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Avante Welcomes Dr Wendy Willmon DC!

Dr Wendy WillmonAvante is extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Willmon, DC to our great team. In almost 20 years she is the first chiropractic physician we have had the honor to work with onsite.

She is a wonderful practitioner and an absolute joy to interact with. Dr. Wendy brings her 20 years of experience as a chiropractic physician to Avante and is available now for appointments.

We look forward to sharing Dr. Wendy’s care with you for your chiropractic needs, physical health optimization and workers comp . Dr. Wendy is preferred with both Blue Cross and Aetna.

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What is Active Release Technique® (ART®)

One of my favorite things is feeling a stuck sciatic nerve slide on by and watching the surprise on a person’s face as they move there hip without pain. I love it when a person who can only use the rear view mirrors swivels like an owl the next time they back up after a treatment and it doesn’t hurt. I especially enjoy the concern leaving a person’s face as they step on the floor and their feet do not cause them to wince.

All of us are athletes to some degree in our lives and need our bodies to move and perform well. Active Release Technique® (ART®) is Dr. P. Michael Leahy’s patented state of the art contribution to improving how our bodies move. It improves performance, helps protect against injury as well as speeds recovery from injury. ART providers can be found all over the world including right here in Anchorage at Avante Medical Center with Grant Gibbs LMT, that’s me.

I became interested in ART ® working as a trigger point therapist with a couple of friends that practice it. I kept hearing stories of people getting help with their injuries and performance issues from ART® after trying many things that hadn’t worked well. Experiencing the technique myself, I was surprised at how easily it improved things in my own body.

After a long hike on MT. Rainier, I had pain in my left foot. I thought it might be broken. I worked with another friend who practices ART®. He assessed the area and released a particular nerve, several specific muscles and fascia. After three visits and practicing the recommended self care to keep the area unstuck, I was good to go.

I recently worked with a pilot in his late 30’s. He had injured the front of his hip after a wrong turn off Tin Can in Turnagain Pass had him slogging back to his car. It hurt to walk and he couldn’t lift his leg to go skiing. He responded very well to ART®. We released some nerves and muscles located at the hip that were very dense and stuck together. After two visits and practicing supportive self-care, he was good to go. I saw him in passing a month later and he was back to skiing with no pain.

I treated a very active woman who couldn’t hike with her dogs in the mountains due to hip, low back and neck pain. Over a period of 6 weeks we identified and corrected a problem with her feet and used ART® to get her back to hiking regularly with her dogs with no pain.

I treated a woman who works at a desk, travels and loves to quilt. She had sharp searing pain in her upper back. Five treatments of ART®, a couple corrective exercises and a change in her cutting table ergonomics and she is doing well.

Part of a treatment with me includes finding things we can do that put less strain and pain into the body. I have had many people who use computers often switch to a track ball or vertical mouse (I like Kensington Expert Mouse or the Evolute Vertical). This makes their shoulder and neck so much happier. Putting a pillow at the upper back and pillows on the lap while watching a movie, reading or texting is very relaxing. I call it a Seated Restorative Yoga Pose. Yup, you actually can text and do yoga.

What can ART help?

ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to http://www.activerelease.com with any questions you may have.

To schedule call 770-6700.

A physical exam and referral from your Avante Medical Provider are required.

We verify coverage for this service if you want us to bill insurance for you.

Aetna and Blue Cross preferred provider.


Grant Gibbs LMT

Full Body and Long Tract Nerve Entrapment ART® Certified Provider

Most allergies begin – and can be treated – in the gut

 By Jana Nalbandian, ND

Treating the digestive tract helps with decreasing symptoms of most allergies or at least alleviates the severity of symptoms.  Gut health is the cornerstone of naturopathic medicine.  By improving your overall gut health including building up a healthy mucus membrane layer in the digestive tract along with good quality normal flora (probiotics), you can reduce your immune response to allergens. 

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Fight Memory Loss with a Smile (or Chuckle)

Source:  Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

avante photo31Too much stress can take its toll on the body, mood, and mind. As we age it can contribute to a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Recent research has shown that the stress hormone cortisol damages certain neurons in the brain and can negatively affect memory and learning ability in the elderly. Researchers at Loma Linda University have delved deeper into cortisol's relationship to memory and whether humor and laughter -- a well-known stress reliever -- can help lessen the damage that cortisol can cause. Their findings were presented on Sunday, April 27, at the Experimental Biology meeting.

Gurinder Singh Bains et al. showed a 20-minute laugh-inducing funny video to a group of healthy elderly individuals and a group of elderly people with diabetes. The groups where then asked to complete a memory assessment that measured their learning, recall, and sight recognition. Their performance was compared to a control group of elderly people who also completed the memory assessment, but were not shown a funny video. Cortisol concentrations for both groups were also recorded at the beginning and end of the experiment.

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New Innovative Approaches to Treating IBS

 “Could you have Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth?”

by Jana Nalbandian, ND

In 2008 a gastroenterologist, Dr. Mark Pimentel started researching the possible connection between small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and patients with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  SIBO is when abnormally large numbers of colon bacterial grow in the small intestines.  What Dr. Pimentel discovered is creating a major shift in how we view IBS; maybe it is just a bacterial infection.  In fact in his research Dr. Pimentel discovered in one
study that as high as 84% of cases with IBS tested positive for SIBO.  Since then several studies have been produced and verified Dr. Pimentel’s findings.

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