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About Our Centers & People

At Art of Healing, we value the partnership with patients to address health challenges in a compassionate and proactive way.

At the Art of Healing, we optimize your health challenges
and make efforts to get you back to you again.

Our healers work together with the individual to optimize their strengths and improve areas of vulnerability. This empowers people to access their ability to heal and live the life they desire. Art of Healing therapists are trained in a multitude of areas and our priority is getting to know the needs of individuals and developing personalized health plans to provide the best care possible to increase serenity and overall well-being. Our personalized treatments consist of acupuncture/ dry needling, multiple therapeutic modalities, as well as nutritional and herbal recommendations.

Acupuncturists - Atlanta Location

Michael Sakowich

Senior Therapist - Lic. Acupuncturist, Dry Needling, and Herbalist

Michael Sakowich has been practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine since 2005.
His training began at Southwest Acupuncture College in Colorado where he mentored with some of Colorado's top acupuncturists. After graduating Michael began treating many sports-related injuries and pursued many types of acupuncture and massage techniques to better serve his patients.
In 2012 Michael began his post-graduate training at Tri-State Acupuncture College in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The course covered many types of needle techniques to help the body recover from pain. Among them is a needle technique that is closely related to what is known as dry needling in the west.
Michael has been deeply engaged in dry needling since that time and has been helping many patients overcome their acute and chronic pain.
Michael also has years of experience in treating a wide variety of internal medicine disorders using Japanese meridian balancing acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutraceuticals along with dietary and lifestyle coaching.
In the past, he worked in a western-style health clinic treating 30-40 patients daily with a focus of alleviating chronic internal conditions. These conditions included cases such as digestive disorders, emotional disorders, insomnia, heart arrhythmia, hypertension, lyme, and fibromyalgia.
Michael has been helping many patients overcome a wide variety of health concerns since 2005. If you have any questions please call the main office and he will be happy to speak with you.
  • Acupuncture
  • Dry Needling
  • Herbal medicine
  • Dietary + Lifestyle support
  • Acute + Chronic Pain
  • Internal Medicine

Zuki Fumero Mussini

Lic. Acupuncturist, Dry Needling, and Herbalist
English and Spanish

Zuki Fumero Mussini is a licensed acupuncturist practicing traditional Chinese medicine. She is a certified practitioner in the NADA protocol, a proven treatment modality that helps people with stress-related ailments, addictions, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is also a generalist that can treat many conditions including pain, digestive disorders, migraines, menopause, arthritis, asthma, and more.

Zuki uses acupuncture as a way to balance the mind and body. Early in her career, she noticed that many diseases are influenced by the mind. She spent more than a decade helping people who were clinically diagnosed with severe mental disorders before deciding to transition into the field of acupuncture. She successfully uses Chinese medicine techniques and her knowledge of mental illness to help those with debilitating conditions.

Drawn to energy healing, Zuki is also a certified hypnotherapist and Reconnective Healer. Additionally, she is a Reiki Master and skilled at the art of using crystals and essential oils to enhance meditation and healing. Zuki can balance a person's body using a holistic approach, which helps her clients with a variety of issues.

Zuki is a licensed acupuncture physician in the State of Florida and a licensed acupuncturist in Georgia. She is a board-certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine and earned her master's degree at Acupuncture and Massage College, and a bachelor's degree in mental health from Carlos Albizu University.

  • Acupuncture
  • Dry needling
  • Herbalist
  • NADA Protocol
  • PTSD
  • Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Fertility
  • Pain
  • Migraines
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Reiki


Peter Jones

Somatic Educator, L.Ac, LMT.

Peter Jones is a licensed Acupuncturist and Massage therapist with over 25 years of experience with restoring the normal and integrated functioning of our body-mind.

He has been practicing since 1991 and has had extensive post-graduate training in Bodywork, Chinese Medicine, Trauma Therapy, Holistic Health, and Mind-Body integration techniques. Peter’s unique gift as a trauma resolution therapist is his passion for the integration of eastern medicine and cutting-edge, innovative approaches to healing. Peter brings diverse and advanced knowledge to each session, and this enables him to customize an individualized and personal healing plan in an extraordinary way. The variety of healing modalities that Peter uses accelerate the healing of physical and emotional patterns in the mind and body. His somatic-based therapy deepens the impact of healing ailments and pain in the body and optimizing your mental and physical health and well-being.

Somatic Integration maintains a different set of assumptions about body-mind than other health-care providers.

  • Acupuncture
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Post-Surgical Medical Massage
  • Signature Medical treatment combining Acupuncture and Massage
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Herbal Consultation
  • Massage
  • Somatic Integration

Acupuncturists - Sandy Springs Location

Maria Torres

Lic. Acupuncturist, Dry Needling, and Herbalist
English, Spanish and French

Maria is a native of Miami, FL who has recently made GA her new home. Growing up in a large family food was always a unifying element. Maria learned at an early age the healing power of food and the benefits of traditional healing. One of her earliest memories of this was watching her grandparents prepare herbal teas and remedies from herbs and plants that were collected from their backyard each time anyone was not feeling well. This ignited a 20-year career in the healthcare field specializing in food and nutrition. Maria worked in hospitals, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes where she combined her passion for helping people with the healing properties of herbs and foods. Maria was initially drawn to acupuncture after part of her face became paralyzed due to a condition typically caused due to high levels of stress, known as Bell's Palsy. Through acupuncture, Maria experienced an accelerated, full recovery. It was this that inspired her to pursue a career as an acupuncture physician. Maria earned her Masters in Oriental Medicine from Acupuncture Massage College in Miami, FL. She is a board-certified acupuncturist licensed to practice in Georgia and Florida. Prior to joining Art of Healing, she held a private practice in Florida treating patients with a variety of conditions including chronic pain, injuries, infertility, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, addictions, weight management, PTSD and more. In her practice, Maria also incorporated Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Facial rejuvenation
with cosmetic acupuncture is a healthy way to reduce the signs of aging and promote overall health.
When Maria is not at the clinic, she enjoys cooking healing foods, traveling, DIY projects, and spending quality time with her family.
Maria is excited to be part of the Art Of Healing team and looks forward to helping you reach your wellness goals.

  • Chronic Pain Treatment
  • Dry Needling
  • Pain Relief & Sports Medicine
  • Immune Health
  • Women's Health & Fertility
  • Gastrointestinal issues

Francine Choren

Lic. Acupuncturist, Dry Needling, and Herbalist
English, Portuguese and French

Francine Choren earned her BS in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. As a McNair’s Scholar, she also practiced under the mentorship of renowned field experts Marjorie Woollacott Ph.D. and Sandy Saavedra PT, Ph.D. where she was able to publish her groundbreaking research on human development control through pioneering neurological assessment techniques.

Continuing her passion for helping others, Francine earned her master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine campus in Chicago, Illinois. As a student, she furthered her outreach by working at community clinics, treating diverse groups of patient ailments including fertility, cold and flu, orthopedic injury, depression, and pain and stress management.

Francine is originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and is a second-generation acupuncturist. Her father, also an acupuncturist, and mother, a healthcare professional, have shared over a decade of medical experience with her. Today Francine is dedicated to bridging the gap between Western and Eastern medicines and chairs several committees and national initiatives working towards that goal. While her practice treats all types of conditions, her focus continues to be women’s health, mental health, stress management, and sports injuries.

Francine is a Nationally certified Herbalist and Acupuncturist, licensed in the state of Georgia and Illinois. She founded the Community Health Integration (CHI) Initiative and is an active member and contributor to the Illinois Acupuncture Association of Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). Francine continues her development through partnerships with nationally recognized hospitals, participation in national and international seminars and fellowships. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.


Brittanny Dirtzu

Lic. Acupuncturist
English and Spanish

Brittany Dirtzu is a nationally certified NCCAOM Diplomate in Acupuncture and licensed to practice in Georgia. She graduated with a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with honors from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, MN, where she had the unique privilege to study under an all TCM doctor staff from China. Here she learned the Chinese model of combining Eastern and Western medicine effortlessly, as well as garnered practical clinical and herbal knowledge often only taught in China.

Brittany is a caring holistic practitioner who believes in the tenacity of people and their ability to heal when given the proper tools, precise treatment, and a gentle presence with whom to voice their concerns. She has a unique ability to explain the process of “dis-ease” and healing in a manner that provides a deeper understanding and, along with it, empowerment and motivation to achieve radiant health. She is passionate about helping others discover the mind-body connection and unlock their potential to achieve their wishes and personal growth. Brittany is experienced in treating a wide range of conditions, such as, but not limited to, digestive disorders, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.), male and female fertility challenges, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and fibromyalgia. She also has specialty training in Mei Zen style facial cosmetic acupuncture.

Brittany has lived all over the world in places such as the Bahamas, China, and Colombia, and has a tremendous love of people, languages, and cultures. When not practicing, Brittany enjoys getting out in nature with her family, traveling, meditating and practicing Qi Gong, reading, and delving deeper into the pressing health issues of today.

  • Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.)
  • male and female fertility challenges
  • Neurological complaints (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mei Zen style facial cosmetic acupuncture
  • Moxa
  • Cupping
  • E-stimulation
  • Gua Sha

Massage Therapists - Both Locations

Roy Badilla

Lic. Massage Therapist
English and Spanish

Roy Bandilla has an extensive knowledge of anatomy coupled with his intuition cultivated throughout 15+ years of his experience as a neuromuscular massage therapist which allowed him to hone the craft of addressing the body's needs.

Drawing from a variety of healing modalities, an eclectic approach to massage enables him to tailor each treatment to the needs of each client. His main focus is to alleviate pain, relieve stress, nurture, and soothe.

Graduated in 1998 from New Life Institute ( later known as Rising Spirit) Atlanta
Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and Swedish Massage
The Business owner since 2000
License. : mt003407

  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Shiatsu
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Sports massage
  • Swe-Thai/ stretching massage
  • Muscle reeducation technique-digestive issues

Harmony McGill

Lic. Massage Therapist

Harmony McGill is a licensed massage therapist who graduated from the Florida School of Massage in 2010 with a certification in Hydrotherapy and Neuromuscular Therapy. She is also a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. In 2009 she worked with the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic performing auricular acupuncture for musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. Harmony fosters a deep commitment to her clients' improved quality of life by taking an occupational approach, bringing awareness to posture and daily habits. She employs intuitive care through deep tissue, hydrotherapy, trigger point, and connective tissue to help her clients achieve health and wellness goals. Helping others is truly a joy for Harmony. On weekends you can find her around Atlanta playing music with her band, or enjoying a hike in a state park.

Esther Real

Lic. Massage Therapist
English, Spanish and Portuguese

Esther is a certified massage therapist who specializes in geriatric, prenatal, deep tissue, relaxation, and sports massage. Esther is exceptional in personalizing treatments with a blend of her integrative massage methodologies.
With over 10 years of experience in the health and wellness industries, she managed her own massage business in 2015 and has worked in Atlanta for all those years.
Esther had the opportunity to enhance her therapeutic techniques through her wide variety of experiences. Esther graduated in 2009 from The Academy of Somatic Healing Arts (ASHA) and is certified in medical massage and Holistic massage therapy.

Sherry Samuels

Lic. Massage Therapist

Sherry has the experience and is the most capable therapist you can find. With over 23.000 massages under her belt. Her expertise is beyond the most therapists. She has the ability to make a combination of deep tissue, with Ayurvedic, Shiatsu massage providing intense relief by techniques and power of positive intention innate ability to find painful trigger points and ease your pain. Her ability is amazing, to facilitate healing works best when both parties work together. You can choose a quiet relaxing massage or an interactive session with advice to improve your condition. You will feel WOW when you see the results. Try the most unique massage ever.

  • Shiatsu
  • Deep Tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Reflexology
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Neuromuscular therapy

Counselor Therapists - Both Locations

Erica Carretero, MA

Counseling and Transpersonal Psychology - Vibrational Healing Therapy
English, Portuguese and Spanish

Erica is a clinical psychologist from Brazil with individual and group counseling experience. She has worked in the mental health recovery field with a focus on the Latin community in Atlanta. For over fifteen years, Erica personalizes treatments through her Transformational Life Healing Process Therapy. Her treatments consist of techniques including:

  • Transpersonal psychology, mindfulness
  • Deep relaxation techniques, meditation
  • Vibrational therapy and Energy healing;
  • Chakra balance
  • NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
  • Inner family constellation
  • Reiki Master
  • Enneagram Personality Types
  • Brain spotting
  • TFT – Thought Field Therapy

A combination of transpersonal psychology and vibrational therapy has shown successful results. Erica incorporates an integrative counseling approach with a spiritual dimension in the treatment which is essential in the healing process in order to create balance, and wellbeing as a whole.

The vibrational therapy addresses emotional levels of consciousness where spiritual intelligence and healing energy targets the root of problems that keeps one from flourishing and reaching their full potential.

Human beings are made by pure energy, driven by their own thoughts and emotions. Therefore traumatic events affect the body by creating a flow of malfunction energy which impairs the physical, emotional, and cognitive health. This may lead to depression, anxiety, maladaptive thoughts, self-defeating thoughts, self-sabotage thoughts, fear, low self-esteem, and pain (emotional and physical). During the healing process, every part of one’s personality is reintegrated allowing a sense of unity in the mind and body to create emotional balance.

Love is the essence that restores the well-being though spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically healing.


MA Mental Health counseling & MA School Counseling

BA Clinical Psychology 1993 - University SM - Sao Paulo - Brazil

Dr. Carlos Alberto Ranzani

Homeopathic Doctor
English, Portuguese and Spanish

Dr. Carlos Alberto Ranzani's expertise includes homeopathy, western medicine (allopathy), as well as the treatment of psychosomatic conditions and he has been a general practitioner in Brazil for over 39years.
His philosophy and methodology are designed to treat the whole person with a balanced focus on the physical body, emotional health, and social and environmental influences. This innovative approach maximizes the individual’s ability to reach their optimal potential for balanced health and wellness. It was with his integrated knowledge and holistic approach to physical and mental health, and his desire to take healing to another level that Dr. Carlos established his private practice in Brazil in 1981. Over the years he has seen well over 25,000 patients and able to continue to develop these specialties and his life's work.
Dr. Carlos was a member of the Fiscal Council of Unimed SJC for three years where he implemented many of his ideas and developed rules to improve clinical, hospital and medical conditions. He is certified by the School Health Center in the year of 1981, Brazil.

Management - Both Locations

John Kunihiro AOH Art of Healing

John Kunihiro

English, Portuguese, Japanese, and Spanish

John Kunihiro is the founder of Art of Healing, an Atlanta company specializing in Manual Therapy and Oriental Medicine. John has been in the healthcare industry for over 25 years, having practiced in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tokyo, Japan, and Boca Raton, Florida. Twenty-two years ago he established his home and business headquartered in Atlanta. Although he is well versed in many therapeutic technologies, he is particularly known for his independent development of Kunihiro Method, as a process for establishing physical equilibrium and optimum health while promoting prevention

Art of Healing- David Newman CEO

David Newman


As a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, David Newman has successfully owned and operated a number of restaurants, catering companies, event planning companies, management consulting companies along his way to being Art of Healing's top business executive.

Janine Rahl Operations Manager-janine

Janine Rahl

Operations Manager
English, Portuguese and Spanish

Janine Rahl was born in Goiania, Brazil amid a troubling political and economic atmosphere. In this disadvantaged community, she grew a passion and appreciation for service, education, and healthcare access. Janine earned her bachelor's degree in Media Communication. Through the dissemination of information as a reporter and writer, she aimed to elevate communities by bringing in knowledge and awareness. Throughout her career and volunteer efforts, Janine has mastered English, Spanish, and Portuguese. After moving to the United States, she recognized that this developed country lacked something that even her small community in Brazil had – an acceptance of alternative and complementary medical systems. Upon noticing this shortcoming, she has utilized her skills and cultural competency to work in the industry to emphasize the benefits of these therapies and expand their use within traditional biomedical systems--



Traditional Acupuncture

Dry Needling

Cupping Therapy

Dermatology Acupuncture


Sports Massage

Shiatsu Massage

Thai Massage


Neuromuscular Therapy

Emotional Healing:

Pain Management

Relationship Issues

Anger Management/ Rage



Insomnia/Sleep Disorders

Self-Esteem Issues

PTSD – Traumas

Depression and Anxiety