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Lisa Beaury, DOM/AP
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Doctor of Oriental Medicine / Integrative Wellness Specialist

Lisa is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. There, she received a Bachelor’s in Professional Health Studies and a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine. She is also a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine through NCCAOM and a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the state of Florida. Her training includes Western Medicine and Oriental Medicine as well as a variety of Integrative and Functional Medicine approaches. Lisa is experienced in Bio-Energetic Feedback techniques, Applied Kinesiology / Muscle Testing, and interpreting various types of lab work.

A client of Healing Alternatives since childhood, Lisa has been bought up around natural healing modalities for as long as she can remember. Turning to herbs, homeopathic remedies, and energy work first is a way of life for her. Her first memory of an Integrative Medical Doctor is from a young age when a sibling continually had ear infections and had been prescribed a surgical procedure for tubes in his ears. In an effort to make sure that didn't happen, her mother found a Naturopathic Doctor who used muscle testing (Applied Kinesiology) to determine that it was simply a food allergy that was causing the earaches. Since then, she and her family have been devoted to looking at health and wellness from a holistic point of view. It's important to remember, just because your ears hurt, doesn't mean the root of the problem is in your ears.

A dedicated and passionate believer in natural and energetic healing modalities, Lisa is excited to be the leader of the team at Healing Alternatives.

Lisa is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Florida in Advertising/English. In her “first career life” she spent many years doing marketing strategy and research. As Healing Alternatives continues to grow and expand, Lisa will head up efforts to reach as many people as possible with the message and mission of this practice.

Dr. Kathleen MacIsaac, M.D.
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Having grown up in Massachusetts, Dr. MacIsaac began her education in nearby Providence, Rhode Island at Brown University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a combined Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Biomedical Ethics. The philosophical aspects of health and healing were introduced early on in her training, and have served as a foundation to her dynamic approach. She completed her medical school at Boston University School of Medicine in 1983, and continued there for her internship and residency in general surgery. She became interested in the surgical subspecialty of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery during her time in Boston, and in 1985 transferred to University of South Florida to complete her residency, serving as Chief Resident in 1987.

As a recipient of the United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship for medical school, Dr. MacIsaac entered active duty and served as a staff surgeon at Keesler AFB, Biloxi MS. She deployed for Desert Storm in 1990, staffing a contingency hospital in Fairfield, England. The medical experience in the military afforded her a unique opportunity of practice, serving active duty members and families, and peaked her curiosity about serving overseas. She continued to serve in hospital settings at both Weisbaden and Landstuhl Hospitals, Germany, from 1990-1995, participating in both the Somalian and Bosnian efforts. It was during her time in Germany that she first was exposed to the practice of homeopathy, as it was a common practice by the German otolaryngologists to combine homeopathic medicines with pharmaceutical therapy. When she returned to the States, she began to study homeopathy independently while completing her active duty career as Chief of Otolaryngology at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida. When she left MacDill in 1997, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, her intention was to become more familiar with an integrated approach. Her extensive travel and views of other cultures peaked her curiosity about alternative healing methods. Eastern philosophies such as Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine were interesting from the standpoint that they offered a more holistic view of the individual….very different from the highly specialized emphasis in conventional medicine.

With this intention, she proceeded to open her first office in 1997-98, fully focused on wellness and prevention. She devoted herself to a variety of studies, from traditional approaches such as Chinese Medicine, to the more preventive approach, such as Environmental Medicine and Toxicology. She attended her first meeting for the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine in 1998, and is now a Fellow in that organization, well-recognized as a source of continuing medical education for physicians branching into the field of integrative medicine.

Dr. MacIsaac’s personal interest in yoga and meditation led her to India on three separate occasions. First for a more in depth study of yogic philosophy and using the physical practice of yoga for rehabilitation. This introduced her to the field of Ayurveda, from the Sanskrit “Knowledge of Life,” which teaches a fundamentally holistic approach to living. Simply, the aim is to cultivate harmony from within and in relation to one’s surroundings. She studied under Dr. P. Shambhu, MD, DAM in Kovalum, India and apprenticed with the vaidyan (barefoot doctor) Sachidananda in the village of Muccola, Kerala, India in 2002. The insight she gained from these experiences, vastly different from her Air Force surgical experience, is quite unique.

Dr. MacIsaac’s private life has always been active, and largely dedicated to healthy living. Aside from yoga, she enjoys cycling and hiking, having been on several expeditions such as Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Everest Base Camp. Her breadth of experience has yielded an open-minded, compassionate approach to her patients. She considers her patients her most valued source of education, and views the doctor-patient relationship as one of partnership with the common goal.

Amy Gendron, AP
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Acupuncture Physician

Amy’s approach to healing empowers her patients to live with vitality, by integrating the best wellness and medical practices. She works as a specialty consultant in several clinics and provides private client services.

Amy began her journey in holistic health as a personal trainer, mentored by a black belt martial artist. While preparing for a body building competition an injury led her to an acupuncturist. The treatment worked where allopathic medicine failed.

In 2010, Amy began studying Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. Beyond the curriculum she trained in:

*Japanese Style Acupuncture and Moxibustion

*Childbirth Doula (labor and delivery support)

*Homeopathy and Vitamin Injection Therapy

*Medical Intuition

Traveling to Yunnan China in 2013, Amy completed and externship with nationally renowned Dr. Shui. The externship focused on herbal medicine for women’s health and acupuncture for facial paralysis.

As a leading physician at a thriving integrative practice Amy collaborated care plans with medical doctors, naturopathic, chiropractic, neurotherapist, nurses and supporting staff to address complex conditions (2013-2016). While on this team Amy was invited to attend the A4M conference where she learned cutting edge research “Energy in Medicine”. In addition Amy became certified in:

*Advanced Injection Therapy

*Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture

From 2016-2017, Amy expanded her practice in the realm of sports performance and recovery. Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with western herbs, infrared sauna, cryotherapy, ozone therapy, and halo salt therapy to address everything from overuse to traumatic brain injuries.

In 2018, Amy earned a certification in Philanthropic Leadership and created a volunteer role for acupuncturists at Shepherds Hope, a medical care facility for the underinsured, where she volunteers monthly. She was one of the few American physicians invited to attend a Physiological Regulating Medicine program in Milan, Italy.

Beyond her medical practice Amy is a coach certified by USA field hockey. She is a former field hockey NCAA champion and still competes nationally.

JoAnn Fekany, LMT
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Licensed Massage Therapist

JoAnn M. Fekany founded her own massage business in Central FL in 1989. She has completed many advanced programs in the area of Massage Therapy.

My mission is to assist my patients with their healing and maintenance processes. I constantly strive to meet the changing needs of my patients by enhancing my skills with advanced training.

JoAnn’s Certifications Include:

Structural Energetic Therapy (S.E.T.),

CORE - 10 Session Structural Integration,

Lymphatic drainage,

Pre-Post Operative Massage,

Sports Massage, Pre-Post Advanced Sports Massage,

Oncology Recovery Massage, Pre and Post Natal Massage,

Medical Massage Craniosacral Therapy

Awards and Achievements:

2002: National Humanitarian Award

2001: Humanitarian Award for the State of Florida

2001: Disney’s Teacherifc Award, “Hands for Life”

2000: Disney’s Teacherific Award, “Baby Bonding”

1996: Advanced Sports Massage Therapist for the British Olympic Team

Samantha Gainey, LMT / FST
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Licensed Massage & Facial Stretch Therapist (MA89661)
Samantha (Sam)'s passion is bringing help and healing to people who are trying to conquer their injuries. When our bodies experience injury from sudden trauma or repetitive motion, it is not uncommon for our bodies to adjust to fit this new ‘normal’ or, to compensate. Personal experience from compensation injuries brought her into this field and is the reason behind her drive to help you succeed in getting out of pain.

Sam's goal is to help her clients, who include athletes, weekend warriors, and people of all walks of life, seek out a pain free life. Life is supposed to be experienced without pain, yet it’s become such a constant to us that too many people live with some level of discomfort on a day to day basis. While most everyone experiences injury at some point throughout their life, Sam understands that no two injuries are alike. Because of this, no single approach may be right for every individual. By combining her training as both a Fascial Stretch Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Myofascial Therapy she is able to create individualized sessions to meet each clients specific needs.

Sam is currently receiving hands-on training for Structural Integration with JoAnn Fekany and is looking forward to offering comprehensive structural massage services in the near future.

Maureen A Shaw, MS, LMT
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Director of Ideal Protein & Licensed Massage Therapist (34636)

Maureen graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and a Master’s Degree in Health Education. After completing college she attended the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy as a compliment to her athletic training degree. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2001. She specializes in medical massage, orthopedic massage, sports massage, pre and post pregnancy massage, & Cranial Release Technique (CRT).

Maureen is also the Director of Ideal Protein which is our medical weight loss program. Maureen and her husband were first introduced to Ideal Protein in July 2010. After having her first baby in 2008 and the extra weight just sticking, she finally lost the extra 30 pounds with Ideal Protein and finally felt comfortable again in her own skin while her husband lost 60 pounds! She has now had two additional children and the weight no longer sticks. This program is a lifestyle change and has been so fantastic for her entire family by helping to educate what healthy eating is all about.

Helping others has always been Maureen’s passion, so the Ideal Protein Program has been such an incredible compliment to the massage therapy. She looks forward to helping educate those ready for a healthy lifestyle change reach their own personal goals whether it be the last 5 to 10 pounds or over 100 pounds!

Maureen has been a client of Healing Alternatives since high school and is honored to be part of such an incredible team of helping others get and stay healthy.

My Mission

To create a continual educational environment for our team members and clients by empowering them to dream, believe, and inspire others to achieve and envision their absolute health.

Maureen’s Certifications Include

  • Cranial Release Technique (CRT) (link to Cranialrelease.com for additional information)
  • Medical Massage
  • Orthopedic Massage
  • Pre & Post Pregnancy Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Chair Massage
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Doula

Achievements:

  • 1999: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of West Florida
  • 2000: Masters of Science in Health Education from the University of West Florida
  • 2001: Pensacola School of Massage Therapy
  • 2001: Certified Athletic Trainer
  • 2010: Director of Ideal Protein Clinic