Dr. Marisa Mikals—Founder of Vibrant Health Center

MarisaDr. Marisa Mikals is a 2001 Life University graduate. She has known she wanted to be a doctor since the age of four. Dr. Mikals began seeing a chiropractor in seventh grade due to hip pain from dancing numerous hours a week.

She attended high school at Douglas Anderson Performing Arts for dance and continued to receive chiropractic care to keep her body in the proper alignment for maximum performance. Dr. Mikals chose chiropractic as her profession so she could help others as she had been helped.

While attending Life University, Dr. Mikals was one of only two students in her quarter chosen to serve on the Academic Review Committee. Dr. Mikals also spent time attending after school adjusting clubs to broaden her scope of techniques.

She utilizes several techniques in practice including Full Spine Diversified, Extremity Adjusting, Thompson, and Activator and adapts them to the patient’s individual needs.

Through her continuing education studies, Dr. Mikals discovered a deep passion for holistic healing and has become a certified Bio Energetic Doctor. She is certified in several modalities which allow her to meet her patient’s health concerns with natural, non-pharmaceutical solutions including: the Body Restoration Technique, Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET), and Applied Kinesiology.

Immediately following her graduation, Dr. Mikals had the good fortune to work in several chiropractic offices over the years. She found there were certain aspects she loved about each practice, and aspects that she felt were missing.

It was through these experiences her vision for Vibrant Health Center was born. A relaxing, non-clinical setting where patients can come to renew their health and spirit.

Dr. Mikals understands true holistic health care means addressing the whole body—inside and out. Chiropractic, massage, natural skin care, physical therapy modalities, nutritional supplementation, health coaching, acupressure/puncture, laser body contouring, and detoxing are some of the services offered at this time.

Dr. Ana Villanueva, Licensed AcupuncturistDr. Ana , Licensed Acupuncturist, Vibrant Health Center

Ana M. Villanueva specializes in the practice of oriental medicine and acupuncture. Her studies of integrated medicine took place at East West College of Natural Medicine. She is nationally board certified, has a Diplomat of Acupuncture, and is licensed in multiple states. Ana has also held a license in aesthetics for over 13 years.

She has a passion for health and wellness and a vested interest in enabling her patients to achieve maximum capacity of quality of life and overall balance.

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on meridians (pathways) that run throughout the entire body and directly correlate to the organs, structural body and emotional body. In traditional Chinese medicine the body is treated as a whole on the three levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Acupuncture can help with a number of health ailments including: headaches, pain, fertility, female issues, addictions, weight loss, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, Bell’s palsy, insomnia, smoking cessation, appetite control, and overall balance.

Dr. Dion Manning, Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified in Neurologically Based Chiropractic (NBC) & Bio/NeurofeedbackDr. Dion, DC

Dr. Dion received his doctorate in chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) in 2003, with additional training in worker’s compensation, rehabilitation, nutrition, musculo-skeletal re-education, sports performance, and injuries.

Originally bound for a career in engineering, Dr. Dion discovered chiropractic after suffering a debilitating knee injury in college which left him weak, sick, and frustrated with drugs and mainstream medicine.

As fate would have it, a friend recommended he see a chiropractor…and the results were miraculous.

Within the first few adjustments his knee pain was nearly gone and he fully healed in half the time expected. No more drugs, no more surgeries.

From that point on he dedicated himself to the study and practice of chiropractic, nutrition, and holistic medicine.

Dr. Dion loves working with patients of all ages and backgrounds and specializes in corrective, functional chiropractic care, sports performance and rehabilitation, childhood obesity, anti-aging, and chronic disease management.

“My approach is to assess and correct as many physical, mental, or emotional dysfunctions within the body without the use of fad diets, dangerous drugs, and risky surgeries.”

He was drawn to Vibrant Health Center because of a shared belief in the power of holistic medicine, whole body health, and wellness.

A passionate volunteer and community leader, Dr. Dion has extensive experience in community service and public speaking. He has coached boys and girls basketball for over 20 years and has been mentored by some of the best athletes in the business.

When he’s not seeing patients, volunteering, coaching, mentoring or writing (he’s also the author of: “Dr. Dion Presents The Essential Elements of Health and Fitness, Volume 1″), Dr. Dion enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Dr. Kim Manning, family, fitness, reading, motivational speaking, and sports.

W. Blake Faulkner, Licensed Acupuncturist

IMG_Faulkner 2W. Blake Faulkner has been practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine since 2008.

Ms. Faulkner received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Daoitst Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, and is licensed by the Georgia Medical Composite Board and the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

She was drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine for its centuries-proven individualized approach to healing.

Ms. Faulkner believes we all need to take our health into our own hands, and Traditional Chinese Medicine offers gentle and empowering tools to help guide each individual to optimal health.

“I was drawn to Vibrant Health Center because of its wide range of holistic health offerings—which I think is a valuable resource in the Kennesaw and Acworth area.”

With 7+ years experience in general practice, she has treated a wide range of health issues but especially enjoys helping people with pain, and working with women’s health issues including expediting labor and delivery.

In practice Ms. Faulkner utilizes traditional arts of observation, including pulse taking, tongue diagnosis, and techniques such as cupping, gua sha, and topical herbal preparations.

When she’s not furthering her studies and seeing clients, she enjoys hiking and spending time in nature with her 3 year old daughter and family. Her passions are plants and nature, cooking, walking, reading, and animals.

Patricia Taylor—Licensed Massage Therapist     Patricia

Patricia is passionate about healing through massage and has been in practice for over seven years.

Originally destined for international finance, Patricia’s career ambitions took an unexpected turn when she was introduced to the healing arts. As she learned about the body’s wisdom, she was drawn to the field of massage therapy. She graduated with her degree in occupational science in Massage Therapy from Centura College in Virginia.

Patricia was referred to Vibrant Health Center by a friend, and felt an immediate connection with the staff and their dedication to individualized healthcare. She loves working with clients and seeing the progressive healing that takes place within an integrative setting.

Patricia has a loyal following and specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and lymphatic drainage massage.

When her healing hands aren’t busy at the center, she enjoys homeschooling her daughter Lylah.