About Us

Liz Olivas, BFA, MT, CLT, RIOB

lizolivasLiz Olivas is the president and founder of The Therapeutic Alternative. Liz earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Dance at Ohio University in 1985. A strong background in kinesiology, anatomy and physiology and movement based therapy, inspired her interest in therapeutic bodywork.  Liz became licensed in the state of Florida to practice massage therapy in January 1987.

In 1994 Liz then became a  Certified Lymphedema Therapist who has trained with Hildegard Wittlinger of The Dr. Vodder School in Walchsee, Austria.   In early 2019 she became certified in Modern MLD State of the Art, Advanced Certification.  Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) therapy is rapidly evolving, and  this comprehensive/intensive course, provided by the International Lymphedema & Wound Training Institute (ILWTI), has elevated these traditional paradigms, integrating new evidence-based research and ICG fluoroscopy of live lymphatics, to create the new Lymphatic & Integumentary Rehabilitation (LIR™) approach.

Additionally, she is an Advanced Practitioner and a Registered Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy® with the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International®.

Liz brings with her an accumulation of over 32 years of private practice; during this time she recognized a need for a form of therapy that effectively releases tension, stress, acute and chronic pain with little or no damage to the surrounding tissues. She has combined and blended methods in the treatment of post mastectomy lymphedema and post mastectomy pain syndromes. She also works with clients who have post-surgical issues caused by edema, scar tissue and traumas, as well as structural misalignments.

As a pioneer in her field, she has explored outside the box of the conventional approach to treatment and is sought out to teach and share her discoveries with students as well as other therapists.

Liz Olivas maintains a private practice at The Therapeutic Alternative in Boca Raton Florida.

 

 Beverly Dowdle, LMT, LLCC

Beverly brings over 32 years of experience of therapeutic bodywork to the table. In 2001 she began studying the European Lymph Drainage Therapy/Dr.Bruno Chikly method and is a Certified Lymphatic Specialist. She has also completed Dr. Vodder’s  Basic and Therapy 1 MLD trainings  and continues her studies through in-house training with Liz Olivas in our Advanced Lymphatic Therapy™. Beverly joined The Therapeutic Alternative team in 2010 as our Health and Beauty Detox Specialist and loves to introduce clients to our unique body brushing treatments. She also enjoys working with clients who undergo plastic surgery as well as other surgical procedures to help speed up their recovery process. She receives many referrals from local surgeons who understand the benefits of Lymphatic Therapy for pre and post-operative procedures.

When she arrived at The Therapeutic Alternative, Beverly was introduced and has become an Associate of Ortho-Bionomy®. She now incorporates this gentle, non-invasive therapy into her practice for clients who seek pain relief.

Beverly is our go to person for Pre/Post-natal massage. Blending Swedish, Ortho-Bionomy and Lymph Drainage Therapy, she offers a truly effective and relaxing treatment for moms-to-be.

Outside of massage, Beverly enjoys painting with watercolors as a hobby and continues to explore her love of this medium. We are proud to display her artwork here at The Therapeutic Alternative.

 

Yini Perel, LMT, RPOB

Yini (pronounced Jeanie) is a Licensed Massage Therapist and is certified as a Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy by the Society of Ortho-Bionomy, International®.  A former Industrial Engineer from Caracas, Venezuela, Yini was introduced to massage therapy in 1997, as she was looking to understand the different ways to ease back pain without having to take pills or go under the knife for relief.   Yini became a Florida-licensed massage therapist in 1998 and has maintained a private practice since 1999, focusing on relief of acute and chronic pain. She has studied Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue and Pre-Natal Massage.

  Yini was introduced to Ortho-Bionomy in 2004. She fell in love with the gentle approach Ortho-Bionomy offers to the therapist as well as the receiver.  She began studying Ortho-Bionomy and is now a certified Practitioner.  She continues her training towards Advanced Practitioner certification.

Yini says this about Ortho-Bionomy; “In my practice, I have seen great reductions in pain and tension in my clients.  The process is gentle, effective, and teaches the body to move away from pain.  Ortho-Bionomy is great for treating strains, injuries, acute and chronic pain, and is also beneficial for increasing overall wellness and inner peace.”

 

Davis Sapper, OTR/L, CLT, CDRS | Progressive HealthWorks, Inc.

davissapper2While undergoing her undergraduate studies in northern California in 1987, Davis founded the Agency for Independent Mobility. Davis’s agency was created in order to enhance the lives of those with developmental disabilities, by providing specialized community travel training, and community safety training programs, of which she continues to own and operate to this day. Davis graduated from Florida International University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She interned at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in the Hand Therapy, Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury Departments. Davis specialized in upper extremity rehabilitation and worked in clinics serving people with diagnosis such as orthopedic, neurological, cancer, sports and occupational injuries. She developed rehabilitation programs for outpatient rehabilitation clinics in San Francisco, Oakland and San Leandro, California until 2003.

Davis provides driver rehabilitation services to persons’ with every level and type of physical disability including: spinal cord injury and stenosis, amputation, MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, post Stroke evaluating and teaching the safe use of adaptive equipment such as hand controls and left foot accelerators. Her driving rehabilitation program provides driver education for new drivers with all levels and types of disabilities such as but not limited to Asperger’s, Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. She is also a vendor for with the Florida Department of Highway and Safety and perform clinical, cognitive and in-traffic evaluations for safe driving to those inflicted with dementia, TBI, Stroke and all neurological conditions as well as safe driving assessments for senior drivers. To schedule an appointment call 954-336-1717.

Laura Stayshich, Reiki Master, Energy Healer, Certified Animal Reiki Practitioner

Laura Stayshich is an Intuitive Energy Healer, Eastern and Western Traditional Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho Reiki Master, Karuna Ki Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master, Certified Animal Reiki Practitioner and Animal Communicator.  She is a lifelong practitioner of complementary and alternative healing methods, energy medicine, yoga, meditation, metaphysics, shamanism and mindfulness.  She has lived, studied and practiced in Ohio, Hawaii, California and is currently located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Always curious and ever-evolving, she has been practicing energy healing arts for over 25 years.  Naturally inclined to this life path, she mastered her natural intuitive healing abilities by exploring and studying a variety of modalities, philosophies and science. ​​She considers it an honor to practice Reiki for humans and animals.  Her goal is to educate, inspire and create a peaceful healing environment for all humans and animals.  We are all connected.  We are all One. ​​For more information or to schedule an appointment with Laura, you may contact her directly at 562-552-6073 or go to her website, www.reikisource2soul.com.

Jennifer A. House, Acupuncture Physician, Doctor of Oriental Medicine

JenniferAHouseOffering Integrative Holistic Healing, Dr. House is double nationally certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine, a Quantum Energetic Practitioner, and a Neuroscience, Inc. healthcare provider.  In her practice, she offers acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, energy healing, and laboratory testing (neurotransmitter, adrenal, hormone) to achieve alignment for the body, mind and spirit.  She specializes in pain relief, fertility, women’s health issues, addictions, anxiety, depression, post surgical healing, and wellness. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. House, you may contact her directly at 561-702-5144 or go to her website, www.jh-energyhealer.com

 

Cecilia Redigan, Business Manager

Cecilia is a seasoned business professional with 20+ years of team leadership and customer service experience in the hospitality industry.  She manages all the operations of the business, including retail, sales, production, marketing goals, staffing and quality assurance. Cecilia is able to assess the needs of the practice as well as create a welcoming environment for all our clients. She strongly believes that “the client’s satisfaction is our priority”.