About Art of Healing
About Our Centers & People
At Art of Healing, we value the partnership with patients to address health challenges in a compassionate and proactive way.
At the Art of Healing, we optimize your health challenges
and make efforts to get you back to you again.
Our healers work together with the individual to optimize their strengths and improve areas of vulnerability. This empowers people to access their ability to heal and live the life they desire. Our therapists are trained in a multitude of areas and our priority is getting to know the needs of individuals and developing personalized health plans to provide the best care possible to increase serenity and overall well-being. Our personalized treatments consist of acupuncture/ dry needling, multiple therapeutic modalities, as well as nutritional and herbal recommendations.
John Kunihiro is the founder of Art of Healing, an Atlanta company specializing in Manual Therapy and Oriental Medicine. John has been in the healthcare industry for over 25 years, having practiced in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tokyo, Japan, and Boca Raton, Florida. Twenty-two years ago he established his home and business headquartered in Atlanta. Although he is well versed in many therapeutic technologies, he is particularly known for his independent development of Kunihiro Method, as a process for establishing physical equilibrium and optimum health while promoting prevention
Homeopathic Medicine - Atlanta Midtown
Dr. Wesley Bandeira
Core Transformation Emotional Relief Therapist
Dr. Wesley Bandeira is a world-renowned expert, teacher, and interventionist who has mastered energetic and somato-emotional healing techniques through the study and knowledge of:
* EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
* Brain Spotting
* EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques
* TFT – Thought Field Therapy
* Quantum Healing is the power of mind and conscience in the pursuit of integral health. We are energetic bodies, like all matter, and our individual bioenergetic systems are the basis for feelings of health or disease, physical or emotional pain, and body regeneration. Thus, any disturbance in the human body is energetic. If energy alignment is achieved, the symptoms subside. Treating the problems of the mind and body with the regulation of the subtle energies helps to restore energetic balances for the whole person.
Acknowledged Physician in the Regional Council of Medicine in São Paulo and Brasília
Certified Therapist recognized by EMDR International
The receiver of the Honorary Citizen title in São Paulo, BR.
Recognized in the media the Medical Doctor of Artists and Politicians.
Experienced in public speaking and teaching for over 20 years.
Acknowledged coach in leadership.
Medical Doctor for 20 years with a well-renowned clinic in Brasília.
Clerical Leader in both Brazil and USA for over 20 years.
Head of a Health Center in Brasília, BR.
Senior Acupuncturist & Herbologist - Both Locations
Herbalist and Acupuncturist
Francine Choren earned her BS in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. As a McNair’s Scholar, she also practiced under the mentorship of renowned field experts Marjorie Woollacott PhD and Sandy Saavedra PT, PhD where she was able to publish her groundbreaking research on human development control through pioneering neurological assessment techniques.
Continuing her passion for helping others, Francine earned her master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine campus in Chicago, Illinois. As a student, she furthered her outreach by working at community clinics, treating diverse groups of patient ailments including fertility, cold and flu, orthopedic injury, depression, and pain and stress management.
Francine is originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil and is a second generation acupuncturist. Her father, also an acupuncturist, and mother, a healthcare professional, have shared over a decade of medical experience with her. Today Francine is dedicated to bridging the gap between Western and Eastern medicines and chairs several committees and national initiatives working towards that goal. While her practice treats all types of conditions, her focus continues to be women’s health, mental health, stress management, and sports injuries.
Francine is a Nationally certified Herbalist and Acupuncturist, licensed in the state of Georgia and Illinois. She founded the Community Health Integration (CHI) Initiative and is an active member and contributor to the Illinois Acupuncture Association of Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). Francine continues her development through partnerships with nationally recognized hospitals, participation in national and international seminars and fellowships. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Senior Massage Therapist - Atlanta Midtown
Lic. Massage Therapist
Amanda has been a licensed therapist practicing massage since 2014. She graduated from McCann School of Business and Technology in her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana in 2014. Amanda completed her board exams and became licensed in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and practiced her first year of massage in the greater Philadelphia area. Amanda then moved back south and is also licensed in Alabama and Georgia. Amanda is a certified Aromatherapist and Aromatherapy is her specialty and the catalyst that led her into the message field. She has a brand launching called Lavender Etcetera that you are sure to love and use for anything from colds and sinus issues too, digestion aid, relaxation, and stress relief. All with organic, food-grade essential oils and carrier oils blended to perfection.
She also enjoys and provides Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Hot stone, Swedish, Sports, Cryotherapy, Body Wraps, Scrubs, and chair massage. Amanda believes in holistic health for the body, heart, mind, and soul. She was trained to have an individualistic approach to each message, she sees it as an art form and truly loves what she does!
Lic. Massage Therapist
Roy Bandilla has an extensive knowledge of anatomy coupled with his intuition cultivated throughout 15+ years of his experience as a neuromuscular massage therapist which allowed him to hone the craft of addressing the body's needs.
Drawing from a variety of healing modalities, an eclectic approach to massage enables him to tailor each treatment to the needs of each client. His main focus is to alleviate pain, relieve stress, nurture, and soothe.
Graduated in 1998 from New Life Institute ( later known as Rising Spirit) Atlanta
Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and Swedish Massage
The Business owner since 2000
License. : mt003407
Acupuncturist - Atlanta Location
Senior Therapist - Lic. Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Chinese medicine has always been intriguing to Michael Sakowich. During his teenage years, he began studying acupuncture and Asian philosophy. Then at age 25, he steered away from a potentially a promising career in western medicine and decided that Chinese medicine was the best path of healing. From that moment forward, Chinese medicine became part of Mikes life path.
Living in Colorado, he chose to study at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. During his training, he was involved in a private mentorship with professor Michael Young for three years in Zen Shiatsu and Japanese meridian therapy.
After graduating, he started a private practice in Boulder, Colorado where he treated people of varying backgrounds and conditions, with an emphasis primarily in sports medicine and chronic pain. To better serve his patients, he attended a post-graduate program in New York City at Tri-State Acupuncture College. The focus of this program was on orthopedic medicine and rehabilitation and presented the traditional Chinese techniques that lay the basis of modern dry needling technique. This course also ignited Mike’s previous interest in the vast practices of Yin Style Bagua. Yin Style Bagua is a system of healing techniques through acupuncture and massage, as well as Qi gong practices that encourage the cultivation of the body and mind through qi gong, meditation and it’s expansive system of martial arts. Michael has been practicing these techniques daily for the past 7 years.
Mike’s well-rounded background and 11 years of experience make him a skillful and trustworthy practitioner. He is excited to be part of the team at the Art of Healing which allows him access to help a wide range of patients. The idea of utilizing the wisdom and practicality of traditional medicine and blending the benefits of modern medicine is a model that is balanced and powerful. It creates an atmosphere that is professional, well rounded, and profoundly healing, and should serve as a model for a new path of modern medicine.
Mike uses a combination of Japanese and Chinese Meridian therapy treatments, dry needle technique and shiatsu. Mike has a strong belief that when acupuncture is combined with herbal therapy while managing diet and lifestyle, integrative medicine has a potential for great transformations of the body.
When not treating patients, Mike enjoys spending his time with his wife Samira and exploring Atlanta and the surrounding area.
Maria "Zuki" Fumero Mussini
Lic. Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Maria Fumero Mussini, known as "Zuki", is a licensed acupuncturist practicing traditional Chinese medicine. She is a certified practicioner in the NADA protocol, a proven treatment modality that helps people with stress-related ailments, addictions, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is also a generalist that can treat many conditions including pain, digestive disorders, migraines, menopause, arthritis, asthma and more.
Zuki uses acupuncture as a way to balance the mind and body. Early in her career, she noticed that many diseases are influenced by the mind. She spent more than a decade helping people who were clinically diagnosed with severe mental disorders before deciding to transition into the field of acupuncture. She successfully uses Chinese medicine techniques and her knowledge of mental illness to help those with debilitating conditions.
Drawn to energy healing, Zuki is also a certified hypnotherapist and Reconnective Healer. Additionally, she is a Reiki Master and skilled at the art of using crystals and essential oils to enhance meditation and healing. Zuki can balance a person's body using a holistic approach, which helps her clients with a variety of issues.
Zuki is a licensed acupuncture physician in the State of Florida and a licensed acupuncturist in Georgia. She is a board certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine and earned her master's degree at Acupuncture and Massage College, and a bachelor's degree in mental health from Carlos Albizu University.
Acupuncturist - Sandy Springs Location
Lic. Acupuncture Physician and Herbalist
Edwin Uribe is passionate about Oriental Medicine and how it can help one feel better and prosper. His exposure to a very large and loving group of family and friends showed him how live for each other even in the most difficult times. He watched his father succumb to a combination of preventable disease and a lamentable apathy in the medical system that sees such a vast majority of people subjected only to pharmacological or surgical prescriptions to disease. A month after his father passed away, he was inspired to help others in a more conscientious and caring way than what he had experienced with his father. Edwin began his formal studies of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Western Health Sciences at Dragon Rises College of Oriental medicine in August of 2011 with the understanding and goal to find a way for people to live more fulfilled lives.
At Dragon Rises College he studied Traditional and Contemporary oriental medical diagnosis and the various tools and techniques they employ to assist in Healing. Among these tools and techniques are Acupuncture, Fire Cupping, Tui Na Massage, Herbal Therapy, Moxibustion Therapy, and Qi Gong exercises. These are all of course very important therapies, but are generally secondary to one’s daily lifestyle and habits such as in diet, physical activity, routine, proximity to loved ones, involvement with the community and an understanding of how these things can combine to bring purpose, meaning, and joy to one’s life
After Graduation in 2014, Edwin spent two years working with the Geriatric community in Sun City Center Health and Wellness, an Integrative Medicine Clinic in Ruskin, Fl. In 2017 he moved to Gainesville, Fl where he worked with Physical Therapists to combine their treatment plans with acupuncture, cupping and herbal medicine to achieve even better results for the patients! Soon after he was offered the position of Assistant Supervisor in the Student Clinic at Dragon Rises College where he had the pleasure to help instruct students in taking what they’ve learned in the classroom and showing them how to apply that to real life patients.
Lic. Acupuncture Physician and Herbalist
Robinson Gaviria is not only a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, but he is a registered nurse, blending the two disciplines to offer a highly effective technique and method of care to treat pain, allergies, and stress. Dr. Gaviria’s preferred styles of acupuncture (Balance Method Acupuncture, Master Tung Style, and Auricular Acupuncture) bring particular benefits to the treatment and management of pain. Utilizing these methods, Dr. Gaviria is often able to eliminate or significantly reduce pain within seconds of needle insertion. Furthermore, these methods help in the preparation for surgery and to accelerate the healing process post-surgery.
In addition to pain management (Sports Injuries, Plantar Fascitis, Sciatica, Back Pain, Joint Pain, Neck Pain, etc.), Dr. Gaviria has witnessed amazing results in his patients dealing with neurological issues (Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraine, Headaches, Meniere’s Disease, Dizziness and Vertigo, Neuropathies, etc.), digestive issues (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chron’s Disease, Gastritis, Indigestion, Colitis, Acid Reflux, Nausea, etc.), dermatological issues (Acne, Carbuncles, Edema), ENT issues (TMJ, Nose Bleeds, Dry or Teary Eyes, Styes, Excessive Salivation, etc.), respiratory issues (Allergies, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Asthma), women’s health issues (Menopause, PMS, Cystitis), and stress and emotional issues (Irritability, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, etc.). His pleasant-manner allows not only adult patients to feel at ease but also children and adolescents.
Lic. Acupuncturist Therapist and Herbalist
Maria is a native of Miami, FL who has recently made GA her new home. Growing up in a large family food was always a unifying element. Maria learned at an early age the healing power of food and the benefits of traditional healing. One of her earliest memories of this was watching her grandparents prepare herbal teas and remedies from herbs and plants that were collected from their backyard each time anyone was not feeling well. This ignited a 20-year career in the healthcare field specializing in food and nutrition. Maria worked in hospitals, retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where she combined her passion for helping people with the healing properties of herbs and foods. Maria was initially drawn to acupuncture after part of her face became paralyzed due to a condition typically caused due to high levels of stress, known as Bell's Palsy. Through acupuncture, Maria experienced an accelerated, full recovery. It was this that inspired her to pursue a career as an acupuncture physician. Maria earned her Masters in Oriental Medicine from Acupuncture Massage College in Miami, FL. She is a board-certified acupuncturist licensed to practice in Georgia and Florida. Prior to joining Art of Healing, she held a private practice in Florida treating patients with a variety of conditions including chronic pain, injuries, infertility, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, addictions, weight management, PTSD and more. In her practice, Maria also incorporated Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Facial rejuvenation
with cosmetic acupuncture is a healthy way to reduce the signs of aging and promote overall health.
When Maria is not at the clinic, she enjoys cooking healing foods, traveling, DIY projects, and spending quality time with her family.
Maria is excited to be part of the Art Of Healing team and looks forward to helping you reach your wellness goals.
Management - Both Locations
As a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, David Newman has successfully owned and operated a number of restaurants, catering companies, event planning companies, management consulting companies along his way to being Art of Healing's top business executive.
Janine Rahl was born in Goiania, Brazil amid a troubling political and economic atmosphere. In this disadvantaged community, she grew a passion and appreciation for service, education, and healthcare access. Janine earned her bachelor's degree in Media Communication. Through the dissemination of information as a reporter and writer, she aimed to elevate communities by bringing in knowledge and awareness. Throughout her career and volunteer efforts, Janine has mastered English, Spanish, and Portuguese. After moving to the United States, she recognized that this developed country lacked something that even her small community in Brazil had – an acceptance of alternative and complementary medical systems. Upon noticing this shortcoming, she has utilized her skills and cultural competency to work in the industry to emphasize the benefits of these therapies and expand their use within traditional biomedical systems--
SOME OF OUR AREAS OF SERVICE
Anger Management/ Rage
PTSD – Traumas
Depression and Anxiety