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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We cater to the individual client. At Breathe,
we believe mobility is the key to quality life.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Seeing the degraded quality of life of members of my community. I knew there had to be an alternative to the ineffective medication that is being used to treat pain and soft tissue dysfunctions. Through extensive research i discovered massage therapy to be an effective tool in the area of wellness..
What do you love most about your job?
I love having a part in improving the quality of life of community members
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Wow i can tie my shoes
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