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Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Industry News for SpaCare Group
SpaEquip, Inc. introduces THE SPACARE GROUP
February 22, 2012 Calistoga, CA - SpaEquip, Inc. is pleased to announce the early 2012 launch of the SpaCare Group, a new division dedicated to bringing world-class skin care products and caring service to the spa industry. With 5 dedicated sales and training professionals located in different areas of the country, this dream team of respected spa and skin care experts has been assembled to present premier products from around the world. A natural extension of the services offered by SpaEquip, taking advantage of the company's reputation and extensive contacts, the SpaCare Group is a new organization dedicated exclusively to representing leading skin care, body care, and nail care products in the USA.
Multi-line – Our portfolio of product lines provides an answer for every type of spa, in terms of product concept, performance and price. After a year of research on skin care trends and the needs of spas, we chose brands uniquely positioned to fill those needs.
Strong, experienced product sales and training team – Our Territory Sales and Training Managers understand the business of spa from the ground up, with experience owning, managing and working in spas. They know how to educate, motivate and inspire spa practitioners. They are dedicated to bringing their experience and success to our clients.
Culture of care – We have adopted an attitude of care, and our objective is to have our Territory Managers provide clients with our own unique style of caring support. We felt this was so important that we named the company after it. Our SpaCare team wants to make a difference in the industry we love.
Sodashi • Made in Australia, this luxury brand is results-oriented, pure, and 100% chemical free. It is featured at some of the most prestigious spa properties around the world, including the spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.
Esthederm • This classic French line provides accessible luxury with a strong performance orientation, proprietary patented products, and an award-winning sun care line.
BioOrigin • Already a massage product leader in Canada with natural, healing therapies, this is the new standard in the USA - created for massage therapists by massage therapists.
Dr.'s Remedy • This 'physician's brand' of nail care products is free from toxins and enriched with natural healing ingredients, with formulas created to provide shine and durability for an extended period.
Melanie Edwards has accumulated a dynamic and diverse career experience exclusively within the luxury spa and professional skin care markets for over 30 years, including sales & marketing, training & education, brand development & advocacy, strategic planning, public relations & advertising, development of product concepts, and treatment protocols & retail strategies.
Ms. Edwards began her career as one of the first licensed estheticians in California. She had the good fortune to meet Robert Diemer, who became her mentor in the skin care industry. With his guidance and support, Ms. Edwards found her passion in the development and execution of training programs for product companies. This experience gave her the opportunity to travel to Europe discover the world of the spa lifestyle and therapies. Inspired by her travels, Ms. Edwards opened Essentiels Beauty Clinic in 1991 in Boulder, Colorado and expanded its operations in 1997. The new concept, Essentiels Spa, became the premier day spa on the front range. After selling the company in 2001, Ms. Edwards moved to New York and was the Vice President of Spa Development and Director of Education for Decléor North America and Carita Paris. In 2003, Ms. Edwards accepted the role of Senior Vice President for the newly formed spa division for the international fashion and beauty group, Puig. A leader in the spa industry and esthetic community since 1978, Ms. Edwards is a recognized businesswoman, training and education executive, and product and concept development specialist. Her expertise is sought after by industry associations and trade magazines. Ms. Edwards believes in giving back to the industry she loves and currently serves as a volunteer for the ISPA Speaker's Task Force. She is also a past Board Member and has contributed regularly and enthusiastically to the organization since 1994.
Ms. Frazier began her career in The fashion industry as a buyer & stylist for 5 years until she was inspired to join the beauty industry. She expanded her experience as a licensed esthetician and hair stylist for 5 more years, and parlayed that first-hand knowledge into beauty industry sales. Jeannie spent the next 7 years in sales and training for Renee Furterer, the Paris-based hair care brand, and traveled to France for several education and development conferences.
Ms Frazier then moved on to New York City to help with product launch for Bumble & Bumble hair care. While in New York, she met supermodel Christy Turlington, and was invited to help launch Turlington's "Sundari" brand in the U.S. and Europe. After 7 years with Sundari, Jeannie moved into medical skin care and worked as the Director of Sales for cosmeceutical company, Luzerne Labs in New York. Jeannie is a member of ISPA and NESA.
"I am very excited to be a part of the SpaCare Group team! Relationships are a big part of success in the industry, along with listening and truly caring about our clients' needs. This will bring much success and reward!"
Jamie worked for IBM as a Systems Engineer and Account Executive for 13 years. After moving to the Napa Valley, Jamie became determined to begin a career as a Massage Therapist and Esthetician, and joined Meadowood Resort & Spa as a practitioner. She was promoted to Spa Director, and took the spa from an accessory to a feature of the property. Within 4 months, retail sales to service ratios went from 17% to 90%. Meadowood was one of the first spas to implement a GWT, offering every guest a gift after their treatment. This program allowed the practitioner to present the gift along with homecare recommendations.
After leaving Meadowood, Jamie joined BABOR Cosmetics America where she secured the largest national corporate account in their history. From BABOR Educator to Western Regional Director and finally Vice President of North America, Jamie was able to duplicate those same business-building principals to spas across the country. Key accounts include Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel, Sonoma Mission Inn, Spa at Doral, The Spa at La Quinta, La Costa, Grand Wailea, The Spa at Pebble Beach, The Regent Beverly Wilshire, Rock Resorts, Ritz Carlton's, The Spa at The Hotel, Las Vegas, to name a few. Jamie received awards from BABOR Cosmetics America for "Most Sales Growth" in 2004, and was named "2006 Employee of the Year" in Germany for outstanding achievement. Jamie was presented "The Art of Achievement" at the 2006 ISPA Annual Conference & Expo.
"I am thrilled to become part of the SpaCare Group. Now is the time to breathe new life into the industry. My mantra: 'Provide my clients with an experience they will remember forever!' I believe that retail is the true measure of our success. If the guest leaves with a bag full of products, they are very happy!"
Ms. Ochoa is a licensed esthetician with more than 10 years of experience in the beauty industry . She has knowledge in a variety of aspects of the skincare business, including education, sales, medical aesthetics, management and ownership . For 8 years, she was part owner of Elegance Day Spa in Southern California . Out of that, her passion and enthusiasm for the beauty industry grew to include more involvement in sales and skincare education. She was able to expanded her involvement as an Account Executive at NuFACE®, a Carol Cole Company specializing in micro-current technology . Most recently, she was the Regional Sales Manager & Educator at Brazilian GlossTM. She has been a skincare & beauty educator and keynote speaker at ICES, ISSE, and IHS, and has been a guest speaker at Bellus Academy and Paul Mitchell® School. In a rapidly-advancing field, Shyomi continues to learn and enhance her skills by attending advanced skin care symposiums around the world, including London, Rome and Perpignan, France.
"Even though I am at times in a position to inform others, I feel it is very important to continue to educate myself. An educator must stay on top of the latest and greatest in an industry that is constantly changing, with new technology and more advanced products at every turn. This is my passion, I love to learn, and one can never learn too much! As part of the SpaCare team, I am excited and feel privileged to be working with some of the most amazing people in the industry."