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Connor Integrative Medicine focuses on whole person for healing

7/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Ted Gannon, LAc, offers acupuncture services at University Hospitals’ Connor Integrative Medicine Network.
Photo courtesy of University Hospitals’ Connor Integrative Medicine Network
SHARON — University Hospitals’ Connor Integrative Medicine Network promotes healing and wellness by focusing on the whole person, according to its coordinator, Terri DePaola.

Though based at University Hospitals’ Ahuja Medical Center, the Connor Integrative Medicine Network is being expanded to 18 locations, including Sharon Health Center, located at 5133 Ridge Road, Suite 1. It can be reach at 330-239-4455.

DePaola explained the integrative medicine approach centers on both the prevention and minimization of disease and the promotion and optimization of well-being.

Facility specialists combine traditional medical services with evidence-based, holistic therapies to expand treatment options and promote optimum health of mind, body and spirit, according to Network officials. In addition to traditional treatments such as surgery and pharmacology, they may use therapies such as acupuncture, integrative psychiatry, life coaching, massage, music therapy, myofascial release, reflexology, hypnotherapy, mindfulness training, meditation, reiki, tai chi and yoga in treating patients.

“We also are one of the only health systems in the country to offer Ayurveda classes and Ayurvedic coaching at the Ahuja Medical Center,” said DePaola.

Ayurveda is an alternative form of medicine from India and predates Chinese medicine by 2,000 years, making it 5,000 years old, she added.

“Our vision is that, eventually, every location will offer all these services. In the meantime, our clients can participate in programs offered at any location,” said DePaola. “At Sharon Center, established about six months ago, current available services include traditional medicine, acupuncture and message therapy. Research in the last 15 years has shown that acupuncture can be used successfully to treat many conditions, including not only pain, but also anxiety and depression, gastrointestinal problems, infertility, respiratory and even TMJ [temporomandibular disorders].”

DePaola said Ted Gannon is the acupuncturist at Sharon Center and specializes in treating people suffering from migraines, fibromyalgia and cancer. He has a master’s degree in oriental medicine and is a nationally certified diplomat in acupuncture. He is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board and also has done postgraduate studies in Qigong.

“Integrative medicine is growing because of demand from the public,” said DePaola. “It works best for chronic conditions, especially when conventional medicine does not seem to be working.”

For more information about the business, visit www.uhhospitals.org/services/inte grative-medicine/integrative-medicine.

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