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Complementary health care

McCullough-Hyde offers both acupuncture and massage therapy in our Wellness Center to provide more comprehensive health care choices.

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Complementary medicine includes therapies, such as acupuncture, therapeutic massage, yoga, and aromatherapy that can "complement" conventional medicine. The purpose is to enhance and improve the ability of the patient to heal or be relieved of symptoms.


Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body with very fine thin solid needles.

The National Institutes of health, the nation's medical research agency (a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services) and the National Cancer Institute recognize the benefits of acupuncture.

Acupuncture can provide effective treatment for:

  • Pain is the most common reason people seek acupuncture.
  • Cancer related symptoms: acupuncture can improve the immune system causing an increase in the number of white blood cells, relieves/reduces nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and reduces pain.
  • Reproductive: increased fertility, reduces painful menses, and helps menopausal symptom.
  • Emotional/mental: reduces depression, anxiety, insomnia and anorexia.

For more information on acupuncture, please visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternitive Medicine (NCCAM) website.

Massage therapy

Massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness. Massage therapy is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intending to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation.

Massage therapy benefits include:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Lessens pain including pain caused by fibromyalgia and headaches.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Lessens depression and anxiety.
  • Increases circulation, thus pumping oxygen and nutrients into the tissues and vital organs.
  • Reduces post surgery and post trauma recovery.

Massage Therapy is offered at our Ross location and Oxford Wellness Center.

Visit the NCCAM website for more information on massage therapy.

Our staff

Emily Gerberick-DouglasEmily Gerberick-Douglas, CMT, graduated from S.H.I. Integrated Massage School in Lebanon, OH. She interned with Heather Morgan, M.D., Centerville, OH. Emily received her Ohio Massage licensed from the State of Ohio in 2003 and is a member of The American Massage Therapy Association. She has certifications in crania-sacral therapy, integrative myoneural therapy and cervical and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Emily practices both relaxation and medical massage.

Lora HickmanLora Hickman received her massage therapy certification from the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage in 2010 graduating at the top of her class. Her education was focused on the human body so that she could pursue a career that involved integrating and sustaining healthy and functional lifestyles. She has worked closely with chiropractors, where she specialized in cases of injury and chronic pain. Clients appreciate her firm touch, intuition, and specific knowledge of anatomy.

Lora specializes in relaxing Swedish-style massage, incorporating deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports massage and stretching techniques into the massage if needed, focusing on any problem areas you have. Lora has had success treating sciatica, migraine and headaches, postural discomfort, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, and more. She is a licensed and insured medical massage therapist, offering sessions that are committed to relieving the source of your pain, and not simply providing temporary relief.

Derek JohnsonDerek Johnson, AL.Ac, earned a Bachelors of Science from Miami University and a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and a Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, IL. He was trained in all facets of oriental medicine including Japanese, Korean, and Chinese acupuncture techniques, electro-acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, cupping, tuina (Chinese massage) and moxibustion. Derek is licensed by the State of Ohio as an acupuncturist and certified as a diplomat of acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

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