About Art of Healing

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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
English

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.

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.

 

Peter Jones

Lic. Acupuncturist, Dry Needling and Massage Therapist
English

Peter Jones is a licensed Acupuncturist and Massage therapist with over 20 years of experience in holistic medicine. He has been practicing since 1991 and has had extensive post-graduate training in Chinese Medicine, Massage and Manual Therapy, and 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.

  • Specializes in:
  • Acupuncture
  • Dry Needling
  • Neuromuscular Massage/ Sport Massage/ Deep Tissue
  • Signature Medical Massage
  • Thai/Stretching Massage
  • Craniosacral Massage
  • Myofascial Release
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Nutritional Healing
  • Mind-Body Healing Integration
  • Post Surgical Medical Massage
  • Somatic-Emotional Release

Client Testimonial:
Peter is an artist at work. I came to see him with intense low back pain. The combination of manual therapy, dry needling, and deep therapeutic stretching identified the emotional and energetic patterns that were holding pain and tension in my back. Peter’s sensitive, talented approach to the somatic patterning in my body, led him to use the perfect combination of treatment modalities specific to my needs. This was truly was an outstanding healing session, like none I’ve ever experienced before.

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.

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.

 

Robinson Gaviria

Lic. Acupuncturist and Dry Needling
English and Spanish

Imagine the combined talents of an experienced Registered Nurse and a seasoned veteran of acupuncture and herbal medicine, and then you will have a clear picture of Robinson Gaviria. Robinson’s acupuncture and healing practice include a caring and supportive touch that is an effective blend of eastern and western health care. He holds an advanced degree in the application of herbal medicine and is an herbal design master when it comes to formulating the correct herbs and their balance to promote healing and comfort.

Robinson has helped thousands of patients manage their pain. Although his approach is natural and drug-free, his work is methodical and purposeful. Robinson expects his patients to be actively involved in their healing process. In addition to pain management and treating the ailments that give rise to pain, Robinson specializes in the treatment of allergies, neurological issues such as migraines, digestive issues, ENT, and Anxiety & Depression.

Skin Health - Sandy Springs Location

Monica Mogge

Skin Health Practitioner
English, Spanish and French

With more than 23 years in the Beauty and Health Industry, Monica Mogee is CEO and founder of Creative Skin Care. Monica initially began her career in skincare as a Beauty Consultant for a prominent Latin American cosmetics company. Longing for a way to advance her skillset and take her skincare passion to the next level, in 2008, Monica enrolled in the Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics in New York City, the first esthetics school in the United States, and recalls this decision as the moment in time in which her life was changed forever.

As Monica was becoming formally educated at Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics, she began to understand the importance and benefits of a foundation of clean and clear skin. “From a medical perspective, it is vital to the overall health of oneself.” And with that personal mantra, she adopted her skincare philosophy: "No quick fixes". Monica’s professional philosophy is that if you understand skin types and how each person's skin acts and reacts, you can get to the root of any problem and allow the skin to heal itself from within and achieve long-term results. This philosophy drives her daily interaction with patients where she has earned a reputation for taking time to listen to her patient’s circumstances, taking meticulous notes, and acquiring a thorough understanding of what may be the underlying cause or condition before recommending a course of treatment. Monica has a continued commitment to advancing her knowledge within her profession, and currently is expanding her knowledge-base so she can provide even a wider range of treatment for her patients.

Over the years, Monica has been recognized as an International Skin Expert, having received a post-graduate diploma from Comite International d'Esthetique et de Cosmedtologie (CIDESCO in Switzerland ), an internationally recognized program, touted as the best schooling in esthetics. Additionally, she holds a massage therapy license and is a longtime member of Associated Skin Care Professionals and a member of the Medical Spa and Day Spa Association. Monica's career in skincare includes experience in a spa resort, day spa, and medical office settings.

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

Harmony McGill

Lic. Massage Therapist
English

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.

Ry Egan

Lic. Massage Therapist
English

Ry Egan has been a licensed massage therapist since 2003.
She always knew that she wanted work as a Massage Therapist, helping people. Her journey began immediately after she graduated High school. For the past 17 years Ry has been able accurate a wealth of experience and knowledge working with some of the  most prestigious spas, wellness and medical centers in the United States.
In Ry's current practice she specializes in Deep Tissue/Sports massage, Swedish, Hot stone, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Prenatal, and Shiatsu. 
Ry is extremely intuitive and customizes her massage focusing on her clients specific areas of need, or full body massage treatment.
Her passion to help others and the level of knowledge has benefited many of her clients who suffer with chronic pain, anxiety and stress as well as the ones that just need to relax. Come see Ry, you will be glad you did.

Specializes in:

  1. Deep Tissue/Sports massage
  2. Shiatsu
  3. Swedish
  4. Aromatherapy
  5. Prenatal
  6. Hot Stone 
  7. Reflexology

Client Testimonial:

"I have been a client of Ry Egan for the past five years. This alone should be testimony to the positive impact that Ry has had on my health and well being. She is an amazing professional and knowledgeable massage therapist who consistently addresses presenting therapeutic needs, as well as providing a calming and relaxing experience. She communicates a personal concern in me as her patient, tailoring each treatment to my specific health issues. Always make me feel amazing every time I finish my treatment. I would high recommend her personally to anybody that is interesting to have a great experience with a therapist who really cares. B. R. Atlanta 

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.

EDUCATION- CERTIFICATION

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

Founder
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

CEO
English

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.

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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--

SOME OF OUR AREAS OF SERVICE

Acupuncture:

Traditional Acupuncture

Dry Needling

Cupping Therapy

Dermatology Acupuncture

Massage:

Sports Massage

Shiatsu Massage

Thai Massage

Reflexology

Neuromuscular Therapy

Emotional Healing:

Pain Management

Relationship Issues

Anger Management/ Rage

Addictions/Obsessions/Fears

 

Insomnia/Sleep Disorders

Self-Esteem Issues

PTSD – Traumas

Depression and Anxiety

Allergies