Peter Steele, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) and Acupuncture Physician - AP3669
Dr. Peter Steele is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician (AP) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM)
who specializes in herbal medicine. As a primary care physician, he treats his patients using a combination of raw
herbs, pharmaceutical-grade herbal extracts, and even injectable drugs made from plant sources. In addition to
using herbal therapies, Dr. Steele also uses laboratory testing, therapeutic massage, nutritional counseling, and acupuncture for the benefit of his patients.
Dr. Steele chose to practice this form of medicine because he believes that using natural products minimizes the
harm done to our bodies and the environment by replacing the many synthetic chemicals used in modern pharmaceuticals with natural analogues. In addition, with many people in our own country unable to afford
expensive pharmaceuticals, he is a loud advocate for medicines that can be cheaply and naturally grown by the very people who need them most.
In addition to his practice, Dr. Steele also works in the community as a Florida Master Naturalist and Master
Gardener through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Science (UF- IFAS). He seeks to
replace many foreign herbal medicines with locally-sourced replacements to help promote and conserve Florida’s
natural heritage. To that end, he also gives talks and seminars illustrating the many benefits of plant-based foods
Some of his passions include: Herbal Medicine, Injection Therapy, Dietary and Nutritional Counseling
Peter is available: by appointment only and seminars on select Sunday's
Jen Tescher, Massage Therapist - MA75908 and Aesthetician - FB9750289
Massage therapy was born into my life at a young age. Both of my parents suffered from arthritis and the ability to soothe their discomfort was just another way to love them.
For many years, I worked in Maine as a liaison for the District Attorney's office and victims of crimes. I worked in court rooms, in law offices and in administrative roles but my door was always open to stressed out co-workers needing a little neck and shoulder work! It wasn't until much later in my life (and fifteen years of looking longingly at schools) that I realized my dream to make this a career. When the window of opportunity finally opened, I jumped out and never looked back!
One of the most important things to me is my continued education. My passion for Craniosacral Therapy and Oncology massage has brought them to front of the line as my specialties and are my focused areas of education. The classroom is invaluable but the learning and growth in giving treatments is even more rewarding.
My love for skin care has also grown increasingly the more I have learned. I regularly attend the International Dermal Institute in Orlando and have completed over 200 hours post graduate hours toward my expert certification in Dermalogica. I am experienced in customizing advanced facials including microdermabrasion, peels, high frequency, ultrasonic and microcurrent technologies. Watching the transformation in a client's skin is AWESOME but nothing beats seeing the way it makes them feel.
My goal for each and every massage, facial or double service is to give you the time and space to completely relax and begin your healing process.
Some of Jen's favorite areas to specialize in massage include: Craniosacral Therapy, Therapeutic, Hot Stones, Reflexology, Reiki and Oncology and in aesthetic services include: Microdermabrasion, high frequency, ultrasonic and micro current technologies, cranio-facials, reflexology facials and vacuum suction
Jen is available: Monday 1-9pm
Stacy Millett, Ph.D, ACSM, Massage Therapist - MA73612
My goal is to fight chronic disease, obesity, pain, and become strong and fit, naturally. There is no need to be addicted or dependent on medication when suffering from these ailments. When the human body is functioning optimally, drugs are not necessary. This is achieved through holistic health, exercise, eating properly, and a positive mind and spirit. I'm really one of those people who still loves pizza and ice cream but during the times I'm not eating these deliciously taunting treats, I like to be as optimally healthy as posible, but being normal, too.
Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition---All about optimal health and prevention of disease.
Master's of Science in Sports Medicine--Put in many hours in the training room and on the field...like a vulture...just waiting for one of them to fall and injure themselves!
Master's of Science in Holistic Nutrition---Lots and lots of writing about nutrition and health...
Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner---So I'm legal to practice!
Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology---lots of school...GXT's (VO2 max tests) nutrition education, and personal training.
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM)---means I'm basically a badass in the ex.phys. world...it also means I am able to work with the very ill to top athletes for exercise and nutrition help.
American Red Cross Instructor---I was Humboldt County's Health and Safety Coordinator before I moved to Monterey, Ca. Taught tons of people...was around when they were just changing things over, big changes, and was able to travel to Redding, Ca. to learn from a woman who was the first in California to make the big change...this was in 2000 so it's been a while.
Licensed Massage Therapist-- I specialize in deep tissue massage and the real world of massage...not the spa life, the parts of massage that actually help people heal. Its all about giving positive energy and causing a little pain at the same time, in a good healing way.
I grew up in Sacramento, California. I did my college years way up in the tip top of Northern Ca., Humboldt State University, behind the Redwood Curtain, where there were earthquakes and storms causing mass destruction monthly...no malls, no cell phones, not many TVs, and most people rode their bike or walked everywhere. The weather on a good day was a light mist of rain...all day. I moved to Monterey, Ca. after college to spend time with my niece and nephew while they were growing up but I always have dreamed of moving to the tropics. I spent a short time in South Carolina and Europe but finally decided Florida was the place for me. So here I am in South Florida with new kinds of storms, but it is a paradise here where the water and nature is amazing! Ok, so the elecricity isn't very consistant here and there really aren't any hills except bridges, and lots of bugs the further south you go, but it's still awesome!!!!
Some of Stacy's specialties include: Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular, Sports Massage, TMJ, Holistic Nutrition and Sports Medicine
Mary Ford, N.D., Naturopathic Consultant
I received my doctorate from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. During my educational pursuits I have acquired valuable knowledge pertaining to the inter-workings of the human body, along with methods to increase long-term states of health and wellness.
From a young age I was interested in science, however it was during my undergraduate studies that my passion for health was ignited. I received my bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry in 2012. It was through various public health and medical anthropology courses that I started to acknowledge the incredible need for public education in order for people to take back control of their health.
Think of me as your wellness private investigator. The first consultation will involve a discussion regarding your health history and goals. Upon follow up I will provide a fully referenced evidenced based review of natural recommendations fully tailored to you! I offer in house, mobile and skype visits for your convenience. Let us work together on the path towards your optimal wellness.
In my free time you will find me spending time with my husband and family, experimenting with different healthy recipes, nestled in a book, or exploring the beautiful beaches and nature escapes Florida has to offer. I look forward to getting to know and work with you!
My clinical interests include: Women’s health, pain management and cardiometabolic health including weight management. In addition, I offer nutrition and lifestyle counseling, supplement and botanical medicine consultations to help you achieve your health goals.
Mary is available by appointment only
Florida Disclaimer: Naturopathic doctors are not currently licensed healthcare providers in the state Florida, thus services provided are for educational purposes. These consultations are not replacements for regular healthcare visits, and should be used under the guidance of a licensed healthcare provider.
Ryan Rhodes, Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist - MA80275
My name is Ryan Rhodes. I am a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. I specialize in deep tissue and sports massage. I have been practicing Massage Therapy for 11 years with a great deal of success in Pennsylvania working along side a great network of Doctors, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, and Physical Therapists. I moved here less than a year ago and have now joined Biomechanics which is another great network of professionals focused on helping others with their physical needs.
I am personally here to help with pain management and muscle health of all of my clients through massage therapy and also as a certified Personal Trainer. I have been an athlete all of my life a collegiate scholarship football player who also had severe injuries that I had to recover from. This is what sparked my interest in providing therapy to others and leading them down the road to recovery. However as we all know prevention is the first step and through proper strength training and massage therapy you can and will avoid a lot of the common issues most deal with on a day to day basis.
Whether you are an athlete looking to maximize your potential or maintain your body, or you are just looking to get off the couch and feel better physically and also about yourself I believe I can help you through both massage therapy and personal training. I specialize in the K.I.S.S method (which has nothing to do with make up and heavy metal) but Keep It Simple Stupid...methods of training and massage. You will be surprised at how easy it is to stay healthy and relatively pain free by combining my workouts with regular massage. Try it out and K.I.S.S your old life good bye!
Ryan is available for personal training and for massage by appointment only
Tommie James, Massage Therapist - MA84472
Tommie is not only a Florida native, he is right here from Sarasota where he attended Sarasota High School. After graduating he made his way into the healthcare industry where he has been for over 20 years.
Tommie is so passionate in wanting to heal his patients, he took his education it to a different level by attending the Sarasota School Of Massage and graduated in 2007. Tommie is a firm believer in the strong connection between mind and body. He is dedicated to create a unique and personal experience for each individual session, which includes releasing physical and emotional stress.
Some of the modalities that he specializes in include: Deep tissue, hot stones, cold stones mini fascial, neuromuscular, hand & foot scrub, peppermint scalp, aromatherapy and swedish
Tommie’s availability is Monday and Tuesday 5-9pm, Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm
Jonathan DeRosa, Personal Trainer - PT000338
Hello my name is Jonathan G. DeRosa and I'm a certified personal trainer and strength coach specializing in strength training and corrective exercise. I'm also a veteran of the Army. If you're looking to get back into shape or just feel better all around, then I'm the trainer for you.
Some of Jon's favorite areas to specialize include: Strength Training, Conditioning, Stretching and Corrective Exercise.
Jon is available by appointment only
Dr. Steven Collins, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) and Acupuncture Physician - AP2901
Dr. Steven Collins (DOM) has been practicing Chinese medicine since 2001. Focusing on acupuncture, tui na, qi kung and other tools from the toolbox of Chinese medicine, he treats many complaints including pain of all sorts, fatigue and “sticky” diseases. His primary practice principle is that any given presentation can be treated with a minimum number of needles. Dr. Collins is well regarded in the medical community and by his patients.
In 1997, he pursued the study of Chinese medicine. Following his 2001 graduation from Northwestern Health Sciences University, one of the leading schools of Chinese medicine in the country, Dr. Collins was asked to join that faculty. He became board-certified to practice and had a successful private practice in Oakdale, Minnesota before returning to practice in Florida. He is currently pursuing his DAOM/PhD from ATOM in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Collins’ work has appeared in national publications and he has lectured across the country on a number of aspects of Chinese medicine including tui na and herb-drug interactions. He is currently authoring a text on enhancing communication between health care professionals and their patients or colleagues.
In addition to practicing Chinese medicine, Steve teaches Southern Chinese kung fu and in March of 2007 was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He is an accomplished magician and performer and has been recognized as one of the top-10 magicians in the State of Florida.
Steven is available Wednesday and Friday 1-5pm and by appointment
Dr. Karen Isaacson, Chiropractor - CH12129
Dr. Isaacson was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in business and went on to receive her Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.
After graduating from the University of South Florida with a business degree, I went on to receive a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. I am trained in a variety of techniques and certified to perform a variety of healthcare services. I have experience working with adults, elderly, children and even babies! I have operated several injury clinics in Atlanta and owned my own mobile chiropractic company for several years before relocating to Sarasota. In addition, I am a proud member of the World Chiropractic association and The Injury Specialists- a network of doctors and attorneys who provide services to those who have been injured regardless of whether they are insured, under insured or not insured at all.
I truly enjoy getting to know my patients and encouraging them to reach their highest health potential. After evaluating a person’s overall health, a customized treatment plan will be designed. I will use a combination of chiropractic care, natural supplementation, exercise, stress reduction, physical therapy, dietary recommendations and other modalities to eliminate pain, increase motion and improve your overall health. By using a whole-body approach to wellness, I am often able to eliminate health conditions (such as headaches, asthma, ear infections) that may or may not seem related to the muscular skeletal system. As a result, most of my patients feel an overall sense of wellness and experience a better quality of life.
Functional medicine focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems. After evaluating saliva and stool, practitioners develop individual treatment plans with the goal of balancing the body’s hormone and flora levels, ultimately returning your body to proper health. If you suffer from digestive issues, hormonal issues, fatigue, sleep issues or just feel out of “whack”, functional medicine may be the right approach for you.
For two decades, I struggled with severe fatigue, weight gain, difficulty concentrating etc. After using traditional medications and treatments, I turned to functional medicine. Through saliva and stool sampling, I found the root of my health issue and used the recommended pharmaceutical grade supplementation, dietary recommendations and other holistic approaches to bring my nutritional and hormonal levels back to normal. It completely changed the quality of my life and that experience inspires me to educate others about functional medicine and holistic wellness.
Dr. Isaacson specializes in neck pain, back pain, headaches, sprain/strain injuries, sports injuries and injuries
Karen is available Thursday and Friday 5-9pm and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday 9am-9pm
Cathy Armstrong, Master Aesthetics Instructor
Cathy is a Master Aesthetician and Master Aesthetics Instructor with 12 years of training and experience in the medical field. She also acts as a consultant and trainer for Medical Spas and Aesthetics schools to help enhance their service, performance and programming. In addition, she offers CEU classes for license renewal to Aestheticians working in the field.
Cathy combines her love of working and teaching about the industry, by working as an Aesthetician in the field and teaching advanced aesthetic classes.
Originally from North Carolina, she recently relocated to the Sarasota area to implement an Advanced Aesthetics Program at a local college.
Her vision for her clients is offer classes to take their business to levels they have never had before. This is a unique opportunity to not only refine one's current skills, but to learn other services and techniques.
Nicole Stafford, Massage Therapist - MA80958
Nicole has always had a passion for helping others. When she was diagnosed with Guillian-Barre syndrome at 8 years of age, it took her on a journey of healing. She attended the University of South Florida to get her bachelors in microbiology and after graduation was accepted into physical therapy school where she completed a three year program.
While conducting physical therapy, she realized massage therapy would be a great added modality to add to her existing knowledge and went on to graduate from the Sarasota School of Massage. Having this experience and knowledge of physical therapy combined with massage, gives Nicole a unique skill set and understanding that is very rare and very special. She provides patient centered care so that therapy is unique to each and every person. She is very devoted to treating each client holistically, so the quality of life can be at your level of expectation and even more!
Some areas Nicole specializes in include: Medical Massage Therapy, Reiki (energy healing), Qigong Therapy (specialized energy modality), Thai and Deep Tissue.
Nicole is available: Tuesday 9-1130am
Adria Lopez, Personal Trainer - PT30129
Adria is an ambitious motivator who enjoys to help others. She became a Certified Personal Trainer in result of making a career where she combined both her passion for fitness and helping others reach their goals. She is the motivation and inspiration you need.
Some of Adria's favorite areas to specialize include: Relaxation, Meditation, Weight Lifting and Strength Training.
Adria is available by appointment only
Jenny L. Matsunaga, Clinical Aesthetician - FB9748732
Jenny is a graduate of Florida Academy, in Advanced Paramedical Skin Care, certified Holistic Aesthetician and Educator for Osmosis Skincare. She also studied medical Sciences at Southwest Florida College. She is trained as both as a Holistic and Clinical skin/body therapist and a member of the Associated Skin Care Professionals.
Jenny’s passion for skin care, holistic wellness and love of skin science goes hand in hand with her.
Philosophy “Beauty from the inside out” Always healthy, glowing and beautiful.”
Jenny strives to create a nurturing and healing environment through result oriented skin care and internal wellness, along with inter-grading progressive treatments such as non-invasive treatments in combination with Medical Grade Patented skin care products.
Her dedicated commitment is reflected in her staying current on cutting edge skin care science. This dedication will ensure that you will always receive the best possible skin care at Biomechanics Wellness Center.
“When we flow with the Law of Nature, we have Balance and Harmony.”
Some areas Jenny specializes in include: Holistic Collagen Induction Therapy, Micro-current, Dermaplaning and Chinese Face Mapping
Jenny is available Tuesday and Thursday 1-5pm
Michael Mason, Physical Therapist Assistant and Personal Trainer
Mike has a very unique combination of being a certified Physical Therapist Assistant and a Personal Trainer. This unique combination allows him to be able to work with clients from the very beginning of an injury, throughout rehab and even after the physical therapy has concluded. This unique combination also allows Mike to be able to work with clients who are not injured and using his expertise be able to prevent injury as well.
Some of Mike's favorite areas to specialize include: Bilateral upper and lower extremity strengthening, neuromuscular re-education and pro-prioception training.
Mike is available by appointment only
Dr. Michael Guralnik, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM), Shiatsu and Acupuncture Physician - AP3782
Dr. Michael Guralnik (DOM) has been practicing acupuncture since 2006. Prior to that he has acquired an extensive experience doing oriental body works (Shiatsu and Tuina) combined with treatment through movement (Qikung and Feldenkrais).
After graduating from the Tel Aviv University in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he pursued post graduate studies specializing in Japanese Acupuncture, which is the primary method he is using today.
Though his skill set is balanced, and he is capable of treating any of the issues Chinese and Japanese acupuncture deals with, he has acquired a specialization dealing with headaches, insomnia and stress related syndromes.
Dr. Michael is a strong advocate of integrative medicine, combining traditional methods with western medicine. He finds the work in tight collaboration with Medical Doctors very helpful. With this concept in mind he spent time working in a hematology department in a hospital dealing with severe cases most alternative practitioners don't get to work with.
Dr. Michael is attuned both to the physical manifestation of the problem as well as to the mental environment from which they come, exploring not only the immediate problem with which the patient came into the clinic but the lifestyle issues that contributed to the problem.
Some of his specialties include: Shiatsu, headaches, pain, orthopedics, stress, sleep issues, digestion and women's issues (GYN)
Dr. Michael is available for services on Tuesday 5-9pm, Wednesday 1-5pm and Thursday 9am-1pm
Kaitlin is a Florida girl, Born and raised in the Sarasota area. She attended Venice high school and completed a nursing program while there. The hospital environment wasn't where she wanted to be but she still had a desire for helping others. Shortly after graduating high school, she visited Sarasota School of Massage Therapy and quickly found her passion for bodywork as well as a lifelong career.
Wanting to continue learning she later attended Florida College of Natural Health for Medical Skincare, where she graduated with honors and acquired multiple certifications such as: Microdermabrasion, Speed Waxing, Lymphatic drainage and PCA Peels. Kaitlin has also completed laser training through National Laser Institute where she learned Microneedling, Microcurrent, Dermal Infusion, along with other advanced skin care treatments.
Kaitlin is passionate about results driven skin treatments and helping clients feel great both inside and out. She strives provide her clients with the most outstanding fusion treatments incorporating massage into her skin and body treatments. Kaitlin always tailors to her clients’ individual needs creating treatment plans for everyone she sees to get optimal results. She has a natural way of creating a Zen like experience with every service she provides. Her favorite quote from one of her clients is "I'm not leaving."
Some of Kaitlin's favorite massage specialties include: Hot Stones, Thai on the table, Bamboo Fusion, Deep Tissue and Cupping Therapy. Some of her specialties in aesthetics include: Dermaplaning, Collagen induction therapy, Microneedling, Lymphatic drainage, Back facials and Holistic peels.
Kaitlin is available: Monday, Friday and Saturday 9am-1pm and by appointment
Julie Hallowell, Acupuncturist - AP3279 and Massage Therapist - MA82831
I began studying Alternative and Complementary Medicine at the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy, with a certification in Neuromuscular therapy. Then after moving to Florida, I graduated from East West College of Natural Medicine in 2009.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concept of treating the whole patient with acupuncture, massage, herbs and food therapy is truly a complement to Western medicine diagnostics.
I have personally been able to see how the benefits of using these two systems of Medicine together can effectively treat chronic pain, autoimmune disorders and the side effects of cancer, just to name a few. My love of Chinese Medicine allows me to expound on the Hippocrates quote: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
Some of Julie's areas to specialize include: Neuromuscular Therapy, Preventative Medicine and Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM).
Julie is available: By appointment only
Jennifer Hegeman, Bamboo Fusion Instructor
Formerly an elementary teacher, Jennifer not only uses her education to home school her son, but to educate her clients about how their body works. Since graduating from Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, Jennifer has dedicated herself to learning a variety of modalities to help improve,not only her abilities, but her client's health as well. Having a family full of healthcare professionals, it seemed a natural path for Jennifer to become a massage therapist.
She is passionately dedicated to helping her clients find long term relief for daily aches and pains. Jennifer believes, "A real practioner isn't doing the healing for you,instead she creates a space in which you can rediscover you own innate healing power."--Frans Steine
Jen travels several states to offer CEU classes in Bamboo Fusion for license renewal for therapists working in the field. Not only will her classes refine one's current skills, but to learn new services and techniques.
Class Dates/Times: TBA