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About East West Healing Solutions

Dr. Marie Perkins of East West Healing Solutions

Licensed By the National:

  • Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac.

Dr. Marie Perkins is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist. She is the founder of East West Healing Solutions and is dedicated to helping patients enjoy optimum health.

Born and raised in Quebec City Canada, Dr. Perkins received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University Laval in 1993. Her passion led her to leave everything behind and immigrated to Florida in 1995. Dr. Perkins proceeded with acquiring her Massage Therapy license from Bahkti Academy in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004.

Her goal for founding East West Healing Solutions was to be a pioneer in the community working at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. She has established strong partnership with Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic, Rehabilitative Specialists, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Personal Injury Attorneys in the community proving not only that it can be done but also that a cohesive team approach is often the most efficient way to help a patient..

“Over the years I have continued to add to my knowledge in order to be able to help as many patients I possibly could. Most of the time, a joint effort from Western and Eastern Medicine is required to obtain optimal health. For that reason, patients should proactively seek a team of highly trained professionals in various fields, all working toward one common goal; the PATIENT’S best interest. Your health portfolio should be built with the same concepts as your financial portfolio; diversification is the key!”

Mark Perkins

 Mark Perkins, Co-Founder

Mark co-founded East West Healing Solutions with his wife Dr. Marie Perkins in 2010. He currently oversees much of the Strategic and Marketing aspects of the company. Mark’s background started out in Banking with one of the largest Banking firms in Florida. While working as a Commercial Lender he was introduced to many companies in the area and eventually accepted an offer to join a manufacturer of aircraft equipment heading up the Sales and Marketing functions. During his career in Aerospace he was responsible for sales growth, Shareholder Relations, led the efforts to complete an acquisition and launched new products with new technology. His background covers the startup of a new training based company as well as the turn around and sale of another. With his corporate career now completed he is excited to be engaged daily in an endeavor that makes such a profound and positive difference in people’s lives.

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Dr. Michael Hadley, D.O.

Dr. Michael Hadley, D.O. is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation.  He Serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at LECOM, a college of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton.  His philosophy embraces treating each patient as a whole functioning system and getting to the root cause of the problem.  Dr. Hadley often recommends a variety of stretches, exercises, breathing relaxation techniques, yoga, and proper nutrition to further improve patient health to patients of East West Healing Solutions. 

For more information, Visit Dr. Hadley’s Website Here:
www.non-surgicalorthopedics.com

Dr. Vishnupriya Nair, MD

Vishnupriya Nair, MD, is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician and the owner of Envision Direct Primary Care. Dr. Nair provides personalized primary care to her patients, focusing on overall wellness through 30 to 60-minute appointments. Dr. Nair’s expertise is in preventative medicine. She focuses on optimizing her patient’s health through diet, lifestyle changes, and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, migraine, etc. She sees patients in her office in a private setting or can provide Tele Medicine when her patients are interested.

Dr. Nair’s patients can schedule the same and next-day Tele-appointments for non-urgent concerns, rather than relying on urgent care or Emergency rooms. They are also able to be schedule in-office the same week, rather than having to wait weeks or months to get an appointment.  Her practice is a good fit for individuals who value having a long-standing relationship with a physician whose sole focus is on promoting patient wellness through direct care.

Nwando Nwanna, Nutritional Therapist & Pharm D

Nwando is a Florida Registered Pharmacist. She graduated from University of Florida in 1998 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm D). She practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist in hospital settings for 10 years and then began to work as a retail Community Pharmacist. She decided to start a nutrition practice because of her own personal experience with health issues that were resolved with Nutrition Response Testing® and Designed Clinical Nutrition. She attended training workshops at The Ulan Nutrition Center to be certified as a Nutrition Response practitioner.

She became a pharmacist because she cares about people and their health. Over the years, she noticed that many of the drugs prescribed for the treatment of many chronic diseases only suppress symptoms and prevent further progression of the disease. Many of these drugs do not take care of the underlying cause of the disease. She was pleased to learn of a nutrition therapy system that seeks to find the underlying cause of malfunction in the body and provide nutritional support for the body as it heals itself. She was particularly impressed by the specificity of the nutritional remedies. Nwando is available for Nutritional Therapy on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at East West Healing Solutions.

For More Information, Visit Dr. Nwanna’s Website Here: wizenutritiontherapy.com

June Drennon, Certified Clinical Thermographer

June Carver Drennon has been certified as a Clinical Thermographer since 2008 from ACCT (The American College of Clinical Thermography) with Level 2 and Advanced Training.  June operated a successful thermography business in Tennessee for approximately ten years. Additionally, she owned a clinic in the wellness field for the past fifteen years and has certifications in Colon Hydrotherapy and Electro-Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.

June is passionate about working with both men and women who care about the state of their health and believe that prevention is better than detection. She enjoys helping people empower themselves so that they may be proactive and possess the health and wellbeing that they desire.

She believes that knowledge is power and that it is important to have the information to avoid creating an environment that supports the growth of the disease. June is excited to now be offering Thermography in the Greater Tampa Bay area because it is an excellent screening tool to identify risk factors and help prevent and monitor developing pathology.

For more information visit www.tampabaythermography.com

Dr. Darlene Williams, Clinical, Forensic and Transpersonal Psychologist

Dr. Darlene Williams practices clinical, forensic and transpersonal psychology. She has advanced training in hypnosis, forensic psychology, and equine-assisted psychotherapy, as well as 33 years of experience in treating individuals with a wide range of mental health issues. In the forensic field, Dr. Williams has published journal articles, and a book chapter. She is a former board member for PACE Center for Girls, as well as The Institute for Survivors of Incest & Sexual Violence, Inc. Dr. Williams is a former host of the Tampa Bay Trauma & Dissociation Study Group. Read More

Vera Gardner

Vera moved to Florida in 1972 from Ohio. She has worked in the medical field as a Chiropractic Assistant, Phlebotomist and Histology Technologist while at the same time studying and training in Reflexology. She received her certification from the International Institute of Reflexology in 1995.

That leads to further certifications in Naturopathy, Herbalism and Food Healing. She earned her Massage Therapy license from Bhakti Academy in 2000 and is NCBTNB Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She has advanced Certifications in Facial, TCM & Neuro Foot Reflexology from the Instituto de Reflexologia.

Combining all this knowledge enables her to assist her clients more fully as a whole person.

Monica Kulak, Administrative Assistant

Monica was born in Kokomo, IN but has called Florida home since the age of 4. She has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1994 and they have raised 2 beautiful daughters. Monica has a BA in Psychology and began her career in Human Resources before moving into a Community Health Education Director position for a Psychiatric Outpatient Hospital Program. She has also worked with the Developmentally Disabled population as a Program Coordinator and then as the Program Director. When her first daughter was born, she decided to leave her career and became a stay-at-home mom.

While raising her girls she worked off and on over the years also becoming very involved in volunteering. This led to her service in various positions on several boards and committees. Her love of photography led her to become the photographer and videographer for multiple school events and projects over the years and eventually she began her own photography business.

A shoulder injury led her to Dr. Perkins and then to her current position as Administrative Assistant. Monica is thankful she found East West Healing Solutions, not only for her health and well-being, but for the great job opportunity that came. Everyone here is treated like family and she is happy to be able to provide support to this great team of doctors and staff.

Suzi Sears, Receptionist

Suzi was born in Mississippi however, having a father serving in the U.S. Navy her family moved often and she has lived on the East, West, and Gulf coasts.  She married her husband Steven in 1991, they made their home here in Florida where they raised their daughter Miranda.

 Suzi worked in the Veterinary field since graduating high school in 1986.  After 30+ serving as a veterinary technician, receptionist, and patient care coordinator (as well as many other positions), she retired from the field of Veterinary Medicine to pursue teaching yoga.  She completed yoga teacher training in April 2012 and is a 200RYT yoga instructor.  Suzi has been teaching various styles of yoga since 2013. 

 She is passionate about serving others through careers she has chosen and feels blessed to have found such joy/fulfillment in what most would call “work”.  Having, herself, experienced the benefits of alternative medicine (acupuncture, nutritional counseling, osteopathic manipulation, halotherapy, and infrared), Suzi looks forward to meeting, greeting, and supporting patients at EWHS on their wellness journey.

Kat Cassidy, LMT

Kat puts her focus entirely on her client’s preferences for massage and she enjoys developing a therapy plan to increase flexibility, decrease pain, relax tired muscles as well as the mind and reduce stress.

Kat has 11 years experience treating issues such as frozen shoulder, sciatica, and herniated and bulging discs in back and neck, shoulder mobilization, range of motion improvement and carpal tunnel syndrome. She uses a combination of techniques like facilitated stretching, hot and cold therapy, infrared light, cupping, manual therapy, and nutritional coaching to help people achieve their health goals.

Kat has a certification in Medical Massage Therapy. Meeting people’s needs and offering relief and an oasis in time to relieve stress and
pain is rewarding to her. Kat’s mission is comfort, bliss and, renewed energy for anyone that visits!

Brianna Vera

Brianna Vera is from the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. She is a 2021 graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelors of Health Science. Bloomsburg University is where she started her experiences in the rehabilitation and healing world where she was also an Athletic Trainers Assistant for division 2 athletes. Once graduated, she quickly took an internship abroad to study under a Physical Therapist in Seville, Spain. For 6 months she had the opportunity to experience a
holistic approach to rehabilitation with emphasis on medical massage therapy. After her experience in Spain, Brianna came back to the United States to pursue
therapeutic touch and bodywork at the Ace Training School. Since passing her MBLEX to practice massage therapy she moved to the Sunshine State to officially
start her career.

Currently, Brianna is working on her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health with a concentration in herbal medicine. She hopes that one
day she can not only aid in the health of a person’s physical body but also in a nutritional standpoint. Brianna is an ever-changing individual that loves to learn but is also a true humanitarian at heart, which she believes is what has lead to her this very fulfilling career.

Lynn Principe Golden, LMT

Lynn is a gifted therapist with many years of experience. Her training in energy work brings a special calm and healing element to her work with patients. She has experience in both medical and spa resort environments.  

Lynn is a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. She is a certified End of Life Sacred Passage Doula with The Conscious Dying Institute, an Ordained Minister and Celebrant, a professionally trained artist, yoga instructor, massage therapist and Reiki Master with a desire to bring meaning and sacred practices to all transitions in life.

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