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Three local holistic medical practitioners offer insight into the growing interest in alternative therapies. By Emily Henagan

Holistic. Naturopathic. Homeopathic. Alternative medicine. These words typically are not synonymous with the local medical scene. However, drive around Acadiana and you will be surprised to discover more area spas, chiropractic clinics and medical offices are offering options that incorporate these medical practices often misconstrued as New Age, voodoo or religious. Three local holistic medicinal trailblazers share how they prevent future illnesses and improve the overall bodily health of their patients with their distinct techniques.

What is Holism?

The medical professionals — Kent Steinert, Sandy Cambre and Jill Laroussini —  reiterate that holistic medicine refers to treating the patient as a whole, not just the symptoms or the illness. Holistic medicine is “preventative medicine” that aims not only to correct an imbalance in the body but to also steer the patient toward making the appropriate lifestyle changes that will nullify future imbalances, the trio adds.

Cambre points out that a naturopathic doctor “does not diagnose” but assesses imbalances in one’s body and offers alternative solutions to Western medicine.For example, a holistic practioner might suggest a cancer patient supplement chemotherapy with non-invasive forms of therapy, herbs, supplements and a dietary change.


INDFocus2Kent Steinert, DC

A holistic medical practitioner wunderkind, Steinert dove into the field at age 16 because his parents incorporated it into their lives. Since then, he practiced as a myofascial massage therapist for 20 years, studied acupuncture, spearheaded yoga seminars, practiced martial arts and currently works as a holistic chiropractor and the owner of Optimal Health Chiropractic located on 2833 Verot School Road.

Steinhert says his practice looks at a 360-degree view of one’s health and tries to find the root of pains or inflammations.

“Today, in our Western medicine, we tend to treat the symptom and don’t look at the cause,” says Steinhert, a Minneapolis native. “We treat that patient with drugs and surgeries; we don’t try to look at the lifestyle. [However], holistic medicine is very preventative; it also looks toward the causative.”

At his current practice, he provides what he dubs “the ultimate relaxation experience.” This technique utilizes a five-station area to treat the patient with a plethora of non-invasive procedures, which includes a brain synchronization procedure that changes one’s brain waves to relax his/her nervous system.

“I believe in the idea that the body has just more than one thing,” says Steinert. “You have to look at the nutrition, the stress, the person’s lifestyle.”

“Chiropractic looks toward the imbalance in the joint, especially in the spine because we (chiropractors) believe the spine and the nerves control everything,” continues Steinert. “I went into chiropractic because I worked for so many chiropractors, and I found that they weren’t doing a holistic program.”


INDFocus3Jill Laroussini, APRN, CNS:

As an emergency room nurse for about 30 years, Laroussini has seen her share of trauma. It was her own personal experience, however, that led her toward a more holistic approach in medicine and a more holistic lifestyle.

“I knew what was on the menu and I often sought care outside of that menu,” says Laroussini, who works for Avalon Acadiana’s clinical advisory team and taught a community health nursing class at UL Lafayette. “When I was pregnant with my daughter, I got very sick, dizzy and was unable to hold anything down.

“I was concerned about my unborn child and after being the good patient and seeing my obstetrician, seeing the ENT doctor and taking my pill,” she adds, “I still was very sick and still didn’t see much progress. The acupuncturist saw me that night, and I had a sense of wellness return.”

Currently, Laroussini works with soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to help them recoup their sense of wellnewss through a program called “Ready 4 the Return.” Laroussini notes that traditional forms of therapy have been proven to reawaken trauma; therefore, alternative therapy approaches are quickly gaining ground in the military.

“I saw that a body-based approach to stress made a lot more sense than talking about it, which in fact can retrigger one’s stressors,” she says. Laroussini, who also has worked with Vietnam veterans and the homeless, says she uses healing touch therapy, aromatherapy and other forms of complementary healing practices, which include light therapy. She describes it as a “healing art form dating back to ancient Egypt.”

Light therapy occurs when a patient is exposed to sunlight, specific wavelengths using lasers, light boxes or light-emitting diodes (LEDs), Laroussini says. According to recent research, light therapy has caused wounds to heal more quickly, reversed peripheral neuropathy, prevented oral mucositis in bone marrow transplant patients and reduced anxiety and stress.

“If they have wounds, shrapnel, pain and had surgeries, then we can add the lights to where they are hurting and they feel better,” she says. “They often report sleeping better the next morning.”


INDFocus4Sandy Cambre, ND, RN, CCT:

At Nouriche Wellness and Aesthetics at 605 Silverstone Road in River Ranch, Cambre utilizes various homeopathic techniques including the bio-health assessment, a comprehensive bio-interactive system that determines a body’s particular needs. After the patient places one hand on the hand cradle, Cambre says a “conversation between the patient’s body and the software occurs,” which allows her to identify where a patient’s emotional and physical imbalances lie.

“Put your hand on there and it’s like you’re talking to my computer,” says Cambre, a wife and mother of seven. “It picks up on heavy metals, pesticides, parasites, fungal viruses, bacteria, what foods are stressing your body.”

Not only does Cambre incorporate the bio-health assessment, but she also utilizes thermal imaging. As Thermal Imaging Centers of Louisiana co-founder, Cambre is a certified clinical thermographer. According to Cambre, thermal imaging uses “a scanning-type infrared camera that measures body surface temperature” and later “presents it as a digitized image.” This system creates a digital map of one’s body that displays heat patterns, which could indicate a condition or abnormality.

“Thermal imaging picks up inflammation in the body,” says Cambre, who worked as a registered nurse before moving toward a more holistic healing career. “It’s like a skin marker. It can pick up eight to 10 years before a mammogram can pick up anything; it’s a good tool.

“Everything I do is preventive,” continues Cambre, who has more than 14 years as a holistic practitioner. “We’re working with healing the body and trying to let the body heal itself. We’re giving it the tools to help itself instead of going to cut something out. We try to detox you. We’re going with what God has given us.”

As patients become increasingly interested in a broader range of medical alternatives, more services are becoming available locally. The Independent has compiled the following list of companies and their contact information for easy reference.

 

The Ind's Guide to Holistic Medicine Services

ACUPUNCTURE:
Acupuncture Center of Acadiana
at The Camelia House
708 Jefferson St., Lafayette
593-9796
www.cameliahouse.com

Hoover Family Acupuncture
& Oriental Medicine
2445 E. Milton Ave., Youngsville
857-3313
www.hooverfamilyacupuncture.com

Five-Element Acupuncture
1116 Coolidge Blvd., Lafayette
354-3651


CHIROPRACTIC:
Acadiana Doctors of Chiropractic
318 Guilbeau Road, Lafayette
406-4790
www.stayadjusted.com

American Back Institute
621 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette
237-2273?

Bixenman-Richardson Chiropractic Clinic
107 S. College Road, Lafayette
234-4987

Body in Motion Chiropractic
and Rehab
1042 Camellia Blvd. Suite 16, Lafayette
456-3299
www.bodyinmotionhealth.com

Breaux Bridge Chiropractic
1501 Rees St., Breaux Bridge
332-2225
www.breauxbridgechiropractic.com

Carr Chiropractic Clinic
105 Westmark Blvd., Lafayette
993-2277
www.stayadjusted.com

Cavanaugh Chiropractic Center
105 Independence Blvd. Suite 3,Lafayette
984-5852

Chiropractic Associates

107 S. College Road, Lafayette
234-4987

Clark Chiropractic
854 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
232-3353
www.clark-chiro.com

Cohn Chiropractic Center
3804 Johnston St., Lafayette
988-2225
www.cohnchiropractic.com

Community Chiropractic
102 Greg St., Carencro
886-9703

Community Chiropractic of Lafayette
2801 Kaliste Saloom Road Suite 200, Lafayette
984-8605
www.lafayetteschiro.com

Cormier Chiropractic
854 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
237-5306
www.cormierchiropractic.com

Crossroads Chiropractic
1904 W. Pinhook Road Suite 100, Lafayette
235-3720

Daigle Chiropractic Center
245 Doucet Road Suite 104B, Lafayette
989-0800

Dr. John J. Sullivan

109 Independence Blvd., Lafayette
205-8848
www.drjohn1.com

Fournier Chiropractic
and Rehab Center
2201 Kaliste Saloom Road Suite 202, Lafayette
504-5458
www.fournierchiropractic.com

Jefferson Street Spine and Rehab
601 Jefferson Blvd., Lafayette
261-9137

Lafayette Chiropractic
Physicians Group
207 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette
988-2188
www.treatyourspine.com

Dr. Robert LeJeune

610 Guibeau Rd., Lafayette
989-4424

Morvant Spinal Care and Rehab

401 N. College Road Suite 3, Lafayette
984-0206
www.morvantspinalcareandrehab.com

Optimal Health Chiropractic
2833 Verot School Rd., Lafayette
981-7773
www.drkentsteinert.com

Ortego Chiropractic Clinic
204 N. Union St., Opelousas
942-1600

Perry Chiropractic Clinic
847 Saint John St., Lafayette
234-2067
www.perrychiropracticclinic.com


FITNESS:

24/7 Fit
1515 S. Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette
408-3222
www.get247fit.com

Body Factory (Formerly known as Pilates Plus Evolution)

1921 Kaliste Saloom Road Suite 208, Lafayette
www.bodyfactorylft.com

City Club at River Ranch

1110 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette
406-2582
www.cityclubatriverranch.com

Fitness and Beyond Health Club
1009 Ambassador Parkway, Broussard
893-2905
www.fitnessandbeyond.biz

Gold’s Gym

1400 Rees St., Breaux Bridge
442-1732
www.goldsgym.com

Healthe Habits for Living
1130 Coolidge Blvd., Lafayette,
261-9188
www.healthehabitsforliving.com

Ideal Weight Loss
3366 Verot School Road Suite 106, Lafayette
856-4420
www.idealweightacadiana.com

In Balanace Pilates Studio
218 Rue Louis St. XIV Suite A, Lafayette
988-9909
www.pilateslafayette.com

Lafayette Health Club
2905 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
981-6250

Physique’s Women Fitness Center
2505 Verot School Road, Lafayette
984-2226
www.physiquesfitness.com

Pilates Bodies
112 Republic Ave. Suite C, Lafayette
216-0190
www.pilatesbodiesla.net

Red Lerille’s Health
and Racquet Club
301 Doucet Road, Lafayette
984-7738
www.redlerilles.com

Snap Fitness
2425 W. Congress St., Lafayette
456-7983
2800 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette
232-1955
110 Tucker Drive Suite 104, Lafayette
984-4699

Strength and Endurance Performance Institute

203 B Four Park Road, Lafayette
319-2343

Wise Body Pilates at The Camelia House
708 Jefferson Blvd., Lafayette
593-9292
www.cameliahouse.com

Xtend Barre/Pilates & Dance
110 Rue Promenade Suite 101, Lafayette
706-7462
www.xtendbarrelafayette.com


FITNESS (YOGA):

Acadiana Yoga & Wellness
911 Harding St., Lafayette
236-9000
www.acadianayoga.com

Bindu Yoga
3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette
258-9597
www.binduyogalafayette.com

The Camelia House
708 Jefferson Blvd., Lafayette
593-9796
www.cameliahouse.com

Heaven on Earth Jewelry, Gifts and Yoga

108 Rena Drive, Lafayette
981-0355
www.heavenonearthonline.com

Lafayette Center for Yoga
315 Jefferson St., Lafayette
654-4067
www.lafayettecenterforyoga.com


HEALTH FOOD / SUPPLEMENT STORES:

Big Dog Supplements
3524 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
983-0202
www.bigdogsupps.com

Body by Vi
Nichole Barras, B.S., C.P.T., C.L.C.
789-1644

Cili Minerals
600 Guilbeau Road, Lafayette
993-9660
www.ciloz.com

Ethnic Herbs and Ethnic Books

920 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette
264-1050

Fruitti Smoothie

2865 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette
981-5559

Health Enhancements
1211 Coolidge Blvd. Suite 400, Lafayette
234-3784

Oil Center Health Foods and Whole Wheatery Eatery

326 Travis St., Lafayette
232-7774
www.wholewheateryeatery.com

Organically Yours

2901 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
989-1500
www.organicallyyoursla.com

Sandra’s Cafe and Health Food Store
111 Rena Drive Suite C, Lafayette
988-0108

Smoothie King
4307 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette
993-9963
3619 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette
989-8187
www.smoothieking.com

Smoothie World
2800 W. Pinhook Road Suite 7, Lafayette
267-4440

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

458 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette
456-3933
www.tropicalsmoothie.com

Vitamins Plus
505 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette
261-0033


MASSAGE:

Allure Enhancement Center
1721 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette
412-6334
www.allureenhancementcenter.com

Carrier Stressaway
117 S. College Road, Lafayette
303-8862
www.carrierstressaway.com

Massage Envy
130 N. College Road, Lafayette
232-7040
www.massageenvy.com

New Age Serenity
1001 W. Pinhook Road Building 3 Suite 213, Lafayette
247-7689
www.newageserenity.com

Paradisus Oasis Wellness Center and Spa
117 E. Gloria Switch Road, Lafayette
(337) 289-9349
www.paradisusoasis.com

The Great Escape Water Massage
2811 Johnston St., Lafayette
237-7200
www.itsthegreatescape.com


MEDITATION / NATUROPATHIC / HOLISTIC MEDICINE:
Acadiana Shambhala Meditation Group
500 E. Farrell Road, Lafayette
407-9530
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/AcadianaShambhala

Dr. Shirley Stelly
1001 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette
234-1518
www.awarenesscenterla.com

Optimum Solutions
3522 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
989-0572
www.mariepace.com

Pierre A. Lanusse, N.D. at The Camelia House
708 Jefferson Blvd., Lafayette
793-3367
www.cameliahouse.com

Synergistic Center
512 Robert Lee Circle, Lafayette
232-4799
www.synergisticcenter.com



SPAS:
Ashero Spa
233 Doucet Road B1, Lafayette
984-9972
www.asherospa.com

Coccolare Spa
331 Doucet Road, Lafayette
769-7546
www.coccolarespa.com

Elevations Day Spa & Salon
858 Kaliste Saloom Road Suite B, Lafayette
205-0303

Essentials Salon and Spa
117 S. College Road, Lafayette
269-4000
www.essentialssalon-spa.com

La Vie Med Spa
2967 S. Union St., Opelousas
594-9044
www.laviemedspa.com

O2 Face & Body
909 Harding St., Lafayette
234-1313
www.o2faceandbody.com

Pascale Spa
1118-B Coolidge Blvd., Lafayette
232-6449
www.pascalespa.com

Pure Skin Medi Spa
1309 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette
268-9719
www.pureskinmedispalafayette.com

River Spa
1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette
216-6511
www.riverspariverranch.com

Royal Day Spa & Salon
28005 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
981-2711
www.royaldayspa.net

Spa Mizan
2319 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
981-0608
www.spamizan.com

Thai Herbal Spa and Salon
1619 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette
237-9081



HEALTH & WELLNESS:

Louisiana Thermography | Sandy Cambre, R.N., N.D., C.T.
605 Silverstone, Lafayette

Neurofeedback Clinic | Rhonda Guidry, R.N., B.C.N.
701 Robley Dr. Ste. 137, Lafayette
337-984-6920

Ready 4 Return

230.4520

 

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