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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

Bio coming soon.

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.

Peggy Kerr, LMT., RMT

Peggy recently relocated to Saint Petersburg from the greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area where she was a graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy in 2005. She spent 5 years teaching the fundamentals of massage at the Cortiva Institute of PA, where she also taught hundreds of students continuing education classes for the Usui Reiki Method.

She went on to become the Head Therapist at the Lush Cosmetics Spa in Philadelphia where she was part of the flagship team that lived in England for several months to learn the English spa methods and techniques and brought them back to the United States for a magical experience here. Peggy then created a very successful self-practice, working with chronic pain clients, weekend warriors, and aging bodies.  A natural teacher, she strives to educate each of her clients on the how, why, and what, of whatever is happening within their body so they can actively participate in their own healing process.

Peggy is an integrative therapist, certified in Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Myofascial Release, Cupping and Reiki.

She has a unique approach, working with the mind, body and spirit; while offering deep-tissue massage, neuromuscular techniques, Swedish massage, myofascial release, and energy work. Peggy listens to the body and waits for it to respond, rather than forcing change within tissue, she allows it.

In the spirit of continual growth, she has recently become a certified hypnotist 2018) and licensed as a permanent makeup artist (2021) which she hopes to utilize in the future helping clients with scar camouflage and working directly with mastectomy clients for reconstruction. Lastly, she is currently finishing her yoga teacher training certification with Yoga Farm Ithaca and looks forward to teaching classes in the area soon.

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