Dr. Marisa Mikals is a 2001 Life University graduate. She has known that she wanted to be a doctor since the age of four. Dr. Mikals has been seeing a chiropractor since the 7th grade due to hip pain which began while she was dancing numerous hours a week. She attended high school at Douglas Anderson Performing Arts for dance and continued to receive chiropractic care in order to keep her body in the proper alignment in order to perform at her highest ability. When it came time to choose her profession, she knew that becoming a chiropractor and helping people as she had been helped was exactly what she was meant to do.
While attending Life University, Dr. Mikals was one of only two students in her quarter who was chosen to serve on the Academic Review Committee. Dr. Mikals also spent time attending after school adjusting clubs in order to broaden her scope of adjusting techniques. She utilizes several techniques in practice which include Full Spine Diversified, Extremity Adjusting, Thompson, and Activator and adapts them to the patient’s individual needs. Through her continuing education studies, Dr. Mikals has found a deep passion for holistic healing and has become a certified Bio Energetic Doctor. She is certified in several techniques which allow her to meet her patient’s health concerns from a natural, non-pharmaceutical approach which include the Body Restoration Technique, Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique, and Applied Kinesiology.
Dr. Mikals was fortunate enough to have the experience of working in several different chiropractic offices over the years immediately following her graduation in 2001. She found that there were certain aspects that she loved about each practice and that there were also aspects that she felt were missing. It was through these experiences that she created her vision for Vibrant Health Center. A relaxing, non-clinical setting where her patients could come to renew their health and spirit. Dr. Mikals understands that 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, and detoxing are some of the services offered at this time.
Dr. Linda cares for children and adults, with a special emphasis in perinatal chiropractic— care for expectant mothers and their children. The unique physiological and emotional needs in pregnancy and childhood require very specific attention and Dr. Linda collaborates with numerous midwives, obstetricians, doulas, lactation consultants and birthing professionals in the Atlanta metro area.
Dr. Linda is a 1992, Summa Cum Laude graduate of LIFE University in Marietta, where she is a professor training young chiropractors in adjusting techniques. She also teaches throughout the US and internationally on the subject of “Motor Disorders in the Challenged Child” for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She has presented at numerous research conferences and has published on a variety of topics in pediatrics and pregnancy. She lives in Legacy Park in Kennesaw with her husband, Bill. They both enjoy traveling, collecting oddities and spending time with their grandchildren. Dr. Linda has been serving Cobb County for almost 20 years. She is dedicated to offering you the highest in quality personalized care in an environment designed to support you in achieving your health and wellness goals.
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 ventured 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 a addressed a whole and on the three levels: physical, emotional and spiritual.
The following are some of what acupuncture can help with: 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.
LaTasha Armstrong, BSEE, NCBTM, LMT has 7 years of professional experience in both Engineering and Massage Therapy. She earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Grambling State University. After working years in the Missile Defense Industry as a Software Engineer for 4½ years and a Systems Safety Engineer for 3 years in Tucson, AZ, she realized there was something missing. She has always had a great interest in anatomy and massage. After years of talking about it, she enrolled in massage school. She had no aspirations of becoming a full-time Massage Therapist but after a taste of it, she was forever changed. In 2004 she received a Certificate of Proficiency in Shiatsu and Massage Therapy from The Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, in Tucson, AZ. She later moved to Georgia where she is now a Georgia State Board licensed and NCBTMB certified Massage Therapist. She specializes in the following massage techniques: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Stretch/Sports Massage, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy.
Jan Wehunt is a licensed esthetician and medical assistant. After years of working as a medical assistant and in professional sales, Jan decided to obtain her esthetic license and persue her passion for skin care. She is a graduate of Elaine Sterling Institute and continues to expand her education and experience to stay up to date on all of the latest products and services. Through her studies, she has found that there is a connection between overall health and healthy skin. When realizing that the other health care professionals at Vibrant Health Center share in the same beliefs, Jan instantly knew that she wanted to join our team. Jan strives to provide her clients with the best services possible to enhance their skin and educate them on the tools available. She will also advise you on the best home regimen that will work hand and hand with esthetic services which you have received. Jan is married to Tony Wehunt and they have two daughters April and Hannah. Having daughters with completely different skin types and concerns is one of the things that led Jan to esthetics and fueled her desire to find the correct and healthiest ways to treat the skin.
Gloria received her training as a health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During her training, she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Gloria’s teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and knowledge of different dietary theories, Gloria works with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
Front Desk Manager
When you walk through the door of Vibrant Heath Center, the smiling face behind the desk is Shelia Kress. Initially a freelance photographer in Colorado, Shelia moved to the Kennesaw- Acworth area with her husband, Justin, and their two daughters, Brittany and Desiree. Shelia came to work for Dr. Mikals at Vibrant Heath Center in September 2011, after doing a photo shoot of the building for Dr. Mikals’ website. She fell in love with the peaceful atmosphere and positive energy. She will happily help you with scheduling an appointment or answering your questions about the many great services and products Vibrant Heath Center has to offer. Shelia is Dr. Mikals’ right hand woman and is always mulling at administrative tasks with a smile. However, Shelia still holds excellent portrait sessions in her studio and the beautiful Acworth area.