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A Place To Heal Wellness Center

Personalized Healing for Mind, Body and Spirit

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Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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Last Updated: June 17, 2020

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About A Place To Heal Wellness Center

 A Place To Heal Wellness Center was created by the need to provide practical, natural healthcare designed to treat your mind, body and spirit. At our center, we provide personalized modalities and care plans designed just for you based on your current health status and your health care goals, all under the same roof. We accomplish this by honoring the six principles of Naturopathic Medicine.

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Today’s world is overwhelmed with the effects of addiction, whether it be physical, psychological or emotional. Most addictive habits take hold of a person as a way of coping with some pain that occurred earlier in a person’s life. Many times, someone within the family, or close to the individual, betrays the individual in a hurtful or negative manner. Childhood is a very vulnerable time, and if a child cannot feel safe in his/her home or environment, then developing positive or negative coping mechanisms becomes common place.

Generally, the pain is too much to bare, and the means of coping which may develop into a habit, and become more common place the longer it is used to cope. As you may have heard it said, the addiction is not the problem, it has become the solution to the underlying problem. The concept of Adverse Childhood Experiences was extensively studied by Kaiser Permanente in 1998 to study how these experiences affect longterm health outcomes. It was found that children often experience a range of physical and psychological traumas that often have a negative impact on their life as time goes by. It was also found that just one Adverse Childhood Experience such as divorce of parents, alcohol or drug abuse in the home, or experiencing or witnessing violence can independently result in substance abuse in teenage or adulthood.

Many recovery programs developed for the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions have been formulated by dedicated healthcare professionals who are mindful of the need for Trauma Informed Care with consideration of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, and the need to address issues at the root of the problem. An Integrated Holistic approach is a wonderful solution for the treatment of chemical addiction, whether Adverse Childhood Experiences are a factor or not. Approaching the patient in a holistic manner by treating the underlying cause of illness, condition, or addiction, as such, addresses the needs of the individual not his disease, illness or addiction.

The nutritional status of a person with a substance abuse addiction is most often very deficient. If a person eats a diet with inadequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and protein over a prolonged period of time, it becomes difficult to remain healthy. Research shows that restoring these nutrients to healthy levels can help addicts recover more effectively.(1) Recovering substance abusers often mistake hunger, irritability, nausea, headache, and/or dizziness for drug or alcohol cravings. Learning how to distinguish between the normal feeling of hunger and a craving for drugs helps a person in recovery to differentiate the difference, and overtime make healthier responses to these sensations. Nutritional therapy can be instrumental in helping the recovering addict feel up to making better eating habits and better life choices. Studies have implied that reducing sugar in the diet could make it easier for an opioid addict to withdraw from the drug.(2)

In addition to nutritional therapies and healthy eating counseling, many supportive therapies have been shown to be instrumental on a successful journey to restored health and recovery from substance abuse. One of the modalities necessary to assist in the recovery of substance abuse, especially in regards to Adverse Childhood Experiences, is consultation with an experienced psychotherapist. This is especially critical when there is past trauma standing in the way of recovery. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing are therapies often used by counselors to assist the recovering person in healing from past traumas. The use of breath work and the practice of mindfulness have also been used to help a recovering person cope with day to day stressors as they move forward.(3)

A well rounded treatment for the recovery from substance abuse may also include therapies such as acupuncture, massage and yoga. These modalities have all been researched over the years, and have been shown to individually have positive effects on the central nervous system. In 1998, the Touch Research Institute said that "a program of regular therapeutic massage can result in a significant, lasting increase in dopamine levels." Dopamine is the feel good hormone; one definitely needed for recovery.

An Integrated Holistic Addiction treatment plan is a safe and effective way to recover from abusive drug and alcohol use. When treating the individual and not the addiction, by providing essential nutrients for healing and supporting emotional healing through the use of Integrated Psychotherapies, there is a increased chance for life long health and happiness.

References

(1) Houston, Reagan, Addiction Therapy for Drugs, Alcohol, Caffeine, and Sugar, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 21, 2014

(2) Alan Gaby, MD, Nutritional Treatments for Opioid Addiction, Nutritional Medicine.

(3) How Psychotherapy Works for Drug Addiction, drug rehab.org

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June is Men’s Health Month. It is dedicated to bringing awareness to health issues all men of all ages face. This is an annual observance, and also a dedicated week, starting today, aimed at raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Certain conditions are more prevalent in men, the top being heart disease, liver disease, Diabetes, Skin Cancer, Lung Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Depression and Suicide.  In addition, hormone imbalances can plague male health with weight gain, decreased energy levels and sexual dysfunction. 

 At A Place to Heal Wellness Center we want to promote and encourage men, boys, and their families to take control of health issues with the proper screenings and care. It is well known throughout America that men are more reluctant to go to the doctor than women. As the adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  Our goal is to shift that notion because it can be empowering for men to have that kind of control over their bodies and health

Naturopathic medicine for health management, wellness and prevention is a simple, yet powerful way to live well and strong.  Consider checking in with us if you answered yes to any of these things.

Do you feel stress or anxiety in your work or personal environment that feels constant or overwhelming?

Do you feel fatigued or sluggish?

Do you feel like you aren’t getting as much out of your workouts as you used to?

Have you gained weight or feel as though you have experienced body changes?

Have you noticed changes in your libido or performance?

Be on the lookout this week for social media posts focusing on Men’s Health.

Cheers to good health.

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I am passionate about health, but most importantly people, and their ability to live meaningful lives. Good health is necessary to enjoy a good life, and diet is essential because of its enormous effect on the health of people as a whole. I am a proponent of eating a nutrient-dense diet, consisting mainly of raw and cooked vegetables and fruits, in addition to legumes, nuts, and animal protein in smaller amounts. Eating in this manner assures that the body is receiving necessary nutrients to nourish its cells, not merely staving off hunger. A diet consisting of whole nutrient-dense foods provides a more stable release of fuel to the system. Maintaining blood sugar at a more constant level appears to be one of the keys to mental stability; better mood, better brain function.

It is noted that in 1971, Americans were already consuming more than half their food consumption in unhealthy food, in the form of junk food; and thousands of additives were found in the food system. Later in the 1970s, researchers interested in food’s effect on behavior attempted to demonstrate a correlation. Research conducted at California State University concluded that hypoglycemia, caused by a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, could account for most of the antisocial behavior. They found that hypoglycemia causes the brain to secrete neurotoxin glutamate, which leads to agitation, depression, anger, anxiety, panic attacks, and violent behavior.

Unfortunately, people are often too rushed to eat before they leave the house in the morning, and unable to prepare a lunch for later in the day. When hunger sets in, available food choices may not be the best options.

Planning ahead and taking a little cooler with something for breakfast and lunch could make the difference between a successful or challenging day at the office or school. Many physicians and dietitians recommend a few pieces of cut-up fruit with an ounce or two of raw nuts for breakfast. I do this myself and find it keeps me well fueled until around noon. Then, I have a container of fresh veggies for lunch. You may say, “How do you get your protein?” A stalk of broccoli alone has 4.26 grams of protein, and a cup of green peas has 8.5 grams of protein. I bet you didn’t know that every serving of fruit has a small amount of protein, so adding a small number of nuts is an excellent balanced fuel for the body.

Since 1983, at least nine separate institutions in three states found that the overall mental health of their juveniles, demonstrated in their behavior, improved significantly after the elimination of high-sugar junk foods. If diet can have such a positive impact on the most challenging cases, isn’t time we give ourselves, our society as a whole, a better chance. Is it entirely possible that those who are institutionalized, say in prison or psychiatric facilities, may be there because of adverse reactions to food; such as hypoglycemia, or severe allergies or sensitivities to foods or chemicals. This line of thinking may seem like a cop-out or an oversimplification of a problem to excuse bad behavior, but it may not be. Much data, collected over time, reveals nutrition’s powerful effect on various life-skill areas from school performance to parole violations. Several research studies have demonstrated nutrition’s powerful impact on the brain and overall health and how it is ultimately reflected in one’s mental health status.

Hippocrates is thought to be the Father of Medicine, and a well-known quote attributed to his work is, “Let Food be thy Medicine.” Unfortunately, in today’s world, patients are rarely instructed about diet unless they have diabetes, heart disease, or are overweight. I regularly ask patients what dietary guidelines they have been given by the doctor they have seen with when I begin to work with them. Most patients report being told to count calories (some people are starving and don’t lose a pound), avoid fat (not so good), and eat more fruits and vegetables (which isn’t all that bad). However, my perspective about food is a little different. Dietary guidelines I recommend are based on food value, and what the food provides in terms of fuel and its ability to maintain and restore healthy tissue. After searching for years for the best resources to give my patients, in terms of foods that support and improve organ function, I unearthed information that is not often found in mainstream medicine. Unfortunately, over the years, much research has unveiled problems with unhealthy foods that are basic to the American diet, making it very difficult for patients to change how they eat. However, I have witnessed that it is often lifesaving to break the habit of eating many of these foods that a person may be allergic to or have a sensitivity to, or one that contains problematic chemicals. I follow the work Dr. Russell Blaylock, a Board Certified Neurosurgeon. Dr. Blaylock has devoted years to researching the positive and negative effects of nutrients and chemicals on the nervous system. Blaylock is just one of many medical specialists who had a hunger for explanations to why patients weren’t getting better when receiving the best medical treatment. In his quest to uncover these reasons, Dr. Blaylock stumbled on research linking diet and some chemicals found in food to some of today’s most troubling neurological conditions. I first became familiar with Dr. Blaylock over 10 years ago when I read his book Excitotoxins, The Taste that Kills. In this groundbreaking book, Blaylock demonstrated how MSG and Aspartame were often culprits, somehow linked to neurological disorders. In a more recent lecture titled “Nutrition and the Brain,” he unveils a mass of statistics and clinical findings relating the over-consumption of sugar and hypoglycemia to ADHD, alcoholism, violence, and ultimately whether or not one in the criminal system can be rehabilitated. Dr. Blaylock does not only expose the problem, he offers solutions, dietary solutions. I encourage you to visit his website www.russellblaylockmd.com to be directed to lectures and books he has written on this subject. Dr. Blaylock sites many studies and correlates many deficiencies to outcomes, which I have included in this blog. I invite you to listen to his lecture “Nutrition and the Brain” on YouTube to find out for yourself. Some of the findings Dr. Blaylock reports are similar to studies I reviewed years ago while preparing a lecture on the “Effects of Nutrition on ADHD and Behavior.” Them studies I examined were conducted in the 1980s, in New York City, California, and a suburb of Milwaukee. All three studies involved providing healthier school lunches, primarily by decreasing the sugar content markedly and eliminating red and yellow food dyes, as well as food additives like BHA and BHT. In California and New York, the results of the studies revealed improved overall test scores, as well as enhanced sports outcomes in California. In Wisconsin, the drop-out rate decreased to zero during the time the study was conducted, and teenagers were no longer bringing guns to school.

It appears that most vitamin deficiencies can result in some issue affecting one’s mental health, from insomnia to depression to hyperactivity. But the effects I found most riveting were the effects of hypoglycemia on overall behavior, most specifically criminal or violent reaction. A University of Florida study conducted in 1980 was the first to study the impact of sugar on children. The kids that consumed the most sugar in their diets, those in the top 25%, had high measures for inattentiveness when being evaluated for hyperactivity. Another sugar study conducted at the University of Connecticut in 1986 revealed that mental performance declines within 30 minutes when consuming the amount of sugar equal to a coke. The participants in this same study made twice the number of errors as usual after one hour of consuming the same amount of sugar. A college male study conducted in 1982 screened subjects for psychiatric history, drug use, and medical conditions. The results of the study showed a strong relationship between aggressive answers on a questionnaire and hypoglycemia. I have always known that sugar was wrong for the immune system and that it may indirectly cause hyperactivity; I just never knew about the correlation of reactive hypoglycemia and aggression, but it does make sense. When we talk about sugar, we include white foods like flour, rice, noodles, and potatoes; all foods that break down quickly to sugar. If you struggle with depression, aggression, or have trouble concentrating, decrease, or eliminate these foods entirely from your diet. I would love to hear what you notice. Alexander Schauss, the author of the book Diet, Crime and Delinquency (1980), used case studies to show that a high intake of sugar, processed foods, junk food, food additives, lack of nutrients, as well as food allergies, and lack of exercise, can all contribute to criminal behavior.

Furthermore, Finnish researcher Matti Virkkunen conducted a series of studies involving violent male prisoners. Abnormal glucose tolerance results were found in subjects with antisocial personality, and increased insulin levels as a result of intake of excessive sugary foods, especially in alcoholics. He confirmed the fact that violent male homicidal offenders had much lower cholesterol levels than other offenders, and that impulsive violent offenders and fire setters have low serotonin levels in the brain. As a result, Virkkunen hypothesized that the lower cholesterol levels in the violent offenders could be a consequence of enhanced insulin secretion (most often in response to a high sugar intake) and that high insulin levels (most often resulting in hypoglycemia) are responsible for violent behavior. It is interesting to note that Finland suffers from one of the highest suicide rates in the world, along with a high incidence of alcoholism.

Tragic! I believe eating a nutrient-dense diet with adequate protein to balance carbohydrates could provide the needed nutritional support when trying to handle stress at any time of the day. Pioneers in Orthomolecular Medicine have demonstrated over the years that patients with various forms of mental illness do better when the diet is improved, and proper nutrients included. In some instances, patients were able to get off medications, some reduced dosages of drugs, and others just did better on the medications they were prescribed. Sounds like a win-win to me. This is Food For Thought, but I am convinced that food is truly the Best Medicine.

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I grew up in CA at a time when drugs were new and Rock & Roll ruled. Drugs to me were a normal thing, and a major part of my life.

At ten years of age, while selling candy door to door, I came home dehydrated and as sick as can be, migraine headache. My stepdad, with permission from my mom, gave me there “home remedy” a bong load with a tode crushed on top. Hey, I never felt better and recovered quicker in my life. Drugs became a normal way of life for me. Growing up, I was told by elders. Take that bong, drink that shot and do it like a seasoned pro…

My Stepdad had an accident and lost both his legs. He indulged in hard drugs, and died from it, leaving my mom with 2 kids. I was 12 years old. I was lost as he was the only one who gave me some discipline and showed me some love and attention. I was lost at a very young age, having lost my superman. My mom got a boyfriend and she sent me away to my biological dad who could not careless what I was doing. At 13, I would leave for 3 or 4 days drinking, smoking pot, and doing coke. My dad never cared where I was or what I was doing, and this was during the school year.

Eventually, I got myself in trouble and had to skip town to avoid juvenile jail time. My mother would take me in when she needed me and then kicked me out again. The only family I had were the friends doing drugs. They were my family.

After awhile, I went to Job Co-op, and graduated from high school, graduated in Culinary School. I had a job and direction for a change. Then I joined the Navy, in the Submarine division. At 30 years of age, I was diagnosed with an abnormality where my sciatic nerve goes through/between the wrong vertebrae. I had excruciating pain for which the doctors gave me prescription drugs. I took them for 7 years and incrementally increased my dose because the pain exceeded the effect of the meds. Eventually, the doctors claimed I was abusing them and stopped prescribing me the medications altogether with no alternative pain meds.

So, I started doing Heroin. It was the only thing that allowed me to function, to go to work everyday. With my luck, I had a skateboard accident and lost 8 weeks of work. I lost my job. I could not pay my bills and get my drugs so I took to living on the streets and panhandling for money. Drugs ruled.

One day, a guy by the name of George Leger stopped to give me money and asked what my story was. I told him the truth, and surprisingly, he said he was opening a new clinic in Fountain Hills called A Place to Heal Wellness Center, and he would come back and get me some help when he opened. This gave me hope. It uplifted my spirits, and I felt for the first time in my life, there was hope. That week, I went to the Methadone Clinic and enrolled to get off the street drugs.

I was doing it! I got my mind and spirit back. There was light in the old dark tunnel. I started writing a book. I registered to go to College to get my degree in Political Science so I can spend the rest of my life helping people get off drugs and off the street.

George Leger from A Place to Heal did come and get me. He introduced me to the Naturopathic Doctors and alternative health providers. I got free treatments 3 times a week, nutritional IV therapies, mentor and counseling, NLP, medical massage treatments, sound healing and naturopathic supplements to bring my life back in good health, Mind Body and Spirit. George Leger picked me up at the Library (where I spend my time studying and writing),3 times a week and drove me back. When George was not available, the clinic director Bonnie Adams sent Lyft or Uber to get me.

I have started a drug reduction program to eventually get off Methadone and onto a Naturopathic supplement protocol which is non-addictive. In August, I’m starting college. On Saturdays, I speak to people and share my story at church and try to help people whom I can.

As of this writing, I have a job 4 days a week and I am so, so very happy. I’ve got my life back, and I’m never, never going back.

Alan

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Stress, injury or surgery can lead to acute or chronic pain and subsequent chronic illness. Naturopathic approaches, mental health support, and regenerative IV therapies, acupuncture, medical massage, and nutritional coaching are foundational services that can provide the healing and restoration needed.

There are several areas that need to be investigated thoroughly, and an in-depth understanding of available therapies might be helpful in addressing the presenting pain issue:

Identify an area of injury causing pain. Sometimes the cause is not as it seems.An extensive History and Physical should be performed to rule out medical and physical causes of pain.Appropriate Imaging (Xrays, MRI, CT Scan) related to an area of injury should be performed if the cause of pain is undiagnosed.Labs to r/o underlying medical issues, including Food Sensitivities should be performed.Follow a Hypoallergenic Diet or Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Eliminating foods from the diet that have been found to be highly allergic for many people or foods that often lead to inflammation may result in an overall decrease in inflammation, resulting in a decrease in the expression of pain.

Follow a Hypoallergenic Diet or Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Eliminating foods from the diet that have been found to be highly allergic for many people or foods that often lead to inflammation may result in an overall decrease in inflammation, resulting in a decrease in the expression of pain.

Use of Anti-inflammatory herbs, if indicated.

Turmeric/Curcumin is a common kitchen spice used in many dishes such as stews and curries. However, it has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as for overall health. Using a good quality source of this herb is very important to assure the best results.

Hemp Oil interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, an internal system with built-in receptors for cannabinoid compounds. The cannabinoid compounds in the hemp product intercept the pain pathway through the function of this system, resulting in a reduction in inflammation. This is very helpful in the management of pain, as inflammation is often implicated as a primary cause of pain and illness. (1)

Homeopathic remedies in the form of pellets, creams, and injections can be very helpful in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Homeopathy is a practice of medicine that is over 200 years old.  developed by a German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician, created homeopathy as a natural therapy to stimulate the body’s own healing powers. Homeopathy has been used for over 200 years all over the world in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions, including pain issues. (2)

Chinese Herbal medicines are taken orally in the form of tinctures, teas, capsules or pellets, and topically as creams or patches, can provide pain relief, often in conjunction with acupuncture.  Acupuncture is shown to be an effective treatment for pain in research studies over the years. It has been recorded that practice acupuncture has been practiced for over 5000 years. Those who practice acupuncture theorize that by inserting needles into meridians, or channels of communication between organ systems in the body.  Through the insertion and stimulation of the needles, energy can be released or redirected, eliminating the cause for pain or illness, or leading to a restoration of energy as needed.

IV and Oral Vitamin Therapy may be needed to address nutritional deficiencies. A body out of balance is more prone to injury. Over the years, published research studies have demonstrated the role Vitamin C plays in tissue repair as well as in the management of acute and chronic pain. (3) IV therapies can address the problem immediately by flooding the bloodstream with nutrients that are available as they infuse. Oral therapies can be very effective but may take the body longer to process and make available to the tissues.

Massage Therapies as indicated can be very instrumental in promoting healing and mobilizing and ridding the body of substances in the body that cause pain. Massage therapies that can be very therapeutic are medical massage, Cranial-sacra therapy, lymphatic massage, Medical Massage, Reiki I/II/III, Repetitive Use Injury Therapy (RUIT), Hot Stones, Trigger Points(Hand and Wrist) Therapy, Healing Hands (American Indian Healing Art), and Lymphatic Massage.

The use of electro-medical frequency delivery machines and low-level light lasers have been shown to be very effective in the treatment of chronic pain issues. These therapies use energies, whether very low currents of energy or light to speak to the cells. Low-level light lasers send light to the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) to promote healing and dispel the signals that result in pain..

In today’s world of opioid overuse, added to the burden Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories place on the kidneys, and the damage overuse of Tylenol has on the liver, alternative therapies are well worth investigating. Treatment by a licensed and experienced Naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, chiropractor or other holistic healthcare practitioners can be life-changing. And, isn’t your life worth it?

Please call A Place to Heal Wellness Center to schedule an appointment today

1. Burstein S. Cannabidiol (CBD) and its analogs: a review of their effects on inflammation. Bioorg Med Chem. 2015 Apr 1;23(7):1377-85.
2. Cucherat M, Haugh MC, Gooch M, et al. Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy: a meta-analysis of clinical trials. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2000;56(1):27-33.
3. [1] Chen S, Roffey DM, Dion CA, Arab A, Wai EK. Effect of perioperative vitamin C supplementation on postoperative pain and the incidence of chronic regional pain syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin J Pain. 2016; 32(2):179-85.

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Staff from left to right: Dr. Werner, Dr. Sayegh, Dr. White, Anahi Jimenez, Christi Christiaens, Bonnie Adams, George Leger. 

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From left to right: Dr. Nick Shashtri, Dr. Karen Willfahrt, Elizabeth Garcia, George Leger, RN Gail Ledbetter, Anahi Jimenez, Dr. Lance Hering

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Karen Willfahrt received her nurse’s training at the Mayo Clinic and affiliated hospitals in Rochester, Minnesota, and graduated from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota in 1977. She has been a nurse for over 40 years. In 1990-91, she was privileged to be part of hospital support services to our troops in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, working in collaboration with staff from all over the world. Karen has worked in the field of Pediatrics for the majority of her nursing career. She also has experience in skilled nursing units and assisted living communities, as well as in Home Health Nursing, Hospice Care and Infusion Nursing.

Karen returned to school in 1996, and received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona in 2000. She is qualified to practice in the areas of Western and Chinese botanical medicine and acupuncture, with a major focus of her work in nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

Her passion is working with individuals with disabilities, the elderly and those diagnosed with autoimmune illnesses such as MS, CIDP, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus. Her work includes programs specifically for first responders and those working shift work, in an effort to provide health maintenance plans that target their specific needs.

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Western and Chinese Botanical Medicine, Acupuncture, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling, IV Therapy and Electromedicine therapies (including the Wellness Pro and Erchonia Low Level Laser).

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Dr. Nick is a board certified Naturopathic physician in Arizona. He practices with an integrative approach, combining modern medicine with natural alternative treatments that are personalized to each patient’s needs and lifestyle. Additionally, he has specialized training in neurofeedback therapy with a primary focus in neurological disorders and mental health conditions. He offers comprehensive patient-centered care, and is passionate about helping his patients achieve optimal health.

Areas of Emphasis

Neurological Disorders and Mental HealthAutoimmune Disease and Chronic IllnessImmune Support, Prevention and Wellness

Treatment Modalities

Integrative MedicineNeurofeedback TherapyIV Nutrient TherapyAcupuncture and Oriental MedicineNutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

Education

BS Biology & BA French, Texas Tech UniversityDoctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Professional Associations

Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA)American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)International Society for Neurofeedback & Research (ISNR)

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California native and a proud graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine(SCNM) where she received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. As a licensed naturopathic doctor, Dr. Magee brings years of advanced training in Functional Medicine, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement, Ozone Therapy, and Regenerative Medicine. Prior to her medical training, Dr. Magee received her B.A. in Biology from Pepperdine University, Seaver College with a Pre-Med emphasis.

Since her move to Arizona in 2010, Dr. Magee has taken up co-ed recreational softball, Latin ballroom dancing, domestic and international. Dr. Magee has visited France, Spain, London, Caribbean, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and several cities in the United States. She looks forward to visiting more cities and countries in the future. Dr. Magee is a huge dog lover and foodie. With her free time, she enjoys attending wine tastings, concerts, and festivals.

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Gail was born in Indiana and moved to Arizona in 1994. She graduated in 1980 from Purdue University with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and Valparaiso University with her BSN in 1993.

She has worked on obstetrics, orthopedic, bariatric and various other medical/surgical units within the hospital setting, as well as community, school and home health nursing. She has been a staff nurse, supervisor and clinical director and has worked in large hospitals in Indiana, Florida and Arizona.

She looks forward to this new chapter in a more holistic, naturopathic approach to patient care/wellness. Gail received her certification in Theoretical and Practical Applications Training in Ozone Therapy by Frank Shallenberger M.D, H.M.D. This certification is recognized by the Nevada Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association, The Association of Naturopathic Physicians of British Colombia and The American Academy of Ozonotherapy. She will be the RN responsible for IV therapies and assisting the doctors to provide a safe and healthy environment for all patients. A major focus she holds important and necessary is the prevention of disease by helping patients live a healthy lifestyle.

Gail is an animal lover and has a cat named Max and a dog named Beau. She enjoys traveling with her husband, visiting her two grown children and two grandchildren, walking/hiking, and just enjoying life.

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Cristiane was born and raised in Brazil. She comes from a multi-cultural background (mother and father are Japanese), she has lived and worked in Japan as well.

She graduated from Arizona School of Massage Therapy located in Tempe, AZ, in 2003. As an entrepreneur, she built her own massage business and have experience working in a professional medical setting in a chiropractic and rehabilitation center, where she assisted in the recovery process. She has also performed body assessments on professional athletes, worked with prenatal clientele, and has extensive experience in resorts and day spas. Her trainings and continuing education are TuiNa, Lymphatic Core Massage, Table Thai, Medical Massage, Reiki I/II/III, Cranial Sacral Healing, Repetitive Use Injury Therapy (RUIT), Rollerssage, Prenatal, LaStone, Hot Stones, Rock N Rain, Acupressure, Trigger Points (Hand and Wrist), Aromatherapy, Myo Functional Release, Jesse James Method, Cupping Lymphatic Massage, Birch Stick Massage, WASE Stone Facial, Healing Hands (American Indian Healing Art). Cristiane believes in health, wellness, and joyful living. It is her continued goal to help others to find ways to increase their quality of life and wellbeing. She looks forward to meeting with you!

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Andrea Autry has spent her entire career working in the medical field. Coming from a family of healers in both the alternative and traditional realm, she literally grew up in a doctor’s office, interacting with patients and members of the medical community. This exposure helped her understand the importance of the mind, body connection in relation to overall health at a very early age.  She uses this connection today to help clients realize their best and healthiest selves as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, Licensed Massage Therapist and serves as the Clinic Director at A Place To Heal Wellness Center.