Dr. Vladimir Turovskiy Acupuncture Physician serves as the head of Oriental Medicine at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. His approach at this new clinic shifts the traditional paradigm of the Medical Spa with medical procedures in the Spa, to one that utilizes Spa Medicine, a revolutionary plan laid out in the following interview.
Dr. Turovskiy has been practicing integrative medicine for over 20 years and is a worldwide leader in the field. When visiting Carillon miami, you won’t only have access to his team and far-reaching base of knowledge but all the amenities a spa guest receives, including a rooftop adults only pool and the European Thermal Experience—one of the country’s largest hydrotherapy circuits with nine hot and cold suites—where each thermal suite is designed to stimulate circulation, relieve pain, decrease stress, and rejuvenate the body.
For the layperson who doesn’t know much about integrative medicine, how would you introduce your practice to them and what are some key aspects that make this holistic approach worthwhile?
The central aspect of integrative medicine is its concentration on optimizing bodily functions. We approach health as not just the absence of disease but an optimal state of physical, mental, and emotional functioning. Our approach starts with a comprehensive diagnosis based on modern testing such as MRI and other imaging; in-depth blood work; and advanced tests to determine food intolerances, hormonal functions, brain chemical activities, and genetic makeup. We follow this with a traditional Oriental medicine diagnosis and modern computer energy analysis. Based on the results, an integrative diagnosis is made and a robust science-based treatment program is created.
Our approach to treatment is what I call the 4 I’s of Integrative medicine.
Individual: We design treatment plans based on the unique patient’s situation; we treat a person, not a disease.
Inclusive: All treatments available are included, modern and traditional, from Western and Oriental medical systems, according to the patient’s unique needs.
Intense: The inclusion of the treatments depends on creating a synergistic approach that will produce the most results in the shortest possible time for this individual patient.
Involved: Each patient’s input is encouraged, even required, from the get-go of creating a treatment plan to lifestyle changes and dietary modifications along the way. It is a collaborative work.
Can you tell us what’s unique about your approach to Oriental medicine?
My unique approach stems from my background and education. My conventional medical training and work in physical medicine allow me the opportunity to sort through the conventional medical data of the patient’s history to create an accurate diagnosis.
I received training in different approaches to Oriental medicine—graduating from two acupuncture colleges and taking a year—long post-graduate training in Japanese acupuncture. These trainings give me an opportunity to integrate different styles of acupuncture based on particular patient needs. I also received extensive training in many other treatment methods used in modern Oriental medicine such as physical therapy, exercise physiology, nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy, manual therapy, and biopuncture injections so my patients have an opportunity to receive the best possible care from many treatment approaches.
As Oriental Medicine is becoming more accepted as a viable alternative, are there any misconceptions about the practice you’d like to clear up?
First of all, I don’t view it as an alternative. Oriental medicine is based on promoting the body’s natural healing abilities and vital functions as the ultimate integrative approach and can easily be
introduced into a patient’s existing care. Another misconception is the view of acupuncture and Oriental medicine as “unscientific.” With thousands of years of history and vast populations of people relying on it throughout China, Korea, India Japan, and other Eastern countries, Oriental medicine has the longest track record of any medical system in the history of humankind.
One more misconception is that acupuncture, the most well-known practice within Oriental medicine, is painful. First, the degree of discomfort is greatly exaggerated. Second, some of the styles I practice are even more gentle, including the one in which needles never even get inserted at all. Finally, modern methods such as laser and electronic acupuncture are no-needle methods, so it is suitable even for young children, the elderly, and extremely fragile patients.
Can you tell us a bit about the different services you provide at Carillon Miami?
Along with Integrative Oriental Medicine, we provide some unique treatments within the spa of Carillon Resort.
Floatation is a unique relaxation treatment that creates an intense meditative environment as one weightlessly floats in an Epsom salt tank. This may evolve into an even more profound experience known as sensory deprivation, which has tremendous benefits for emotional health, healing of trauma, and the enhancement of creative and intuitive abilities. One of our tanks provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to have more than one floatation experience.
We also offer…
Infrared therapy through an infrared sauna and infrared Himalayan salt treatments for detoxification, weight loss, and pain therapy.
Whole body and local cryotherapy. Induced weight loss, inflammation reduction, stimulation of the immune system, and face rejuvenation are among many benefits of this wonderful therapy that also provides quite an energy boost and fatigue relief that’s quite necessary for this Miami heat.
Cryoskin, the latest advanced European technology for cellulite treatment, problem spot reduction, and fat loss.
Tell us a bit about your team at Carillon.
Our team includes members with backgrounds in health, cosmetology, yoga, nutrition, Oriental medicine, and other aspects of wellness and health. Elaine Kroytor, our Holistic therapist, has lengthy experience in electro-sound lymphatic therapy, which is essential for body detoxification, weight loss, and post-operative recovery. She also supervises and coordinates our team providing cryo and other therapies.
Who should consider visiting you at Carillon?
Many patients come to us as a “last resort,” with various chronic conditions they were not able to get relief from elsewhere. While this work is extremely satisfying to me as a physician of Oriental medicine, we are trying to create within Carillon a new concept of Spa medicine, where educated patients are coming not in need to treat a particular problem but as a preventative measure. Or, even better, not to just prevent disease and slow the aging process but to enhance functions to create a better quality of life with more happiness and productivity at work and home.
How did the collective approach in Moscow contribute to your strategy today?
My work in the most advanced orthopedic hospital in the Soviet Union, participating in the rehabilitation of Soviet athletes and ballet dancers, taught me the significant benefits of collaborative care. Not just occasional counciliums for difficult cases but daily meetings of entire treatment teams from operating surgeons to physical therapists, physiatrists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and rehab technicians produced amazing treatment outcomes even in the absence of the latest medical equipment. Medicine is an art and the quality of providers far outweighs the technological capabilities.
What is it about Carillon Miami that makes it the ideal place for your clinic?
Carillon Miami is the ultimate place for me to develop a life-enhancing approach to health care. Not only is it a beautiful facility designed explicitly for destination wellness, but it is a team of dedicated staff from wellness concierge to trainers and therapists who make it easy to provide and receive the best wellness care available. It comes from the fact that the resort is owned and managed by the people who see wellness not as a side business to the hotel but as a centerpiece of this unique facility. And as a result, Carillon attracts guests and residents who share the same values from all over the world, just as it becomes more popular with local health enthusiasts.