Health & Wellness

Local experts weigh in on self-care in the new year

By Emily Remaklus

Ringing in the New Year provides a chance to ring in some new healthy habits. We asked local health experts what helpful tips they have to start the year off right.


Dr. Nick Goin
CACCP
Innate Health Chiropractic
26580 N. Dixie Hwy., #101, Perrysburg
419-872-2255
getinnatehealth.com

Tell us a little about your practice and what sets it apart?

The focus of our office is prenatal and pediatric care, which makes up over 60 percent of our practice. Our doctors have extensive training through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) which allows them to specialize in these areas, which includes certification for the Webster Technique for prenatal moms.

What’s something you wish people knew about their health and chiropractic care?

You don’t have to have neck or back pain to see a chiropractor. A large portion of our practice comes for healing from other health challenges like colic, reflux, digestive issues, poor sleep, anxiety, ADHD, ear infections, prenatal care, baby positioning and much more!

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health?

The biggest mistake is when health is not made a priority. Most people wait until they have a health challenge before they pay attention to their body, which can be too late. Preventative care and proactive care is always the best approach!

What health-related resolution would you suggest people consider for 2022? Get your spine and nervous system checked. Nervous system health is vital to reaching your health goals because your brain and nervous system control and regulate all functions of your body!


Ashley Hirzel
Open Arms Wellness Center & Yoga Loft
2300 Navarre Ave., #204, Oregon
419-720-8604
openarmsmassagestudio.com

Tell us a little about your business, and what sets it apart from other wellness centers?

Open Arms is simply a unique and wonderful all-in-one wellness center. Offering massage therapy, prenatal and postpartum specialties/mother roasting and belly binding, aesthetics and waxing, yoga, infrared sauna, halotherapy, LED therapy, education seminars and a boutique full of beautiful gifts. We set ourselves apart by offering a wide variety of self-care, alternative therapies and educational CEU programs for professionals in the massage industry. Our Massage Therapists are specifically trained in a wide variety of modalities, including lymphatic drainage with specialties in lymphedema, cancer and more. Other specialties include cranial sacral release, prenatal, postpartum, delivery support, reflexology, cold/hot stone, couples massage, fertility, menopause, ashiatsu, cupping, medical massage, oncology and energy healing, such as reiki and crystal healing.

Our philosophy is that visitors should receive affordable massage therapy and alternative care. It is our goal that each time you come through the doors, you’re not treated like just another client. We are personable and work with you to improve your overall well-being, mind, body and soul. We want to help you overcome the obstacles in your everyday life, whether it be fibromyalgia, back pain, arthritis, chronic pain or migraine. We customize each session to address these issues.

What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regard to your specialty?

Our health, body, mind and soul are so important. It’s what keeps us enjoying our lives, our children and our grandchildren and what keeps us moving and traveling to the places we want to go. Over the last two years, we have faced something no one in history should have to endure: a pandemic. The result has been fear, panic and stress, all of which can add to overeating or even stress-induced health issues.

    Massage therapy is among the top stress reducers in the world today!  COVID hit us hard. We forgot what it was like to hug and experience a simple handshake. Touch is essential to our human body. It is the first sense we develop and the first sense we engage in when we are born.  We crave it from the very beginning. When you experience touch, your brain engages your pain relieving receptors and engages those feel good senses, reducing stress, fear and panic. Touch therapy does not have to be a massage, it can be a completed clothed session such as reiki (energy healing). Massage and touch alone are beneficial for all mankind. The research is there: it improves the immune system, decreases blood pressure, reduces pain, improves range of motion and helps reduce sleeplessness, among so many other benefits. If you’ve never received a massage before, I think it’s time you tried one!

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health.  The biggest mistake is not trying to slow down. Everyone tells me they do not have the time, or choose not to have the time, to take care of themselves. The time is there! You just need to make room for it, or before you know it you’re overworked, burnt out and unhappy. Make time for self-care, whether that involves a walk, a class or a massage. Make time for you!

What health-related resolution would you suggest people consider for 2022? Consider taking the time to develop a passion for something that makes you happy. Not your significant other, not your children, but you! Find something that you LOVE that gives you the chills when you talk about it! Those touch receptors will thank you!


Dr. Jon Frankel
DDS
Jon Frankel Dentistry
5012 Talmadge Rd., #100
419-474-9611
jonfrankeldentistry.com

Tell us a little about your practice, and what sets it apart?

Frankel Dentistry is the first 100 percent employee-owned dental practice in the United States. I am sharing the legacy my father started in 1946. Seventy-five years later, Frankel Dentistry continues to change the lives of patients and the owners.

What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regard to your specialty? Regularly scheduled dental visits are the key to not only a beautiful, healthy smile, but enhanced overall health. Dentistry has changed dramatically over the years. Most of our patients tell us they look forward to their visits.

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? Avoiding preventative measures and symptoms of disease. Waiting too long leads to serious issues. Take care of small issues before they become big problems.

What health-related resolution would you suggest people consider for 2022? Schedule a dental appointment.


Dr. Shawn Brohl
D.C., C.C.S.P.
Spring Meadows Chiropractic Center
6923 Spring Valley Dr., Holland
419-866-6325
springmeadowschiropractic.com

Can you tell us a little about your practice, and what sets it apart?

We are a family practice that strives to help patients with peak performance, not just pain relief. Our staff is top notch and that helps set us apart.

What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regard to your specialty?  We help our patients maintain their health, not just pain relief.

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health?  Waiting until they have symptoms rather than practicing prevention.

What health-related resolution would you suggest people consider for 2022? The Toledo area has a lot of great chiropractors, so make a resolution to visit one if you are not already seeing one.


Ashley Bush
MSW, LISW-S, PMH-C
Bloom Women’s Counseling, Consulting, and Wellness LLC
128 E. Dudley St., Ste. F/G, Maumee
419-326-5732
bloomwomenscounseling.com

Can you tell us a little about your practice, and what sets it apart?

Bloom Women’s Counseling, Consulting, and Wellness, LLC provides services exclusively to women experiencing postpartum mood disorders (such as postpartum depression/anxiety), miscarriage/pregnancy/stillbirth/infant loss, motherhood adjustment, as well as relationship and parenting concerns. This is a unique area of mental health that is often underserved. It requires specific knowledge and training to effectively treat and manage those going through these experiences.

What’s something you wish people knew about their health? I think many women suffer in silence because they may be afraid to admit they are struggling in their motherhood journey, or they are not sure where to turn. I wish more women knew how common many of these experiences are, and that they are not alone.

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? I see many women waiting to get the help they need. While seeking care for mental health is something you can do at any time, if you are struggling with a postpartum mood disorder, grief or anger related to motherhood, getting help as soon as possible can make a world of difference for both you and your children.

What health-related resolution would you suggest people consider for 2022? No matter who you are, I think prioritizing self-care is essential (especially coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic).There are six types of self care: psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, professional and physical. Making a resolution to focus on just one of these types of self-care can greatly improve your wellness over the year to come, and finding a qualified mental health professional can be a perfect way to help you meet this goal!


Dr. Janelle Crozier Sullivan
MD
The Pediatric Center, Inc.
3900 Sunforest Ct. #215
419-473-6670
2702 Navarre Ave. #106, Oregon
419-697-6777
3309 Quail Hollow Dr. #C, Lambertville, MI
NEW ADDRESS IN JANUARY: 3417 W. Sterns Rd., Lambertville, MI
734-854-2428
facebook.com/pediatriccenter.inc

Tell us a little about your practice and what sets it apart?

The Pediatric Center is a private practice with offices in Oregon, Toledo and Lambertville. An advantage to being a small private practice is that we are able to quickly adapt and be flexible to address the healthcare needs of our community.

What’s something you wish people knew about their health?

Taking care of your health includes mental wellness, and many people have been struggling with this even more during the pandemic. Wintertime, when there is limited daylight, can also affect mood. There are many resources in the community if you are struggling with depression, anxiety or any other mental health concerns.

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health?

Not getting enough sleep. It can affect many aspects of your physical and mental health. A consistent bedtime, a bedtime routine and avoiding electronics before bedtime can help improve sleep quality.

What health-related resolution would you suggest people consider for 2022?

Work on finding a way to fit physical activity and going outdoors into your regular routine. It can improve sleep, boost mental well-being and maintain physical fitness.


Dr. Andre Haerian
DDS, MS
HLS Orthodontics
6407 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-882-1017
7928 Secor Rd., Lambertville, MI
734-854-6221
4413 Keystone Dr., Maumee
419-887-1247
perfectbraces.com

 

Can you tell us a little about your practice, and what sets it apart?

Our practice is unique in that, although we offer the most advanced techniques and technology, we also provide care in a fun atmosphere.

What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regard to your specialty?

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is not just about pretty smiles. Although the end results are always aesthetically pleasing, our treatment offers jaw alignment for long-term oral health.

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? Looking for treatment when something is wrong as opposed to preventive health maintenance.

What health-related resolution would you suggest people consider for 2022? 2022 can be the year for everyone to consider their own health and how their decisions can affect their loved ones and others in the community. Stay healthy and avoid unhealthy habits.


Debbie Evers, RDH, EFDADebbie Evers
RDH, EFDA
Sylvania Pediatric Dental Care
5860 W Alexis Rd, Sylvania
419-882-7187
sylvaniapediatricdentalcare.com

If families made one change or added one new habit regarding their health in the New Year, what would you suggest they do? Drink more water. It’s a great way to keep your teeth and body hydrated, clean and healthy.

What sets your practice apart?

Our office provides pediatric-specific specialty dental care. We work with kids of all ages and LOVE what we do!

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? Following diet fads and trends. Nothing can replace simple, wholesome ingredients. Eat a variety of colors and try to find foods with as few modifications as possible.

What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2022? Be present. Life gets very busy at times and it is easy to lose sight of what really matters. Put down your devices and spend time connecting with your loved ones.