The Evolve Wellness Center is a progressively innovative wellness center that combines the naturally holistic methods of modern evidenced based Chiropractic, ancient Yoga and Acupuncture, functional nutrition and overall health education in an integrative life-style based approach to preventative health care. The Evolve Wellness Center's sole purpose is to lead the way in the prevention and education based health care revolution by using these combined methods to improve the quality and longevity of the lives of the people and families in the surrounding communities. Thus, by fulfilling this mission, we hope to help build a better, more health and environmentally conscious community and world. The Evolve Wellness Center exists to assist and serve the families of the community in attaining and maintaining true health and wellness through integrative holistic care and a more natural harmonious lifestyle.
Dr. Edwin G. Amrhein III, DC, BS
Dr. Edwin grew up on a farm locally (Portersville) and actually practiced martial arts for years in the space which is now Evolve Wellness Center. He is very happy to return home to achieve his dream of having a local true wellness center. He was a natural science major at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated Summa Cum Laude before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa Campus, in 2003. While at Palmer, he balanced his intense schooling with being a volunteer yoga teacher, a martial arts instructor, the vice-president of the outdoor club, and community volunteer. He chose to focus on traditional chiropractic techniques and did advanced training in Gonstead, Activator, and Trigger Point.
In 2006, Dr. Edwin graduated Summa Cum Laude, earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer, and returned back to Western Pennsylvania. Before the opening of Evolve Wellness Center, Dr. Edwin practiced in a large clinic in Beaver County for 5.5 yrs. It was during these years that he began furthering his education on functional nutrition and continuing to learn various advanced soft tissue techniques while honing his adjusting skills. At this time he also began to notice the differences between those who responded well to conservative chiropractic care and those who did not. Those that did were typically more active and had better nutritional habits. While, those who did not were typically more sedentary, had poor eating habits, and were possibly over weight. This is how and when his style matured of trying to provide truly honest evidenced based health and wellness advice with his traditional chiropractic methods. During this period, he also developed his unique way of combining cutting edge soft tissue work with his chiropractic adjustments, which used in conjunction always yielded better and faster results. A 100% functioning nervous system and biomechincs are only as good as the matter in which they are made or as he has been known to say, "100% functioning junk is still junk!"
Dr. Edwin became known for giving thorough, high quality, relaxed and not rushed care, for giving refreshingly honest and customized advice, and clear explanations of health, healing, and any and all related topics. He truly looks forward to serving and providing Zelienople and the surrounding areas with honest logical advice, thorough care, and a big heart, all while at a reasonable rates. As,he is one to practice what he preaches and prefers to lead through example, if you see him running at Moraine or rock climbing at McConnell's Mills, please do say hello. He is always willing to talk and philosophize about the mind-body connection, chiropractic, exercise, and nutrition. Don't be surprised if he gets too excited and goes into too much detail, he means well.
Melanie Wood, cert. Yoga Instructor
Ms. Wood has been teaching yoga and belly dance in various forms for over 13 years. She has successfully taught and promoted workshops nationally and has sold her handmade clothing and jewelry internationally. She has an ashtanga background, with certifications in both power yoga, Yoga Fit Kids and Yoga Fit Prenatal. Ms. Wood also plans to obtain certifications in the immediate future in senior, acro yoga and other yoga based therapeutic techniques. She also plans on teaching various dance classes, such as, belly dance, cardio bhangra (Bollywood style dance), and West African dance.
Daniel Johnson, L.Ac.
Daniel Johnson is a State of Pennsylvania Medical Board licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine. He is board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Daniel attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology. His studies focused on health psychology and the mind-body connection.
In 2008, Daniel graduated from the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas. He has studied in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, Daniel has received certification and advanced training in three forms of Japanese Medicine. While studying Chinese medicine, Daniel was deeply influenced by the study of Tai Chi Chuan, internal kung fu, and Raja Yoga. These quiet systems of meditation, movement, and healing provide Daniel with a daily practice that brings strength and focus to his Acupuncture treatments. Daniel continues to expand his practice by attending professional development seminars given by world-class practitioners. In October 2010, Daniel earned the title Certified Tea Master and is currently a member of the American Teamasters Association.
Oriental Medicine is a practice of health that Daniel lives on a daily basis. He teaches and models a healthy, balanced lifestyle to his patients, inspiring them to be more aware, active, and engaged in restoring and optimizing their health. Daniel incorporates the traditional healing systems of China, Japan, and India into his modern medical practice. Daniel possesses a great degree of empathy for others and a natural talent for listening, teaching, and drinking tea.
Peggy Shaw, Licensed Massage Therapist
Peggy is a licensed massage therapist, certified Zen Shiatsu practitioner, and Traditional Healing Foods Wellness Educator and Chef. She studied at the International School of Shiatsu, graduating in 2001, as well as natural food institutes (the Kushi Institute and Vega Study Center). Growing up she was passionate about food – eating and creating it. When she started taking yoga in her late teens she fell in love with the movement and stillness. This fascination with movement of the body and the ability to create space brought about the beginning of her journey learning different massage techniques.
“Nothing Happens Until Something Moves” ~ Albert Einstein
From a Western point of view, massage therapies work effectively to calm the autonomic nervous system, assist in blood and lymph circulation, help to maintain healthy muscle tone, and strengthen the immune system.
Health can be defined as the body maintaining a dynamic state of balance (homeostasis) in which our body’s energy is neither over or under-active. In Chinese Medicine, all sickness, disease and their symptoms are related to an underlying imbalance in a person’s energy system. Receiving massage and bodywork treatments on a maintenance basis can be an important aspect of Preventative Healthcare and Wellness.
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