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January 2017

Writer / Ann Craig-Cinnamon

A new year is full of fresh hope for the future and a clean slate that inspires us to take on new challenges, discard bad habits, and start healthy new ones. Maybe we want to lose weight, look younger, or perhaps just feel better. According to statistics, almost half of us make New Year’s resolutions every year and most of those resolutions involve living a more fit and healthy lifestyle. So, with these kind of resolutions in mind, we’ve gathered advice and ideas from health and wellness experts to consider to become a healthier, happier you in 2017. Here’s to positive change!
Zeph Cosmetic Surgery

It’s a fresh new year, so why not a fresh new face? Zeph Cosmetic Surgery located at 13590B North Meridian in Carmel specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. If you have

Dr. Richard D. Zeph

Dr. Richard D. Zeph

thought about having facial cosmetic surgery but were afraid that it would leave you looking different, or that it would be too obvious that you had something done, Dr. Richard Zeph says the techniques his office now uses allow a natural “lift” for the face, not a “pulled” one. He says it helps elevate the cheek pad and corner of the mouth, in addition to tightening the jawline and neck, which means patients looks like they did when they were younger, not a young version of a different person.
“In general, facial cosmetic surgery is a positive experience, allowing one to look as good as they feel,” says Dr. Zeph, who adds, “The person looking back in the mirror is in synch with the appearance the patient would expect to see.”

The success rate for having a facial cosmetic procedure is very high if the patient is realistic, he says. “We are not going to make someone look 21. The typical result allows the patient to look younger and very good for his or her age,” says Dr. Zeph, who thinks patients will see benefits from the surgical procedures for a lifetime. “We all continue to age, but it’s as if we have reset the facial aging clock as we resume the aging process,” he says.
Dr. Zeph says the first of the year is a very popular time for people to have facial cosmetic procedures. “It seems to go hand-in hand with the ‘fresh start’ feeling we all associate with that time of year,” he says.

Bravo Mobile Chiropractic

Dr. Bravo

Dr. Bravo

Are you living with aches and pains but don’t want to go to a doctor? Let the doctor come to you! Bravo Mobile Chiropractic is a fully mobile practice serving Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. Dr. Kristen Bravo, who is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Licensed Professional Acupuncturist provides chiropractic, acupuncture, and other forms of treatment in the comfort of patients’ homes and offices, which eliminates wasted time in traffic and waiting rooms.

Dr. Bravo says that many people learn to live with aches and pains, even accepting them as part of the aging process, when they don’t have to. “Chiropractic care can help alleviate or even rid patients of those aches and pains.

Dr. Bravo says success rates vary depending on the condition being treated, but she confidently claims that the large majority of patients experience improvement in their condition after a course of chiropractic care. Some patients choose to continue receiving chiropractic care on a regular basis once their initial complaint is resolved. This is called wellness or maintenance care. “I have personally heard wellness patients say that regular adjustments help them stay well during the cold and flu season, keep allergies at bay, and of course, prevent or minimize flare-ups of headaches, migraines, neck pain, and back pain,” says the doctor.

This is the time of year when people make resolutions to be healthier, lose weight and often start a workout regimen. Dr. Bravo explains that workouts can exacerbate unresolved neck or back pain and become a hindrance to achieving goals. That makes the New Year the perfect time to start chiropractic care, she says.

You can contact Bravo Chiropractic by calling 317-606-9466.

Synergy Spa of The Guyer Institute

Do you have some fat that just refuses to go away? Freeze it! That’s essentially what CoolSculpting™ does, and you can have that procedure performed at the Synergy Spa of the Guyer

Denise Kaler with CoolSculpting device

Denise Kaler with CoolSculpting device

The Guyer Institute at 836 E. 86th St. in Indianapolis was established in 1994 by Dr. Dale Guyer. It offers a range of healing therapies and services. In November of 2015, the Synergy Spa was opened within the healing garden at the Institute to offer combined scientific and advanced aesthetic technologies.

Synergy Spa delivers a full range of aesthetic services to improve skin including all Vampire procedures, which utilize PRP (platelet rich plasma). According to Denise Kaler, the CEO of Synergy Spa, the most popular service of the Spa is CoolSculpting,™

which freezes your fat away. “We have an abundance of happy patients with magnificent outcomes,” she says.

The Institute and the technicians are CoolSculpting™ certified and follow advanced training protocols to deliver the best possible results. Kaler says she was asked to go to CoolSculpting™ headquarters in Pleasanton, California, to present webinars worldwide.

She explains that CoolSculpting™ is a revolutionary non-surgical contouring treatment that freezes stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, and once the fat is gone, she says that it is gone for good. “The fat is naturally eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system,” she says. “There are no needles involved, no special diets required, no additional supplements, and best of all – this is not surgery! There is no downtime with this treatment,” says Kaler. Additionally, CoolSculpting™ is FDA cleared.

Kaler says the procedure is effective in treating the abdomen area, love handles, inner thighs, outer thighs, arms, back fat, and even the turkey gobbler fat on the neck. The results look natural and can be seen as early as three weeks following the treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring three months following.

She does point out that CoolSculpting™ is not a weight loss treatment, but says is very motivating to those who need to lose some weight. “Some just need a jump-start to begin a better regimen, and CoolSculpting™ is just what they needed. We also have a physician assistant who can assist with weight loss if a person desires that, and can offer a multi-faceted approach,” says Kaler.

She encourages anyone interested to come in to Synergy Spa for a complimentary consultation. You can check out a complete gallery of before and after photos at or call 317-580-9355.

Wellness Department of Witham Health Services

The best way to look and feel your best is by maintaining your health, and the Wellness Department of Witham Health Services can help you do that.

Trina Rose, the Wellness Coordinator for Witham Health Services, says they offer a comprehensive wellness program to their employees and several local businesses in Boone County. They also offer customizable wellness programs to all businesses, such as health screenings, nutrition, exercise, stress management, and sleep presentations to companies and groups in the area.

“Witham Wellness truly has something for every age demographic. We are proud to offer FitnessGram testing in the Lebanon, Western Boone, Zionsville and Trader’s Point Christian Academy School Corporations to help give our local students a strong start

and encourage lifelong healthy habits,” she says. A personalized report is sent home with each student and an aggregate data report is given to the School Corporation so they can address any needs the students may have as a whole.

According to Rose, Witham has offered Tai Chi for Health to the community for more than five years now. “Tai Chi focuses on building strength, balance, and flexibility through slow, fluid movements combined with relaxing deep breathing. Tai Chi can be practiced regardless of age or fitness level,” she says and adds, “We are proud to offer the SilverSneakers program to our older adults. We encourage these folks to come exercise with us three days per week. We work on muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness, balance and flexibility,” says Rose.

In addition, the Witham Wellness program added the Rock Steady Boxing Program a year ago for Parkinson’s patients and Rose says the impact of this program has been incredible. “We see this growing each year, and the connections and progress our patients are seeing is truly a blessing.” Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease. The mission of Rock Steady is to maximize the mental, emotional, and physical potential of people with Parkinson’s.

Another program offered by Witham’s Wellness Department, in partnership with the local Boone County Cancer Society, is Cooking for Wellness and Gentle Stretch Yoga. The classes are free to the community. “We know that cancer touches everyone and we all need to do our best to give our bodies the nutrients it needs, reduce our stress and encourage healing. We feel these two programs do just that,” says Rose.

As for New Year’s resolutions to get in better shape, Rose has some advice: “January is a popular time to begin a new routine or start incorporating health habits. However, wellness is a lifelong journey of small tweaks and daily decisions so we encourage people to move at their own pace,” she says. “We must encourage ourselves and our loved ones to move all day. Stand up, dance, bike, walk, take the stairs, park in the furthest spot in the parking lot, get away from the desk/computer/phone every hour, take a stretch/walk break. Wellness isn’t that one hour in a gym. Wellness is achieved through nutrition, movement, and life balance,” says Rose.

She says Witham Wellness would love to help you in your journey to lifelong health and wellness. Check out or call the Wellness Department at 765-485-8126 for more information on their current offerings and opportunities.

Health and Wellness of Carmel

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? The answer may be functional medicine, which is practiced at Health and Wellness of Carmel located at 11900 N. Pennsylvania, suite 200, in Carmel.

Health and Wellness Medical Director, Dr. Clifford Fetters, describes his practice as a group of medical physicians, nurses and assistants who work in partnership with patients to develop an individualized health plan focused on prevention that includes proactive strategies to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal health. “For those who do not enjoy ideal vitality or suffer from health problems and illness, we will determine the root cause of the problem and we will design a treatment program that will allow the body to repair itself. We rarely use prescription drugs for chronic symptoms and illnesses,” says Dr. Fetters.

The facility is state-of-the-art, he says, which allows them to test complete body chemistries. Dr. Fetters describes Methylation disorders as the most common root cause of many seemly unrelated health problems. In addition to these problems the center specializes in the non-drug treatment for weight loss, irritable bowel, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and a wide range of ailments.

However, Dr. Fetters calls holistic cancer treatment the most exciting aspect of his practice. “We can now obtain circulating tumor cells from a simple blood test. These cells help us  Dr. Fettersdetermine the aggressiveness of the tumor, monitor the progression of the cancer, and allow us to design specific therapies for an individual’s cancer. By using state-of-the-art equipment, we are now able to provide oxidative treatment, SOT, IST (Advanced Dendritic Cell Therapy), hyperthermia, SPDT and many natural IV therapeutics. We are making chemotherapy and radiation therapy obsolete”, says Dr. Fetters.

He says their commitment is to proactively prevent disease and maintain wellness, vitality, and quality of life. “We partner with our patients and base our medical decisions upon the most appropriate treatment, supported by the most up-to-date medical research. Our holistic cancer program is just one of many treatment protocols designed to provide an alternative for our patients. Chemotherapy and radiation can have profound negative effects on the immune system, and our holistic methodologies take that into account,” says the doctor.

“Functional medicine works whether it is a cold or cancer. It makes financial sense in these times for those who have been troubled with repeated illnesses, they are just sick and tired of being sick and tired,” says Dr. Fetters. Functional medicine is now being more readily accepted by some of the largest health care entities in the country. “The year ahead is a great time for people to make changes in their lives, and their health should be one of them,” he says.