Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force through pathways or meridians in the body. Treatment involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at strategic points of the body. By inserting needles into specific points along the meridians, acupuncture practitioners re-balance that energy flow. Acupuncture is often used to treat chronic pain, and is also used for a wider range of conditions.

Essex Wellness Center is proud to introduce you to our acupuncturists Alicia DeMartin, MSOM, LAc and Dana Krete, ND, LAc.

Also available is Chinese Cupping and Gua Sha by experienced practitioner Beth Jezyk. Chinese cupping involves placing glass jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your bodies tissues. Cupping is one of the best deep tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect up to four inches deep from the external skin.

Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped with a tool to produce light bruising. Gua Sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. It has been used to treat everything from fevers to digestive problems to back pain. During the treatment you will experience a warming sensation. The red marks known as “sha” will appear and last for a couple of days or longer. Often you will only need one Gua Sha treatment to relieve back pain.

Massage, Acupuncture, Naturopathic & Chinese Medicine, Cupping, Reiki and other holistic services are now also available at our Essex Wellness at the Shore, Westbrook location: 1587 Boston Post Road, Shops at Water’s Edge, Westbrook, CT 06498.   Email meredith@essexwellnessctr.com or call 860-391-8840 to set up your appointment in Westbrook!

Dana Krete ND

Dana Krete earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Acupuncture at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon. In addition to her in-depth knowledge of Naturopathic and Chinese medicine she also has a background in health and fitness as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, triathlete and Division I college scholarship athlete.

As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Krete uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment including acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbs, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, and especially enjoys providing nutritional counseling. Staying true to the roots of both Chinese and Naturopathic medicine, every patient is treated as a whole person and as an individual. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and, as a mother of two, she is very happy to see children in her practice.

She has experience treating a vast array of medical conditions from colicky infants and children with ear infections to autoimmune conditions, diabetes and mood issues such as anxiety and depression. She has a particular interest in treating hormonal imbalances including PMS and menopause, digestive disorders, fatigue, anxiety, depression and insomnia, and also musculoskeletal pain including sciatica, low back and neck pain. With her great interest and knowledge in nutrition and fitness, she also works with patients whose primary goal is weight loss or optimizing wellness.

Dr. Krete uses various methods of diagnosis in determining which treatments will be best suited for each patient. This includes a detailed history during your visit, physical exam, and lab studies and imaging if indicated. Dr. Krete uses many of the typical labs you may have done in a conventional medical setting, but also will determine if more in depth testing is applicable to your case. For example, nutritional status testing, food intolerance testing, salivary cortisol testing, digestive health panels, neurotransmitter testing, and hormone panels, among others. These lab tests are accurate and scientific, yet not offered in most other medical settings. Dr. Krete’s goal is to help her patients find and treat the cause of her their health issues rather than just treating symptoms. Dr. Krete also practices acupuncture at the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center in Middletown CT.

AliciaDeMartin

Alicia DeMartin is a Fairfield, Connecticut native. Ms. DeMartin received her BS from The University of Vermont and a MS in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. Ms. DeMartin discovered a passion for emergency medicine and orthopedics working as a Wilderness EMT and ski patroller at Stowe VT after college. Moving out West to pursue her passion for skiing, horses and an active mountain lifestyle, she successfully utilized the services of an acupuncturist to treat her own orthopedic injuries. Intrigued and healed, she decided to go against the grain of her medical family and enroll in graduate school for Oriental medicine.

Ms. DeMartin owned a private practice in Vail, Colorado for 6 years and has 9 years of experience specializing in pain management and orthopedics. Alicia loves working with orthopedic conditions, arthritis, injuries, pain of all varieties and post-surgical rehab, especially joint replacements. Alicia is currently working towards a Doctorate in Chinese medicine orthopedics and traumatology.

In her free time Alicia loves downhill, telemark and cross-country skiing, hiking, riding horses, cooking and garden design. She is thrilled to be back in Connecticut and part of Essex Wellness Center.

Beth Massage Therapist

Beth Jezyk is a graduate of The Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2001. Beth is an Ayurvedic-minded massage therapist, incorporating the use of herbal oils and products, special diets, and other unique health practices. She also incorporates Reiki into her practice. Tailoring each massage to her clients needs, Beth additionally offers Specific Deep Tissue, Herbal Body Treatments, Prenatal Massage, and Doula Services.  She is trained and experienced in Chinese Cupping and Gua Sha.  Chinese cupping involves placing glass jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air.  The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your bodies tissues. Cupping is one of the best deep tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect up to four inches deep from the external skin.

Gua Shais a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped with a tool to produce light bruising.  Gua Sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. It has been used to treat everything from fevers to digestive problems to back pain.  During the treatment you will experience a warming sensation.  The red marks known as “sha” will appear and last for a couple of days or longer.  Often you will only need one Gua Sha treatment to relieve back pain.