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Spotlight of Local Practitioners

Dec 31, 2015 11:02AM

Chaan Thai Massage

ChaanThaiMassageLogo#2  Chaan Thai Massage offers a unique massage experiences grounded in traditional Thai-style massage principles at two different locations in Northern Virginia. Recognizing the importance of connecting the mind, body and spirit when seeking ultimate relaxation, Chaan combines physical stimulation with mindful meditation. Each experience is customized to the personal preference of our guests.

Thai yoga therapy has been described as “taking a vacation to Thailand without leaving the metropolitan area,” according to president and general manager Nid Tositrakul. In “typical Thai salon settings” of dark woods and warm tones, guests enjoy Thai yoga therapy techniques that were developed more than 2,500 years ago in India by the physician to the Buddha. Early in its evolution, the practice found its way to Southeast Asia, where monks began using the techniques.

Chaan Thai massage isn’t simply a luxurious experience, it is also a means to stay healthy. By helping the patient to relax, realign and rejuvenate, Chaan massage sessions are powerful tools in reducing stress and can become a key piece in an effective health and wellness plan. Regularly scheduled self-care, much like other preventative care, plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The highly skilled, professional therapists at Chaan Thai Massage provide exceptional care and will design a customized treatment plan to address your individual needs.

Fairfax location has been open for eight years while the Herndon location just celebrated its grand opening last month. They are offering a special Introduction rate for one-hour Thai Yoga Massage as well as have memberships for reduced rates for a variety of massage therapies at both locations

Locations: 414 Elden St., Herndon and 8300 Arlington Blvd., #C3 Fairfax. For more information, visit

The DC Dentist

DrDC Dentist. Terry Victor, also known as The DC Dentist, has long been recognized as a national leader in the field of holistic and biological dentistry. In fact, his practice is credited as the first holistic, biological and eco-friendly dental office on the East Coast. Dr. Victor and his team strive to give each patient the best possible care utilizing advances in medical technology to provide a customized experience that is less invasive, more effective and a healthier approach to oral care. Dr. Victor is dedicated to the improvement of the overall health of each of his patients.

On a daily basis, the office is creating a safe and healthy environment for their patients, their staff and the planet. From the equipment they use, including their X-ray machines that have been carefully selected to operate using the least amount of radiation possible to sporting a green roof which helps reduce pollution and adds to the air quality. The office has over 25 green features and is looking to add more, including solar panels.

Dr. Victor began his practice 17 years ago and continues to grow and develop along the way. Due to the increased awareness and demand for holistic and biological dentistry, the office will be expanding in 2016. With a strong commitment to education, Dr. Victor will continue to advance his dental knowledge in the use of modern medical technologies through various continuing educational courses and his team will be taking new classes as well. For patients, there will be continuing opportunities throughout the year, with The DC Dentist’s Healthy Living classes. The DC Dentist wants everyone to have healthy teeth and gums for life.

Location: 509 11th St., SE, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

 East Meets West Yoga Center

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East Meets West Yoga Center is a premier studio located in the Tysons Corner/Vienna, Virginia area. Under the thoughtful and skillful leadership of owner, Dawn Curtis, East Meets West Yoga Center has been bringing the practice of yoga as well as education about yoga to the community for more than a decade.

They provide a safe, tranquil and supportive environment to practice, allowing individuals to open to the possibilities of what could be. Even their website is full of information for those looking to begin a practice with practical information about the things a new yoga enthusiast might need to feel comfortable with this new lifestyle. It is important to Curtis and her teachers that yoga be made accessible to everyone. This has been an important component of their work since opening a one-room studio in 2006. In the preceding years, they have grown in to their current location that holds four different studio spaces and work with 25 teachers.

East Meets West Yoga Center’s staff of teachers and educators is a community of knowledgeable, dedicated yoga practitioners with years of experience. These teachers are open to offering a variety of yoga styles, to allow each student to flourish. A full listing of their classes and events are available on their website.

Location: 8227 Old Courthouse Rd., #310, Vienna. For more information, visit

Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine

GreenComfort School TeresaTeresa Boardwine, founder of the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine is on a mission to educate and empower individuals to heal themselves by using herbal medicine. For many years, Boardwine has been recognized as one of the most dynamic teachers on health and wellness in our area. Since opening Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine, she has been able to share her wisdom and 20 plus years of clinical practice, including technical medicinal information, in a way that helps her students achieve new levels of well-being by integrating herbs, foods and supplements.

Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine offers a variety of classes and foundational training programs for those who seek to develop their own home medicine chest and learn now to utilize the natural bounty around them for their own healing.

Another vital component of the work happening at Green Comfort is the support that Boardwine provides to individuals, offering them consultations. She meets with her clients to learn of their medical history, noting and reviewing the health of each organ system with the purpose of determining which teas, tinctures, diets and supplements best suit the individual’s health goals. On-site, the Green Comfort Herbal Apothecary stocks more than 300 herbs in dry and tinctured form and formulas are prepared at the farm.

Classes and workshops will be starting up again in the new year with a full listing available on the website.

For more information, visit

 Hambrock Holistic Healing Center

Hambrock HolisticHambrock Holistic Healing Center, an oasis in Herndon, helps people find healthy balance in their lives by providing transformative treatments and products in a relaxing, healing environment. The Center, a full-service alternative/complimentary wellness center, is known for their ability to work with patients who have tried (and failed) with other treatments. When they come to Hambrock Holistic Healing Center, they find healing and transformation.

Dr.Connie Hambrock, Ph.D, CCHt, CI, owns and manages the center, along with eight practitioners as part of her team. The other practitioners service the community in the modalities of massage therapy, craniosacral, hypnosis of all kinds, life and relationship coaching, acupuncture, energy work, nutritional counseling, physical therapy as well as skincare. There is an ebb and flow between the practitioners as several are trained in more than one field, which enables a broader view of a patient’s concern. With so many modalities represented within the walls of Hambrock Holistic Healing Center, it is an added benefit that different treatments can be offered without leaving the building.

In addition to patient visits, Hambrock is interested in patient education and offers a variety of classes each month. Coming up in February and March are classes in Reiki Level 1 and Reiki Level 3, as well as Diamond Immersion Therapy.

Hambrock has a bold vision for the future and is working toward fulfilling a dream of building a LEED Platinum-certified building in Virgina to house 150 alternative healthcare providers, doing the healing arts that they do best.

Location: 297 Herndon Pkwy, Suite #105, Herndon. For more information, visit

 Julianne O’Dwyer

Julianne ODwyer  Julianne O'Dwyer is a health and wellness coach who serves as a valuable member of the team at National Integrative Health Associates (NIHA). Working alongside the doctors, she assists patients at NIHA with lifestyle tips to prevent illness, maintain health and heal from chronic pain or autoimmune illness.

NIHA's Health Essentials Coaching & Wellness Program offers cutting-edge information learned from leading health practitioners including Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt and Dr. Hal Huggins. O’Dwyer helps people identify particular areas where they can enhance their individual lifestyle through education, identification of obstacles and steps to implement change. The program she develops provides step-by-step guidelines that can be customized to fit the individual’s needs and wants and can also accommodate the needs of the family.

Her unique approach to healing and detoxifying the body from the inside out, at the core or cellular level, allows the body to heal itself by enhancing antioxidant efficiency, nutrient absorption, immune support and toxic release. This results in significant improvements for athletes who want to improve performance and recovery, those dealing with chronic pain,  heavy metals and mold toxicity, candida/yeast, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, hormonal issues, electromagnetic radiation from cell phones/computers, or mold or chemicals in the home by incorporating nutrition, hydration with alkaline water and overall detoxification.

O’Dwyer notes, “I am an advocate for the power of nutrition and detoxification. My goal is to empower clients to regain control of their health by teaching them to support their bodies with proper nutrition and lifestyle changes that have a positive impact. My unique approach to cellular healing and detoxification at the core is an essential component of prevention, maintenance and recovery from chronic pain and autoimmune illness.”

By focusing on lifestyle changes in food, hydration with alkaline water, digestion and detoxification without relying on pharmaceuticals, O’Dwyer helps people find health and wellness.

Location: 5225 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Coaching program is conducted remotely by phone or SKYPE after initial visit. To learn more, visit

The Land Celebration

LandCelebrationPhotoforArticleDianeBlackCallinginSunlightApril23-24th2015NBThe Land Celebration is a majestic 40-acre Re-Creational facility that is ready to host gatherings of all types. It is known for providing participants with the feeling of rejuvenation as they are being embraced by the serene environment at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a true nature preserve.

Many who visit here note that as they walk the property, they feel a strong connection to Mother Earth. Guests have access to three ponds, wandering nature trails, various spiritual grottoes and meditation areas. The land also features a sweat lodge, medicine wheel, fire circle and three stone-lined walking labyrinths to deepen the experience of those who visit the Land.

In the Lodge, there is a large meeting room with a beautiful fireplace, with full view of the natural surroundings. This space can be used for a variety of offerings, including workshops, seminar and movement classes. Built on ground level, the Lodge is completely accessible to those with special requirements.

Those utilizing the Land will enjoy the spacious kitchen that is equipped for large groups, including restaurant-sized stove, ovens and refrigerator, and there is also a dining hall, with seating for 30 or more, overlooking the grounds.

As well as accommodations in the rustic lodge or the main house, there are cabins, bungalows and camping, with outdoor showers, overlooking a pond for those who want to experience the land more fully.

The mission of The Land Celebration is to provide a Re-Creational facility that offers an environment conducive to restoring and improving well-being, with the perfect setting for meetings, workshops, seminars and other group events.

Location: 411 Three Oaks Dr., Gore, VA. For more information or to book an event, visit

Neal's Yard Remedies, NYR Organic

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NYR Organic is well-known as an authentic, ethical, organic health and beauty company. International in scope, fair trade and sustainably sourced, NYR Organic is known for what is NOT in their products: no synthetic fragrances, silicones, mineral oils or phthalates. The mission of NYR Organic is that beauty comes from within, and is for the entire family.

Through their products, essential oils, vitamin supplements and more—they can help anyone achieve optimal beauty and help the planet. For more than 30 years with a start in London’s Covet Garden, Neal's Yard launched its brick and mortar stores, which now can be found throughout Europe, Dubai and Japan. In the U.S. it can only be found via independent consultants.

                  Randi Cohen serves as a NYR representative in Northern Virginia, but services the entire D.C. metro area. She is one of small group of consultants in the metro D.C. area, although the company is a great growth opportunity for many. Anyone who emails her directly at [email protected] will get an email back with a recipe from NYR Organic’s Healthy Foods Cookbook.

The products are helpful for everyone, including men. Their non-aluminum deodorant is especially popular with breast cancer survivors and their skin care products are so helpful for those with sensitive skin. Many holistic practitioners are using NYR Organics in their spas and for their practices and is recognized globally with awards, for their sustainability programs and ethical treatment for animals.

Cohen notes that NYR products are available for corporate gifts, Realtor house warming gifts and she is always available for individual consultations.

For more information upcoming events, including the HealthFest on January 23, visit or email at [email protected] 

 NOVA Natural Birth Center

NOVA Natural BirthThe NOVA Natural Birth and Midwife Birth Center provide alternatives for families (and growing families) in our area. The birth process is one of the most amazing moments in a woman’s life and at NOVA Natural Birth Center, they are committed to giving the birthing mother the care that helps her get what she wants from the experience.

Their team of midwives love to help families bring babies into the world, walking side-by-side, every step of the way. Like the original meaning of midwife, “with woman”, NOVA Natural Birth midwives are experienced birth professionals who will walk mothers through the process naturally and with loving support.

They will spend time with the birthing mother, answer all their questions while helping the mother and her partner understand and navigate confusing medical jargon—so they can make informed decisions about their birth. After the baby is born, they continue to guide and support the mother and the family through the first six weeks of the baby’s life.

Since 2005, hundreds of Northern Virginia families have brought their babies into the world, outside of the hospital, thanks to the care and support offered by NOVA Natural Birth Center’s team of midwives. They also provides special prenatal services through the Strong Start project, which is free for those who qualify.

Location: 4200 Technology Ct., Chantilly, VA. For more information, visit

Nurtured Bones

                  Nurtured BonesNurtured Bones, with Susan Brady, MPT, offers a new concept to help those who are at risk for bone loss or who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia. For many women who watched their mothers and grandmothers struggle with these conditions, having the right tools for prevention and treatment is essential. It is estimated that more than 25 million Americans suffer from bone last every year. Fortunately, there are comprehensive and holistic approaches to help build strong, health bones for life.

Dr. Brady is a physical therapist, doctor of Integrative Medicine and a nutritional consultant, and offers a free 15-minute phone consultation, with no risk and no obligation, to those who are wondering if they may benefit from her services. Her office is located in Northern Virginia but she is available for consultations via SKYPE as well.

Brady works with her patients to build a path to health with balanced nutrition while optimizing digestion that maximizes nutrient absorption. She also helps them to reduce stress and promote sleep (a key component to decrease hormones which cause bone loss). Her treatment supports and sustains an exercise program as well as a personalized plan for supplements, if needed. Along with her dietary advice, she provides bone-healthy recipes and suggestions making good food choices.

For more information or to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, visit or call 703-738-4230.

Transcendental Meditation Program

TM_logoTranscendental Mediation Program, with offices in Bethesda and now downtown D.C. is an evidence-based technique for inner peace and wellness. Their mission is to create enlightened individuals and peaceful countries through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program. More than 380 peer-reviewed published articles show the evidence that TM practice is great for health and develops higher functioning of the mind. According to Forbes magazine, "Perhaps its greatest benefit is that it’s relatively quick to learn and easy to master. No waiting weeks or months of practice before you see results.

It takes 90 minutes, four days in a row to learn the TM program. Classes start every Saturday, by appointment and continue Sunday afternoon and Monday and Tuesday evenings. In addition, they have classes beginning on Mondays with follow-up Tuesday through Thursday during the day.

The local centers serve federal employees, who can use their HSA to cover the cost of instruction, and professionals who need more creativity, focus and stamina as well as work/life balance. They also teach service personnel and veterans who need relief from combat symptoms and to recover from the wounds of war. Likewise, students who are swamped by stress and face a 10.9 percent suicide rate benefit from this program by controlling stress while their brains are still developing.

The TM Program has been available in the D.C. area for more than 30 years. The current Bethesda office has been open over 10 years and the downtown office has been open in its current location about a year.

Locations: 11300 Rockville Pike, Ste. 408, North Bethesda and 1616 H St., NW. For more information, contact Roger and Katie Grose, in North Bethesda at 301-770-5690 or Dave Streid and Kathy in D.C. at 202-803-8720. Or visit for more information. 




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