River Oaks Wellness is an establishment here in Houston with the main goal of having something for every one of your wellness needs.
We are comprised of many practitioners who have a passion for helping and serving your needs. You can find more about different services we offer here.
Located in the heart of Houston, we hope to be accesible to many people who either work, live, or frequent the area.
About Our Practitioners
Mimi Gruber, L.Ac.
After I realized that I was in to natural health and all of the possibilities that came with it, I joined the Acupuncture school here in Houston, Texas even though I didn't have any acupuncturist who encouraged me to go this route. Only one month in to the program did I really know that this is what I was meant to be doing with my life. There is nothing as rewarding as really helping people who come in with a crippling problem and leave feeling much different. That being said, I didn't realize how much acupuncture would be able to help me in pivotal points in my life in a very big way.
It started off with me suffering from crippling bouts of ADD-like issues. The pain of not being able to stop thinking from morning to night to even in my dreams was unreal. It would literally bring me to tears at some times because I really felt I would not be able to feel like a normal human being. It was through some key diagnosese that I was able to discover areas of my health that were leading to my mind being absolutely out of control. And it was through a couple of key modalities including acupuncture that helped me to detoxify my body and allow the function of my body to 'heal' my brain.
Then, not too long ago I got pregnant at the same time I signed a major contract that locked me in to some major responsibilites. The impending due date forcing me to finish much quicker than I originally intended led to some incredible stress in my daily life that wreaked havoc on my health. A little longer than halfway through my pregnancy, my sinuses began to shut off. This led to sleep apnea that would allow me only to sleep for 20 minutes at a time. The only way to describe how miserable I was is that the thought crossed my mind a few times on terminating my pregnancy.
I went to senior acupuncturists who couldn't really help me, and I decided I had to figure it out on my own. I eventually came across a long-since-passed Master acupuncturist who developed a particular formula for treating an issue that was related to mine- I gave it a shot and could feel the relief as my sinuses began to open up. I was even at the breaking point where, even though my husband initially feared me using herbs that could potentially affect my unborn child, he saw that they were helping my suffering and he didn't put up a fight afterwards. Even though I employed the use of other natural modalities (yoga and tai chi), it was because of acupuncture and herbs that I was able to sleep much longer, and I didn't have the stress burdening every waking moment. I was able to coast through the second half of my pregnancy at a much higher rate of functioning than before I started doing acupuncture and herbs on myself. By the way, my baby is totally healthy!
You can find out more about Mimi's business The Point-Acupuncture here!
Lisa McKelvey, LMT – 713-854-4588 Urban Kneads
Lisa studied European Massage and Amma Therapy at The New Center College in New York. She has been a Licensed Massage Therapist in Texas since 1999. She opened Urban Kneads in 2000 to offer a holistic healing and therapeutic approach to bodywork in her neighborhood. She specializes in soothing deep tissue and trigger point therapy while incorporating CranioSacral Therapy (CST), Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) and Reflexology to her sessions. Her keen sense of touch and intuition delivers a very healing and nurturing experience.
Lori Earley is a nationally board certified practitioner of Oriental Medicine. She is a native Houstonian who earned her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from The American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Houston, Texas, where she earned Valedictorian status of her graduating class. During her acupuncture and herbal training, she interned at the college’s clinic and at Sugar Land Methodist Hospital, providing treatments to over 400 patients in an out-patient setting.
Prior to her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 9 years and in academia for 2 years, as she gained a Master’s of Science in Biology, conducting research in the fields of biology, mycology and electron microscopy and publishing two abstracts in the Texas Journal of Microscopy.
With primary concentrations in stress management, depression and women’s health, Lori addresses health concerns, including painful and irregular periods, male and female infertility, prenatal and postpartum support, PCOS, menopause, and hormonal imbalances. She has extensive experience treating addiction, insomnia, mood disorders, autoimmune diseases, and pain management.
In addition, Lori has received advanced training in cosmetic acupuncture by Dr. Martha Lucas, founder of Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System, and she is furthering her post-graduate studies in advanced systems of pulse diagnosis and Dr. Tan’s Balance Method. Lori has completed Levels I & II certification forEsoteric Acupuncture by Dr. Mikio Sankey, and she is a Reiki Master.
Lori Earley is a board member and the Secretary of the Texas Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Lori is the founder and president of Greater Houston Acupuncture Alliance and is a columnist forThe Indigo Sun, and she has also been a featured guest lecturer on Traditional Chinese Medicine at The University of Texas School of Medicine.
Gloria was trained and certified as a colon hydrotherapist in 2007 in Tampa Florida by Suzanne Margolis Gray and trained by Helen Eisenstein in Manhattan, New York. Gloria developed a passion for natural health while taking care of her elderly parents for many years. She saw the decline of her parents health and the health of seven of her siblings due to bad habits that affected their health. After her parent's passing, she worked for the elderly as a caregiver and saw their health improve greatly just by diet change and simple hydration, positive interaction, and love. She saw their doctors remove many of their medication because of improved health.
Gloria makes every effort to keep her services clean and safe for you. You can be rest assured that before every colon hydrotherapy session, you will recieve a one-time use hose to assure absolutely zero cross contamination. Also, after every session, her room will be cleaned and sterilized. Her table sheets are white because, "white doesn't lie", so again the sheets are changed after every session with her.
Amanda Sanchez is a nationally board certified Acupuncturist and clinical herbalist. She is a native
Houstonian who earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Houston and then
continued to pursue her education where she completed a four year master's program from the
American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She completed over 2,000 hours of
Traditional Chinese Medicine along with western bio-medical courses and two years of of hands on
training in which she treated over 500 patients. Before her professional career, Amanda worked in the
dental field for 10 years where she performed many dental procedures and educated the community
on the importance of oral health and the effect it can have on the whole body.
Amanda is specializing in pain management and treats many other health conditions such as stress, anxiety,depression, insomnia,allergies, facial rejuvenation, women's health issues and fertility. Her mission is to provide the best personalized holistic healthcare experience that is a safe,natural and effective treatment based on the individual as a whole. She develops a customized body, mind and spirit approach to help you reach your optimum level of wellness. Amanda is the founder of Holistic
Healing which is located inside the River Oaks Wellness Center located in Houston,Texas.