Essentials now offers cutting edge rejuvenation using Stem Cell Therapy

What are Stem Cells?
This new regeneration and rejuvenation technique is the cutting edge in medicine.  We are now up and running and ready to treat our patients to this therapy.  In a nutshell, MSCs are derived from the Placentas of newborn babies.  All mothers are screened and consented, and the cells are grown in FDA approved labs in the USA.  The cells are separated, and the best ones are called “golden cells,” these cells are treated with antimicrobials and are flash frozen to minus 350 degrees Celsius and shipped to us.

What can Stem Cells do?
Stem cells are being used in all types of disease processes, and various disciplines have found they hold great promise for their patients.  Groundbreaking results have been seen in the debilitating illness of the central nervous system that was formerly considered irreversible or untreatable.  Treatment of Joint disease and pain have become common,  applied to wellness and anti-aging medicine the results have been no less amazing, aging does not have to be a slow degenerative unstoppable process, the years come, but the degeneration can be mitigated.

I heard Stem Cells are fetal tissue, is this true?
Some common misconceptions about stem cell are the idea the fetal tissue is used.  This is not true, that is an entirely different line of cells.  Fetal cells have been implicated in causing tumor growth in one case in Russia.  We do not use Fetal cells, they are derived from aborted human fetuses, and federal law is stringent on this practice. We do not use any Fetal tissue and are not involved in those practices.  Here at Essentials Medispa we utilize ethical, informed consented and voluntarily donated placental-derived stem cells exclusively. This is cutting edge science, and I will be catching everyone up on the latest studies and some more of the SC 101 basics.  Imagine living cells designed to heal us with the ability to replicate or repair any tissue in the human body, given like a medication…science fiction no more.

Best of health,

Brian G Whaley ARNP- BC
Rejuvenation Director

Stem Cell 101: Ethics

In the early part of the 21 century, the controversy of using embryonic cells or Human fetal cells reached all the way to the presidency and federal lawmakers. A ban was instated for the use of these tissues and thus was codified into U.S. statutes. This cast a justifiable ethical cloud on these studies and a public perception problem, what was not widely known was Adult Stem cells were already known to be safer and more powerful.

The fact is the Fetal and embryonic studies were unsuccessful and riddled with side effects and complications, but adult stem cells could be harvested from our bodies with greater efficacy was somehow lost in the controversy. This cloud persisted in public perception even though the practice was stopped in the USA almost two decades ago. MSCs

It was slightly later that the not so well known, MSCs stem cells (Mesenchymal) could be derived from the Placentas of healthy newborn babies. These cells are so potent and robust that they are considered to be the cell of choice, exceeding adult stem cells in all parameters of anti-inflammation and regeneration. This understanding and over 50,000 cases worldwide without issue has solved the ethical and legal problems for us in this field.

The use of placental umbilical cord MSCs is ethical with healthy volunteer donors who are consented and medically screened. The FDA has oversight of all the laboratories in the USA. We adhere to this ethical practice model and agree that adherence to the safe and morally sound collection of MSCs from placentas was the right way to go.

The use of this naturopathic cellular “medicine” is at the cutting edge of science, and we want to share this with our patients. We also have moral and ethical principles instilled in us healers in our oath ell “do no harm.” We all share feeling that what we do is good for humanity and will lead us to breakthroughs and life-sustaining treatments. In this regard our consciences are clear, and we can sleep at night, knowing our oaths are upheld.

Best of health,

Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director

Stem Cells and Aging

Essentials Medispa strives to be a destination for wellness in Viera Florida. Brian Whaley ARNP -BC has brought his expertise in Regenerative medicine to our community with the latest safest, and most useful stem cells therapies from FDA approved sources. Today we discuss aging, and the role stem cells play in aging.

Frailty as a consequence of aging is a significant health concern. Today rather than being an inevitable outcome in the elderly, frailty has been pre-supposed as a medical condition. Frailty is defined as a clinical syndrome with three or more of the following criteria: Unintended weight loss, self-reported exhaustion, weakness, slow walking speed, low physical activity and loss of muscle mass.

One cause for frailty is the decrease in the number and robustness of these cells, each person has a finite number. Like a bank account we withdraw as we need, and as in real life some are born rich, and some are born poor. In this regard, you may know someone who is 80 and looks 60 or maybe even vise versa. The lifestyle and endowment both impact our longevity and youthfulness.

The fountain of youth seems to already be in us, but we use it up or by hard lifestyles overuse them, in any case, once the degeneration vs. regeneration ratio is inverse we spiral into frailty unless supplemented or rehabilitated. The aging stem cells we carry slow down as well, they do not divide quickly and are merely aging along with us. Once nearly depleted the only choice is a fresh supply. It is posited that most over 50 are on the way to frailty. The MSCs we obtain here at Essentials Medispa are of the highest quality, youngest and most potent available.

In the placenta the new MSCs will divide every 24 hours, by age 35 division is every 48 hours and at 65 years every 60 hours division. That equates to a 30 day tally of 1 billion, 32,000 or 200 cells available respectively to each age. It is clear that these “Baby” stem cells are far far superior. This new supply is abundant in the secretion of trophic factors and demonstrated an effect on anti-inflammatory processes.

Current studies at The University of Miami has shown that patients treated with MSCs are able to return to more independent lifestyles and activities of daily living. In the younger frailty group increase in muscle mass and strength was demonstrated and overall feeling of wellbeing, with renewed interest in social activities, exercise, and increased libido.

The use in athletes for recovery has also made strides in this approach to healing, but that will be in the next installment. I am Brian Whaley, and I am available for a free consultation here at Essentials Medispa located here in Viera Florida.

Best of health,
Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director

Stem Cells and Exosomes

It used to be thought that the stem cells we have were able to transform into new tissue and replace damaged cells with the newly converted stem cells. It has become more evident over the last 20 years that these cells are carrying a cellular pharmacy. The internal compounds chemicals and parts of these cells have the healing medicine for every organ or tissue they are embedded in, explained Brian Whaley ARNP-BC Director of Rejuvenation here at Essentials Medispa.

Exosomes are the small molecular contents of the stem cell. They regenerate and help proliferate cells in wound healing, they contained protein, peptides, DNA and RNA in cell bodies, that once released to inflamed tissue, healing occurs. Injured cells are reprogrammed to be healthy again. The sharing of mitochondria (power plant) with damaged cells promote division and replication in energy-depleted cells as well. Messenger RNA and potent trophic and anti-inflammatory mediators bathe the site as well.

In our bodies, the cells located for each cell type is in proximity to each tissue type and are recruited from local stores. The heart has its own specific myocardial cells so, in a heart attack scenario, cardiac stem cells respond. This is an efficient and pristine system that is finite and can be depleted, the ability to use exosomes is available separate from live stem cells and although not specifically to a tissue type is very useful in wound healing.

Here at Essentials Medspa in Viera Florida, we have opted for the Live cell approach in regenerative treatments. Our Director, Brian Whaley ARNP-BC had been using this method in the Seattle and Tacoma area before relocating to Florida.” Extreme pain was a driver of many patient visits”. Limitation of function and strength was our primary goal without surgery or narcotic pain control. The barriers to exosome only treatments were explained like this. “Think of the living stem cells as the ambulance, the driver of the ambulance has navigation to an area that is signaling inflammation. The ambulance driver goes to the site of inflammation by a honing mechanism. Once the cell is in the location, it parks around the site and cycles through division and releases the EMTs from inside the ambulance to the injured cells. The medicine is delivered, and cellular reprogramming occurs. You can give an injection in the arm, and the stem cells will end up propagating in an area far away from the entrance.

These stem cells are derived from umbilical cords from the placentas of healthy live born babies are the most potent of all stem cells. Depletion of stem cells do and will occur as we age or suffer injuries and illness. The replenishment from a donor is how we get a transfusion of blood and plasma and other, and in stem cells, this is considered to be the best way as well.

Feel free to come in for a consult, there is no charge and Essentials Medspa is a five-star destination in the space coast serving this community for the last 19 years.

Best of health,
Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director

How do stem cells work?

Stem Cells encourage repair
Stem cell therapy supports the body’s repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or otherwise injured tissue. These powerful and effective stem cells are derived from an FDA-approved, specialized laboratory. I am Brian Whaley ARNP-BC, and I am the director of Rejuvenation here at Essentials Medispa.

Who benefits from Stem Cell therapy?
Recipients of stem cell therapies are wide-ranging and include anyone interested in optimal health, longevity and alternative medicine. Recipients range in profiles from active middle-aged adults, the elderly, the health conscious to elite athletes and high-powered executives, from reversing Frailty in the elderly to shortening recovery time for professional fighters.

What is the longterm effect of Stem Cell therapy?
While nearly all elements humans come in contact with throughout each day of their lives is breaking down, damaging or destroying the body, stem cells work to keep people both alive and thriving. Stem cells’ foci are to repair, stabilize and heal the body, freeing people from pain, perhaps increasing longevity, while enhancing optimum wellness. The human body does diminish the number of stem cells and their effectiveness as it ages.  The transfer of new donor cells is used to replenish this vital store.

Best of health,
Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director


Human Umbilical Cell Tissue stem cell injection therapy is now our leading protocol.

Top reasons HUCT are so popular:

They are extracted from a healthy baby/healthy mother umbilical cord after birth with the mother’s consent which provides for huge benefits.

No Evasive Extraction from your own body needed that often comes with additional pain, and site side effects making it less evasive.

NO Typing, or matching required

Pre-Harvested Cells ready for injection within 72 hours of order.

Time to treatment reduced (TTT) as many people get treated the same week they are approved for most protocols.

The number of stem cells (STq) in a newborn umbilical extraction are thousands of times more potent than in an aged body.

HUCT Stem Cells Can be delivered at the injection site or POINT OF PROBLEM (POP) or via an IV with a special additive to enhance the results depending on treatment results required and protocol deemed necessary for treatment.

Many high potency protocols in the past were $7,000 to $15,000, and HUCT costs less than the old methods. It does not require 2 different processes thanks to the elimination of the extraction on demand from the client.

Overall HUCT STEM CELLS have been our top choice this year and last. But rest assured we are always creating, testing, looking for the best products, services, and protocols for our clients.

Best of health,
Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director

Stem Cells 101: Anti aging and wellness using Stem Cells

Aging is a natural process that is the cumulative effect of genetic and environmental damage to our bodies and DNA. Along with healing us from life’s traumas and noxious environmental stressors, Stem cells found within our bodies combat the effects of aging. Here at Essentials Medspa in Viera we’re interested in finding ways to address this.

Aging is unavoidable so far…, and from which may bring a host of health problems. Early middle age brings with it sexual dysfunction, metabolic slowdown, weight gain, hormonal imbalance. Later, loss of hearing, vision, muscle strength, bone mass, immunity, cognition, and metabolism are just a few of the issues aging causes.

Aging is controlled by genetic and environmental factors. These factors negatively or positively affect our bodies to increase or decrease the aging process within our bodies. The accumulation of these factors will ultimately deplete the stem cells within our bodies, which are the essential healing cells of our bodies. Brian Whaley ARNP_ BC has used these cells in the treatment of degenerative conditions while practicing pain medicine in Seattle Washington.

Stem cells do not typically do ‘work’ in our bodies, unlike muscle cells that are used for running or neurons within our brain for thinking. Instead, one theory states, stem cells have the unique ability to create copies of themselves and transform into other types of cells–such as muscle cells or neurons – which is the basis of body regeneration, another theory states, the cells create the environment of regeneration through the release of exosomes and transference of messenger RNA to damaged tissue causing healing to occur. New tissue is regenerated, and lost function often returns. The reprogramming of the sick cells to reproduce into healthy cells is the best current theory of cellular mechanics.

When the body is injured (e.g., skin cut), cytokines, which are chemical signals used by the body to communicate, are released to activate MSC, and they then travel to the injured area for repair. This ability is called “homing.” MSCs have shown to be highly effective in the alleviation of pain, especially arthritic joint pain, surgery being averted in many cases. The results of studies for reversal of frailty in the elderly are well documented, benefits include improved mental clarity, improved libido, improved feelings of well being, improved mobility. Healing times are decreased in sports injuries, the function returns faster and patients have been pleased with the direct and indirect benefits.

The goal of many current anti-aging treatments is to increase the health and population of stem cells within the body, to better counteract the effects of aging through maintenance or return to youthful regeneration. The type of stem cell that is utilized at Essentials medspa in Viera Florida, is mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). These stem cells have been shown to be a core factor in skin, muscle, cartilage, and bone regeneration, all of which decrease as we age. MSCs can be harvested from the placenta of a newborn baby, from healthy donors after a healthy infant is delivered. This is ethical and safe, and these cells are screened and grown in sterile lab conditions by reputable, and established FDA approved labs. MSCs derived this way are newer more durable and have greater longevity and are more robust than older Adult MSCs.

Stem cells are considered one key to regulating our aging. Since aging is the natural deterioration of our bodies, stem cells help regenerate our bodies by replacing old (degenerated) cells that are too deteriorated to work or damaged beyond self-help. However, as we age the number of mesenchymal stem cells within our bodies will deplete which slows down our youthful regeneration causing us to become symptomatic as we age. Simply by adding new stem cells to the body, we can keep the cell counts elevated and regenerative ability at maximum.

We are here to answer any of your questions regarding stem cell therapy, for a free , please call Essentials Medspa and book an appointment with Brian Whaley ARNP-BC for a free consultation.

Alternative Healing with Reiki

For several years we have been awakened to “new age” healing modalities that include essential oils, Himalayan salt, meditation, crystals, nutrition, supplements, and energy work. These practices have been used within several cultures for thousands of years, far from being “new.” However, the Western influence of science and medicine had superseded these alternative methods by leaps and bounds with spectacular discoveries and accomplishments. Subsequently, many of these alternative methods were not being utilized or practiced within our own culture, and for those who did were few and far between. We now can understand and respect the need for both areas of healing, and what they offer for each of us. Complimentary alternative methods are considered to be the most effective, as they incorporate both the scientific and holistic approach to healing.

An alternative healing modality that is highly effective and has significantly grown in recognition is Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese method of healing that uses a high frequency of energy to help relax the client, balance their energies and to promote healing from within. Many individuals experience deep relaxation that helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and tension throughout the body, as well as develop better sleeping habits. Also, many individuals that experience chronic pain notice reduction of inflammation and pain, as well as better circulation. It is a spectacular service to assist in the balancing of body, mind, and spirit.

Clients that schedule Reiki at Essentials MediSpa & Salon will find it very similar to massage, with the exception that muscle manipulation is not involved with this treatment. Once in the treatment room, the practitioner will allow you time to dress down to your comfort level, advising you that when ready, to lay face up on the heated massage table, beneath the soft blankets. Once the practitioner returns to the treatment room, she will begin by making sure you are comfortable and start the service by using her hands to apply gentle touch at the crown of the head. Reiki energy comes through and will move through the top of the head to other areas of the body that correlate to chakras, meridians, and energy centers. The practitioner uses gentle touch throughout the service over specific energy centers, consistently channeling high vibrational Reiki energy to the client. If the recipient prefers a hands-free treatment, Reiki energy can be transmitted by the practitioner by merely hovering their hands about 4-6 inches from the client’s body. This method is still highly effective. Most individuals receiving Reiki will notice a change in the flow of energy within the body and a feeling of warmth and peacefulness which is the healing energy at work, creating harmony within the mind and body to promote relaxation.

Some quotes from our Reiki clients..

“I have a very stressed life with trying to balancing job and home life. While I was skeptical about Reiki, a friend encouraged me to try it, thinking, what could it hurt? I’m glad I did. I instantly felt a relaxation come over me and whatever was happening, I could feel my body tingling. I highly recommend this therapy, from one skeptic to possibly another.” Leslie M.

“I’ve always wondered about Reiki and decided I would try it. During the session, I felt a very warm sensation come over me, and my eyes started to water, even though I wasn’t crying and didn’t feel sad. It was a very moving experience for me.” Angelique T.

“From personal experience, I am very experienced with Reiki and try to have an ‘alignment’ about once a month. It keeps me grounded and Renee informs me of blocks she senses and how to correct them. It’s a part of my life, and I love it!” Tristen K.

Trigger Point Injection

What is a Trigger Point Injection?

A trigger point injection is an injection of small amounts of steroids and anesthetic. The injection is intended to help relieve muscle pain associated with muscle spasms or inflammation. Also described as painful “knots” in your muscles, trigger points are the unfortunate result of a muscle that is contracted and cannot relax. A trigger point can be felt under the skin and is often tender to the touch. When pushed, pain radiates from the trigger point to the surrounding area. A trigger point that is left untreated can lead to chronic issues, disorders and ongoing pain.

Is a Trigger Point Injection right for you?

Trigger Point Injections are an excellent solution for muscle pain that has not responded to other treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy or even massage. Especially muscle pain in your arms, legs, lower back, shoulders, and neck. Trigger Point Injections can also treat or reduce pain caused by fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain.

How is Trigger Point Injection performed?

Your appointment will begin with an initial consultation and assessment by our medical staff. While you lie down or sit (depending on the location of your issue) our medical staff will locate the site of pain and talk to you about the severity and symptoms associated with your trigger point. Then, they will insert a small needle directly into the trigger point and inject the mixture of steroid and anesthetic.

After your injection, there is no reason why you cannot participate in all your normal daily activities. We recommended that you avoid anything strenuous for approximately 48-72 hours.

How long will a Trigger Point Injection last?

Because each treatment situation is unique, there is not a definitive answer on treatment length. However, typically the anesthetic will numb the area for 1 to 3 hours. The steroids in the mixture will generally remain in the tissue for about one month.

What are the risks?

As with any other medical procedure, there are always potential risks and side effects associated with treatment. With a trigger point injection, the risks and complications are very low. Potential issues may include bleeding, infection at the injection site or long-term numbness. All of these risks are uncommon and an unlikely outcome from the procedure. After your injection, you may experience temporary soreness or short-term numbness at the injection site.

How do I schedule my appointment?

If Trigger Point Injection sounds like the answer to your suffering and pain, please contact us at Essentials Medispa & Salon. Our staff is trained to discuss your situation and assess whether this treatment is right for you. Call us today at 321.722.2860 to schedule an appointment.

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Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Surveys show that chronic pain affects more people than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. That is an alarming amount of Americans suffering from pain with no hope for relief. What can be done to help alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain?

What options are available for chronic pain management?

Treatment of chronic pain should encompass a variety of approaches which address a person’s body, mind, and spirit. “What the brain perceives is indisputably modifiable by emotions,” notes Judith Scheman, Ph.D., program director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. When we focus only on the sensory aspect, we fail to appreciate the suffering component of the pain, which is important to recognize because pain is not what occurs at the periphery.” That means that people who are fearful of pain, depressed, or anxious may experience pain differently, and perhaps more severely, than someone who has pain but isn’t experiencing those other emotions. (1)

Medication combined with therapy and other pain management options (i.e. meditation, TENS, relaxation techniques, YOGA, massage) is usually the most effective approach.

What medication is available for chronic pain management?

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Antidepressants, which can improve sleep and alleviate pain
  • Anti-seizure medications, which can be useful in treating pain related to nerve damage or injury
  • Steroids, like dexamethasone and prednisone, to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Opioids (narcotics) and benzodiazepines (1)
  • Medical Marijuana

How can marijuana treat pain?

Medical marijuana is growing in popularity as an alternative drug treatment for chronic pain. Marijuana contains compounds called cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that interact with cannabinoid receptors in the body. These receptors reduce pain and stimulate the pleasure and reward center in the brain. CBD does not cause a high or have any psychoactive effect. Instead, it interacts with pain receptors in the brain and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Alternatively, THC is a psychoactive drug that produces an elevated state of mind or a “high.” It activates the brain’s reward system and reduces pain levels. (2)

Does marijuana work for chronic pain?

There is insufficient medical evidence and studies to prove the effectiveness of medical marijuana. However, the FDA has approved medications containing synthetic THC cannabinoids for cancer patients. They have also approved medical marijuana for the treatment of two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Aside from those specific uses, the FDA has not yet approved medical marijuana for pain relief.

Independent research studies show positive results for participants. Marijuana seems especially useful for people suffering from neuropathy (nerve pain), chronic migraines, and cancer treatment. It also appears that using medical marijuana for pain management allowed participants to decrease opioid use significantly.

There is a need for additional research before medical marijuana is a viable option for pain management. It is important to consider the risks associated with using medical marijuana before choosing this option. Schedule a consult at Essentials Medispa & Salon to discuss all your options.