of medical care. They work alongside massage therapists, and the team also gives guidance on nutrition and overall health. Med spa treatments including laser hair removal and body contouring mean that the outside of the body gets almost as much attention as the inside.