While working a cruise ship, holistic doctor and acupuncturist Ahuva Gamliel treated a passenger complaining of digestive issues. Impressed by how fast she found relief, the patient said she would send her husband so that Gamliel could treat his shoulder pain. But the woman added, "My husband is not going to tell you this, but he has erectile dysfunction and I want you to treat him for it." Noticing the man didn't mention erectile dysfunction on his intake form, Gamliel proceeded to treat him for it anyway, along with tending to his shoulder. A few days later, the woman stopped by and said, "What did you do to him? I feel like we are on our second honeymoon." Dr. Gamliel thrives on hearing such patient testimonials. Knowing since she was 5 years old that she would become a doctor, Gamliel began working as a phlebotomist in high school. But her first experiences with conventional medicine—which she recalls as "cold, callous, and impersonal"—left her disenchanted. After completing undergraduate study in psychobiology, Gamliel discovered the field of natural medicine and went on to earn a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture from Bastyr University. Today, Gamliel pursues her vision of bringing natural healthcare to the masses through MiBaSo, an acronym for mind, body, and soul. Gamliel hopes to turn MiBaSo into a franchised, membership-based practice that increases the visibility, accessibility, and affordability of natural medicine.
BG Mancini grew up in a household that valued holistic care. Her parents taught the value of proper, nutrient-dense diets and that ailments in the body are simply imbalances that can be corrected. These childhood experiences inspired BG to dedicate her life to providing alternative treatment modalities to help target the underlying causes of her clients' conditions, rather than just treating the symptoms. Her comprehensive studies made her such an authority on the subject that she and her father even created the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit, The History of Alternative Medicine in America.
BG passionately channels all of this knowledge and experience into the services she provides at Florida Holistic Medicine. One of her specialties is acupuncture, which targets imbalances in the energy flow along the body's meridians. By removing blockages with precisely placed needles, her treatments work to restore the body to a more optimal state of health and wellbeing. She also works with patients to identify allergens and dietary issues to develop health plans that ensure they're receiving essential nutrients and reduce inflammation in the body, which is a major cause of many unwanted symptoms.
Stretch Zone mixes up humdrum fitness regimes with a new type of workout, one that can enhance physical performance, muscle symmetry, and flexibility, expanding the fitness industry with a proprietary stretching method. This method can reduce stress, stiffness, and soreness while improving circulation and range of motion. It consists of table stretching—but not the kind that you're probably familiar with. By working with the autonomic nervous system, Stretch Zone practitioners take muscle extension to a whole new level. Atop their specially designed tables, comfortable straps systematically position, stabilize, and isolate the parts of the body that are not being stretched. This allows the stretched muscle—and the person on the table—to completely relax, extending further than the central nervous system would normally permit. Besides helping rejuvenate and invigorate the whole body, the sessions can also alleviate rheumatic pain for everyone from seniors to adults.
Vera Vasershteyn's career in acupuncture and pain-management began more than 40 years ago, when she graduated from a Moscow medical school in 1972. In 1990 she moved to Miami and became a certified physician in her new country. Now at Surfside Pain Control Center, she consults with each patient in order to map the proper treatment path. Her methods include acupuncture, magnet therapy, and cold-laser therapy, which uses a gentle light to promote tissue repair and help swallowed watermelon seeds start growing in the stomach. All of her treatments are natural and nontoxic, which has been a foundation of the practice she started four decades ago.
At her colorful North Miami office, licensed chiropractor Dr. Yolaris Garcia takes a natural approach to treating her clients' underlying health issues. These methods include nutritional counseling, six styles of massage therapy, and traction therapy using a Triton decompression table, which relieves lower back pain caused by herniated discs and wearing overstuffed fanny packs. Through these services, clients can begin to feel relief from chronic body aches and unexpected injuries.
The father and son team of Dr. Jeffrey Draesel (a medical physician) and his son, Dr. Jeffrey Draesel, Jr. (a chiropractic physician) team up to resolve patients’ health issues that include sciatica and headaches. Their custom treatment plans can consist of chiropractic manipulations, trigger point injections, massage therapy, and acupuncture. The physical therapy services help to rehabilitate injuries, from a baseball pitcher’s overworked arm to a thumb wrestler’s overworked digit.